Just booking any room in one of these hotels does not guarantee you one of the magnificent views, and you could find yourself disappointed. Most of the hotels close to Niagara Falls have named their rooms for easy booking, but this may still not guarantee an unobstructed view!
Booking a room on one of the higher floors will give you a landscape or bird's eye view of the area, sometimes as far as Western New York, while most mid-level options (floors 4 to 14, depending on the hotel) will give you a head-on view of the Falls themselves.
One of our top picks, the Sheraton on the Falls, is ideally located for views of the fireworks displays happening on certain dates throughout the summer as it overlooks both the American and Canadian Falls. The Crowne Plaza Fallsview also has some great views of the American Falls. All the other hotels on this list are closer to the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, although they may offer views of both.
Many of the hotels also have at least one restaurant boasting floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Falls which is perfect for night views when the Falls are illuminated, but don't forget to make a reservation as this tourist area is a busy place!
Speaking of tourist areas, did you know that there is a Tourist Marketing Fee, more recently called the Tourism Improvement Fee (TIF) charged at restaurants, attractions and hotels in Niagara Falls which ranges from 3.8% to 10% of the overall bill? Although staff may sometimes think this as a mandatory tax, it is actually by law a voluntary payment for tourism development. This means that the choice to pay it is yours and if you do not wish to contribute to the tourism industry, you can simply ask to have it removed from your bill. Good to know!
The Sheraton on the Falls stands out as one of our two top choices not only because of its perfect location at the base of the Clifton Hill tourist strip, and its excellent amenities and services, but because it offers stunning and varied views.
This hotel overlooks both the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Unlike most of the hotels on this list, it is quite close to the American Falls. Many of its rooms overlooking Niagara Falls feature floor-to-ceiling windows, for a spectacular private view. Some also offer a Juliette balcony that opens to the relaxing sound of the Falls.
The Falls are also viewable from several of the hotel's common areas. Windows Restaurant by Jamie Kennedy features gourmet cuisine served up beside floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Falls, while Fallsview Restaurant offers a more casual dining experience, also with views of the Falls. The on-site spa and indoor and outdoor pools offer views of the Falls, as do its event and banquet spaces.
The Niagara Falls Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa is one of our top picks due to its high guest ratings. It's well positioned right across from the Falls in a high tower with over 430 guest rooms and suites and offers spectacular views, especially of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls from many of its guest rooms.
The best views are on the higher floors and although there are guests impressed at the 7th floor view, it seems that the higher floors create a greater sense of awe.
Guests typically enjoy their stays here, although they find on-site dining and parking pricey, they enjoy the cleanliness of this hotel and usually find the rooms spacious.
Special extras such as a double jacuzzi and fireplace enhance a romantic getaway or quiet retreat. Although the day spa does not offer views of the falls, the Terrapin restaurant which is on the ground floor or lobby level of the hotel does offer a view of the falls but it may be somewhat obstructed by trees in the summer.
For the best views, the hotel guarantees views from the following room types which are on floors 8 and up: Fallsview guest room, 2 queen; Fallsview guest room, 1 king, whirlpool; Superior fallsview guest room, 2 queen; Superior fallsview guest room 1 king, whirlpool; Fallsview family suite; and Fallsview bi-level loft suite.
And reviewers online that were really wowed by their views mentioned the following floors: the 12th, 15th, 18th, 20th and 23rd floor. They spoke of seeing the sunrise, afternoon rainbows, nightime falls illumination and fireworks.
This hotel offers amazing views of the Falls starting from the 2nd-floor Milestone's restaurant due to its position on the hill. Although this hotel is closer to the Canadian Falls, the American Falls and summer fireworks can be seen from some guest rooms.
There are many room types available, including bi-level suites and lofts. Window types in the guest rooms vary, but include floor-to-ceiling and 18-foot options.
For the best views in the house, choose the rooms called Fallsview on floor 25 and higher including the 1 King bed Suite on High floor with Whirlpool or the Superior Fallsview 2 Queen bed room on High floor.
The Embassy Suites offers spacious and comfortable newly renovated two-room suites with stunning views of the Falls, some from very high unobstructed vantage points, which are known as the "Premium View" offered on floors 28 to 36 and even higher. Guests should note that rooms on the lower floors may offer obstructed or partial views of the Falls.
All rooms feature a convenient mini-kitchen which includes a coffeemaker, a mini-fridge, a microwave and a sink with counter. Some rooms come with extras such as an electric fireplace in the living area and a double jetted tub in the bathroom.
The hotel offers a free breakfast buffet with a well-liked omelette bar, but it's advisable to arrive to breakfast prior to 9 am, before it winds down to a smaller and more crowded space which may pose line-ups at the omelette station.
There are free evening receptions which some guests enjoy with nuts, pretzels and a free alcoholic beverage. (Guests say the hotel makes a mean Caesar, which they recommend you enjoy back in your room overlooking the falls!)
The WeGo bus stop is just outside the hotel and costs $7.50 for 24 hours, per person. Some guests find this a convenient, cost efficient and hassle free means of exploring the area.
Guests with cars who can't afford valet parking can always opt out for cheaper self-parking in the area.
The Hilton Hotel offers 3 towers, the South Tower, the Mid Tower and the North Tower with 50 floors and guests often say that views in the North or South Tower on the higher floors (33- 49) or corner rooms on floors 22-28 are best.
Guests should note that views of the Falls from this hotel are often obstructed by the 35-floor Fallsview Casino Resort which is situated between the Falls and the hotel. Guest services at the hotel itself recommend the "Premium Falls View" rooms on floors 33 to 49 for best views. South Tower rooms that are more southward offer views of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, with the casino to the left of your window and views on the North Tower open up vistas to the American Falls
Can't get enough of that view? Try the Watermark Restaurant in the South Tower, which overlooks the Falls from the 33rd floor, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and multi-level seating, or the Myst Lounge which offers panoramic Falls views from the 34th floor.
The Tower Hotel Niagara Falls is a well-rated boutique hotel providing landscape views from their uniquely styled but smaller rooms on floors 27 to 30, towering way above the Falls. With beds right near the wall-to-wall picture windows, the view is impressive.
The popular restaurant situated on top of the tower offers amazing views, and is open for dinner from 5 pm to 10 pm each day of the week in high season with reservations recommended. In the winter it is open for dinner only from Thursday to Sunday.
This hotel is located behind the Marriott Fallsview Hotel & Spa which obscures its views to the north and thus the American Falls and fireworks cannot be seen, but only the southern part of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, along with the Niagara River which dramatically approaches the Niagara gorge.
These views can be quite beautiful, but guests should be careful to confirm their reservation of a top floor (11-15) on the southern corner in order to avoid a view that is too obscured by the Marriott property or too low, which brings the street activity into view.