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Embassy Suites Niagara Falls - Fallsview {CAN}

Old Jul 10, 2006, 4:18 am
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Originally Posted by ajf3
Hi all,

We had a trip planned there a few weeks ago that had to be aborted. I'm curious to see if this would have worked since this was my plan:

1. Go directly to the casino & park (no $ since you pay when you leave).
2. Get a players card from the casino (includes free parking).
3. Drive and/or walk over to the hotel to check in & drop off our luggage.

Any problems doing something like this to avoid the $20/day parking fee? Is it close enough to walk the luggage over?

They told me there was a secondary entrance to the hotel which
was 'right across' the parking lot from the Casino - is one able to park in that lot to keep the car close?

Can you still use the casino car park for free (by signing up for the players card) and then walk through the new tunnel to the Hilton? I think the hotel is now connected to the casino, so that should be possible.

If not, is there any cheaper way to park the car near the Hilton?
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Old Jul 10, 2006, 1:00 pm
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Originally Posted by Sydfly
Can you still use the casino car park for free (by signing up for the players card) and then walk through the new tunnel to the Hilton? I think the hotel is now connected to the casino, so that should be possible.

If not, is there any cheaper way to park the car near the Hilton?

Players card holders (show on exit) continue to get free parking. In fact, the last several times I have been there, there weren't even attendants running the payment booths, the exits were just open.
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Old Jul 10, 2006, 1:58 pm
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Originally Posted by celticanvil
Mrs Anvil & I are going to the Chris Isaak concert in August and our dilemmas is whether to go Hilton or ES (or Starwood)...
... I know "search is my friend" which is how this thread cameup.

Im gold with both HH and *wood (and I'm getting double bonus for latter stays now) so thought would do a sat nite at one and a sun nite at other.

The Sheraton thread was basically split 50/50 between which to go to.

Any recent thoughts on the Hilton vs ES would be appreciated.

cheers

I have stayed at both Sheratons (multiple times), the ES and Hilton.

ES - My least favourite of the bunch was the ES - no upgrade (ok), but front desk staff seemed less than cordial and I have been spoiled by great service and upgrades at the other three hotels. I have heard that the falls view rooms can be a pretty spectacular view, but I have not seen first hand. Room ammenities and bed are pretty average.

Hilton - The Hilton is nice, and includes a pretty decent (for Niagara Falls standards) buffet breakfast free of charge as a gold or diamond HH member. They also have a pretty good pool and water play area (slide etc.), and are centrally located across from the Niagara Falls Casino. I was upgraded to a Jacuzzi queen room with nice ammenities. Downside is that most of the view is blocked by the casino, and the beds definitely need to be replaced.

Sheraton on the Falls - The Sheraton on the Falls has been undergoing renovations and is located on the corner of Clifton Street, which can be a real plus or minus depending on whether you are travelling with children of the right age to enjoy the wax museums, Spider Man adventures etc. It is also immediately next door to the original Niagara Casino. It has good views of the American Falls and some rooms have decent views of the Canadian falls as well. The corner room and bi-level suites are really nice, but many of the older rooms are looking pretty tired. Beds have all been upgraded to the Sweet Sleeper bed, which IMO are far superior the ES or Hilton beds.

Sheraton Fallsivew - My favourite hotel in Niagara Falls. As a platinum SPG member, I consistantly get upgraded to a corner "Executive Suite" that is really, really nice. Glass shower, jacuzzi, kitchenette with granite countertops, dining table, electric fireplace, lovely beds - all very elegant, clean and modern. Great views of the Canadian and American falls. Downside is mediocre restaurant food and the fact that you have to walk a few blocks to get to the casino and entertainment areas of town. However, you can often secure a suite at this hotel for about the same amount of money as a standad room at the Hilton or ES! If you need the space or want an elegant experience, I recommend this hotel.

Here's my preference given the list of hotels you are considering (since I am a HH Diamond and SPG Plat):

#1 Sheraton Fallsview
#2 Sheraton on the Falls
#3 Hilton
#4 ES

However, as a HH Gold and SPG Gold, I would revise the list as follows because HH Gold gives you a pretty decent breakfast at the Hilton:

#1 Sheraton Fallsview
#2 Hilton
#3 Sheraton on the Falls
#4 ES

One additional word of advice - the food in Niagara Falls is way overpriced and is not particularly impressive. Do yourself a favour and eat at restaurants rather than in the hotel. Also... Sunday night is a lot less busy than Friday and Saturday night, with a lot of people checking out Sunday day. Have a great trip.


SG

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Old Jul 10, 2006, 3:20 pm
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Originally Posted by Snow Goose
One additional word of advice - the food in Niagara Falls is way overpriced and is not particularly impressive. Do yourself a favour and eat at restaurants rather than in the hotel. Also... Sunday night is a lot less busy than Friday and Saturday night, with a lot of people checking out Sunday day. Have a great trip.
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I just came back from 4 nts award stay at ES. There is pizza place called Zappi/Zappa(?), across the Stanley St from the Outback. Its price and food were good (for Niagara Falls).
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Old Jul 10, 2006, 4:38 pm
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I just came back from my 6 week US/Can vacation

Stayed 3 nights in the "Doubletree Niagara Resort & Spa" (oh yes... thats the name ), was upgraded from Standard view to Falls View (HH Gold) and got a somewhat limited breakfast buffet (eggs made to order, but smallish selection of everything else).

Nice and new resort, all rooms facing the falls area with city, river and falls view depending of floor (highest: 18). Well appointed rooms, free internet and cookies, big lobby, nice pool, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, lodge style decor, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture. Great rate at about $85 (booked on hilton.com)

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Old Jul 10, 2006, 11:39 pm
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View from Hilton?

For those who've recently been to the Hilton: How badly is the view blocked by the casino? Does it affect all the rooms or only the lower floors?

We're currently booked at the Hilton but I might switch to the ES if I can't see the falls from the room. I'm GOLD and was hoping for an upgrade to one of the rooms that overlooks both falls from the Hilton. The Hilton doesn't have a club and I think breakfast is included at the ES anyway, right? So, the only difference would be whether the ES really upgrades us to a fallsview suite (I think the Hilton will probably do it if they have availability). Choices, choices...
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 12:39 am
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We were down in NF a couple of weeks ago (overnighter at the casino only) and the gates at the parking garage at the casino have been up for the past few months, and the "toll booths" as you exit the garage are unmanned. Haven't been asked to show our players card when exiting the garage for some time now. But if you're planning on visiting the casino anyway, it may be an idea to visit the players club booth and get the free players card, just in case they suddenly decide to re-impose a parking fee for those without the card. Besides, you'll get some cash back if you decide to play the slots.

The Hilton directly across the street from the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort (not the Casino Niagara, which is about one and a half miles away) is connected to the Hilton by an overhead walkway which crosses Fallsview Ave, not a tunnel.

We've never had a bad trip to the ES-NF, but have noticed, as many ES's seem to be, that it's really loaded with kids during the summer months with schools being out. Lines for the elevators and the buffet are usually very full at peak times, and you may have a long wait for your car in the mornings when using the valet parking. So the casino parking idea is a good one for either the ES or the Hilton. ES charges a $20 CAD per day parking fee (plus taxes) and I think the Hilton charges $10 CAD per day. We've never been refused an upgrade to a fallsview room at the ES as a HHonors Gold, although one time the desk clerk tried to do the upgrade for a $30 extra charge. When I refused, he still gave me the upgrade, although only to the 12th floor, but the view looking straight down to the Horseshoe Falls was fantastic. Never hurts to ask for an upgrade, although at this time of year, with the hotels in NF being booked solid, your chances may not be as good.

If you're not looking for HHonors points on this trip, have a look also at the hotel in the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort. Really nice rooms, great Falls views if you get the fallsview suites, and attentive, friendly service (plus the free parking). 1500 seat concert hall (that's where your Chris Isaac concert is, celticanvil). The buffet (in the casino, and not inexpensive at $22.95 CAD p/p for dinner--but $2.00 off with your players card) is not bad, with lots of hot and cold entries, a good salad bar, and lots of desert choices. Alaskan King crab legs on weekends. Plus there's a high end restaurant, Cafe Noir in the building. Check the website for the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort if you're interested. BTW, all the casinos in Ontario are all now entirely non-smoking, as are all restaurants,bars, indoor public areas, etc.

As a further suggestion to compare hotels, check TripAdvisor.com, and search there for "Niagara Falls, Canada". Many recent reviews, good and bad, of the ES and other hotels in the area, but the prices shown on TripAdvisor seem higher then on the hotel's website.

Have a good trip.

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Last edited by blackjack-21; Jul 11, 2006 at 1:57 am Reason: Added the TripAdvisor.com suggestion.
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 8:10 am
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I stayed at the ES Fallsview last July. I was a gold HHonors member but did not get an upgrade. I booked, and was stuck with, city view rooms. Too bad because the view from the ES is amazing.

Not sure if I'd stay there if it was just my husband and me. The huge plus about ES is the two rooms (and two t.v's) when you are traveling with kids. (That's why the ES hotels are always running amouck with kids.) If there is only 2 in your party, I'd definitely stay at the Hilton. The ES is very, very crowded and it seems that everyone is in a really bad mood. The elevators are very slow, the pool is impossibly small for the size, the line to get into the breakfast are very long, and they give you exactly one drink ticket per adult for the manager's reception.

If you're stuck with a city view room, be advised that the noise from the CopaCabana nightclub next door will keep you awake until 11pm. I was on the 23rd floor (IIRC) and it kept ME awake. Can't imagine what it was like for the poor folks on 6.

Mind you, the ES is a beautiful, new hotel. And if you CAN get an upgrade, it'd be worth it for the beautiful view. But if you don't get an upgrade, then I'd say the cons definitely outweigh the positives.
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Old Jul 11, 2006, 8:57 pm
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Thanks for this information. We'll stay at the Hilton because we're both really light sleepers. That plus the possibility of getting an upgrade at the Hilton...
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Old Jul 12, 2006, 4:44 am
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Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort - Buffet

Be advised that the really nice buffet in the casino does not allow kids or teens because it is right on the gaming floor. We were not able to get a even view of it with our girl. Or think about baby sitter services

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Old Jul 12, 2006, 5:03 am
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Originally Posted by yep
Be advised that the really nice buffet in the casino does not allow kids or teens because it is right on the gaming floor. We were not able to get a even view of it with our girl.
That's seems pretty silly, as I'd bet that a number of families come to stay at the hotel.
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Old Jul 14, 2006, 10:18 pm
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Note About the Casino Parking

We were down at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort today, and noticed that the parking rules have changed. The gates where you enter the parking garage are still up, so no ticket needed from the machines at the entrance, however when you leave the garage, the booths are now manned, with the gates down, and you have to show your players club card to exit the garage, or there may be a charge for using it. So to be safe, if you use the parking garage at the new casino, be sure to get the players club card as soon as you arrive to save having to pay for the parking as you leave. (Turn left as you enter the casino area through the main casino entrance for the players club booth, where you can sign up for their free card).

Don't know if this is a new permanent change, as it's a show night there (LeAnn Rimes is there tonight and tomorrow night), or just because they expect large crowds for the show.

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Old Aug 7, 2006, 5:38 pm
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Niagara Falls in the winter holidays???

I'm thinking of staying in NF for one night between the 27th and 30th December with my husband - we are already booked into the King Eddie through Priceline from 27th to the 1st Jan.

I've never seen the Falls before, and I'm unsure when or if I'll get the chance again... so the ES are a real draw as they are so close.

I'll book a falls view suite as I don't want to run the risk of missing out... but I'm wondering if anybody has any experience of this area during the holiday time. Is it ram packed with families, or is late December typically a quieter period?

I've no idea what to expect.
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Old Aug 27, 2006, 10:14 pm
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Trip report, Aug 2007:

Booked a lower floor, dual falls view suite for an Aug saturday night.

OLCI day before showed no upgrades, just a selection in same category.

Called the afternoon of the day before, and after some hesitation, was able to get a specific room as an upgrade - higher floor, jacuzzi - at least a 2 level upgrade imho. (Gold HHonors).

Pulled in Sat around 1. Looked like a zoo in the valet area, feared the worst. In fact, it was all very organized, quick check in of the car, check in at the front desk. Offered a pricey upsell to a premiere room, but declined.

Hotel was clean, busy. Staff friendly. Breakfast buffet, while busy, was well run. Don't get there between 9 and 10 on a Sat morning and expect to be seated right away, but no complaints. Actually, very impressive how well they run it.

All in all, a very, very positive experience.!
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Old Aug 27, 2006, 11:00 pm
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Glad you had a good stay.

Did your room give you a good view of the falls, and how high a floor did you get upgraded?

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