Every day, more than 700,000 gallons of water per second flows over Niagara Falls in a thunderous roar, making it the largest waterfall in North America by volume and width.
But what some people might not realize is that Niagara Falls is actually made up of three different waterfalls: the American Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls (also on the USA side), and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side.
Because of their impressive size, other attractions have started popping up around the falls over the years. Nowadays, Niagara Falls is one of the top getaways in North America.
For this guide, I partnered with Hotels.com to share where to stay in Niagara Falls. I’ve broken down the different areas and neighborhoods, including my list of best hotels in Niagara Falls.
Where to Stay in Niagara Falls
There are plenty of accommodations on both the American side and the Canadian side of Niagara Falls.
No matter where you are you’ll be close to the falls, but Niagara Falls has so many different neighborhoods to choose from. There are also so many hotels here that you’re sure to find a perfect Niagara Falls hotel to suit your tastes.
So where should you stay in Niagara Falls, exactly?
Downtown Niagara Falls NY
Starting with the USA side, Downtown Niagara Falls NY is a hive of activity. It’s also the best place to book your Niagara Falls hotel if you want to be within walking distance to the falls, and it’s where you’ll find the most cafes, restaurants, and bars this side of the river. There’s something for every budget here.
The Niagara Falls Tourism and Convention Center is here as well—pop in to see if there’s anything exciting happening in town during your visit, or to see the historical exhibits.
Niagara Falls State Park
This is New York’s oldest state park; it opened in 1885 and encompasses the falls and five islands on the Niagara River. It’s an incredibly scenic spot to walk, bike, picnic, or just take photos.
The Observation Tower with a view over all of the falls is a popular attraction here. This is also a hopping off point for tours around the waterfalls, including the Maid of the Mist boat tour and trips further into the Niagara Gorge.
From here you can also pay a visit to the Cave of Winds where you’ll find yourself standing behind the Bridal Veil Falls, just meters from the thundering waters. Although your options are limited here for a Niagara Falls hotel, you’ll find lots of places to stay along the park perimeter.
Most people tend to stay on the Ontario, Canada side of Niagara Falls when visiting because it’s busier. Here, Fallsview Boulevard is the place to be. It’s considered the entertainment district and is full of fun things to do, like visiting theaters, casinos, and live entertainment venues. If you’re here to have party it up, book your Niagara Falls hotel here.
The Niagara Falls Fallsview area also has plenty of dining options, featuring everything from Brazilian barbecue to Italian grub (and enything in between). If they have availability, Morton’s Grille Niagara Falls is a must.
Shopping? There’s plenty of that. It’s also the closest neighborhood to the actual falls—no matter where you are, you can walk a few blocks to Queen Victoria Park for an epic view of Niagara Falls.
Like the USA side, you can access Niagara Falls tours from here, like the Maid of the Mist tour and the Cave of the Winds tour.
Clifton Hill District
Clifton Hill is the busiest street on the Niagara Falls Canada side—you’ll know where it is immediately by the 175-foot (about 10 floors high) Niagara Skywheel looming over the area. If you’re not afraid of heights, prepare for amazing views.
This district is bit like an amusement park: there’s no shortage of mini-golf greens, arcades, and other gaming fun. There are tons of hotels and vacation properties here to suit all budgets as well.
If you want a Niagara Falls hotel somewhere that’s family friendly and accessible, Clifton Hill is a great option.
Niagara Falls Downtown (City Center)
Yes, these neighborhoods can be confusing—Niagara Falls Canada also has a downtown area. It’s right on the river and just steps from the falls, so you’ll never have to drive anywhere to admire the scenery.
Niagara Falls Downtown is also one of the most historic places in town and makes for a nice spot to book your Niagara Falls hotel. Many of the buildings were established in 1850s, and still have their original architecture.
Walk along Queen Street to see some of the best preserved buildings while shopping for souvenirs or popping into galleries. For live entertainment, see what’s on at the Seneca Queen Theatre.
You can also hire an e-bike to get around here. Ride down the Niagara Parkway to the falls and take it all in.
Lundy’s Lane, also on the Canadian side, was the site of the famous “Battle of Lundy’s Lane” in the Anglo-American War. It went down in history as one of the deadliest battles to have ever taken place in Canada.
Nowadays, it’s a trendy spot for the locals to dine out and go shopping. The street is lined with boutique shops and specialty shops, and there’s even an indoor waterpark.
If you book a Niagara Falls hotel here instead of closer to the falls, make sure you spend some time simply walking around and soaking up the neighborhood.
Best Hotels in Niagara Falls
When it comes to the best Niagara Falls hotels, there are no shortage of options. Travelers are sure to find a Niagara Falls hotel for any budget, and all within walking distance to big amenities. (And most importantly, the falls.)
Here are some hotels and other accommodations to consider.
1. Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview
If you stay at the Hilton Niagara Falls Fallsview, you just might end up in a hotel room with an incredible view over the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Plus, when you stay at this hotel you’ll be directly connected to the Fallsview Casino Resort.
All the hotel rooms at this Hilton Niagara Falls hotel are elegantly appointed with comfy beds, flat screen TVs, and tasteful European furniture. Some rooms in this Niagara Falls hotel even come with Jacuzzi tubs and working fireplaces.
In the morning, you’ll be treated to one of the best hotel buffet breakfasts of your life (no eggs on soggy English muffins here). And when you’re done admiring the falls for the day, come back to the hotel to dine out at one of the three signature restaurants. Hilton Honors members can also rack up more points with their hotel stay.
2. Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls
When you’re looking for availability at the Niagara Falls Marriott on the Falls, be sure to request a room with a view of the falls. Because of its unique waterfront location, this hotel offers tons of vantage points for views of the Horseshoe Falls—you’ll find it hard to leave your room!
All the rooms in this hotel have been recently renovated and outfitted with contemporary decor, cozy sitting areas, new TVs, and signature bedding. Two-bedroom suites are also available.
There’s a nice cafe onsite and a Starbucks where you can grab breakfast and coffee each morning before setting out. Outside the hotel you’ll find tons of attractions nearby, like the casino and the SkyWheel.
Don’t forget to become a Marriot Bonvoy member before you set out so that you can collect points and enjoy other perks, like in-app check-in.
3. Sheraton on the Falls
Lay your head on a luxurious bed at the Sheraton on the Falls hotel, easily a top contender for the Niagara Falls hotel with the best view. Located in Fallsview overlooking the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the Horseshoe Falls, this hotel is close enough to feel the mist. Don’t believe me? Have a look at a map!
Over half of the rooms in the Sheraton on the Falls hotel have floor-to-ceiling windows facing the falls. Enjoy a step-out deck and other luxury amenities like a soaker tub or a whirlpool.
This Niagara Falls hotel has a lot going on. With its indoor waterpark, the Sheraton on the Falls is ideal for a family trip. But it’s also attached to the Casino Niagara, which is perfect for anyone who’s here to do more than just admire the falls view.
4. Sheraton Niagara Falls
Not to be confused with the previous hotel, Sheraton Niagara Falls is on the American side. It’s a great option for a Downtown Niagara Falls hotel, and you’ll be less than a 10-minute walk to the falls.
This is the ultimate family hotel: you can book a family suite for up to 9 guests, and the kids will love the Reef Beach Club with it’s large indoor pool and the At The Falls Arcade.
If you’re looking for a more low-key or romantic hotel in Niagara Falls, you can relax in a hot tub, get pampered at the hotel spa, or take advantage of the in-room dining options. Or, you know, you can play Black Jack at the hotel casino.
5. Wyndham Garden at Niagara Falls
The Wyndham Garden is another Niagara Falls hotel on the American side, located next to the Rainbow Bridge to Canada and the Niagara Falls Fallsview district.
You’re guaranteed a few things when you stay with Wyndham hotels: a comfortable bed, lots of extra features (like a fitness center and indoor pool), and a reasonable room price. This hotel is no exception.
When you stay here, you’re close enough to Niagara Falls to have easy access to the state park, Niagara Gorge, and the Maid of the Mist boat tours. The Aquarium of Niagara and the Seneca Niagara Casino are also nearby.
This Niagara Falls hotel is a real deal! Make sure you book well in advance to ensure availability.
6. Sterling Inn Spa
If you’re not interested in chain hotels, Niagara Falls has a handful of boutique hotels like the Sterling Inn Spa in the Clifton Hill District.
You’ll love your plush bed and your large, modern hotel room. But it’s the onsite spa that really shines, as well as its award-winning restaurant. While your hotel room may not have the same epic view as many of the other places on this list, it’s one of the best hotels in Niagara Falls for getting away from the crowds.
Availability can be limited here as there are only 41 rooms, so make your booking early and schedule that massage appointment!
7. Lundy’s Manor
Let’s take a break from our list of best hotels in Niagara Falls and consider living like a local in the Lundy Lane area. This is bright and vibrant vacation home has six whole bedrooms for 12+ guests—it’s perfect for large groups visiting Niagara Falls.
Although it’s about a 25-minute walk to much of the main attractions (you’re not getting a view of Niagara Falls from here!), the features of this home are hard to beat. There’s lots of living space, multiple bathrooms, and the prettiest green garden going. You can’t get that from a hotel room.
After a busy day exploring Niagara Falls, you can come back and relax on your own private patio. We all need peace and quiet, after all.
8. Clifton Hill Condo
Next up in vacation rentals near Clifton, Niagara Falls: this stylish condo. The name says it all. This condo may be basic (although having your own kitchen is a definite plus), but you can’t beat the price and proximity to Niagara Falls. Cozy, clean, and private.
Guests can walk or bus everywhere to the main Niagara Falls attractions, or take advantage of all the dining and bar-hopping options at Clifton Hill.
9. Vittoria Hotel and Suites
When it comes to hotel prices, this Niagara Falls hotel in center city/downtown is incredibly budget-friendly without skimping on luxury.
Each hotel room is decked out in contemporary decor with a wide range of hotel amenities, including free WiFi (a rarity in Niagara Falls), a coffee maker, and a mini-fridge. Some floors have Riverview hotel rooms with a view of the falls. There’s also an indoor pool, hot tub, and fitness center.
When you stay at this hotel in Niagara Falls, you’re also close to the Fallsview Indoor Water Park and the Clifton Hill area. Grab a map, and enjoy the town.
10. Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel
Last but certainly not least, this Niagara Falls hotel is one of the nicest non-chain hotels in the Fallsview/center neighborhood. This hotel blends the historic character of the building with an elegant design that defies its reasonable price point, and it’s located right in the heart of the entertainment area.
Each hotel room comes with antique furnishings, double vanities, and lots of in-room amenities like bathrobes, slippers, high-end bath products, and everything you need to relax and unwind. This hotel (and your oversized bed) will leave you content to just hang out in your room after a long day.
No matter which Niagara Falls hotel you book, prepare to be amazed. Pro-tip: the summer months are incredibly busy, so book as early as you can as availability becomes limited.
It’s not only the falls that have put this place on the map but also all of the perks that come along with being a popular destination. Treat yourself to a nice hotel, and have fun.
As travel today remains uncertain, please keep your safety and the safety of others in mind. If you are comfortable with traveling, please travel responsibly and within regulation as any travel is at your own risk.
If you do decide to travel at this time, here are our recommendations:
- Wear a face mask.
- Bring hand sanitizer and wash your hands on a regular basis.
- Check official websites before your trip for the latest updates on policies, closures and status of local businesses.
- Book a hotel with free cancellation in case you need to change your plans at the last minute.”