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“Great location, no early coffee!”
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Finlay House
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

We've been attending the Shaw Festival every August since 2004, but our first and favorite BnB was sold and returned to a private residence a in 2007. So we've been searching for the perfect replacement ever since, and my "average" rating for this property this year is based on comparison with 4 or 5 other BnBs in NOTL. Pam was a very pleasant hostess this year at Finlay House, and, I noticed, she was very accommodating to some other guests' special dietary requirements.
We had stayed at Finlay House in 2011 (under different ownership) and enjoyed the location and breakfasts and general ambiance enough to return this year. I was disappointed that coffee was no longer available downstairs before the 9 am breakfast. This is the first BnB I've stayed in up there that did not have either a coffeepot in the room or coffee available in the dining room for those of us who wake early.

Everything was still neat and clean,and the twin beds very comfortable. Breakfasts were well-cooked and nutritious, but not as outstanding as others we've been served in NOTL.

Also, since I'm being pretty picky, more than one small towel rod in the bathroom would have been handy (instead of a ladder in the bedroom)--maybe even an extra shelf for toiletries, since obviously two people would be sharing the fairly small bathroom.

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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Pamela v, Owner at Finlay House, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2014

Thank you for your interesting comments. Early morning coffee or tea is, of course, available before breakfast, you only need ask. Unfortunately, I am not a mind reader and so do not know if any guests are early risers unless they tell me, as previous guests have done. The room on the ground floor has a queen size bed not double.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Wonderful location. Pam was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and welcoming. The house is immaculate and all the amenities are provided. Breakfast is generous. We had a lovely stay and would stay at Finlay House again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

Finlay House is everything a B&B should be and more, from the location through the spacious, spotlessly clean rooms, to the wonderful hostess, and her delicious breakfasts. We've stayed at other Niagara-on-the-Lake B&B's but once we found Finlay House that was it. We park our car, walk to all the theaters and restaurants, and completely enjoy ourselves. The previous owner ran a fine place, but Pam has made it even better over the last two years. We love it.

Room Tip: We like the Oscar Wilde Room.
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  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 July 2014

Pam is a wonderful host and the setting is charming, clean and extremely well located. We would return again and again. Privacy is terrific and the amenities are all you could want. Breakfast was lovely and the area is quiet and very appealing. Any visitor to Niagara on the lake would do well to book this gem.

Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Finlay House was quaint, quiet and relaxed. Pam, our hostess prepared amazing breakfasts and provided helpful hints on the area. Niagara on the Lake is a hidden gem that has so much to offer. We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We have been to Niagara on the Lake many times and always stayed in Hotels in Niagara, never again this B& B has made up our minds for us. We had a wonderful stay, the bedroom was large and beautifully appointed as was the en suite bathroom. The breakfasts were excellent and Pam was very friendly and interesting to talk to. She even gave us tickets to wine tastings at various vineyards. The B & B was a short walk from the theatres, restaurants and the centre of town. We also loved the verandah where we could sit and enjoy the outdoors with a glass of wine. We will definitely stay there on our next visit to NOL.

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  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

As a staff getaway we reserved all three rooms at Finlay House the weekend of June 6/7. What a great experience.
The way the B&B is set up made it seem like we had rented our own house for the weekend. The owner has a separate area of the house where she lives, so the common areas was ours to gather for visiting, to play games and just relax.
Pam does a wonderful job with breakfast. The poached pears were incredible. Also, thanks for the special treat to help celebrate Joan & Glenn's wedding anniversary on Sunday morning. Such a nice special touch!!!
The location is perfect. Away from the hustle and bustle of the main street of old town NOTL, but close enough to enjoy the walk there.
We all had an incredible weekend in NOTL and Finlay House was a big part of making this get-together a success. Thanks again Pam!!!

  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Finlay House

Address: 8 Nelles St. | PO Box 552, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario L0S 1J0, Canada
Region: Canada > Ontario > Niagara-on-the-Lake
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #57 of 164 B&Bs / Inns in Niagara-on-the-Lake
Price Range: £69 - £130 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Finlay House 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Finlay House is a charming B&B celebrating theatre and wine! Come and visit for a while. We are a short 2-3 minute stroll to Queen Street the heart of Niagara on the Lake, the prettiest town in Canada, 0.4Km to Town centre. The Shaw Festival Theatre is also only a couple of blocks away. Our rooms are bright and comfortable and come with all the "mod cons" - flat screen plasma TV's with satellite and HD channels, free WiFi internet, mini fridge, air conditioners (in summer), alarm clocks and hair dryers. We serve a delicious 2-3 course home cooked breakfast for you to enjoy. Free parking. We look forward to welcoming you soon! ... more   less 
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