If the gimcrack tastelessness of Niagara Central is too much for you, retreat to this delectable B&B in the salubrious residential fringes, still within easy walking distance of the main attractions, the Falls included. It’s a grand Georgian mansion with a tree-fringed porch overlooking the river, where, weather permitting, you can partake of a notably delicious cooked-to-order breakfast. Of the four rooms, the master suite is naturally the loveliest, with a four-poster bed, private deck and delicate rose and grey decoration, plus the plentiful amenities and tasteful antiques of the rest of the property. A little bit special.
The dramatic Niagara Falls, which straddle the US/Canada border, are undoubtedly a natural spectacle, but this is far from a wilderness. Both banks have developed as resorts, so there is plenty of things to do on offer, too, from casinos to water parks to 1,400 LED lights twinkling behind the cascades nightly. Visitors can also eat their way through a fine farm-to-table restaurant scene, complemented by a menu of local Ontario wines. The Canadian side is closer to the most dramatic torrents but also the more commercialised. Blockish 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. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in and around Niagara Falls.