Editor's Top 3 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$80 CAD
Niagara Falls-Clifton Hill motel with outdoor pool, balconies, family and jacuzzi suites
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 ~$105 CAD
Niagara Falls hotel with indoor pool, falls view rooms, free parking and free hot breakfast
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 ~$258 CAD
Highly praised Niagara Falls hotel with fallsviews, restaurants, indoor pool & jacuzzi rooms
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

8 Other Hotels Close to Maid of the Mist

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$70 CAD
Older Niagara Falls hotel on Clifton Hill with outdoor pool, cheap rates and free parking
Pros
  • Free wireless internet, free parking
  • Several reviewers commented on the close proximity to local attractions, nightlife, and restaurants
  • Some guests praised the friendly staff
  • Some guests described the rooms as "clean" and "comfy"
Cons
  • Many guests commented on the noise from the karaoke bar next door
  • Some guests remarked on the out-dated decor of the rooms
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Book from ~$150 CAD
Historic Niagara Falls hotel attached to casino & waterpark, with fallsviews & jacuzzi rooms
Pros
  • Guests who booked the larger rooms with the better fallsviews and larger windows seemed to be pleased
  • Location was well liked, close to attractions, the waterpark and restaurants
  • The Rainbow Room restaurant was very well liked and had great falls views
  • Staff were friendly and helpful said guests
Cons
  • Mandatory resort fee of $15.95 per room, per night
  • Self-parking costs $29 per day
  • Guests often complained of small rooms and bathrooms
  • Guests complained of extra charges, resort fee and tourism tax
  • Some found the hotel dated, with hard beds, noise transfer and poor views
  • Guests often felt the hotel did not provide enough value for the price
  • Wi-Fi received lower scores in the online surveys
Location
Another good option for views of the Falls on the lower end of the price spectrum, the Crowne Plaza is a 5-minute walk from the docks.
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Book from ~$82 CAD
Niagara Falls hotel near Clifton Hill with indoor pool, extra parking fees and mixed reviews
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's proximity to the Falls and other area attractions
  • Guests enjoyed breakfast at the Golden Griddle
  • Several guests were pleased with the room prices
Cons
  • Parking is $12.20 per day including tax
  • Many guests reported musty odours and rooms that were not cleaned to their satisfaction and comfort
  • A few said the pool and hot tub were dirty and the area smelled musty
  • Many guests reported non-functioning or slow Wi-Fi
  • Many complained of dated rooms and poor maintenance
Location
This budget option on Victoria Avenue is near enough the action to walk, but among a quieter section of downtown Niagara. The Hornblower offices and dock are an 8-minute walk away.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$70 CAD
Offering affordability, close proximity to Clifton Hill, but parking costs extra
Pros
  • Many guests thought that the hotel was affordable
  • Several guests found the close proximity to attractions convenient
  • Guests typically judged their rooms to be clean
  • Free Internet
Cons
  • Some guests wanted microwaves in their rooms
  • Fridges, microwaves, and parking cost extra
  • No free breakfast with room rate
Location
Near a number of restaurants and shopping options on Victoria Avenue, this Howard Johnson is an 8-minute walk from the Hornblower offices on the waterfront.
Money-saving
A number of money-saving packages are available from the Howard Johnson, including trips behind the Falls. For more information on booking, visit their website.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$71 CAD
Good value Niagara Falls hotel near Clifton Hill with indoor pool and jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Many guests described their rooms as clean
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly service
  • Many reviewers found the location convenient for exploring the area on foot
  • Several guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • A couple of reviewers enjoyed the indoor pool and hot tub area
Cons
  • No on-site dining
  • Parking is $5 per night
  • A couple of guests were disappointed that there was no free breakfast
  • A couple of reviewers complained about noise disturbances from inside the hotel
Location
At the top of the Clifton Hill tourist strip, but far enough away to be quieter, this Days Inn & Suites is a 6-minute walk from the Hornblower offices.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$124 CAD
Praised by guests for location, cleanliness, staff and free breakfast
Pros
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking, free breakfast, free local calls and free newspapers
  • Many guests described the rooms as clean
  • Many reviewers found the hotel convenient for walking to Clifton Hill attractions
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly servce
  • Many guests praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Several reviewers thought that the room rates were reasonable
Cons
  • A few guests thought that the interior decor was dated
  • A few reviewers complained about smelling chlorine from the pool in the lobby
  • A couple of guests found the beds uncomfortable
Location
Situated just off the strip, the Hampton Inn is a quieter option within walking distance to all the attractions of Clifton Hill. The Hornblower tour office is a 9-minute walk away.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$89 CAD
Clean but dated Niagara Falls hotel with indoor & outdoor pools, balconies & jacuzzi suites
Pros
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, lobby coffee, morning muffins and coffee (in high season), local calls
  • Many guests found the rooms very clean, spacious and comfortable
  • Location was prime, near to Clifton Hill attractions, but still quiet
  • Affordable rates and good value according to some guests
  • Indoor and outdoor pools pleasant said guests
Cons
  • Parking is $8 per night
  • No in-room coffeemakers a disappointment to some
  • Wi-Fi poor according to a few guests
  • Dated decor according to guests
  • Some guests found the free breakfast too minimal
  • Guests were divided when it came to customer service
Location
On a quiet side street just north of the Clifton Hill tourist strip, America's Best Value Inn is an 8-minute walk from the waterfront and boat tour loading dock.
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$70 CAD
Budget-friendly, near the attractions, but extra fee for parking
Pros
  • Numerous guests liked being near Clifton Hill and the falls
  • Many guests thought that the room rate offered good value
  • Guests often judged their rooms to be clean
Cons
  • Many guests felt that breakfast offered poor selection
  • Several guests did not like paying extra for parking
  • Some guests had trouble getting Internet in their rooms
Location
Near a number of restaurants, including The Keg and T.G.I. Fridays, this Days Inn is a 9-minute walk from the boat tour offices and the waterfront.

Tips For Staying Near Maid of the Mist

Location
This boat tour operates along the Niagara River, past the American Falls and under the Horseshoe Falls. Don your poncho, because things get wet on this boat ride! The boats depart from the offices near the Rainbow Bridge on Niagara Parkway.
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Other Tips
The Maid of the Mist's final voyage from the Canadian side was in October of 2013, and Hornblower will be taking over operations starting in the spring of 2014. 

Adult admission for a regular tour is $19.95, while children admission is $12.25. Hornblower also offers sunset and fireworks cruises for $35 for adults and $31.50 for children. All prices are plus taxes. More information on admission and specialty cruises can be found on the Niagara Falls Tourism website.

Boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure time.
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View
Waterproof cameras are an essential for a tour around the Falls, as the up-close view is one of a kind. Guests can choose from daytime or off-peak tours, as well as sunset or fireworks cruises for an array of dazzling views of the Falls.
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Shopping
The Hornblower Mist Gear Outlet store is located at the lower landing, just outside of the offices, where you can purchase everything from waterproof cameras and cases to dry socks on your return.
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Getting Around
As the Maid of the Mist, or Hornblower, tour operator offices are located on the waterfront, many of the area attractions can be reached on foot. Viewpoints of the Falls, parks on the waterfront, as well as the Clifton Hill tourist strip are all within a 5-minute walk.

The Niagara Veterans Memorial Parkway is a 4-minute drive away, while the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) is a 6-minute drive. The nearest international airport is the John C. Munro Airport (YHM) in Hamilton at a 58-minute drive, and Toronto's Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a 1-hour, 15-minute drive away.
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Money-saving
An Adventure Pass can be purchased from Niagara Falls Tourism including the Journey to the Falls and a number of other area attractions. For more information and to purchase the package, visit their website.
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