Niagara-on-the-Lake is a beautiful place to visit, especially the historic town, but prices can be very high during peak visitor times. I looked for less expensive hotel stays for Niagara-on-the-Lake, with pleasant experiences in a comfortable setting. Consequently my picks are out of the town centre, in quiet locales with good highway access and primarily suitable for those guests who would be driving in. Because prices rise dramatically in the summer months it means that if you visit in April you will be able to obtain some pretty good room rates at the fancier hotels which can even be as low as a budget place in high season. If you're travelling in July or August, prices for the many 4 and 5 star hotels jump dramatically. To see some best value picks for the historic town check out our Niagara Wine Region Page.

Editor's Top 6 Picks

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$264 CAD
Popular hotel a 20-minute drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake with indoor pool and restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking
  • Numerous guests paid compliments to the excellent staff
  • Many praised the hotel's location near the QEW and local attractions
  • Many guests thought the hotel's food was excellent and delicious
  • Local area transportation is offered to hotel guests
  • Leisure amenities: indoor pool, steam room, hot tub, fitness centre
  • All rooms come with mini-fridges and microwaves
  • Some guests had difficulty locating the hotel and thought it was in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Breakfast is $12.95 extra for a hot & cold buffet (to non Hilton Honors members)
I really like the Hilton Garden Inn, a popular and economical choice for Niagara-on-the-Lake. It's situated on York Road, adjacent to the QEW interchange and equidistant (about a 16-minute drive) from Niagara-on-the-Lake's historic town, to the northeast of the hotel, and Niagara Falls to the southeast of the hotel. Guests highlighted the cleanliness of the hotel, the friendliness of the staff and many enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant, the quiet green space out back on the patio, and the indoor pool and hot tub.

Rooms feature Hilton's "Garden Sleep System" beds which continually support and conform to your body while you sleep, and come with mini-fridges and microwaves in addition to the usual room amenities. Besides a pool and hot tub, the hotel has a steam room for guests who really want to wind down. The on-site lounge should help in that direction also, and provides another place to visit outside of guests' rooms.

As well as a fitness centre, and a 24-hr business centre, the hotel provides a convenience store which sells ready-to-cook meals, (a low cost meal option that can be heated in the rooms' microwaves), along with beverages and sundries.

Greatly adding to the value of this hotel, and free for all guests are Wi-Fi, parking, local area transportation, all-day free beverage service with hot beverages, and freshly baked cookies.
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Book from ~$120 CAD
Budget-friendly, clean rooms with mini-fridge and microwave, BBQ, guest laundry
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, local calls, lobby coffee
  • Many guests thought that the room rates were reasonable
  • Many reviewers found their rooms clean
  • The staff were complimented for their friendly service by several guests
  • Several guests found the location convenient for exploring the Niagara-on-the-Lake area by car
  • Several guests described their rooms as minimally furnished
  • A few reviewers said that the in-room decor was drab
This is a budget-friendly and smoke-free accommodation, open only during the summer from May to August with friendly staff. I think it offers good deal in a great setting and is my pick for a more affordable stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Guests enjoyed these rooms and said the location had beautiful views across vineyards. For increased value the residence provides Wi-Fi, parking, continental breakfast and free hot beverages in the lobby included in the room rate.

Also located near the QEW interchange, it's about a 9-minute drive to Niagara Falls and a 19-minute drive to the historic town. It's just a 4-minute walk to the Benchmark Restaurant and a 12-minute walk to the Royal Niagara Golf Club and Niagara Outlet Mall. 

All accommodations are air-conditioned, two-room suites with en suite bathroom and mini-kitchen (sink, microwave, mini-fridge) which can help guests seeking to save on dining out costs. Guests said the rooms were clean and very quiet. Other on-site amenities include guest BBQ's, laundry facilities, a lobby with sofas, and vending machines that sell drinks and snacks.
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Book from ~$335 CAD
Luxurious vintage hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake town centre with fine dining and indoor pool
  • Free shuttle service provided to some attractions which are close by
  • Many guests felt that they were especially well treated by the staff
  • Many guests thought the hotel was impeccably clean and beautifully appointed
  • The hotel offers world class spa treatments along with free use of 2 other Vintage hotel's facilities
  • Many reviewers enjoyed the food at the on-site restaurant
  • Self-parking is $10.00 per day extra
  • Wireless Internet costs $9.95 per day in guest rooms
  • There were a few complaints regarding the food service
  • A couple of guests thought the basic rooms were a little cramped

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$284 CAD
Luxury Niagara-on-the-Lake waterfront hotel with indoor pool and free area shuttle
  • Free self-parking in hotel's parking lot
  • Free shuttle service to nearby restaurants, attractions and 2 other Vintage hotels for use of their amenities
  • Well-liked decor with many returning hotel guests
  • Many reviewers were impressed with the staff of this hotel
  • A few guests thought the hotel was showing its age and needed some attention
  • Some guests complained about being charged a resort fee and felt the hotel lacked somewhat in this area, missing extra areas to sit and relax to enjoy the views, and balconies from the rooms

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$238 CAD
Very clean and friendly Niagara-on-the-Lake hotel an easy walk to the historic town centre
  • Free amenities: Wi-Fi, breakfast buffet, parking, local calls, long distance access, newspapers
  • Free breakfast was highly praised for variety and quality
  • Guests said rooms were clean, spacious and quiet
  • Location was close to shopping, hiking and wineries, according to guests
  • Many reviewers praised the staff for being friendly, helpful and knowledgeable
  • Many guests thought the hotel provided good value
  • Some guests thought the room decor was slightly outdated
  • No elevator

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$267 CAD
On-site spa and pool area, free area shuttle, guests praised the staff
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free area shuttle service
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their accommodating service
  • Many guests described their rooms as generally comfortable
  • Many reviewers enjoyed the pool and hot tub area
  • Several guests described the overall atmosphere as relaxing
  • Several reviewers praised the services at the on-site spa
  • Several guests complained that the room rates were too expensive

4 Other Frequently Booked Hotels in Niagara-on-the-Lake

Editor's Picks
Book from ~$145 CAD
Near the Niagara Golf Course and praised by guests for the welcoming service
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free breakfast
  • The host was frequently complimented for her warm and welcoming service
  • Many reviewers praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Several guests thought that the location was convenient for exploring the area on foot and by car
  • A couple of guests found their rooms small
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Book from ~$248 CAD
Well-appointed historical home within a 10-minute walk of shopping and dining
  • Free Wi-Fi, free parking and free breakfast
  • Many guests praised the food at the free breakfast
  • Many reviewers found the property and their rooms well-appointed
  • The staff were frequently complimented for their friendly and attentive service
  • Many guests said that they were planning to return to this property
  • Several reviewers found the location convenient for accessing the Picton Street area
  • A couple of guests found the Wi-Fi unreliable
Editor's Picks
Book from ~$266 CAD
3-min. drive from city centre, great free breakfast, beautiful rooms (some with TVs)
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • Numerous guests praised the hotel's beautiful location and proximity to downtown
  • Many lodgers enjoyed their clean and beautifully decorated rooms
  • The hotel's free breakfast was complimented by many reviewers
  • Not all rooms have a TV
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3-minute drive from city centre, free breakfast, great staff, clean rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi, free breakfast, free parking
  • The staff were praised for their friendly and informative service
  • Many guests enjoyed the quality of the free breakfast
  • The hotel's rooms were found to be clean and tastefully decorated by several reviewers
  • A couple of guests reported noise transfer during their stay

Tips For Staying In Niagara-on-the-Lake

Choosing A Hotel in Niagara-On-The-Lake

Quick Summary of Most Popular Areas
Heritage District: a cozy and inviting area full of restaurants and boutiques
Niagara Wine Region: a pretty vast geographical area known for fruit farms, most notably grape farms, that produce some world-class vino
Queenston: beautiful and scenic park with a lookout point across Lake Ontario where, on a clear day, you can actually see the skyline of downtown Toronto

Where to Stay in Niagara-On-The-Lake
Hands down the best area to stay in Niagara-On-The-Lake is in the Heritage District, which is the northeast point of the Niagara Wine Region. The Heritage District's main area is along Queen Street, which is particularly beautiful in the summer with flower gardens and potted plants. You'll find a lot of boutique shops, historical sites and numerous dining options along this walkable stretch. Parking in this area is pretty easy to find as there is street parking and public lots tucked behind, in some of the side streets (it's a tourist hot spot so paid parking of course). It's also worth noting that Queen Street is home to the Niagara Apothecary museum, the oldest apothecary in Canada.


A little about the Niagara Wine Region
It's common for those unfamiliar with the area to confuse Niagara-On-The-Lake with the Niagara Wine Region. Niagara-On-The-Lake is an area that is contained within the wine region, so if you are looking for a hotel near the Historic District of Niagara-On-The-Lake, choose a hotel carefully. The wine region itself is quite vast (because you know, farms do take up a lot of room) and stretches almost as far east as Stoney Creek.

If you're in the area to visit a vineyard or two (there are roughly 25 in the region) it's fairly easy to book a guided tour. Most of the wineries are open to the public and provide an inside look into the production of their product. You can even rent a bicycle and winery-hop to incorporate some cardio into your trip. However, go easy on the tasting because it's not safe to drink and ride (and you might get lost and end up in Hamilton...a terrible fate, I know).

Surrounding Area
A bit south of the Historic District will bring you to the Queenston area. The drive or bike ride along the Niagara Parkway from the Historic District alone is worth the visit. This scenic route provides awesome views across the water to New York on the east side and beautiful homes overlooking the lake on the west side. If possible, make friends with these homeowners and offer to house-sit while they're away on vacation! Queenston Heights Park is a really beautiful area that has a lookout point across Lake Ontario. Also, if you keep heading south (about a 30 minute drive from Niagara-On-The-Lake) you'll hit the world-famous tourist area of Niagara Falls.