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”
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- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We loved the Harbour House Hotel. The staff was very friendly. Rooms were great and very clean. The hotel is in a great location and within walking distance to the downtown area. The breakfast was great, best croissants ever! We went to Zee's for dinner and that was very good too. Overall a great getaway!
Over the years, we've stayed in B&Bs and hotels in Niagara on the Lake; each one has had its pluses & minuses. This September, we booked two nights at Harbor House Hotel, and came away having stayed at the most accommodating, restful and "that was worth it" location in a long time.
Harbor House is not the least expensive place to stay in NOTL, but the amenities others have mentioned make the tariff worth it. Our room was clean, albeit well-used, and served us well. The afternoon wine tasting was both a way to meet other travelers and start the each evening. The breakfasts were just excellent. With one hot entree to go with the selections typical of a nice European breakfast buffet, a great way to start each day. Under-building parking with elevator access was a welcomed plus. Their shuttle service "to town" was widely used while we were there, and is perfect for getting to/from the Shaw.
High recommend Harbor House. We'll return.
This hotel is like staying home without the work. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast was great and when they found out I was diabetic they made sure I had something to eat. Room was large and comfortable. Closes enough to downtown you can walk everywhere.