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Each year, an estimated 30 million people visit roaring Niagara Falls, including honeymooners and families. The Niagara River serves as a border between the cities of Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, N.Y., and tourism attractions range from the famous Maid of the Mist, to zip-lining, to the Aerospace Museum and Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum. Not sure where to stay when visiting? Here are our 10 top picks for the best hotels in Niagara Falls – and most come with unbeatable views.
Best Overall: Sheraton on the Falls
Sheraton on the Falls places visitors in the heart of the action on the Canadian side, with comfortable accommodations, plenty of amenities, and reasonable prices – making it ideal for all types of travelers. More than half of the 669 guest rooms and suites have views of the falls, with amenities such as a lobby bar and lounge, a full-service spa, an indoor and outdoor pool and fitness center. Guests can dine at the sleek, farm-to-table restaurant on the 13th floor or grab a morning coffee at the Starbucks in the lobby. Famous restaurants such as Rainforest Café, Planet Hollywood and Hard Rock Café are steps away, and a walkway connects the Sheraton to Casino Niagara and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. Wireless Internet is included in the resort fee, but valet parking is additional.
Best Budget Hotel: Rex Motel
This family-run business is 10 minutes (by car) from Niagara Falls and Clifton Hill attractions – although there isn’t much of interest to the average traveler surrounding the hotel itself. The Rex delivers a simple, but wallet-friendly stay in one of 14 rooms, each offering a kitchenette with a coffee maker, microwave and mini refrigerator, plus free parking, Wi-Fi and flat-screen cable television. Different themes are found in each room that display quaint, cheerful décor, with standard King beds, Double beds or a family room that can accommodate an extra bed.
Best for Romance: Sterling Inn and Spa
The Four-Diamond, Sterling Inn and Spa focuses on personal well-being and is ideal for a romantic weekend getaway. Located within walking distance of Clifton Hill, Casino Niagara and Queen Victoria Park (which overlooks the falls), the chic, modern hotel features a farm-to-table restaurant and full-service spa with treatments ranging from traditional relaxation massages to chocolate-covered strawberry wraps. There are 41 rooms that include perks such as bathrobes, fireplaces, free “breakfast in bed,” and - for a mini spa experience in the room - Jacuzzi tubs, rain showers and body sprays. Parking is an additional charge.
Best for Families: Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls Ontario
As one of 15 Great Wolf Lodges, this family-oriented hotel is a destination in itself with 406 suites and a 100,000-square-foot waterpark complete with heated whirlpools, splash zones, tube slides and body slides – including a slide with a 20-foot free fall. The resort has eight different dining options, three shops, a fitness center and free Wi-Fi. Waterpark passes are typically bundled into the room rate (so expect higher price tags). Standard suites feature private balconies or patios, kitchenettes, flat-screen televisions and rustic décor. Some suites also have fireplaces, bunk beds, kids' play zones and separate living rooms. The lodge is located six minutes (by car) to the famous Butterfly Conservatory and 10 minutes to the main tourism center of Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Best Views: Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview
Sprawling 42 stories high and just 100 yards from the edge of Niagara Falls, Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Fallsview offers unbeatable views and 513 spacious suites. Every stay includes free cooked-to-order breakfast and an evening reception with two adult beverages and snacks. Standard Two-Bedroom Suites have two flat-screen televisions, sofas, a refrigerator and microwave. The Keg Steakhouse and Bar overlooks the Niagara Falls, and guests can burn off the calories at the fitness center or unwind at the indoor pool or whirlpool. Parking is an additional charge.
Best Value: Country Inn and Suites
For those seeking clean, simple, affordable digs that are close to all the attractions in Niagara Falls, Canada, the Country Inn and Suites is a solid choice. Just five minutes away (by foot) to the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark and ten minutes to famous Clifton Hill, the hotel is an ideal basecamp for exploring. There are 159 rooms and suites, each with flat-screen televisions, free Internet access, refrigerators and coffee makers. Hotel amenities include a fitness center, business center, indoor pool and whirlpool and free hot breakfast. Parking is an additional charge.
Best Design: The Tower Hotel
The unusual design of the Tower Hotel stands out against the skyline of Niagara Falls, Canada, and grants jaw-dropping views of the falls (or the city). Perched just 500 yards from the falls and steps away from restaurants, casinos, and attractions, the Tower Hotel opened in 2002. Rooms are located on the upper levels of the hotel and are smaller in size than a standard hotel, but feature artistic, modern décor and floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall windows, as well as mini-refrigerators, microwaves and Wi-Fi. The on-site restaurant, Marilyn’s Bistro & Lounge, serves Mediterranean fare in the evenings with dazzling views of the falls, while breakfast is available in the lobby cafe. Parking is additional.
Best Historic Hotel: The Giacomo
Built in 1929, the 41-room Giacomo Hotel is located in Niagara Falls, N.Y., less than a 10-minute walk to attractions such as Niagara Falls State Park, the Cave of the Winds and Maid of the Mist. Although it debuted in 2010, stunning Art Deco décor captures the elegance of the era it was constructed, with modern in-room amenities like flat-screen televisions, mini fridges and spa showers. Perfect for a luxury getaway, some rooms also feature stone fireplaces and Jacuzzis. Additional amenities include Wi-Fi, a business center, fitness center, bar and lounge and free breakfast. Rooms are located on the lower to mid-level of the building, but a sky lounge on the 19th floor grants commanding views of the city and rapids (although none of the falls). Valet parking is included.
Best Casino Hotel: Fallsview Casino Resort
With 3,000 slot machines, 130 table games, a theater, and dance club, Fallsview Casino Resort is the largest in Canada and is ideal for those seeking nightlife in Niagara Falls. The Four-Diamond rated resort has 374 rooms and suites with modern décor, 24-hour room service and views of the falls. There are more than 20 dining options ranging from casual buffets to fine-dining restaurants, as well as a full-service spa that features a fitness center and an indoor pool. The theater hosts a roster of big-name acts (tickets are additional), and several bars, lounges and dance clubs are scattered around to keep the party going. Parking is additional.
Runner-Up, Best Budget: Comfort Inn the Pointe
Comfort Inn the Pointe has low prices and an excellent location within walking distance to the attractions of Niagara Falls, N.Y., including Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino, Aquarium of Niagara Falls and Cave of the Winds tours. All 117 hotel rooms and suites were recently renovated and include fresh décor, flat-screen cable televisions, coffee makers and free Internet. Some rooms have views of the river rapids, and suites feature refrigerators and iPod docking stations. Stays also include free hot breakfast and parking, however, the hotel does not have a pool.