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Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls Niagara Falls
Ranked #19 of 128 Hotels in Niagara Falls
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Great location”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

This was my 5th trip to NF, Each stay was at a different hotel. While I really enjoyed the time I spent in a Falls-view room with a separate family and dining area but spending 400 hundred US a night isn't really practical.

Anyway, the Howard Johnson's location without a falls-view is excellent. You are right in the heart of clifton hill and right on victoria lane in which turns into lundy's lane.

The hotel is old and dated but very clean and safe. I got the casino, bus and breakfast package with 2 a-joining rooms.

The package gave 4 of us each of 25 dollars in casino credits, 25 dollars off for 3 days at denny's and 48 hours free bus transportation.

To save money, we only ordered carry out at denny's to avoid paying 6 to 10 dollars in drinks. Every restaurant in the falls tourist area charges 6 to 10 dollars for coffee or cola with the famous tourist tax.

Another money saver is to drive up victoria lane which turns into lundy's lane and you can shop at fast food places, restaurants or convenient stores that don't charge a tourist tax. A 5 to 10 minute drive. They even have a dollor rama store to buy cups, or other assorted stuff cheap.

Back to the hotel, the front staff are polite with the exception of the manager. He seemed clueless and when he gave me a bus schedule that had expired, it confirmed my suspicions that he wasn't very bright.

With the exception of the manager, i highly recommend this hotel , especially when you have to treat your in-laws to a week vacation at the falls.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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HJ Manager, General Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls Niagara Falls, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
We are pleased to hear that you found good value in our packages and did enjoy your stay with us overall. Thank you for the compliments of the staff and facilities, if we provided outdated information I do apologize as we may have been waiting for the new supplies depending on the date of your stay and the changing seasonal schedules. Thank you also for the recommendations and for choosing to stay with Howard Johnson. We hope to have you back again as our guest on your next visit to the Falls.
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

For less than $300 for 3 nights in Niagara Falls I was very satisfied with my stay. Although the hotel is dated, everything was very clean. The staff was friendly and the location is great. The walk to the falls was about 15 mins and the walk to Clifton hill was about 5 mins. The beds were surprisingly very comfortable and it was nice and quiet in the hotel at night. The parking was $9 a day and there was a $200 hold on my credit card during my stay. For the price, I would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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HJ Manager, General Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls Niagara Falls, responded to this review, 5 June 2014
Thank you for the compliments of the property and staff. It is always a pleasure to hear that guests have found value in their visit. We are happy to hear you found the beds very comfortable and the location of a benefit to you. Parking and the deposit are required of all guests. We look forward to the opportunity of having you as a guest of the hotel again soon. Thank you for choosing Howard Johnson.
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Phoned the Howard Johnson hotel by the Falls to get a quote for a girls weekend away. I was honest about the number of cars and number of rooms I would need (just 2 joining rooms). When we arrived they were training the ladies at the front desk so she didn't really know what to say to us when the total she had on her screen was higher than the quote I was given over the phone. I even had the break-down of the fees written down to be sure. Her Manager was not around. A Supervisor was there but he just said he needed the Manager.

They were of no help, and they could not explain why I was given an incorrect quote. I was told it was likely Tourist Tax and the prices that go up for American long weekends (even though we are in Ontario and we are Canadian). If the price goes up for summer and holidays that's fine, but make sure you quote that to me when I call to get all the details in the first place. It would have affected my decision-making and it definitely pisses me off after-the-fact.

We ended up getting a Suite which was not so sweet. It was just a regular looking motel room with more beds. Not worth the hassle and the extra costs that were conveniently left out of the quote.

At that point we couldn't go elsewhere because we would lose a cancellation fee/deposit and then have to pay a last minute/under 24 hour booking fee at the next place.

Make sure you book online in the future so you can bring your quote and argue with them over Tourist Tax. Maybe the longer you argue the more likely you are to have it removed if you're from the area?

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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HJ Manager, General Manager at Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls Niagara Falls, responded to this review, 1 June 2014
Thank you for providing your perspective on the hotel policies and procedures. The hotel did charge you accordingly for the number of vehicles that you mentioned as we do allow one spot per reservation and additional cars carry a premium as they may be taking a spot from another guest. Rates do fluctuate based upon occupancy and demand, the sooner the booking chances are you will have a better rate then waiting closer to the date to book as occupancy increases. Once a reservation has been placed the rate quoted that day would be locked in and we do honour the rates taken at the time of the actual booking. If you call one day and book on another then rates may increase depending on the demand and availability at the time you actually reserve. All rates are quoted in Canadian dollars prior to taxes and fees. Depending on what you booked originally the two room family suites are more convenient for larger groups and do have another room that does adjoin to them should a guest require additional space for friends but they do carry a higher price as a bigger room. The hotel does have a 48 hour 4 pm prior to arrival cancellation policy which is advised to all guests and posted on our affilliated sites as well. The fee that you spoke of is imposed by the hospitatlity industry as in many cities in promoting Niagara Falls as a must see venue being used to provide for things such as the fireworks, festival of lights, free concerts and things such as infrastructure like the ScotiaBank convention centre all enhance the experience when you visit Niagara Falls. We cannot speak for other properties but this hotel does actively particpate in this campaign and remits the fees in support of these venues. The fees are posted on all sites that we participate on as part of the cost to rent a room at this property. We thank you for your perspective and hope you understand ours. Thank you for choosing Howard Johnson while staying in Niagara.
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Property: Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls Niagara Falls
Address: 5905 Victoria Avenue, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2G 3L8, Canada
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Region: Canada > Ontario > Niagara Falls
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Green Hotel in Niagara Falls
#22 Romantic Hotel in Niagara Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls Niagara Falls 2.5*
Number of rooms: 198
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located just one short block to the Top 10 best Clifton Hill Attractions and the mighty water Falls itself and just steps away from the Great Canadian Midway. The Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls is superbly located in the center of the Niagara Falls/Clifton Hill tourist district offering you an incredible selection of restaurants and shopping adventures. The Niagara Falls Howard Johnson Hotel By The Falls is a 3 Key-Green Certified family-oriented full-service hotel that offers you wonderful Niagara Falls Hotel Accommodations consisting of 198 newly renovated spacious guest rooms including Family Suites, Whirlpool Guest Rooms and Traditional 2-Queen Bedded Guest Rooms, as well as our Balcony Rooms overlooking all the action below along the Clifton Hill District. ... more   less 
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