The Tower Hotel
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These are all, mostly, pictures from NF. Still learning how to do this. More hopefully later.
Flew from Halifax to Toronto where I stayed for one night, getting in late and leaving early the next day for Niagara Falls, Ontario (NF from now on). I got a ticket online a few months ago for a bus, Megabus, express from Toronto to NF (about 2 hours drive). THey have a promotion where on each bus, they sell a few seats for $1 so I paid a grand …
An all-you-can-eat buffet at a diner near the hotel looked promising for breakfast, but proved to be a disaster – everything was quite nasty.
A much brighter day with some blue sky and sun, so another look at the falls and the river were in order.
The White Water Rapids are downstream from the falls and the town; they can …
It was a late start after the unpleasant previous day, but a coffee at Starbucks on the way helped to boost the spirits and energy level sufficiently to walk on to the river and to view the American falls and the Horseshoe Falls. Near the Horseshoe Falls are the tunnels that are reached via a lift and give access to platforms quite close to the …
It was an early start, at 0430, to check out and get to the airport for a flight to Toronto to go on to Niagara. But overbooking and donsized aircraft meant searching for an alternative. Eventually a flight to Buffalo via Chicago was found, arriving at Buffalo Airport at 2300. Trying to get to Niagara Falls in Ontario from there at that time of …
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- Wheelchair accessibility
Good, clean, standard hotel, big room. All that is necessary.
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My husband and I stayed at the hotel 23-26 Apr 04. "Scott," from the front desk, was absolutely the most courteous representative we have ever dealt with in all our travels. He called our room within 5 minutes of our check-in to ask if we needed anything and to ensure that we were happy with the accommodations. We told him that we were quite pleased with the accommodations and the staff's professionalism. The entire staff was extremely professional, courteous, helpful and friendly. On numerous occasions we would briefly chat with a female from housekeeping (we cannot recall her name) as we passed her in the hallway or while we were all waiting on the elevators. She would always greet us with a friendly smile and a genuine greeting. We also have no complaints about the size of the room. We actually thought the size of the room made it even more romantic. We had read a couple of negative reviews at your website prior to our arrival; however, those negative reviews were quickly dismissed as soon as we checked in. The service at the hotel was so absolutely outstanding that it warranted sending an e-mail to Ramada stating everything that is contained in this review. The next time we visit Canada (when it's a little warmer of course) we will undoubtedly stay at the Ramada Plaza Hotel Fallsview again.
I just got back from Niagara Falls, Ontario. My boyfriend and I went for one night (Valentine's) and stayed at the Ramada Plaza Fallsview. I had read some negative reviews on the tripadvisor website and was a little apprehensive about staying here...but it was AMAZING!! What a unique experience. We had a King Suite City View, but discovered that we had a great view of the American falls without the extra charge. The room was gorgeous, and not too small as some of the other reviews stated. The room is smaller than most other hotel rooms, but it has everything you need for your stay and the view more than makes up for the size of the room. We were taken care of by the lobby staff and everyone was extremely helpful. The washroom was very clean and contemporary. I was hoping for a jacuzzi tub, but our room had a shower. The shower was spacious and very nice. I think that a lot of the people who are writing these negative reviews are extremely hard to please. I can appreciate a nice place when I see one, and I appreciate what it has to offer. This hotel was wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone.
An intersting and unique stay
Stayed here for 2 nights between christmas and new year 2003. Its a very unique experience staying atop the minolta tower. The views are fantastic (even with a cityview room) and the view from the observation deck even better. Hotel location is good for all the major attractions and ideal for the new Casino Niagara. The staff were the frienliest and most helpful I have had in a hotel with lots of good local knowledge.
The rooms are well appointed if slightly on the small size but adequate for a short stay. Food at the hotel is also good either by room service or dining overlooking the falls. You could stay in a more luxurious hotel with more facilities but for the cost, uniqueness and friendliness of staff I would thoroughly recommend this hotel.
My husband & I just got back from visiting Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Our trip was from December 14-17, 2003. It was a tough decision, but after reading all the reviews on this website, I picked the Ramada Fallsview, located in the Minolta Tower. I'm glad I did. I found the staff to be extremely friendly & very helpful. We had a great view of both the American & Canadian Falls. Yeah the rooms are small, but you're in a tower. I thought the shape of the room was was really neat, as was the experience of taking a separate elavator to the top floors. Outside, there was a lot of construction going on because of the new casino that's being built nearby, but it was still easy to get around (one of the construction guys even helped us with directions!).
I booked a one-night stay on November 22, 2003 for the fireworks "extravaganza" over the Falls (which lasted all of 2 minutes) which kicked off the Christmas season and Festival of Lights. I was so excited to have booked a full fallsview room which I had specifically asked if it had a view of both the American and Canadian Falls. The view of the American Falls was fine but a bit far; the view of the Canadian Falls was almost perpendicular to the Falls. Upon entering the room and seeing the view, I returned to the front desk to try to get another room with the view I had been promised but was told by a not too interested desk clerk that the hotel was completely booked-- there was nowhere for me to move to. I found this difficult to believe given that they will not give out room assignments until check in and check in time is at 4:00 p.m. and we were there around 1:30 p.m. We ended up watching the fireworks over the Falls from the observation deck with approx. a dozen other folks (a few floors below our penthouse room on the 30th floor) which defeated the purpose of having a Fallsview room to view the fireworks!!! Nonetheless, the view from the observation deck is lovely! The rooms are extremely small: the width is just large enough for a bed with 2 nightstands on each side. Lighting in the room is not well placed for reading in bed. There is a desk in the middle of a wall unit on the wall across from the bed. The wall unit contained a TV, microwave, and unstocked refrigerator. There was a coffee maker and coffee on the desk. The bathroom had a pedestal sink with nowhere to conveniently place toiletries. The room had a shower stall only. I self parked in the lot across the street from the hotel which got very full.
My husband and I reserved a fallsview room and was truly amazed at the view. This room, although small had everything you needed, including a refrigerater and microwave & jacuzzi tub. The room was clean. It is a room for 2 people. The staff was very friendly. The restaurant was too pricey but food was good and the view was awesome. We got the pkg. deal and it was well worth it. Two tickets to the Maid of the Mist, Butterfly Conservatory, and $50.00 off the meal at the Pinnacle Restaurant. Shuttle bus passes which we used a lot. But what I want everyone to know is that the Fallsview room is the room to get!!! I have never seen Niagara Falls and this is the way to go!! We sat in front of the huge windows and stared at the falls for a long time. Very romantic!! Took many pictures and they all came out beautiful. Well worth the money!!!
We stayed for two nights at the Ramada to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. It was a pleasant surprise. We expected a top class hotel but there were several things that exceeded our expectations. The lobby staff were soooooo friendly, helpful and courteous. They arranged a dinner reservation at the Pinnacle Restaurant (excellent meals), called us taxis twice and gave us directions to several attractions, as well as greeting us every time we walked past the desk. The rooms at this hotel are exceptional... amazing views, top quality toiletries, comfortable beds as well as fridges and microwaves in every room. Finally, we were pleased to see that this is the only Niagara hotel that doesn't have inflated or hidden expenses. The long distance call home to check messages cost $3.50 not the usual $20 at hotels like the Courtyard, and the parking was $9 for VALET service! Overall, this was the best stay we've ever had in Niagara and we would recommend it to anyone.
My husband and I just got back from our wedding at this hotel. We booked the entire wedding over the internet and got married on the hotel's observation deck overlooking the falls(they close it off and reserve it for you during your wedding). I was pleased with the way the wedding was handled, the staff I came in contact with and the service providers the hotel uses. The spa/hair/makeup service providers were amazing and I looked wonderful on my wedding day.
Absolutely the worst hotel experience of our lives in a resort area.. prepaid 1 week reservation for nonsmoking jacuzzi cityview-upon arrival only smoking rooms with showers available, not even a bathtub-- plumbing problems the first night that persisted for entire week length of stay, maintenance was in and out of our room till 3am our first night, hotel finally gave us another room "just to sleep in for the night" at 3am after we insisted we would not be staying in current room. Refused to let us stay in different room after midmorning, claiming all rooms were full and they needed the room back. Offered to "upgrade" us to different room for $50 per night surcharge, we refused to pay differential and were told they didn't see any problem, after all we were "only inconvenienced for about 1 hour during the night". Wound up back in original room teeny-tiny, other reviews not exaggerating on miniscule size of room. Less than 6 inches of space to get around to far side of bed, requires moving only chair in room and straddling bed corner every single time side of bed is accessed. Virtually no closet at all, amoire has about 18 inches of hanging space and is considered the closet for the room. Rug was dirty, didn't appear to be cleaned the entire length of our stay. small in room tv set sideways into amoire, no means of viewing from bed, and only 1 chair in room for seating. Coffee available in downstairs bar and is $2.50 per 8 ounce cup.The hotel's lone amenity is an onsite restaurant, very overpriced. No pool, jacuzzi or exercise area, charges for all phone calls both local ($1.75 per call) and long distance. Shuttle bus is $10 per person with pickup next door to hotel, only stops at 4 attractions.overheard many people complaining about size of rooms and limited views at front desk, management very unresponsive and told people that this is a boutique hotel which in their interpretation means smaller rooms and fewer amenities. i thought boutique hotels meant more intimate facilities and higher level of services, wrong in this case. embassy suites next door built in the last year now occludes most of the view in over 1/2 of the so called "cityview rooms" and has now turned them into obstructed views. Our so called cityview room was actually views of the Radisson and Marriot tower hotels, just a small sliver of actual view of a nonhotel nature.This room is overpriced at any level above a Motel 6 pricing structure. At $50 per night, it may be a good value if staying only overnight. For any longer length of stay or higher price structure it is a poor value for the money.I would not recommend this hotel to anyone.
We were on our honeymoon, and I suppose we just wanted everything to be perfect. That was our first mistake. First they lost our reservations and said there was nothing they could do about it, they were booked up. Finally they found them, and wanted to charge us more because the rate we found was on the internet, even though the website said to call the hotel. We paid for a fallsview room we got a construction view. We were told there would be a jacuzzi in the bathroom, well it was a showerhead, not even a tub. They didn't give us any of our phone messages. They charged us for parking our own car on the street. The restaurant, even though the view is good, was expensive and not worth the effort. The Skylon has a better view anyway.To sum it up, they really put a damper on our honeymoon, but I will visit Niagara Falls again, I just will not stay in this hotel.