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
- 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
This is a very well run hotel with great rooms, great safe parking and a nice breakfast event. I just read SV's poor review and do not see his/her pov at all. It was good to be a bit out of town, though within easy walking distance. The staff members were always polite and appropriate and competent . Brie was especially professional and helpful.
For a supposed 5-star hotel, this hotel was disappointing. The whole property needs a facelift - it looks dated and a bit worn. The washroom in our “premium” king room had a rusted drain in the sink and a loose toilet seat. The “leather” chair in our room was so worn, that it had bald spots from scuffs all over the top and back and cracks on the seat.For a wine country hotel, there should be in-room fridges. To reduce their environmental footprint, the hotel offers filtered water on only one of the three floors, where you can fill your supplied glass pitcher with ice and water - too bad the ice machine wasn’t working. Staff didn’t seem too concerned... It appears that the company that owns 4 hotels and a few restaurants in NOTL is more interested in building their empire than maintaining their older properties.
We were quite pleased with our stay at Harbour House Hotel. We have recommended this property friends and family. The room was very comfortable. We enjoyed the evening wine and cheese hour. The breakfasts were wonderful with a different casserole every morning. The staff was very attentive. We will stay there again when we travel that way.
Harbour House was charming and quaint and a short two block walk to the historic town district. My husband and I booked a premium king suite for an anniversary getaway. The room was wonderful. The staff was professional and friendly and made sure all our needs were taken care off. They even had a chilled bottle of champagne awaiting us in our room upon arrival.
This was a great choice for a romantic getaway. We would go here again.
Overall we had a nice experience staying at Harbour House. Great location for a walk to town or a 2 minute walk to the water. Bikes for a self-guided winery tour were accessible on site. Lots of parking. Bed was very comfortable. Lovely bedding with many pillows and extras if needed. Some rooms have lake view. A nice reception at 4:00 tasting some local wines. The breakfast was lovely with 2 warm casseroles: one eggs and the other french toast. Both were delicious. The serving staff was very nice and were very quick to refill coffee and get any beverages. King room is very large but the washroom was small with only one sink and some counter space on each side of sink. The plug in the bathroom was under the cabinet which was difficult to find and then reach and the electric cord to my husband's razor was not long enough. Missing are hooks to hang your wet towels. Even if they were in the room, this would be appreciated. There is one towel bar only outside the shower. They only provide a "conditioning shampoo", no conditioner. This is a nightmare for ladies with long hair. Bring your own products. At a high end hotel, I would expect nice products. The inside of my lamp was full of spider webs. This was only noticeable when the light was turned on in the evenings. The reception staff was friendly and helpful at all times.