Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls
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... told that thunderstorms were forecast for this afternoon so we decided to get the outdoor attractions done first. As we arrived just on opening time (9am) we were able to walk straight up to the Maid of the Mist boat ride with no queuing. A lift took us from the top of the observation tower down to the wharf just below the Rainbow Bridge. Before boarding we were issued with a blue rain poncho to protect us from the spray. The boat travels along the river past the ...
... was named for a man named J.C. Plummer, who must have been quite a guy in his time. He made a career out of being a "rum runner" moving Cuban and Jamaican rum along with other beverages from Canada to the U.S. via Lake Erie. He managed to dodge the authorities, but not Mother Nature. During one of his runs, he lost his life. While his boat was found near Niagara Falls, he was never seen again. Back in Ripley, his lady, ...
... to see her! She treated us to a sushi dinner, it was pretty swell! We got the full package to view the falls! We went on the Maid of the Mist, the journey below the falls and the creation of the falls 4D adventure! After a long day of exploring the falls we made a fire and made s'mores! It was a lovely way to end the Niagara Falls trip! A shout out to Leslie (mom) for coming and visiting, we love you so much! Until next time M and ...
Early morning, we took off for a short 2 hour drive to Niagara Falls. After a bit of trouble finding it, we were finally the Maid of the Mist boat tours. I have wanted to visit Niagara Falls forever!!! I was not dissappointed with this tour at all. We got our ponchos and off we went. Luckily, I brought along a water proof camera case!!! Heading in to the Horseshoe Water Falls was ...
... that all about?
The lady at the Tourist Information Centre was wonderful. Not only did she immediately offer a PC for us to print our boarding passes for tomorrow’s flight, but she told us that if she contacted a taxi company it would only cost us $55. She also gave us a pamphlet for a restaurant close by that makes fresh food. Triple score – YAY !!
We were going to head up to the restaurant but detoured to have a quick look at the Falls from ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking
- Pets allowed
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Historical Traveler Reviews Howard Johnson Closest to the Falls Niagara Falls
I know it's an old property, but the staff is great, and the rooms are great too. It's also within walking distance to the falls. I could not seem to find anything wrong with the rooms. I normally stay on the Canada side, but when I stay on the U.S., this is a good place to stay.
Great location, but property in need of renovation!
This HoJo has an excellent location. Especially if you are coming from the Canadian side it is literally across the border. You are a 5-minute walk away from the American side of the falls. However the property is very ruined and worn out. Our room was spacious, average clean, but the furniture was run down, carpets asking for a replacement. I am surprised the ruined elevator still passes the safety standards. The continental breakfast was OK, but the breakfast room was small and filled up immediately. The hotel was fully booked when we were there and it was very noisy all night through, since the walls are thin. We went to the swimming pool, which also needs a brush-up. Sauna was nice though. The staff was helpful and we were able to check in already at noon. We paid 59$ and were satisfied, but mostly because of the location. The hotel needs renovation.
OK and Average. Walkable distance to the falls
This is an average hotel. not so great for a honeymoon. I booked 2 double bed for 4 adults and I mainly used for sleep over. did not stay in the hotel @ day time. The staff was very nice and really helped us to do an early checkin say by 9:30am! The hotel looks old but maintained OK and clean. The hotel is very close to the falls and is one of the few hotels, which are at a walkable distance to the falls.
Stay somewhere else.
First I must say the staff was wonderful. They were very nice and helpful. The location wasn't bad either. But it just wasn't enough. We booked a non-smoking two queen-bed bedroom and got a two double-bed bedroom. The room smelled of smoke and milldew. There were food crumbs on the carpet. There was hair on our bed (not ours). The bathroom was dirty. And the noise was terrible. We were there in late September and got really great weather. So we were not in the room very much. The hotel was run down. I would never stay there again. The comfort inn and the days inn cost less and seemed much better, and were all right across the road. Hope this helps.
Read every fine print before booking from HOJO.COM
The previous review gives you an accurate picture. Hotel room was tolerable. But the rooms are not worth the price. When we booked for 3 nights the rates in the Howard Johnson website said $82.50/night (not specifying the rates for the next two nights). However, we ended up paying nearly $400 for 3 nights altogether. Only first night was charged $82.50.The next two nights were charged in three digits per night. The front desk explained it as seasonal changes. Would not recommend it to anyone.
great location, great price, good bargain for family.
We walked to the falls and into Canada from the hotel. continental breakfast was good. didn't uase the indoor pool but the kids did and enjoyed it.
Would stay there again.
Not what I expected
My husband and I stayed here while we saw the attractions. This is a good location. Lobby was nice. The halls were dark and the staff were yelling at eachother in the halls when we arrived. The carpet was bumpy in the hall. Our room was ok, it had a decent size bathroom. But had hair on the floor. At night the light from the hall would shine thru the top and bottom of the door to the room because there is such a big space inbetween. Next time I would stay somewhere else.
My friends and I stayed here for a short getaway. The price of rooms were reasonable. The rooms were spacious and clean. The hotel staff were pleasant, friendly, and willing to help. We were able to book tours through the hotel. It was very close to the Falls, and within a short walking distance to the casino and other attractions. The continental breakfast was ok. I would defintely stay there again.
Great Hotel for the price
I was there with my family including 2 young children, in June 2003.
The accomodations were good, and the price was right. Free breakfast was good too. Liked the indoor pool, it was hardly ever busy. The hotel was off the busy "downtoown area" of the falls, so it was much quieter.
Parking is very limited. The staff were very friendly, had a tour desk right in the lobby. The hotel provided luggage carts and there was an elevator. We had a great time!!!
Howard Johnson in Niagara Falls
pros: 1. Proximity to Niagara Falls. 2. Indoor Heated pool and sauna. 3. Continental Breakfast is nice and complete and a complete steal for the area. 4. Staff is friendly 5. Hotel has luggage carts to easily transport personal luggage to rooms. 6. Provide 3 Newspapers and Newsweek magazine in lobby every morning. 7. Bathrooms have sturdy old metal showers, faucets, and toilet. On the 5th floor (highest), the water pressure in showers is still Niagaresque (fantastic). 8. TV's look relatively new with audio/video RCA input jacks. Beds were fairly firm, slept very well. 9. Ice machines, laundry facilities in hotel are easily accessible from any floor. 10. There is a Denny's and gas station nearby. 11. Parking is plenty and the lot during weekdays was quite empty. 12. Niagara falls, aquarium, casino are within walking distances. cons: 1. One entrance on the front side only. 2. There is very little nightlife in the vicinity of the hotel. 3. Rooms look old, carpets look old. 4. Bathrooms and living area have exposed plumbing pipes in one portion of room. 5. Bathroom looks like an apt bathroom, small and compact. Bathroom tubs have shutter doors. 6. Found some dust and lint in bathroom near shutter door bottom and top of tub. Found lint/dust near the bathroom exhaust vent as well. 7. Local phone calls are charged 75 cents per call. 8. The heating and cooling systems in the hotel room are functional, but one can notice dust/lint around them. 9. The helicopter service to niagara is next door, so it is quite noisy outside the hotel during the day. Can't hear the chopper noise inside the rooms. 10. Didn't get to use the pool and sauna, timings of 3 pm to 9 pm were a bit inconvinient for us. 11. Provide microwave but charge $10 more.