Courtyard by Marriott-Niagara Falls, Canada
Date of stay: November 2010
Although it’s too cold to ride the Maid of the Mist past the month of October, the one good thing about visiting Niagara Falls in the Canadian winter is that hotel rooms are a bargain, as was the case with the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. Even though the Canadian dollar is just about on even par with the American dollar and no longer the cheap destination it used to be, $130 Canadian dollars for a room with a whirlpool is a good enough deal for me.
Some people may find this a negative, but the Courtyard is not right by the falls (as is its sister hotel, the Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa which costs considerably more). It’s about a 12 minute walk to the falls from the hotel, and from our room, while we couldn’t see the falls, we could make out the mist emanating from them. There is an onsite restaurant, so if you’re a Marriott rewards member, you would receive extra points credited to your account if you ate there. We, however, chose to dine elsewhere. Although we made the mistake of eating at a TGI Fridays next door to the hotel (incredibly overpriced as were all of the popular American chain restaurants), on the morning of our departure, we had breakfast at a small diner where the prices were cheaper and the quantity of food was much higher.
The room was large and bright, complete with a long entrance way to the main portion of the room which greatly cut down on noise from the hallways (a problem I’ve often had at hotels where your bed is a mere hundred feet from the hallway). The bed offered us a great night’s sleep, and the whirlpool was a luxurious yet highly affordable treat. The sink and vanity was separate from the bathroom, and while I know some people dislike this setup, I actually prefer it. It offers you the option of having one person shower while the other is getting ready.
While we forgot to bring bathing suits, there was an indoor pool located on the ground level, along with an outdoor pool during warmer weather, so in terms of recreational activities, the hotel has them covered.
As to the hotel’s guest makeup, it varied greatly. There were couples like us, families with small children, and even a bus tour group. A more romantic and intimate stay might be better had elsewhere, but if your primary interest is the falls and your secondary interest your accommodations, the Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls fits the bill.
Courtyard by Marriott Niagara Falls
5950 Victoria Avenue
Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2G 3L7, Canada