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Hotel advice...I've overwhelmed myself

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Hotel advice...I've overwhelmed myself

I've read all the reviews and most of the posts and I think I have too much info now! My friend and I are coming to NF May 28 & 29 (sun,mon), a holiday in the States, so I imagine it will be pretty busy that week. Please help me make a hotel decision. Our priorities are as follows: (1) Falls view room as it our first time (2) Close proximity to casino and Falls as my friend will be 6 mos pregnant, we are trying to limit our long distance walking (3)$$ we don't want to go overboard on the hotel room, somewhere in the $300-$400 u.s. for the weekend. Also are the "packages" really worth the extra money, we don't plan on any "fancy" dinners, we would like to have dinner near a window to see the Falls at nite though. So what I have "narrowed" it down to is the Hilton, Embassy, Marriot, Renaissance. Oh one more thing, I have found that booking directly with the hotel (online) has been cheaper than the discount sites (Orbitz, etc), do you find this to be true? I am also concerned about cancellation policy due to my friends pregnancy, plans do change! Thank you in advance!

Niagara falls,Canada
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1. Re: Hotel advice...I've overwhelmed myself

Pick the best package. All those hotels are fine as long as they guarantee a falls view room. They're all walking distance to the Casino.

The Hyatt at the Casino has all falls-view rooms, but may be more money.

A dinner suggestion would be Table Rock Restaurant, right next to the illuminated horseshoe (Canadian) falls.

You can't get any closer than that.

Besides, my wife is a server there and needs the

money.

However, another option would be the casino buffet restaurant called the "Grand Buffet", for something around 25 dollars each you can eat unlimited food, salad, etc, and if you're willing to wait probably do so while gazing at the American Falls from the dining room.

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Don't book with Orbitz/Hotels.ca/Expedia.ca or any of those sites because then you are not dealing with the hotel directly, you are dealing with a third party company. Meaning, if you have to cancel last minute because of your friends pregnancy, you have to all that third party company to cancel, not the hotel. The company may charge you if the hotel doesn't let the company cancel. It's a huge hassel, a waste of time. Plus you can't buy packages, can't guarentee your room type- you really never know what you're going to get.

Now, for the hotel.. Marriott. Always go with the Marriott. The rooms are beautiful, two doors down from the Fallsview Casino, right behind the.... I can't remember it's name, but you sit on it and it brings you right down to Niagara. They also offer a shuttle service that will bring you to all the major area attractions. Did I mention the rooms are BEAUTIFUL??

They have a two night package with two unlimited shuttle passes, wonderful buffett breakfast in the morning, and $75 towards dinner at the in house hotel that looks over Niagara.

I just want to stress - NO HOTEL WILL BE ABLE TO TELL YOU RIGHT NOW WHAT THE AMERICAN PRICE WILL BE WHEN YOU SHOW UP TO THE HOTEL IN MAY. A lot of people don't understand it. The exchange rate changes *daily*. Today it's about 15%, in May if it's 10% you'll pay more, if it's 20% you'll pay less. Book the Canadian price and worry about what it will be in USD in May because right now you can't tell. :)

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P.W.- The words you're looking for are Incline Railway.

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4. Re: Hotel advice...I've overwhelmed myself

Remember when buying a package to consider sometimes the amount offered for a "dinner" will just barely cover a dinner....and only if you order the least expensive thing on the menu. I'm not saying that is the case with the Marriot....(maybe someone else can comment on that) but we have found it to be the case in some "package deals"

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5. Re: Hotel advice...I've overwhelmed myself

I agree that if the room type is important, you NEED to book directly with the hotel. And use the website for phone number for THAT LOCATION. They usually offer something better than even the corporate website. Third party sites cant guarantee the room type, bed type, view, etc.

Also, polywog is right on with the exchange rate issue. You cannot guarantee what it will be in May, so figure somewhere between 10% & 20% and make sure it fits into your budget. Thats about all you can do there.

I have never found the packages that include dining to be that great a deal. At least as far as dinners are concerned, however, if you can get breakfast included in the hotels fallsview dining room I would definitly go with that.

We stayed at the Hilton in Oct 2004 (this was a package won thru one of the companies I represent) they wouldn't spring for a fallsview room and the hotel couldn't give me an upgrade unless I wanted to pay for a suite because they had no fallsview rooms available. But, the package included breakfast for all 3 days. When you start your morning looking over the falls while eating you virtually forget that you didn't have a fallsview room. (Just something to keep in mind if the exchange rate issue is a budgeting concern).

I think all four of your hotels listed would be a good fit. I have never stayed at the Marriot or Renaissance, but, then we are kinda partial to the Hilton anyhow. I think you would be happy at any of them.

Best wishes on your trip.

Dan

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Ah hah! That's the one lol .. thanks franklinda

(I asked like three people and none of us could remember haha)

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Be careful if your hotel website converts $CAN to $US for you. They are usually behind the times and may be claiming 20 or 25% when in reality its now 15%. This makes it look like the hotel is fleecing you, when its just the current exchange rate.

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8. Re: Hotel advice...I've overwhelmed myself

I've also never found any significant savings on Orbitz, Expedia, etc. I have friends that use these sites and I think if you are booking air, hotel and car it may be worth it but I have always found it cheaper to go directly thru the hotel. I did check these sites before booking my room in Niagara Falls for July and the few that were a little cheaper were for "no cancel" rates. In fact, while planning vacations the last 2 years, I've generally found prices on these sites to be higher than directly thru the hotel. In my experience, most hotels let you cancel that day or at worst, 48 hours ahead of time-if you find rates you like thru the hotels do it that way.

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Try going to www.embassysuitesniagra.com scroll down to the bottom of the list. They offer either 2 queen beds falls view or king bed with whirlpool jacuzzi also falls view for $96/night. (this is for March) If you book the 2 night package you also get a gift cert. for dinner and shuttle.

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10. Re: Hotel advice...I've overwhelmed myself

What california 1 is trying to tell you ....If you go to travelzoo.com..they are advertising $96.00US per night in March and also April...Sunday-thursdays...with some fridays thrown in....The room rate on the Embassy web-site is $165.00 CDN or $125.00 CDN with the travelzoo offer