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Using hotel points worth it?

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Using hotel points worth it?

We plan to travel to Niagara Falls 6/30-7/2 & have enough hotel points to stay 2 nights @ the Hilton (2Q, City view, floors 3-20) OR the Doubletree (2Q, floors 3-4) OR the Hampton Inn @ the Falls (2 Q, City view) AND enough points to stay 1 night @ the Crowne Plaza (2 DBL).

We are traveling with a child & thought a hotel near the Clifton Hill area would be better since we don't plan to go to the Casino & don't necessarily need the "romance" of a room viewing the falls; but that would be nice. Also, we plan to walk or drive to the NY side & spend time there too, so a hotel closer to the Rainbow Bridge seemed a better option. If we don't use points, we thought the Sheraton on the Falls would fit our requirements.

It looks like the Crowne Plaza is @ the Bridge, the Hilton is about 1 mile to the Bridge & the Doubletree is in the middle. Any comments on these properties, especially with a 10 year old in tow?

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1. Re: Using hotel points worth it?

Hi DLH1959;

Here is an interactive map of Niagara Falls Canada.

niagarafallslive.com/Niagara_Falls_Interacti…

The view is facing the US side, with the Fallsview area on the right side, and Clifton Hill on the upper left. Click on a building, and a new page will open with a description and details.

The bridge crossing the Niagara Gorge on the left side of the picture is the Rainbow Bridge.

Just a reminder...Effective June 1st 2009, you will require one of the following to cross the border by LAND;

• U.S. Passport

• U.S. Passport Card

• Enhanced Driver’s License (EDL)

• Trusted Traveler Program Card

Kids 15 and under just need their birth certificates.

If flying into or out of the US you MUST have a passport.

http://www.knowyourborder.gov/

For more details, read the “Crossing the Border” Traveler Article here on TA.

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g153339-s602/Canada:C…

Best Regards

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2. Re: Using hotel points worth it?

For questions regarding the use of accumulated points I find this site helpful:

www.flyertalk.com/forum/miles-points-1/

Virginia
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3. Re: Using hotel points worth it?

Thanks to both of you for replying, but neither of you addressed my question.

I've viewed the map and know all about airline & hotel points. I was trying to figure out which of the hotels I listed would be the best use of the points since the floors offered weren't the best.

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4. Re: Using hotel points worth it?

I haven't been yet but I am going to Niagara this weekend and spending one night at the Hilton and one at the Doubletree. IF you can wait I will let you know when I return which one I preferred. If you can't wait, personally, from what I have read and seen I would book the Hilton.

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You will be happy with either the Hilton or Doubletree. As you already know, the Hilton is farther from Clifton Hill and has just finished a 54 story expansion, with construction still going on all around the property (as well as the Fallsview Plaza expansion next door). The Doubletree is a little closer to the Hill and is a very nice property with excellent rooms. The Hampton is an older property and, although close to Clifton Hill, is not in the same class as the others. Since views aren't a concern, I would pick the Doubletree.

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6. Re: Using hotel points worth it?

CrazyMegan ... let me know what you think of the 2 properties when you return.

FallsDude ... I was thinking the Doubletree would be a better option for us, but it's nice to get feedback from those with knowledge of the area.

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7. Re: Using hotel points worth it?

I have stayed at all these properties

I'm not sure which Hampton inn you are planning to stay at. The one on victoria is right at the top off clifton hill and is and excellent location if you have kids. clifton hill is where all the kids activities are. Ferris wheel, arcades ,hershey store,

rainforest cafe. The hotel itself is your typical hampton inn clean, average size rooms, small pool, excellent full buffet breakfast.

The doubletree is a beautiful hotel with nice pool outdoor sundeck and 4 star rooms but the location is not the best and doesn't have the best falls views.

The hilton is located in the newer area off the falls with all the big tower hotels and the big casino but really is geared more towards adults.The only plus for kids is there pool and waterslide.

The sheraton on the falls is in the best location but have read some bad reviews on the rooms and the pool is small

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Hi DLH,

Not sure if you have booked yet but we just returned and stayed at the Hilton and at the Doubletree. Both are very nice hotels and I would recomend them both. I personally feel that the Hilton is more convenient because there is more things within walking distance. You can easily walk down to the falls, there is a subway and a Tim Hortons across the street if you want somehting light. They also have free shuttle service to Clifton Hill if you want to go without driving. This would be right next to the US border crossing. The Doubletree has nothing close to it and in my opionion is too far to walk with children to to Clifton Hill or to the falls so you have to drive everywhere and pay for parking. That being said, it is less congested around the doubletree than the hilton and parking is more convienent at the doubletree.

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9. Re: Using hotel points worth it?

CrazyMegan,

We haven't booked our trip yet; plan to get hubby to finalize everything this weekend since we are using his hotel points & airline miles.

Thanks for the information on both the Hilton and Doubletree. I was worred the Hilton would be too far for our needs, but it sounds as if it really is more convenient in terms of walking/parking; especially with the use of the free shuttle to Clifton Hill. How disruptive is the construction around the Hilton?

We are traveling with a 10 year old boy. We want to spend 2 days in Niagara and 2 days in Toronto. What did your kids like most about Niagara Falls? Did you take a side trip to Toronto, and if so, what did they like most to do there?

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10. Re: Using hotel points worth it?

Hi DLH,

We did the prepaid for the Adventure Pass thourgh Niagara Parks and the our kids loved this, althoug for our 6 year old the Maid of the Mist was actually a bit scarey. The pass includes 4 attractions and you can purchase tickets to the aerocar for 1/2 price. From the Hilton you just walk down the hill and there is a information booth where you change your e-tickets for the real thing when you get there and then you can use the people mover to get to everything, which is included in the adventure pass.

www.niagaraparks.com/nfgg/discountpass.php

The construction at the Hilton makes the lobby look a little messy and crowded but it doesn't affect you in your room or the restaurant at all. The kids loved the waterslide and the pool.

We did go to Toronto as well. We went to the CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, a Baseball game and the Zoo and we loved each of these attractions and would do them all again. We did CN Tower and the Hockey hall of Fame on a Sunday and it was great because they close together downtown and the traffic was lighter on Sunday than the other days. We did the zoo on a different day. It is a huge zoo and we never made it all the way through.