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
- 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
As in past years, my wife and I returned for our Anniversary dinner. The grounds were very neat and tidy. Gardens looked much better and more lush. We were not staying overnight. The patio where we had drinks was clean and gardens looked great. Herb garden has been re-done with the addition of a fire pit and very well tended herb garden. As in past years, one of the staff went back and forth in front of the patio shleping buckets of water for the flowers. The waitress explained that he likes to water the flowers by hand, and it was rather charming. Our drinks were great and service was really friendly. We moved indoors for our dinner and the menu was what we expected. I had the potatoe-bacon-cheddar soup which was very nice. My wife had the maple glazed salmon which was very nice. My three cheese and prosciutto chicken with Asiago orzo was great. Heritage carrots were perfectly done but more on the plate would have been nice. Service was very friendly and prompt.
So, all in all it was a very nice night. I will agree with others that if they look at the little things I think their ratings would soar. Signs lining the driveway are well stained with bird poop. The base of some pillar on the patio are green with mold. The carpets still need a very good cleaning, and I still think that the chandeliers need to sparkle better. The dining room is very pretty and more seating is available. There is more seating on the patio which is great and the patio was full. Riverbend is getting there. I know that staffing is expensive and they seem to get good people but not enough of them. I am going to give them four stars...but to get five it will be the little things, over a sustained period of time, that will need to be tended to. We'll be back next year!
My wife and I have been visiting the Riverbend Inn for the past several years and quietly recommending it to friends (trying to keep it our little secret).
Something has changed....possibly the ownership? We were extremely disappointed with our stay this past week (June 2018).
It started with what was supposed to be a 2-night reservation. In the past they had sent me an email with the reservation once it was booked. I had tried to use the website but the availability link was not working. The day before we were to arrive, I emailed and asked if they would be sending me the confirmation. It arrived saying we were confirmed for 1 night (not the 2 nights I had requested). I immediately called them and they told me they had no rooms for the second night. I told them we were extremely disappointed (not much of a response from them). We arranged for another hotel for the second night.
After staying at this inn at least 6 times, we have noticed a decline in the quality. Bedsheets were wrinkled, pillows small, worn-out. Window opener stripped and would not open. Make up mirror plugs in but light didn't work, wifi didn't work (didn't work on our previous visit either).
Restaurant -dinner and then breakfast had a single waitress apologizing that they were on their own.
This is a beautiful inn and property, but the owners are not paying attention to these details and the result is they are losing long-term return guests.
We spent 2 nights at the Riverbend Inn and had mixed feeling in regard to what we encountered. The check in was very friendly and the Inn very clean and inviting... Our room on the ground floor was very spacious however, the pillows on the bed had seen better days as they were flat and uncomfortable. As a result, we hardly slept the first night. I asked housekeeping the following morning to replace them hoping that the issue would be rectified.The housekeeper was very accommodating and supplied us with an abundance of pillows some better than others. Time for the inn to invest in some nice plump pillows. We had dinner at the inn first night, lovely setting overlooking the vineyards. The meal on the whole was fine. My husbands soup of the day a little bland and tasteless, I ordered a side dish as my starter which was okay, half a lobster tail and also a side of french fries, they were okay. My duck breast was very tasty and tender and would have been even more enjoyable if it had been cooked medium rare. My husband had the tuna special which he enjoyed....We didn't have dessert. Being that we paid for a package deal, breakfast was included. The first day was okay,I think they water down their jam as it was very runny. What was nice is that I could order gluten free toast. The second day, the breakfast was terrible and I sent my order back as it was so unappetizing, poached eggs swimming in water with sprinkled dry (not sure if it had been cooked) quinoa on top. I was informed that there was no gluten free toast for me. In this day and age, where there are many gluten intolerant people, times have changed,I personally have always been accommodated wherever we have eaten so this was a surprise to me. My husband had the mushroom and feta omelette which was okay. I decided to order the same omelette second time round. Both plates came with some green leaves dumped on the top of the food. Not sure what their purpose was as they were inedible. Whoever was in the kitchen second morning, had no idea as to what they were doing. Our server was new on the job and should have been instructed on as to how to deal with the guests having breakfast.. I was still hungry when we left the table. As mentioned in my above title, all the negative issues I brought up could be easily rectifide . Attention to detail would make people's stay that much more enjoyable... I noticed in other reviews that the management does respond to people's reviews, I noticed too, not much effort was made in the response just a basic acknowledgement.
Stayed one night and loved it. Beautiful setting conveniently located near everything in N-O-T-L. Lovely decor and grounds and friendly, helpful staff. Rooms are spacious and well appointed. Recommended.
The Riverbend Inn is a conveniently located, just a five minute drive from downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake, and directly across the street from well-maintained walking paths along the Niagara River. The rooms are quiet and comfortable, with plenty of hot water. Breakfast wasn't included in the room rate, but all of the options were delicious and well worth the price. All of the staff were delightfully friendly and personable. We'll be back the next time we attend the Shaw Festival.