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MICOL
01-22-2003, 06:10 PM
I know this is not a Disney question but hoping some of our Canadian friends could tell me a nice play to stay for an overnight visit to see the falls this August. American side or Canadian. Are the bus tours worth the money. Thanks.

KAC
01-23-2003, 08:57 PM
Hi Micol! I live in Niagara Falls and there are many beautiful hotels that you could stay at in August. I would suggest that you stay on the Canadian side. No offence, but the Canadian side is much prettier. We have fireworks by the Falls every Friday night and there are often free concerts by the Falls. It has really changed here with the addition of the Casino. If money isn't a huge problem then the nicest place to stay is the Sheraton Fallsview and Conference Centre. It is very nice and has a beautiful restaurant that overlooks the Falls. They have a website at www.fallsview.com.

If you can stay longer then pay a visit to Niagara on the Lake. It is a beautiful little town with all kinds of quaint stores and great restaurants. I love going there!

I hope that you have a great trip to WDW and to Niagara Falls. We are going to WDW August 1st for the very first time. I'm so excited!

Take care!
Kendall :earsgirl: :earsboy: :earsgirl: :earsgirl:

SandraC
01-24-2003, 06:03 PM
We love Niagara Falls! It's such a great weekend away! Marineland is fabulous!

We like staying at the new Hilton and Americana. I would like to try the Radisson next. We have stayed in dozens of hotels in NF. It depends on what you want. We love having a great pool and family atmosphere.

You will have a blast! S

MaMudduck
01-25-2003, 05:24 PM
the rates were pretty good- they do have some sort of packages that give you a voucher for $ off at a really good steakhouse, and a wonderful free buffet breakfast voucher. We had a room with Jacuzzi, fireplace... but only those on the top floors faceing the right direction can see the Falls. Stay on Canadian side, Us $ goes along way. We looked into bus tours and we found that it was really expensive, very long (3-5 hours,) and all the stuff they take you to, you can go to and paid admission for less then the package- plus you aren't at the mercy of their timing. But of couse this won't work for you don't have a car. Most thing are all in walking distance (or short cab ride) from each other, falls- tunnel tours, Maid of the Mist etc......some hotels offer shuttles to Marineland & other attractions too. Have a fun trip

lwestwise
02-06-2003, 01:59 PM
How do you get the count down to display in your post?

MikeWazowski
02-06-2003, 02:51 PM
I've stayed at the Renaissance Fallsview, Sheraton on the Falls, Marriott Fallsview, and Hilton Fallsview. All were very nice, but it really depends on you. If you want a hotel that has a nice pool and fitness center(centre) The Renaissance and the Hilton has both. They both have great pools(The Hiltons pool has a water slide).

The Sheraton on the Falls has the best location (right on clifton hill) but does not offer any other accomdations. It has a small pool that is nice when there is less then 30 people staying at the pool. It also gets very busy during the summer months.

They all offer "Fallsview rooms", but some are better then others. The Hilton and the Renaissance are next to each other and are acorss the street from the new Casnio that is under contruction, so don't plan on getting a good view of the falls from those two. The Marriott and the Sheraton have great views of the falls, but for me its not really worth the money. If you want to look at the falls take a walk down to them. The falls are a short walk from all of these hotels. The Sheraton Fallsview room's has a small sliding door that you can open to view the falls.

Beware of the following:

Parking charges: Must of the Hotels will charge you any where from $10-$16Cdn a day. Also you will have to walk a good two blocks to get your car when staying at the Hilton, Sheraton, or Marriott. But the Renaissance Parking lot is directly behind the hotel (very easy to get to). Or you can pay $20Cdn for valet at any of them.

Hotel Food: For the price you pay at any of these Hotel's for dinner it is not worth it for what you get. Unless you get a package that includes some meals.

Summer: Very, Very, Very busy. I waited 15 minutes for the elevator to bring me to my room at the Sheraton.

Dont let any of that scare you away because Niagara Falls is a great place for a day trip or a week trip. Alot of fun stuff to do and a short ride to Buffalo or Toronto. If you really want the city to yourself go in January, you'll basically run the place and almost everything is still open.

To do List:

Maid of the Mist

Observation Tower

Great Canadian Midway

If old enough, Casnio Niagara

Hershey Store

Fireworks (in the summer months)

Journey Behing the Falls

Cave of the Wind Tour

And I'm missing alot of other stuff, but theres a start. Hope that helps

Baboo
02-07-2003, 11:00 AM
Don't forget the butterfly conservatory.

NancyK
02-08-2003, 08:31 AM
Check out www.niagaraparks.com for lots of great info. There is a "People Mover" bus that takes you to many of the attractions. You can buy a pass that includes all day transportation as well as admission to several of the attractions. You get on and off the bus at your own leisure, so you can spend as much time as you want at each place. Definitely the way to go, even if you have your car.

MICOL
02-08-2003, 08:41 AM
Thanks everyone, this gives me some good ideas. I got a pretty decent rate at the Sheraton Fallview in Canada. I will check out the places mentioned on our visit. This is a great forum. I can't tell you how much it helped our first Disney trip a few years ago.