We left the New York City Metro area at 5:30 am. We only did a 20 minute stop to use the restroom and get coffee. We were crossing the border into Canada via the Rainbow Bridge at 1pm.
Where we stayed
After doing all kinds of number crunching and researching what the very best hotel in Niagara Falls would be, we ended up paying cash for the Marriott Fallsview. In this instance, it did not make sense to use points.
We arrived at the hotel after a short drive around the area. Together with the view from our room, John at the Elite check-in desk were the highlights of our stay at this hotel. We were assigned an executive room on the top floor with views of both the American and the Canadian (horseshoe) Falls.
Our view from the Embassy Suites during our last trip to the Canadian side was as breathtaking, but we had no view of the American Falls.
The not so stellar things about the hotel
The main drawback is that this hotel is a bit dated. It is not as modern and elegant as many other category 8 Marriotts. We kind of suspected that, but our most important wish was to have an amazing view of the Falls and that we got! The beds first just OK, other Marriotts we have been to have outstanding beds. Many times I leave stuff like this out of my reviews since I believe an amazing bed is just the norm.
Where we ate
Out of purely nostalgic reasons, we took a walk to Clifton Hill to eat at Boston Pizza.
The food while not amazing, was pretty good helped to some extent to the fact that we were hungry.
We also ate breakfast the next morning at the hotel’s sole open restaurant. Again, the food was not the best ever, but it was good and convenient. The line for the custom made omelette was rather slow. The service was excellent. Steve was extremely attentive and very Canadian affable during our time at the restaurant.
What we did
Before leaving Clifton Hill, we ended up at Ghost Blasters, which is a combination of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and ghosts.
We noticed lots of changes on the Canadian side this time around. There are many more ways to get money from visitors. There’s even a zipline along the river. We went looking for Maid of Mist, but now the company on the Canadian side is called Hornblower.
At night we did not see the advertised fireworks, but it was amazing to see the falls changing colors from our hotel room.
No matter how many times we visit, we are still impressed with the beauty and power of both the American and Canadian falls.
The next morning after breakfast we returned to the falls for another round of pictures and some shopping.
We requested late check out, and left the hotel around 3 pm to head to the Greater Toronto Area.