Howard Johnson Hotel By The Falls
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... it left from the Floral Showhouse and the best place to park was at Dufferin Islands as it was free. All the other parking areas were $5.00 an hour (Mum and Dad are looking after us again). Was a bit tricky finding the road at first but we found it parked the car. This nature area is popular with hikers and bird watching plus explore several quiet and secluded small islands connected by footbridges and paths. So peaceful ...
... street and had lunch in a lovely restaurant that had a grand staircase leading upstairs and out on to a balcony with a good view down the street. I would have liked to have explored the pretty, little town more but we had another plan for the afternoon- wine tasting!
Wine tasting certainly featured quite prominently during this trip which is strange because I am not a big drinker of wine at home nor a wine connoisseur. It either tastes good ...
... we’d first be going to Skylon Tower and for an extra $12 (each) we could go up the tower and view the Falls from the sky (the best way to see them, apparently). Oh, why not? It’s not like we come here every day and we’ve already blown the budget for today (and yesterday); so what’s another $24? Pay the man and up we go.
Well, he was right! It was spectacular! I’ve been to Niagara Falls before but I’ve not been ...
... coming down and get really wet, hard to take pictures but I still did (sorry bob but your camera got wet).
Next, since it was still early, I went down to the Maid of the Mists which is the small boat that goes directly up to the base of the falls. It first started in 1846. Once again, you get a plastic raincoat which you REALLY, REALLY need because you get absolutely soaked. I was on the top deck which has no protection ...
... done. We are not really people who can stick to a schedule!
Unfortunately, we also noticed that the area around Niagara Falls itself, has been completely taken over by American chain restaurants and silly attractions. We saw almost no restaurants that were not chains and lots of things like Frankenstein's House, Dinosaur Adventure Golf, Ripley's Believe it or Not, you get the picture.
We ended ...
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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.
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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!
My boyfriend and I just got back from a weekend away in Niagara Falls.
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 :)
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.
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.