Shaw Club Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- It’s located in the historic district, near all the shops, bars and cafes
- Zees Grill: Gourmet yet approachable fare, good times on the patio and veranda
- The attentive staff: Chirpy, bright-eyed and quick with suggestions
- Free parking and WiFi
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What To Know
- Annex Rooms are located in a separate building
- Breakfast is excellent and worth the splurge
- Some rooms are cozy, and decor and room amenities vary
- The Shaw Spa is off-property, just down the street and offers great treatments; a three-week lead time is recommended for appointments
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The Shaw Club’s façade is definitely on the quaint side (appropriately so, given the town’s historic flavor) but step beyond the white picket fence and you’re in boutique hotel territory: Chrome and dark wood finishes gleam within a smart palette of charcoal, dove gray and mocha. Houndstooth club chairs rub shoulders with a wall-mounted aquarium in the lobby. The marble-paneled guest lounge has its own gas fireplace, a curated library of DVDs and an Arco floor lamp. So much urban sleekness, yet the “club” aspect has nothing to do with being exclusionary or pretentious; rather it speaks to making you feel incredibly welcome and cherished during your stay.
Bed and Bath
Most of the 30 rooms have comfortable king-size beds; the bathrooms have oversized multi-head showers, glass vanities with stainless steel sinks and mini flat-screen TVs embedded into the mirrors (larger, state-of-the-art versions are mounted above desks or gas fireplaces). Strategically-placed outlets and a little ledge next to the bed offer a convenient charging station for your phone and laptop. And a curated collection of modern art and sculpture is distributed among the rooms to enliven the minimalist décor. Noteworthy amenities include 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.
Zees Grill had us at “Nova Scotia Lobster Poutine”—butter-poached lobster atop a mound of house-cut fries with white cheddar cheese curds and red wine veal jus reduction. The rest of Chef Executive Chef Jason Dobbie’s menu stars similarly imaginative (and decadent) comfort food, along with inspired takes on vegan and vegetarian fare (e.g., orange-scented organic quinoa with roasted vegetables, sautéed greens, Canadian cedar jelly and kale chips). Carnivores should order the Eggs Benedict for breakfast—the local Canadian bacon is thicker and more succulent than what you get stateside (and somehow less salty). Besides the restaurant, the Shaw Spa is also worth visiting (especially since hotel guests receive discounts on some treatments). The space may be small, but the variety of services is not: Choose from nine types of facials, plus a number of massages and body wraps that incorporate vinotherapy elements like masks and creams made with red wine.
In the Area
Located right where Lake Ontario and the Niagara River meet, 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 (the Shaw Club is located right across the street). 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 return to the Shaw Club after exploring the B&B options on NOTL. There are some great places in town but this is by far our favourite.
From the check in to the room alll top notch.
We live just across the border in Niagara Falls NY but came here for a little getaway. The hotel is AWESOME. The rooms are appointed nicely, the bed is very comfortable, the bath is perfect.
There was an electric fireplace in the room which added a nice touch of warmth in the chilly, damp November days we were here.A bottle of wine awaited us, as was a nice coffee maker with lots of choices so we could each have our favorite brew.
The staff was extremely helpful when we asked about different places in town as well as about the hotel.
Oh, make sure you ask for a fish to keep you company during your stay! They'll bring you a little Betta fish with his bio to keep you company in your room. Fun!
We stayed one night for our 39the anniversary! Overall experience was fantastic at this hotel! The room with morden décor, the bed was comfy. Most enjoyed was the Jacuzzi tub in our room!!
The staff was friendly & helpful!
Food was delicious & the services were great!
Highly recommend to anyone with this hotel!
We stayed here in September 2018 and We have nothing but praise for the hotel the staff and the food.
On arrival we had a very warm welcome from the receptionist. Who explained everything about the hotel the rooms and the restaurant and parking. Then she went on to recommend other restaurants if we were going out and didn't want to eat at the hotel. She pointed out the main points of the town. Our room was on the ground floor, it was spacious and had all amenities the bed was very comfortable we decided to have our evening meal in the hotel restaurant there was plenty of choice the food was well presented and tasted beautiful the only problem was there was too much of it and we couldn't eat it all. Breakfast was excellent and once again with plenty of choice.
We would definitely stay here again and we will definitely recommend it to all our friends.
This was our first visit to NOTL, so I was apprehensive choosing accommodations for our 3 night stay. Shaw Club didn’t disappoint! The location was ideal for us in more ways than one, which is important in our decision. Shaw Club is kind of the best of both worlds…the entrance is situated on a quiet side street (Wellington) across from the Shaw Theater, which our room overlooked…yet it was a short walk to boutiques, antique stores, restaurants, etc. on the main thoroughfare… Picton/Queen Street. This ‘thoroughfare’ is as charming as you’ll find…with colorful and abundant landscape along the sidewalks and the median…where you’re likely to spot a horse-drawn carriage. The allure of the location doesn’t end there…the Shaw Club is also about two blocks away from the Visitors’ Center, where you can pick up on the Niagara Parkway Recreational Trail…a mostly flat trail chock-full of beautiful scenery. (It passes by the Fort George Historical Site, crosses Ricardo Street and then continues on a well-maintained path along the river…complete with benches, parks, restrooms, water fountain and peaceful wooded areas.)
The decor at the Shaw Club is modern but cozy. It appeared to be well maintained at all levels (lobby, guest areas, hallways, rooms). The staff was always friendly and helpful in making dinner reservations or suggestions for wine tasting.
Our room (w/a fireplace) was on the small side, but quite comfortable. The furniture, decor, beds and linens seemed fairly new and in good condition. The bathroom was quite nice, especially the superior rain-shower head in the large shower. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Shaw Club as a place to stay in NOTL.