I picked this hotel because of the advertized view and the attached indoor water park. We had a great experience here and would definitely go back. We visited both the Canadian and American sides of the falls on this trip; if you can, do visit both, but stay on the Canadian side which is much nicer, cleaner, and better taken care of!
For a view of the falls you have to specifically reserve a falls view room. You pay extra for the view, but we did this and it was worth it because the view was great (you pay even more for a higher floor, which is what we did). Rooms have a mini fridge, sitting area with couch, and a nice bathroom. Ours had a faux fireplace which I kind of wondered about (we were there in June), but we did use it one evening when it was cool and we stayed in our room to watch the fireworks. (More on this later.)
Location is great - right across the Rainbow Bridge from the US, within walking distance to EVERYTHING if you're even a moderately ok walker. In about 20-30 minutes you can walk to all attractions, including the US side of the falls.
The hotel is right next to Queen Victoria Park. You walk through the park to get to most of the Canadian side attractions, which is a very pleasant walk with beautiful views of the falls. Hornblower Cruises (which replaced Maid of the Mist on the Canadian side) is an easy 10 minute walk from the hotel. Table Rock House, right next to Horseshoe Falls (and where you can go on the Journey Behind the Falls) is about a 25 min walk (again, all through the park and very pleasant!).
We planned to walk to the US side, which GoogleMaps walking directions said would take us 20 min (to get to the Maid of the Mist), but it started thunderstorming so we decided to drive. Note that accessing your car at this hotel is kind of annoying if you use the valet parking (which we did). Granted we requested our car at a busy moment, but it took them 25 minutes to bring our car. You also have the choice to self park, which may be a faster option, though we didn't try it. I read that walking across the Rainbow Bridge can actually be faster than driving during busy hours. If you do walk across the bridge note that once you enter the state park on the US side there is a trolley that you can catch at the parking lot to take you to the farther parts of the park.
As mentioned above, we picked this hotel in part because of the attached indoor water park. (I was worried it would rain and/or we'd be bored and not have enough to do for the whole 4 day trip - note that boredom was NOT a problem!) The hotel package I reserved included 3 days at the water park (costs extra, and you can reserve as many or few days at the water park as you want; it's definitely cheaper to reserve it as part of the hotel package than to pay separately for the water park; I priced it out). 3 days was definitely too much, because we were so busy having fun that we only went to the water park on 2 days, but it was great fun! It reminded me a lot of Great Wolf Lodge's water park, but a little smaller (but really just as fun). They have 8 big water slides, a bunch of smaller water slides, a wave pool, an outdoor pool, and lots of squirty water features. All in all there are things that everyone will enjoy, from toddlers through adults. Also they have a snack bar, bar, and changing rooms. Note that they are technically correct that the water park is attached to the hotel, but it's like a maze to get there - you have to walk through an arcade, past a casino, and through the Hard Rock Cafe foyer to get there!
When you buy the water park package as part of your hotel reservation, you get a coupon book that gives you free use of a few of the games in the attached arcade. This was actually good for 2 evenings of fun for us - we got a round of mini glow golf, a bumper car ride, 4D movie ride, one of those shoot-the-aliens-with-a-laser rides, and a couple others. Also attached to this whole (gigantic) complex are restaurants, including the Hard Rock Cafe and Rainforest Cafe.
Note that the hotel itself does have an indoor pool (cute, we looked at it but didn't use it) and an outdoor pool (didn't look at that one), which you can use as a hotel guest (not part of the water park).
On the fireworks: Best spot to watch them is from Queen Victoria Park, about a 5-10 minute walk down from the hotel (not far at all). We enjoyed them immensely on Friday evening from the park. On Sunday evening we decided to watch them from our room, which was fun for the experience of watching fireworks snuggled up on our room's couch and fluffy chairs, but strictly speaking the view was better from the ground in the park (something about the angle made the smoke block some of the light - I don't know if it was just the wind that night or if it's always like that). So, if you're there for only 1 fireworks night, I'd suggest watching them from the park.
Also close to this hotel is the cheesiest and most touristy road I've ever seen, somewhat akin to being on the boardwalk in a touristy beach town, except on a street. It has haunted houses, Ripley's Believe it or Not museums, wax museums, other weird thing museums, miniature golf, a ferris wheel, many ice cream shops, restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, etc etc etc. It's fun for one walk (maybe more than one walk for some!), but it is also quite crowded and, well, kinda cheesy. But definitely a spectacle and an entertaining evening walk.
We also walked to Skylon Tower from the falls and then back to the hotel from there, all pleasant walking and very do-able.
I would definitely recommend this hotel for a visit to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. If we go back, I would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The AAA/CAA 4-Diamond Sheraton on the Falls hotel offers the largest, most luxurious Fallsview accommodations in Niagara Falls, Canada. Located directly across from Niagara Falls and in the heart of the tourist district, the hotel features the best views of the Falls which are showcased by the floor to ceiling windows in all Fallsview rooms & suites. Sheraton is also home to outstanding guest services & amenities which include two new fallsview dining experiences; the 4-Diamond award winning Windows by Jamie Kennedy and the Fallsview Buffet. In addition, the hotel offers the breathtaking new Christienne Fallsview Spa, and indoor connections to the attractions, dining, and entertainment located on the 20 acre Falls Avenue Resort including Casino Niagara, and the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. ... more less
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