The 10 Best Niagara Falls Hotels

The luxurious Sheraton on the Falls Hotel tops our list

High-rise buildings by falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

 

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The Rundown

The natural wonder of Niagara Falls gained fame as a honeymoon destination during the 1950s. These days, between casinos, boardwalk-like attractions, and the Falls themselves, the area draws tens of millions of tourists annually, from couples and families to groups of friends and solo travelers. Visitors have their choice of 55 hotels on the American and Canadian sides of the Falls, combined. Considering this volume of tourism, it makes sense that many of the hotels around Niagara Falls are sky-scraping properties with hundreds of rooms. Although there are some notable boutique hotels in the nearby area, all hotels with falls views are operated by major hospitality chains. It is worth noting that the only hotels with direct views of the Falls are on the Canadian side.

Beyond great views of the Falls, there are other factors that are important to consider when planning a trip to this landmark. Some hotels go above and beyond to cater to couples; some offer exceptional rainy-day activities for those traveling with families, and other hotels are notable for their competitive pricing. We considered all the properties in Niagara Falls and the surrounding area to narrow down the best choice for any type of traveler.

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Best Overall: Sheraton on the Falls Hotel

Sheraton on the Falls Hotel

Sheraton on the Falls Hotel

Why We Chose It

The Sheraton regularly tops the list of best hotels on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, owing to its panoramic views, extensive range of amenities, and luxurious atmosphere.

Pros
  • Multiple on-site dining options

  • Award-winning spa on-site

  • Walking distance to popular attractions

Cons
  • Not all rooms have views of the Falls

  • Some on-site food options can be pricey

  • Some guests complain that package offerings and add-on amenities can be confusing

With nearly 700 rooms and suites, eight on-site dining options, an award-winning spa, a large fitness center, and a pool, the Sheraton on the Falls feels like a small city unto itself. One might worry that a hotel with so much going on would feel a little hectic, but this is not the case at the Sheraton. Many guest reviews gush about how quiet, clean, and peaceful their rooms felt, offering a great home base to unwind after a day of experiencing the excitement of Niagara Falls.

Attractions like the Falls themselves, museums, and Clifton Hill are within walking distance, but guests don’t have to leave the property to experience some of the area’s most notable restaurants and activity offerings. The Hard Rock Café is next door to the hotel, and couples looking for a more sophisticated romantic ambiance can check out  Massimo's Italian Fallsview Restaurant and experience the area’s best Italian food while overlooking the Falls.

Notable Amenities

  • Complimentary coffee
  • Fitness center
  • Pool on-site
  • Conference facilities
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Best for Families: Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

Why We Chose It

One look at this Canadian hotel’s 100,000 square-foot water park says it all: Between waterslides, a golf course, a “kids spa,” and on-site dining options, Great Wolf Lodge is the perfect place to have fun as a family.

Pros
  • Extensive kid-friendly facilities and activities

  • 8 on-site dining options

  • Large rooms (with the option of bunk beds for kids)

Cons
  • No falls-view rooms

  • Not as close to popular attractions as other properties

  • Facilities can get crowded

Nobody likes rain on vacation, and it can be an especially tough circumstance when traveling with kids. At the Great Wolf Lodge, parents will never have to come up with inclement weather plans. In fact, families with kids of all ages are almost guaranteed to not get around to every activity and experience the lodge offers during their stay.

Everything about this resort caters to kids, from the indoor waterpark with slides and pools for kids of all ages, to events like story hour, bingo, and dance parties. All of the eight on-site dining venues are kid-friendly as well, offering simple comfort food with something for even the pickiest eaters. Parents can book the resort’s babysitting services for some much-needed self-care time, and maybe take advantage of regular on-site yoga classes or a selection of massages at Elements Spa.

The resort is not directly on the Falls, but it’s a few minutes away by car, offering easy access to make a visit to the Falls a feature of the trip (and there's plenty to do and see in the time you’re not there).

Notable Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Spa and pool on-site
  • Babysitting services
  • Conference facilities
  • Fitness center
  • Self-service laundry
  • Complimentary coffee
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Best Budget: The Rex Motel

The Rex Motel

The Rex Motel

Why We Chose It

Its low room rates and quirky charm make this family-run motel a favorite for visitors on a budget.

Pros
  • Excellent service from a owners and management

  • Charmingly decorated rooms (each room features a theme)

  • Free on-site parking

Cons
  • No falls views

  • No pool, spa, or fitness center on site

  • Fewer rooms mean the property often books up quickly

The room rates alone would be enough to set the Ontario-based Rex Motel apart from other Niagara Falls hotels. This is the best value accommodation in the area by a landslide, offering rooms at a third of the rates of many nearby chains. But beyond the great prices, the Rex Motel offers a charm and local flavor that is more difficult to come by at nearby large properties. Many guests praise the friendly motel owners, who manage day-to-day operations and are happy to advise guests about where to go for the best falls view (a quick ten-minute drive away). One might expect that rooms would be bare-bones at the prices the Rex offers, but the accommodations are charmingly decorated according to different themes, and many guests praise the meticulous cleanliness they find upon check-in.

Notable Amenities

  • Complimentary coffee
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Best for Couples: Sterling Inn & Spa

Sterling Inn & Spa

Sterling Inn & Spa

Why We Chose It

In keeping with the Niagara Falls tradition of being a honeymoon getaway, the Sterling Inn & Spa has romantic accommodations perfected, with offerings like an on-site spa, breakfast in bed, and in-room fireplaces and jacuzzis.

Pros
  • Complimentary breakfast

  • Large rooms

  • Spa offers extensive services, with the option to make any treatment a couples experience

Cons
  • Parking is pricey

  • No falls views

  • On-site restaurant only serves dinner

Ever since the 1953 Marilyn Monroe blockbuster Niagara, couples on honeymoons and romantic getaways have flocked to the Niagara Falls area. Although the Canada-side Sterling Inn & Spa does not offer direct falls views, it is a wonderful choice for couples seeking a romantic retreat because of its luxurious, intimate ambiance and unique amenities.

After a quick walk or drive to the Falls themselves, couples can enjoy a side-by-side scrub or wrap treatment in the Sterling Spa, breakfast in bed in front of the in-room fireplaces, or a soak in an in-room jacuzzi. On-site dining is tailored to couples as well, with complimentary in-room breakfast (a hallmark offering of the hotel), and the award-winning on-site restaurant offering up a sophisticated, locally-sourced dinner menu.

Notable Amenities:

  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • In-room jacuzzis and fireplaces
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Best View, American Side: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York

Why We Chose It

None of the hotels on the American side of Niagara Falls offer direct falls views, but the DoubleTree offers sweeping views of the Niagara River as well as extensive amenities and facilities for those who prefer not to cross the border.

Pros
  • Many rooms feature views of the upper Niagara river

  • Extensive conference and meeting facilities make this a great choice for business travelers

  • Option of balcony in river-view rooms

Cons
  • No direct falls views

  • Not all rooms offer a river view

  • Some guests complain of noisy rooms

For visitors who prefer to sleep on the American side of Niagara Falls and still want to wake up to a beautiful view, the DoubleTree offers rooms with balconies overlooking the sweeping upper Niagara River. Rooms with marble whirlpool tubs next to river-facing windows are perfect for couples, families will love the indoor pool, and business travelers will find themselves set up well with in-room ergonomic office chairs and a 24-hour business center.

The American Falls and Prospect Point are within walking distance of the hotel. Food-wise, an on-site restaurant is a convenient option for casual dining. Although there are no in-the-clouds views, spas, or casinos that hotels on the Canadian side offer, this hotel is the closest to the river in the area, and the solid array of amenities makes it a good choice for those looking to stay on the American side of the border.

Notable Amenities

  • Pool
  • Whirlpool tubs and balconies in some rooms
  • Conference facilities
  • Fitness center
  • Business center
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Best for Balconies: Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview

Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview

Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview

Why We Chose It

Although there are dozens of hotels that offer falls views on the Canadian side, the Crowne Plaza is the only property that provides the option of booking rooms with private balconies overlooking the Falls.

Pros
  • Award-winning spa on-site

  • Historic 1920s property offers unique charm and ambiance

  • Award winning on-site steakhouse boasts panoramic falls views

Cons
  • Some guests note small room sizes

  • Rooms can be noisy

  • No free parking

The Crowne Plaza was the first luxury hotel in Niagara Falls (on the Canadian side), and has amassed a storied history in the near century it’s been open. Pasts guests include everyone from British royals to Shirley Temple and Marilyn Monroe. These days, the legacy of luxury lives on in the hotel’s elegant décor, superior restaurant, and unique access to falls views.

The Crowne Plaza is the most luxurious falls-view hotel that offers rooms with private balconies overlooking the Falls. On-site restaurant Prime Steakhouse is rated by some outlets as the number one restaurant in Niagara Falls, and while dining on Canadian Reserve Steaks guests, look out over the Falls through floor-to-ceiling windows. There are fireworks displays over the Falls throughout the year, and for visitors hoping for a prime vantage point, the Crowne Plaza balconies and restaurant offer some of the most intimate and sweeping vantage points. 

Notable Amenities

  • Pool and fitness center on-site
  • Indoor water park connected to the hotel
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Best Suites: Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls

Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls

Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls

Why We Chose It

The suites at the Marriott on the Falls are some of the largest available in the area and accentuate the hotel’s close proximity to the Horseshoe Falls with floor-to-ceiling windows.

Pros
  • The closest hotel to Niagara Falls

  • Large rooms, and especially large suites

  • Rooms feature contemporary, stylish décor

Cons
  • Fewer on-site dining options than other similar properties

  • No spa on-site

  • Not all rooms have falls views

The Niagara Falls Marriott (on the Canadian side) has the unique asset of being the closest hotel to Niagara Falls. The hotel is yards away from the iconic Horseshoe Falls, and looking out from the floor-to-ceiling windows of a higher-floor room gives the illusion of standing right in the middle of the Falls themselves. The two-story windows in presidential suites offer some of the most spectacular private views of the Falls available.

Rooms are decorated in neutral grays with blue accents, and the overall effect of the color scheme is a palate that accentuates views and evokes a feeling of sophistication and luxury. The Milestones on the Falls Restaurant is a convenient dining option, but those staying in large suites with spacious living areas and panoramic views couldn’t be blamed for opting for room service.  

Notable Amenities

  • Pool and fitness center on-site
  • Conference facilities and meeting rooms
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Best Historic: The Giacomo

The Giacomo

The Giacomo

Why We Chose It

The Giacomo is one of the older hotels in the Niagara Falls area and sits on the National Register of Historic Places; its history and art deco ambiance make this a great choice for guests who love design and architecture.

Pros
  • Free parking

  • Large rooms featuring creative and eclectic décor

  • Walking distance to the American Falls and nearby shops

  • Complimentary breakfast buffet

Cons
  • No falls views

  • No pool or spa on-site

  • No room service

Travelers who prioritize character and charm in their accommodations will find these qualities in spades at the Giacomo. The American-side hotel has been in operation since 1929, and the structure and decor blend art deco with Mayan revival motif. The hotel is within walking distance from all the major attractions on the American side of the Falls, and the whirlpool baths and fireplaces in select rooms make this property a great choice for couples seeking an intimate, romantic ambiance.

Notable Amenities

  • Pet-friendly
  • Chocolates in-room upon arrival, fresh cookies at turndown
  • Fitness center
  • Complimentary coffee and breakfast buffet
  • Fireplaces and whirlpool tubs in some rooms
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Best Bed and Breakfast: The Red Coach Inn

The Red Coach Inn

The Red Coach Inn

Why We Chose It

The Tudor-style architecture and English country ambiance make this B&B a warm and inviting environment, especially suited to those in town for a romantic getaway or seeking cozier accommodations than available at nearby chains.

Pros
  • Free parking

  • Exquisitely decorated rooms (décor that resembles a 19th century English manor)

  • Close proximity to the American Falls

  • Complimentary breakfast

Cons
  • No falls-view rooms

  • No pool, spa, or fitness center on-site

  • Fewer rooms mean last minute booking can be tricky, and restaurant reservations need to be placed in advance

The Red Coach Inn is a unique B&B with a charming ambiance, and it stands out amongst many of the large chain hotels that dominate the area (the American side of the Falls). The Inn has earned many accolades and awards since it opened in 1923, but contemporary visitors may recognize it for a very specific claim to fame: The Inn was the setting of Jim and Pam’s wedding on The Office. The beautiful rooms are exquisitely upholstered and furnished to evoke a historic English manor.

The hotel is the perfect destination for a romantic trip, offering couples the unique experience of eating their complimentary breakfast and then taking a short 500-yard walk to the American Falls. Guests especially praise the delicious food and love thoughtful details like tucked-away journals written by hotel staff which detail anecdotes and hotel history.

Notable Amenities

  • Complimentary breakfast and coffee
  • Meeting rooms
  • Kitchenettes in-room
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Best Casino: Fallsview Casino Resort

Fallsview Casino Resort

Fallsview Casino Resort

Why We Chose It

For a little bit of Vegas in Canada, the Fallsview Casino Resort is the largest gaming facility in the country, and a no-brainer if you are in town to gamble.

Pros
  • Largest casino in Canada

  • More than 20 on-site restaurants

  • Many rooms feature falls views

Cons
  • Pricey parking fee

  • Some guests complain of hidden fees (like cancellation)

  • No complimentary casino drinks

Niagara Falls hasn’t always been a casino destination, but with the opening of three casinos since the 1990s, gamblers have grown to account for more and more of the annual tourist population. With over 3,000 slot machines and 100 gaming tables, Fallsview Casino offers the most options for gambling, and its many falls-view rooms offer the true modern Niagara Falls experience in Canada.

Guests love the elegance and grandeur of the Fallsview, which also includes a state-of-the-art theater for live entertainment and a luxury shopping complex. There are more than 20 restaurants on-site, meaning visitors have a lot of options for venues to splurge on celebratory steaks and champagne when they hit the jackpot.

Notable Amenities

  • Casino
  • Pool and spa on-site
  • Business center
  • Frequent live entertainment

Final Verdict

A visit to Niagara Falls, regardless of whether it's on the American side or the Canadian side, is going to center first and foremost around the Falls. A falls-view room is the crown jewel of Niagara Falls hotels, but these accommodations can be many times more expensive than other options and some might just as content to see the Falls from a closer vantage point, off-property. In addition, selecting the best hotel will depend on how you want to spend the hours when not touring the Falls.

Over its nearly century-long run as a tourist destination, Niagara Falls has grown into a dynamic area with unique offerings for kids, couples, and casino lovers. You can have a vastly different experience of Niagara based on what you want to prioritize, and among the hotels featured on this list, there is something special for every kind of visitor. If you're unsure where to start, you can't go wrong at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel.

Compare the Best Niagara Falls Hotels

Niagara Falls Hotels  Resort Fee   Room Rates  # of Rooms  WiFi
Sheraton on the Falls Hotel Best Overall  $13  $$$ 641 No free WiFi
Great Wolf Lodge Best for Families  $70  $$$ 406 suites 15 cottages  Free
The Rex Motel Best Budget  None  $ 15  Free
Sterling Inn & Spa Best for Couples  None  $$ 41  Free
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Niagara Falls New York Best View, American Side  None  $$ 199  Free
Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls - Fallsview Best for Balconies  None  $$ 234  Free
Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls Best Suites  $13  $$ 368  Free
The Giacomo Best Historic  None  $$ 44  Free
The Red Coach Inn Best Bed and Breakfast  None  $$$$ 37  Free
Fallsview Casino Resort Best Casino  None  $$$ 374  Free

Methodology

Relative to many major tourist areas, there aren’t lots of choices when it comes to accommodations in Niagara Falls. Because so many in properties in the area are run by major chains and have similar offerings in terms of amenities, we focused specifically on guest reviews and property accolades, taking note of which hotels were repeatedly lauded for exceptional service, cleanliness, and value. We evaluated over 50 properties and determined that each of the 10 properties on this list offers something unique that places them ahead of similar accommodations, making them the best choice for a visit to Niagara Falls.

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