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Hostelling International Niagara Falls

7.6 | Good
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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
Freebies
Free Wi-Fi
Free Breakfast
Free Parking
Editor's Analysis
Updated Mar 20, 2014
Overview
Located about a 4-minute walk from the Greyhound Bus Station and a 6-minute drive from the Horseshoe Falls, HI Niagara Falls Hostel is geared towards travellers who prefer well-priced hostel accommodations with a free breakfast, free Wi-Fi and easy access to public transit.

This smoke-free hostel offers same-sex and mixed dormitories as well as private rooms, each providing a shared bathroom with a hair dryer. Air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, cable TV and linens are provided in each room. The hostel is not wheelchair accessible. It does not permit pets.

Hostel amenities include a common kitchen and lounge with a TV, BBQ facilities, guest laundry, a games room, a garden, storage lockers, a free breakfast and free parking. 

The Rainbow Bridge (into the U.S.) is about a 5-minute drive from the hostel, while Canada One Factory Outlets can be found 9 minutes away by car. Fallsview Casino is roughly a 7-minute drive away and Niagara District Airport (YCM) is an 18-minute drive away. (All distances and travel time estimates: Google Maps)

Verified with a front desk agent: Free Wi-Fi, free parking, no pets, not wheelchair accessible. (Call Date: March 10, 2014)

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The Good
The majority of the reviews sourced for this analysis were positive, with praise going to the hotel's rates, rooms and location.

The hostel's rates were praised by numerous guests. They described them as reasonable, budget friendly and great.

Many lodgers were pleased with their accommodations at the hostel. They found their rooms to be clean, spacious and quiet, with efficient air conditioning, reliable Wi-Fi and comfortable beds.

Some reviewers were satisfied with the hostel's location. They described it as close to public transit, the Niagara River, Buffalo, hiking trails, downtown Niagara Falls, the Greyhound Bus Terminal and the VIA Rail Station. One patron noted, "Its perfectly located for someone arriving by a GO train/bus like we did. It's also not too far from the falls, we had our bicycles so it was only about 5 min away...". Some travellers had complaints about the hostel's location, however (see below).
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The Bad
While the majority of reviews consulted for this analysis were positive, there were a few common complaints about the hotel's location.

Although some guests praised the hostel's proximity to the Greyhound and VIA Rail stations, some reviewers were disappointed with the hostel's location, finding it too far from the Falls and other attractions (especially for pedestrians). One patron remarked, "On the negatives, the location is not ideal. It's close to the Greyhound station, but far from anything else. You have to walk more than 30 mins to get to the falls and to the closest supermarket". Guests with vehicle access may be more likely to appreciate the location.
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Sources
Booking.com guest reviews rated the hotel 7.6 out of 10 from 49 reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews ranked the hotel #2 of 11 specialty lodging in Niagara Falls with an average rating of 4 out of 5 from 44 reviews.

The author called the hotel on March 10, 2014 to verify some information.
Editor's Analysis by Erin H.
Analyzed by Erin H.
Erin loves to travel, and considers it her personal mission to help fellow travellers get the inside scoop, both good and bad, on Canadian Hotels.
Guest Reviews
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Map Marker Hostelling International Niagara Falls
4549 Cataract Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON