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
Enjoyed a very lovely two nights at the Harbour House Hotel. Check-in was very easy and fast, the staff were so helpful and friendly. The ladies in the breakfast room were courteous and attentive. We really enjoyed the wine and cheese in the afternoon, met some very lovely couples. The shuttle provided us transportation to dinner and also to the Wayne Gretzky Estates as we had the Wine and Whiskey package. Everything at the hotel was quaint, organized and very clean. We truly appreciated the personal touches they added to our room. Definitely recommend spending your holiday at this location, it is worth the monetary amount.
In researching for a place to stay while in NOTL for a delayed anniversary trip, the Harbour House was my choice after reviewing a dozen or so different options.
Check in was very smooth and our requested room was as expected. It was very spacious and extremely clean.
The wine and cheese reception is a very nice touch with two lovely sitting areas that are very peaceful.
Breakfast is served every morning with a variety of homemade dishes that were delicious.
We took advantage of the shuttle a couple of times which was handy to have available.
The entire establishment was extremely quiet with little noise to be heard while in or out of our rooms.
My only complaints is that the central telephone booking and lengthy waits took away from the personality of the location. In addition, the wine we had pre-ordered to the room also came at an exorbitant price. However, I would not let those issues take away from our enjoyable stay.
Lovely big comfortable room which was spotlessly clean and very quiet. Fantastic breakfast, genuinely interested and helpful ladies especially Brenda who went out of her way to ensure that I had enough vegan options. She was also very kind to give us the recipes for two of the breakfast options.
The wine tasting and personalised stationary further distinguished this from the run of the mill chain motel.
The only slight negative was the older lady upon check in as she came across as being a little pompous!