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Older and basic Fort Erie hotel a 5-minute drive to Peace Bridge with free parking 

  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, parking, cold cereal
  • Guests liked this hotel's proximity to attractions, shopping and restaurants
  • Reasonably priced, according to guests
  • Hotel in need of renovation and updates, inside and out, according to guests
  • The free breakfast was too minimal for many guests
  • No elevator
  • Guests offered mixed opinions regarding the cleanliness of the rooms
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Editor's Analysis
Updated May 28, 2015
This hotel is located less than a 5-minute drive to the Peace Bridge, with access to the United States. A number of Niagara area attractions are nearby (Niagara Falls and Marineland are within a 25-minute drive). It offers basic accommodations and amenities to tourists visiting the area who seek a cheaper hotel away from the busy tourist area of Niagara Falls.

All of the 32 rooms at this hotel have free Wi-Fi, a mini-fridge, a microwave, a coffeemaker, a hair dryer and an iron and ironing board. Standard rooms are furnished with either queen or double beds. Suites are larger and some are furnished with a 2-person jacuzzi. 

Pets are allowed for $10 per night to a maximum weight of 20 pounds and guests should make arrangements directly with hotel. Free parking is available on site and can accommodate oversize vehicles.

There is no restaurant on site, but guests are offered a very basic, free continental breakfast daily. There is a wide selection of restaurants located within a 5-minute walk of the hotel with Tim Hortons being only a minute walk away. 

Shopping at County Fair Mall is a 5-minute walk away. The Fort Erie Slots and Race Track is a 5-minute drive away. (All travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Confirmed with front desk on May 28, 2015: double jacuzzi in suite, pets must weigh no more than 20 pounds and can stay for $10 per night--must be arranged with hotel directly
The Good
Most guests considered this hotel pretty average and those who felt most comfortable in this older hotel seemed to want a cheaper place to stay, judging from recent reviews read for this report.

Clean and affordable seemed to be the sentiment of the guests who were satisfied with their stay. One guest said their room was large and outdated but clean and comfortable. A good bang for the buck, was a common phrase used to describe this hotel.

Guests who spoke of the staff seemed to appreciated them and found them friendly and helpful.

Guests appreciated this hotel's proximity to a number of attractions and points of interest (the Peace Bridge and access to the U.S. is less than a 5-minute drive away). Guests also said the hotel was conveniently close to shopping (County Fair Mall is just over a 5-minute walk away) and to restaurants. A number of guests were using this hotel as a home base to tour around the Niagara region, and found that it was central to their destinations.

The Bad
Some guests, of those whose reviews were read for this report, just felt the hotel was not worth it. It was too old for them and they considered it dirty and run down.

A number of guests indicated that this hotel was aging and that updates and renovations were in order. They commented on the decor and on the hotel's exterior. 

Many guests were disappointed with the lack of selection offered at the free continental breakfast. They thought it was better to go to Tim Hortons next door, and described the hotel's breakfast as generic cold cereal and no coffee.

Some guests felt the hotel was dirty, although many seemed to indicate that it was clean. One guest said the carpets were dirty and another said the "room was outdated and dirty, smelled terrible".

Many guests commented about the Wi-Fi which appears to have mixed reviews with some saying it worked and other saying it barely worked.

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Sources guest reviewers ranked this hotel #4 out of 6 Fort Erie hotels with a guest rating average of 3 out of 5 points, based on 60 reviews. guest reviewers rated this hotel 6.2 out of 10 based on 30 reviews. guest reviewers rated this hotel 2.9 out of 5 based on 124 reviews.

Editor's Analysis by Heather W.
Analyzed by Heather W.
Driven by the sense that every person, place or thing has a story to tell and a skill for being in the wrong place at the right time, Heather is a well-traveled writer.
Guest Reviews

Rated 5.7/10 based on 140 reviews

Ranked #3 out of 3 hotels in Fort Erie


5 out of 10 | Dora stayed May 08, 2011

"You get what you pay for!"

"Dated and dingy rooms, but can't expect much for the price we paid! ($59/night). The bed was not made in the first room they gave us, but the second room was fine. Very basic. Free internet and parking. Free breakfast, but we didn't take advantage of it because it was just cereal, white bagels or english muffins in the motel check-in area. We preferred the Tim Hortons right next door. The location was great... near the water and minutes from the Peace Bridge."


4 out of 10 | Eiko stayed January 14, 2011

"A stopper for the bus tub was not there and I tried to call the front desk, but no answer. The front desk said we would have free breakfast but when we were there 7:00 am, the door was locked and no one was there. Other people were waiting there too but it was too cold to wait outside. We waited and tried to call the front desk but no one answers. There was no explanation who or how to contact when we are not sure what to do, and we did not know what to do. It seems to me they did not want to give us free breakfast."

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7 out of 10 | Diane stayed September 06, 2009

"There were two things I would change. As you walk in the room all you can smell what they use to clean the room. After awhile it bothers you--need to change cleaning brand. The other thing is we were on the second floor and there is a railing to hold on to but it is right next to the eavestrough which is sharp and if you don't watch what you are doing you can cut yourself. Otherwise the room was good."

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139 Garrison Road, Fort Erie, ON