River Road Fireside Hotel
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... to park at the hotel in Canada. You pick. The walk was a little over a mile and felt longer after a day of driving. On the plus side, we walked along the falls and whenever you stopped the view was kind of amazing. Both sets of falls are lit up at night in ever changing colors. It's an impressive display. We checked in got to our room and enjoyed the view. The next morning I decided to walk down to the falls ...
... point A to point B. We think this is a great idea and purchase two. The girl in the kiosk explains how things work and schedules our day for us. We will leave one item for tomorrow. “Is there any more reasonably priced parking anywhere?” “Of course. Go up Clifton Hill. There are several parking lots that charge $15 for the entire day.” We are surprised, not that there is cheaper parking, but more at the fact that ...
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 ...
... soaked, we were all laughing our heads off! The sun came out on shore and I managed to get some lovely pictures of the rainbows created by the mist.
My final day in Niagara I got a bus pass that allowed me the chance to enjoy the hop on/hop off bus that visited lots of the local sights. I visited the gorgeous botanical gardens which also house the most amazing Butterfly conservatory where I got to watch them actually emerging from their crysalises, very cool! After that ...
... American Falls … we can see them when we’re sitting up in bed. The toilet and shower are separate from the Jacuzzi area.
Now here is something to ponder … there are a lot of hotels in Toronto and a lot of hotels in Niagra Falls, our Fallsview room with Jacuzzi etc was only $30 a night more expensive than the Strathcona el-cheapo room … go figure that one out !!
The lunch fiasco
As neither of us felt particularly well, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews River Road Fireside Hotel Niagara Falls
Good price and a good night stay.
Most likely the best price in Niagra Falls. The rooms were average size, clean, and had veranda's to look at the views. The pool the kids loved and I enjoyed the sauna. The staff was very helpfull, could have more of them thought. The hotel is fine a little bit outdated but has everything we needed. The hotel is walking distance to the falls and sights. The only suggestion I would have would be to include breakfast with the stay. The price of the room is still a bit high and breakfast would have been a nice touch.
I stayed here in mid july on a short stay to go to the casino in Niagara. I was abit hesitant after reading some of the reviews here, but I was very happy with my stay, and would definately stay there again.
Upon our arrival at the Best Western Fireside, it seemed like a nice place. After a long drive, we were looking forward to relaxing in our hotel room for a few hours before seeing the sights. Unfortunately we didn't get around to relaxing very much.
We stayed here July 5 - 7, 2004. The rooms were large and clean. The front desk help was exceptional. The price included 2 adult breakfast buffets and a $50 voucher at the restaurant next door, and a free shuttle to the Falls. We were travelling with teens, and one of them stumbled into a wall and it busted on the seam. The hotel waived the charge to fix it, which we thought was very gracious. The only complaint I have was the elevator scared us (it shakes, rattles and rolls upon reaching the 3rd floor.) I would stay here again.
Would stay there again in a heartbeat
We stayed at this hotel for three nights over the Victoria Day weekend. It was a pleasant surprise after reading the negative reviews.
The rooms were very clean. The staff was friendly and curteous, the bed was comfortable, there was enough parking and there were convenient shuttle buses to take us into town. We had a room with a nice view of the gorge that had become available when we arrived.
After the bustle of Clifton Hill, the roar of the falls, and the ringing of slot machines it was great to get back to our quiet room at the Fireside.
We can't comment on the pool or the fireplace, as we did not use them. The families using the pool seemed happy enough though.
After I made reservations for June 4-6, 2004, I read the negative reviews. I was a bit apprehensive about staying here, but changed my mind after we checked in. The rooms were very nice and clean. The staff was friendly and helpful. If you want to go to Niagara Falls, but want to stay away from the tourist area, this is the place to be. They had a free shuttle to and from the casino/falls area, so you didn't have to worry about paying to park. The only thing I was unhappy about was no continental breakfast, but there was a breakfast buffet in the motel.
I read the negative reviews listed here after we had made reservations. I prepared myself to suffer the weekend in Niagara Falls but thought it is just a weekend so how bad can it be! After being in the hotel just a few minutes I began to think I had imagined the reviews i read here. The staff went above and beyond courteous! The young lady at the front desk was a very big help and showed patience with each and every customer. She deserves alot of credit for maintaining her composure when there were many customers waiting to check in all at the same time and she never lost the smile on her face. The room was very clean and the fire place worked perfectly.
You get what you pay for.....I think I'll pay a little more next time and go somewhere else!! My husband and I booked a package deal at this hotel (3/27 - 3/29/04) and yes, it was very inexpensive, but that's no excuse for some of the issues that could be easily addressed to make this particular hotel more inviting and pleasant. The front desk/reception staff were very friendly and accommadating, especially when we politely requested a room change right after check-in due to elevator noise. Upon check in, we did inquire regardig a complimentary upgrade as stated in our AAA Tourbook but was informed, politely "oh, we don't have that. I don 't know why that's in there". The hotel lobby is depressing - low ceilings, cramped - basically the basement of the building. Parking is adequate (and free)_ with extra lots up the hill in back of the hotel. Our room was spacious but the carpet was not vacuumed and every lampshade was asquew so it wasn't that inviting.
very disappointed with hotel. We stayed at this one because of the fireplaces but the fire looked like it was dying out. Even though the hotel was almost empty we were given a room that looked out a fence about 1 foot away. Rooms were dusty. Had to use the pools across the street which they had informed us of but we wanted the fireplace. Pool was dirty so was the whirlpool and I had ants crawling on me. We had maintenace come in to see if they could get the fireplace going better.
When they saw our fireplace and view they phoned the front desk and got us a better room. When we let the hotel know how unhappy we were with this hotel they were very rude about it.;
Good then terrible adventure
My husband and I have stayed at this hotel no for 3 times always been very enjoyable and the best service and information. BUT THIS TIME a different thing. we arived there 04/13/03 and left04/15/03. Well try and keep this short My son got maried so a month before as there wedding gift made a reservation for 2 rooms when i phoned t make sure that everthing was ok always different and the staff was not very friendly at all. lots of unexpected surprises and costly. One staff member would sa one thing and then the other would saysometing completly different, NOTHING for he newly weds at lt VERT DISAPPOINTED this time.In the i room we had at the 1 room we had over the jacuzzi the dry wall was falling off never go back