Thriftlodge Clifton HillThriftlodge Clifton HillThriftlodge Clifton HillThriftlodge Clifton Hill

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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Editor's Analysis
Updated Oct 22, 2014
Overview
Located on Clifton Hill, (known as the "Street of Fun by the Falls"), the Thriftlodge Clifton Hill is situated in downtown Niagara Falls, and 16.8 km (approximately 21 minutes driving time) from Niagara District Airport (YCM).

With 38 rooms and in close proximity to many major tourist attractions, the Thriftlodge is positioned 350 metres from Casino Niagara (roughly 5 minutes walking time), 1 km from the Maid of the Mist (approximately 2 minutes driving time), and 8.5 km from the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens (roughly 15 minutes driving time). 

Shopping is also close to the hotel, such as Canada One Outlets which features 40 brand name stores (roughly 10 minutes driving time), the Fun Factory for gifts and souvenirs (approximately 21 seconds walking time), or Clare's Harley-Davidson at the Falls (approximately 4 seconds walking time).

Many nightlife destinations are also nearby; The Strike Rock N' Bowl Entertainment Complex (roughly 1 minute walking time), Rumours Nightclub (roughly 3 minutes walking time), and Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club (roughly 4 minutes walking time).

In addition to free outdoor parking, all rooms include 2 double beds and free high-speed internet. The hotel's on-site dining option is the Clifton Family Restaurant, which serves American cuisine, and is open daily from 8:00am to 10:00pm. The hotel also offers an outdoor heated swimming pool, on-site laundry services, ATM, currency exchange and computer access. The Thriftlodge is pet-friendly, and the front door is wheelchair accessible. The hotel is also within walking distance to several local restaurants; Ruby Tuesday's (roughly 1 minute walking time), Hard Rock Cafe (approximately 2 minutes walking time), and Kelsey's (approximately 5 minutes walking time). (All distances and travel time estimates - Google Maps).

Verified with a Front Desk Agent: All 38 rooms contain 2 double beds and free wireless internet. (Call date: June 25th, 2012).
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The Good
Guests complimented the Thriftlodge Clifton Hill on its location, friendly staff, and value.

Many guests commented on the "perfect" and "amazing" location of the hotel in relation to Falls' many tourist attractions, restaurants, and nightlife.  Some lodgers also described the Thriftlodge as "close to the action" and "steps to everything".

Several reviewers complimented the Thriftlodge's "friendly" and "helpful staff", and mentioned they added significantly to their overall experience.

The hotel was touted as "good for the price", "good value" and "economical" by some guests. In addition, the rooms were described as "clean" and "comfy" by a few reviewers.

Some lodgers were positive regarding the free parking and called it a "great advantage", as free parking along Clifton Hill is sparse and paid parking can cost up to $20 per day in the summer months.
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The Bad
Guests reflected negatively upon the hotel's noise levels and decor.

Many guests commented on the noise from the karaoke bar located next door. However, the hotel does ask guests to sign a waiver upon checking in, stipulating they are aware of the karaoke bar's proximity and potential noise.

Some guests remarked upon the "dated" decor of the hotel, saying it was "from the 1980s".

A couple guests complained about issues with the bathroom taps and plumbing, however such problems were fixed upon letting the front desk know.
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Sources
CanadianHotelGuide.com guest reviews rated this hotel 6.9 out of 10 and #43 out of 68 Niagara Falls hotels from 22 guest reviews.

TripAdvisor.com guest reviews rated this hotel #99 out of 137 Niagara Falls hotels from 13 guest reviews.

Hotels.com guest reviews rated this hotel 4.4 out of 5 from 8 guest reviews.

Expedia.ca guest reviews rated this hotel 3.4 out of 5, with 80% of reviewers recommending from 5 guest reviews.

Booking.com guest reviews rated this hotel 9 out of 10 from 5 guest reviews.
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
6.6
Fair

Rated 6.6/10 based on 106 reviews

Ranked #69 out of 1 hotels in Niagara Falls


9 out of 10 | Jo'ann stayed August 14, 2013

"Fantastic"

"The location was perfect, we had 4 grandchildren with us all under 10 years old and they had so much fun in the heated pool. The room was clean beds comfortable and the cot was large enough for the 2 little ones. will stay again at this motel."

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7 out of 10 | Jennifer stayed November 27, 2011

"Fun. Close to everything"

"dated decor"

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7 out of 10 | Karen stayed July 02, 2011

"decent, clean, friendly hotel right in the middle of it all"

"Very expensive for what we got but it was a very busy long weekend. We weren't told about karaoke in the bar until we checked in, would've liked to know that in advance."

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10 out of 10 | Patricia stayed May 14, 2011

"i have stayed at at this hotel many times and everythg was excellent"

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8 out of 10 | Claudette stayed April 29, 2011

"good cheap price hotel near the falls and all...."

"Was very noisy on friday night but the staff had told me about it but for the price, bery good"

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8 out of 10 | Verified Guest stayed August 08, 2010

"Couldn't be better"

"The room was nice. Two beds for four people. Parents, brother, and myself. Located right next to the casino, karaoke bar, and all kinds of other attractions. You can take a left out of the hotel entrance, walk down the street, and be at the Niagara Falls in five minutes."

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Map Marker Thriftlodge Clifton Hill
4945, Niagara Falls, ON