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 was our second stay for the Shaw Festival and it was as good as the first. The hotel is well situated and a delightful, less than a 10 minute stroll to the centre of the town. The accommodation is excellent and the extended continental breakfast as equally so. Highly recommended
This is a nice boutique hotel. It’s a great location in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The staff is very friendly. They serve a delicious breakfast each morning. The rooms are comfortable and inviting. My only negative comment would be the hallway carpets could use some updating. They were worn and stained. I’m sure to retain their status as a number one place to stay a renovation must be in their future. Overall it’s still a very nice place to stay in this charming town.
Harbour House at Niagra-on-the-Lake was our first stop in an 11-day visit to Canada. We planned a three-day stay at Harbour House which gave us easy access to top restaurants, shops, and galleries in town, the Shaw Festival which was a mere three block walk, and within easy driving distance of some of the Niagra Region's top wineries. We arrived late, but there was staff there to greet us, and our room was waiting for us. Our room was on the first floor, but set back from the lobby area. It was quiet, comfortable, well-appointed, and immaculately clean. The king-sized bed and crisp, high-quality linens was a great comfort after a long drive. We grabbed a late dinner at the Shaw Club Hotel which we learned belatedly, is under common ownership. It was a big disappointment, but we'll leave that for another review. Our one complaint about The Harbour House is that all referrals and recommendations from the staff there seem to be limited to who's "in the family." The truly top restaurants in Town go unmentioned. The Harbour House puts out a nice but limited continental breakfast each morning. Breakfast is a cozy setting, and it is easy to get to know other guests and to share experiences. Niagra-on-the-Lake is a beautiful little town with lots of history and local color. We will certainly return, and we would readily book into The Harbour House again.
Everything about our recent stay at Harbour House was perfect during our recent stay in NOTL, from its friendly and welcoming staff, to the beautiful comfortable and large room with lovely views of the waterfront , to its perfect informal breakfasts, to the wine and cheese sessions each afternoon, to the shuttle service for dinners which we utilized each evening of our stay Thanks to David the shuttle driver who helped make our dining out experience so easy.
Harbour House hotel is located within easy walking distance of Shaw Theatre, shops and parks in NOTL and also the Sailing Club, the Historic District and Fort George and the extensive winery's around NOTL.
Harbour House is the perfect choice for anyone visiting NOTL.
The harbour house is fantastic, perfect location, lovely staff, beautiful room all wrapped up in the idyllic location of Niagara-on-the-lake.
The E-scooters we hired gave us a great way to explore the town too.
Don't think twice just book it you'll not regret it.