I'm starting to plan a 2 night stay in late May (probably 24-26). I have elite privileges at Hilton group hotels (Doubletree, Embassy Suites, etc.), SPG (Sheraton, etc.), and InterContinental (Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, etc.). All things being equal, I would rather stay at one of those properties, but for this particular city, I'm willing to go outside these hotels if the view is better or the $$ savings significant. In my research so far, the Doubletree has the best price for a falls-view room at $159 CDN, but they say "U.S. Fall View", so I take it to mean that Horseshoe Falls aren't visible from these rooms (??).
The Embassy Suites fall view rooms are $261 CDN--perhaps bigger rooms than the 2 of us will need. The Sheraton on the Falls has "traditional fall view" rooms for $219 CDN or Premium FV for $239 CDN pre-paid, with $20 extra for a cancel-able reservation. I don't know if the difference between traditional and premium is the quality of the room or the quality of the view (??). The Sheraton Fallview is more specific in saying deluxe FV for $229 CDN cancelable, and $259 for "High floor FV". This latter Sheraton seems to have poorer reviews on this site--perhaps locals know if this is justified (?).
In the IHG, the only one I see with fall views is the Crowne Plaza Fallsview, but it seems to get bad reviews, especially with respect to room quality and elevators (the latter of which are a particular pet peeve of mine). They advertise $159 CDN for fallsview, and $207 CDN for "upper falls view." If the locals consider the criticisms to be off-mark and that the views from this hotel are good, I would consider it, though, since it does seem to be significantly cheaper than the Sheraton on the Falls.
Finally, I found the Oakes Hotel Overlooking the Falls for $160 CDN for a fallsview room. Although not part of my usual loyalty program, it does seem to offer significant savings. Is this a nice place with great view? What are the thoughts of the locals? Thanks!