Howard Johnson Hotel By The Falls
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... similar in lots of ways to South Australia's Hahndorf, or Washington State's Leavenworth.
As we turned into the main street, I asked if it was possible to go on a horse drawn carriage ride. So to my delight we only had a 10 minute wait till one was available.
Our driver owned Ebony the lovely big horse, and as we ambled through the village, she told us lots of different tales plus pointed out houses ...
... way. On arrival we weren't greeted by the sound of gushing water, rather a taxi rank outside a rather seedy looking hotel, and found it was another 4km and $16 to the falls themselves. With only an hr left before our last connection we hitched a cab down to the riverside and started snapping.
The falls were extraordinary, really need to be seen to be believed. We think we got to see them at the best ...
... at the railing and therefore got spectacular views of the falls from all directions.
When you are above the falls they don't seem as big as they do when you are at their base. Being at the bottom where water of that power and magnitude lands really makes you feel weak and powerless, that nature really is such a wonder to behold. The boat trip was really refreshing and cleansing in a way and being a part of it ...
We are trying to get cross the border before rush hour. We'll see. We are also trying to make it to the fireworks show and Falls lights tonight. Woo hoo eh?
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See you in 16 days!!
Niagara Falls was an interesting experience from the start. It consisted of the Greyhound bus leaving Toronto over 40 minutes late after at least 70 people turing up for the bus to either New York or Niagara Falls. After sorting out the confusion, we were loaded and on our way. Due to the extreme snoring from on of the ladies in the hostel room, I slept the entire trip, waking up just as we pulled into the Falls bus terminal! Having not planned ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHoward Johnson Hotel By The Falls Niagara Falls
This is my worst stay ever in Niagara falls. I booked the two-day indoor fallsview waterpark package. All the other hotels in Niagara that are offering a similar package, would give the waterpark passes for two days. I was told by the receptionist that the passes would be valid till 3 PM on the checkout day. When I tried to go on the day of the checkout, I was not permitted and was in fact told that I was admitted yesterday by mistake since the passes were only valid for one day. I called the supervisor of the front desk from the waterpark who was very rude and just told me that they only give daily passes and that there was nothing he could do and ended up by hanging up the phone.
He also told me that unlike all the other hotels (Crowne Plaza, Sheraton by the falls, hampton inn and Skyline inn) they only offer the passes for one night. Keep in mind that when you make the reservation, you get a warning if you have more guests than passes but you don't get a warning if you have more nights than passes). I actually paid full price for the extra passes for my kids because I thought they were for the full stay, even though I could have got them from costco for half the price, had I known that they were for just one day.
When you call the reception, they claim that the waterpark is within a 5 minute walk (it's actually a 20-minute walk). They say they are within one block from the falls (a 45 minute walk from the Canadian falls).
The hotel itself is very old and outdated. The bathroom is very small. Beds are very uncomfortable. Bed covers were very old and had a hole in them. The Hotel entrance is right behind KFC, so the smell was really bed (kind of a greasy kitchen).
The pool is very small. The hotel has one elevator so I had to take the stairs most of the times from the 6th floor instead of waiting for it.
Totally not worth the money. Will never stay at any Howard Johnson again.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Hotel By The Falls Niagara Falls
This Hotel STAFF ROCKS!!!!
The Howard Johnson Hotel Staff went their way to accomadate us in the beatiful Heart Jacuzzi. and for sure this hotel is raccomended for couples and families. The pool is so big and the waterslide which kids were enjoyed them self. Very nice I'm more than impressed. Thanks
Great place. My wife and I stayed here for Valentine's day. The Jacuzzi suites was very nice, not the cheesy red tub and black tile they show in the pictures on the website. The room was clean, and the hotel was fine. Except the change machine for the vending machines was broken, and the peanuts from the vending machine sucked. Otherwise, we had a great time, Kelsey's down the street is great. We recommend staying here to all!
We stayed at this hotel in 2/00. When my husband suggested a HOJOs I groaned. What a pleasant suprize! The suite was HUGE! I could have done without the mirrors above the bed though :) The suite was very clean, well stocked and the staff very courtious. Reading previous complaints about the hotel made me want to write. First off, anyone whos been to Niagara Falls once knows its a casino/tourist trap area. Dennys is famous. Famous for their unbeleivably high prices that is. The hotel has no control over either. The other thing people who have never been there should know. Every hotel has smaller than average rooms with less amenities than you would find in higher economic areas. You wont find many 4 star hotels in the area and when you do they wont compare to the ones youve stayed at elsewhere. Lower your expectations a bit and youll have a fantastic time at the Falls!
Not Worth The Money!!!
My boyfriend and I just got back from a weekend away in Niagara Falls.
Out of all the times we have been there, I have to say that this was the worst! We booked a 2 Night Package Deal with the Jacuzzi Suite.
This package included (2) $30.00 Coupons for Breakfast at Denny's and (1) $45.00 Coupon for Dinner at 1 of 3 restaurants (Brandino's, T.G.I.Fridays or The Terrapin Dining Room). First off - our breakfast came to $47.00 the first morning - very disappointed in their unbelievable prices!! I have never seen anywhere that charges that much money for bacon and eggs! The Orange Juice alone cost $10.00 for two glasses! The service there was very slow. Dinner was very expensive too - these coupons were pointless - unless you were eating alone. Our Jacuzzi Suite was nothing like what was advertised on the website - and the room was small. (I've had bigger, better rooms at cheaper hotels).
We had a noisy vent outside our window that was constantly making noise (turning off and on every 3 minutes). We spoke to others staying there on the same package deal and they had the same complaints. For the price we paid to stay at the Howard Johnson - it was definetely NOT worth the money! We will never go back to that hotel again!
We loved it :)
I have been to the Howard Johnson hotel 3 times, once with the kids and twice just with my husband. We have had different rooms each time and all three times the rooms were GREAT, the staff very friendly, the pool and sauna very nice. DEFINETELY worth the money !! We have stayed in Niagara about 10 times total and stayed in many different hotels and this is probably the best bet for the money. Sure the others are a bit more " classy " but you PAY twice as much for the room. And the rooms are definetely NICE. I would recommend this to anyone ( the only drawback was the restaurant next door - way too pricey, BUT there are so many other reasonable restaurants around that it doesn't matter ). HAD A WONDERFUL TIME EVERY TIME :)
Good location for the dollar spent
My fiance and I drove up to Canada from NY and booked a Jaccuzzi room at this hotel online through expedia. We haven't been to Niagara before so we didn't know what to expect as far as hotels and night life.
We were pleased to find that the Hojo is in the middle of the main strip of entertainment and about a 7 -8 minute walk to the falls. For the price of a semi-decent room at one of the hotels right on the falls, we got a king sized bed and a jaccuzi in our room for the same price. The rooms were modest but clean and fairly updated. There's plenty of good restaurants in walking distance, and the liquor store is only about a 3 minute walk (very important if you are looking for a bottle of wine to bring back to your jaccuzi.) If all you are looking for is a clean standard room in walking distance to all, then you will probably be happy at this hotel.
Worst Vacation Ever
My husband and I made reservations at the Howard Johnson Hotel. First off, we reserved a jacuzzi room that did not even remotely resemble what was advertised on their website. We tried to enjoy our stay but realized that this will become quite impossible. The website said our hotel was one block away from the Falls, but in reality was at least 5 blocks in American Terms. We dined at Denny's which is right next store, and ended up paying $45.00 for an imitation philly cheese steak, (which they called a steak melt and a bagel with warm cream cheese, and sour orange juice and watered down coca cola). We ventured on to a fine restaurant, (The Italian Restaurant across the street from our hotel) where I realized they wanted to charge me $60.00 for surf and turf that you can get at TJI Friday's down the street from me for $15.00. We decided to take a long walk down to the Falls, which personally I feel was way over rated considering all the hipe I was always led to believed. The Falls were pretty, but that bliss lasted about 10 minutes. We went on Journey Behind The Falls, which sounded pretty interesting, but like everything else, I was completely disappointed. My husband and I went on the Spider Man ride, which ended up being a cheap imitation of the Spider Man Ride in Orlando, Florida, USA. The atmosphere felt like a town carnival, which drained our pockets and made us feel like we had been robbed by Pirates. All in all this was the worst vacation ever, we wanted to enjoy a romantic vacation by the falls, but made us realize we would have been better off purchasing our own jacuzzi and had a romantic vacation in our own back yard. We will definely not be coming back.
Never Stay at the HoJo!
We reserved a room for one night at the Howard Johnson in Niagara Falls. Decided to go all out and get the suite with hot tub. We were extremely disappointed with the room and service. The bed itself must have been purchased when the hotel originally opened and has never been replaced. I was in pain (back) for three days following our one night stay. Everything in the room was out dated and below average, however the price of the room was not. Most disappointed with response from head office. Their only statement was that they only sell the Howard Johnson name and are not responsible for individually owned hotels. Very alarming! I will NEVER book at ANY Howard Johnson hotel EVER AGAIN.
Loved the tub!
Had a great time (May 9th, weekend 2003)Room was perfect, Heated pool was just right, also so was hot tub and sauna.Only problem was the unexpected cost of parking that I thought was supposed to be included.Sherry
Good bang for the buck.
My wife and I just stayed at the Howard Johnson Plaza and we were quite pleased with it. We opted for the King Jacuzzi Suite which offered a lot of nice touches for the money. The heart shaped jacuzzi was especially popular with my wife but the king sized bed (with ceiling mirror!),in room safe,hair dryer,loveseat etc. were all appreciated too. The view wasn`t much to speak of and the bathroom was quite small and plain but again for the money it was great. The indoor/outdoor pool with waterslide was also a hoot and better than many much higher priced hotels. The staff was quite helpful apart from as few of the front desk staff who were a bit brief. The Victorie Cafe/Baskin Robbins/Pizza Hut just off the lobby was cool too but it would have been nice if it opened earlier.