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Ramada Plaza Niagara Falls 3.0

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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Pros

  • 10-minute drive to Niagara Falls and Clifton Hill tourist spots
  • Three pools: two indoor and one outdoor
  • Bright fitness center with a variety of equipment
  • Canada One Factory Outlets right across the street
  • Rooms have air-conditioning and flat-screen TVs, some are renovated
  • Breakfast buffet offered daily in high season
  • On-site Don Cherry's Restaurant serves pub fare
  • Ground-floor cafe brew Starbucks coffee
  • Free Wi-Fi

Cons

  • Walls are thin and property can be very noisy
  • Parking subject to daily fee
  • Breakfast is neither free nor offered year-round
  • Wi-Fi is spotty
  • Some rooms are dated and need an overhaul

Bottom Line

The 202-room Ramada Plaza Niagara Falls is a large, mid-range property popular with families (for its indoor and outdoor pools) and partiers (for its proximity to casino-packed Niagara Falls). Situated a 10-minute drive outside of downtown Niagara Falls, some rooms and common areas of this hotel are renovated, while others are in need of a major update. Rooms are equipped with mini-fridges and microwaves but walls are thin and the hotel gets uncomfortably busy and loud during holidays and high season.

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Scene

Busy chain hotel that attracts families and partiers, especially during peak season and holidays

This Ramada is slightly bigger than most in the chain and the hotel is spread across two different wings. One of the wings has been renovated, and the lobby has a newer, contemporary look, with a smattering of original abstract oil paintings on the wall and dark, antique-style armchairs. A large clock behind the reception desk and an extravagant crystal chandelier hovering over the staircase give the space a more upmarket feel than its mid-range rating may suggest. There is a small cafe next to the elevator on the ground floor adjacent to Don Cherry’s Sports Grill, which is a popular dining/drinking spot equipped with several TVs and a pool table. Guests looking for a quiet retreat should look elsewhere though because features like three pools and bargain rates draw large groups, families, and partiers galore, especially during holiday and summer months. 

Location

A 10-minute drive to the falls, Canada One Factory Outlets across the street

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The Ramada Plaza is located on a commercial block off of the main road -- Lundy’s Lane -- that leads into downtown Niagara Falls, Ontario. The Canada One Factory Outlets are directly across the street from the hotel and several restaurants and other shops line each side of the road, which is busy with pedestrians and traffic throughout the day. Downtown Niagara Falls, and the falls themselves, is a 10-minute drive accessible, where many of the town's main attractions reside, including Clifton Hill, Bird Kingdom, and the casinos that give this town its Vegas-like reputation. The charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and its surrounding vineyards are accessible by car in 25 minutes. Buffalo Niagara International Airport is a 41-minute drive away and Toronto Pearson International Airport is an hour-and-10-minute drive away.

Rooms

Some modern rooms, but many are in need an overhaul

There is a wide disparity in room quality at this hotel, and the rooms in one of the two buildings are much fresher than the others. Our Deluxe Room was modern and simple, with an attractive patterned carpet, brown duvets with bright yellow-and-orange bed runners that matched the yellow accent wall, a contemporary seating area, and modern dark furniture (including stylish headboards). However, there are rooms here that need lots of upkeep, and details like missing remote control backs and wear-and-tear are underwhelming. Additionally, the family-meets-party vibe of the hotel is a problem given its extremely thin walls. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, alarm clocks, mini-fridges, microwaves, coffeemakers with free coffee, desks, and air-conditioning. The hotel also has much larger suites with extra sitting areas and sofa beds, and some rooms have hot tubs or balconies. Bathrooms are spacious and modern, with white tiles, dark wood vanities, and contemporary fixtures, though we did notice dirty grout in the large walk-in shower, but again, quality varies from room to room.

Features

Three pools, nice sports bar, but paid parking and hidden fees

This hotel has many three-pearl features, though some go slightly above mid-range standards, particularly the on-site pools -- one saltwater and one fresh water indoor pool and one outdoor pool -- all of which are popular families with kids. There is a well-equipped gym with lots of natural light as well as meeting rooms and banquet areas that can accommodate up to 300 guests. Wi-Fi is free in rooms and throughout the hotel, although it can be unreliable in places, and the hotel has a small gift shop. Don Cherry’s Sports Grill serves a buffet breakfast every day during the summer, and also serves decent pub fare for lunch and dinner. An on-site coffee shop serves Starbucks coffee in the lobby for guests needing a morning pick-me-up after a night at the Niagara Falls casinos. The hotel has ample outdoor parking, but it is subject to a nightly fee, and several guests have reported a host of other fees being tacked onto their bill at check-out.

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Address

7389 Lundy's Lane, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2H 2W9, Canada

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