While many tourists (and likely even some locals) may consider the Fallsview and Clifton Hill areas as "downtown", the real (and historically original) Niagara Falls downtown is actually a couple of kilometres north (downstream of the falls) around Queen Street. As the story goes, the original downtown was formerly a bustling hub of nightlife and other business activity until the 1970s, but other commercial developments in the Niagara Falls area closer to the falls began to draw people away from the actual downtown. Eventually, the area became neglected and blighted, something which happened to many other urban centres. However, the original downtown area has mounted a comeback lately, especially since the mid 2000's. Today, the area is becoming revitalized as a cultural and artistic district, and is welcoming back artists, galleries, shopping, restaurants, bar, bistros, cafes, and other businesses. While there are no hotels (yet) within the actual boundaries of the downtown area, there are a number of hotels not too far away, like those hotels in the Clifton Hill area.

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Editor's Top 7 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$73 CAD
Niagara Falls-Clifton Hill motel with outdoor pool, balconies, family and jacuzzi suites
This hotel is about one and a half kilometres south of the historic downtown.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, local calls, newspapers, electric vehicle charging
  • Guests said their rooms were clean and comfortable
  • Great location for walking to restaurants, attractions and viewing the falls
  • Staff were helpful and friendly said guests
  • Wi-Fi was very good according to guests
  • Many found the rates affordable and good value
Cons
  • Parking costs $10 per night
  • No elevator to the 2nd floor
  • Dated decor and furnishings according to some guests
  • Free breakfast too basic with no hot items said guests
  • Some guests found noise disturbance from inside and outside of the motel
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$126 CAD
Highly praised Niagara Falls hotel with fallsviews, restaurants, indoor pool & jacuzzi rooms
This hotel is about one and a half kilometres south of the historic downtown.
Pros
  • Guests typically enjoyed their rooms and found them clean, well appointed and comfortable
  • Guests loved this location, near the Falls and Clifton Hill
  • Guests were highly pleased about the views of the Falls
  • Staff were helpful and friendly said guests
  • Some guests enjoyed meals on site
  • Wi-Fi was rated excellent by online guest reviewers
  • Many said they would return to this hotel when visiting the Falls
Cons
  • Wi-Fi is included in the mandatory resort fee of $15.95 + tax per day
  • Self-parking is $29 + tax and valet parking is $45 + tax per night
  • Some found the hotel pricey, especially with extra fees adding up at the end
  • Some found the buffets expensive and uninspiring
  • Some found their rooms or bathrooms small
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$76 CAD
Niagara Falls hotel with indoor pool, falls view rooms, free parking and free hot breakfast
This hotel is about two and a half kilometres south of the historic downtown.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, hot breakfast, parking, newspapers, coffee in lobby
  • Rooms were updated and very clean with comfy beds
  • Location was excellent, walking distance to Falls lookout, restaurants and attractions
  • Wi-Fi was rated as good by reviewers online
  • Free hot breakfast was well liked and generous
  • Good value at this hotel said guests
  • Well maintained pool enjoyed by guests
Cons
  • No elevator in the motel section (but there is one in the 7-storey tower)
  • Some mentioned that the exterior and the public areas (hallways, lobby and breakfast room) could use an update
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$98 CAD
Niagara Falls hotel with indoor pool, jacuzzi rooms and southern views of the falls
This hotel is about three kilometres south of the historic downtown.
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Some guests enjoyed excellent fallsviews from their rooms
  • Location was in walking distance of attractions and restaurants
  • Many guests found clean and comfortable rooms
  • Many found the staff to be polite and pleasant
  • Wi-Fi was rated as very good overall
Cons
  • Self-parking and valet parking is $20 per night
  • Resort fee of 4% added to the cost of the stay
  • Some guests were disappointed in their falls view rooms
  • Some guests did not get the room they booked and were treated rudely by staff
  • Several reviewers felt the hotel was older and in need of better cleaning and maintenance
  • Some found the indoor pool small
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$164 CAD
Popular Niagara Falls hotel with stunning views of the Canadian falls, day spa & restaurant 
This hotel is about three kilometres south of the historic downtown.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi in the lobby
  • Location perfect for walking to restaurants, shopping and attractions
  • Rooms were very clean and spacious
  • Views were often spectacular, said guests
  • Staff were courteous and efficient said guests
Cons
  • Wi-Fi costs $6.95 or $9.95 for 24 hours for non-Marriott members
  • Valet-only parking is $39 per night
  • Some guests reported dated decor
  • Guests often felt the hotel was expensive and the restaurant overpriced
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$51 CAD
Clean but dated Niagara Falls walk-up budget hotel with outdoor pool but no falls views
This hotel is about three kilometres south of the historic downtown.
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, local calls
  • Rooms clean and comfortable said guests
  • Guests appreciated the low cost of breakfast on site
  • Guests enjoyed the pizza at Zappi's restaurant on site
  • Location well liked, in walking distance of attractions
  • Staff were friendly and quick to solve problems said guests
Cons
  • No elevator
  • Parking is $10 per night, plus tax
  • Some felt the hotel and furnishings were dated
  • Wi-Fi worked in the lobby but was troublesome in the rooms said some guests
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$192 CAD
Popular hotel in Niagara Falls with clean rooms, indoor waterpark and free parking
This hotel is about 1 and a half kilometres north of the historic downtown. Though it can be a bit more expensive, the indoor waterpark may be worth it.
Pros
  • Free WIFI, free parking
  • Several lodgers praised the friendly and helpful hotel staff
  • Guests thought the food on site was great
  • Families loved the indoor waterpark
  • Guests thought the staff were very good
  • Many guests liked their clean and spacious rooms with comfy beds
Cons
  • A few guests were disappointed by the line-ups for the waterpark rides
  • A few guests found the prices too high

3 Other Hotels Close to Downtown Niagara Falls

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$67 CAD
6-minute drive from Horseshoe Falls, free breakfast, good rates, clean rooms
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the hostel's budget-friendly rates
  • The hostel's rooms were found to be clean and spacious by many lodgers
  • The hostel was close to the Greyhound & VIA Rail stations according to several reviewers
Cons
  • Some guests found the hostel too far from the Falls on foot
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Book from ~$63 CAD
Quiet Niagara Falls hotel an easy bus ride to Clifton Hill with indoor pool & free parking
Pros
  • Free on-site parking, free breakfast, free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests were pleased with the level of customer service they received
  • The free breakfast was praised for its quality
  • Several reviewers were pleased with their clean and well-maintained rooms
  • Guests with cars liked the quieter location away from the touristy area
Cons
  • A few guests found the location a little far from the falls
  • A few guests found the bathrooms small
  • A few guests complained of a small breakfast room
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$84 CAD
Within a 5-min. drive of the Falls, free breakfast, concerns about small rooms
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast and free parking
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean and comfortable
  • Many reviewers found the property quiet
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many guests praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the Falls within a short drive
Cons
  • No on-site restaurant
  • Several guests complained that the rooms were small
  • A couple of reviewers found the rooms uncomfortably warm
  • A couple of guests said that the Wi-Fi was unreliable