Prince of Wales
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The less said about today, the better, really. It wasn't an awful day, but things did not go well. We missed our flight out of SFO because Paul’s computer crashed and he was answering email on his iPhone, and the gate attendant closed the door early. United took care of us, sort of, while messing things up, sort of. We got a better route ( …
getting ready to time travel! back to the future, so to speak. made it to the airport in good standing, thanks to the lovely jessica. was unable to make use of the maple leaf lounge due to insufficient status with my aeroplan. hung out in the international terminal helping guide jess back through the myriad of traffic stoppages back up north, by ...
... I didn't give her a bigger heads up when I was coming into town. Whilst I know she is isn't back here for a couple of weeks yet I didn't think much of it since there was no chance of meeting up but she wanted to have her friends tour me about (one is going to some lake thing this weekend for instance) and give me some details of cool places to go. I've really dropped the ball here, cashing in local knowledge from people you meet on the road is what it is all about as demonstrated in ...
... could not find any of their boarding passes. Our flight was boarding when we reached the gate, so we went straight there and got on the plane. In row 2, so Paul will have easy access to the lav.
I spent much of the flight looking out the window, at least over the great basin, as usual. I need an airplane friendly travel app that allows you to trace your flight path. I wonder if someone built it. It ...
... a airport shuttle bus! We arrived at the airport and when we checked in the lady put us on a waiting list for the earlier flight two hours earlier! We waited and they called our names out! Yay :) We where delayed on the run way which was awesome because I started watching Taken 2, so meant I'd be able to watch the whole thing :) The flight was fine the movie was awesome! :) arrived ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsPrince of Wales Niagara-on-the-Lake
Although we were quite satisfied with the hotel, it felt overpriced. The location is ideal ... at the corner of Queen and King ... and everything was well-appointed. Service was excellent. But it seemed much more expensive than other places we've stayed in town without being quantitatively better. Next time, I think I will stay at another hotel nearby and just come to the Lounge of the Prince of Wales for drinks after a show.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Prince of Wales Niagara-on-the-Lake
We stayed here whilst we got married in NOTL, and held our reception within the Prince of Wales. The whole holiday was magical. We found all the staff, from housekeeping to front desk to spa, courteous, efficient and warm. In particular Michelle Miller and Paul Jack -who helped plan our wedding - were impeccable - thorough, committed and a delight to work with. All the staff ensured our Big Day was perfect, and indeed the personal touches throughout our stay were remarkable - from helping us choose our suite (balcony, jacuzzi, four poster bed, sitting room) to pressing our clothes, surprising us with champagne and regularly delivering slices of our wedding cake to our room! The food was lovely, the decor beautiful, the spa sublime, and the attention to detail superlative. What an amazing hotel - we hope to return for our 10 year anniversary!
Our suite at the Prince of Wales was magnificent. Hot tub, fireplace, heated towels, 4 poster bed...the service was absolutely first class. Breakfast of free range eggs with smoked salmon & hollandaise sauce was devine. We did the 9 course wine pairing meal at the Queen's Landing. Each course was a signature work of art from the chef...albeit expensive $165.00 per person...a once in a livetime experience. For a special occasion, they covered the table with rose petals All the cutlery & dishes are changed in between each course....took 3 1/2 hours to dine. On Sunday we did the brunch at Pillar & Post which was very good although $65.00 plus gratuities. We went to the spa at the Pillar & Post because we wanted the package of dead sea salt scrub, algae wrap & massage but should have had our spa treatments at the Prince of Wales. I was disappointed that there was no private waiting room at the Pillar & Post & while you sat waiting on a metal chair in a public waiting room, people walked around checking out the facilities. The staff wore shorts & didn't impress me as appearing professional At least the Prince of Wales had a private waiting room with an assortment of teas & apples. If you like Victorian, you must stay at the Prince of Wales. I found that Queen's Landing or Pillar & Post were lacking class & charm & could not compare to Prince of Wales.
THE BEST !
If you're coming for a night forget it! You'll need two or three to enjoy the full extent of the Town, The Cuisine, the Wineries and the Theatre that is offered here.
It's as though the planets have a alligned and they have done so in the area with it's charming rooms, exceptional design and award winning cuisine.
At just over a couple of hundred dollars a night this was cheap given the value of the accommodation. Well done!
Absolutely gorgeous room! First we booked for a spa treatment etc and we were taken to a room that was "attached" to the main hotel, the room was a basement room and we were not happy with it so my fiance asked for another room and we were given the BEST room in the hotel! It was the one on the corner that overlooks the main street. Second in decor only to the Royal York in Toronto (and I've stayed in many hotels from my modelling career). The spa was very nice, the staff were all very professional and curteous. Overall I had a great time. The restaurant was not the greatest, however the meal at the Pillar and Post (an affiliate of the Prince's) has a wonderful filet dinner on the menu) That was great!!! Don't forget to take a carriage ride! (if it is warm enough of course!!)
Impressive advertising claims and the hotel and service are good but not great. The gourmet restaurant ain't...expensive, indifferent service, food only fair.
Had dinner here on a Saturday night in October. I have never had a restaurant seem so indifferent to our group's existence. Took forever to get water; water refills were inconsistent. Very slow to refill our wine glasses also. Food took forever to arrive, with no apologies. When the food FINALLY arrived, my husband asked, "Was there a problem?" Waiter said kitchen was just a bit backed up - the waiter did not apologize for this, just stated it as a fact. I have known restaurants to be slow, but usually, before your food arrives, they will acknowledge the wait & apologize - this guy wouldn't apologize even when subtley contronted with the fact. We thought about ordering desset. After getting dessert menus and another interminable wait, we told the waiter to never mind, we would have ordered, but the service was too slow. Got no response to that - an assurance of better service might have convinced us to order, but he just brought us the bill. We almost always tip 20+%, but here tipped less than 15. Listen to the other reviewers - I don't think this service problem is isolated! The restaurant did not appear overly crowded when we were there (despite claims of a large party in another room), and they should have been expecting to take care of us, as we had a reservation.
Had a Royal time at the Prince
Charming decor, courteous staff and prompt service, all contributed to a wonderful stay at the Prince of Wales. Our dining experience was as enjoyable as the play we attended at the Shaw, a short (2 min.) walk from the hotel. Our waiter was proficient and personable. Prices certainly not outlandish and we were amused to see the pre-teen children at the next table enjoying their favorites - fish and chips, pizza - as their parents, and we, savoured our fine dining We will absolutely return.
The decor of the Prince of Wales Restaurant is charming and sophisticated. The quality of food and service is second rate: at a recent Saturday dinner in the main dining room, the waitress brought the wrong entree to our guest (she knew before she brought it to the table that it was wrong -she said she pressed the wrong button) but she gave our guest the option to take it or to wait until the chef prepared the right entree. In the meantime the rest of our party of 3 was served their meal. Our guest waited about 10 min to get his chosen dinner (ofcourse we were already half way through ours) and was told by the waitress desert was on her. The prime rib dinner with vegetables was luke warm and the meat only acceptable. Our "wine stewart" did not open our 2 bottles of wine at the table but rather at a side table. Close to the end of the meal we served our own wine, because the waitress and the stewart did not, and we discovered a big chip out of the wine bottle, which apparently had come off when it was opened. When we brought it to the attention of the waitress, she took it to the dining room manager who advised her to take it off our bill.
Our much needed vacation to be spent in the lap of luxury at the Prince of Wales was looked forward to with much anticipation. What we experienced was a MOST rude awakening. Their rooms displayed on their website are NOT what you'll find. Our premium 'suite' (the most expensive and beautiful according to their virtual tour on their site) turned out to be extremely small and cramped. (Yes, I did question it and was assured it was, indeed, a 'premium suite.' Looked like NOTHING on their virtual tour. We had to switch rooms (one 'premium' for another) after our first night as the air conditioner barely worked and when questioned were told the air is set to not really be cool.
Booked to eat at the main restaurant 2 weeks ago for my wedding anniversary. My last visit had been fantastic, great service, fantastic food and great atmosphere. This time round we were presented with a paper menu (the new ones are being printed?) with stains all over it.