Where to Stay in Niagara Falls: Accommodation and Area Guide

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Finding Where To Stay In Niagara Falls Has Never Been Easier!

Wondering where to stay when visiting Niagara Falls? How about what hotel has the best view of Niagara Falls? If you answered “yes” twice, you are NOT alone! Luckily for you, Niagara Falls is jam-packed with accommodation options that range from motels and bed and breakfasts to – of course – hotels with views of the Falls!

Recently, we visited Niagara Falls together – we should mention that it was the Canada side – and had a great stay. The Falls (all three of them) are so incredible to see and our stay in A Moment in Time Bed and Breakfast made our trip memorable. That said, it was Lisa’s first time visiting Niagara Falls so the trip was extra special! Just had to show the German one of the most popular attractions in all of Canada (and the world).

That said, with known brands names like Hilton, Sheraton, and Marriott mixed in with budget hotels, motels, and B&Bs, finding a place to stay in Niagara Falls can be very confusing. So, in this post, we talk you through where you might want to stay in Niagara Falls (Canada Side). We’ll then give you accommodation options by style and price range – and cover details like parking, whether there’s a pool, etc. Sounds good? Let’s go!

If you are planning a larger trip to Niagara Falls, be sure to check out these posts on attractions and fun in the nearby region! 

Where to Stay in Niagara Falls – Best Places to Stay

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This is what you’re aiming for here – Horseshoe Falls!

Okay so before we get into specific accommodations to look into, it’s important to understand the downtown area, the city of Niagara Falls and the Niagara region, in general.

In short: Niagara Falls is a Canadian city which is located on the US border. This is where you find the waterfalls everyone travels for. There is also a Niagara Falls, New York but we are focusing on the Canadian side in this post. You can follow the Niagara River north to an area called Niagara on the Lake. This is Ontario’s premier wine-making region. This all exists on the Niagara peninsula in Ontario. Pretty simple, really. 

Now, as for Niagara Falls (the waterfalls), this is a term used to describe three waterfalls:

  • Horseshoe Falls or Canadian Falls is the waterfall on the Canadian side. It’s the one with the “U” shape and generally the bigger one people think of/see in photos (it’s in the above photo)
  • American Falls is the smaller, flatter waterfall entirely on the American side. 
  • Bridal Veil Falls is a smaller waterfalls right beside the American Falls. You can see both from the Canadian side.
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The American Falls – with Bridal Veil Falls just to the right!

When it comes to hotels and accommodations in Niagara Falls, this information is important because Downtown Niagara Falls (the only place that really matters for tourists and visitors) is roughly divided into two parts from north to south. These two “areas” follow along the Niagara River and are generally divided up between the two main waterfalls:

  • 1. The northern most “downtown” area is across from the America Falls around Clifton Hill and Victoria Avenue and is where you find top attractions, museums, stuff for kids, food, etc.
  • Queen Victoria Park kind of acts like a buffer zone in between these two areas. There is a large (but walkable) distance between the American and Canadian Falls – so different hotels see different Falls.
  • 2. The southern area of central downtown extends south along Fallsview Blvd towards Horseshoe Falls and towards the Table Rock Welcome Centre. There are many hotels here, too (photographed below).

So, having said all of that, we’ve divided this post to make it easy. Below, you’ll find hotels divided up by areas so that you can find the hotel in the area that you are looking for. We will get into these details more in-depth below when we compare the actual hotels.

Hotels With The Best View of Niagara Falls (Falls View)

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These are the hotels RIGHT by Horseshoe Falls…. see below.

Okay, so if you’re looking for hotels overlooking Niagara Falls, you’ve got a few options to choose from. If you know that you absolutely want to stay right at the Falls with a great view of the Horseshoe Falls from your window or balcony, then you should check out the following “Fallsview” hotels:

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The Sheraton – with the Crowne Plaza tucked away to the right.

If you want to see the American Falls from your hotel, then you should check out these main hotels on the Canadian side:

  • Sheraton on the Falls – you simply cannot beat the views (and the location downtown) at the Sheraton. A mom/daughter couple from Wales on our wine tour was staying here and said it was great!
  • Quality Hotel Fallsview Cascade – this budget hotel tucked away downtown is a hidden gem with Falls views from balconies.
  • Crowne Plaza – not amazing reviews but you’ll see the Falls for sure!

Downtown Niagara Falls

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This is Clifton Hill – the epicentre of fun and chaos… note the Sheraton at the river’s edge.

Next to staying right beside Niagara Falls, you can stay in the heart of downtown and be a very quick walk from the Falls. In fact, SOME hotels that are further back from the river edge can still get you views of the Falls (like the Hilton). That said, you don’t stay in this part of downtown for the views – you stay for the restaurants, shops, entertainment, stuff for kids, etc. 

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Great location downtown – but you can also enter the spacious parking lot from the back!

If you’re keen to stay in the heart of the action in/around downtown Niagara Falls, check out popular hotels like:

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The DoubleTree – with a spa and restaurant – is a great find in Niagara Falls.

Just a few minutes from the downtown core, these outlier hotels are still very much walkable to the Falls and the top areas but not quite right in the downtown core. You’ll find some of these further hotels worth checking out:

Along the Niagara River/Gorge (River View)

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The river extends further down – with great attractions and accommodations all the way!

As you venture away from the Falls, you’ll drive along Niagara Parkway as it follows the Niagara River deep in the Niagara Gorge. Along this route, you will find plenty of inns, bed and breakfasts, and other motels to stay at.

These areas are quieter than right downtown and you’ll take a bus or walk to downtown/the Falls – but this can be worth it because it’s usually cheaper than right at the Falls. Luckily, the WEGO bus goes along the riverfront and has frequent stops. This makes it super simple for you to stay further away and still be well connected.

If you want to stay along the river and walk to the Falls or are planning on renting a car, then check out these great B&B or inn options that give you Niagara River views:

  • Park Place B&B – a traditional bed and breakfast with amazing hosts, a cozy style, spa baths, and great breakfast
  • Niagara Grandview Manor – a historic main manor building with an amazing breakfast and other lovely detached rooms
  • Blue Gables Bed and Breakfast – another cozy home with an amazing breakfast and a quick walk to the Falls
  • River Rapids Inn – a quiet roadside hotel with a great breakfast – and a distance still easily accessible to the Falls

Areas Outside of Niagara Falls

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The Prince of Wales might be far away – but it’s worth looking into!

If you plan on staying in the area and explore the wine region, too, you could always stay in Niagara on the Lake and take day trips to Niagara Falls. The drive if you rented a car would be about 25 minutes to the Falls, depending on where you stay. You can also stay in Niagara on the Lake and take the WEGO (Public transit system).

If this option works for you, then check here for accommodations in Niagara on the Lake. Specifically, check out the Prince of Wales Hotel (shown above). We actually wrote a whole detailed post on this topic so check out our guide on Niagara on the Lake accommodations like hotels and inns.

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Where to Stay in Niagara Falls: Great Accommodation Options

Now that we have covered the areas where you could stay, we’ve broken the rest of the post down into accommodations by style/type/budget. This way, if you are looking for a specific kind of accommodation, you can quickly check if there’s something suitable for you.

Having said that, try to stay open-minded about accommodation ratings, prices, locations, and categories. For example, there are some great motels in Niagara Falls while some “hotels” are absolutely awful. Also, generally prices closer to the Falls are more expensive – with rooms that face the Falls almost always being a little higher priced! However, you pay for the amazing experience.

Niagara Falls Hotels

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The Courtyard Marriott has great reviews – and The Keg Steakhouse right inside!

In Niagara Falls there are just so many hotels to choose from – some cheap, some by brand names, some great, some awful. It’s a very popular accommodation choice for visitors to Niagara Falls. We’ve tried to give you hotel options by area and now we’ll break them down by price/style.

If you know you want a hotel, you can check here for hotels in Niagara Falls. Remember, you can always just walk to the Falls so don’t worry if you can’t get a “Fallsview” room! Below, we’ve included a few properties to give you a sample of amazing and really popular hotels in the region!

Cheap Hotels in Niagara Falls

It’s important to note that “cheap” in Niagara Falls doesn’t necessarily mean “bad or dirty”. Remember, hotels in Niagara Falls (at least the ones worth looking into) are NOT cheap… and the price skyrockets if you want a “Fallsview room”.

In the case of the hotels below, these are chain hotels in great locations that have fewer amenities than the others in the downtown area. That’s basically the only difference between them and the hotels right by the water’s edge!

Howard Johnson By The Falls – Check Now

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The Howard Johnson is right in the action on Victoria Avenue – with the Courtyard Marriott just down the street.

This classic brand hotel is surprisingly well-rated. It’s connected to a 24-hour Denny’s Restaurant – makes for a great breakfast!

  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Beside the Vittoria, very quick walk to Clifton Hill – can see the 10pm Niagara Falls fireworks from the front balconies.
  • Amenities: Indoor/outdoor pools, knowledgeable staff, parking onsite, fridge and microwave is a plus.

Quality Hotel Fallsview Cascade – Check Now

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The Quality Hotel is a sneaky great option for a hotel downtown!

This small hotel is squeezed between restaurants and the Skylon Tower – but some balconies DO have Falls and firework views!

  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: On Murray Street, a very quick walk from the Falls, Niagara Parkway paths, and Fallsview Casino
  • Amenities: Free breakfast, free parking onsite, indoor pool, hot tub

Luxury Hotels in Niagara Falls

There aren’t too many top luxury hotels in Niagara Falls – there are many really good ones but many miss the mark of “luxury” that you might be used to. That said, here are two that stand above the rest – and they are still surprisingly affordable in great locations!

Vittoria Hotel & Suites – Check Now

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The Vittoria stands above the downtown core

This suite-style hotel stands above Victoria Avenue in the heart of the action – but still allows for a quiet escape.

  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Right on Victoria Avenue a very short walk to restaurants downtown and 10 minutes to either Falls!
  • Amenities: Swimming pool, good breakfast, parking available, some rooms have views of the American Falls!

Stirling Inn & Spa – Check Now

This luxurious inn and spa is beautifully decorated and rooms feature spa tubs or steam showers to relax away the day!

  • Price Range: Upper Mid-Range/Luxury
  • Location: Just behind Victoria Avenue, a quick walk to Clifton Hill and a 10-minute walk to either Falls
  • Amenities: Amazing breakfast served in bed, a top restaurant and bar onsite, and spa baths/steam showers

Niagara Falls Bed and Breakfasts

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The first course of breakfast we had at our B&B – freshly prepared!

Due to the fact that there is a large residential area surrounding the Falls, there are SO many great bed and breakfasts in Niagara Falls. Many of the best ones are located along the Niagara Parkway and overlook the Niagara River downstream from the Falls. They tend to be quieter and more tranquil with lovely hosts and great breakfasts. 

We had the pleasure of staying at at A Moment in Time B&B – and we absolutely loved it. You can see some photos below from our stay. The colourful house is what made us book – and the place delivered. We even placed it in a post about our favourite bed and breakfasts in Ontario which you can check out if you want more B&B inspiration!

So, if you want a cozier stay with a wonderful morning breakfast prepared by nice hosts, you can check here for bed and breakfasts in Niagara Falls. They really do come in all shapes and sizes and have a way of simplifying a stay with no spa, restaurants, or casinos to worry about!

Below, we’ve included a few B&Bs to give you an overview of some amazing bed and breakfasts in the region!

A Moment in Time Bed and Breakfast – Check Now

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We loved our stay – the house was very eye-catching!

If you are looking for a great bed and breakfast that is walkable to downtown and the Falls, check out A Moment in Time! This very unique house is very old and very peaceful – making it great to return to at the end of a long day exploring.

The hosts were nice and even accommodated us with a late check-in for our keys and parking spot since we were out on our wine tour!

*Friendly Disclaimer: We paid for this stay with our own money. This is not a sponsored post.

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Lisa making sure the bed is fit for a king (or Queen)! It was!
  • Price Range: Lower Mid-Range
  • Location: In a nice quiet neighborhood. We actually loved the 15/20 minute walk to the Falls each day!
  • Amenities: Private bathrooms, private gardens, fresh breakfast, lovely hosts

Bedham Hall B&B – Check Now

This cute, cozy, and historic house is known to be a relaxing place away from the craziness of downtown near the Falls!

  • Price Range: Mid-Range
  • Location: Up the river, overlooking the Gorge
  • Amenities: Ensuite bathrooms – some with spa tubs, English breakfast, free parking, gardens

Chestnut Inn – Check Now

This 1800s era home has plenty of green space around it with friendly hosts who welcome you “home” during your stay!

  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Overlooking the Niagara Gorge/River, a quick walk to the Falls (or take the WEGO)
  • Amenities: Hearty breakfast each morning, free parking, a large balcony/veranda, WEGO bus stop outside

Niagara Falls Motels

We’re very aware that motels generally have a bad reputation for being cheap, dirty, unsafe, etc. In this case, there are some motels in Niagara Falls that function much like hotels – but for a fraction of the price.

From nice decor to great locations, there are some top-rated motels that have clean and cozy rooms, swimming pools, and come with a parking spot out front. If you know you want a motel, there are some great motel accommodations in Niagara Falls – don’t believe us? Check below – we almost stayed in two of them!

The Rex Motel At Niagara Falls – Check Now

This beautifully decorated and clean motel is run by a super helpful owner and is located a short drive from the Falls.

  • Price Range: Budget
  • Location: South end of Niagara Falls, still walkable/driveable to Horseshoe Falls
  • Amenities: Rooms have a kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator, free parking onsite, bus stop across street

Kings Inn Near the Falls – Check Now

This well-run motel has everything you’d need – from free parking to some rooms with heart-shaped tubs in the corner!

  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Corner of Stanley Ave and Ferry St. – a very quick walk to the downtown core
  • Amenities: Mini fridge and coffee maker in rooms, some balcony rooms, free parking onsite, outdoor pool

Cadillac Motel Niagara – Check Now

This “retro boutique” motel has been redone and people love it. We actually walked by and commented “oh, that place looks cool!”

  • Price Range: Upper Budget
  • Location: Downtown Niagara Falls – just off of Victoria Avenue (busy area with shops, food, etc)
  • Amenities: Air conditioning, private bathrooms, free parking, access to a barbecue!

Niagara Falls Resorts / Airbnbs

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The towering Hilton is connected to Fallsview Casino Resort. You can see the Falls from the Hilton, too.

Finally, we come to resorts and Airbnbs in Niagara Falls. Resorts are great because they usually come with amenities and can be great for kids. Niagara Falls doesn’t have too many “resort-style” accommodations but there are two. If you want a resort, you can find resorts close to Niagara Falls here.

If you want to check out Fallsview Casino Resort Hotel, you have to book by calling the hotel directly to make a reservation. They have Fallsview rooms and the famous casino.

 Great Wolf Lodge is probably the main (and one of the only) true resorts in the area and really great for kids (since there’s an indoor water park). The DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa is another option just a quick walk from the Falls with lots of amenities on hand.

If you know you are looking for a cottage or vacation home to rent, you can check here vacation rentals in Niagara Falls. Specifically, there are quite a few Airbnbs around the downtown area which might work for your group – but they book up quickly in the summer season. You can check Airbnb for available properties in Niagara Falls.

And there you have it – a rundown of some of the best Niagara Falls accommodations! Figuring out where to stay in Niagara Falls isn’t too tough once you understand a bit more of the area, the top sights, and your budget/style! We had a blast exploring the iconic Canadian city – so let us know where you end up and how it goes!

As always, Keep Exploring, eh?

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