Riverbend Inn and Vineyard
What We Love
- A fireplace in every guestroom
- Wine tastings from the hotel’s own 12-acre vineyard
- Romantic dinner for two in the gazebo overlooking the vineyards
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What To Know
- The hotel provides bike rentals for $25.00 per day, per bike
- Parking and WiFi included in the Jetsetter rate
- It’s a very popular wedding destination
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Tucked into a grand Georgian mansion, the Riverbend Inn & Vineyard trades in Old World romance. Each of the 21 guestrooms and suites has a period elegance: think crystal chandeliers, fireplaces, gilded picture frames and Victorian-inspired furniture. Take a tour of the vineyard before relaxing over a wine-tasting at the hotel’s mahogany and beveled glass bar. For dinner, guests can head to the dining room and enjoy farm to table fare made with ingredients from the hotel’s own herb and vegetable garden.
In the Area
Just a fifteen minute drive from Niagara Falls, the beautiful Victorian village of Niagara-on-the-Lake feels worlds away with acres of rolling vineyards and a quaint, walkable downtown lined with historic homes, shops and cafes. It’s best known for the Shaw theater festival, held annually from April through November, featuring works from George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. Grape & Wine Tours offers a variety of private and group tours of the area’s wineries led by qualified industry specialists or sommeliers. Feeling adventurous? Take a ride with the Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours up the river to Niagara Gorge where you’ll enter the rapids and see the Niagara Whirlpool up close.
How to Get There
Food was ok. Service was slow. Only one server for the restaurant and it took a while.
We made a reservation, showed up 10 minutes early and they gave our table away (the server told us someone just sat in it and she apologized). Took us almost 2 hours to get through lunch.
This was the end of our wine tour. The dinner was amazing. The service, superb. This was the best meal we had in any restaurant. The dining room is exquisite. We couldn’t believe the grounds and architecture of this place. We will definitely recommend this place to our friends and anyone else interested in a fine meal.
We stayed for one night in October.
Pluses: large room with high ceilings. Ornately carved, traditional furniture and decor (although this isn't really my style). Lovely views of the yard and vineyard outside the windows. Pleasant staff and really friendly barista. Bright dining room with lots of windows (although we didn't eat there).
Minuses: On the warm day we arrived, the fireplace was on and the room was overheated. It was hard to figure out how to turn it off and once done, it was a long time before the room cooled off. I tried to open a window and the handle came off in my hand! Okay, small problem. The biggest disappointments were that the internet really didn't work. If you took your device to the front desk you could access it, but only sporadically in our room (108). The TV remote was so challenging we asked the front receptionist to come and help, but as soon as she left, we got snow on the screen again and gave up. Also the walls are thin-our friends in another room wore earbuds. Outside our room, we could hear people talking as the patio was right there. And we could hear people walking quite loudly above us.
I paid with taxes and all, $354. CA for this room. At that price, everything should have been perfect.