Niagara Grandview Manor is the oldest inn in the area. It opened its doors in 1961 but has been revitalized under new ownership and reopened in April 2014. About a 10-15 walk from the falls, this historic inn feels a world away from the bustling downtown area.
What works for families:
Along with standard rooms for double occupancy, the inn offers several family friendly accommodations:
- Roof top family suite that sleeps 8
- Second floor with four rooms (two adjoining) and two bathrooms that can be rented as a unit that accommodates 8 (currently under construction)
- Two storied vacation rental (1000 square feet) next door to the Inn, with four bedrooms, one bathroom, dining room, living room, and full kitchen that sleeps 6-8
- A second vacation rental that is currently under renovations will sleep 6
We were hosted at the vacation rental which was a 2 minute walk from the main building that gave us the privacy and space of a typical house rental with all the comforts of a bed and breakfast.
The original building of the inn is from 1891. A local hotelier and historian, John Pinter who was very familiar with Niagara Grandview Manor, acquired the inn earlier this year. The property was embroiled in a court dispute with the state that kept the inn closed for 5 years.
John’s vision has given the inn room to expand in keeping with its original charm. The restoration to the building is done with preservation of its historic elements such as high ceilings, wooden floor and wood fireplaces, trademarks of colonial era houses. The inn is a wonderful juxtaposition of old and the new with antique furniture and flat screen TVs.
The view from the Inn (especially from the rooftop balcony) of the Niagara gorge is definitely grand as its namesake suggests. The surroundings are serene, a sharp contrast to the loud and kitschy tourist attractions by the falls. You can be assured of a good night’s sleep with no distractions.
Depending on where it is located each room has a different configuration but the amenities are the same. The rooms that we stayed in
the vacation rental had a cozy feeling but sufficient space. The bedding was very comfortable and the staff was very accommodating about extra linen requests. I do wish the master bedroom had
an attached bathroom or at least another one was available in the house.
Free wifi, free parking and a free breakfast, my top three must-haves for any hotel, are included with the room. There is a mini fridge, a safe and a fireplace (gas or wood) in all the rooms at the inn.
Portable cribs and high chairs are expected to be available next year when the restoration is completed.
Each room is decorated with historic photographs of the Niagara Falls from John’s personal collection, which give visitors a glimpse of what life used to be like during the colonial era.
Guests are also welcome to borrow bikes free of charge. A children’s playground is located a few minutes walk from the inn. You can walk, bike and take the stroller to the falls if you don’t want to deal with parking in the busy area.
The made to order breakfast is simply divine. Breakfast starts with a buffet spread of pastries, croissants and fresh fruit. Then a main course chosen from a variety of options such as eggs, crepes or quiche is served. The breakfast order is filled out the night before and
gives you the chance to let Joseph, the resident chef, know about any preferences, allergies or dietary restrictions.
The fruit crepes with its perfect balance of sweetness seem to be a specialty of Joseph’s, so it is a must try. You can have breakfast at the main dining room or dine with a view at the porch.
With an attraction like Niagara Falls and so much to do at Niagara Parks this town is a year around destination. But spring to fall will be the peak, so the room prices will vary accordingly. The standard rooms will be around $160/day and family suites and rental will be around $250/day during the high season.
With John’s plans for a few more additions and restorations at the inn, expect to see even more improvements when the season unfolds next year. Niagara Grandview Manor will be ideal for families looking to explore the falls and experience a bit of old world charm.