We stayed at the Shaw Club Hotel for 2 nights right before the start of tourist season, mid-spring. Needless to say, it rained throughout most of our stay... which means we spent a fair amount of our time near/ in the hotel.
ROOMS: We stayed in a "Classic King" room (the most economical room available on their website). The room has ample storage space for a couple and a small couch for lounging. Decor is modern and comfortable, not trendy. The king-sized feather-top bed provided a restful sleep. The bathroom was immaculately clean and had double shower heads (hand held and rainfall) with room for a couple to share a shower. The room also had a 42 inch plasma TV, cordless phone, CD player and DVD player. I also liked that there is a journal in which you are invited to write your impressions of the hotel.
AMENITIES: The Shaw Club hotel offers some wonderful amenities (which we enjoyed as a result of the rainy weather). In the common lounge area, there is a wide variety of classic and recently released DVDs that can be borrowed and enjoyed in your room. As well, there is a Keurig coffee/ tea maker, board games, newspapers and a computer with Internet and a printer. There is a gym in the basement; the room is large but there are only a couple of cardio machines and weights (nothing too fancy). The hotel is conveniently located next to the Shaw Theatre without being immediately located in the heart of the tourist strip (Queen Street).
ZEE's RESTAURANT: There seem to be mixed reviews about the on-site restaurant, Zee's. We felt that the continental breakfast (yogurt with fresh seasonal fruit and granola, brie cheese, croissant/ cinnamon bun and house-made fruit compote) exceeded the typical breakfast you would have at any other hotel. Although their menu isn't extensive, we felt that the selections were well-made, tasty and reflected a true appreciation of Canadian/ regional ingredients. Our waiter was attentive, knowledgeable and very helpful with our wine selection (best Pinot noir in the region!) A must-try was the lobster "poutine" - truly amazing!
CONCIERGE & SERVICE: Upon arrival, we were welcomed and approached re: any questions about the region and our stay/ plans. We were given passes/ free tastings to the Peller Estates and Reif wineries which was a pleasant surprise (ASIDE: In the end, we only paid for tastings at the Stratus winery- everywhere else we visited gave us complimentary tastings!). Greg also showed us on a map his personal favorites (wineries) and where to eat. When we went out to dinner at the Old Winery Restaurant, the hotel offered to shuttle us there and back. The staff were consistently friendly and helpful.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: The Shaw Club Hotel isn't your typical chain/ mass production hotel. It offers friendly, helpful service and inviting comfortable rooms in Niagara on the Lake. We would stay here again to relax and enjoy Ontario's wine country.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shaw Club Hotel epitomizes contemporary luxury. Designed to feel more like a private club than a hotel, each sophisticated guestroom is individually accentuated with the latest technology and has been designed to ensure unparalleled comfort. Located directly across the street from the Shaw Festival Theatre, The Shaw Club offers full service accommodation and extraordinary dining at its restaurant, Zees Patio & Grill. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shaw Club Hotel Niagara-On-The-Lake
- Shaw Club Hotel And Spa
- Shaw Hotel