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 stayed overnight to celebrate our anniversary. The staff were lovely and welcoming. The rooms are spacious, well-appointed and clean. Great location. We rented bikes from the parking garage and were able to bike along the waterfront trail and stopped at 5-6 wineries along the way. 10-15 minute walk to Queen/Picton Street. Will look forward to staying again!
My wife and I were in from Whitby, for our 30th. The staff at the desk was very nice and helpful, on Saturday I asked about wine tours, and got 4 free taste testing at some great wineries. Breakfast staff were friendly and wanted to serve you. We were impressed by their staff. Free Parking, WIFI and walking distance to lake or to Queen Street. Shuttles to town are also free.
room was comfortable with a bed that beckoned for immediate sleep. staff were extremely accommodating, supportive and went out of their way to track down a kettle and small fridge the room lacked. no bath in my room but a shower with water pressure that was the best i have ever experienced!! some rooms had a river view that would no doubt be quite tranquil. walking distance to the Shaw and almost backing onto the Niagara River. shuttle service for those who might have mobility challenges.
This was our 3rd stay at the Harbour House, this time taking advantage of the weekday "Spring Fling" special to extend our stay to 5 nights. We love the location, as it is quiet, removed from the hustle and bustle of touristy Queen St., yet very accessible to restaurants, golf, and some of the wineries either on foot or by making use of the complimentary shuttle (which is well worth it for a gratuity). Our room (#208) was a superior king with fireplace and jetted tub. The extra space and sitting area in front of the bay window was appreciated and we did use the fireplace more than we thought we would. We did notice this time that our room was in need of some love! We had several small maintenance issues that were dealt with by the staff in a prompt manner, but in general we feel that in order to compete it is time to spend some money on a refresh of the flooring, paint, and décor. We did have a few security concerns, as housekeeping left the door to our room open after cleaning it one day, the door from the parking garage to the elevator was always open, and the safe in our room didn't work for the last day as the battery was dead. One of the highlights of our stay was going for the yummy breakfast spread in the morning. The staff went out of their way (especially Jamie) to ensure that there were options for a gluten free diet. Coffee was endless and delicious, and it was a great way to start our day. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and look forward to the next one.
True meaning of ‘boutique’ hotel. From the moment we arrived we felt the warm welcome. Friendly, down to earth, helpful staff. Nice breakfast. No bar but lots of places nearby. Free shuttle service to take you to restaurants and back. Wine and cheese from 4-6pm which is a lovely touch. You really feel taken care of here! We were here 2 nights but could have stayed a day or two longer.