I looked for hotels that were very good value with very good guest opinion. I avoided hotels that had mixed reviews online and lower recommendation rates.

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Editor's Top Pick

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Book from ~$170 CAD
Popular Saint Catharines budget hotel an easy drive to Niagara Falls with free parking
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
The Capri Inn St Catharines is a hidden gem. It's rated #1 out of 8 hotels in St Catharines and has a stellar rating of 8.8/10 along with a 92% recommendation rate. This means that overall guest satisfaction is very high based on the opinion of the guests who reviewed the hotel. Surprisingly, it also had one of the lowest room rates on the day I compared the hotels listed below.

Although it doesn't look especially promising from the exterior, once you walk in, you find out that you made a very good choice indeed. The rooms are newly renovated (as of 2013) according to guests, as well as spacious and well appointed. All rooms come with large flat screen TVs, comfortable beds, plenty of fluffy towels in spotlessly clean bathrooms, safety deposit boxes, mini-fridges and microwaves. Additionally guests said the rooms were quiet and some had pretty views of the Martindale pond. Freebies include Wi-Fi, parking and morning muffins and juice.

It sounds like a friendly place with very accommodating and well-liked staff/owners who go above and beyond to help out guests.

Guests liked the location for being just off the QEW interchange and a short driving distance to Niagara Falls. It's about a 13-minute drive south to Brock University from the Capri.

6 Other Hotels Close to Brock University

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Popular St Catharines hotel near Brock University with indoor pool and spacious suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, local calls, bottled water, newspapers, laundry detergent
  • Many guests really liked the rooms and found them clean, spacious and well appointed
  • Many guests enjoyed meals on site
  • Guests found the staff attentive and helpful
  • Location handy to highways, Niagara Falls, wine tours and Outlet Mall
  • Wi-Fi was rated as excellent overall by online reviewers
Cons
  • Not much by way of dining in walking distance
  • The pool was small according to a few guests
  • A few guests thought it was a little far to Niagara Falls
Location
The Four Points is located within walking distance of Brock University's campus and main doors. The Quarryyview Residence on campus can be reached in 5 minutes on foot and the main building's front doors in 9 minutes. The main parking lot is a 3-minute drive from the hotel.
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Comfortable, beautifully furnished rooms with friendly and accommodating staff, say guests
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and free parking
  • Some guests liked the hotel's proximity to the city center and thought it was convenient for exploring the area by car
  • According to many guests, the on-site restaurant had good food and service
  • Several reviewers described the staff as friendly and the service as accommodating
  • The hotel was described as charming and several guests considered it a good venue for special events
  • Many guests described the rooms as well furnished, comfortable and beautifully decorated
Cons
  • Some guests thought the restaurant was overpriced
Location
A lovingly restored mansion set on a hill of a treed lot in the town of Thorold, the Keefer Mansion is  a 7-minute drive from Brock.
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Free Wi-Fi throughout, modern and clean rooms (renovated 2011) and on-site restaurant
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and wired internet thoughout and free parking
  • Many guests were impressed with the room appearance and described them as clean, modern and comfortable
  • According to many guests, the customer service was friendly
  • The location was convenient to the highway and for exploring the area by car, according to several guests
  • Several guests said the beds were comfortable
  • The pool was clean and the right temperature, according to several guests
  • Some reviewers found the on-site restaurant and coffee lounge convenient
Cons
  • Several guests were disturbed by noise from other guests and construction work being done in the hotel
  • A few guests thought the pillows were too small and were not comfortable
  • A couple guests claimed the elevators were slow
Location
The Holiday Inn is on a commercial strip in St. Catharines, and is a 12-minute drive through town to the school.
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14-minutes from Port Dalhousie, basic accommodations with clean rooms and free Wi-Fi
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Several reviewers were impressed with room cleanliness
  • Easy to find and close proximity to QEW and amenities, according to several guests
  • Pleasant and accommodating staff, according to some reviewers
  • Some guests felt the room rates were reasonable
  • A few guests described the beds as comfortable
Cons
  • Some guests felt the hotel was old, tired and dated
  • A couple reviewers were disappointed that continental breakfast was not included in the rate
  • A few guests described their beds as small
  • The rooms were on the smaller side, according to a few reviewers
Location
In a residential neighbourhood near to an interchange of the QEW Highway, this Comfort Inn is a 10-minute drive from the school.
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Well-appointed rooms, close to QEW with shops and restaurants within walking distance
Pros
  • 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
Cons
  • 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
Location
About a 6-minute walk to restaurants and shopping, this Best Western is a 11-minute drive from campus.
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Book from ~$123 CAD
On-site restaurant, clean and modern rooms but no continental breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout and free parking
  • Close proximity to the QEW, shops and dining, according to many reviewers
  • Rooms were clean, spacious and modern said many guests
  • Several guests felt the hotel was affordable compared to others in the area
  • The staff were complimented for being friendly and helpful by some guests
  • A few guests found the on-site restaurant convenient
Cons
  • A few guests were disappointed that breakfast was not included in the rate
  • A couple reviewers had noise complaints
Location
Near a number of restaurant and shopping options, this Days Inn is a 12-minute drive from Brock University.

Tips For Staying Near Brock University

Location
As part of a UNESCO biosphere reserve, Brock University is surrounded by parkland on the Niagara Escarpment in St. Catharines, Ontario. Construction is continuous, both on and around campus as well as in downtown St. Catharines.
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Getting Around
While the campus itself isn't as large as many universities (it takes 15 minutes to walk from one side to the other), familiarizing oneself with everything beforehand is always a good idea. To that end, an interactive map is available listing everything from classrooms to water refill stations.

Campus tours are available for prospective students and their parents, on top of regular open houses. For more information, or to book a tour, visit their website.
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Getting Around: Driving
Downtown St. Catharines is an 11-minute drive from the school, while Niagara Falls and the United States border are both a 15-minute drive away. 

The John C. Munro International Airport (YHM) in Hamilton is a 45-minute drive from the school.

Visitors may want to note that public transit times from the below-mentioned hotels to the school are at least double the driving times. If you don't plan to have access to a personal vehicle, a taxi might be more efficient.
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Parking
A number of parking lots are available for staff, students and visitors. Rates vary depending on the lot, but average at $2.50 an hour, with a maximum of $7 per day. 

For more information on rates and permits, visit their website.
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Getting Around: Public Transit
A large number of public transit buses are available from all around St. Catharines to Brock University. Students can pick up a U-Pass sticker for their Brock Student I.D. cards that allows them to ride St. Catharines Transit, Niagara Transit and Welland Transit for free.

A single-ride fare on St. Catharines Transit is $2.75, but visitors can purchase a one-day, all-day family pass for $7, valid on the weekends.

For a full list of routes and maps, visit the St. Catharines Transit Commission website.
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Dining
There are a couple cafeterias on campus, as well as two more in residence halls, not to mention three Tim Hortons and a cafe. Students living in the traditional residence buildings (not the townhouses) will receive a meal card as part of their registration price. For more information and a weekly menu, visit the dining services website.
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Entertainment
A number of seminars, workshops, socials and sports events are organized throughout the year on campus. Ranging from theatre performances, to trivia night to scotch tastings, there are a variety of things planned. For a full events listing, visit the school website.
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