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
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.
We were on a family journey form Massachusetts, into Michigan and passing through the Niagara region. We had made this trip a few times, had seen the signs for the vineyards many times but never stopped. We stopped this trip and are very glad we did.
The Riverbend Inn, was charming. An old colonial just as described. This building has an interesting history and pictures of the past are in display. The Inn has been renovated and it seems to be somewhat ongoing. However, we were charmed by the entire visit. Our room, did not have much of a view, but we were never in our room. We were busy in the historic town, walking the trails, and sitting outside on the property watching sunrise and sunset. The room was very clean and spacious. The in-house restaurant is top notch. It is much more fine dining and should be listed in the Restaurant section of Trip Advisor as such. Very surprised it is not. Our included breakfast, carried us right through to diner, easily.
My only issue was that I could not buy any of the Inn’s wine at this location. It is displayed in the hotel lobby, but it was for sale in a different part of town, and we did not have time before we needed to leave. We had the wine in the restaurant, and liked it. The Sauvignon Blanc was our favorite. Ask about this, as you check in. Wish we had.
This is an impressivly splendid old colonial style property set between vineyards in a quiet location just off the Niagara Parkway.
The Riverbend Inn has its own vineyard and their wines are offered in the hotel restaurant (alongside other local wine producing establishments). The restaurant menu is good and caters for most tastes.
The rooms are generously sized.
The hotel is located a short distance from downtown Niagara on the Lake and is a great base for visiting the falls and other local attractions.
Free WiFi is offered but we found the connection rather slow - but it worked.
Very friendly and helpful staff who offered great suggestions for local walks, attractions and dining.
Would definitely return here if visiting this area again.