The Diplomat Inn
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After a long days travel we arrived in Toronto in the middle of the night, took a taxi to a hotel, slept a few hours then jumped on a train and then bus to Niagara Falls.
Wandered down to our hotel for the night - Diplomat Inn - and then headed down to see the falls for the first time.
So lots of water, pretty wide …
... apologies were announced, so we were about an hour late getting in to Niagara.
Our room looked out over the American Falls! - everyone says that the Canadian Falls are best, we love them all. Walked along beside the river. looking at the American Falls, then further to the Canadian Falls - about half an hour. As we got closer, we could feel the mist, and when we got beside, it was like rain, quite wet.
After dinner in the ...
... under the poncho you couldn't find the hole or vice versa!! Miracle of miracles, most of the photos seem good. Of course the camera lens needed a good wipe clean but the boat trip was certainly a highlight. We then took a leisurely walk right down the river bank past colourful flower displays all in a cultivated green park environment - Very relaxing and therapeutic and lots of photo opps looking up at building and towers over the trees. ...
... the pedestrian crossing on Rainbow Bridge. You don't have to answer any questions until you reach the other side, but you better make sure you've got your passport with you, or you won't be going anywhere, and I mean getting back into Canada as well! It cost all of 50c, and is the cheapest border crossing I'm ever likely to experience. There was plenty to see on the other side, and I crossed an angry, churning, blue-grey part of the river that rushed toward American ...
... the wind is coming towards you, you will get you quite wet. Wear "wash and wear" clothes. We drove the car across to the bridge to the US, parked the car and spent about 4 hours on Goat Island, where we had lunch overlooking the Falls.
We do recommend the Old Fort Niagara, about an hour away from the Falls on the US side. The State Historic site opens at 9 am. Allow about 2 hrs for your walking tour. Take a jacket, as it can get ...
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Compared to other motels.. It isn't bad at all!!!
The motel looks like a hotel. Compared to the other motels around it, this one is just heaven on earth, a real finding. The price is half of what they charge in a hotel. Nice staff, helpful at all times (even 2 am). The pool isn't too deep though... only 5'5'. There is also a baby pool, which makes this hotel a perfect place 2 stay with family. Most rooms have 2 twin beds, which gives you an opprotunity to take a pet, your kid, or just to kick your husband on that extra bed if he gets drunk and starts snoring ;) . Other motels and hotels that are few meteres closer to the falls charge much more for nothing. This place is great, just as I expected it to be. It looks both nice on the inside, as well as on the outside.
Check in was relatively quick. The owner gave us coupon books, maps etc. which was nice. The location is within walking distance to cliff hills and the new casino. DQ, italian, Denny's, 7-11 is nearby.
We stayed here and it was a great location for us, far enough away from Clifton hill so it wasn't noisy but close enough for a walk. There is a Dairy Queen on the corner and also a 7-11 which we used a lot. The owner is the friendliest guy and very helpful to us tourists. There was a pool although we didn't use it. The skylon is about a block away and the new Fallsview casino is also about the same distance. If you sign up for a free casino card you can park for free at the casino which we did a lot. We also ate for real cheap as we spent a lot on slots and earned dollars towards the buffet which was simply the best. Another great place to eat was The rainforest cafe which is on Clifton hill but kind of hidden so ask if you can't find it, thunder storms inside every 20 minutes and seems like you are eating right in a forest or jungle. Be sure to have dinner at the Skylon at the revolving restaurant, if you book the early dinner it is 35.00 each but includes the ride up the tower and the view is amazing.
We stayed at The Diplomat July 5th 2005. Our check in was hassle free, and very nice. Our room was CLEAN. I had remembered reading the reviews here, and purposely looked for mouse droppings, bugs, etc. NONE!!!!!!!! No, this is no Hilton, but when you are looking for a clean room, and friendly service... at a VERY reasonable price (because 1. You are going to be spending MUCH more time out and about. and 2. Because you'd rather save some money so you have the money to do the various things there are to do at Niagara Falls) then this is the place. The water in the bathroom was hot, and the pressure was excellent. Lots of clean towels. And I was very glad to see a hair dryer (I forgot mine). The TV worked just fine. (heh, we only spent about 20 mins watching it). And the A/C worked great!! The location is good. We walked everywhere. Fallsview Casino is very close, and there are many restaurants nearby. Clifton Hill is close also. (though, I still can't stand that hill on clifton hill. lol)
Great Value For The Price!
On our recent trip we were lucky enough to find The Diplomat Inn. With its central location it is a short walk to the falls and Ferry St. and Clifton Hill it is close to everything, but away from the heavy traffic so you can relax and enjoy the pool. The rooms are clean and roomy. We were lucky enough to get to know the owners and they gave us excellent advice on restaurants and attractions in the area. On our next trip we will be staying here again.
The best thing the Diplomat has going for it is its proximity to the Falls. It is a modern building with clean rooms. There is no elevator in the hotel, so request ground floor if stairs/carrying your baggage is an issue. Nice big TV with remote. Only had 7 or 8 channels, and no free movies as advertised as their satelite was "knocked out a few days before" our arrival and the guy had no idea when it might be fixed. Ice machine is located on the second floor. Our "non smoking room" had a slight scent of smoke, and I found a clean ash tray in the drawer. Free parking. Kids loved their pool which is right next to the sidewalk/street. I booked on the internet. The rate was $59. I called the hotel directly, the rate was $69. When we arrived, the rate on the light up sign outside was $49!
Nothing like the Diplomat Inn
I have been visiting the Niagara Falls Area for the last couple of years, since 1997. I will recommend this place to all my friends. This place is filled with caring people. The service is excellent. Anything you need there they are ready to help. When i visit canada this is where i go. They treat you like family. Angelo i will never forget you.Thank you for always making sure our stay is great. much love sent for the Bronx.
Stayed here several years ago and it was OK, but on our recent stay, the place had dropped to totally unacceptable! Carpets were dirty, as were the windows. The bath had badly patched holes in the wall. Mildew.
Looks like nothing has been touched in years. Avoid this place!
I came up to Niagara Falls from Texas and came upon this place. I found my hotel room to be very large and very clean. The staff was also extremely nice to my family and me and very helpful as well. I do not know what that other guy was talking about but I am telling all my friends to stay here if they go up to Niagara Falls. This is a great place to stay for everyone, not just for families. If you are looking for a place to stay in Niagara Falls, this is definetly the place!
We were recommended this hotel at the service area on highway 402. The hotel is ancient. The halls of the hotel look like army barracks. The receptionist at the hotel greeted us with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth. The sink was cracked, the room gave us the creepy crawlies like bugs were all around us. DO NOT STAY HERE> my wife killed a silverfish in the bathroom. DEFINITELY a FLEEBAG!!!