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nezy
06-29-2006, 10:04 PM
I know that everyone on these boards is so very helpful w/ WDW info, I was hoping I could ask some questions about a trip we are planning to Niagra Falls and Toronto...

Mid July we want to stay in Ontario-any recomendations for Niagra area hotels-could be right there, or not. I have been looking at the Embassy Suites, Marriott and the Sheraton-are they worth the price?

Also what are the "must do and see" attractions in Niagra Falls?

Also, we are planning to go to a Blue jays game-should we drive to Toronto and get a hotel or can we drive back to the Niagra Falls area after the game (which would end @10:00 or 10:30 pm).

Thank you so much for your help!

digskat
06-30-2006, 05:26 AM
We are leaving in a few hours for our Niagara Falls trip.
I can't really help you with reviews of either of those hotels, since we usually camp, but the Best Western on Stanley Avenue was nice. Any hotel on Stanley is a short walk to the falls, th new casino, and the Skylon Tower.
Must do's in NF......Clifton Hill, the Maid of the Mist, and the Brights Wine Tour. I have heard alot of positive things about the Butterfly Conservatory and Bird Paradise, but we have never gone. There is an entertainment package for Clifton, that includes a couple museums, a midway, mini-golf, and a 'Buzz Lightyear'type ride.
As far as the Jays game, if the game is done at 10:30, you are looking at a solid half hour on the Gardiner Expressway, before you even hit the QEW. Then it is 70 miles to NF, and further to your hotel. You are probably looking at 12:30 by the time yo get back to NF.

SandraC
06-30-2006, 06:41 AM
Considering the HIGH prices of Toronto hotels and the fact that you'll be stuck in the departing crowd anyway...I would just drive back to the Falls and sleep in the next morning.

Niagara Falls is awesome! One of our favourite things to do there is hike down the Niagara Glen. It only takes about 30 minutes on the short trail to get to the river. It's a nice way to get away from the crowds and see the spectacular nature around the area.

A great restaurant is Mama Mia's ~ it's a great italian restaurant with history, great food, great service and great prices!

ENJOY! S

nezy
06-30-2006, 08:02 AM
My timing for a Jays game is realyy the worst. My friend was an Assistant GM for the jays for the last 7 or 8 yrs and did we go to Toronto then-no , of course not! Now that he is gone and no longer living in Toronto or working for the Jays we decide to go! Would prices in Toronto be that much more expensive than in Niagra Falls area? I guess it depends on the hotel type.

Ballinafad
06-30-2006, 09:26 AM
This is my first time posting. Great people and great advice. We go to Niagara Falls regularly. Try the new Days Inn at the top of Clifton and ask for a tower room. Great rates and huge new room. Re. Toronto, dh and I booked 4* thru priceline for July 7 and 8 and got downtown Sheraton for 75/night.

digskat
06-30-2006, 12:08 PM
If that is the Sheraton Centre, you got an absolutely amazing deal. I stayed there 2-3 times per year for business, and usually it was $180/nt. Although even that price was worth the connection to 'PATH', the underground mall/walkway, and the hotel itself is quite nice.

Ballinafad
06-30-2006, 01:54 PM
That's the same Sheridan. Glad to hear positive comment. I was thrilled with the price. :banana:

digskat
07-03-2006, 01:31 PM
That's the same Sheridan. Glad to hear positive comment. I was thrilled with the price. :banana:

It is an excellent hotel. The beds are extremely comfortable, the rooms are very clean, and the service is great. There is an indoor/outdoor pool on the 6th floor, a wonderful Steakhouse on the 2nd floor lobby (le bifteque), and the first underground convention level is connected to 'PATH' with 3-4 food courts. You can take this underground mall/walkway north to the Eaton's Centre Mall, or as far south as Union Station. We never went outside until we reached the CN Tower. On the walkway, at the TD Centre, is a great restaurant, MArche Movenpick, it is a must for us each trip.

Mortlives
07-04-2006, 01:20 PM
We just got back from camping in Niagara Falls and had a great time. The Birds of the Lost Kingdom (http://www.niagarafallslive.com/Aviary/) aviary where the old museum used to be on the River Road is phenomenal. We were blown away. We also really enjoyed dinner at Cafe Tu Tu Tango (across the street from the Fallsview Casino - which is beautiful). And there's always just looking at the Falls themselves. Word of warning, though: we got the impression that the fireworks were over the Horseshoe Falls, they're not. They're over the American Falls, and by the time we moved from where we could see them, they were over. :rolleyes:

Scratch42
07-04-2006, 07:42 PM
This is my first time posting. Great people and great advice. We go to Niagara Falls regularly. Try the new Days Inn at the top of Clifton and ask for a tower room. Great rates and huge new room. Re. Toronto, dh and I booked 4* thru priceline for July 7 and 8 and got downtown Sheraton for 75/night.

That is an amazing price!

We've stayed there a couple of times, just did not want to drive that 10 mins home! :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

Great location! Great Shopping, Great Restaurants! If you can get this rate then definately would not drive home after the game.

j

Scratch42
07-04-2006, 07:44 PM
As for Niagara Falls, I was told that the Days Inn on Centre Street was great! Have yet to stay there but I trust this friend's opinion.

j

Ballinafad
07-05-2006, 12:49 PM
Re: Niagara Falls
For all you meat lovers, try the Copacabana restaurant near the Fallsview Casino. It is a bit pricey ($35ish) but it is a fun atmosphere and all you can eat Argentinian style. The waiters come to your table with huge skewers of bbq steaks, prime rib, pork, chicken, turkey, filet mignon etc. Along with a salad bar. Not sure if it has kid's pricing.
Also the maid of the mist is a great tour.

fraser
07-05-2006, 10:23 PM
Hey Ballinifad

Is Ballinifad where you live?? near Georgetown and Acton?

TLPL
07-06-2006, 08:01 AM
You got to stay at Great Wolf Lodge, it is like wilderness lodge meets country bear. For shows, the Aladdin show and Cirque Niagara. and for food Copacabana, rainforest cafe. And the firework show Frdays and Sundays.....make it almost feel like you are in Orlando.

Ballinafad
07-07-2006, 12:18 AM
Hey Ballinifad

Is Ballinifad where you live?? near Georgetown and Acton?

It sure is. Are you from around that area? Not many people have heard of it.

fraser
07-07-2006, 02:50 PM
I grew up in Georgetown, I now live in Acton, and work out of Milton
so very familliar with the area- see stompin Tom lately in the neighborhood?

Mortlives
07-09-2006, 06:39 PM
I also posted this warning on the Clifton Hill thread, but I think it bears repeating:

One thing I'd like to warn people about from our previous trip, though. There is a parking lot on main, back a bit from the main area which advertised all day parking for $2. Naturally we parked there. To lift the gate to leave, you had to deposit a toonie in the machine (it stated this quite clearly). When we returned, a guy was changing the sign, which had read $2, from $10 to $15. When asked we were told that the machine now only took tokens which had to be purchased from the Rainbow motel down the street. The woman behind the counter gave quite an argument before giving my husband a token for $2. These people are thieves, who expect you to back down, in spite of the fact that the posted sign is, in effect, a contract.

Ballinafad
07-09-2006, 06:53 PM
Both the original casino on Clifton Hill and the Fallsview Casino offer free parking with a player's advantage card. The same card works for both. Just go into one of the casinos and sign up. It is free and only takes a few minutes. A real money saver.