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
My wife and I had the most memorable weekend ever, from the warm welcome at check in to everyone and everything did was fantastic. The rooms were very clean and from the chocolates to the dozen roses and sparkling wine, this was very impressive. All staff were very pleasant and couldn’t do enough. Highly recommend and will definitely return. Thanks again.
This hotel staff provided excellent, friendly service. The room has everything you could wish for..Comfortable, clean and tastefully decorated. The fireplace and in room whirlpool tub made our visit extra special. The staff were ready to answer any questions, and so willing to assist us. The location was perfect, everything within walking distance.
We just returned from our ten year anniversary trip to NOTL and we stayed at the Shaw Club Hotel. We were very happy with everything we experienced there, and the price was great for the area.
Upon arrival, the front desk person was very warm and helpful. Our room was 116 (Superior King) and very spacious and comfortable. We had a bottle of champagne and a sign wishing us a happy anniversary, along with a fresh brownie waiting for us! These were nice little touches to make our stay even more special. The room itself was great. Very comfortable king bed, a Nespresso machine, big tub, rainfall shower, big screen TV and even a TV in the bathroom. They have DVDs and board games in the lounge which you can bring back to your room, too.
The hotel is just a short walk to the downtown area, but they do run a free shuttle from the hotel which is great when the weather is cold. We didn't use it though and just walked.
Overall, we were very happy with our stay here and would return again in a heartbeat!
my fiance and I stayed here the weekend after valentines, not only was our room great but it was too cold to go walking that night so we had dinner in the hotel. It was amazing.
Great weekend in NOTL, will return soon
A group of us booked the Shaw Club for a visit to the Ice Wine Festival this weekend. Having stayed at various properties in the area over the years, we were more than pleased and impressed with this impeccably kept little property. The booking process was handled in a friendly and efficient manner despite the number of rooms being booked. The rooms are beautiful and thoughtfully appointed, and the staff is professional and willing to help in any way. Enjoyed breakfast each day in Zees and it was relaxed and delicious. Overall a lovely stay! Thanks so much!