This historic four-star hotel has hosted both screen royalty (Marilyn Monroe stayed in room 801) and the British Royal family. So you know, it's pretty decent lodgings. True, some of its previous glamour has been sacrificed to the popular diversions of a water park and casino, and some rooms are small by 21st-century standards, but it still boasts its original 1929 lobby and panoramic views of all three of Niagara’s cataracts. You can gaze at these from the tenth-floor steakhouse and about half of the 230 tasteful taupe-y rooms. Plus, come on, water parks are fun – if you close your eyes on the rides you can pretend you're racing down ol' Niagara Falls themselves.
The dramatic Niagara Falls, which straddles the US/Canada border, is undoubtedly a natural spectacle, but this is far from a wilderness either. Both banks have developed as resorts, so there is plenty of things to do here other than look at loads of rapidly falling water too. From throwing cash at casinos to vicariously being a piece of water on the Falls by sliding down slides at the water parks. There are also the 1,400 LED lights twinkling behind the cascades nightly to go and awe at. Visitors can eat their way through a fine farm-to-table restaurant scene, complemented by a menu of local Ontario wines too. Yup, Canada has good wine game.
The Canadian side is closer to the most dramatic torrents but also the more commercialized. Of course, given the huge attraction, hotels dominate the landscape, largely of the chain variety (for more characterful lodgings, try pretty Niagara-on-the-Lake, half an hour away). The sheer number of rooms makes for keen competition and off-season deals, but watch for inflated overheads. Either way, here’s our pick of the best hotels in and around Niagara Falls. And no we don't mean in the literal waterfall, that would spoil the view.