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
We arranged a large family gathering at NOTL for a special anniversary celebration. The group, comprised of siblings, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, was about 30 people. Our ages ranged from 20 months to 93. Our stay at Harbour House Hotel could not have been better and the staff could not have been more helpful. In the last few weeks prior to our stay, one of the celebrants broke her leg, required surgery and was released from convalescence in order to attend, but restricted to a wheelchair and required PSW assistance for transfers etc. The hotel accommodated all of our needs including the use of a rented hospital bed. The rooms for all were lovely. The location was fantastic to allow all of the group to engage in activities suitable for them. The celebration was a grand success! Our best way to say thank you will be to return for our own weekend visits to NOTL - which we will do!
We stayed for a couple of nights and really wish we could have stayed longer. The hotel has great character and is in an excellent location, a short walk to the centre of the town, but in a quiet area. The room was peaceful, very clean and the bed very comfortable. We had two excellent meals at both the restaurants with affiliation to the hotel.
A very nice inn near the river in a residential area. Staff were very friendly. Rooms were spacious and well appointed. Generous breakfast was included in our stay. Would definitely go back. Parking is included and on site.
We visited NOTL Wednesday-Saturday in May 2018. This is a repeat visit to the area and we were celebrating our 42nd anniversary. We have stayed at Harbour House before and will definitely return again. It is a welcoming and charming hotel overlooking the Niagara River. We were welcomed to our room with a complimentary bottle of wine and delicious white macadamia nut cookies. The rooms are well maintained and very comfortable. The breakfasts are delicious and the breakfast staff so pleasant and friendly. Everyone in the hotel went beyond what is expected to make our stay absolutely perfect. Thank you for making our special celebration even better!! And not to forget...We has to leave before normal breakfast time so Jessica had a “to-go” box ready and waiting for us as we departed!! Thank you:)
Jim & Sue
The Harbour House sets just off the river roughly a ten minute walk from "downtown" Niagra on the Lake in a nice residential area. The neighborhood and the hotel are very quiet and peaceful. We had an upstairs room overlooking the water - it was quite spacious and the bed was comfortable. The bath was a bit small, and the shower was quite small and made of molded plastic with lots of jets to simulate a body massage . . . a little odd. The staff were all very warm and welcoming and quite friendly and the continental breakfast was quite nice - a fairly big spread with lots of things to choose from.