Wonderful hotels are plentiful in the Niagara Wine Region. Here are my three favourites.


Editor's Top 7 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$335 CAD
Luxurious vintage hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake town centre with fine dining and indoor pool
  • Free shuttle service provided to some attractions which are close by
  • Many guests felt that they were especially well treated by the staff
  • Many guests thought the hotel was impeccably clean and beautifully appointed
  • The hotel offers world class spa treatments along with free use of 2 other Vintage hotel's facilities
  • Many reviewers enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Self-parking is $10.00 per day extra
  • Wireless Internet costs $9.95 per day in guest rooms
  • There were a few complaints regarding the food service
  • A couple of guests thought the basic rooms were a little cramped
The Prince of Wales is quintessential Victorian elegance located at the heart of the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, in a setting of immaculately-kept flower gardens. This is my pick for best hotel in the Niagara Wine Region. This five star hotel boasts exceptional customer service from its professional concierge team who are members of Les Clefs d'Or Society. It has been ranked # 1 hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake from Trip Advisor, and also received the Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Award in 2013. Interior decor, attention to detail, bountiful fresh flower arrangements, a stunning indoor pool and a world-class spa are some of the hotel's highlights. Prince of Wales offers free shuttle service to guests to nearby Fort George and Peller Estates winery (about a 10-minute drive).
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Book from ~$264 CAD
Popular hotel a 20-minute drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake with indoor pool and restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests paid compliments to the excellent staff
  • Many praised the hotel's location near the QEW and local attractions
  • Many guests thought the hotel's food was excellent and delicious
  • Local area transportation is offered to hotel guests
  • Leisure amenities: indoor pool, steam room, hot tub, fitness centre
  • All rooms come with mini-fridges and microwaves
  • Some guests had difficulty locating the hotel and thought it was in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Breakfast is $12.95 extra for a hot & cold buffet (to non Hilton Honors members)
The Hilton Garden Inn in my top choice for hospitality, service and good value. This moderately-priced three star hotel is a definite favourite of online reviewers for offering both comfort and value. According to guests it is a quiet, friendly and comfortable hotel that offers all the amenities: an on-site restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, mattresses that adjust to hard or soft, free Wi-Fi, free parking, gym, pool and hot tub. This hotel is well located, just minutes from the highway and only 12 minutes to Niagara Falls or Niagara-on-the-Lake.
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Book from ~$238 CAD
Very clean and friendly Niagara-on-the-Lake hotel an easy walk to the historic town centre
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet, parking, local calls, long distance access, newspapers
  • Free breakfast was highly praised for variety and quality
  • Guests said rooms were clean, spacious and quiet
  • Location was close to shopping, hiking and wineries, according to guests
  • Many reviewers praised the staff for being friendly, helpful and knowledgeable
  • Many guests thought the hotel provided good value
  • Some guests thought the room decor was slightly outdated
  • No elevator
Another gem is the Colonel Butler Inn located at 278 Mary Street, one of the main streets of the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. It's my top choice for value combined with location in the Niagara Wine Region. Walk to the Shaw Spa for their vinotherapy treatment, or the Shaw Festival to take in one of their live theatre performances. Shop and dine in the historic town, or golf at the 200-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course--North America's oldest! Take advantage of their on-site bicycle rentals and enjoy the beauty of the historic town or the beautiful vistas of the nearby biking trail along the Niagara River. Enjoy their complimentary breakfast, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and a quiet moment on their large front porch.
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Book from ~$284 CAD
Luxury Niagara-on-the-Lake waterfront hotel with indoor pool and free area shuttle
  • Free self-parking in hotel's parking lot
  • Free shuttle service to nearby restaurants, attractions and 2 other Vintage hotels for use of their amenities
  • Well-liked decor with many returning hotel guests
  • Many reviewers were impressed with the staff of this hotel
  • A few guests thought the hotel was showing its age and needed some attention
  • Some guests complained about being charged a resort fee and felt the hotel lacked somewhat in this area, missing extra areas to sit and relax to enjoy the views, and balconies from the rooms
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Book from ~$120 CAD
Budget-friendly, clean rooms with mini-fridge and microwave, BBQ, guest laundry
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, lobby coffee
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Many reviewers found their rooms clean
  • The staff were complimented for their friendly service by several guests
  • Several guests found the location convenient for exploring the Niagara-on-the-Lake area by car
  • Several guests described their rooms as minimally furnished
  • A few reviewers said that the in-room decor was drab
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Book from ~$170 CAD
Popular Saint Catharines budget hotel an easy drive to Niagara Falls with free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi, free morning muffins and juice and free parking
  • Many guests enjoyed their rooms for amenities offered, comfort and cleanliness
  • The staff received rave reviews for their exceptional service and friendly personalities
  • Guests liked the location for being close to the QEW, restaurants and shopping
  • Several guests said their beds were comfortable
  • Some guests appreciated pretty views from their rooms
  • Many guests said the hotel offered good value and they would return
  • All rooms come with 40" flat screen TV, mini-fridge, safe deposit box, pillow top mattress
  • A couple reviewers were disappointed with the breakfast selection
  • A couple of guests said the stairs to the second level were in need of repair
  • No elevator
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Book from ~$267 CAD
On-site spa and pool area, free area shuttle, guests praised the staff
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free area shuttle service
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Many guests described their rooms as generally comfortable
  • Many reviewers enjoyed the pool and hot tub area
  • Several guests described the overall atmosphere as relaxing
  • Several reviewers praised the services at the on-site spa
  • Several guests complained that the room rates were too expensive

3 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Niagara Wine Region

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$145 CAD
Near the Niagara Golf Course and praised by guests for the welcoming service
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free breakfast
  • The host was frequently complimented for her warm and welcoming service
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Several guests thought that the location was convenient for exploring the area on foot and by car
  • A couple of guests found their rooms small
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$174 CAD
Well-appointed rooms, close to QEW with shops and restaurants within walking distance
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Several guests were impressed with the rooms and described them as clean and well-appointed
  • Several guests liked the hotel's proximity to the QEW and amenities
  • Friendly and knowledgable staff, according to some guests
  • Quiet hotel despite highway location, said some reviewers
  • A couple guests thought the price was too high
  • The beds were uncomfortable, said a couple reviewers
  • A couple reviewers thought the water temperature of the shower was too cold
  • A couple guests complained about pool noise
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$179 CAD
Popular but dated Grimsby hotel near QEW with well-liked restaurants, indoor pool & day spa 
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking
  • Conveniently close to the QEW, according to guests
  • Good food at the on-site restaurants, according to guests
  • Some guests left rave reviews of the event and catering staff
  • Guests said rooms were clean and comfortable
  • Many guests praised the customer service
  • Some guests said decor was aging

Tips For Staying In Niagara Wine Region

Things to Do in the Niagara Wine Region

The Shaw Festival Theatre offers excellent live theatre productions from April to October and features plays by Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries--Guys and Dolls, Our Betters, Major Barbara and Lady Windemere's Fan--to name a few. The plays are said to be on par with the Stratford Festival, but the seats more comfy! The Festival Theatre Lobby Cafe is licensed and opens prior to afternoon and evening performances to serve lunch or light dinner, or you can reserve their picnic lunch prior to Matinee performances if you book 24 hours in advance (available May through October). Parking is $10 per performance at the Festival Theatre lot. (There may be free street parking for earlier customers.)

If you like biking, jogging or just going for a scenic walk, the Niagara River Recreation Trail is a definite must! This paved trail follows the Canadian side of the Niagara River and runs for some 58 kilometres from Fort George to Niagara-on-the-Lake, to Queenston, to Niagara Falls, and all the way to Fort Erie. Highlights of the trail include scenic views of the Niagara Gorge, the whirlpool and rapids of the Niagara River. Online reviewers have said that there are fruit stands along the way and wineries where you can stop for a glass of wine.

Niagara Riding Stables
offer horseback riding, to novices and experienced riders alike, for $50 per person (cash only) with a 2-person minimum, along the Niagara escarpment in the heart of wine country. The 45-minute trail is open year round to riders above 10 years of age. They are located at 471 Warner Road, just 15 minutes from either Niagara-on-the-Lake or Niagara Falls. Check their website for driving directions due to possible summer of 2013 road construction in the area.

Fort George National Historic Site
is a great place for kids of all ages! They have guides in period costumes who are friendly and willing to answer all your questions about the life and times of 1812, and provide among other demonstrations, a musket firing re-enactment. Special events at the site include an RCMP musical ride event. Fort George offers a great family experience according to online reviewers.

If you're interested in visiting some of the 40 plus vineyards in the area, I suggest one of the Peller Estate tours: Pairing Wine & Chocolate, Art of Wine and Food, Winemaking Excellence Tour, or even the Wine Country Touring Pass--which offers a full day of touring and tasting at 4 of the region's wineries. Be sure to try out the summer patio (overlooking the vineyard) at Peller Estate Winery Restaurant which offers a Tasting Menu with wine pairings, Sparkling Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, and other interesting dinner events with celebrity chef Jason Parsons (featured at Citytv's CityLine and in the recent book 3 Chefs:The Kitchen Men).

The Trius Winery Restaurant at 1249 Niagara Stone Road is wonderful option for fine dining in a beautiful setting. Highly rated by both Trip Advisor and Urban Spoon reviewers, it's sure to be a memorable experience. Check out their website for special events including Harvest Table Lunch & Dining Series, and Jazz & Blues at the Winery.

Do you want to learn to cook with wine? Just 9 minutes from the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and overlooking Four Mile Creek, is the Strewn Winery and the Wine Country Cooking School. Aimed at recreational cooks who want to increase their culinary knowledge and appreciate the relationship between food and wine, the school offers a day class, a 2-day weekend class from January to November, and a 5-day "culinary vacation" from June to September. The winery's restaurant, with patio overlooking the creek, Terroir La Cachette offers lunch and dinner in a French Provencal style. Strewn offers free wine tours and tastings at 11:30 am each day during the summer months and produces an exciting selection of VQA and superior quality wines.

Visit Niagara Canada is a website that offers more information on what to do in the Niagara Wine Region and Wine Country Ontario offers a Wine Route Planner for visitors to the region. Enjoy!