Harbour House Hotel
What We Love
- Free daily wine tastings — with generous pours and snacks — featuring local vintages
- The location — a scenic, quiet corner across from the marina
- Lavish breakfast and parking included in the rate
- Free WiFi – no code required
- Free shuttle service
What To Know
- Ask the hotel staff for a restaurant recommendation
- All the shops and eats are on Queen Street (a short walk or shuttle ride away)
- Some of the rooms have “Juliet balconies”
- READ MORE: 72 Hours in Ontario
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Like a charming seaside country house, tastefully butched up with handsome stripes and plaids, a chocolate leather couch and a tray of marbles in the lobby, and a breakfast room filled with polished cherry wood and oak furnishings. Traditional touches—Johnson stoneware, paintings of red roosters and flowers and lighthouse motifs—are offset by masculine beige, bisque and mustard tones, oddball mantle-top sculptures, porthole windows and antique maritime prints. All 31 rooms, including three suites, have comfortable king-size beds and gas fireplaces; most have huge whirlpool tubs (and rubber duckies, just for fun). Noteworthy amenities include a menu of by-request snacks like grown-in-Ontario peanuts and buckets of popcorn; a guest diary to jot down reflections (and indulge in some literary voyeurism); a “leave-one, take-one” stash of books and personalized temporary residence stationery. Breakfast has a European slant, with standouts including house-made preserves, granola, croissants, and a selection of cured meats and cheeses. Onsite bicycle rentals make exploring the town easy (a half day costs $20 per person); the Harbour House is less than half a mile from an easy scenic bike path that meanders along the Niagara River, past wineries, farm stands and lookout points. Breathe deeply: The air smells of hay, dewy grass, privet, primrose and distant campfires. And when you return? Peanut-butter cookies and Granny Smith apples are waiting in the lobby.
In The Area
Located between Lake Ontario and the Niagara River, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a picturesque hamlet about 30 minutes from Niagara Falls. Specializing in Riesling, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay, the region’s 27 wineries are a year-round attraction, while a January Ice Wine Festival draws oenophiles who don’t mind the cold and like their wine very sweet (ice wine is Niagara-on-the-Lake’s culinary hero). The Shaw Festival Theatre—six months of quality summer stock—is another popular annual event. Locals love Ravine Winery Estate Vineyard’s wood-fired pizzas); visitors like to bring home jams and marmalades from Greaves (the Four Seasons hotel chain’s brand of choice); take afternoon tea at the Prince of Wales Hotel and pick up gifts for tony tots at The Owl and the Pussycat .
How to Get There
Lovely boutique hotel on the water across from the sailing club. Was a great place - clean room with fireplace and the little personal touches. Felt like staying at a friends home. We didn’t avail of it but there was a breakfast included in the rate.
Friendly staff, lovely lobby and beautiful room. The breakfasts were amazing with a wide variety. Wine tasting and cheese in the afternoon by the fireplace was truly enjoyable and it was so nice to chat with other guests. Exceptional value for the very reasonable cost. Thank you for such a pleasant stay. We will be back!
My husband and I came here for our final trip away before we welcome our first baby in four weeks time!
We absolutely adored the place! It’s so homely and welcoming. The room was immaculately clean, the whole place was clean. We loved all the small touches, from the welcome note from housekeeping to a personalized welcome card from the hotel. We loved the fireplace in the room and the bed was sooooo comfy. A big hit for us was the DVD collection, we haven’t watched a DVD in years!!
The breakfast was delicious and all the staff were so kind and helpful. This place is for sure 5 star and we will 100% be back with our new arrival AND our puppy........we didn’t know that dogs are welcome.
Thanks again to all the staff, Ye are a credit to the establishment!
We had an amazing stay in Niagara on the Lake. Harbour House was the perfect home base for a weekend in wine country. The service was top notch, breakfast was great, and it was the perfect weekend getaway!
This is just such a fantastic place to stay! Wonderful added dimension to a visit to Niagara Falls is this classy hotel! Breakfast is such an enjoyable experience and a spacious room is such a plus! Negatives? .... can’t find one can you?