Hotel Review: Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview Resort Our Family Base to Take in the Wonder

Perched on top of the precipice sits the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel, offering incredible views of the world-famous wonder.  Our family rung in the New Year on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, and couldn’t have made a better choice than to stay adjacent to and overlooking the spectacular landmark.  Believe me, if you’re staying at the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel, commit to paying the extra for the Niagara Falls view on as high of a floor as you can get.  It’s definitely worth the surcharge.  Continue reading for more details, photos, and review of our stay at the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel.

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View from our 24th floor Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview room on December 31, 2015

Location and Lobby

Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel has a sleek, modern lobby filled with slate, marble, and a gorgeous blue agate geode surface face to the check-in desk.  Large video screens played loops of Niagara Falls images from above including scenes of Nik Wallenda’s recent tightrope walk across and the Red Bull ice climber pulling himself to the top of the Falls.

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With such a tall, high-traffic hotel, elevator wait and speed are sometimes an issue, and we never had a problem with them – short waits and very quick speeds.  As far as neighborhood location goes, it’s hard to get much closer to Niagara Falls than the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel.  It’s a mere 100 yards from the back entrance of the hotel to the top of the cascade, and an easy incline railway ride will whisk you to the Table Rock Welcome Centre.  The hotel also sits next door to the Fallsview Casino resort, and is an easy walk to the entertainment and shopping complex.

Accommodations

If you’re familiar with the Embassy Suites brand at all, you know about their two-room suites, making the hotel ideal for family travel.  Our 24th floor suite had a modest living room with sleeper couch, TV, and desk.  In all honesty, the room didn’t “blow us away” upon entering.  The furnishings looked a little dated with some signs of wear.  We did notice placards stating the hotel was undergoing renovations and needed updates were underway.  I’d be curious visit again and see the rooms once the remodeling is fully complete.

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There was a small hallway with sink and kitchenette that separated the main bedroom from the living space.

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Once you entered the bedroom, that’s where the “wow factor” hit you.  Floor-to-ceiling windows revealed Niagara Falls’ majesty below.  The bedroom had two comfortable queen sized beds, a flat screen television, extra chair and plenty of space to admire the view.  Who needs a TV, when you can take stare out the window at Niagara Falls’ changing moods throughout the day and nighttime illuminations.

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Our suite also contained a very large bathroom complete housing a whirlpool tub with frosted windows that opened to the bedroom (presumably to admire the view from the tub).  A door separated the toilet and shower from the remainder of the bath.  Word of warning, the frosted windows allow light into the bedroom if someone flips on the light in the middle of the night to use the facilities.

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Unlike stays at other Embassy Suites, the bedroom (as opposed to the living room) was our family’s hub with everyone gathered to watch TV or gaze at the rushing waters.

Restaurants and Dining

All Embassy Suites hotels offer complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast, and its so convenient for us as a traveling family to have breakfast included in our room rate.  At Embassy Suites Niagara Falls, breakfast was served in their spacious The Keg Restaurant on the 9th floor directly overlooking the Falls.

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With the size of the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls hotel, breakfast can get crowded, and the staff was prepared for the crowds.  There are multiple signs in your room and around the hotel offering the best times to eat and what type of wait to expect from 7:00 to 9:00 am.  That being said, I’ve never seen a larger breakfast setup than at the Embassy Suites Niagara Falls.  At 7:00 am, it was absolutely empty, and plenty of space for a delightful, relaxing breakfast with a view.

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The next day, I went down to breakfast at 9:00 am and found a different scene.  There was a long line to be seated, but the staff was incredibly efficient and the wait went very quickly.  I discovered there was an entire second buffet room set up to accommodate the crowds as the morning grew later.

In the evening, The Keg Restaurant resumed its alter-ego as a high end steakhouse.  We didn’t feel like spending that much for dinner and opted for the hotel’s second on-site restaurant: TGI Friday’s.

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Upon check-in we received a $20 voucher for Friday’s.  A nice perk since we were planning on dining there already.  The Friday’s was large, clean, and what you would expect for the chain restaurant.

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There are also complimentary drinks in the hotel lounge every night during the evening reception.  I peeked in one night, and saw many families taking advantage of the reception.  I grabbed a few carrots for a snack, but didn’t stay long.  Finally, there is also a Starbucks on site in the hotel lobby.

Amenities, Pool, and Spa

Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel has very large fully-enclosed indoor pool with two whirlpool hot tubs.  I was very impressed with the size of the pool, and it was fitting for a hotel that houses so many guests.

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One floor above and overlooking the pool is a 24 hour fitness center with treadmills, stationary bikes, and a few weights to maintain your workout regimens.  The hotel also includes narrated tour packages that leave from the lobby to area sites including Skylon Tower, Butterfly Conservancy, local wineries, and more.  As previously mentioned, the hotel is next door to Niagara Fallsview Casino – a stylish resort complex with galleria shops and headliner shows in addition to the casino itself.

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However, for our family, this New Year’s getaway was all about relaxing and unwinding after the busy holiday season.  We were fine to allow someone else to make the beds and cook, while we sat back, relaxed and took in the views of Niagara Falls by day and night.

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Click on the video below for a sampling of the fireworks display we could watch from the comfort of our Embassy Suites bedroom.

 

Embassy Suites Niagara Falls – Fallsview hotel is a great anchor to a Niagara Falls vacation, and a home base to explore the natural as well as the tourist sites.  I know I’ve never been able to enjoy the view of Niagara Falls so closely without even getting wet, and that’s a plus in the winter time.

DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post written by me in support of a paid campaign for Embassy Suites’ #PrettyGreat Family Travel Hacks campaign.  However, all opinions expressed are those of the author.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.