It seems there are a plethora of B&B’s popping up all over this part of Niagara Falls.
Every other house seems to be a B&B and out of all the ones we saw while driving around town, there was only 1 that definitely looked way better than Graystone Manor but I don’t think there is a single one that will beat Graystone Manor in value (looks, manicured lawn and well kept gardens, service, friendly hospitality, value for dollars spent, experience, quality of food - made from scratch breakfast everyday etc.).
I don’t write reviews and this is my first time writing a review on Trip Advisor and our stay at Graystone Manor was pleasant enough that I wanted to write one and share it with everyone. Here are the Pro’s and Con’s as viewed from our eyes/experience of stay + plus some tips to help you make the most of your stay in Niagara Falls.
Overall, we give it a strong 4.5 or a weak 5 out of 5.
Location and view: Graystone Manor is located in the quiet part of town and it’s a 5 to 10 minute drive to the falls. Our room, although on the smaller side and with no TV, had a nice view and overlooked the rocky cliffs and narrow tapering two-lane semi-highway that hugs the falls and traverses the century old brick and stone houses and ultimately meanders its way towards the class 5 rapids down the street.
It eventually winds its way thru the million dollar estates banked on the placid waters and ends up on the quaint, picturesque town of “Niagara on the Lake.” The 30 minute drive to Niagara on the Lake from Graystone Manor was the highlight of our stay because of the view; million dollar houses sitting as coronated crown jewels atop long, narrow vineyards and estates owned by rich bankers all vying to outdo each other at the laborious art of crafting their own private vintages.
Some of these places actually manage to ferment decent wine. Along the way, we stopped at one such estate and sampled their ice wine slushy.
Service: Service at Graystone Manor is impeccable. The Inn is run by a couple (Rob and Bill) and Scott. Each of them is always doing something incessantly; be it prepping and keeping the kitchen spotless, tending to the yard, or puttering around the house on one of an endless list of improvements. All the bedrooms are upstairs. Downstairs has the dining room, kitchen, and living room which houses the common use TV and computer.
We didn’t have a TV in our room so we frequently watched TV downstairs while trying out different kinds of wine and beer.
Value for Money: Although a little on the pricey side ($110 to $125 per night), the free, made from scratch breakfast every morning is a great way to start out the day. The food is ruthlessly, unrelentingly delicious and fattening (if you’re not careful). This breakfast was one of the highlights of our stay there.
The orange juice is fresh squeezed every morning. The baked goods and everything else is made from scratch and Scott gets working on them around 2:00 or 3:00 am the night before prepping the kitchen. Also, the menu changes every day. The breakfast is truly out of this world and made with lots of love and effort and care and you taste that in every bite.
You don’t really appreciate how much work and preparation goes into the morning breakfast. My only gripe was that since I’m a bit of a night owl, 9 am was a bit early for me and I would have preferred to have had breakfast served at 10 am instead.
Bill was kind enough to drop us off at the falls on our first morning there and give us plenty of personalized recommendations on what to do in town. Canadian hospitality at its best. We also got lucky with the couple on the first day. We got chatting with them at breakfast and they were a very interesting bunch.
This couple brews their own wine. The lady works as a police dispatcher and runs a business on the side that she inherited from the father. The husband, an emigrant from Germany, is an instructor for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and his job takes him all over the world.
They showed us a picture of him meeting the Queen of England as well as the Royal couple when they came to visit Canada. They were a very interesting bunch and we definitely felt a level of rapport on the first day.
Small Shower. The shower designated to our room was definitely on the small side and the pipe was leaking water in certain places. I also kept bumping my elbow against the shower door. The only other downside with our room was that the bathroom was across the hall.
Although not shared, it was a minor inconvenience. However, on the plus side, it is only an issue with our room as all the other rooms have the bathrooms on the inside. The other downside with the house is also what makes it so charming and attractive and gives it its character.
The house was build sometime in the 1800's and the extensive hardwood flooring throughout gives it a great look and feel but it also makes for a really loud and creaky house (especially at night). My girlfriend and I were walking to tip-toes trying not wake anybody. Finally, the morning guests can be a hit or miss.
We lucked out and got spoiled (and had our expectations set really high for the rest of the trip) on the first day but the morning breakfasts were nowhere near as pleasant and enjoyable after that.
But this is minor nit-picking from a guy who has impossible standards. Overall, I give this B&B my highest recommendation. Stay and have an experience that you'll never forget for as long as you live (and one that will make you want to come back to Niagara Falls over and over again).
Finally, have a few conversations with Rob, Bill, and Scott. You will learn a lot and get the most vacation bang for your money.
I am a natural procrastinator and my girlfriend and I took this trip last year (5/15/2013). Normally, I would just not bother to write a review after this long but the experience was so great that I felt compelled to say this little "Thank-You" to the Inn-keepers. My conscience didn't let me rest till I got this off my chest.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This century home, bed and breakfast, is located on the banks of the picturesque Niagara River Gorge, within walking distance of the Falls and other major attractions. Recently restored, this B&B offers modern conveniences, combined with historic charm. ... more less
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