Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel
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We moved from the Brock Plaza to Old Stone Inn and were very glad we did. The rooms are MUCH nicer, beds far more comfortable and the gas fireplace worked, and provided a romantic touch we were looking for, having traveled to Niagara Falls for a 20th anniversary. Nice central location (not on the main drag), even with no view out the window. We could walk anywhere and the beautiful Rossi Glass factory was just across the street. Definite tourist DO's: Maid of the Mist, Oh Canada Eh?! Dinner show, IMAX theater and the glassblowers working at Rossi Glass.
Excellent restaurant and service at The Old Stone Inn
We just return from a five night stay at Niagara Falls, Ontario staying May 13 - May 18.2004
The trip was a 40th Birthday present from my husband, I could not decide which hotel to stay at so we chose two packages and then took a one night gamble with Priceline. Our firs two nights were at the Hilton Fallsview, our second 2 night package was at "The Old Stone Inn" and our Priceline gamble of $38 was "The Renaissance" We got the 2 night package at The Hilton for $349 CD with a $50 CD discount with a AAA coupon plus an additional $20 to park. The package included 2 nights with a fallsview $75 CD voucher for dinner at the Watermark restaurant and breakfast for two each morning for a buffet at the Watermark or $38 credit at Denny's next door. The hotel itself was in a prime location. The location will be even better once the new casino opens, it is literally right out the front door. The swimming pool is excellent, the waterslide is as good as one at a waterpark and the pool is great to swim in with a miniature whirlpool effect and a small pool with a waterfall you can sit under. The room was nice nothing spectacular pretty average. The Watermark restaurant is AWFUL!! I am not a complainer and felt reading the other write ups that people were exaggerating, but they were not. We pretty much felt we need to eat here because of $75 voucher. My husband had chicken and I had the seafood fettucine, they were the two lowest price entrees on the menu except for fettucine alfredo. We had a total of three diet cokes and that was it! With the GST and PST taxes and an additional 3% entertainment tax because it was Friday night and they have fireworks although the fireworks do not start until May 21 we still were charge this tax our bill came and with tip (which the service is also lousy) and the tax it cost us over $100 CD. My food was the worst that I have ever eaten. I was hungry after dinner because the meal was so bad. Even the bread was old. I could not believe Hilton would have such bad food and service. The Watermark looks better in the pictures and now that the Casino is across the street, the views of the falls include a view of the Casino and parking garage. It is NOT a romantic restaurant! We had the buffet breakfast at the same restaurant which was also included in our package. That was all right but nothing spectacular. We tried Denny's the next morning for breakfast but it was more than the $38 voucher included. Denny's charges $13.90 CD for their breakfast specials then add juice, coffee and 17%taxes you are over your $38 voucher you should just have the breakfast at the Hilton if it is included. Our next package was $265CD which included breakfast both mornings and a food voucher of $25 CD and a bottle of wine and free parking at the at "The Old Stone Inn."
What the Hilton lacked the Old Stone Inn provided. The Hilton's room, view and pool were superior over "The Old Stone Inn" but the restaurant was EXCELLENT! Excellent service and food. Because we were so disillusioned at the Hilton we choice to use our voucher only for Dessert. My husband had a cheese platter and I had a Carmel custard with fruit. We also had soda to drink, the voucher cover the cost of the dessert, sodas and taxes. Although we had just dessert, the staff treated us as if we ordered a four course dinner. The desserts were excellent. We had both our breakfasts here at the restaurant using our vouchers. The food was delicious and the morning staff was just as pleasant as the evening staff. The restaurant is very romantic. The hotel rooms are average and there are no nice views. the location is just a few blocks away from the Clifton Hill area and the falls. You are in walking distance of everything but the location is not so nice. Our last night was the priceline hotel...the Renaissance. This hotel rooms were beautiful. I have never stayed in such a pretty looking room at a hotel before. We had a King size bed, service was good, Casino shuttle bus to Casino Niagara and is right next door to the Hilton and across the street from the new casino. We did not eat here so I cannot critique the restaurants. We could not beat this hotel especially with the price We paid for it. It seemed to good to be true. If I could have the swimming pool of the Hilton, the service and restaurant of "The Old Stone Inn" and the rooms of the Renaissance. I would have the ultimate place to stay in Niagara Falls. I would definitely recommend "The Millery Dinning Room" at "The Old Stone Inn" and say stay away from "The Watermark "for dinner at the Hilton Fallsview! And a final remark "The Maid of the Mist" is a must for all visitors to the Niagara area! (The Niagara Falls Great Gorge Adventure Pass is a good deal show your AAA or CAA card and it cost about $30CD per person for unlimited people mover and incline railway rides for one day and admission to The Maid of The Mist, Journey Behind the Falls and the Butterfly Conservatory. ) One final comment you can get your GST tax back if you pay more than $14 GST tax on your accommodations or pay more than $50 on goods on one receipt, but beware if you take a package they only give you back 50 percent back on the GST because food, entreatment and parking is not refundable for GST taxes. I hope this review was helpful.
Across the street from the Skylon Tower
My husband and I stayed at the Old Stone and had a really great time. We arrived April 22 2004 and left on the 25th. The room was extremely clean and had just been remodeled. The Skylon Tower was just across the street. We purchased a combo ticket and opted to have lunch as well as a ride to the top of the tower. In the Revolving dinning room the view was great. The dinning room revolves very slowly so you can see everything around the city and the falls. The Old Stone Inn is located conveniently near Clifton Hill area but not so close that there is all kinds of noise and traffic. The street comes to a dead end where it meets the park so its a really nice scenic walk through gardens to get to the falls area. Or even just to enjoy the gardens by themselves. This is a plus because it eliminates the need for expensive paid parking or even rental cars. We were able to walk everywhere we went. Then comeback and relax in the hot tub and swimming pool. The hotel and lounge themselves had lots of character and were very clean. I don't think I will be staying anywhere else when I come back to Niagra Falls!!!
Loved Our Getaway
Last Valentine's Day weekend the love of my life and myself decided on a romantic weekend. We chose the Old Stone Mill Inn after calling the office and discussing the available options. We chose the fireplace suite room #315. It was beautiful! Massive queen sized bed and antique styled furniture added to the romantic nature of our trip. The fireplace worked perfectly with a flip of a switch and was very charming. The bathroom had been recently remodeled because it was in perfect condition and new in appearance. We had booked our dinner in the lovely dining room within the inn which we enjoyed after an hour in the lounge enjoying drinks and conversation. Service was professional and friendly. The food was delicious and moderately expensive. Even my digital camera was returned immediately by our waiter Michael when I foolishly left it at the table. Our experience was a very positive one and we would recommend the inn to any of our friends.
After having enjoyed our first romantic Valentine getaway at the Old Stone Inn this year, we can't imagine spending it anywhere else next year. The soft glow from the fireplace enhanced the elegance of the decor and created the ambience we were looking for. So completely satisfying was the room, our dinner and the gift basket included in our package that we plan to make this a yearly tradition.
My favorite place to stay.......................
if you find something that you like, you should remember to use it as often as you can. I have stayed at the old stone inn dozens of times in the past 8 or 9 years. I have even brought as many as 80 friends with me to enjoy its wonderful atmosphere, and appeal. the staff has been top notch, the amenities are plentiful, and the ambiance is charming at any time that you decide to visit. the lounge is warm, and inviting.
the resturant is classy, and yet very comfortable. the pools are clean, and cared for. the rooms are simple, but clean and well maintained.
overall, i give it my highest recommendation for overall style, comfort, and value. thanks many times over old stone, you have a costumer for life, plus all my family and friends............................
My wife and I stayed here on our Honeymoon in October of 1998. First, this was a great time of year to be in Niagara. The weather, the lack of crowds and the exchange rate combined to make a great week.
The hotel was wonderful. It does not have the bland, cookie-cutter Holiday Inn, Raddison, Best Western feel. It is a unique and cozy place with lots of character. The room was very clean, the hotel was orderly and neat and the service was fine. The lounge was the icing on the cake, what a wonderful way to cap off a great day in Canada. Fireplace, overstuffed chairs, intimate setting.
I can't imagine not enjoying a stay here and plan to return October 2003 for our anniversary.
Family Bus Trip to the Falls
I have just returned from a 3 day two night stay at the Old Stone Inn with a 37 person vacation bus trip to the falls. The rooms were available as they said they would be at check in. The rooms were clean and the AC worked. The hotel pool and hot tub were clean. The location was good. It's right next to the Imax and Skylon tower and not too far of a walk to the Falls or Clifton Hill. We had a catered breakfast at the hotel of eggs and sausage which was very good and the people that ate at the restaurant said it was good. I don't know what the other the hotels cost around the falls but for a central location this is nice. Just watch your change from purchases when shops exchange U.S. to Canadian.
The Old Stone Inn is my families favorite Hotel in Niagara, Ontario... we have stayed in that hotel several times before and have never had problems with extremely loud noises coming from the other rooms. We loved it so much we opted to use it as a gathering/lodging place for our Wedding for our individual families/friends. It was WONDERFUL! My husband and I stayed in a fireplace suite, the ambiance, food and the staff have all been awesome. My family who came up from Ohio loved it as well and are planning to go back sometime in late summer. This will be the 6th time we have stayed in this hotel and I find it hard to stay anywhere else! Their weekend packages are great! I can not say enough good things regarding this hotel! It is totally underated and under-advertised.
It's a Shame......!!!
This is a very quaint and cozy Inn that's tucked away over near the Skylon Tower . The Rooms are a good size and very clean. If I'm not mistaken, I think it was converted from a flour mill. The food here is exceptional with loads of ambiance. The staff are friendly and helpful .Well, all except one....one of the ladies behind the desk at check-in. She must have been bored or just having a very bad day. After getting unpacked. we were amazed at how thin the walls were in our room.The family next door with 3 kids didn't do anything but yell , fight and scream. It was quite annoying . So, since we were there for a weekend package, we thought we better ask to be moved to enjoy our remaining time. This was no problem at all because luckily, we got the friendly lady clerk this time and she moved us from the 3rd floor to the main with no one beside us. Well this was great until the second night when two couples checked in next door and decided to have intimate activity for most of the night .It was again very loud and quite embarasing this time. Thankfully we got through it and we checked out the following morning. Guess who was behind the desk...Ya you guessed it !. I elected just to pay and leave. It's a shame that the walls are so paper thin here and that this had to ruin our stay. It's really a nice little Inn. However, we won't be going back there too soon and that's for sure . We've moved to the Hilton with thicker walls and quiter surroundings and are loving it. F.Malatesta
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... AWESOME! My host Luis let me stay in his small town for three days until I felt well enough to continue on my way.
After visiting the Mayan ruins of Copan, staying way too long at my second host's house in La Entrada, accepting and quitting a volunteer job the very next day, I gave up. I found a cheap flight change price to Toronto and went home, where I would stay, wallowing in my sorrow for a month and a half until leaving for Singapore.
... view was incredible. The amount of water and noise was surreal to see, but this was only the beginning.
After taken in the view, we trekked towards the maid of mist area, ( had to be there to feel the excitement of the group).
$14 for the 25 minute boat ride under the falls is out of this world. Breathtaking view, noise and feeling (wet). Not even losing contact lens could dampen the experience of life time. As most people ...
On our way back through the border there was a guy waiting in line on his bike aha we all found this rather amusing!
Tonight we went to The Keg Bar and Grill in our hotel, for dinner with a view. Once again our view was obstructed by mist but that was to be expected. We all enjoyed a protein fix and shared a decadent selection of desserts. Sadly we couldn't even see the falls lit up when the lights came on due to the mist. We missed ...
... Well, the description of the light display on the internet was much better than the real thing! Basically just a bunch of lights in some trees with a few light displays. Definitely not worth getting wet and cold for-which we did! Also, the fireworks display was an hour late and I'm so glad we decided to return to our room to watch it. Our visit to Canada has been great. I'm glad we took the time out to see it. Back to the US ...
... about a quarter of a mile section so you walk a half a mile. The river depth ranges to over 15m at the Whirlpool Rapids and 38m at the Whirlpool and it is as narrow as 75m across the Great Gorge to the American side. So close yet so far away there have been a lot of dare devils that have gone down this section in wooden barrels, boats and with life vests on most have lived to tell their story and some have died trying.