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“Not for families” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of HI- Niagara Falls

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HI- Niagara Falls
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Melbourne
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Not for families”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2010

We stayed here in October 2009. Yes, it's taken me a while but I finally remembered to review.

This is not a family place, even though they have a "family room." The family room is a standard bunk set, and a another with double under and single over. There is less than 1 metre at the end of the beds and between as well. Getting 5 people and their luggage in the room was really tough! The beds were foam on those wire and spring bases, incredibly uncomfortable and very saggy.

The family room is right over the front terrace that they show in the pictures, this is where everyone congregates on nice nights to drink, sing and play guitars. About the worst place for a family room as the noise kept us awake until 2am.

We got up and down to the kitchen by 9am to have the free breakfast, most of the food was gone, the kitchen lights wouldn't work and there were no staff around to help.

The recreation room downstairs was well stocked with things to do, but really dirty.

They tried to charge us double what was quoted by email, I had to argue long and hard to get the correct price.

To top it off, this was weekday out of season, and we could have got a room at many of the motels in town for the same or less than we paid. We are not room snobs and have had many pleasant hostelling experiences with our children. This one was definitely the worst ever!

  • Stayed October 2009, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Morelia, Mexico
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2010

The hostel has an excellent staff customer service and location. Many people complains about the 15 minutes walk to the falls, but the scenery its so worth it! You can rent a bike for a day and not just go the falls, but to bike to Niagara on the lake (It takes 2 Hrs. but trust me your eyes will be delighted), you will love it.(There is also buses to go to Niagara on the lake for 15 Dlrs or so and the staff can make a reservation for you, and in the city you would be able to take public transport for $2.75 or a day pass on sale at the reception for $6Dlrs. The hostel also offers wine tours and BBQs in the Afternoons which makes it easier to meet people. Its near from the bus and train station and in the summer if you are coming from Toronto you can ride either for just $15 Dlrs. The rooms are clean and have AC, the kitchen its fantastic. Super secure hostel and great basement with Pool table, Vending Machines and a Huge plasma TV with DVD, they also offer for free great movies in case its a rainy day and tons of table games if you fancy a quiet afternoon. Michael Ale and Olivier are the best hostess you will find very helpful and Joyful. You can find the Liquor store 5 minutes walking and excellent restaurants on Queen Street (Ask for Mide Bistro). Casinos offer great shows at night and a great all you can eat buffet for $20 Dlrs., the Wild Mushroom situated on Victoria is the best place to hang out at night for some cheap and friendly drinks, same recommendation for Taps on Queen Street. and the best attraction is the Maid of the Mist, you will be able to buy your tickets at the Front Desk for $40 or so Dlrs. and it would include 3 more attractions and Transportation (dont forget to ask for it to the staff) $15 Dlrs. for the single trip at the Maid of the Mist. (So i really recommend the Package.)
Ps. Dont forget to buy your Hostelling Membership as well, it will save you tons of money on your trips with greyhound (Specially on those Monthly passes) and accommodation at Hostelling.

  • Stayed June 2010, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2009

for a cheaper option; about 15 mins walk down to Niagara Falls; use kitchen like home; get to know others and have a BBQ; not please with the bed or shower but its okay for 2 nites for the cheapest opiton.

Stayed May 2008, travelled with friends
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Bucks
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2009

Hostel was ok in general, bit run down but you can tell the staff had tried hard. However the kitchen was gross and the complimentary breakfast is worth avoiding. Eat over the road at Dads diner.

  • Stayed September 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank maddie80
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Bahamas
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2009

I liked it I stayed in a room with 4 other girls didn't know any of them, but they were as friendly as the staff. There was a very obnoxious guest when I first arrived and apparently he was rude to alot of the other guest and by evening they had kicked him out. It was a very safe place you needed a key to get in and out of the room and it was really close to the falls. The facilities were clean and I slept comfortably.

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 1world1life
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Additional Information about HI- Niagara Falls

Property: HI- Niagara Falls
Address: 4549 Cataract Ave, Niagara Falls, Ontario L2E 3M2, Canada
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Region: Canada > Ontario > Niagara Falls
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 12 Speciality Lodging in Niagara Falls
Price range (per night): ₹ 1,568 - ₹ 5,342
Hotel Class:2 star — HI- Niagara Falls 2*
Number of rooms: 8
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