The Easy Escape: Affordable Luxury Hotels in Niagara

By Andrew Wong,

Those of us in Southwestern Ontario and the GTA, we can really come to dread the highway… until it’s the way to escape the norm, leave town and take a microbreak from reality. Where to? Survey says Niagara!

For your next mini escape, slip your travel buddy the hint and book yourselves into one or two nights of affordable luxury in front of the fine mist of Niagara Falls or sipping through the quaint vineyards of Niagara-on the-Lake. Best of all, the Niagara Region makes it all the more reasonably-priced with these full-service resorts, boutique hotels, independent inns and B&Bs.

*trivago hotel price data shows an average nightly rate of under $250 for the period of November 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017 as of the date of publishing.


 

Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel

Well-situated to the Falls but a world away from the flash

A boutique hotel in Niagara Falls, you say? You better believe it! The Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel stands out from the chains lining the Falls by catering to a clientele who seeks an extra serving of refinement when coming to town. Whether in the Main Mill Historic Building or facing the courtyard, expect high-speed WiFi, Molton Brown bath amenities among other surprises. Pack your swimsuits, the indoor pool awaits! Deals from $93 »


 

White Oaks Resort & Spa

A wellness oasis between NOTL and the Falls

With easy access straight off the QEW, you’ll be from driver’s seat to pedicure spa chair in record time. But there’s no rushing at the White Oaks Resort & Spa, where relaxation is the name of the game. Consistently rated as one of Canada’s best spas, you can indulge in a therapeutic massage, a detoxifying body wrap, an organic pedicure — or heck, just go for the full Monty. Rooms include deep-soaking tubs and the much-anticipated oversized spa robes. Deals from $168 »


 

Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls

Live the thrill of the Falls

One of the first sights to greet visitors coming over the Rainbow Bridge into Canada, the Crowne Plaza Niagara Falls is an easy landmark to use when exploring the city by foot. The hotel is home to Massimo Capra’s Rainbow Room restaurant, and with direct access to the Christienne Fallsview Spa at the Sheraton on the Falls. Upper Fallsview guestrooms here give you a mezzanine level view on the main show. Deals from $88 »


 

Sterling Inn and Spa

A daringly independent stay by the Falls

For those looking into a few extra perks while in Niagara Falls, the Sterling Inn and Spa has a few surprises to discover from check-in to check-out. The converted creamery building delights with ensuite steam rooms, breakfast in bed, jacuzzis and gas fireplaces. In a city replete with chain eateries, AG Inspired Cuisine goes “field-to-fork” with in-season produce and a wine card that highlights some Niagara VQA classics. Deals from $116 »


 

124 Hotel and Spa

A full-service weekend on Queen Street

Start the day with a breakfast basket at the 124 Hotel and Spa which comes with local Greaves Jams & Marmalades and fresh baked goods. Then take the complimentary shuttle service to historic Fort George before catching a Shaw Festival matinee. Back at the hotel, stretch out in the fitness centre or get a refresh with a rejuvenating facial at the spa. Guestrooms are spacious with a distinctively homey feel. Deals from $175 »


 

Shaw Club

The private club treatment in NOTL

Possibly more private club than a hotel in ambience, the Shaw Club upholds an exclusive feel with personalized stationery, a special treat at check-in and TVs inlaid into the bathroom mirror. Like any good members club, the dedicated on-site restaurant (Zee’s Grill) offers an outdoor veranda for breakfast, brunch and dinner. Deals from $158 »


 

Riverbend Inn & Vineyard

A retreat to wine country in the fullest

For an affordable stay among the vines, the Riverbend Inn delivers on the charm of wine country with a price tag that allows for a good vintage at dinner. Your stay at this 21-room inn backs onto the Peller Estate Vineyard and gives an undisturbed feel to the stay. By summer, take a glass of Niagara chardonnay to a Muskoka chair overlooking the vines, or by winter, slowly sip some icewine by your private gas fireplace. Deals from $167 »


 

Harbour House

Riverfront ease for your weekend escape

Marking the Melville Street turnoff to the Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club, the Harbour House‘s riverfront address puts you close to the Whirlpool Jetboat Tours and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Club. In-room, look forward to a whirlpool tub (or multi jet shower) and Egyptian cotton sheets. Every morning starts with a European-style breakfast (hello French toast) and ends with an afternoon wine tasting. Deals from $194 »


 

Historic Wilson-Guy House

Personalized hospitality that makes a difference

For the Hallmark-perfect bed & breakfast experience in NOTL, Maria Vaneva is happy to welcome you to the Historic Wilson-Guy House on Victoria Street. Get the extra courage to lift yourself from bed with the help of fresh coffee or tea waiting at your doorstep before a 9 o’clock warm breakfast served in the main dining room. Deals from $170 »


 

Pillar and Post

A Country Hotel in a Spa

With namesake four-poster beds and other eye-pleasing furnishings, the rooms at Pillar & Post bear the signature of a refined country retreat. No wonder so many couples decide to book a stay here for honeymoons and wedding anniversaries. Don’t forget to book a spa treatment or simply hangout in the indoor saltwater pool or the outdoor heated pool and hot spring. Deals from $199 »

 

Where do you find your bit of affordable luxury in the Niagara Region? Has an inn or hotel won your heart? We’re all ears.