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
Maybe it’s because we visit in the winter when it’s so very romantic to cuddle in bed with the fireplace, or it’s the amazing breakfast in the lovely dining room, or the covered parking, or maybe it’s because their service is impeccable - we just love staying at Harbour House and not surprised with it’s first place ranking. This is our second stay, and we were welcomed back like an old friend. Every thing from the personalized stationary to the very yummy cookie really impressed our first minutes in the room. Our main visit to the area was to see the Leafs play in Buffalo and we were so glad that we picked this place instead of a hotel across the border. Can’t wait for our next visit!!
This was our second visit to Harbour House and there is no doubt we will be back. The Staff are super accommodating, very friendly and extremely helpful and professional. It is a short walk to the heart of Niagara on the Lake. The rooms are spacious, well appointed and very clean.
My boyfriend and I were very happy with our stay at Harbour House! Located right across from the harbour (and only a 10-15 minute) walk to the main shops and restaurant, this was the perfect option!
The rooms were incredibly spacious and clean. We loved our fireplace and whirlpool tub (also comes with a regular shower). There was free wine and cheese in the afternoon, breakfast was included, and the staff were super friendly and knowledgeable about the area. It has the cozy B&B feel, yet it was a beautiful vintage hotel.
Breakfast was European; tasty and simple: coffee, tea, juice. Pastries, a hot dish, cereal, fruit, toast and bagels (though just having come back from Europe, I do wish there was a greater variety like eggs or more pastries).
All in all, we had a wonderful stay! I'd definitely recommend and return based on location and the quality of the rooms and service!
This is the epitome of luxe..the moment you enter ..simple but classy
Nice is not suitable ..the room is spacious and tastefully decorated ..pineapple shaped lamps ..califoria shutters ..50 inch flatscreen television ..huge well appointed bathroom..comfortable lobby and free shuttle service to downtown NOTL..breakfast is worth waking up for..afternoon wine if you feel so inclined. Free on site parking ..free wifi..apples..experience for yourself
This establishment warrants 5 stars from this traveller.
Visiting for the ice wine festival. Was in relatively close walking distance to everywhere we needed to go, had a free shuttle to places we couldn’t walk. Very clean, nice room, very decent breakfast. Overall nice stay with very friendly staff...just felt slightly over priced and if it was just my husband and I we prolly would have stayed somewhere a little cheaper but had a very nice stay.