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Title: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on July 18, 2009, 11:28:26 PM
hi guys,
 Can I hear sugestions which Sheraton property is better in Niagara?
 Which one has the nicer view?
 Minyanim in Niagara in August?
 Where to obtain Canadian dollars at a good rate?
 Any other good suggestions?
 Any suggestions or advice about taking a newborn?

 Tons of feedback would be much appreciated!!!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: kishke on July 19, 2009, 01:58:46 AM
Any suggestions or advice about taking a newborn?
take plenty warm clothing and enough pampers and food for the baby.

which Sheraton property is better in Niagara?
well the sheraton fallsview is nicer and cheaper

Which one has the nicer view?
if you want to get close view of the falls go there, from your hotel room you can only see it in the far distance, or the lights. it is pretty far.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on July 21, 2009, 02:27:03 AM
thanks kishke,
 Now can someone please give me helpful advice for niagara???
 Where's a good place to get Canadian dollars?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on July 28, 2009, 11:48:59 PM
For Miyanim check out chabad, they have alot going on during the tourist season... http://www.JewishNiagara.com

I went last year with a newborn and took him on maid of the mist... Pretty cool place to go on vacation!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yid on July 29, 2009, 10:44:10 AM
you can always exchange money at the casino and get a good rate.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on July 29, 2009, 04:54:02 PM
Here is the kosher restaurant: http://www.niagarakosher.com/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on January 17, 2010, 09:41:15 PM
Does anyone know of a bus/shuttle or train that goes from yyz too Niagara falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: rm on January 17, 2010, 09:54:38 PM
Can I cum to?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 18, 2010, 05:02:08 AM
Does anyone know of a bus/shuttle or train that goes from yyz too Niagara falls?

http://www.niagaraairbus.com/

GIYF
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on January 18, 2010, 08:37:37 PM
You should probably fly to Buffalo (if you have a choice)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on February 09, 2010, 11:27:01 PM
I will be going from NYC to Niagara Falls in six weeks. Anyone have suggestions for things to do while there, and any places worth stopping at on the way from NY?

Also looking for suggestions on which Starwood hotels to use and where to change money.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on February 09, 2010, 11:40:22 PM
I will be going from NYC to Niagara Falls in six weeks. Anyone have suggestions for things to do while there, and any places worth stopping at on the way from NY?

Also looking for suggestions on which Starwood hotels to use and where to change money

Thanks.

Sheraton on the Falls kicks the Sheraton Fallsview's location 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on February 10, 2010, 02:15:57 PM
Sheraton on the Falls kicks the Sheraton Fallsview's location  

I noticed they're the cheapest too.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on February 10, 2010, 03:13:41 PM
The thing is that I don't know which attractions are open at this time of year. Don't know if the people-moves buses are in operation, at this time. But during the summer the Sheraton on the falls is one block from those buses, as well as the Maid of the Mist. Don't mkow if there is minyan or kosher now
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on February 10, 2010, 03:28:28 PM
The thing is that I don't know which attractions are open at this time of year. Don't know if the people-moves buses are in operation, at this time. But during the summer the Sheraton on the falls is one block from those buses, as well as the Maid of the Mist. Don't mkow if there is minyan or kosher now

I don't need the bus as I'm driving. Or is this some special tour bus? So Maid of the Mist is one block from the hotel? Great. Where can I find out which attractions are open? Any attractions not to miss? I will only be there for a day or two.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on February 10, 2010, 03:30:15 PM
I don't need the bus as I'm driving. So Maid of the Mist is one block from the hotel? Great. Where can I find out which attractions are open? Any attractions not to miss? I will only be there for a day or two.

Thanks.

I'm clueless in the winter. Maybe someone else here can help
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yossik on February 10, 2010, 05:54:46 PM
The journey behind the falls is open throughout the winter.  Depending on the coldness how much you can see as it ices up.  There is a butterfly conservatory that I heard is nice, especially with kids.  The Sheraton on the falls is connected to an indoor casino, water-park, hard rock cafe and some other things.  There is an imax.  Be prepared for EXTREMELY cold weather.  Also there's the ripleys and haunted house.  Most water attractions are closed that time of year.  You can always check out www.tripadvisor.com or www.thingstodo.com

Enjoy
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on February 10, 2010, 11:57:23 PM
Be prepared for EXTREMELY cold weather.


I'm going about a week and a half before Pesach. How cold is it then?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yossik on February 11, 2010, 07:01:32 PM
VERY cold!!! ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: whYME on February 20, 2010, 11:26:53 PM
I'm not sure if they'll be open this time of year, but in my opinion, if you're only going to do one "attraction" at Niagra falls make it the cave of the winds tour on goat island.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yada on March 06, 2010, 10:20:02 PM
I've been there in the dead of winter!  It is beautiful and totally worth the cold!  Seeing it without the crowds is amazing, and the water is ferocious.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on March 07, 2010, 03:48:00 AM
Was just there it is very cold,the journey behind the falls I dont think i would pay again in the winter too see... it was not really worth it, but it was amazing and beautiful there.!!!!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 02, 2010, 07:38:20 PM
 In NF I stayed at SOTF (Sheraton on the Falls) as a Plat got a very nice UP to a great Falls view room.

Now they do charge for parking which is in the lot that is used for the Casino as well as mall thats attched.

 All you need to do is park and then walk over to the Casino and sign up for their Players card (each driver if more then 1 car). and use that Players card when leaving and no charge for parking!

 but when U 1st get there pull up by the Hotels entrance and unload your bags as its a little bit of a walk from the parking garage to teh Hotel.Theres also a few spaces where you can leave the car while checking in and bringing the bags up to the room

PASSPORTS are best to have with you, also since you wont have anything to show you are going for a Bris go to www.mapquest.com and print up the directions there and back, otherwsie NF,USA might be the closest youd get to the Bris, also print out copies of all your Hotel reservations
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 02, 2010, 07:43:03 PM
thanks, i am only spg gold, but i will prob email the GM to see what he can offer me.  There is a new four points that i was wondering about as well (used to be the renaissance)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 02, 2010, 07:50:46 PM
thanks, i am only spg gold, but i will prob email the GM to see what he can offer me.  There is a new four points that i was wondering about as well (used to be the renaissance)


Might not be bad to stop in BUF to get some eats either

 I just saw that the 4P has some really cheap rates 1/2 that of the other Sheratons, sorry cant help you with getting out of the parking at the others.

 I wouldnt blow any pts when the rate is 73 CAD @ the 4P
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 02, 2010, 08:15:33 PM
thanks, i am only spg gold, but i will prob email the GM to see what he can offer me.  There is a new four points that i was wondering about as well (used to be the renaissance)


Might not be bad to stop in BUF to get some eats either

 I just saw that the 4P has some really cheap rates 1/2 that of the other Sheratons, sorry cant help you with getting out of the parking at the others.

 I wouldnt blow any pts when the rate is 73 CAD @ the 4P
PM me and I can book you using my Plat account and you'll get an upgrade and free wi-fi.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on June 02, 2010, 09:31:02 PM
I don't know about the Four Points, but you definitely should go with the Sheraton on the Falls over the Sheraton Fallsview.
 On second thought, I second Steve2, and think that for $82.47 CAD, you gotta go with the Four Points, and let us know how it was.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 02, 2010, 10:07:43 PM
PM me and I can book you using my Plat account and you'll get an upgrade and free wi-fi.


 the OP posted they were Gold doesnt a Gold get an Upgrade if available?. As for free WiFi  something tells me traveling with a family and being in NF they arent going to be spending too much time in their rooms
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 02, 2010, 10:19:58 PM
Doesnt a Gold get an Upgrade if available?
Lol, good one!
Never got a single upgrade as a SPG Gold and I'm batting 1.000 for suite upgrades as a Plat.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 02, 2010, 11:05:21 PM
 for others who maybe passing thru BUF heres a list of Kosher places: http://www.yibuffalo.org/food.htm

 alot of these arent on shamash.com
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 03, 2010, 02:09:19 AM
I don't know about the Four Points, but you definitely should go with the Sheraton on the Falls over the Sheraton Fallsview.
 On second thought, I second Steve2, and think that for $82.47 CAD, you gotta go with the Four Points, and let us know how it was.
why would you recommend it over fallsview?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on June 03, 2010, 02:20:38 AM
why would you recommend it over fallsview?

 Last summer I stayed in a beautiful corner presidental suite at the Sheraton on the falls and also had them show me a number of rooms and suites with a fallsview, and when I asked for a tour of multiple rooms at the Fallsview, their views were not the same.
 Also, the Sheraton on the falls is a more central location, and walking down the block gets you right to the Maid of the Mist boat ride, as well as a stop on the people mover buses.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 03, 2010, 10:27:55 AM
why would you recommend it over fallsview?

 since the 4P is 1/3 the $$

 Now if a person will feel they will stand at the window looking at the Falls for hours on end then I could see spending the extra $$, but they would need to keep some of it to pay the shrink as well

 when I stayed at the SOTF it was the cheapest $$wise and they UPed me to a very nice Falls view room which I took a few pics of and then changed and headed to Toronto where I had a wedding to attend.Looked again for a couple of mins before leaving in the morn, it was nice but IMO not worth paying any extra for. BTW theres a restaurant on a high floor that would have given me the same view and pic opportunity
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 03, 2010, 10:41:16 AM
last time i was in niagara i stayed at the embassy suites and we had an unbelievable view.  For us it was worth it to do one time.  I would not necessarily do it again. 

This time around i really want to minimize my out of pocket costs so i may end up using points - even though they are worth alot more on paper, ultimately i will end up with free rooms and its not like i am using the points for anything else right now.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 03, 2010, 10:47:56 AM
last time i was in niagara i stayed at the embassy suites and we had an unbelievable view.  For us it was worth it to do one time.  I would not necessarily do it again. 

This time around i really want to minimize my out of pocket costs so i may end up using points - even though they are worth alot more on paper, ultimately i will end up with free rooms and its not like i am using the points for anything else right now.

 then why not Priceline the rooms? and take whatever you get if it doesnt matter, just do yur homework 1st on www.betterbidding.com & www.biddingfortravel.com so you know what others won bids for so that you dont over pay

 SPG pts are worth to much IMO to blow if you can get PL and the actual Hotel doesnt matter
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 03, 2010, 05:14:50 PM
last time i was in niagara i stayed at the embassy suites and we had an unbelievable view.  For us it was worth it to do one time.  I would not necessarily do it again. 

This time around i really want to minimize my out of pocket costs so i may end up using points - even though they are worth alot more on paper, ultimately i will end up with free rooms and its not like i am using the points for anything else right now.
ill send you the cash for your points so not only will you not have out of pocket expenss, youl have extra money in your pocket
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: youG on June 03, 2010, 05:58:31 PM
I'm also planning on nf in the summer I'm wondering about hotels and I currebtlh don't have any starwood points. Any ideas?
Secondly if your in thornhill why not eat in miami grill! Or if you want a cheaper place with amazing wings and subs try joeboo cookoo really good!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 03, 2010, 07:51:30 PM
i once got sheraton fallsview with priceline for around 90 all in
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on June 04, 2010, 12:02:13 PM
The 4 points on the US side of the falls is one of the worst Starwoods i've ever been to (aside from 4 points in Miami). The Rooms were dingy and disgusting. There used to be a decent 4 Points on the Canadian side but it does not exist anymore. Sheraton by the Falls is a much newer and nice hotel then the Fallsview.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 04, 2010, 12:20:25 PM
The 4 points on the US side of the falls is one of the worst Starwoods i've ever been to (aside from 4 points in Miami). The Rooms were dingy and disgusting. There used to be a decent 4 Points on the Canadian side but it does not exist anymore. Sheraton by the Falls is a much newer and nice hotel then the Fallsview.

 FYI the 4P we are talking about is on the Canadian side and is new to *W, as reported by any member it was previously The Renassiance Hotel (Marriott prop).

 I just dont want anyone to KO it thinking its the same 4P as you were telling us about its Not
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: rg on June 06, 2010, 09:16:26 PM
Hi,
I'm new to Dansdeals and I am looking to go with my family (6 kids ages 1 to 16) in July for a couple of days to Niagara falls and the following week to Washington. (Maybe Lancaster after that.)
Any ideas for cheap lodging and what to see, where to eat?
We want to keep it as budgetfriendly as possible.
We don't have miles or pointsbesides Thank you points of our mastercard.
Any help would really be appreciated.
p.s. We need a daily minyan
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on June 07, 2010, 12:01:30 AM
Please supply approx dates. Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: jack on June 07, 2010, 12:05:15 AM
godaven.com should be able to help you with all your minyan needs.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: rg on June 07, 2010, 10:18:23 PM
thanks for the replies
we are thinking the first 2 weeks in July or the last week in June
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on June 08, 2010, 09:54:59 AM
Hi rg,

Check out these threads where Niagara tips have been discussed.

http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1745.0 (http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1745.0)

http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1077.0 (http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1077.0)

http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2380.0 (http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=2380.0)

Good luck with the trip and please post back on your trip experience.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: rg on June 08, 2010, 11:53:39 AM
Thanks avid reader but i'm getting this message when trying to open all 3 links   

An Error Has Occurred!
The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you.


How can I open them?
thanks for your help

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 08, 2010, 01:12:10 PM
Thanks avid reader but i'm getting this message when trying to open all 3 links   

An Error Has Occurred!
The topic or board you are looking for appears to be either missing or off limits to you.


How can I open them?
thanks for your help


That would be because I just merged all of those threads into this new one giant master thread.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 09, 2010, 09:39:14 AM
update to our trip

We decided not to stay at the 4points in Niagara (Canada).  Logistics, timing and the fact that Sheraton on the Falls was available for $107 all played into our decision.  They upgraded our rooms to premium fallsview rooms on the 17th floor. These were NOT the corner suites but they were very nice rooms and both falls were visible including the fireworks.  The view of the American Falls was perfect, Canadian Horseshow fools were obviously more distant and also you needed to stand right at the window to see them.

Room, beds and overall hotel was very comfortable.  Soda machines take coins only so i was a bit thirsty at night!  There is a kosher hot dog ($4.75) and falafel($9.00) stand around the corner at the entrance of the Maid of the Mist which we did not try (also had french fries i don't remember the price - prob around $5), i believe the hashgocha is from a Rav in Buffalo.

We got into to Niagara around 9:20 sunday night.  Checked in and settled by 10PM in time to watch the fireworks from our rooms.  Ate some sandwiches and then went outside to take a stroll along the canadian side. 

Location was perfect for us as, the rainbow bridge is right across the street.  In the morning we walked across the bridge for 50 cents (need your passports for anyone over 16, kids can use birth certificates).  The view from the bridge are stunning and also different from the usual walk along the Canadian side.  You can get fantastic photos with both falls and the Maid of the Mist boats all without even trying!

We took the trolley in Goat Island ($2 for 13 and up; $1 for 6-12, good for all day) to Cave of the Winds, and also to the views overlooking the bridal falls and American falls.) Kids loved it - i still think this is the best way to take in the falls.

Walked backed to Canada (no charge!) and ate lunch in room overlooking the falls.  Kids went to Maid of the Mist while i packed the car.  Left car with valeta and took everyone to a couple of things in Clifton Hill, ended the trip with a ride on the Skywheel for everyone except two of us who were too scared of heights!


Then it was on to Toronto.  We stayed in the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North using cash and points.  They upgraded a couple of our rooms to kings suites, which were nice.  Overall the hotel was very comfortable and i would definitely stay there again.  We ate supper in Miami Grill - all 13 of us enjoyed the tasty food and the superb service.  We did not do anything else in Toronto as we had the Bris in the morning and then we had to drive all the way back to NYC.

Feels like we were away for a week, can't believe it was only two days!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 09, 2010, 10:35:03 AM
 glad it worked out for you and what happened I thought you would have been with us by BZGs , but then you werent there for Mincha on Shabbos either at the reg shul
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 09, 2010, 02:48:40 PM
no poker?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on June 09, 2010, 03:23:08 PM
no poker?

 obivously you dont know aarony
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aarony on June 09, 2010, 11:17:52 PM
thanks Steve, this was a family trip and i don't believe they allow kids into the casino....

i did think that we packed it in for the 17 hours we spent in Niagara, let's just say - poker was not on the table!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2010, 02:31:09 PM
Just spent a couple of days in Niagara and had a great time. Got great advice from a park ranger-instead of spending the $10 on parking at the falls, park by the gorge discovery center for free and take the shuttle (which you will probably by tickets for anyway although not really necessary) to the falls area.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on July 14, 2010, 08:56:43 PM
any one has any experience with the hilton
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on July 14, 2010, 11:35:47 PM
any one has a way of getting the hilton for cheaper coupons,discountcodes etc...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 27, 2010, 08:06:49 PM
hi i am planing to visit niagara falls this coming sounday for 3 night i have starwood points whats the best rate i can get using by points  i wont to stay at the sharton on the falls ? and is it worse to go with a 3 year old girl ? and is it worthe using you points to rent a car ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on July 27, 2010, 08:12:15 PM
hi i am planing to visit niagara falls this coming sounday for 3 night i have starwood points whats the best rate i can get using by points  i wont to stay at the sharton on the falls ? and is it worse to go with a 3 year old girl ? and is it worthe using you points to rent a car ?

best option is cash and point . use it for rental
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: steve2 on July 27, 2010, 08:18:35 PM
hi i am planing to visit niagara falls this coming sounday for 3 night i have starwood points whats the best rate i can get using by points  i wont to stay at the sharton on the falls ? and is it worse to go with a 3 year old girl ? and is it worthe using you points to rent a car ?

 1stly can U PLEASE do me a tremendous favor and join Flyertalk

 as for hotels the best SOTF (Shearton on the Falls isnt availble for pts) that leaves eitehr the 4 Points Cat 3 7k in pts no C&P, or The Shearton Fallsview Cat4 10k also no C&P available) (now I put in for all 3 days could be it might eb avaialble for 1 or 2 of thsoe days but I figured you wouldnt want to be playing Switch the Hotels witha 3yr old in tow so I didnt check on a per night basis)

 with the 4P costing $167 US all in I would go for a pts stay, you should also check some of the PriceLine bidding info sites to see what if any PL bids are running

 never used my SPG pts for a car doubt I ever would either
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 27, 2010, 08:20:26 PM
1stly can U PLEASE do me a tremendous favor and join Flyertalk

 as for hotels the best SOTF (Shearton on the Falls isnt availble for pts) that leaves eitehr the 4 Points Cat 3 7k in pts no C&P, or The Shearton Fallsview Cat4 10k also no C&P available) (now I put in for all 3 days could be it might eb avaialble for 1 or 2 of thsoe days but I figured you wouldnt want to be playing Switch the Hotels witha 3yr old in tow so I didnt check on a per night basis)

 with the 4P costing $167 US all in I would go for a pts stay, you should also check some of the PriceLine bidding info sites to see what if any PL bids are running

 never used my SPG pts for a car doubt I ever would either
Call up SPG and the hotel directly for cash and points availability.
SPG.com simply isn't accurate.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 27, 2010, 08:38:08 PM
ok thanks for all you replying . i just called spg they offered me for 10k points they have it for the 3 nights i was looking for with the falls view room . should i take it ? and whats better if i do cash with points ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 27, 2010, 08:39:45 PM
ok thanks for all you replying . i just called spg they offered me for 10k points they have it for the 3 nights i was looking for with the falls view room . should i take it ? and whats better if i do cash with points ?
Cash and points is better if available.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 27, 2010, 08:42:43 PM
how should i do it what should i ask them ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Monsey on July 28, 2010, 02:52:44 AM
how should i do it what should i ask them ?
just call them and ask if cash and points is available. I was there a year ago and pricelined a 4* for 100 and i won the double tree and was very happy
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on August 10, 2010, 06:48:35 PM
small niagara trip report: stayed in the hilton got upgraded to a canadian and american falls view room its really worth to pay a little more to have a room overlooking the canadian falls as the american are not so nice its a beautiful hotel right next door to the four points sheraton where the minyan and  kosher meaty restaurant is parking is 20$ BUT FOUND HALF A BLOCK AWAY FOR 2$ maid of the mist is a most do, pizza store (clifton hill area) not bad they charge 3.75$ a slice 7.95 a falafel but great to have fresh kosher food there on the way out (duty free) got 2 1 liter glenvilet for 61 us $ payed cash as they where giving 1.05 canadian for 1 us $

NEVER LEAVE CANADA AT 11AM ITS HOTEL CHECK OUT TIME THE BORDER HAS EXTREMELY HEAVY TRAFFIC
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 09, 2010, 03:47:39 PM
Thinking of 3-4 days with kids to Niagara. Any suggestions on kosher resteraunts in area? Any suggestions on a hotel with some sort of kitchenette or do I bring a cooler with food and set up shop at the Sheraton?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 09, 2010, 03:54:08 PM
Thinking of 3-4 days with kids to Niagara. Any suggestions on kosher resteraunts in area? Any suggestions on a hotel with some sort of kitchenette or do I bring a cooler with food and set up shop at the Sheraton?
3-4 days? In the winter?
You'll be bored to pieces!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: kivabb on December 09, 2010, 04:08:54 PM
Summer. Wife having baby in August and kids will be devastated if I don't take them somewhere.

Will by myself and 5 kids in August. Just planning ahead and see if it's a lemaysa option.

Have SPG points but the idea of eating out 2 meals a day could be a pressure and expensive.

Driving from NJ so 1.5 days will be travelling out of the 4.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on December 15, 2010, 08:22:43 PM
http://www.vosizneias.com/71212/2010/12/15/niagara-falls-ny-newly-discovered-photos-show-the-moment-the-iconic-waterfall-came-to-a-standstill
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Avid Reader on February 01, 2012, 05:29:07 AM
It's been discussed earlier in this thread. Seek and you shall find.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 01, 2012, 05:49:51 AM
There's lots to do. Not sure what type you looking for. Keep in mind around this time of the year there could be lots of snow.
mistake. there is absolutely not lots to do
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 06, 2012, 11:43:47 AM
anyone know if there will be a minyan at niagara for chol hamoad pesach
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on April 06, 2012, 12:06:04 PM
anyone know if there will be a minyan at niagara for chol hamoad pesach
There is a pesach hotel not too far at White Oaks Hotel
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 06, 2012, 03:16:04 PM
you are sure about this? do u have a phone # for the program so i can call about minyanim
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: RJ898 on April 10, 2012, 03:59:17 PM
Im going to Niagara Falls (Canadian side) and have more then enough SPG and UR points to stay anywhere (plus about 50,000 MR). What's my best option?

thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 10, 2012, 09:01:00 PM
i just did hilton $119 and got upgraded with gold to the best suite in the house 2br, 2 bathrooms,living room,dr, porch, fantastic view of the falls
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on April 11, 2012, 02:43:01 AM
i just did hilton $119 and got upgraded with gold to the best suite in the house 2br, 2 bathrooms,living room,dr, porch, fantastic view of the falls
Just for being gold?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 11, 2012, 09:12:32 AM
yup
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on April 11, 2012, 10:57:51 AM
Gotta love the visa signature promo
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 11, 2012, 11:40:37 AM
oh yah ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on April 11, 2012, 12:32:54 PM
i just did hilton $119 and got upgraded with gold to the best suite in the house 2br, 2 bathrooms,living room,dr, porch, fantastic view of the falls
which room did you upgrade from? they didnt do that for me a few months ago
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on April 11, 2012, 04:29:22 PM
I would like to go to niagra falls after pesach with a few friends first of all were to stay should i stay in the embassy suites which i payed on groupon $109 total after tax $126.44 (THANKS DAN) the room is 2 QUEEN FALLSVIEW 2-ROOM SUITE WITH BREAKFAST and plus -$40 CAN voucher to The Keg Steakhouse & Bar-$50 CAN voucher to Seneca Casino in New York (must cross border)
-Two shuttle passes to Niagara Falls-Daily buffet breakfast or im a gold member spg or i can find somebody with a platnum spg and stay at the sherton and hopefully get a upgrade?

also how is the kosher stuff opened yet?

is it to cold to go now?
anything on the way to see?
Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 11, 2012, 11:41:32 PM
I would like to go to niagra falls after pesach with a few friends first of all were to stay should i stay in the embassy suites which i payed on groupon $109 total after tax $126.44 (THANKS DAN) the room is 2 QUEEN FALLSVIEW 2-ROOM SUITE WITH BREAKFAST and plus -$40 CAN voucher to The Keg Steakhouse & Bar-$50 CAN voucher to Seneca Casino in New York (must cross border)
-Two shuttle passes to Niagara Falls-Daily buffet breakfast ----Answer: just take the embassy suites its reaaly nice

or im a gold member spg or i can find somebody with a platnum spg and stay at the sherton and hopefully get a upgrade?

also how is the kosher stuff opened yet? nope not till the summer

is it to cold to go now? yah u may wanna wait a little
anything on the way to see? like what?
Thanks no problem


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Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 11, 2012, 11:43:48 PM
which room did you upgrade from? they didnt do that for me a few months ago

what room did they give you?what floor? i got 43 floor premium family 2br suite with l/r, d/r, 2br, 2 bath, fireplace, Jacuzzi, really amazing!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dealvr on April 12, 2012, 03:17:29 AM
How many people were you?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 12, 2012, 07:46:05 AM
3 ;D
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 12, 2012, 07:46:30 AM
easilycan fit 6 probably 8
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on April 12, 2012, 10:58:52 AM
what room did they give you?what floor? i got 43 floor premium family 2br suite with l/r, d/r, 2br, 2 bath, fireplace, Jacuzzi, really amazing!
They gave me in the north tower I think 27th floor they said they can only upgrade from a city view to fallsview
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on April 12, 2012, 11:00:17 AM
well i have a contact now there so if anyone is planning on staying there pm me and i may be able to help you out
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on April 12, 2012, 05:21:33 PM
does anybody know about the duty free how many cartons may I buy also is there any way of getting around it maybe with two recipts and showing border one of them? Also any were on the way to niagra to see?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Saver2000 on April 12, 2012, 05:35:52 PM
does anybody know about the duty free how many cartons may I buy also is there any way of getting around it maybe with two recipts and showing border one of them?   Also any were on the way to niagra to see?

I think its one per person. When you buy it, the cashier puts your name in the computer.  The bordet patrol has access to the system and can check what/how much stuff you bought.

I don't know if they check the computer every time but if your with a car full of bochurim - the first thing they ask you is how much cigarettes and alcohol you have with you.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on April 16, 2012, 02:51:09 AM
I planed my trip to niagara to stay at the embasey suites on canadain side I got here a night early so I'm staying at the four points by sheraton on the niagara river for 4,000 points a cat 2 hotel I got upgaraded to the suite on the top floor and standard with spg gold 3pm check out the hotel is brand new it was a old hotel and in may they took it over they did a nice job on it. The suite is a decent regular room with a kitchenette and a fridge freezer nothing special at all it's comparable to the deluxe room at the Sheraton Philly downtown the bathroom is large with a jacuzzi. But the jacuzzi is broken I will speak to hotel staff tommorw. Nice view of niagara river from hotel room.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on April 17, 2012, 12:54:09 AM
I planed my trip to niagara to stay at the embasey suites on canadain side I got here a night early so I'm staying at the four points by sheraton on the niagara river for 4,000 points a cat 2 hotel I got upgaraded to the suite on the top floor and standard with spg gold 3pm check out the hotel is brand new it was a old hotel and in may they took it over they did a nice job on it. The suite is a decent regular room with a kitchenette and a fridge freezer nothing special at all it's comparable to the deluxe room at the Sheraton Philly downtown the bathroom is large with a jacuzzi. But the jacuzzi is broken I will speak to hotel staff tommorw. Nice view of niagara river from hotel room.
I spoke to the hotel staff they refunded me 2,000 points for the broken jacuzzi and also the toilet was a little broken took time to flush so all in all I got a upgrade to a suite the suite had no jacuzzi so I got it for 2k points plus remember u get a option for a free drink or wifi or 250 star points if ur a spg gold and the hotel has free wifi so I got the points so grand total for the room was 1750 for a suite nice!!!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on April 18, 2012, 12:11:57 AM
usaully when ur a spg gold member and u stay in a hotel u get 3 offers at check in either free wifi or drink or free 250 starpoints i choosed starpoints becuase my hotel gives free wifi anyways and had no bar but i see on my acc that i only got 125 not 250 does anybody know why? it was a four points cat 2
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on April 19, 2012, 02:39:15 AM
usaully when ur a spg gold member and u stay in a hotel u get 3 offers at check in either free wifi or drink or free 250 starpoints i choosed starpoints becuase my hotel gives free wifi anyways and had no bar but i see on my acc that i only got 125 not 250 does anybody know why? it was a four points cat 2
Because at four points, aloft ect, you only get 125, as per my conversation with an spg rep today
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on April 19, 2012, 12:37:00 PM
Because at four points, aloft ect, you only get 125, as per my conversation with an spg rep today
Yup, Plats also only get half the amenity there (250 instead of 500).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shmiel on April 20, 2012, 05:18:38 PM
I think its one per person. When you buy it, the cashier puts your name in the computer.  The bordet patrol has access to the system and can check what/how much stuff you bought.

I don't know if they check the computer every time but if your with a car full of bochurim - the first thing they ask you is how much cigarettes and alcohol you have with you.
Are you sure of this information?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Saver2000 on April 20, 2012, 05:43:43 PM
Are you sure of this information?

Which part?

IME experience they asked for name when buying stuff at duty free.  My assumption (and I believe I was told so, but I can't remember by who), that the reason they ask your name is so border control can check your what you purchased if they'd like.

I was in a car full of bochurim more than once, the first question they asked was 'how much alcohol and cigs. (Granted one of the times we told we were on the way to a wedding).

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on April 21, 2012, 10:02:47 PM
Which part?

IME experience they asked for name when buying stuff at duty free.  My assumption (and I believe I was told so, but I can't remember by who), that the reason they ask your name is so border control can check your what you purchased if they'd like.

I was in a car full of bochurim more than once, the first question they asked was 'how much alcohol and cigs. (Granted one of the times we told we were on the way to a wedding).
IME you are right.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 02:49:16 PM
http://www.embassysuitesniagara.com/loyaltymailer.html
Offer ends in 48 hours! Stay & Play from $115 in a Fallsview 2 Room Suite!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 03:27:02 PM
What
I spoke to the hotel staff they refunded me 2,000 points for the broken jacuzzi and also the toilet was a little broken took time to flush so all in all I got a upgrade to a suite the suite had no jacuzzi so I got it for 2k points plus remember u get a option for a free drink or wifi or 250 star points if ur a spg gold and the hotel has free wifi so I got the points so grand total for the room was 1750 for a suite nice!!!

Which Four points did you stay at as a Cat 2? I am looking at the Canadian Four Points and it is a Cat 3....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 03:30:11 PM
What
Which Four points did you stay at as a Cat 2? I am looking at the Canadian Four Points and it is a Cat 3....

never mind, you must have been referring to the Four Points on the NY side... If so, how was the view? Was it worth staying there (and getting upgraded if Gold spg), rather than doing the Embassy Suites for $115?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 03:32:04 PM
I would like to go to niagra falls after pesach with a few friends first of all were to stay should i stay in the embassy suites which i payed on groupon $109 total after tax $126.44 (THANKS DAN) the room is 2 QUEEN FALLSVIEW 2-ROOM SUITE WITH BREAKFAST and plus -$40 CAN voucher to The Keg Steakhouse & Bar-$50 CAN voucher to Seneca Casino in New York (must cross border)
-Two shuttle passes to Niagara Falls-Daily buffet breakfast or im a gold member spg or i can find somebody with a platnum spg and stay at the sherton and hopefully get a upgrade?

also how is the kosher stuff opened yet?

is it to cold to go now?
anything on the way to see?
Thanks


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Where is the Kosher restaurant? Is it open in May?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on May 07, 2012, 03:35:59 PM

Where is the Kosher restaurant? Is it open in May?

Niagara Kosher Pizza    OPENING MAY 19, 2012
Location: 4400 Queen Street, Unit 7, Niagara Falls Ė Canada. 5 minute from the Falls.
Parking: There is plenty of metered parking along the street. FREE on Sunday and daily after 5pm. 
Contact Info 289.296.4000  |  Info@NiagaraKosherPizza.com
More info at www.NiagaraKosherPizza.com


Mendel's Kosher Niagara  OPENING JULY 1, 2012
Location: Mendlís has relocated to the Grand Ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, located at 6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls Ė Canada.
Direction: Upon entering the hotel, take the stairwell or the elevator down to the Meeting Level (ML). Mendlís is directly across the stairwell and elevator.
Parking: If you are not staying at this hotel, it is recommended that you walk to Mendlís. Valet parking at the hotel is $20, with NO exceptions. Hotel Management has gone to great lengths to accommodate us, especially during the peak season. Please respect the hotel staff, and avoid any chilul-hashem.

Please note that the Mendlís operates separately from the hotel, and therefore all matters in regards to Kosher food must be directed to Mendlís only and NOT to the hotel. Likewise, hotel reservations must be booked directly through the hotel Ė Mendlís and Chabad do NOT have any special rate with the hotel, nor do we handle hotel reservations.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 03:38:23 PM
Niagara Kosher Pizza    OPENING MAY 19, 2012
Location: 4400 Queen Street, Unit 7, Niagara Falls Ė Canada. 5 minute from the Falls.
Parking: There is plenty of metered parking along the street. FREE on Sunday and daily after 5pm. 
Contact Info 289.296.4000  |  Info@NiagaraKosherPizza.com
More info at www.NiagaraKosherPizza.com


Mendel's Kosher Niagara  OPENING JULY 1, 2012
Location: Mendlís has relocated to the Grand Ballroom at the Four Points Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, located at 6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls Ė Canada.
Direction: Upon entering the hotel, take the stairwell or the elevator down to the Meeting Level (ML). Mendlís is directly across the stairwell and elevator.
Parking: If you are not staying at this hotel, it is recommended that you walk to Mendlís. Valet parking at the hotel is $20, with NO exceptions. Hotel Management has gone to great lengths to accommodate us, especially during the peak season. Please respect the hotel staff, and avoid any chilul-hashem.

Please note that the Mendlís operates separately from the hotel, and therefore all matters in regards to Kosher food must be directed to Mendlís only and NOT to the hotel. Likewise, hotel reservations must be booked directly through the hotel Ė Mendlís and Chabad do NOT have any special rate with the hotel, nor do we handle hotel reservations.


Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 03:45:28 PM
What do you guys think? How do the following compare? I am looking to stay at the falls for 1 night:

Embassy Suites: $115 - 1 1/2 BR suite - no jacuzzi - Canadian Falls View

Four Points - Canadian - Cat 3 - 7000 Points / 2,800+$45 / $120 City View (hopefully SPG Gold upgraded to sweet suite with falls view)

Four Points - US - Cat 2  - 4,000 Points / $125 City View (hopefully SPG Gold upgraded to sweet suite with crappy river view)



Which one would you choose and why?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on May 07, 2012, 03:49:17 PM
What do you guys think? How do the following compare? I am looking to stay at the falls for 1 night:

Embassy Suites: $115 - 1 1/2 BR suite - no jacuzzi - Canadian Falls View

Four Points - Canadian - Cat 3 - 7000 Points / 2,800+$45 / $120 City View (hopefully SPG Gold upgraded to sweet suite with falls view)

Four Points - US - Cat 2  - 4,000 Points / $125 City View (hopefully SPG Gold upgraded to sweet suite with crappy river view)



Which one would you choose and why?
when you planning on going?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 03:52:13 PM
when you planning on going?

Tomorrow night
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 03:54:25 PM
Has anyone been to the Four Points by Sheraton - Canadian? Is it decent, recently renovated? Are they likely to upgrade for a mid-week stay?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 03:58:00 PM
Also, if I am not the SPG Gold member, but it is being booked by a Gold member, will I still get treated as Gold?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on May 07, 2012, 04:01:59 PM
What do you guys think? How do the following compare? I am looking to stay at the falls for 1 night:

Embassy Suites: $115 - 1 1/2 BR suite - no jacuzzi - Canadian Falls View

Four Points - Canadian - Cat 3 - 7000 Points / 2,800+$45 / $120 City View (hopefully SPG Gold upgraded to sweet suite with falls view)

Four Points - US - Cat 2  - 4,000 Points / $125 City View (hopefully SPG Gold upgraded to sweet suite with crappy river view)



Which one would you choose and why?


if its just one night i would make the most out of my stay
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 04:18:12 PM
Also, if I am not the SPG Gold member, but it is being booked by a Gold member, will I still get treated as Gold?
yes you just have to find somebody that will do it for you how it's done the res is under there name and they add you to the res
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 04:21:54 PM
Has anyone been to the Four Points by Sheraton - Canadian? Is it decent, recently renovated? Are they likely to upgrade for a mid-week stay?
i was in the lobby in april looks nice yes you will most prob get the upgrade it's not season yet
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 04:23:45 PM
i was in the lobby in april looks nice yes you will most prob get the upgrade it's not season yet

Have you heard anything about the rooms? I have had my fair share of renovated lobbys and Sh&%$ty rooms.  Which hotel would you spring for?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 04:25:18 PM

Where is the Kosher restaurant? Is it open in May?
not open till july you can go to buffalo to tops there is a kosher deli open
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 04:27:02 PM
Have you heard anything about the rooms? I have had my fair share of renovated lobbys and Sh&%$ty rooms.  Which hotel would you spring for?
the hilton kicks all the nicest one on the candian side but pretty pricy.
what's ur price range?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 04:33:37 PM
if its just one night i would make the most out of my stay
i was in the embassey suite and the four points on ny side both in april the four points is a newly renovated hotel open in may 2011 pros great staff free parking. willl get a upgrade. Cons rooms small or suites only one room jacuzzi wasn't working when I was there and location it's 15min drive to falls
embassey suits I was there for 3 nights pros LOCATION IS awESOME nice room jacuzzi was nice pool open till 12
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 04:36:52 PM
the hilton kicks all the nicest one on the candian side but pretty pricy.
what's ur price range?


I am looking at staying at one of the three below
mbassy Suites: $115 - 1 1/2 BR suite - no jacuzzi - Canadian Falls View

Four Points - Canadian - Cat 3 - 7000 Points / 2,800+$45 / $120 City View (hopefully SPG Gold upgraded to sweet suite with falls view)

Four Points - US - Cat 2  - 4,000 Points / $125 City View (hopefully SPG Gold upgraded to sweet suite with crappy river view)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 04:47:17 PM
i was in the embassey suite and the four points on ny side both in april the four points is a newly renovated hotel open in may 2011 pros great staff free parking. willl get a upgrade. Cons rooms small or suites only one room jacuzzi wasn't working when I was there and location it's 15min drive to falls
embassey suits I was there for 3 nights pros LOCATION IS awESOME nice room jacuzzi was nice pool open till 12
update with the cons parking is very expensive $30to valet $20 for the lot.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 04:52:04 PM
http://www.dealfind.com/travel/seattle/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 05:07:46 PM
update with the cons parking is very expensive $30to valet $20 for the lot.



Yikes! That is alot!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: e-Lawyer on May 07, 2012, 05:12:23 PM
What trip passes (i.e. all inclusive sightseeing stuff) are available this early in the season? Is it just cheaper to go piecemeal?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 06:04:59 PM
there are coupons at hotels but for the maid of the mist and those type of stuff no discounts
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 06:07:37 PM
the hilton kicks all the nicest one on the candian side but pretty pricy.
what's ur price range?
also rember about tax the embassey suits is 115 plus tax 25bucks plus parking four points also tax of like 20bucks even if you use points
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 07, 2012, 06:09:48 PM

Yikes! That is alot!
i parked by the casino down the block for 5 bucks but I think it goes up in may and I believe the four points have free parking call the hotel to make sure
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 08, 2012, 01:43:19 AM
What trip passes (i.e. all inclusive sightseeing stuff) are available this early in the season? Is it just cheaper to go piecemeal?
which hotel did you pick at the end?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on May 16, 2012, 02:43:15 PM
Embassy Suites Niagara Falls Hotel, Canada
for$125
ē Luxurious, Fallsview, two-room suite accommodations
ē Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast for your entire party
ē Manager's Reception with two complimentary alcoholic beverages
ē $40 voucher for Fallsview dining at The Keg steakhouse & Bar overlooking Niagara Falls
ē $50 voucher for Seneca Niagara Casino*
ē Unlimited Shuttle Service to Falls, area attractions & casinos
http://www.embassysuitesniagara.com/loyaltymailer.html
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 05, 2012, 02:19:15 PM
$145 for a 1 Night Niagara Falls Getaway for 2 People in a 2 Room Fallsview Suite, Including Breakfast, $40 for The Keg, $20 for Outback Steakhouse, Winery Tour and 2 Drinks at Embassy Suites by Hilton Niagara Falls (Up to $295 Value)
http://www.dealfind.com/travel/new-york-city/hiltonniagarafalls10?a=c987548d37b2
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilumts on June 11, 2012, 12:29:38 AM
im looking for a good but not pricy hotel near the falls any suggestions for hotels? any good deals around?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 11, 2012, 09:05:37 AM
im looking for a good but not pricy hotel near the falls any suggestions for hotels? any good deals around?
are you any status with any hotel chains? For how many people? Dates?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on June 11, 2012, 10:04:18 AM
im looking for a good but not pricy hotel near the falls any suggestions for hotels? any good deals around?
If you don't mind staying on american side its prob. cheaper.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilumts on June 11, 2012, 07:42:04 PM
are you any status with any hotel chains? For how many people? Dates?
i dont have any status with hotel chains i am 2 adults and one infant
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 12, 2012, 12:45:42 AM
i dont have any status with hotel chains i am 2 adults and one infant
check dealfind or groupon for deals a lot of times you can get a good deal if you give me dates I can try to look for you
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 12, 2012, 12:48:03 AM
If you don't mind staying on american side its prob. cheaper.
not always usually next to casino you can get a good deal all over groupon and dealfind they are having a war to many hotels there the manger at embasey suits told me they are all losing money
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilumts on June 12, 2012, 07:40:55 PM
check dealfind or groupon for deals a lot of times you can get a good deal if you give me dates I can try to look for you
im looking between august 12-14. thanx for your help
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 17, 2012, 07:40:12 PM
For sale 3 $50 free play at seneca niagara casino or seneca allegany casino or seneca buffalo creek casino all on the usa side pm me if you want them
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: youG on June 19, 2012, 03:33:03 PM
Which hotel is the nicest on the Canadian side of Niagara falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on June 19, 2012, 03:35:42 PM
Which hotel is the nicest on the Canadian side of Niagara falls?
I haven't been to every hotel there but the Hilton is nice.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: youG on June 19, 2012, 04:02:09 PM
I haven't been to every hotel there but the Hilton is nice.
Do you know if its Nicer then Sheraton, four points and doubletree?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on June 19, 2012, 04:04:47 PM
Do you know if its Nicer then Sheraton, four points and doubletree?
I assume it is cuz it's all suites
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on June 19, 2012, 06:18:08 PM
I haven't been to every hotel there but the Hilton is nice.
+1 by far the nicest
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on June 19, 2012, 07:56:18 PM
whose gonna be at niagara for aug. im planning to be there sometime in aug
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: youG on June 19, 2012, 09:27:35 PM
so any deals at the Hilton this thursday night
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on June 19, 2012, 09:38:02 PM
There's a lot of Hilton gold members here which might help you get an upgrade
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on June 20, 2012, 12:49:48 AM
There's a lot of Hilton gold members here which might help you get an upgrade

+1, I'll gladly do it if you're interested.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 20, 2012, 01:13:11 AM
so any deals at the Hilton this thursday night
127 seems pretty reasonable. Also you can try the four points on a best rate guarantee (booking.com is $97 plus you'll get 2k points) or embassy suites on a best rate guarantee (kayak.com $142 plus a $50 amex gift card)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: kishke on June 27, 2012, 08:36:54 PM
so we are planning a trip to niagra falls from ny, this summer.
here is my problem, its 4 of us who are going, my husband, me, 15
 and 17 year old kids,
we both dont have passport(only expired one)  my husband reapplied, and he should have his by then.
have you tried crossing border with expired passport? and then coming back to US?
second my 17 year old has non driving ID, will that be good enough?
and then what do we do with 15 year old?
or maybe we should only stay on american side of falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2012, 08:38:23 PM
Definitely go to the Canadian side.
Why not all apply for passports now? When are you going?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on June 27, 2012, 08:41:03 PM
have you tried crossing border with expired passport? and then coming back to US?
second my 17 year old has non driving ID, will that be good enough?
and then what do we do with 15 year old?
or maybe we should only stay on american side of falls?

The 15 year old can go through with a birth certificate. Everyone else needs a valid passport.

If you're not crossing over to the Canadian side you might as well stay at home. All the attractions and nice hotels are on the Canadian side.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on June 27, 2012, 08:42:49 PM
so we are planning a trip to niagra falls from ny, this summer.
here is my problem, its 4 of us who are going, my husband, me, 15
 and 17 year old kids,
we both dont have passport(only expired one)  my husband reapplied, and he should have his by then.
have you tried crossing border with expired passport? and then coming back to US?
second my 17 year old has non driving ID, will that be good enough?
and then what do we do with 15 year old?
or maybe we should only stay on american side of falls?
Under 16 doesn't need a passport (only birth cert.) http://gocanada.about.com/od/canadatravelplanner/qt/kids_passport.html 

From the US Govt site:
When returning to the United States from Canada, it is very important to note that all U.S. citizens are required to present a valid U.S. passport to enter or re-enter the United States via air. For entry into the United States via land and sea borders, U.S. citizens must present either a U.S. passport, passport card, NEXUS card, Enhanced Drivers License, or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document. The only exception to this requirement is for U.S. citizens under the age of 16 (or under 19, if traveling with a school, religious, or other youth group) who need only present a birth certificate (original, photocopy or certified copy), Consular Report of Birth Abroad, or naturalization certificate.

I know adults who have gotten through recently with just drivers license. You may have to go inside where they can check you up and see that you have a passport on file - my relatives who went didn't even need to do that.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: kishke on June 27, 2012, 09:08:11 PM
Why not all apply for passports now? When are you going?
planning to go in aug.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 27, 2012, 09:45:00 PM
So apply now. You'll get them in plenty of time
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Lev on June 27, 2012, 10:57:17 PM
Anyone gonna be in Buf/Niagara 7/17-18?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: samzyr on July 01, 2012, 05:08:32 PM
Anybody know if it says sprint on my phone not extended. But I'm on the Canadian side can I use the phone to. Call? If not can use google voice how do I make sure it's not using my reg phone min and only wifi
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on July 01, 2012, 07:28:31 PM
Anybody know if it says sprint on my phone not extended. But I'm on the Canadian side can I use the phone to. Call? If not can use google voice how do I make sure it's not using my reg phone min and only wifi
u can use it for free as long as it doesn't say extened
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: naftoli on July 01, 2012, 10:34:31 PM
hi
i want to go to Niagara falls in the beginning of august with 6 children, so will need at least 2 hotel rooms.
i have lots of avios spg (2 accounts) and chase points
however i see to Buffalo no tickets available with avios but i can go to Toronto.
is it worth to go there and take a train or a bus to the falls ? as i wont drive?
what is a good deal i should in a hotel that should have nice rooms falls and decent rates?
does it pay to use spg or cash better?
also i would like the hotel to be close to a minyan
thank you
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on July 08, 2012, 12:19:04 PM
hi
i want to go to Niagara falls in the beginning of august with 6 children, so will need at least 2 hotel rooms.
i have lots of avios spg (2 accounts) and chase points
however i see to Buffalo no tickets available with avios but i can go to Toronto.
is it worth to go there and take a train or a bus to the falls ? as i wont drive?
what is a good deal i should in a hotel that should have nice rooms falls and decent rates?
does it pay to use spg or cash better?
also i would like the hotel to be close to a minyan
thank you

For the only Minyan, check here: (Its in one of the hotels) http://www.JewishNiagaraFalls.com
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: naftoli on July 19, 2012, 04:31:50 PM
were can i get good deals on hotels on the falls? i am willing ot pay cash but i also have every kind of points/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 19, 2012, 04:45:37 PM
were can i get good deals on hotels on the falls? i am willing ot pay cash but i also have every kind of points/
Usually prices are low enough that it's not worth it to pay points. Lots of groupon and similar offers make it very reasonable
(es chatai ani mazkir hayom, I once burnt 10k spg at of the hotels up there, way before I knew anything about DDF)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: naftoli on July 19, 2012, 04:47:28 PM
thank you very much
i don't see noting on groupon for the falls, were else does it pay to look?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on July 19, 2012, 04:51:26 PM
thank you very much
i don't see noting on groupon for the falls, were else does it pay to look?
http://www.dealfind.com/travel/st-catharines-niagara/ramadaplazaniagarafalls11?a=c987548d37b2
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 19, 2012, 04:54:00 PM
Even better for 2 nights:
http://www.dealfind.com/travel/st-catharines-niagara/ramadaplazaniagarafalls13?a=c987548d37b2
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 19, 2012, 05:02:53 PM
Keep in mind that hotel is 2 miles from the falls and definitely not a luxury hotel
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on July 19, 2012, 05:10:36 PM
were can i get good deals on hotels on the falls? i am willing ot pay cash but i also have every kind of points/

whats your dates ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: naftoli on July 19, 2012, 05:19:01 PM
beginning of august
i don't need that cheap i can afford more expensive then this but i would want fallswiew plus walking distance to kosher food on Sabbath
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on July 19, 2012, 05:26:57 PM
beginning of august
i don't need that cheap i can afford more expensive then this but i would want fallswiew plus walking distance to kosher food on Sabbath

best option is

http://www.hotels.com/hotel/details.html?pa=3&pn=1&ps=3&tab=description&destinationId=170743&searchDestination=Niagara+Falls&hotelId=122730&arrivalDate=07-30-12&departureDate=08-03-12&rooms[0].numberOfAdults=2&roomno=1&validate=false&previousDateful=false&reviewOrder=date_newest_first
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 19, 2012, 05:37:19 PM
20% off with orbitz
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on July 19, 2012, 11:52:53 PM
best option is

http://www.hotels.com/hotel/details.html?pa=3&pn=1&ps=3&tab=description&destinationId=170743&searchDestination=Niagara+Falls&hotelId=122730&arrivalDate=07-30-12&departureDate=08-03-12&rooms[0].numberOfAdults=2&roomno=1&validate=false&previousDateful=false&reviewOrder=date_newest_first
I always thought the Hilton was the nicest hotel there
Don't know about walking distance to kosher food on Shabbos though
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zeev on July 23, 2012, 12:24:15 PM
groupon has now a deal in crowne plaza fallsview
http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-crowne-plaza-niagara-falls-fallsview-hotel?c=all&p=8

has anyone been in this hotel?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on July 25, 2012, 10:56:53 PM
any good deals for 2 rooms

7/30-7/31

fallsview
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 25, 2012, 10:59:21 PM
any good deals for 2 rooms

7/30-7/31

fallsview
What's wrong with the previous post
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on July 26, 2012, 12:26:34 PM
I want to go to Niagra for a couple of days and am looking to spend the weekend before somewhere in that area ( within 2-3 hours drive of niagra coming from NY) Any interesting ideas?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Goldmine on August 02, 2012, 04:28:05 PM
If someone is going to Niagara (canadian side). 4 ppl in car, are they going to ask everyone for a passport? Is ok if 18 year old doesn't have (mother will be there and 18 year old will have birth certificate)?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on August 02, 2012, 04:55:38 PM
They officially require a passport and might give you problems with just a birth certificate.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on August 02, 2012, 06:11:24 PM
If someone is going to Niagara (canadian side). 4 ppl in car, are they going to ask everyone for a passport? Is ok if 18 year old doesn't have (mother will be there and 18 year old will have birth certificate)?
does he have a license (even not enhanced)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Goldmine on August 03, 2012, 09:13:44 AM
does he have a license (even not enhanced)
No, he doesn't have a license. He just turned 18, less than 1 month ago
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DrDanny on August 03, 2012, 12:18:16 PM
Any photo id? I'm not sure if a birth certificate will work if he is over 18 and doesn't have photo id,
It might I just don't know but id he does have photo id its defiantly doable
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 12, 2012, 11:17:09 AM
Anyone have recommendations for a hotel on the american side? Thinking of taking a 4-5 day trip there with a stop or 2 along the way.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on August 12, 2012, 11:37:58 AM
Anyone have recommendations for a hotel on the american side? Thinking of taking a 4-5 day trip there with a stop or 2 along the way.
I think the only decent hotel on the American side is the sheraton and its nothing special.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 12, 2012, 12:16:27 PM
Anyone have recommendations for a hotel on the american side? Thinking of taking a 4-5 day trip there with a stop or 2 along the way.
Why on the American side? Worth the trip across the border
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 12, 2012, 01:12:58 PM
Why on the American side? Worth the trip across the border
Whats on the Canadian side that I would want to cross for?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on August 12, 2012, 01:13:47 PM
Whats on the Canadian side that I would want to cross for?
Views are MUCH better, Hotels are much nicer!

Most people focus their trip mainly on the Canadian side and maybe 'cross over' to the US side just to see another angle.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: deals on August 12, 2012, 01:21:46 PM
Views are MUCH better, Hotels are much nicer!

Most people focus their trip mainly on the Canadian side and maybe 'cross over' to the US side just to see another angle.

+1

staying on the american side is a waist of time
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 12, 2012, 02:17:00 PM
Views are MUCH better, Hotels are much nicer!

Most people focus their trip mainly on the Canadian side and maybe 'cross over' to the US side just to see another angle.
So what hotels are on the Canadian side?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: momo on August 12, 2012, 02:45:36 PM
sheraton marriot hilton all nice on canadian side
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 14, 2012, 11:48:13 AM
Anyone have any ideas of something to do with the family approximately halfway between NYC and niagara? I am looking for a stop somewhere along the drive.

Also looking for a hotel that has suites with a kitchenette.  I have plenty of starpoints but not sure if thats the way to go, also have UR points to transfer to Hyatt.

Ok, I am feeling slightly overwhelmed searching for hotels.  I am looking for a decent hotel but doesnt have to be really nice.  I am going with 6 adults and 10 children (2 are under 2 yrs old, 8 of them are between 3-11, almost one of every age).  A suite where we can fit into 3 rooms would be the best option.  I have Starpoints but no status (although I have an offer from someone (plat) who does and would maybe book for me.  That person is also Hyatt diamond).

If it helps anyone the dates I am looking at are Aug 26-29
TIA for any help you can provide
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 14, 2012, 01:05:52 PM
I see that the 4 points by sheraton niagara has rooms that sleep 5 for approximately $130 or 7000 pts.  Anyone stay there? The sheraton on the falls is 10k pts or $160 a night.  And 4 points St catharines is 7k pts, $125, or 2800 pts +$48. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Vault on August 14, 2012, 01:18:26 PM
Anyone know if it's possible to cross to the canadian side with an expired passport??
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 14, 2012, 01:25:40 PM
I see that the 4 points by sheraton niagara has rooms that sleep 5 for approximately $130 or 7000 pts.  Anyone stay there? The sheraton on the falls is 10k pts or $160 a night.  And 4 points St catharines is 7k pts, $125, or 2800 pts +$48.
I found a cheap option: http://www.dealfind.com/travel/new-york-city/knightsinnniagarafalls4
Anyone have any experience with this place?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 14, 2012, 01:58:36 PM
I see that cooperstown is about halfway between NYC and Niagara.  Anything else along the way?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MarkS on August 14, 2012, 02:01:33 PM
I see that cooperstown is about halfway between NYC and Niagara.  Anything else along the way?
Corning Museum of Glass (http://www.cmog.org/) is on the way if you take a certain route. (81-17[86]-390-90 instead of 81-90). I happen to anyways take this route usually, and I modify it by taking the 390-20A-400. Much more scenic, drive though small towns going 35 MPH for a few miles here or there and takes same amount of time.

I went years ago, and if I recall it was pretty interesting and got to watch glassblowing demonstrations.

Cooperstown is pretty out of the way.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 14, 2012, 02:36:23 PM

Cooperstown is pretty out of the way.
google maps is showing a direct trip to niagara as 7 hours 4o minutes and a stop in cooperstown trip as 8 hours 50 minutes, adding an hour of driving isnt bad. But Id prefer less.
So what is to do at the museum of glass other than see them make glass.  Is it something youd recommend for kids under 12?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 15, 2012, 10:13:43 AM
Howe Caverns seems to be somewhat on the way as well, was there as a teenager and liked it but not sure its great for the kids 2-11.  Anyone been there with kids that age?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 15, 2012, 10:16:05 AM
For now I made reservations at the 4 points Sheraton fallsview and at the radisson niagara falls.  Anyone with experience in either one?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on August 16, 2012, 01:32:34 AM
For now I made reservations at the 4 points Sheraton fallsview and at the radisson niagara falls.  Anyone with experience in either one?
I believe you got minyan and food at the 4 points
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 16, 2012, 11:56:56 AM
I believe you got minyan and food at the 4 points
Ive heard that there is a pizza place at the 4 points.  Whats the hashgacha? what are the other food options around Niagara without going to Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on August 16, 2012, 12:03:56 PM
pizza place is a 10 min drive..meat resteraunt is downstairs in the sheraton
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on August 16, 2012, 12:23:43 PM
Ive heard that there is a pizza place at the 4 points.  Whats the hashgacha? what are the other food options around Niagara without going to Toronto?

Check out this website for all Jewish needs at the falls: http://www.jewishniagarafalls.com
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on August 16, 2012, 01:10:25 PM
Check out this website for all Jewish needs at the falls: http://www.jewishniagarafalls.com
Thanks, that is helpful.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: bobeli on September 20, 2012, 10:17:19 PM
Any information on this chol hamoed sukkos?
I want to book 2 nights for 2 adults and 4 kids under 6 years old, any advice?
tia
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on September 20, 2012, 10:36:56 PM
Any information on this chol hamoed sukkos?
I want to book 2 nights for 2 adults and 4 kids under 6 years old, any advice?
tia
You gotta be more specific in what you're looking for.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: bobeli on September 20, 2012, 10:49:09 PM
I'm looking for 2 connected rooms or a suite for check in oct 2 and out oct 4. (2 adults and 4 kids under 6 years old)
I don't know if there is a sukka or things like that and if it's worth it to stay by the 4p where the chabad food is or the hilton is better? (we hardly go on vacation and I want to stay at a nice place but not spend too much)
I don't have any hotel status but have aa plat
is it worth it to rent a car in buffalo airport or better not because is hard to park the car by the falls?
thank you
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: bobeli on September 27, 2012, 12:06:36 PM
there is a sukka and kosher food for cholhamoed sukkos 2012!!
is there anyone that would like to book me for the 4 points for a possible upgrade?
is 2 adults and 4 kids under age 6.
email me at chinuchlist@gmail.com thank you
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Saver2000 on September 27, 2012, 12:14:36 PM
From another thread
Sukkot 2012

 
Sukkah

Chabad Niagara is happy to provide the visitors with a large Sukkah open to the public throughout Chol Hamoed Sukkot. The Sukkah is located in the heart of the Niagara Falls tourist area, across the Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview Hotel (6455 Fallsview Blvd), corner of Stanley Ave & Dixon Street.

- Sukkah is open 24 hours (Oct 3rd at 5AM throughout Oct 5 at 10AM)

Minyan

Shachrit: 8:30am

Mincha/Maariv: 6:30pm

Location: The Minyan takes place at the Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview Hotel, 6455 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls Ė Canada (See parking details)

Kosher Restaurants

Niagara Kosher Restaurants will operate near the Chabad Sukkah.

Hours of operation: Wednesday & Thursday, Oct 3rd-4th, from 11am to 9pm

Menu: Steaks, Grilled chicken breast, Burgers, Hotdogs ($3.49), Grilled Salmon

Grilled veggies, Israeli & Caesar salad, French Fries, Drinks

Contact Info: Info@NiagaraKosher.com  |  289-296-4000

Simchas Bais Hashoeva

What: Sing and dance with Jews from the world-over

When: Wednesday, Oct 3rd, at 6:30PM

Where: At the Chabad Sukkah


http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1928225/jewish/Sukkot-2012.htm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sunhao39685 on October 25, 2012, 04:09:09 PM
I am just wondering if any good hotels in U.S side? 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JEWDA on October 25, 2012, 04:15:46 PM
I am just wondering if any good hotels in U.S side?
Not really.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on October 26, 2012, 12:31:41 AM
I am just wondering if any good hotels in U.S side? 
.
We once stayed at the Sheraton at the Falls across from the Casino and it was pretty nice - I still remember the beds/pillows being awesome.  It's also walking distance to the Rainbow Bridge.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ahecht37 on January 23, 2013, 04:00:57 PM
i will be by niagra falls tonight and tomorrow, anyone know of fun winter/indoor things to do?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on April 05, 2013, 01:26:52 PM
Great deal at the Niagara Falls Hilton! Ive stayed here and loved it..... Plus if you have a HHonors Gold or higher youll probably get upgraded like i did,  i ended up on the 51st floor in a really nice suite. NJoy (Book by April 9TH)

https://niagarafallshilton.com/landing/loyalty/mar25.php
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on May 06, 2013, 08:55:53 AM
I'm planning my first trip to Niagra this summer.
My understanding is that upgrades are quite scarce during peak season.
Is there a point in staying at the falls if u are not going to get a fallsview or a suite or should i rather stay 15 mon away at the 4points suites where i'm guaranteed a 1 bedroom suite.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on May 08, 2013, 11:15:27 PM
I'm planning my first trip to Niagra this summer.
My understanding is that upgrades are quite scarce during peak season.
Is there a point in staying at the falls if u are not going to get a fallsview or a suite or should i rather stay 15 mon away at the 4points suites where i'm guaranteed a 1 bedroom suite.
has anyone here ever stayed at niagra for shabbos?
my original plan was to go for sun, mon, tues and leave wed., but then i realized that for just an extra 7k i could go for shabbos.
the downside is that i would have to stay at the falls (minyan, food, etc.) which would mean giving up the guaranteed suite at the 4points suites.
is it a nice place to be for shabbos
any personal experiences? (all the guesswork i can do myself)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 17, 2013, 02:44:22 PM
We will be in YYZ on a stop for 8.5 hours from 3:15-11:45pm. Is that enough time to see Niagara? It will be the end of October. We didn't want to drove 1.5 hours only to be there for a few minutes. We will also need to eat dinner before heading back to the airport. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 17, 2013, 02:48:28 PM
We will be in YYZ on a stop for 8.5 hours from 3:15-11:45pm. Is that enough time to see Niagara? It will be the end of October. We didn't want to drove 1.5 hours only to be there for a few minutes. We will also need to eat dinner before heading back to the airport. Any ideas?
no way. need to leave at least 1 extra hour to clear customs and security into the states. you'd get to Niagara when it's almost dark anyways
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on May 17, 2013, 03:23:07 PM
no way. need to leave at least 1 extra hour to clear customs and security into the states. you'd get to Niagara when it's almost dark anyways

Even if we have Global Entry? Also we're flying to EZE so we won't have to clear US customs. Besides the CN tower is there anything to see?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on May 17, 2013, 05:32:12 PM
no way. need to leave at least 1 extra hour to clear customs and security into the states. you'd get to Niagara when it's almost dark anyways
no need to enter us to see niagara
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 17, 2013, 06:17:02 PM
no need to enter us to see niagara
I am aware. I thought they were flying to the states.
Still, you have to clear customs when you get there. Even if you are on time you won't get your car till 345. earliest at niagara is 5 oclock. sunset is 630. I guess you have an hour and a half. I guess it's doable.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moish on May 18, 2013, 03:24:33 PM
no need to enter us to see niagara
he meant at the airport
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dove on June 06, 2013, 09:23:04 PM
I'm searching everywhere and cant't find a good answer.

I'm headed soon to the Canadian side for a few days.

What is my cheapest option to be able to use my AT&T phone????
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on June 06, 2013, 10:49:47 PM
I'm searching everywhere and cant't find a good answer.

I'm headed soon to the Canadian side for a few days.

What is my cheapest option to be able to use my AT&T phone????
It's been mentioned earlier. Set your phone to network only (no roaming) it should pick up the signal from the USA.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dove on June 06, 2013, 10:50:54 PM
What is if I would like to have a phone in Toronto for a day or two???
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on June 06, 2013, 11:01:50 PM
What is if I would like to have a phone in Toronto for a day or two???
I don't know , but Toronto is generally referd to as Canada , not as the Canadian side. Just sayin'
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: citiguy on June 09, 2013, 01:33:49 PM
whats the nicest starwoods hotel near the falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on June 09, 2013, 01:40:34 PM
whats the nicest starwoods hotel near the falls?
Sheraton on the Falls (https://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?language=en_US&propertyID=1330)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: citiguy on June 09, 2013, 02:05:20 PM
any places to eat nearby?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on June 09, 2013, 02:52:44 PM
anyone who wants to get hooked up in the Hilton Fallsview can PM me. I have a guy there who really takes care to give nice upgrades
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: metziah on June 09, 2013, 08:25:10 PM
any places to eat nearby?
Check the 4 points Sheraton they usually have all you can eat  buffet supper in the summer just not sure if they opened yet. Also there's is a kosher pizza shop I'm sure you'll find it if u google it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Barry111 on June 09, 2013, 11:36:53 PM
Looking to stay in a nice fallsview hotel,   What is the best way to book. I have spg and hh and ur points.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: citiguy on June 10, 2013, 12:09:50 AM
Check the 4 points Sheraton they usually have all you can eat  buffet supper in the summer just not sure if they opened yet. Also there's is a kosher pizza shop I'm sure you'll find it if u google it.

tx, they also opened two new restaurants in chabad
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: citiguy on June 10, 2013, 12:24:49 AM
Can you supply more info on this???
http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1640435/jewish/Restaurant.htm (http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1640435/jewish/Restaurant.htm)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moish on June 10, 2013, 02:06:57 AM
Check the 4 points Sheraton they usually have all you can eat  buffet supper in the summer just not sure if they opened yet.
kosher?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: citiguy on June 11, 2013, 09:46:28 AM
taking a trip to niagara, is there anything on the way from nyc? is it worth going to toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: metziah on June 11, 2013, 02:57:33 PM
taking a trip to niagara, is there anything on the way from nyc? is it worth going to toronto?
Binghamton has a great discovery center for kids lots of fun hands on activities for kids, they'll love it. Also they have IMHO one of the best go kart tracks called north gate speedway, haven't been there in a while though. In Corning/Rochester there is A very nice glass museum. In Toronto not much excitement however if your in the mood of driving about 2 hours north of Toronto is blue mountain with lots to do.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zale on June 18, 2013, 11:17:49 AM
I apologize in advance for asking this question, as it might already be answered somewhere in the forums.

I am looking to go to Niagara Falls (Ca side) with my wife and two kids, 2&1.

First, which fallsview hotel is the best? I see a Marriott, Hilton, Embassy, Sheraton and Crowne Plaza with a fallsview.

Now, i also see that using points for hotels (other than Sheraton) is basically not worth it. (For ex. Hilton requests an insane 50-80k points per night for the same room which is $250 cash). Since I don't have Spg points, I will likely go the cash route.

That said, which hotel would you recommend? I specifically want a nice view of the falls.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 18, 2013, 11:47:33 AM
I apologize in advance for asking this question, as it might already be answered somewhere in the forums.

I am looking to go to Niagara Falls (Ca side) with my wife and two kids, 2&1.

First, which fallsview hotel is the best? I see a Marriott, Hilton, Embassy, Sheraton and Crowne Plaza with a fallsview.

Now, i also see that using points for hotels (other than Sheraton) is basically not worth it. (For ex. Hilton requests an insane 50-80k points per night for the same room which is $250 cash). Since I don't have Spg points, I will likely go the cash route.

That said, which hotel would you recommend? I specifically want a nice view of the falls.


anyone who wants to get hooked up in the Hilton Fallsview can PM me. I have a guy there who really takes care to give nice upgrades
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on June 18, 2013, 01:52:32 PM
I apologize in advance for asking this question, as it might already be answered somewhere in the forums.

I am looking to go to Niagara Falls (Ca side) with my wife and two kids, 2&1.

First, which fallsview hotel is the best? I see a Marriott, Hilton, Embassy, Sheraton and Crowne Plaza with a fallsview.

Now, i also see that using points for hotels (other than Sheraton) is basically not worth it. (For ex. Hilton requests an insane 50-80k points per night for the same room which is $250 cash). Since I don't have Spg points, I will likely go the cash route.

That said, which hotel would you recommend? I specifically want a nice view of the falls.
Check groupon and similar deal sites for some great deals at Niagara
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on June 18, 2013, 04:06:34 PM
I specifically want a nice view of the falls.

Great deal on the Hilton(from $159). Very nice hotel and nice views of both falls however it is a farther back view.


https://www.niagarafallshilton.com/packages/loyalty/index2.php?camp=SALE13
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 01, 2013, 09:23:11 AM
Has anyone been to Chabad Niagara recently? I am planning a trip to Niagara this weekend and was hoping to join the Chabad minyan and meals for shabbat but I haven't been able to get in touch with anyone there.

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on July 01, 2013, 09:27:20 AM
Has anyone been to Chabad Niagara recently? I am planning a trip to Niagara this weekend and was hoping to join the Chabad minyan and meals for shabbat but I haven't been able to get in touch with anyone there.

They have a new location which is just being finished. They will be open at some point this week.

All the information is available here: http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1299265/jewish/Minyan.htm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 01, 2013, 10:48:30 AM
They have a new location which is just being finished. They will be open at some point this week.

All the information is available here: http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1299265/jewish/Minyan.htm

Thanks. I read the info on the website but when I tried to register for the shabbat meals it said that there are no events scheduled. When I try to get in touch with them through email or phone I have not been successful in getting a response. I want to make sure that I don't there any their new location is not yet finished so there are no meals.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 01, 2013, 01:18:11 PM
All the information is available here: http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1299265/jewish/Minyan.htm
"please respect the city by-laws and hotel parking lot staff and revert from acts of chilul-Hashem."
Good to see Oholei Torah Chai  (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=24681.msg399254#msg399254):P
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on July 10, 2013, 11:47:23 PM
30% off Hilton Fallsview must book by July 16th PROMO BONUS13

http://niagarafallshilton.com/packages/loyalty/index2.php?camp=BONUS13
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mouse on July 17, 2013, 09:15:11 AM
Hi I'm looking to go to Niagara and I can't decide between the Hilton and Marriott. I want to stay in a jacuzzi room. Has anyone stayed in a jaccuzzi room at either of the hotels. I would appreciate some info.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 29, 2013, 10:22:01 AM
Has anyone stayed recently on the Canadian side at either the four points Sheraton or or the Sheraton on the falls? Any suggestions as to which one is more worthwhile considering the relative categories (3/4)?
 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 29, 2013, 11:10:23 AM
Has anyone stayed recently on the Canadian side at either the four points Sheraton or or the Sheraton on the falls? Any suggestions as to which one is more worthwhile considering the relative categories (3/4)?
Probably neither with cash rates so reasonable. I stayed at on the falls. Pretty nice, a little far out
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on July 29, 2013, 12:18:24 PM
Has anyone stayed recently on the Canadian side at either the four points Sheraton or or the Sheraton on the falls? Any suggestions as to which one is more worthwhile considering the relative categories (3/4)?
I was at the Sheraton on the Falls for Pesach. It was a nice hotel, but a little bit of a walk to get right next to the falls. It is located around the corner from Clifton hill which has all the shops/museums and other entertainment. Only real complaint about the hotel was lack of storage space. I was there for a week and had to live out of a suitcase. For a short stay, it should be fine.
If you need to park, you can park at the comfort inn up the block at a much cheaper rate than the hotel will give you.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on July 29, 2013, 10:06:14 PM
Has anyone had luck getting upgraded when staying at the Sheraton on the Falls?

I am thinking of booking the Deluxe Room, that's falls view for 11k SPG a night, but I would really want a suite.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on July 29, 2013, 10:10:43 PM
Has anyone had luck getting upgraded when staying at the Sheraton on the Falls?

I am thinking of booking the Deluxe Room, that's falls view for 11k SPG a night, but I would really want a suite.
Not with SPG Gold......
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on July 29, 2013, 10:14:41 PM
Not with SPG Gold......
Thanks.

I forgot to mention I'm SPG Gold (Duh)

My Q' is
I was by a different Sheraton hotel last night and they said that they don't offer upgrades for Gold members, is the Sheraton on the Falls the same way?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on July 29, 2013, 10:39:09 PM
Why not ask them?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mochada on July 29, 2013, 10:47:25 PM
Thanks.

I forgot to mention I'm SPG Gold (Duh)

My Q' is
I was by a different Sheraton hotel last night and they said that they don't offer upgrades for Gold members, is the Sheraton on the Falls the same way?

I am not sure about this particular SPG hotel.  I have been upgraded as a Gold at some SPG properties and not at others.
YMMV
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shmooz on August 06, 2013, 11:46:58 PM
thinking about chol hamoed in niagara. i see the chabad is advertising a  minyan. Would fly into buffalo. Is it practical to go over just for the minyan and come back to sightsee? I have GE but not nexis/sentri.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2013, 12:09:52 AM
thinking about chol hamoed in niagara. i see the chabad is advertising a  minyan. Would fly into buffalo. Is it practical to go over just for the minyan and come back to sightsee? I have GE but not nexis/sentri.
It's a far ride to Buffalo. I would budget forty five minutes each way. If you consider that practical then go for it
But I think the Chabad has minyanim over chol hamoed
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 07, 2013, 12:14:40 AM
thinking about chol hamoed in niagara. i see the chabad is advertising a  minyan. Would fly into buffalo. Is it practical to go over just for the minyan and come back to sightsee? I have GE but not nexis/sentri.
There is a Chabad in Canada. They have all 3 Minyanim daily.

I think there also is minyanim in Bufallo

Why would you need to cross
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2013, 12:25:31 AM
There is a Chabad in Canada. They have all 3 Minyanim daily seasonally.
FTFY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Centro on August 07, 2013, 12:37:43 AM
thinking about chol hamoed in niagara. i see the chabad is advertising a  minyan. Would fly into buffalo. Is it practical to go over just for the minyan and come back to sightsee? I have GE but not nexis/sentri.


It's a far ride to Buffalo. I would budget forty five minutes each way. If you consider that practical then go for it
But I think the Chabad has minyanim over chol hamoed
I did it when I was there,
Shachris I davened in a lubavitch yeshiva and mincha/mariv I davened in I think Young Israel ( or however it's called ),
Both were about an 1/2 hour drive.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 07, 2013, 12:43:41 AM
That's a lot of time in the day driving. I would rather go somewhere else
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Centro on August 07, 2013, 12:50:18 AM
I took my trip very ez, there isn't that much to do there anyways.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shump on August 07, 2013, 12:53:22 AM
its worth it to fly to buffalo and drive to toronto it takes 2 hours but you pass niagara falls on the way which is nice (and theres also a casino) as far as in  toronto itself, a torontonian once told me theres two things to do in toronto one is scenery and ones excitement. for the scenery go to the top of the cn tower,  for the excitement -jump off!  but seriously, if youre a hockey fan you might want to check out the hockey hall of fame.  btw if you do want to fly there without using points theres a travel agent i know that gets the group rate on air canada at about $250.   oh also be sure to check out a restaurant called gladstones on eglinton which is better than any restaurant in ny (yes, even prime grill and le marais)
gladstones closed a couple years back, but another restaurant better than  all the etc... is marron also on eglinton.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shmooz on August 07, 2013, 09:23:28 AM
There is a Chabad in Canada. They have all 3 Minyanim daily.

I think there also is minyanim in Bufallo

Why would you need to cross

Thanks for responses. I'm trying to figure if it's better to avoid crossing into canada and just go to the buffalo minyan or crossing is not a big deal.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on August 07, 2013, 09:25:50 AM
IME crossing is no big deal, and the views from the Canadian side are much better IMHO.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 07, 2013, 09:39:39 AM
IME crossing is no big deal, and the views from the Canadian side are much better IMHO.

the border times could be very long depending on when you cross. We had to wait an hour and my parents had to wait close to 2 hours and that was at 8PM at night! If you are crossing the border just for minyan, why not just drive to Buffalo to the Young Israel?

http://yibuffalo.org/yibuffalo_motels_food_map.pdf
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Centro on August 07, 2013, 09:49:36 AM
IME crossing is no big deal, and the views from the Canadian side are much better IMHO.
+1
The Canadian side is definitely nicer to stay at, I had a fallsview room

Taken from my window(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/08/07/sygu6amu.jpg)

And the border crossing was no deal at all,
I crossed 2 times a day, 1 for shachris and 1 for mincha/mariv ( I took along my wife and dropped her off at a mall in Buffalo ),
Was just concerned that they'll question me why I'm crossing back and forth but they didn't bh.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 07, 2013, 10:33:51 AM
Just taken from balcony.

Sheraton on the Falls

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/08/07/udy8agys.jpg)

When I came into Canada the lines were a little long. Took 10-15 min
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 07, 2013, 10:37:59 AM
Just taken from balcony.

Sheraton on the Falls


When I came into Canada the lines were a little long. Took 10-15 min
What floor are you on?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2013, 10:45:47 AM
When you guys make it out to Iguazu one day you'll never again be able to appreciate Niagara.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 07, 2013, 10:48:44 AM
Line by border crossing
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 07, 2013, 10:49:18 AM
What floor are you on?
20
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 07, 2013, 10:53:41 AM
20
I stayed there on the 17th floor. Didn't have a balcony per-say, but we had a full window which opened up to a ledge with some bars to prevent falling. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 07, 2013, 11:01:24 AM
I stayed there on the 17th floor. Didn't have a balcony per-say, but we had a full window which opened up to a ledge with some bars to prevent falling.
I'm in the corner suite.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on August 07, 2013, 11:28:28 AM
Line by border crossing
Different crossings have shorter lines
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nis965 on August 07, 2013, 11:30:13 AM
I'm in the corner suite.
You got your upgrade?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: oisher on August 08, 2013, 02:14:40 AM
When you guys make it out to Iguazu one day you'll never again be able to appreciate Niagara.

For those of us who have never been to Argentina or Brazil .......
the absolute BEST hotel to view the Niagara Falls from, is the Embassy Suites (Canada).

Get an upper floor with a magnificent set of panoramic Bow windows in the Master bedroom
(the kids get their own room with separate TV and a door separating them from the adults!).
There is an ottoman and french chaise chairs in the Master bedroom facing the falls. Breathtaking!

I've seen throughout the year (perhaps even on DD) great deals for this hotel,
so be on the lookout!

If the timing works for you - go for it - you will NOT be disappointed!

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on August 08, 2013, 02:47:39 AM
For 11k SPG + $50 a night

They discounted the upgrade fee
Nice. When I stayed in that room on the 18th floor, I paid 20,000 points per night.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Homeandl on August 11, 2013, 07:11:23 PM
Anyone know anything about this place http://www.freshbarniagara.com/ ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 11, 2013, 07:31:29 PM
Anyone know anything about this place http://www.freshbarniagara.com/ ?

I personally would get in touch with Rabbi Taub before eating there being that its his hashgacha.

Va'ad HaKashrut of Buffalo
Rabbi Moshe Taub, Rabbinic Administrater
105 Maple Road, Willamsville, New York 14221
716-634-0212
E-Mail: vaadbuffalo@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.yibuffalo.org/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 11, 2013, 07:58:28 PM
Anyone know anything about this place http://www.freshbarniagara.com/ ?
The Hashgacha is good.

I have spoke with a few people about it
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mochada on August 11, 2013, 08:09:14 PM
I personally would get in touch with Rabbi Taub before eating there being that its his hashgacha.

Va'ad HaKashrut of Buffalo
Rabbi Moshe Taub, Rabbinic Administrater
105 Maple Road, Willamsville, New York 14221
716-634-0212
E-Mail: vaadbuffalo@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.yibuffalo.org/

Va'ad of Buffalo under Rabbi Taub is known to be a very reliable hashgacha.
I personally have met Rabbi Taub and have friends from yeshiva who grew up in his shul.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Homeandl on August 11, 2013, 09:26:07 PM
Va'ad of Buffalo under Rabbi Taub is known to be a very reliable hashgacha.
I personally have met Rabbi Taub and have friends from yeshiva who grew up in his shul.
The Hashgacha is good.

I have spoke with a few people about it
Thank you, close to the hotels too, don't know how I missed it last time
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mochada on August 11, 2013, 10:16:51 PM
How long has FreshBar been open for?
The only eateries I knew about were the 2 places listed by Chabad (Mendel's and Tatty's Pizza)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Homeandl on August 12, 2013, 02:30:40 AM
How long has FreshBar been open for?
The only eateries I knew about were the 2 places listed by Chabad (Mendel's and Tatty's Pizza)
Right? I wonder the same
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on August 12, 2013, 10:26:30 AM
Yes- Mendel's and Tatty's Pizza

http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1640435/jewish/Restaurant.htm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on August 12, 2013, 10:27:24 AM
I was in Niagara Falls recently and I had no idea that freshbar existed... Since when is it in existence?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on August 12, 2013, 12:54:09 PM
Yes- Mendel's and Tatty's Pizza

http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1640435/jewish/Restaurant.htm

Any idea of what the price range for food might be?  Pizza menu doesn't show prices and Mendel's doesn't have a menu.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on August 12, 2013, 02:09:29 PM
If I remember correctly a regular slice of pizza was $4.50.  The pizza shop is pricey but it's the only dairy option.

Mendel's offers schnitzel, burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches and salads.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on August 12, 2013, 10:01:33 PM
I was in Niagara Falls recently and I had no idea that freshbar existed... Since when is it in existence?

They just opened this summer.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on August 13, 2013, 12:47:58 AM
+1
The Canadian side is definitely nicer to stay at, I had a fallsview room

Taken from my window(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/08/07/sygu6amu.jpg)

And the border crossing was no deal at all,
I crossed 2 times a day, 1 for shachris and 1 for mincha/mariv ( I took along my wife and dropped her off at a mall in Buffalo ),
Was just concerned that they'll question me why I'm crossing back and forth but they didn't bh.

Just taken from balcony.

Sheraton on the Falls

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/08/07/udy8agys.jpg)

When I came into Canada the lines were a little long. Took 10-15 min
So which view is considered better- An Embassy/Hilton view directly over the Horseshoe falls (Centro's view), or a corner suite at the Sheraton on the Falls which gives you a direct view of both falls, where you can actually make out the entire circle of the horseshoe falls but its further from it (Name Changed's view)?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: gozalim on August 16, 2013, 04:09:32 AM
I see some here stayed at Fourpoints Fallsview (Canadian side). how does that compare with "Sheraton At The Falls, NY"?
(in theory the Canadian one has fallsview rooms, but I non available for my stay anyway...)
has anyone stayed at the US side Sheraton? any thoughts on the comparison? the room rates run higher- does that mean anything?

also, how big a deal is crossing the border?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 16, 2013, 11:29:31 AM
I see some here stayed at Fourpoints Fallsview (Canadian side). how does that compare with "Sheraton At The Falls, NY"?
(in theory the Canadian one has fallsview rooms, but I non available for my stay anyway...)
has anyone stayed at the US side Sheraton? any thoughts on the comparison? the room rates run higher- does that mean anything?

also, how big a deal is crossing the border?
IMHO if you are going to Niagara is a must to have a falls view room.

Crossing the border is no big deal. Over 15 needs a passport, and under 15 a birth certificate.

It will take 15-20 or so to cross - there usually are some lines
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: gozalim on August 16, 2013, 05:40:10 PM
IMHO if you are going to Niagara is a must to have a falls view room.
does the NY one have any fallsview?
four points fallsview (canadian side) wanted 2x points for a fallsview room (cheaper rooms were sold out)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 16, 2013, 06:07:55 PM
does the NY one have any fallsview?
four points fallsview (canadian side) wanted 2x points for a fallsview room (cheaper rooms were sold out)
Try Sheraton on the Falls.

Call SPG
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: metziah on August 17, 2013, 11:55:50 PM

IMHO if you are going to Niagara is a must to have a falls view room.

Crossing the border is no big deal. Over 15 needs a passport, and under 15 a birth certificate.

It will take 15-20 or so to cross - there usually are some lines
This really depends when you plan on crossing. I've waited at times way over an hour at the border.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on August 18, 2013, 12:09:51 AM
So which view is considered better- An Embassy/Hilton view directly over the Horseshoe falls (Centro's view), or a corner suite at the Sheraton on the Falls which gives you a direct view of both falls, where you can actually make out the entire circle of the horseshoe falls but its further from it (Name Changed's view)?
anyone?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 18, 2013, 12:19:55 AM
anyone?
IMO, SOTF is the way to go.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: gozalim on August 19, 2013, 12:15:05 AM
Try Sheraton on the Falls.

Call SPG
IMO, SOTF is the way to go.
thanks, guys.
Any suggestions for parking? Swallow the $20? Is this idea viable?

 
In NF I stayed at SOTF (Sheraton on the Falls) as a Plat got a very nice UP to a great Falls view room.

Now they do charge for parking which is in the lot that is used for the Casino as well as mall thats attched.

 All you need to do is park and then walk over to the Casino and sign up for their Players card (each driver if more then 1 car). and use that Players card when leaving and no charge for parking!

 but when U 1st get there pull up by the Hotels entrance and unload your bags as its a little bit of a walk from the parking garage to teh Hotel.Theres also a few spaces where you can leave the car while checking in and bringing the bags up to the room

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 19, 2013, 09:13:01 AM
thanks, guys.
Any suggestions for parking? Swallow the $20? Is this idea viable?

 
There is a Comfort Inn up the block with cheaper parking. Not more than a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on August 19, 2013, 02:40:14 PM
thanks, guys.
Any suggestions for parking? Swallow the $20? Is this idea viable?

 

Not sure how far to the casino, but the casino parking is $5 for every time you go in and out.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 19, 2013, 02:41:36 PM
Not sure how far to the casino, but the casino parking is $5 for every time you go in and out.
Next door.

It is possible they may validate parking if you play in the casino.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 19, 2013, 02:57:00 PM
I parked in the Shearton parking lot, that is shared with a few hotels and a Casino.

Parking is $20 a day

Valet is $30.

It was a pretty big pain every time getting to the car, it would have been worth to pay the extra $10 for valet.

In my case the card reader didn't work for reading the card when entering the garage, so I took a new card every time I entered, and used the card that I got at the from desk at checking for leaving.

The card the front desk gave me was only good for 48 hours, so I was told I need a new one after 2 days.

I never ended up getting a new one, and the one I had let me leave after 2 days (and I entered with getting a new card every time).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 19, 2013, 03:14:41 PM
Walking from the Sheraton to the Comfort Inn. (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=comfort+inn+niagara+falls+canada&ie=UTF-8&ei=f20SUtDMDuri4APZjICwCw&sqi=2&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAg) The parking is cheap and will possibly take the same amount of time as walking into the parking garage at the Sheraton/casino.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: whYME on August 27, 2013, 12:22:27 AM
IME crossing is no big deal, and the hotel room views from the Canadian side are much better IMHO.
FTFY (IMO)

If you want an up-close view of the falls, the American side is far superior IMO, and much more accessible.



ETA: I've never stayed at a hotel there (though I have been there many times,) I'm assuming based on this thread that the hotels are better on the Canadian side...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 01, 2013, 07:39:24 PM
If you stay at Sheraton on the falls you can walk across the border ($.50 toll and no wait) and jump on a trolley on the other side
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shmooz on September 11, 2013, 05:35:06 PM
 going to the falls on chol hamoed, have some choices for hotels, the spg are 7000 points. I don't care about getting a fallsview room.
Four points- NY
Sheraton ATF NY
Four Points Fallsview CA
Hilton/Embassy Suites -50k

I am leaning a little towards the Four points Fallsview CA if only because the chabad center says its right near them and they have a succah/shul. I could conceivably bring a popup and go to buffalo to daven.

I have the 50k hilton points to burn, but even with inflated redemptions, is it a waste on a hotel that goes for $150?

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on September 11, 2013, 05:37:47 PM
going to the falls on chol hamoed, have some choices for hotels, the spg are 7000 points. I don't care about getting a fallsview room.
Four points- NY
Sheraton ATF NY
Four Points Fallsview CA
Hilton/Embassy Suites -50k

I am leaning a little towards the Four points Fallsview CA if only because the chabad center says its right near them and they have a succah/shul. I could conceivably bring a popup and go to buffalo to daven.

I have the 50k hilton points to burn, but even with inflated redemptions, is it a waste on a hotel that goes for $150?

Any thoughts?
Just MHO, but i think that is a good choice. Aside from Chabad, it is very centrally located.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on September 11, 2013, 05:39:58 PM
chabad center says its right near them and they have a succah/shul. I could conceivably bring a popup and go to buffalo to daven.

Any thoughts?

Sukkos info: http://www.jewishniagara.com/2319868
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 11, 2013, 08:33:09 PM
If you want central location, Four Points in CA is good. Try the embassy suites cash rate. I know someone that got a fallsview suite for 140. If you value SPG more than .02 than that is a better deal
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on September 11, 2013, 11:14:28 PM
I stayed at the embassy this past summer.  It is a 3-4 minute walk to the chabad.  Unless the small distance is important to you, I wouldn't base your decision off of it.  Are you going with family?  The Embassy is an all suite hotel.  Plus, they have fallsview rooms. 

going to the falls on chol hamoed, have some choices for hotels, the spg are 7000 points. I don't care about getting a fallsview room.
Four points- NY
Sheraton ATF NY
Four Points Fallsview CA
Hilton/Embassy Suites -50k

I am leaning a little towards the Four points Fallsview CA if only because the chabad center says its right near them and they have a succah/shul. I could conceivably bring a popup and go to buffalo to daven.

I have the 50k hilton points to burn, but even with inflated redemptions, is it a waste on a hotel that goes for $150?

Any thoughts?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shmooz on September 12, 2013, 12:26:23 AM
I stayed at the embassy this past summer.  It is a 3-4 minute walk to the chabad.  Unless the small distance is important to you, I wouldn't base your decision off of it.  Are you going with family?  The Embassy is an all suite hotel.  Plus, they have fallsview rooms.

Thanks. The suite would be nice but can squeeze into any room as its only one night.
Definitely want to use points and not cash. the fallsview rooms at embassy are more than the 50k points i would spend. So are 50k worth it for a room that goes for 130-140? Maybe i can better use those points elsewhere.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on September 12, 2013, 12:35:28 AM
IMO if your gonna use 50k use them at the Hilton....AFAIK parts of the Hilton were recently redone, whereas the Embassy hasn't been renovated in a while... (been to both with fallsview rooms and non fallsview in both)
As a side note, last year around the same time you are going i was upgraded to the 50th floor with a stunning view of both falls (granted i was Hhonors Gold)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 15, 2013, 12:24:58 AM
http://cor.ca/view/358/kosher_at_the_hyatt_its_like_winning_the_superbowl.html
Crazy expensive ($125pp), but apparently the only show in town if you want a nice meal
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 15, 2013, 09:55:35 AM
http://cor.ca/view/358/kosher_at_the_hyatt_its_like_winning_the_superbowl.html
Crazy expensive ($125pp), but apparently the only show in town if you want a nice meal
Wow.
Any reviews?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on September 15, 2013, 10:08:56 AM
thinking about chol hamoed in niagara. i see the chabad is advertising a  minyan. Would fly into buffalo. Is it practical to go over just for the minyan and come back to sightsee? I have GE but not nexis/sentri.
On which side is the Chabad? (US or CA)
Also which benefits do we have with the GE cards? Do we still need our passports?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on September 15, 2013, 11:07:10 AM
On which side is the Chabad? (US or CA)
Canadian. Check JewishNiagaraFalls.com
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on September 15, 2013, 11:27:01 AM
I am looking into hotels at the falls, I had seen in this forum that the Sheraton on the Falls is the nicest SPG hotel, I was wondering how it compares (inside and view) to the Four Points Fallsview (since the Fallsview seems to be right near the chabad center).
I'm holding a deluxe jacuzzi room at 4 points with a view, is it nice?
I had also seen this quote about food from the 4 points, Is that a restaurant in the hotel or do u mean the chabad one around the corner?
Check the 4 points Sheraton they usually have all you can eat  buffet supper in the summer just not sure if they opened yet. Also there's is a kosher pizza shop...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on September 15, 2013, 03:20:49 PM
I am looking into hotels at the falls, I had seen in this forum that the Sheraton on the Falls is the nicest SPG hotel, I was wondering how it compares (inside and view) to the Four Points Fallsview (since the Fallsview seems to be right near the chabad center).
I'm holding a deluxe jacuzzi room at 4 points with a view, is it nice?
I had also seen this quote about food from the 4 points, Is that a restaurant in the hotel or do u mean the chabad one around the corner?

The kosher food used to be t the four points but moved across the streets to the chabad center. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: chff on September 15, 2013, 03:25:06 PM
I'm going Chol Hamoed to NF, have a Rees in the Embassy (suite) and the Hilton (room) for the same rate ($200 pn), I'm a Gold so I hope for a nice upgrade at the Hilton which will put me on a higher floor.
I know a lot of people that will be at the embassy so there should be minyan right there.
Saw online 1 review of the embassy that a hotel employee told s guest to park at the casino and hell only pay $5 for parking (the new one next door), and if you play for $20 parking is free.
CBSA has a twitter feed that updates quite regularly with the wait times to enter Canada at rainbow bridge @CBSA_RBB
So, anyone else coming? DO?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on September 15, 2013, 05:49:51 PM
I'm going Chol Hamoed to NF, have a Rees in the Embassy (suite) and the Hilton (room) for the same rate ($200 pn), I'm a Gold so I hope for a nice upgrade at the Hilton which will put me on a higher floor.
I know a lot of people that will be at the embassy so there should be minyan right there.
Saw online 1 review of the embassy that a hotel employee told s guest to park at the casino and hell only pay $5 for parking (the new one next door), and if you play for $20 parking is free.
CBSA has a twitter feed that updates quite regularly with the wait times to enter Canada at rainbow bridge @CBSA_RBB
So, anyone else coming? DO?

Do not pay for the embassy parking.  The casino is down the block and charges 5 dollars for every time you leave.  Niagara is so small that you really don't need your car.   

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on September 15, 2013, 05:56:49 PM
I'm going Chol Hamoed to NF, have a Rees in the Embassy (suite) and the Hilton (room) for the same rate ($200 pn), I'm a Gold so I hope for a nice upgrade at the Hilton which will put me on a higher floor.
I know a lot of people that will be at the embassy so there should be minyan right there.
Saw online 1 review of the embassy that a hotel employee told s guest to park at the casino and hell only pay $5 for parking (the new one next door), and if you play for $20 parking is free.
CBSA has a twitter feed that updates quite regularly with the wait times to enter Canada at rainbow bridge @CBSA_RBB
So, anyone else coming? DO?

According to the chabad website their rate at the embassy is 125.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: chff on September 15, 2013, 06:03:32 PM
According to the chabad website their rate at the embassy is 125.

"Hotel reservations must be booked directly through the hotel - Chabad does NOT have any special rate with the hotel, nor do we handle hotel reservations"
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on September 15, 2013, 06:52:58 PM
"Hotel reservations must be booked directly through the hotel - Chabad does NOT have any special rate with the hotel, nor do we handle hotel reservations"

I saw it here http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2319868/jewish/Sukkot-2013.htm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on September 15, 2013, 07:12:31 PM
The kosher food used to be t the four points but moved across the streets to the chabad center.
Thanx, and r u familiar with the other sheraton?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: chff on September 15, 2013, 07:26:47 PM
I saw it here http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2319868/jewish/Sukkot-2013.htm

Just called, the rate is only in the cityview or 1 fall (which is $145+tax[online is about $15/$20 more]), and I have booked both falls which is $175+tax
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on September 15, 2013, 07:41:45 PM
Just called, the rate is only in the cityview or 1 fall (which is $145+tax[online is about $15/$20 more]), and I have booked both falls which is $175+tax

Stayed at one falls view this summer.  Was real nice. 

At the evening reception, a lot of the snacks are kosher.  Ask the wait staff and they will bring you the packaging.

Also, in case you were thinking about swimming, their pool is really short (maximum 3 feet six inches deep)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shmooz on September 16, 2013, 02:23:15 PM
I'm going Chol Hamoed to NF, have a Rees in the Embassy (suite) and the Hilton (room) for the same rate ($200 pn), I'm a Gold so I hope for a nice upgrade at the Hilton which will put me on a higher floor.
I know a lot of people that will be at the embassy so there should be minyan right there.
Saw online 1 review of the embassy that a hotel employee told s guest to park at the casino and hell only pay $5 for parking (the new one next door), and if you play for $20 parking is free.
CBSA has a twitter feed that updates quite regularly with the wait times to enter Canada at rainbow bridge @CBSA_RBB
So, anyone else coming? DO?

You have a sefer torah? The chabad is davening at 8:30, figure finish at 10 which is kind of late for us, wondering if theres interest in earlier minyan.

On  another note, will tmobile catch onto the US towers in those hotels?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on September 16, 2013, 02:31:35 PM
Any help on switching network settings on a non smart phone?

How are the suites in the Hilton these days?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on September 16, 2013, 10:40:01 PM

How are the suites in the Hilton these days?

IMHO They are really nice!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: plainbachur on September 16, 2013, 11:43:50 PM
anybody have email to manger @ the hilton?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 04:42:04 PM
Because there's no topic wiki yet, I'll just ask:

We're looking for a nice place to eat dinner in Toronto.  We prefer pareve/milchig.  What are the best places to consider if we can only try one?

Also, is the pizza shop in Niagra Falls better or worse than the places in Toronto?

Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on October 02, 2013, 04:43:22 PM
Because there's no topic wiki yet, I'll just ask:

We're looking for a nice place to eat dinner in Toronto.  We prefer pareve/milchig.  What are the best places to consider if we can only try one?

Also, is the pizza shop in Niagra Falls better or worse than the places in Toronto?

Thanks
IMO, you will have better options in Toronto.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: me on October 02, 2013, 04:44:58 PM
Because there's no topic wiki yet, I'll just ask:

We're looking for a nice place to eat dinner in Toronto.  We prefer pareve/milchig.  What are the best places to consider if we can only try one?

Also, is the pizza shop in Niagra Falls better or worse than the places in Toronto?

Thanks

The pizza shop in Niagara is seasonal. Its only open July, August and. Chol hamoed sukkos
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 04:46:15 PM
Because there's no topic wiki yet, I'll just ask:

We're looking for a nice place to eat dinner in Toronto.  We prefer pareve/milchig.  What are the best places to consider if we can only try one?

Also, is the pizza shop in Niagra Falls better or worse than the places in Toronto?

Thanks
Where are you based?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 04:56:53 PM
We'll just be in the area for the day.  Our flight lands at 3:45pm and leaves at 11:45pm so we have time to go to Niagara Falls and hopefully have dinner before we leave.  So what are the good places to eat in Toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 04:57:18 PM
The pizza shop in Niagara is seasonal. Its only open July, August and. Chol hamoed sukkos

Oh well.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on October 02, 2013, 09:53:30 PM
That's the plan as of now. Do you think it's better to go to the US side of the falls or just look from the Canadian side (given my time frame)?
If flying into CA, I don't think it is worth it to go to the American side. Plus, you never know how border control may be. The CA side has plenty to see and do.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 02, 2013, 09:57:24 PM
That's the plan as of now. Do you think it's better to go to the US side of the falls or just look from the Canadian side (given my time frame)?
Canadian side is a much better view anyways. And you definitely don't have time for the border crossing
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on October 02, 2013, 10:01:24 PM
Canadian side is a much better view anyways. And you definitely don't have time for the border crossing
That's what I figured. Thanks for all your help!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DoGo on October 02, 2013, 11:05:40 PM
Are you referring to travel by car or by air? By air they most definitely have GE machines. By car/foot I assume you have to go through a regular lane.
So for those telling people they can't use GE they should consider being clear as to what they are taking about
usually an airport is not at the border!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on December 26, 2013, 03:03:13 PM
There are no Hyatt properties by Niagara Falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Askan on December 29, 2013, 08:22:14 AM
There are no Hyatt properties by Niagara Falls?

Downtown Buffalo Hyatt conference center.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: metziah on January 15, 2014, 04:50:20 PM
Anyone know if I can fly with my 2 year old without a passport just a birth certificate?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on January 15, 2014, 07:23:20 PM
Anyone know if I can fly with my 2 year old without a passport just a birth certificate?
no. u could fly to buf and drive though.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on January 15, 2014, 07:23:54 PM
Anyone know if I can fly with my 2 year old without a passport just a birth certificate?

You need a passport
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 27, 2014, 12:21:50 PM
How was this data compiled?

I only want to fly and my wife wants to drive. I can use some "concrete" evidence that it is a more significant time saver when flying.
Personal experience. Remember that while filghts can be delayed, driving rarely will be.
Assuming arrive at LGA ~50 minutes before flight and YYZ 100 minutes before flight.
Updated a little, it's a little longer than I said
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 27, 2014, 12:24:43 PM
Personal experience. Remember that while filghts can be delayed, driving rarely will be.
Assuming arrive at LGA ~50 minutes before flight and YYZ 100 minutes before flight.
Updated a little, it's a little longer than I said
Understood.

Though not having to be in a car for 6,7 pr 8 hours is worth the time it takes going the airport route.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on January 27, 2014, 01:10:54 PM
Understood.

Though not having to be in a car for 6,7 pr 8 hours is worth the time it takes going the airport route.
I know. Just flying to buffalo still doesn't make sense to me. Such a hassle. And if you drive the whole way you have a car
Flying buf-mia may make sense
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on January 27, 2014, 01:13:57 PM
I know. Just flying to buffalo still doesn't make sense to me. Such a hassle. And if you drive the whole way you have a car
Flying buf-mia may make sense
I have in-laws there so car is not really the issue.

I do have a dilemma now as we will be staying at Niagara on The Lake which is ~20 minutes from the Border/Falls and ~60 minutes from YYZ. This makes the timing a little closer and may eventually make me lose out to the wife in regards to flying.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 20, 2014, 11:49:02 AM
Which Niagara hotel would you say is nicer? Sheraton on the falls or Four points Sheraton?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 20, 2014, 11:50:45 AM
Which Niagara hotel would you say is nicer? Sheraton on the falls or Four points Sheraton?
In regards to actual room aesthetics? I stayed at SOTF and thought it was nice. Not much space in the rooms to keep clothes, but overall was nice.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2014, 11:53:16 AM
Why stay in Niagara?
There's a few hours of tourist-trappy stuff to do and a couple overpriced eateries for a couple months out of the year.

Go to Toronto.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 20, 2014, 11:54:27 AM
Why stay in Niagara?
There's a few hours of tourist-trappy stuff to do and a couple overpriced eateries for a couple months out of the year.

Go to Toronto.
-1. I thoroughly enjoyed Niagara. Plenty of stuff to do. And hiking.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2014, 11:59:37 AM
I've actually heard hiking is better on the US side.

Either way don't go to Iguazu.  Did that in 2006 and it's absolutely painful to go to Niagara ever since.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 20, 2014, 12:00:10 PM
A great hotel i've stayed at (don't think affiliated with any point programs) was the White Oaks Resort (http://www.whiteoaksresort.com/niagara-on-the-lake-hotel.html). They have a really nice hotel, great gym and customer service. It is about 15 minutes from the falls, making it close enough to pop over and not have to stay amidst all that is going on there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 20, 2014, 12:04:08 PM
Why stay in Niagara?
There's a few hours of tourist-trappy stuff to do and a couple overpriced eateries for a couple months out of the year.

Maybe that's what I'm looking for? :P

In regards to actual room aesthetics? I stayed at SOTF and thought it was nice. Not much space in the rooms to keep clothes, but overall was nice.
How far is it from the Four Points? Looks like the Chabad/restaurant is by the Four Points and driving/parking would be a pain.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: philbenjoe on February 20, 2014, 12:04:28 PM
I've actually heard hiking is better on the US side.

Either way don't go to Iguazu.  Did that in 2006 and it's absolutely painful to go to Niagara ever since.
what's Iguazu? Never heard of that before....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 20, 2014, 12:04:44 PM
Either way don't go to Iguazu.  Did that in 2006 and it's absolutely painful to go to Niagara ever since.
OK. OK. We know it's not Iguazu. That's been beaten to death more than Brooklyn parking tickets.
Doesn't mean you (or more accurately someone else) can't enjoy it.
I did a very nice hike on the US side to see the whirlpools-I think it's the same as this
http://www.budgettraveladventures.com/traveldestinations/canada/whirlpool-secret-niagara-falls-hiking-trail/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 20, 2014, 12:13:37 PM
Maybe that's what I'm looking for? :P
How far is it from the Four Points? Looks like the Chabad/restaurant is by the Four Points and driving/parking would be a pain.
A few minute drive and like 25 minute walk.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 20, 2014, 12:15:31 PM
BTW SOTF is much better located for attractions and the like than the four points
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 20, 2014, 12:16:35 PM
I'm hoping I FTFY :P
Thanks.
BTW SOTF is much better located for attractions and the like than the four points
Agreed. You are right around the corner from Clifton Hill.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2014, 12:22:27 PM
Doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.
It does, but that's not a here nor there.
It's like saying if there were a model of the Kosel in NYC that you would still enjoy it after seeing the real thing.

At any rate, was just explaining why personally I'd see it for a couple hours and move on but to each their own.  I've never done the US side activities/hikes, perhaps I'll add that to my list.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 20, 2014, 12:24:24 PM
Thanks.
Any time.
It does, but that's not a here nor there.
It's like saying if there were a model of the Kosel in NYC that you would still enjoy it after seeing the real thing.
Lo Ma'aleh Velo Morid, I haven't been to Iguassu and no plans for the foreseeable future (as much as I would love to).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 20, 2014, 12:25:44 PM
It's like saying if there were a model of the Kosel in NYC that you would still enjoy it after seeing the real thing.
I'd say it's more like saying we don't have the Mona Lisa, but we've got some pretty nice paintings at MOMA that you can come see
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2014, 12:28:51 PM
I'd say it's more like saying we don't have the Mona Lisa, but we've got a postage sized stamp of it that you can come see
ftfy.
And it's not just the size, one comes out at you in middle of lush rainforest and wonderfully pristine air. The other is a cement surrounded jam-packed tourist trap.

Lo Ma'aleh Velo Morid, I haven't been to Iguassu and no plans for the foreseeable future (as much as I would love to).
Too bad, how come?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 20, 2014, 12:31:10 PM
Too bad, how come?
Probably because it's on the other side of the equator and a pain to get to.
Personally it's on my list and I almost went last summer but wasn't able to. People have a limited amount of miles and a limited amount of vacation time. Only so many places they can visit
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2014, 12:32:40 PM
People always seem to be going to Europe and going to multiple places there but not to South America which is far more affordable and less anti-semitic. Plus lots of great eateries without hechsher issues that many Euro cities have.
I don't get it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 20, 2014, 12:33:07 PM
Probably because it's on the other side of the equator and a pain to get to.
Personally it's on my list and I almost went last summer but wasn't able to. People have a limited amount of miles and a limited amount of vacation time. Only so many places they can visit
That.
Maybe one day when the kids are grown.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 20, 2014, 12:33:37 PM
People always seem to be going to Europe and going to multiple places there but not to South America which is far more affordable and less anti-semitic.
I don't get it.
Believe me it's on my list before Europe.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on February 20, 2014, 12:35:05 PM
Believe me it's on my list before Europe.
Same for me.

To me, Europe is a trip later on in life. Bigger and better now before it gets harder to travel farther out.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2014, 12:35:21 PM
That.
Maybe one day when the kids are grown.
I'm not going to put my life on hold for 15 years to finish having kids and wait for them to grow older.

Exactly why I went to CDG for 2 nights and EZE for 1.  Take what babysitting I can get and make the most of it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 20, 2014, 12:36:15 PM
I'm not going to put my life on hold for 15 years to finish having kids and wait for them to grow older.

Exactly why I went to CDG for 2 nights and EZE for 1.  Take what babysitting I can get and make the most of it.
Not all of our wives/parents/in-laws are as forgiving :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2014, 12:37:16 PM
Not all of our wives/parents/in-laws are as forgiving :)
You're bringing kids with you for this trip?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on February 20, 2014, 12:38:22 PM
No but I don't think I can make it to Iguazu and back in 2 nights :P
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 20, 2014, 12:40:55 PM
If you can push it to 3 you can.
You can even sneak in a trip to Asian as well.

40K AA+15K BA round-trip from JFK. A joke with the CC bonuses they dole out these days.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on February 20, 2014, 04:20:42 PM
what's Iguazu? Never heard of that before....

If your serious, that you don't what it is, it is the greatest waterfall on earth. My full review of it here http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=38231.msg735169#msg735169.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 20, 2014, 07:25:53 PM
And it's not just the size, one comes out at you in middle of lush rainforest and wonderfully pristine air. The other is a cement surrounded jam-packed tourist trap.

as oscar wilde said regarding niagara as a favorite destination for honeymooners, Niagara Falls is the bride's second great disappointment
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moish on February 20, 2014, 07:29:22 PM
it is the greatest waterfall on earth.
how would you compare it to victoria falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 21, 2014, 12:08:07 AM
how would you compare it to victoria falls?
Haven't been to Victoria, but according to what I've read it only beats Iguazu on paper being the widest (uninterrupted) waterfall in the world.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on March 29, 2014, 08:49:18 PM
Just an FYI:The FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON NIAGARA FALLS FALLSVIEW (home to the Chabad restaraunt) is hosting the Bodies exhibit for the summer. Kohanim cannot enter the hotel (or the neighboring Hilton which is connected with a covered tunnel).

Chabad opened up their own chabad center last summer.  The restaurants are now there and not at the four points.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on March 29, 2014, 08:57:57 PM
Cool. Anyone know if they are physically connected to the four points? Says on their website that they have a small eruv encompassing both
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on March 29, 2014, 09:40:51 PM
Cool. Anyone know if they are physically connected to the four points? Says on their website that they have a small eruv encompassing both
I believe they are across the street.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: waterpri on March 30, 2014, 07:22:22 AM
I believe they are across the street.

They are across the street from the four points
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on March 31, 2014, 11:23:24 AM
They are across the street from the four points

yup, I was there in the summer, they are across the street
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 01, 2014, 11:47:08 AM
yup, I was there in the summer, they are across the street
Great news. Anyone know if they ever decided to get a hechsher?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ShlomoM on April 01, 2014, 04:31:53 PM
Dinner tonight: Bistro Grande or Windsor Arms Hotel?
Windsor Arms-I was there-its nice quite and the food was pretty good (except dessert)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 08, 2014, 06:29:15 PM
Planing a trip to Niagara Falls, which nice hotels (falls view) can I get with free nights/points?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 08, 2014, 07:50:27 PM
Planing a trip to Niagara Falls, which nice hotels (falls view) can I get with free nights/points?
really not good value at the falls. there is a groupon now for the Hilton I believe
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 08, 2014, 07:56:25 PM
really not good value at the falls. there is a groupon now for the Hilton I believe
Thx! Anything to do besides Maid Of The Mist, for children?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 08, 2014, 08:07:39 PM
Link for the Hilton Groupon? I see a deal for the Ramada for $60, is it worth? Is it nice/fallsview?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 08, 2014, 08:16:01 PM
Link for the Hilton Groupon? I see a deal for the Ramada for $60, is it worth? Is it nice/fallsview?
I guess it's not around anymore. my bad. I though I had seen it recently.
don't think the Ramada is nice
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 08, 2014, 08:20:14 PM
I guess it's not around anymore. my bad. I though I had seen it recently.
don't think the Ramada is nice
Is it this one? http://www.groupon.com/deals/ga-bk-hilton-hotel-and-suites-niagara-falls-fallsview-5
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on June 08, 2014, 08:27:48 PM
Thx! Anything to do besides Maid Of The Mist, for children?

Haven't been there in a while, but from what I remember...:

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 08, 2014, 08:44:37 PM
Thanks, on the Chabad website, they have something about a Safari in Niagara, is it nice?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 08, 2014, 08:47:35 PM
Thanks, on the Chabad website, they have something about a Safari in Niagara, is it nice?
dunno but the groupon for that is definitely active
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 08, 2014, 08:51:18 PM
Looks like the Hilton groupon is only for city view  :(
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 09, 2014, 10:06:18 AM
Basically I see there are the Sheraton, Marriott, Embassy Suites, and Hilton hotels, which one would be the nicest? Also I am SPG Gold, anyone got any nice upgrades with Gold Status at the Sheraton?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 15, 2014, 09:25:42 AM
Basically I see there are the Sheraton, Marriott, Embassy Suites, and Hilton hotels, which one would be the nicest? Also I am SPG Gold, anyone got any nice upgrades with Gold Status at the Sheraton?
Sheraton on the falls has gorgeous views and a great location. Tough to get upgrades, though
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 15, 2014, 09:38:49 AM
Sheraton on the falls has gorgeous views and a great location. Tough to get upgrades, though
Was thinking about booking the nicest standard room for 11k SPG points and was hoping for an upgrade, was dreaming about a corner suite    :-\

even I am SPG Gold?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 15, 2014, 09:42:02 AM
Was thinking about booking the nicest standard room for 11k SPG points and was hoping for an upgrade, was dreaming about a corner suite    :-\

even I am SPG Gold?
I tried in the summer and got a garbage city view. Room was very dirty and found a small piece of metal on the floor and complained.... Got a nice room for the next night
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 15, 2014, 09:44:20 AM
I tried in the summer and got a garbage city view. Room was very dirty and found a small piece of metal on the floor and complained.... Got a nice room for the next night
What was your original room and how much did you pay?

Also, do they have a dedicated check in line for Gold/Platinum members?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 15, 2014, 09:53:11 AM
What was your original room and how much did you pay?

Also, do they have a dedicated check in line for Gold/Platinum members?
Award stay for standard room. No status
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: The Guy on June 22, 2014, 01:49:35 PM
I will be IYH this summer at Niagara for 1 day.

I am looking where to stay at night (I don't need something expensive,it's only for one night.)
What is there to do during the day?
I once heard there is some kind of boat ride,does it still exist?

I tried reading through this thread but I only see everyone talking about food.

Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 22, 2014, 02:11:49 PM
I will be IYH this summer at Niagara for 1 day.

I am looking where to stay at night (I don't need something expensive,it's only for one night.)
What is there to do during the day?
I once heard there is some kind of boat ride,does it still exist?

I tried reading through this thread but I only see everyone talking about food.

Thanks
There is a groupon for I believe the Hilton
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: The Guy on June 22, 2014, 02:13:17 PM
There is a groupon for I believe the Hilton

Thanks,and what about things to do there?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 22, 2014, 02:16:03 PM
Thanks,and what about things to do there?
There are pretty much 2 areas, American and Canadian. Nice hotels are in Canada. Canada side is more touristy. American side is a big Park.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on June 22, 2014, 04:11:20 PM
Thanks,and what about things to do there?
Haven't been there in a while, but from what I remember...:

  • Journey Behind The Falls (Canadian side)
  • SkyWheel (Canadian side)
  • IMAX (Canadian side)
  • Clifton Hill - Lots of arcades, museums, etc. (Canadian side)
  • Helicopter Ride *If you have extra $ to shell out (Canadian side)
  • Maid Of The Mist (Either side)
  • Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours *Quite expensive (Either side)
  • White Water Walk to the Whirlpool Rapids (Canadian side. IINM there's something similar on the American Side)
  • Cave Of The Winds (American side)
  • Goat Island (American side)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 30, 2014, 09:16:59 PM
Rochester or Syracuse
Can anyone recommend a nice cheap hotel with a pool, that might be quite in the morning so I can take my kids?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on June 30, 2014, 09:51:56 PM
Can anyone recommend a nice cheap hotel with a pool, that might be quite in the morning so I can take my kids?

The crowne plaza syracuse is an awsome option....(not sure bout the pool part)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 30, 2014, 10:36:31 PM
The crowne plaza syracuse is an awsome option....(not sure bout the pool part)
Would rather do Rochester, closer to Toronto.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 30, 2014, 10:38:37 PM
Just priceline a hotel with a pool. I'm sure it will be quiet on a Tuesday morning
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 30, 2014, 10:48:48 PM
Just priceline a hotel with a pool. I'm sure it will be quiet on a Tuesday morning
How do I customize such a search o PL?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on June 30, 2014, 10:51:57 PM
Sorry. I meant hotwire
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ueaiouioei on July 01, 2014, 12:10:23 AM
I'm thinking of going to the Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview for the weekend and eating at chabad across the street on shabbos. Any pointers I should know about before making the reservations? Right now there is no availability to book with SPG points so I'm going to have to pay ~$300/night.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 01, 2014, 01:08:30 AM
Ended up booking http://www.countryinns.com/rochester-hotel-ny-14623/nyrochea for $92.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 02, 2014, 11:12:44 AM
I'm thinking of going to the Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview for the weekend and eating at chabad across the street on shabbos. Any pointers I should know about before making the reservations? Right now there is no availability to book with SPG points so I'm going to have to pay ~$300/night.
Try calling on the phone
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 02, 2014, 12:21:49 PM
Ended up booking http://www.countryinns.com/rochester-hotel-ny-14623/nyrochea for $92.
Really nice place. I called in to ask for an upgrade, they told me its only complimentary for Club Carlson members, but she can sign me up  :D when I got to the hotel they gave me a welcome bag for being a Club Carlson member, and the crib which I requested was waiting in the room. Free WiFi. Free breakfast, most of the stuff are OU/OUD so I was able to get some bagels and fruits.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 14, 2014, 02:48:30 PM
Edited about Niagara Falls, anybody feel free to edit what I wrote about parking at the chabad center. BTW Ripley's Aquarium is usually jam-packed during the tourist season.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 14, 2014, 02:49:23 PM
Edited about Niagara Falls, anybody feel free to edit what I wrote about parking at the chabad center. BTW Ripley's Aquarium is usually jam-packed during the tourist season.
FTFY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 14, 2014, 09:02:49 PM
Any volunteers to Wikify this thread?
Added Niagara Falls activities.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davmtl on July 17, 2014, 02:04:45 PM
Niagara or Toronto?

Niagara
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 17, 2014, 02:11:48 PM
Niagara
For only one day I'd say:

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 21, 2014, 06:05:29 PM
1) anyone been to Niagara Falls over shabbos?

2) Is it a place I'll enjoy going with a baby/toddler, (meaning which stuff will or won't I be able to do with them)

TIA
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 21, 2014, 06:55:39 PM
1) anyone been to Niagara Falls over shabbos?

2) Is it a place I'll enjoy going with a baby/toddler, (meaning which stuff will or won't I be able to do with them)

TIA
We went with our one year old daughter... Worked out very well
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 21, 2014, 07:16:26 PM

We went with our one year old daughter... Worked out very well
thanks, can you be more specific about activities you did with you're kid
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 21, 2014, 07:40:11 PM
thanks, can you be more specific about activities you did with you're kid
She had just learned to walk, and she loved walking all over the park on each side.  We took her on maid of the mist, and she absolutely loved the cave of the winds (American side). We went on the cable car over the whirlpool and also the Canadian side cave of the winds. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 21, 2014, 07:46:37 PM
She had just learned to walk, and she loved walking all over the park on each side.  We took her on maid of the mist, and she absolutely loved the cave of the winds (American side). We went on the cable car over the whirlpool and also the Canadian side cave of the winds Journey Behind The Falls.
FTFY.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davmtl on July 21, 2014, 08:16:19 PM
which one is better cave of the winds or Journey Behind The Falls?

also is it good value to buy the pass on the Canadian side for 50$?
https://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-deals/vacation-packages.html
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 21, 2014, 08:17:41 PM
which one is better cave of the winds or Journey Behind The Falls?

also is it good value to buy the pass on the Canadian side for 50$?
https://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-deals/vacation-packages.html
I didn't get the passes, didn't want to do everything in them.
Cave of the winds is much better
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on July 21, 2014, 08:36:42 PM


Cave of the winds is much better
+100
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 24, 2014, 08:03:14 PM
I'll be in Canada for a few weeks. I'm looking for a cheap option for a mobile hotspot. Would rather unlimited.
Anyone have any ideas?
Thanx
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: chaim123 on July 28, 2014, 01:30:26 PM
the Chabad LOCATION is not any more located in the parking lot of the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel

Chabad Niagara Jewish Welcome Centre, 6417 Main Street, Niagara Falls - Canada.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Homeandl on July 28, 2014, 01:41:36 PM
the Chabad LOCATION is not any more located in the parking lot of the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel

Chabad Niagara Jewish Welcome Centre, 6417 Main Street, Niagara Falls - Canada.

What Parking lot? its always been at  6417 Main Street, and Four Points By Sheraton Hotel is the closest hotel
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 28, 2014, 02:01:00 PM
Someone edited the wiki saying that the restaurant in Niagara Falls is cash only, when I was there 4 weeks agao they accepted CC, though things might have changed.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: chaim123 on July 28, 2014, 03:43:38 PM
What Parking lot? its always been at  6417 Main Street, and Four Points By Sheraton Hotel is the closest hotel

i was replying to the Wiki it moved last summer from parking lot of the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel, to 6417 Main Street
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 28, 2014, 03:56:41 PM
i was replying to the Wiki it moved last summer from parking lot of the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel, to 6417 Main Street
6417 main street is in the parking lot. same thing.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 30, 2014, 12:40:40 PM
I'm looking into the SPG hotels in Niagara Falls area, there seems to be like five of them.

Any idea which one to go for

Is the Sheraton on the Falls Canadian side worth 10k a night?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 30, 2014, 12:50:46 PM
Rates are generally pretty low that it's not worth it. But it is a nice hotel
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 30, 2014, 01:41:24 PM

I'm looking into the SPG hotels in Niagara Falls area, there seems to be like five of them.

Any idea which one to go for

Is the Sheraton on the Falls Canadian side worth 10k a night?
I was pretty decent 3 years ago when I stayed there. Although I feel it's on par with hotels that generally go for 7k points.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 30, 2014, 03:15:57 PM
I was pretty decent 3 years ago when I stayed there. Although I feel it's on par with hotels that generally go for 7k points.

I think it is over-priced (point-wise), and forget about an upgrade :(
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 30, 2014, 04:33:44 PM
I think it is over-priced (point-wise), and forget about an upgrade :(
why?
even from a plat account?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 30, 2014, 05:06:25 PM
I was pretty decent 3 years ago when I stayed there. Although I feel it's on par with hotels that generally go for 7k points.
does that mean that the spg hotels in the area that are going for 7k a night are really 4k hotels?


Sheraton At The Falls Hotel, NY side.  $179 or 7K

Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Canada side $156 or 10K

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview, Canada side $120 or 7K

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls, NY side $145 or 4K
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoshi on July 30, 2014, 06:37:50 PM
I'm looking to take a camp to Niagara falls. A bunch n of 15-17 year olds. Besides for jet boating what's fun to do?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on July 30, 2014, 07:26:21 PM
I'm looking into the SPG hotels in Niagara Falls area, there seems to be like five of them.

Any idea which one to go for

Is the Sheraton on the Falls Canadian side worth 10k a night?
I think its a pretty good option. Although typically for 10k points I would expect the hotel to be nicer, but the few days I stayed there last year I was happy there.

I booked a Falls View Room for 11k points (over the phone) and paid $50 a night for a corner suite upgrade.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davmtl on July 30, 2014, 08:51:47 PM
is the spg for 10k a better deal then marriott for 40,000?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on July 30, 2014, 11:13:54 PM
I think its a pretty good option. Although typically for 10k points I would expect the hotel to be nicer, but the few days I stayed there last year I was happy there.

I booked a Falls View Room for 11k points (over the phone) and paid $50 a night for a corner suite upgrade.
Had the same exact experience. During the peak season when corner suites are $350+, 11k starpoints plus the upgrade fee is not a bad deal. The corner suite is really nice, go for it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: metziah on July 31, 2014, 06:29:26 PM

does that mean that the spg hotels in the area that are going for 7k a night are really 4k hotels?


Sheraton At The Falls Hotel, NY side.  $179 or 7K

Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, Canada side $156 or 10K

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview, Canada side $120 or 7K

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls, NY side $145 or 4K
I haven't stayed at any other hotels in Niagara other then on the American side at a 4 points which has a pretty decent suite that I was upgraded to.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 01, 2014, 02:05:21 AM
Will I get American cellphone service on the Canadian side?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 01, 2014, 08:52:06 AM
Will I get American cellphone service on the Canadian side?

Depending on your service provider.... Sometimes yes & sometimes no... YMMV! :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 01, 2014, 09:04:47 AM
Speint
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 01, 2014, 09:04:59 AM

Sprint
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Name Changed on August 01, 2014, 09:06:32 AM
Will I get American cellphone service on the Canadian side?
I had Verizon Service from the Sheraton on The Falls
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 01, 2014, 09:30:08 AM

Service is sketchy. Data and texts work Ok,  don't bank on making phone calls
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 01, 2014, 09:47:34 AM
For Verizon you could change your plan to include calls and text from Canada, it costs a few $ for the month and is pro rated. Data is very expensive. Set your phone to block roaming data, and use  wifi.
Same with sprint
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 01, 2014, 09:50:31 AM
For Verizon you could change your plan to include calls and text from Canada, it costs a few $ for the month and is pro rated.
Very difficult if you have a grandfathered plan.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: NMB on August 01, 2014, 11:52:01 AM


I went to Niagara last summer and was able to use my Sprint phone in most areas near the Falls. I also got service in my hotel room (which was on a high floor).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 02, 2014, 11:57:48 PM
For Verizon you could change your plan to include calls and text from Canada, it costs a few $ for the month and is pro rated. Data is very expensive. Set your phone to block roaming data, and use  wifi.
+1. I paid $15 for 1000 free minutes and $25 for 100 MB of data. Not grandfathered though...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoshi on August 11, 2014, 12:06:09 PM
What's my best bet for a hotel in Niagara? 50k ur points is what I have available.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 11, 2014, 12:48:55 PM
There is a water park next to the Sheraton in Niagara.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 12, 2014, 12:04:39 PM
Pretty cheap. Marriott for 91
http://touch.groupon.com/getaways?deal_id=ga-bk-marriott-gateway-on-the-falls-5&landing_url=http%3A%2F%2Ftouch.groupon.com%2Fdeals%2Fga-bk-marriott-gateway-on-the-falls-5%3Fb_cookie%3Da8d8066c-822f-e07b-06e9-61fbfada4775%26c%3Dimage%26d%3Dgetaways_deal%26date%3D20140812%26division%3Dbaltimore%26email-to-app%3D%26fallback%3Dtrue%26landing_url%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Ftouch.groupon.com%252Fdeals%252Fga-bk-marriott-gateway-on-the-falls-5%253Fp%253D4%26s%3Dbody%26sid%3Df3157db3-6a02-472c-b7e5-fdf604d03885%26user%3D552b2a0cbd35ff6467a04b632f9f1a1709095844d6547bbead60fd4a3de71d0e%26utm_campaign%3Df3157db3-6a02-472c-b7e5-fdf604d03885%26utm_campaign%3Df3157db3-6a02-472c-b7e5-fdf604d03885%26utm_content%3Dtouch%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_medium%3Demail%26utm_source%3Dchannel_getaways-deals%26utm_source%3Dchannel_getaways-deals
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: kracked dude on August 14, 2014, 09:54:58 PM
I don't think this info is well known and I did not find any mention of it here.

Every honeymoon couple can receive a pass for one free admission to many Niagara Falls attractions (officially for the bride)

The official honeymoon certificates are available from
Niagara Falls, Canada Visitor & Convention Bureau
5515 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls ON
L2G 3X4
800-563-2557

And/or

Niagara Falls Tourism
5400 Robinson St
Niagara Falls, ON
L2G 2A6
905-356-6061
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on August 14, 2014, 10:47:49 PM
I don't think this info is well known and I did not find any mention of it here.

Every honeymoon couple can receive a pass for one free admission to many Niagara Falls attractions (officially for the bride)

The official honeymoon certificates are available from
Niagara Falls, Canada Visitor & Convention Bureau
5515 Stanley Avenue
Niagara Falls ON
L2G 3X4
800-563-2557

And/or

Niagara Falls Tourism
5400 Robinson St
Niagara Falls, ON
L2G 2A6
905-356-6061

They just take your word for it?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: kracked dude on August 14, 2014, 11:24:50 PM
Apparently, I know someone that just went, they just asked him when he got married. Maybe they also took his photo ID (so you can't get it twice? I'm not sure though)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on August 17, 2014, 09:28:12 AM
How much time would you guys budget for each of:
-African lion safari
-Centre Island/Centreville.
-CNE
-Science museum

Is it worth doing maid of the mist and journey behind the falls?

Maid of the Mist is worthwhile though the lines can get quite long in the summer. I think Journey Behind the Falls is a waste of time. Cave of the Winds on the American side is an amazing experience!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 17, 2014, 09:54:28 AM
Maid of the Mist is worthwhile though the lines can get quite long in the summer. I think Journey Behind the Falls is a waste of time. Cave of the Winds on the American side is an amazing experience!
+1. Cave of the winds is a similar experience to the walkway leading up to catarata Bozzetti of Iguazu in that you feel the mihgtiness of the falls up close.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 17, 2014, 09:56:52 AM
Maid of the Mist is worthwhile though the lines can get quite long in the summer. I think Journey Behind the Falls is a waste of time. Cave of the Winds on the American side is an amazing experience!
+1 for maid of the mist and journey behind the falls.

You can easily spend a day in centre island, you can rent out a family bike and bike around, there are very nice rides for the kids, and dolphin shows.  At least that's what I did. It may be worthwhile to buy a day pass, some rides require a crazy amount of tickets.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 17, 2014, 12:46:05 PM
I don't think you can do cave of the winds with the kids.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 17, 2014, 01:49:21 PM
I don't think you can do cave of the winds with the kids.
-1. I did with kids. Even a baby
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 17, 2014, 01:49:53 PM
Maid of the Mist is worthwhile though the lines can get quite long in the summer. I think Journey Behind the Falls is a waste of time. Cave of the Winds on the American side is an amazing experience!
+1. Don't do journey behind the falls
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 17, 2014, 02:14:17 PM
Lots of wet steps with COTW, no?
Think its doable with a 1 and 3 year old?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 17, 2014, 02:32:58 PM
OK, so leaving CLE Tuesday morning and returning Friday morning.

Guess we'll do Cave of the Winds and Maid of the mist on Tuesday before driving up to Toronto.  Would love to squeeze in the safari but that really seems like I'm pushing things.

Not really sure how to split up the Safari, Centre Island, the CNE expo, and the science museum between Wednesday and Thursday.
Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 17, 2014, 03:30:23 PM
OK, so going leaving CLE Tuesday morning and returning Friday morning.

You're joking, right? :o
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 17, 2014, 05:50:46 PM
Quote from: Dan link=topic=71.msg89http://forums.dansdeals.com/Themes/default/images/bbc/list.gif5344#msg895344 date=1408300378
OK, so leaving CLE Tuesday morning and returning Friday morning.

Guess we'll do Cave of the Winds and Maid of the mist on Tuesday before driving up to Toronto.  Would love to squeeze in the safari but that really seems like I'm pushing things.

Not really sure how to split up the Safari, Centre Island, the CNE expo, and the science museum between Wednesday and Thursday.
Any suggestions?
The way to the boat which takes you to centre island can take 2 hours with traffic.  :o Make sure to ask your local friends when it's the best time to go to avoid traffic.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davmtl on August 17, 2014, 06:21:33 PM
if you plan to cross to canada at the falls you should budget in an extra hour at certain times (by car) but if your headed to toronto and not to the canadian side of niagara then just go to the lewiston-queenston bridge at the end of the i190, it was just a 10 minute wait for me this week, midday. always check the border wait times.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 17, 2014, 06:26:36 PM
There is an app which showes the wait time by all the boarders.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 17, 2014, 06:27:27 PM
Call 1800-715-6722 to check crossings. Q. L. Bridge can be very backed up as well primarily from Canada. I've done better at Peace Bridge
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davmtl on August 17, 2014, 06:32:55 PM
cave of the winds for kids might scare them but you don't have to take them to the closest level to the falls, its built multi level with some steps between.
you get a pair of flip flops from them that is mandatory to wear and a shopping bag for your shoes. if your car is nearby drop it there or take a big ziplock as it will get wet.

you will get wet no matter what you wear, take a ziplock bag for the stuff that you don't wan't wet (phone etc.).
(same for the ferry)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 17, 2014, 07:55:44 PM
Did cave of the winds with an eight month old in a carrier. Very doable.

Do science center Wednesday morning then head to centre island. Thursday do lion safari in the morning (put bananas on your car before you go in, make sure they don't see) and CNE on your way back into town

Don't forget to schedule a DO (late night BBQ by my place?)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 17, 2014, 08:53:16 PM
We're IY"H gonna be on the Canadian side from Tuesday afternoon/evening until Thursday. Anything worth schlepping into Toronto proper for? Or should we just stay in the Falls area?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: YYZ Fan on August 17, 2014, 11:10:25 PM
What is the food/restaurant like at the Canadian side of the falls this year?

Reviews and recommendations.

Will be going for 2-3 days. Should I bring food or can I rely on the food establishments?



Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on August 17, 2014, 11:59:20 PM
There is an app which showes the wait time by all the boarders.

Here's the webpage with border wait times. I found it very accurate.

http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 18, 2014, 09:45:47 AM
BBQ I have in CLE, do that 2x weekly...it's restaurants that I travel for :)

I'm thinking:
Tuesday lunch: Niagara Pizza
Dinner: Windsor
Weds lunch: Cafe Sheli
Weds Dinner: Marron
Thurs Lunch: Omni
Thurs Dinner: PH
Fri Breakfast: D-Lites

Anything I should change?

Should I substitute B&I or BaLi Laffa for something?
The pizza shop and the meat resturant are in 1 place. When I was there, the pizza oven was broken and they said they are not sure when it will be fixed. A pizza store without pizza  ???
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: bbbb on August 18, 2014, 12:09:34 PM
My husband and five kids (ages 10-18) will have a few hours in niagra on friday morning, after which they will be heading to toronto for shabbos.  None of them have ever been there before.  Based on what I'm reading, I'm thinking Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds? Is it doable to do both of them in one morning/early afternoon?  How far of a drive is it from there to toronto? Anybody have any comments or suggestions?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 01:58:52 PM
Any particular reason to choose Hornblower Niagara Cruises (exUSA) or Maid of the mist (exCanada)?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 02:19:09 PM
Looks like the Peace Bridge has much shorter lines than the Rainbow.

Maybe I should just do the Hornblower cruise and the whita water walk and just skip the cave of the winds to avoid the rainbow bridge crossing?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 18, 2014, 02:21:22 PM
Looks like the Peace Bridge has much shorter lines than the Rainbow.

Maybe I should just do the Hornblower cruise and the whita water walk and just skip the cave of the winds to avoid the rainbow bridge crossing?
the white water walk was pretty boring...
you walk down a long time just to see the white water. usually very pushy all the way
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 02:55:06 PM
Hmm...maybe I'll just do maid of the mist and then go onto the safari.

Or is cave of the winds really worthwhile?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on August 18, 2014, 03:15:58 PM
Hmm...maybe I'll just do maid of the mist and then go onto the safari.

Or is cave of the winds really worthwhile?
cave of the winds was pretty nice although it takes a long time to get to the place for a few minute view. I was to the butterfly conservatory which was really beautiful.  Although it is not a "Niagara" themed attraction it was really nice.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 18, 2014, 04:01:48 PM
Hmm...maybe I'll just do maid of the mist and then go onto the safari.

Or is cave of the winds really worthwhile?
It is worth it, ime. My kids loved it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 04:06:45 PM
It is worth it, ime. My kids loved it.
How old are your kids that loved it?

It's really out of the way coming from CLE and it means dealing with Rainbow bridge traffic instead of Peace Bridge.
I just wonder if a 3 year old will appreciate it that much considering we're going the boat ride anyway?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 18, 2014, 04:09:44 PM
How old are your kids that loved it?

It's really out of the way coming from CLE and it means dealing with Rainbow bridge traffic instead of Peace Bridge.
I just wonder if a 3 year old will appreciate it that much considering we're going the boat ride anyway?
I was there twice with a one year old. And with 7 and 9. All loved it, though I am sure one year old don't remember it for more than a week...  Never went with a 3 year old
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 04:18:09 PM
Considering border wait times, I'd skip it (or walk across the bridge)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 04:30:49 PM
Thanks.

How are the animal shows at the Lion Safari (2 bird shows and 2 elephant shows)? Worth going to all?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 04:33:25 PM
Too aggressive?

Leave CLE 9am
Arrive Pizza shop 12:30pm
Hornblower 1:30 cruise (20 minutes long)
Depart Niagara Falls 2:15
Arrive Lion Safari 3:30, drive through reserve until 4:30
Animal shows 4:30-6:20.
Arrive PH YYZ with exhausted kids at 7:30.

Does that make sense or should we do COTW and maybe the white water walk (or something else?) and do the safari on Weds or Thurs?

Advantage of the itin is not having to double back to the safari from Toronto as a day trip.

Disadvantage is that the kids will be worn out, not doing COTW (though I'm not sure it's worth it anyway) and I read that the animals may be more active in the morning (though there were some conflicting reports about that).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 18, 2014, 04:35:28 PM

Arrive PH YYZ with exhausted parents and hyper kids at 7:30.

ftfy
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 04:35:58 PM
ftfy
Ken zein.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 04:52:46 PM
Thanks.

How are the animal shows at the Lion Safari (2 bird shows and 2 elephant shows)? Worth going to all?
Never been but supposedly the shows are excellent. And the splash pad is also supposed to be good
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 04:55:34 PM
What do you have planned for Wed/Thurs?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 05:00:32 PM
What do you have planned for Wed/Thurs?
Don't have hard plans, but ideas were:
CNE
Science Museum
Centre Island
Aquarium
CN Tower
NHL HOF
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on August 18, 2014, 05:07:27 PM
Don't have hard plans, but ideas were:
CNE
Science Museum
Centre Island
Aquarium
CN Tower
NHL HOF

NHL HOF is kinda boring . Your kids will not enjoy, IME
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 05:09:50 PM
NHL HOF is kinda boring . Your kids will not enjoy, IME
OK thanks, will save that for a trip in 2024 I suppose.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 05:19:09 PM
NHL HOF is kinda boring .
-1 if you appreciate hockey
Quote
Your kids will not enjoy
+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 05:20:30 PM
Don't have hard plans, but ideas were:
CNE
Science Museum
Centre Island
Aquarium
CN Tower
NHL HOF
If you want to do (most of) those then I'd try and do the safari Tuesday
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on August 18, 2014, 05:42:53 PM
How old are your kids that loved it?

It's really out of the way coming from CLE and it means dealing with Rainbow bridge traffic instead of Peace Bridge.
I just wonder if a 3 year old will appreciate it that much considering we're going the boat ride anyway?

Cave of the Winds is awesome- you get to really experience the falls up close. But if you're doing it for your 3 year old and considering the border crossing maybe save it for a different trip.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 05:43:56 PM
If you want to do (most of) those then I'd try and do the safari Tuesday
Which would you ditch otherwise?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 05:54:03 PM
HOF.
With you wanting to eat out every lunch I'm not sure how you envision your itinerary.
I would do Wednesday brunch and then aquarium/cn tower and center island (you'd have to be crazy to drive back and forth to lunch)
And Thursday morning at the CNE, lunch and science museum


If you don't do the lion safari Tuesday if skip the aquarium/cn tower

You can save like $4/person if you buy lion safari passes from Costco
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on August 18, 2014, 05:56:39 PM
My husband and five kids (ages 10-18) will have a few hours in niagra on friday morning, after which they will be heading to toronto for shabbos.  None of them have ever been there before.  Based on what I'm reading, I'm thinking Maid of the Mist and Cave of the Winds? Is it doable to do both of them in one morning/early afternoon?  How far of a drive is it from there to toronto? Anybody have any comments or suggestions?

I would say Maid of the Mist is #1 and Cave of the Winds is #2. They may or may not be able to do both- depending on traffic, border crossing and attraction lines.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 18, 2014, 06:18:33 PM
Too aggressive?

Leave CLE 9am
Arrive Pizza shop 12:30pm
Hornblower 1:30 cruise (20 minutes long)
Depart Niagara Falls 2:15
Arrive Lion Safari 3:30, drive through reserve until 4:30
Animal shows 4:30-6:20.
Arrive PH YYZ with exhausted kids at 7:30.

Does that make sense or should we do COTW and maybe the white water walk (or something else?) and do the safari on Weds or Thurs?

Advantage of the itin is not having to double back to the safari from Toronto as a day trip.

Disadvantage is that the kids will be worn out, not doing COTW (though I'm not sure it's worth it anyway) and I read that the animals may be more active in the morning (though there were some conflicting reports about that).
Too aggressive with little kids
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 18, 2014, 07:01:58 PM
What kosher food options are there on the American side, besides for the kosher deli at Tops in Buffalo? Looking for somewhere to get dinner tonight, but the guy at the deli counter said he was gonna leave at 6:45 PM, so no sandwiches for us by the time we get there. :(

Any advice? Web search is turning up nothing useful...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 07:41:51 PM
I think you're out of luck
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 18, 2014, 07:42:44 PM
I think you're out of luck

 :'(
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 07:49:37 PM
Why can't you cross over?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 18, 2014, 07:53:43 PM
Happy to fire up the grill if you want to come up to Toronto
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 18, 2014, 08:14:25 PM
Why can't you cross over?

Wasted enough time already as it is, don't wanna make a round-trip over the border just for food (we're staying on the American side tonight).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 18, 2014, 08:16:02 PM
Happy to fire up the grill if you want to come up to Toronto

Aw, thanks for the invite. :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 18, 2014, 08:16:27 PM
Update: arrived at Tops at 7:45, and the deli guy was still here. He said we have 30 seconds to order whatever sandwiches we want. :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: elikay on August 18, 2014, 08:22:18 PM
Gotta have a DO will iyh be there on Wed-Thu.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 18, 2014, 08:38:38 PM
Gotta have a DO will iyh be there on Wed-Thu.
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=44346.0
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 19, 2014, 12:22:25 AM
& I'm arriving Thursday night till Sunday/monday
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 19, 2014, 12:16:35 PM
Best places to park for the pizza shop and/or the Hornblower cruise?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 19, 2014, 12:58:46 PM
Best places to park for the pizza shop and/or the Hornblower cruise?
From the wiki  ;)

There is a Meat and Dairy restaurant in the Chabad Center (which is located in the parking lot of the Four Points By Sheraton Hotel, map) open during the summer season, cash only, see the website for details. There is no official parking at the Chabad center/restaurant, the chabad website recommends staying at the Four Points by Sheraton Fallsview which is right across the Chabad center, however people park in the parking lot in front of the chabad center for davening/eating. Park at your own risk, as it's officially only for hotel guests.


When I was there, everyone parked in the parking lot with no issues.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 19, 2014, 04:51:00 PM
Has anyone been for Shabbos at Chabad in Niagara Falls, I just wanna hear experiences or how the food was, before I plunk down $300
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 19, 2014, 10:20:27 PM
Update: the fleishig restaurant in Niagara Falls is an absolute disaster. An absolute disgrace to call this place a "restaurant". >:(

Anywhere around here to buy kosher food? Like a supermarket that has (packaged) kosher fleishig stuff for sale? Kinda screwed at this point...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 19, 2014, 10:22:37 PM
Update: the fleishig restaurant in Niagara Falls is an absolute disaster. An absolute disgrace to call this place a "restaurant". >:(

Anywhere around here to buy kosher food? Like a supermarket that has (packaged) kosher fleishig stuff for sale? Kinda screwed at this point...
Driving into Toronto an option?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on August 19, 2014, 10:27:55 PM
Driving into Toronto an option?
A 90 minute drive?  Indeed a disaster but I was happy that I didn't have to shlep along food. Don't they have some burgers, franks, and some french fries?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 19, 2014, 10:29:18 PM
A 90 minute drive?  Indeed a disaster but I was happy that I didn't have to shlep along food. Don't they have some burgers, franks, and some french fries?
Hunger can do crazy things.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Centro on August 19, 2014, 10:35:00 PM
Driving into Toronto an option?
Or to the supermarket in Buffalo?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 19, 2014, 10:48:25 PM
Both too far. Oh well...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: chff on August 20, 2014, 06:57:37 AM
I remember driving YYZ to NF, and the signs posted that if you go 50 over the limit, you car get seized right away plus a 10 grand fine
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2014, 07:08:26 AM
Most people seem to go ~30 over.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 20, 2014, 10:28:08 AM
What is the speed limit? I usually drive around 140 KM/hour and never had an issue
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 20, 2014, 03:51:21 PM
100.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 20, 2014, 10:06:47 PM
How old are your kids that loved it?

It's really out of the way coming from CLE and it means dealing with Rainbow bridge traffic instead of Peace Bridge.
I just wonder if a 3 year old will appreciate it that much considering we're going the boat ride anyway?
@dan, what did you do in the end? Did you do cave of the winds?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: elikay on August 20, 2014, 10:35:12 PM
What are 3 top must-do's with kids on the Canadian side?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 20, 2014, 10:44:29 PM
What are 3 top must-do's with kids on the Canadian side?
I'd go for:

1. Hornblower Niagra Cruises
2. Skywheel
3. Journey Behind The Falls (or the IMAX)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 20, 2014, 11:05:04 PM
What are 3 top must-do's with kids on the Canadian side?
Why not cross over and do cotw.... You can walk across, it is pretty cool to stand with one foot in each country
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on August 21, 2014, 12:14:58 AM
Why not cross over and do cotw.... You can walk across, it is pretty cool to stand with one foot in each country

+1.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: elikay on August 21, 2014, 10:22:39 AM
Why not cross over and do cotw.... You can walk across, it is pretty cool to stand with one foot in each country
Not interested in the shlepp.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 21, 2014, 10:30:47 AM
Not interested in the shlepp.
Where are you staying. It is a 5 min walk from the Sheraton. My kids loved walking accross... And walking through customs.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: E R K on August 21, 2014, 10:43:49 AM
What are 3 top must-do's with kids on the Canadian side?
Went years ago and my kids really enjoyed the Butterfly Conservatory - wasn't like the butterfly places in NY. There were tons of them and they would land on us. and they were beautiful.

Also really enjoyed Cave of the Wind on the American side. It was awesome going so close to the falls on Hurricane Harbor (not on a boat). We got drenched - bring towels and clothes.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on August 21, 2014, 11:47:57 AM
Ok rough plan,
Leave Brooklyn early Thursday evening staying at four points fallview ca,
Friday: cave of the winds & maid of the mist,
Shabbos: chabad meals
Sunday: marineland, Niagara's fury & Clifton hill,
Monday: African lion safari & cne expo (thanks Dan, didnt know about the cne), then grab something to eat & take the red eye on four wheels home.

Going with a 2.5 year old & 7 month old kids
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sra2131 on August 21, 2014, 03:38:20 PM
What are 3 top must-do's with kids on the Canadian side?

1. Marineland (expensive for adults, but children 4 and under are free and the opportunity to pet/feed a beluga whale is really cool)
2. depending on the ages of your kids, renting bicycles
3. Butterfly conservatory
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Novo on August 21, 2014, 10:47:31 PM
I'll be in YUL from Wed. Sep. 17 - Mon. the 22nd.

Does it make sense to hop over to Niagara from Thursday AM to Friday AM?

1) Is it worth to go for just one day?
2) Should I fly to YYZ or Buffalo?
3) What are the best things I should try push into one day?
4) Best place to stay?

Side notes: I'll be there with my 3 y/o. I have many points of all valuable currency's.

Any word of wisdom donations will be much appreciated :)
TIA

ETA: Is flying into YHM am option?
 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 23, 2014, 10:22:05 PM
Sounds crazy to me
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Novo on August 23, 2014, 10:33:23 PM
Sounds crazy to me
Thanks!
Which part do you find crazy?
To go for just one day, taking a 3 y/o, or both of them together?

Or, maybe asking so many questions in one post? :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 23, 2014, 10:35:35 PM
Going for one day. By the time you get to the falls it'll be the afternoon and seems like a lot of travel for part of a day at the falls, especially with a 3 year old. Also, if you live in NY, you are not really that much closer flying. And it will be expensive, flight from YUL-YYZ cost $300-$400. And you can't use Avios, like you could if you were going from NY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Novo on August 23, 2014, 11:05:58 PM
Going for one day. By the time you get to the falls it'll be the afternoon and seems like a lot of travel for part of a day at the falls, especially with a 3 year old. Also, if you live in NY, you are not really that much closer flying. And it will be expensive, flight from YUL-YYZ cost $300-$400. And you can't use Avios, like you could if you were going from NY
I hear you, you definitely make sense. But let me try to take the other side just for it to come out clear.

I can fly out of YUL @ 7:00am, arrive YYZ 8:30, arrive Niagara @ 11. am I not calculating it correctly?
I can enjoy at least 8-9 hours there + sleep over in a fallsview room (which I assume is beautiful).
I can pay for the flight with UA miles, 10k per RT ticket.

Miscalculation?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 23, 2014, 11:23:28 PM
I hear you, you definitely make sense. But let me try to take the other side just for it to come out clear.

I can fly out of YUL @ 7:00am, arrive YYZ 8:30, arrive Niagara @ 11. am I not calculating it correctly?
I can enjoy at least 8-9 hours there + sleep over in a fallsview room (which I assume is beautiful).
I can pay for the flight with UA miles, 10k per RT ticket.

Miscalculation?
8-9 hours with a 3 year old?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 23, 2014, 11:49:17 PM
I hear you, you definitely make sense. But let me try to take the other side just for it to come out clear.

I can fly out of YUL @ 7:00am, arrive YYZ 8:30, arrive Niagara @ 11. am I not calculating it correctly?
I can enjoy at least 8-9 hours there + sleep over in a fallsview room (which I assume is beautiful).
I can pay for the flight with UA miles, 10k per RT ticket.

Miscalculation?
It would be 20K per RT. But the discount is only on UA metal, so it would actually be 25K per RT.
That timing is about right, but assumes waking up before 5:30 + travel with a 3 year old. Sounds like a nightmare to me and you definitely wouldn't get 8-9 hours. More like 5-6 with a cranky kid. Not my idea of a fund ay.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Novo on August 24, 2014, 12:03:57 AM
Thank you all. We'll have to leave it for next time :-\
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 24, 2014, 07:21:09 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/50095
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: cf on October 12, 2014, 05:41:29 PM
What's a better option Sheraton on the falls or four points by Sheraton?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 12, 2014, 05:47:04 PM
What's a better option shereton on the falls or for points by Sheraton?
That. Much nicer and closer to the falls. Though for points is next to Chabad.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: cf on October 12, 2014, 05:55:17 PM
Thanks.... neither of them have fallsview availability, and I can get a suite @  four points  by Sheraton. Would you still recommend spending the additional 3000 points for the Sheraton on the falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: landz124 on October 12, 2014, 05:57:00 PM
Sheraton on falls definitely better. just stayed there last week.
had the penthouse bi level suite great for family
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on October 12, 2014, 06:01:57 PM
Sheraton on falls definitely better. just stayed there last week.
had the penthouse bi level suite great for family

Ime, they don't upgrade easily. Might be better off season (now) 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 12, 2014, 06:07:12 PM
Sheraton on falls definitely better. just stayed there last week.
had the penthouse bi level suite great for family
No view though. I would rather go with a corner suite.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: landz124 on October 12, 2014, 06:08:38 PM
Why it has a partial corner view of both falls. and if you have kids its very roomy
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on October 12, 2014, 06:29:10 PM
Why it has a partial corner view of both falls. and if you have kids its very roomy
Yeah partial view... you cant compare it to the corner suite where you basically have windows all over. And the corner suite is very roomy as well. And there is no staircase which is a plus when you have small kids. When your there just ask them you wanna see both and decide :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 25, 2014, 08:29:19 PM
Soooo my next trip is Niagara iy"h over Thanksgiving. I see that the wiki has plenty of restaurant options in Toronto and activities besides the Niagara ones. We hope to go with another couple (driving) and neither of us has family/friends in Toronto to stay at for Shabbos. On that note, I would love your thoughts:

Let's start with just 1 question. Should we go to Niagara for Thursday and come back Friday since we don't have a place for Shabbos and it's still another 1.5-2 hour drive to Toronto rom Niagara, or is Shabbos in Toronto something worthwhile/is there a hotel near a Shul so that we can enjoy an activity on Friday (instead of driving home) and maybe Motzai Shabbos?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 25, 2014, 08:35:53 PM
Soooo my next trip is Niagara iy"h over Thanksgiving. I see that the wiki has plenty of restaurant options in Toronto and activities besides the Niagara ones. We hope to go with another couple (driving) and neither of us has family/friends in Toronto to stay at for Shabbos. On that note, I would love your thoughts:

Let's start with just 1 question. Should we go to Niagara for Thursday and come back Friday since we don't have a place for Shabbos and it's still another 1.5-2 hour drive to Toronto rom Niagara, or is Shabbos in Toronto something worthwhile/is there a hotel near a Shul so that we can enjoy an activity on Friday (instead of driving home) and maybe Motzai Shabbos?

Classic copy and paste, now you have to delete the first paragraph :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 25, 2014, 08:39:20 PM
Classic copy and paste, now you have to delete the first paragraph :)
I just removed my posts from the other thread, if that's what you meant. Want to remove yours so that it doesn't look like you're talking to no one? ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 25, 2014, 09:07:57 PM
I just removed my posts from the other thread, if that's what you meant.

I see that the wiki has plenty of restaurant options in Toronto and activities besides the Niagara ones.

This is the Niagara thread, with a full wiki of Niagara eateries and attractions.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 25, 2014, 09:14:45 PM
This is the Niagara thread, with a full wiki of Niagara eateries and attractions.
Thanks, still looking for help on my question.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on October 25, 2014, 10:31:25 PM
Why not stay in Niagara for shabbos?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 25, 2014, 11:10:04 PM
Why not stay in Niagara for shabbos?
Oh, okay. That can be an idea too. From the wiki, it seems like Chabad is not there after the summer. Is there any Minyan?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on October 25, 2014, 11:24:28 PM
Oh, okay. That can be an idea too. From the wiki, it seems like Chabad is not there after the summer. Is there any Minyan?

You can try through here - http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2363795/jewish/Minyan-Maker.htm.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 25, 2014, 11:35:09 PM
You can try through here - http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2363795/jewish/Minyan-Maker.htm.
Thanks! Nothing doing right now for that weekend, but it's definitely a good starting point.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 28, 2014, 05:08:25 PM
Do I want to stay on the NY side or the CA side? Obviously, if I end up staying for Shabbos (still figuring that out), I'll have to stay near the Chabad on the CA side for Shabbos.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on October 28, 2014, 05:10:25 PM
Do I want to stay on the NY side or the CA side? Obviously, if I end up staying for Shabbos (still figuring that out), I'll have to stay near the Chabad on the NY side for Shabbos.
Canada is much more touristy. Us is just a big Park with hotels nearby.  Go with Canada
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 28, 2014, 05:14:43 PM
Canada is much more touristy. Us is just a big Park with hotels nearby.  Go with Canada
Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 20, 2014, 10:51:12 AM
Chabad still hasn't gotten back to me whether they will be having meals next Shabbos or not. It's getting kinda late to book a hotel.

Has anyone done Niagara for Shabbos and have any experiences?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on November 20, 2014, 10:52:49 AM
Chabad still hasn't gotten back to me whether they will be having meals next Shabbos or not. It's getting kinda late to book a hotel.

Has anyone done Niagara for Shabbos and have any experiences?
maybe they are snowed in
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 20, 2014, 12:17:36 PM
maybe they are snowed in
I think Niagara has had different weather than Buffalo, interestingly enough.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 20, 2014, 12:50:17 PM
Why haven't you booked a refundable reservation?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 20, 2014, 12:52:47 PM
maybe they are snowed in
I think Niagara has had different weather than Buffalo, interestingly enough.
Indeed, see here http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=BUF

Lake effect snow is a fascinating thing

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Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 20, 2014, 01:24:16 PM
Why haven't you booked a refundable reservation?
I should have, and I don't know why I didn't.

Either way, I called a hotel in the area and found out there's plenty of snow on the ground right now (and obviously next week will depend on whether it snows between now and then) but more importantly, they told me all the "water" activities close down after the summer. I don't want to go if we can't go on Maid of the Mist and the other water activities. Another time. Looking into other destinations now.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Novo on December 01, 2014, 01:50:37 PM
I just booked The Oakes Hotel Overlooking The Falls (http://www.orbitz.com/shop/hotelsearch?type=hotel&hotel.type=keyword&hotel.coord=&hotel.keyword.key=Niagara+Falls%2C+ON%2C+Canada&hotel.locId=loc.id%3A1825&hotel.chkin=12%2F16%2F14&hotel.chkout=12%2F17%2F14&hotel.couponCode=&search=Search&hsv.showDetails=true&hotel.hid=60014&hotel.hkey=60014_null_null_null_A2:0) for $20 a night with the Visa Checkout prmo. has anyone been there? Will I be able to enjoy myself or it's crap?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on December 01, 2014, 01:55:09 PM
I just booked The Oakes Hotel Overlooking The Falls (http://www.orbitz.com/shop/hotelsearch?type=hotel&hotel.type=keyword&hotel.coord=&hotel.keyword.key=Niagara+Falls%2C+ON%2C+Canada&hotel.locId=loc.id%3A1825&hotel.chkin=12%2F16%2F14&hotel.chkout=12%2F17%2F14&hotel.couponCode=&search=Search&hsv.showDetails=true&hotel.hid=60014&hotel.hkey=60014_null_null_null_A2:0) for $20 a night with the Visa Checkout prmo. has anyone been there? Will I be able to enjoy myself or it's crap?

Funny story... But yes i have, years ago... Is your room fallsview?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Novo on December 01, 2014, 01:58:07 PM
Funny story... But yes i have, years ago... Is your room fallsview?
Yes. Fallsview with Jacuzzi, Suite.  How is it?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 23, 2015, 12:27:19 AM
How did no one post that the falls are frozen? I totally would have gone today :( anyone know how long they'll be frozen for considering the cold this week? I may make a night trip out of it
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dealfinder85 on February 23, 2015, 11:25:58 AM
How did no one post that the falls are frozen? I totally would have gone today :( anyone know how long they'll be frozen for considering the cold this week? I may make a night trip out of it
where do you live?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 23, 2015, 12:47:11 PM
How did no one post that the falls are frozen? I totally would have gone today :( anyone know how long they'll be frozen for considering the cold this week? I may make a night trip out of it

Niagara falls

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7347/15949279594_081d1c4b2b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/qioead)

See more photos Here (http://www.vosizneias.com/news/photos/view/869771068)

Amazing.
Makes me want to drive up there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 23, 2015, 12:57:24 PM
In the wrong thread

DO?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 23, 2015, 01:13:01 PM
Very tempting.
When are you thinking?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on February 23, 2015, 01:40:39 PM


Very tempting.
+1

only 4.5k avios
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 23, 2015, 01:42:44 PM
Very tempting.
When are you thinking?
I'm cool any night this week other than tonight.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 23, 2015, 05:23:20 PM
I'm cool any night this week other than tonight.
Bump
I can get you from the airport and you can sleep over
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on February 23, 2015, 08:39:49 PM
Bump
I can get you from the airport and you can sleep over

Pillow talk DO?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 23, 2015, 09:50:55 PM
Pillow talk DO?
Drive to the falls and back?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on February 23, 2015, 10:01:44 PM
Drive to the falls and back?

What about Purim at the Falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on February 23, 2015, 11:37:40 PM
What about Purim at the Falls?
What a waste of a Purim
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 24, 2015, 07:15:48 AM
What a waste of a Purim
+1. And if the falls are still frozen on Purim I am leaving on the next plane out
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on February 24, 2015, 11:56:35 AM
Is there being a minyan chol hamoed pesach?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eis517 on February 24, 2015, 02:35:03 PM
+1. And if the falls are still frozen on Purim I am leaving on the next plane out

Purim is what you make of it- location should not matter. How cool to be able to look at the frozen Falls and say Ma Rabu Maasecha Hashem, while thanking and celebrating His amazingness of the Purim story!

Also, a full month of never going above freezing isn't enough to make you get on the next plane out?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on February 24, 2015, 02:38:24 PM
Is there being a minyan chol hamoed pesach?
There are always minyanum on chol hamoed, just check which hotel has a pesach program
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avromie7 on February 24, 2015, 03:36:52 PM
Purim is what you make of it- location should not matter. How cool to be able to look at the frozen Falls and say Ma Rabu Maasecha Hashem, while thanking and celebrating His amazingness of the Purim story!

Also, a full month of never going above freezing isn't enough to make you get on the next plane out?
-1 it makes a huge difference who you are around on purim having a few people around niagara falls is not the way i enjoy my purim
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 25, 2015, 08:21:57 AM
Frozen falls DO?
Bump
Anyone interested Thursday night?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 25, 2015, 08:37:40 AM
Bump
Anyone interested Thursday night?
Would be cool if I didn't work so late during this season. :(
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 20, 2015, 03:58:37 PM
trying to plan a 2-3 day trip in early May(no kids on this trip)  to the falls from NJ but trying to figure out the best way to do this as I have never been there.  We want to be near minyanim and kosher restaurants.  Is our best bet Buffalo, Niagra Falls, Toronto? 

Do we fly in to Buffalo, Niagra Falls, Toronto?  whats my best option for award  flights and starwood Hotels?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 20, 2015, 04:05:55 PM
Near minyanim and kosher restaurants would have to be Toronto. but then you are 90 minutes from the falls (without traffic).
Fly into Toronto. Although if your goal is to go the falls you are probably better off driving
NYC-Niagara falls driving - 6.5 hours (can do it in 5.5 if you drive fast)
NYC-YYZ-Niagara falls would take at least 5 hours, realistically closer to 6 (including renting a car).
Save on flights (even if you fly with miles it will still be $110 in taxes) and car rental.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 20, 2015, 04:10:48 PM
so why not base myself in Buffalo(only 20-30 miles from Falls) and has minyanim and restaurants? also I will save in taxes?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 20, 2015, 04:12:52 PM
I didn't think they had a restaurant. Seems like they do have one so you could base yourself there. Keep in mind, minyanim will be limited (and early, you won't find an 8 oclock minayn).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 20, 2015, 04:28:35 PM
I didn't think they had a restaurant. Seems like they do have one so you could base yourself there. Keep in mind, minyanim will be limited (and early, you won't find an 8 oclock minayn).

Thanks!

I think Chabad 7:30 in Buffalo

doing a quick  search looks like my best award flights are avios from phl to Buffalo?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 20, 2015, 05:12:08 PM
Also I keep hearing from people you must see the Canadian side of the falls but from reading this thread it appears some of the best tours/rides for seeing/experiencing the falls are these:  Maid Of The Mist and Cave Of The Winds which are both on the American side  :-\


Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on April 20, 2015, 05:13:30 PM
Also I keep hearing from people you must see the Canadian side of the falls but from reading this thread it appears some of the best tours/rides for seeing/experiencing the falls are these:  Maid Of The Mist and Cave Of The Winds which are both on the American side  :-\
There is no stirah
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on April 20, 2015, 05:20:37 PM
 if these falls tours are so majestic, awesome etcc  why do i need to cross the border?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on April 20, 2015, 05:22:33 PM

if these falls tours are so majestic, awesome etcc  why do i need to cross the border?

The view on the bottom is absolutely nothing like the view on the top, if there's a lot of traffic on the rainbow bridge just walk across it takes around 5 minutes and you won't need to pay to park on the Canadian side.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: smiley face on May 25, 2015, 11:29:28 PM
Do I need to have a passport for a one year old, to cross over the border?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on May 25, 2015, 11:31:47 PM
Do I need to have a passport for a one year old, to cross over the border?
No. A birth certificate is enough and even that they don't always demand to see
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: smiley face on May 25, 2015, 11:34:08 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on May 25, 2015, 11:47:46 PM
No. A birth certificate is enough and even that they don't always demand to see
But they could so if it's important to you don't rely on them not asking for it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 26, 2015, 09:24:28 AM
up to what age for kids will they let me walk across the border without a passport?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on May 26, 2015, 10:13:32 AM

up to what age for kids will they let me walk across the border without a passport?
Call them at 18007156722
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 26, 2015, 11:08:37 AM
Call them at 18007156722

tried that number could not get a live person

my oldest child is 13
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Achas Veachas on May 26, 2015, 11:10:00 AM
tried that number could not get a live person

my oldest child is 13
IINM you can get in with a birth certificate until 16.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Luvtotravel on May 26, 2015, 11:33:50 AM
IINM you can get in with a birth certificate until 16.
That was also my experience.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on June 14, 2015, 10:40:05 AM
Any recommendations for a stop en route (attraction) on a drive up from NYC?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 14, 2015, 10:43:54 AM
Any recommendations for a stop en route (attraction) on a drive up from NYC?
Going with kids? ages?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on June 14, 2015, 10:45:22 AM
Going with kids? ages?

Kids age 5-10
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 14, 2015, 10:46:22 AM
Kids 5-10
You looking to do something like maid of the mist? how long do you want to spend there?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on June 14, 2015, 11:08:59 AM
Going with kids? ages?

I'm looking for something on the way to Niagara from nyc
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on June 14, 2015, 11:12:17 AM
I'm looking for something on the way to Niagara from nyc
Oh misunderstood that, Hersheypark?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on June 14, 2015, 11:45:24 AM
Oh misunderstood that, Hersheypark?

Did that on a Lancaster trip 2 year's ago
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Homeandl on June 14, 2015, 05:01:51 PM
when does the kosher meat restaurant open? I cant get a live person on the phone and their website only says tourist season ... I'm thinking next Sunday, are they open ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 14, 2015, 05:02:41 PM
when does the kosher meat restaurant open? I cant get a live person on the phone and their website only says tourist season ... I'm thinking next Sunday, are they open ?
BYOF.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on June 14, 2015, 05:08:16 PM
when does the kosher meat restaurant open? I cant get a live person on the phone and their website only says tourist season ... I'm thinking next Sunday, are they open ?
Probably not.
I assume mid July.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MrsZev on June 16, 2015, 10:20:28 PM
when does the kosher meat restaurant open? I cant get a live person on the phone and their website only says tourist season ... I'm thinking next Sunday, are they open ?

Just got back - the only restaurant is dairy, located in the Chabad Center on the Canadian side (info is in the wiki). Contact Andrea Levy via the Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Topnoshniagara

The quiche is delicious, pizza is nice too. They were just ramping up when we were there this week, so if you have a big group or you want to pick up sandwiches for the day, or the like, reach out in advance - I recommend doing so through Facebook, not so sure the restaurant phone number is up and running... Andrea's very flexible, made salmon special for my son and omelette sandwiches for the Israeli family in front of us in line :)

ETA: we asked about the rumored hot dog stand, she said she didn't think they were going to start up this year, but didn't have further info.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: YSP on June 23, 2015, 05:18:37 PM
Going to Niagara soon. Staying at Sheraton on the Falls. Is there street parking?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: joeb1 on June 23, 2015, 05:50:46 PM
NO
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shoobi on June 26, 2015, 12:21:21 PM
Hi, so I am driving to Toronto next week and want to stop at Niagara overnight... besides the Sheraton in the Wiki, which hotels does DDF recommend? I have some Marriott free nights to burn but it's only through category 5... and don't want to use my UR points for Hyatt... any ideas?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 26, 2015, 12:29:24 PM
Going to Niagara soon. Staying at Sheraton on the Falls. Is there street parking?
Iirc there is cheaper parking available but not so close.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on June 26, 2015, 01:17:53 PM
Hi, so I am driving to Toronto next week and want to stop at Niagara overnight... besides the Sheraton in the Wiki, which hotels does DDF recommend? I have some Marriott free nights to burn but it's only through category 5... and don't want to use my UR points for Hyatt... any ideas?

The Hilton always has nice paid packages.... And it's nice!
(Its a little further away from the falls... But if you are on a high up floor you will still have very nice views...)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avadah on June 28, 2015, 07:46:37 AM
Any recommendations for a stop en route (attraction) on a drive up from NYC?
corning glass museum.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: good sam on June 28, 2015, 08:26:16 AM
Any recommendations for a stop en route (attraction) on a drive up from NYC?
Howe Caverns.

Liked much better than corning.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on June 28, 2015, 11:00:17 AM
Howe Caverns.

Liked much better than corning.
Except it's not really on the way.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ydad on June 28, 2015, 11:07:32 AM
Watkins Glen
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on June 29, 2015, 11:25:06 PM
trying to plan a 2-3 day trip in early May(no kids on this trip)  to the falls from NJ but trying to figure out the best way to do this as I have never been there.  We want to be near minyanim and kosher restaurants.  Is our best bet Buffalo, Niagra Falls, Toronto? 

Do we fly in to Buffalo, Niagra Falls, Toronto?  whats my best option for award  flights and starwood Hotels?
So how was your trip? thinking of going at the end of Aug.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: youkay on June 30, 2015, 01:30:33 PM
Can anyone recommend any other hotel besides the Sheraton?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on June 30, 2015, 08:01:59 PM
Can anyone recommend any other hotel besides the Sheraton?

Embassy Suites.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on June 30, 2015, 08:13:30 PM
Can anyone recommend any other hotel besides the Sheraton?
Marriott Gateway
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Werth-it on July 12, 2015, 07:58:08 PM
I am planing on driving up to niagara in a few weeks from New York and want to do cave of the winds on the American side but want to stay in a hotel on the Canadian side for minyanim/kosher food purposes. Is it difficult to hop back and forth from the American side to the Canadian a couple of times on a trip that is only 2-3 days? Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 12, 2015, 11:09:47 PM
I am planing on driving up to niagara in a few weeks from New York and want to do cave of the winds on the American side but want to stay in a hotel on the Canadian side for minyanim/kosher food purposes. Is it difficult to hop back and forth from the American side to the Canadian a couple of times on a trip that is only 2-3 days? Thanks
Nope. You can even walk. It is fun to have one foot in each country. Oh,  and the walking toll is like 50 cents
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on July 12, 2015, 11:49:26 PM

Nope. You can even walk. It is fun to have one foot in each country. Oh,  and the walking toll is like 50 cents
Since when?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 12, 2015, 11:56:00 PM
Since when?
At least it was in 2013
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Werth-it on July 13, 2015, 12:33:04 AM

Nope. You can even walk. It is fun to have one foot in each country. Oh,  and the walking toll is like 50 cents

Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on July 13, 2015, 12:52:14 AM
Watkins Glen
I think on the same exit as Watkins glen is the Corning museum of glass. Did it a few years ago & really enjoyed it
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on July 13, 2015, 02:28:30 AM
At least it was in 2013
Strange I walked it then with no toll, maybe it's only one way
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ydad on July 13, 2015, 09:55:04 AM

I think on the same exit as Watkins glen is the Corning museum of glass. Did it a few years ago & really enjoyed it
Yup can totally be a full day.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 13, 2015, 10:09:20 AM
Strange I walked it then with no toll, maybe it's only one way
Toll is leaving Canada
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: elikay on July 13, 2015, 10:31:45 AM
BYOF.
+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Venilla on July 14, 2015, 03:13:57 PM
Going to Niagara soon. Which attractions are a must do?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zevi on July 14, 2015, 04:24:27 PM

Going to Niagara soon. Which attractions are a must do?
horn blower, cave of the winds and whirlpool jet, there is plenty others but these Are the main attractions.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on July 14, 2015, 04:30:37 PM
Going to Niagara soon. Which attractions are a must do?

Obviously Maid of the Mist and just spend time on Clifton Hill.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on July 16, 2015, 06:58:03 AM
Going to Niagara soon. Which attractions are a must do?

These too...
Imax theater, skylon tower. There's more but depends on how long you're staying.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Venilla on July 16, 2015, 05:32:01 PM
Thanks for all replies. On TA I see 2 Whirlpool Jet Boat rides, one in CA and one in NY. Which one should I go? Or, are they both the same? 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zevi on July 16, 2015, 06:10:46 PM

Thanks for all replies. On TA I see 2 Whirlpool Jet Boat rides, one in CA and one in NY. Which one should I go? Or, are they both the same?
both basically the same but the one in Canada is a longer ride.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Venilla on July 16, 2015, 06:12:22 PM
both basically the same but the one in Canada is a longer ride.
and would be closer to Sheraton on the Falls too, so I believe we'll stick to the CA one.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 28, 2015, 10:05:33 AM
Leaving bklyn now... In terms of a scenic drive am i better off with the southern route (80-17 -390) northern route (17-81-90)
or a mix (80-380-81-90)?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on July 28, 2015, 02:54:35 PM
Leaving bklyn now... In terms of a scenic drive am i better off with the southern route (80-17 -390) northern route (17-81-90)
or a mix (80-380-81-90)?

Mix
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 28, 2015, 11:36:28 PM
We ended up taking 80-380-81-17-390-20a-90-190-peace bridge (border had 15 empty lanes- drove right through).
Driving 20a was quite scenic. We drove through all the dairy farms. Most of the cholov Yisrael in the tristate comes from this area through DMS (dairy marketing services). In fact we stopped off by one farm who indeed supplied DMS with cholov Yisrael.
There is also and abundance of wind farms that you literally drive right through.
You drive through many towns and villages, which is nice if your into that sort of thing.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shalumov on July 29, 2015, 04:47:14 PM
We ended up taking 80-380-81-17-390-20a-90-190-peace bridge (border had 15 empty lanes- drove right through).
Driving 20a was quite scenic. We drove through all the dairy farms. Most of the cholov Yisrael in the tristate comes from this area through DMS (dairy marketing services). In fact we stopped off by one farm who indeed supplied DMS with cholov Yisrael.
There is also and abundance of wind farms that you literally drive right through.
You drive through many towns and villages, which is nice if your into that sort of thing.

Anything interesting on that farm which makes it worth stopping?
If yes which farm was it?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on July 29, 2015, 04:53:04 PM
What attractions are doable with a 18 months old?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on July 29, 2015, 05:02:11 PM
What attractions are doable with a 18 months old?

Maid of the mist.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on July 29, 2015, 05:07:08 PM
Maid of the mist.
Thats it?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 29, 2015, 08:57:52 PM
Anything interesting on that farm which makes it worth stopping?
If yes which farm was it?
unless you're interested in seeing a dairy farm (i have a kashrus background so anything that has to do with kashrus I'm interested in - i actually has some questions for the farmer in regards to the storage tanks.) My kids were interested in the cows. (my daughter begs to stop when ever we see animals on the side of the road.) I don't recall the farm. All I have are some pics. (maybe you can track the #s pinned to the cows ears  :D )
On rt 20A you drive past one dairy farm after another. This one was real easy to stop by it was 5 ft from the rd.
Wind farms were also kind of interesting.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 29, 2015, 09:26:24 PM
Niagara with my better half and 2 daughters, ages 5 and 1 (almost) :We're staying at the Four Points Fallsview. Check in was a breeze, we requested a lower floor room as we are staying here for Shabbos and wanted hard keys. We were placed in the new section in room 322. The room is quite large plenty of space for additional beds and cribs and then some living space. We requested an extra chair and they sent right away.
At check-in i requested a fridge knowing that they charge an exorbitant amount but got free of charge (i'll explain once I've checked and there's no charge)
Parking at the hotel is an insane cad $25 for valet and cad $18 for self parking which is across the street by Chabad.
We opted to park across the street at the casino for cad $5 (no in & out ) and use the air conditioned walkway which connects to the Four Points and the Hilton.
Tuesday:
Leaving bklyn now... In terms of a scenic drive am i better off with the southern route (80-17 -390) northern route (17-81-90)
or a mix (80-380-81-90)?
We ended up taking 80-380-81-17-390-20a-90-190-peace bridge (border had 15 empty lanes- drove right through).
Driving 20a was quite scenic. We drove through all the dairy farms. Most of the cholov Yisrael in the tristate comes from this area through DMS (dairy marketing services). In fact we stopped off by one farm who indeed supplied DMS with cholov Yisrael.
There is also and abundance of wind farms that you literally drive right through.
You drive through many towns and villages, which is nice if your into that sort of thing.
very scenic... but see the traffic tickets thread  >:(
We arrived at about 7 pm, checked in , and davened mincha/maariv by chabad across the street. Then we walke sown to see the Falls lit up at night which was nice but the way back is up a steep hill.
Wednesday:
I davened by chabad 8:30 am. Nice large minyan.
We decided that to walk everywhere today. Parking doesn't seem to so easy here and my wife wanted us to get some excersize , so no bus.
We walked from the hotel to Hornblower cruises (canadian version of Maid of the Mist) which is a downhill walk but u still gatta get back up.
We walked from there to the Rainbow bridge, paid the usd $.50 pedestrian toll, and walked across to the US. After clearing passport control we walked over to Goat Island for Cave of the Winds wich was awesome (we did both Hornblower and Cave of the winds without ponchos and lived it- especially the kids)
The hurricane deck is an awesome experience and i did it with my one year old strapped to my back.
After that we walked back to Canada and headed to Top Nosh for some dinner. Then it was back to the hotel.
Thursday:
The plan for tomorrow is to drive to Hamilton, ON to the African Lion Safari
To be continued......
ETA: I think we're gonna walk to the Ferris wheel now... Thats over 8 MI of walking today.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 29, 2015, 09:31:16 PM
What attractions are doable with a 18 months old?
You can pretty much do all the Niagara attractions with an 18 month old (just get one of those baby carriers)
You can also drive to the African Lion Safari in Hamilton pr Downeys Farm which is a little further.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on July 29, 2015, 09:43:46 PM
You can pretty much do all the Niagara attractions with an 18 month old (just get one of those baby carriers)
You can also drive to the African Lion Safari in Hamilton pr Downeys Farm which is a little further.
Thanks, I actually just booked the Four points Fallsview for שבת for the last week of August.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on July 30, 2015, 01:54:01 AM

Niagara with my better half and 2 daughters, ages 5 and 1 (almost) :We're staying at the Four Points Fallsview. Check in was a breeze, we requested a lower floor room as we are staying here for Shabbos and wanted hard keys. We were placed in the new section in room 322. The room is quite large plenty of space for additional beds and cribs and then some living space. We requested an extra chair and they sent right away.
At check-in i requested a fridge knowing that they charge an exorbitant amount but got free of charge (i'll explain once I've checked and there's no charge)
Parking at the hotel is an insane cad $25 for valet and cad $18 for self parking which is across the street by Chabad.
We opted to park across the street at the casino for cad $5 (no in & out ) and use the air conditioned walkway which connects to the Four Points and the Hilton.
Tuesday:very scenic... but see the traffic tickets thread  >:(
We arrived at about 7 pm, checked in , and davened mincha/maariv by chabad across the street. Then we walke sown to see the Falls lit up at night which was nice but the way back is up a steep hill.
Wednesday:
I davened by chabad 8:30 am. Nice large minyan.
We decided that to walk everywhere today. Parking doesn't seem to so easy here and my wife wanted us to get some excersize , so no bus.
We walked from the hotel to Hornblower cruises (canadian version of Maid of the Mist) which is a downhill walk but u still gatta get back up.
We walked from there to the Rainbow bridge, paid the usd $.50 pedestrian toll, and walked across to the US. After clearing passport control we walked over to Goat Island for Cave of the Winds wich was awesome (we did both Hornblower and Cave of the winds without ponchos and lived it- especially the kids)
The hurricane deck is an awesome experience and i did it with my one year old strapped to my back.
After that we walked back to Canada and headed to Top Nosh for some dinner. Then it was back to the hotel.
Thursday:
The plan for tomorrow is to drive to Hamilton, ON to the African Lion Safari
To be continued......
ETA: I think we're gonna walk to the Ferris wheel now... Thats over 8 MI of walking today.
you can get discounted African lion safari tickets at Costco
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 30, 2015, 07:33:40 PM
Niagara with my better half and 2 daughters, ages 5 and 1 (almost) :We're staying at the Four Points Fallsview. Check in was a breeze, we requested a lower floor room as we are staying here for Shabbos and wanted hard keys. We were placed in the new section in room 322. The room is quite large plenty of space for additional beds and cribs and then some living space. We requested an extra chair and they sent right away.
At check-in i requested a fridge knowing that they charge an exorbitant amount but got free of charge (i'll explain once I've checked and there's no charge)
Parking at the hotel is an insane cad $25 for valet and cad $18 for self parking which is across the street by Chabad.
We opted to park across the street at the casino for cad $5 (no in & out ) and use the air conditioned walkway which connects to the Four Points and the Hilton.
Tuesday:very scenic... but see the traffic tickets thread  >:(
We arrived at about 7 pm, checked in , and davened mincha/maariv by chabad across the street. Then we walke sown to see the Falls lit up at night which was nice but the way back is up a steep hill.
Wednesday:
I davened by chabad 8:30 am. Nice large minyan.
We decided that to walk everywhere today. Parking doesn't seem to so easy here and my wife wanted us to get some excersize , so no bus.
We walked from the hotel to Hornblower cruises (canadian version of Maid of the Mist) which is a downhill walk but u still gatta get back up.
We walked from there to the Rainbow bridge, paid the usd $.50 pedestrian toll, and walked across to the US. After clearing passport control we walked over to Goat Island for Cave of the Winds which was awesome (we did both Hornblower and Cave of the winds without ponchos and lived it- especially the kids)
The hurricane deck is an awesome experience and i did it with my one year old strapped to my back.
After that we walked back to Canada and headed to Top Nosh for some dinner. Then it was back to the hotel.
Thursday:
The plan for tomorrow is to drive to Hamilton, ON to the African Lion Safari
To be continued......
ETA: I think we're gonna walk to the Ferris wheel now... Thats over 8 MI of walking today.
African Lion Safari was pushed off to Sunday.
Thursday:
Davened 8:30 by chabad then headed out around 10:30 for Downey's farm (see Toronto thread) it was an hour and 25 min. drive and we left at 4:45. I would say the target age for Downey's farm is 4-6, which was perfect for us. We pretty much did everything they had to offer including the wagon ride twice.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shalumov on July 31, 2015, 03:03:58 AM
Looking to book either Niagara Falls Hilton or Embassy Suites (Sheraton is the back up option) for the last week of August (4 nights).
I do not have any Hilton points - any suggestion on the discount codes or discounter GiftCards i can use?



Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on July 31, 2015, 06:18:00 AM
Looking to book either Niagara Falls Hilton or Embassy Suites (Sheraton is the back up option) for the last week of August (4 nights).
I do not have any Hilton points - any suggestion on the discount codes or discounter GiftCards i can use?

Expedia $50 off.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shalumov on July 31, 2015, 08:22:36 AM
Expedia $50 off.

Is that per day? Do you have a link?

Thx
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: youkay on July 31, 2015, 08:24:40 AM

Looking to book either Niagara Falls Hilton or Embassy Suites (Sheraton is the back up option) for the last week of August (4 nights).
I do not have any Hilton points - any suggestion on the discount codes or discounter GiftCards i can use?
Is the Hilton nicer than the Sheraton on the falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shalumov on July 31, 2015, 09:13:44 AM
Is the Hilton nicer than the Sheraton on the falls?

The only reason I like Hilton more is because I am with kids, and Hilton have a nicer pool.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on August 04, 2015, 08:38:45 AM
Will 5 hours be enough time to cross the U.S. border and back (car), do the maid of the mist and cave of the winds? We're talking on a Friday and I don't want to stay stuck on the U.S. Side for shabbos.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 04, 2015, 08:46:38 AM
Will 5 hours be enough time to cross the U.S. border and back (car), do the maid of the mist and cave of the winds? We're talking on a Friday and I don't want to stay stuck on the U.S. Side for shabbos.
Should be enough.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: 159dallas on August 04, 2015, 08:23:25 PM
Can a 8 year old child get across the border without a passport?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: oiseli48 on August 04, 2015, 08:50:49 PM

Can a 8 year old child get across the border without a passport?

With a birth certificate shouldn't be an issue
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on August 04, 2015, 09:48:28 PM
Is the 42" hight rule at the Cave of the Winds strictly enforced? Anyone have experience, my child is like 5" short.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 05, 2015, 01:29:57 PM
No. I didn't realize there was a height restriction. We went with a 4 yr old and a 1 yr old
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 05, 2015, 01:44:22 PM
A couple years ago, we took a baby, with no problems. Is it new?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 05, 2015, 01:54:09 PM
A couple years ago, we took a baby, with no problems. Is it new?
i was there last week. No issues
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 05, 2015, 03:02:04 PM
Small TR:

Left Moitze Shabbos to Scranton stayed in the Four Points which is relatively close to the "Kosher" items. Obviously stopped at Krispy Creme to get the best doughnuts in USA. I upgraded to a suite for a few more dollars which was totally worth the money as the kids had their own room.
 We left Sunday morning around 11 got to Niagara around 4, Checked in to Sheraton on the falls which I booked for 10k a night they upgraded me to a suite with a balcony and Jacuzzi for 25 bucks a night. Went out to eat by the pizza place was a complete disaster as the wait was over an hour long the only thing that moved was the salad line......Fireworks at 10 was nice from the balcony.
 We really had only one day (Monday) to do everything as we were heading back on Tuesday. The falls are still falling and the Hornblower cruise is amazing as always. We did the Journey Behind the falls and Niagaras Fury as well as the White Water walk and the Aero Car. We bought the Passes for 75$.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 05, 2015, 03:30:52 PM
Small TR:

Left Moitze Shabbos to Scranton stayed in the Four Points which is relatively close to the "Kosher" items. Obviously stopped at Krispy Creme to get the best doughnuts in USA. I upgraded to a suite for a few more dollars which was totally worth the money as the kids had their own room.
 We left Sunday morning around 11 got to Niagara around 4, Checked in to Sheraton on the falls which I booked for 10k a night they upgraded me to a suite with a balcony and Jacuzzi for 25 bucks a night. Went out to eat by the pizza place was a complete disaster as the wait was over an hour long the only thing that moved was the salad line......Fireworks at 10 was nice from the balcony.
 We really had only one day (Monday) to do everything as we were heading back on Tuesday. The falls are still falling and the Hornblower cruise is amazing as always. We did the Journey Behind the falls and Niagaras Fury as well as the White Water walk and the Aero Car. We bought the Passes for 75$.
Cool sounds fun some Pics please, going for to be there  Iyh the last week of August, going to be there over Shabbes.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 05, 2015, 03:40:38 PM
Being that it was my 10th time there I did not really take many pictures. My In-Laws from Israel absolutely didnt stop with the pictures so I shall request them and send over.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on August 05, 2015, 06:43:22 PM
No. I didn't realize there was a height restriction. We went with a 4 yr old and a 1 yr old
i was there last week. No issues
A couple years ago, we took a baby, with no problems. Is it new?
Great!
Their website claims so. Don't know if it's a new rule.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ydbe on August 06, 2015, 01:15:29 AM
anyone know if this is accurate?

http://www.niagarafrontier.com/marketfee.html
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ydbe on August 06, 2015, 11:06:03 AM
also curious what people do for phone service in niagara? i have sprint currently, not sure if worthwhile to rent a phone for the week or get their 'international plan' which for 4.99 makes it .20 a minute instead of .49...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 06, 2015, 11:09:20 AM
also curious what people do for phone service in niagara? i have sprint currently, not sure if worthwhile to rent a phone for the week or get their 'international plan' which for 4.99 makes it .20 a minute instead of .49...
If you turn off roam,  you can get service close to the border (like very close). Otherwise use wifi at the hotel
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on August 07, 2015, 08:33:58 AM
Does anyone know if AA flies from NYC to Niagre fallls? if yea to witch airport?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 07, 2015, 08:36:26 AM
Does anyone know if AA flies from NYC to Niagre fallls? if yea to witch airport?
Look at aa.Com....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2015, 08:45:21 AM
Does anyone know if AA flies from NYC to Niagre fallls? if yea to witch airport?

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32877
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on August 07, 2015, 08:52:31 AM
i chacked already this DDMS post before I asked but the only thing i found was Toronto, thats an hour away. I was looking for something like Buffalo
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 07, 2015, 09:01:57 AM
i chacked already this DDMS post before I asked but the only thing i found was Toronto, thats an hour away. I was looking for something like Buffalo
So check aa website and see if they fly to Buffalo.

Edit: I did clicking for you... No direct flights.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2015, 09:13:04 AM
i chacked already this DDMS post before I asked but the only thing i found was Toronto, thats an hour away. I was looking for something like Buffalo
Well that should have given you a clue...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on August 07, 2015, 09:18:36 AM
I tought maybe things changed with the marger i guess not tnx anyway
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 07, 2015, 09:21:51 AM
I tought maybe things changed with the marger i guess not tnx anyway
"Sunday, July 5th, 2015, 5:00 pm"
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on August 07, 2015, 09:23:52 AM
yeah that part i missed
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 07, 2015, 09:33:46 AM
yeah that part i missed
You just go to Google flights and check which airlines fly to BUF
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Shauly101 on August 11, 2015, 12:53:54 PM
maid of the mist is a must if doing the Canadian one?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 11, 2015, 01:41:40 PM
maid of the mist is a must if doing the Canadian one?
Maid of the mist is better than Hornblower cruises but not a must. I recently did both.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 12, 2015, 08:23:26 AM
Maid of the mist is better than Hornblower cruises but not a must. I recently did both.
What makes it better?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 12, 2015, 09:28:19 AM
What makes it better?
the hornblower goes to the falls, turns around and returns to dock. The Maid of the Mist hangs around at the falls for quite a few minutes.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 12, 2015, 09:30:15 AM
the hornblower goes to the falls, turns around and returns to dock. The Maid of the Mist hangs around at the falls for quite a few minutes.
Good to know. Does the maid of the mist only go from the American side?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 12, 2015, 09:38:00 AM
Good to know. Does the maid of the mist only go from the American side?
yes
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 12, 2015, 10:28:31 AM
the hornblower goes to the falls, turns around and returns to dock. The Maid of the Mist hangs around at the falls for quite a few minutes.


I did the Hornblower last week. They both spend the exact same time at the falls. They work on the same schedule.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 12, 2015, 12:15:41 PM


I did the Hornblower last week. They both spend the exact same time at the falls. They work on the same schedule.
i don't know what you're basing you're information on , but if you stand on the rainbow bridge you can see that they dont operate on the samw schedule.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 12, 2015, 12:32:13 PM
Good to know. Does the maid of the mist only go from the American side?
yes

Is this a new thing. Last time I was there a couple of years ago I took the Maid of the Mist from the Canadian side.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 12, 2015, 12:38:19 PM
Is this a new thing. Last time I was there a couple of years ago I took the Maid of the Mist from the Canadian side.
Yup. Used to be only one company (Maid of the mist) operating on both sides.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 12, 2015, 12:42:28 PM
Yup. Used to be only one company (Maid of the mist) operating on both sides.

The Maid of the mist has become Hornblower for the Canadian side I believe last year.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 12, 2015, 12:43:10 PM
i don't know what you're basing you're information on , but if you stand on the rainbow bridge you can see that they dont operate on the samw schedule.

I was on the Hornblower last week and spent quite a few minutes in front of the falls. Is that enough proof?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 12, 2015, 01:05:11 PM
I was on the Hornblower last week and spent quite a few minutes in front of the falls. Is that enough proof?
I'm not arguing that the Hornblower isn't a nice cruise, I'm just saying I found the Maid of the Mist to better.
Did you also take the Maid of the Mist last week?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 12, 2015, 01:17:58 PM
I'm not arguing that the Hornblower isn't a nice cruise, I'm just saying I found the Maid of the Mist to better.
Did you also take the Maid of the Mist last week?

No. But I did in the past and they are the exact same thing.  Interesting article http://www.buffalonews.com/city-region/niagara-falls/maid-of-the-mist-and-hornblower-play-to-a-tie-in-the-falls-20141020
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ydbe on August 13, 2015, 08:58:02 AM
I chose to go on maid of the mist yesterday, because the hornblower website said 5 year old - 12 pays the child rate. On Maid of the mist 5 year olds are free. I emailed them to confirm, and I suggested they put it on their website.  From my short observation it appeared that both hornblower & maid of the mist boats hung around the falls for a while.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avrumy on August 19, 2015, 06:24:05 PM
Besides maid of the mist, is there any reason to cross on to the Canadian side?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on August 19, 2015, 06:27:12 PM
Besides maid of the mist, is there any reason to cross on to the Canadian side?
Does the maid of the mist only go from the American side?
yes
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 19, 2015, 07:44:47 PM
Besides maid of the mist, is there any reason to cross on to the Canadian side?
there are more attractions on the canadian. I'm a sucker for ferris wheels so for that it's worth it you can walk over easily and just wing it as you go. The best views imo are from the rainbow bridge itself.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avrumy on August 19, 2015, 11:14:53 PM
can you walk across the rainbow bridge or drive only?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 19, 2015, 11:15:42 PM
can you walk across the rainbow bridge or drive only?

Nope. You can even walk. It is fun to have one foot in each country. Oh,  and the walking toll is like 50 cents
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avrumy on August 19, 2015, 11:37:12 PM
if i do not have any spg status- which Sheraton is nicer for one night- on the falls Canada or NY? how much is parking by either one?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 19, 2015, 11:39:41 PM
Canada hotel is nicer. Especially if you can get a falls view room
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avrumy on August 19, 2015, 11:54:17 PM
How can i get a fall view room?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 19, 2015, 11:58:15 PM
How can i get a fall view room?
Call up spg and see if they can get it for you, or at least ask to put it in the reservation.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avrumy on August 19, 2015, 11:59:49 PM
Call up spg and see if they can get it for you, or at least ask to put it in the reservation.
even if i do not have any status?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 20, 2015, 12:37:02 AM
even if i do not have any status?
Putpac
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 20, 2015, 12:38:51 PM
even if i do not have any status?

Honemoon/Birthday
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 20, 2015, 06:38:40 PM
Honemoon/Birthday
in Niagara falls everyone has a birthday/ anniversary every day every time
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on August 20, 2015, 06:59:44 PM
there are more attractions on the canadian. I'm a sucker for ferris wheels so for that it's worth it you can walk over easily and just wing it as you go. The best views imo are from the rainbow bridge itself.
Sure

A. White water walk
B. Journey behind the falls
C. Spanish ( whirlpool ) aerocar
D. Whirlpool Jet
E. Floral Clock
F. Ripley's


And many more....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 21, 2015, 10:26:35 AM
in Niagara falls everyone has a birthday/ anniversary every day every time

I had 3 last year... ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on August 21, 2015, 12:34:50 PM
Will Page Plus work on the canada side without charge? also iam going with a infant any limitation as the boat ride, Journey behind the falls, etc.?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 21, 2015, 12:37:40 PM
also iam going with a infant any limitation as the boat ride, Journey behind the falls, etc.?

No problems. Just did it with a 9 month old.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on August 21, 2015, 12:59:53 PM
Does anyone have the email add. to the manager from Sharaton on the Falls? also what the valet parking fee by this hotel?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on August 21, 2015, 01:12:22 PM
also what the valet parking fee by this hotel?

40 a night
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on August 21, 2015, 01:13:39 PM
IIRC, there is cheapish parking at the Comfort Inn up the block.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on August 21, 2015, 01:13:44 PM
Wow thanks any way to avoid that
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 21, 2015, 01:49:17 PM
Wow thanks any way to avoid that
park @ the casino
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on August 21, 2015, 01:52:06 PM
its free by the casino? ovenight?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ydbe on August 22, 2015, 11:32:16 PM
there are 2 casinos, IIRC, one has $5 a day parking, and 1 was $20 a day. i think the newer one was the cheaper one. i think it was fallsview casino that was the newer/cheaper one.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 22, 2015, 11:38:15 PM
there are 2 casinos, IIRC, one has $5 a day parking, and 1 was $20 a day. i think the newer one was the cheaper one. i think it was fallsview casino that was the newer/cheaper one.
fallsview is attached to the four points and it is only $5 sometimes, other times it is $20 (it's not a per day fee. It's a flat fee you can park 4 days for $5)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 22, 2015, 11:45:47 PM
Staying at the four points for the last three nights. Can't wait to check out tomorrow. Beyond miserable experience. Let the customer beware
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 22, 2015, 11:47:42 PM
Staying at the four points for the last three nights. Can't wait to check out tomorrow. Beyond miserable experience. Let the customer beware
Over shabbes? Why is it miserable?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 22, 2015, 11:47:46 PM
Parking at casino across the street is $5 and you can go straight from the casino indoors to the hilton, four points and other hotels. Just takes a few minutes walk. Most attractions very close so you will not need to use your car anyway. Sheraton charged $18 a day for parking which is across the street from the hotel not by the hotel itself.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 22, 2015, 11:48:43 PM
Staff nasty. Room bad. A/C not working.... They already came to replace it.....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 22, 2015, 11:49:27 PM
I can't believe I paid for this place I plan on fighting it with AMEX when I get home.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: TimT on August 22, 2015, 11:50:49 PM
Staff nasty. Room bad. A/C not working.... They already came to replace it.....
They wouldn't put you in a different room with working A/C ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 22, 2015, 11:51:21 PM
I can't believe I paid for this place I plan on fighting it with AMEX when I get home.
You didn't use SPG?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 22, 2015, 11:52:23 PM
Didn't use points. Rather save it for something better then this junky place. At least I'm earning the points.....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 22, 2015, 11:53:50 PM
Didn't use points. Rather save it for something better then this junky place. At least I'm earning the points.....
How much was the room per night?
Title: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 22, 2015, 11:54:24 PM
Every night a different amount
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 23, 2015, 12:05:23 AM
Every night a different amount
How was shabbes @ the chabad place?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 23, 2015, 12:07:06 AM
They do a awesome job and they are beyond beyond beyond nice. We were so impressed
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 23, 2015, 12:10:31 AM
Staying at the four points for the last three nights. Can't wait to check out tomorrow. Beyond miserable experience. Let the customer beware
i had a great experience there a couple of weeks ago from check in to check out
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 23, 2015, 12:11:55 AM
They do a awesome job and they are beyond beyond beyond nice. We were so impressed
At least that part worked out. The thing is if you use SPG (with status for sure) they would probably have upgraded you to a better room. But I guess you live and learn.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 23, 2015, 12:14:11 AM
They do a awesome job and they are beyond beyond beyond nice. We were so impressed
+100
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 23, 2015, 12:24:48 AM
I tried that. They said they were full and can't change. For Shabbot they switched us to a lower floor. Left my phone charger in my old room and they refused refused to let me go back in to look for it. They insisted housekeeping checked 3 times and it's not there. I was positive I left it plugged in and I told them where to look. After 20 minutes of arguing they called security to escort me to the room. And surprise...... It was right where I told them it was
Title: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 23, 2015, 12:25:36 AM
Every single part of our trip regarding hotel was disaster. Can't believe this is a spg approved vendor
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 23, 2015, 12:56:39 AM
I tried that. They said they were full and can't change. For Shabbot they switched us to a lower floor. Left my phone charger in my old room and they refused refused to let me go back in to look for it. They insisted housekeeping checked 3 times and it's not there. I was positive I left it plugged in and I told them where to look. After 20 minutes of arguing they called security to escort me to the room. And surprise...... It was right where I told them it was
we had the exact same situtation. They switched to a lower floor for shabbos and i forgot my wallet in the room . they let me in without an issue (interestingly the key they issued me to get in only worked once)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 23, 2015, 09:15:58 AM
Was that recently
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on August 23, 2015, 09:33:41 AM
i had a great experience there a couple of weeks ago from check in to check out
+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on August 23, 2015, 09:34:37 AM
Every single part of our trip regarding hotel was disaster. Can't believe this is a spg approved vendor
Time to introduce you to: http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=14518.0
Hotel Compensation Master Thread
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chdayshc on August 23, 2015, 03:15:12 PM
Lol! I plan on fighting the entire charge with Amex let's see what happens
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 23, 2015, 07:37:22 PM
I can't find where to ask this question, so I'll try here. Is a birth certificate and a drivers license sufficient for a U.S. citizen to come back from Canada, to the U.S. ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 23, 2015, 07:57:26 PM
I can't find where to ask this question, so I'll try here. Is a birth certificate and a drivers license sufficient for a U.S. citizen to come back from Canada, to the U.S. ?
No! birth certificate could work for kids but not adults.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 23, 2015, 08:02:02 PM
Will they let me in with a passport that expired 2-3 months ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 23, 2015, 08:03:54 PM
It's no different then any border control. I wouldn't risk it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aygart on August 23, 2015, 09:23:22 PM
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/74/~/us-citizens---documents-needed-for-entry-into-the-u.s.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on August 24, 2015, 01:39:29 AM
No! birth certificate could work for kids but not adults.
Unless it's changed in the past year I've done it many times without issues.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 24, 2015, 09:37:00 AM
Unless it's changed in the past year I've done it many times without issues.
That what it says here
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/74/~/us-citizens---documents-needed-for-entry-into-the-u.s.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 24, 2015, 10:00:23 AM
It seems like from other people I've asked, if you bring the expired passport, birth certificate, and license you'll eventually be able to get in but it will take a while. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on August 25, 2015, 12:36:47 AM
FYI, there is a 50 cent per person toll when walking across the rainbow bridge from canada into the us.  And it's cash only...learned that the hard way!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on August 26, 2015, 02:44:06 PM
Can someone  get me info on chabad ? Will there be still minyan next week?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on August 26, 2015, 02:45:29 PM
Can someone  get me info on chabad ? Will there be still minyan next week?
http://m.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/1872688/jewish/Home.htm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 26, 2015, 10:08:00 PM
Can someone  get me info on chabad ? Will there be still minyan next week?
I will be there iyh
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on August 27, 2015, 01:51:48 AM
How far is yyz from Niagara falls by car ?
and is there public transportation straight from yyz to Niagara  falls and whats the price ?
Tnx
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on August 27, 2015, 01:54:52 AM
It's no different then any border control. I wouldn't risk it.
I don't think that it's an issue at the Canadian land crossing.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on August 27, 2015, 06:49:05 AM
How far is yyz from Niagara falls by car ?
and is there public transportation straight from yyz to Niagara  falls and whats the price ?
Tnx
Aprx 1 HR 15Min, I know there is from Downtown, I imagine they make a stop by the airport as well GIYF
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on August 27, 2015, 11:30:35 AM
Aprx 1 HR 15Min, I know there is from Downtown, I imagine they make a stop by the airport as well GIYF
Is buf closer to niagra then yyz?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ydad on August 27, 2015, 11:40:37 AM

Is buf closer to niagra then yyz?
Yes,about an hour closer.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on August 27, 2015, 11:49:50 AM
Yes,about an hour closer.
Tnx
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: an613 on August 27, 2015, 12:10:59 PM
If you're going to Canadian side you need to factor in crossing the border which could take a while and wipe out any time savings
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Devorah on August 29, 2015, 11:57:14 PM
There is very often lots of traffic between Niagara and Toronto.  Keep that in mind.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 30, 2015, 12:11:37 AM
If you're going to Canadian side you need to factor in crossing the border which could take a while and wipe out any time savings
It took us less then 5 minutes to cross the border at 2:00 pm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on August 30, 2015, 12:24:38 AM
It took us less then 5 minutes to cross the border at 2:00 pm
You never know...

I was at the Canadian Border up at Montreal and had no traffic at all...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 30, 2015, 12:46:42 AM
If you're going to Canadian side you need to factor in crossing the border which could take a while and wipe out any time savings
be sure to check www.niagarafallsbridges.com (http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com) for border crossing wait times
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chabad Niagara on August 30, 2015, 09:50:16 AM
I am the Lubavitch Rebbe's Shliach in Niagara Falls. And @DMYD recommended that I sign up, to create a further awareness of the Shul (Mikvah coming soon). My wife and I operate the Chabad Jewish Welcome Center in Niagara Falls. Feel free to check out our website at www.JewishNiagaraFalls.com for all current and updated information.
You can also purchase all your attractions tickets at the center and discounted rates not found anywhere else.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: rileywiles23 on August 30, 2015, 10:17:50 AM

I can't find where to ask this question, so I'll try here. Is a birth certificate and a drivers license sufficient for a U.S. citizen to come back from Canada, to the U.S. ?
No! birth certificate could work for kids but not adults.
Unless it's changed in the past year I've done it many times without issues.
Family member just went to canada from U.S.. with expired passport, birth certificate, as drivers license. They had no issue getting into Canada, and none getting back into U.S.A
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ydad on August 30, 2015, 10:45:30 AM
I am the Lubavitch Rebbe's Shliach in Niagara Falls. And @DMYD recommended that I sign up, to create a further awareness of the Shul (Mikvah coming soon). My wife and I operate the Chabad Jewish Welcome Center in Niagara Falls. Feel free to check out our website at www.JewishNiagaraFalls.com for all current and updated information.
You can also purchase all your attractions tickets at the center and discounted rates not found anywhere else.
Thank you for your service. I Davened by your place a few times.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: clear thinker on August 30, 2015, 10:48:45 AM
I am the Lubavitch Rebbe's Shliach in Niagara Falls. And @DMYD recommended that I sign up, to create a further awareness of the Shul (Mikvah coming soon). My wife and I operate the Chabad Jewish Welcome Center in Niagara Falls. Feel free to check out our website at www.JewishNiagaraFalls.com for all current and updated information.
You can also purchase all your attractions tickets at the center and discounted rates not found anywhere else.
Welcome to DDF! Thank for joining.
Thank you for your service. I Davened by your place a few times.
+ 1.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on August 30, 2015, 07:53:59 PM
I am the Lubavitch Rebbe's Shliach in Niagara Falls. And @DMYD recommended that I sign up, to create a further awareness of the Shul (Mikvah coming soon). My wife and I operate the Chabad Jewish Welcome Center in Niagara Falls. Feel free to check out our website at www.JewishNiagaraFalls.com for all current and updated information.
You can also purchase all your attractions tickets at the center and discounted rates not found anywhere else.
Welcome!
What is with Succos? I didn't see anything on the website.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on August 30, 2015, 07:57:20 PM
There is very often lots of traffic between Niagara and Toronto.  Keep that in mind.
Like 11 am on a Tuesday  should be traffic from yyz to Niagara?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on August 30, 2015, 07:58:27 PM
Like 11 am on a Tuesday  should be traffic from yyz to Niagara?
Not usually.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on August 30, 2015, 08:09:11 PM
Welcome!
What is with Succos? I didn't see anything on the website.
He is still getting used to ddf, but he said there will be minyonim on Success, the site will be updated after the summer.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: VacationLover on August 31, 2015, 09:20:31 AM
Welcome!
What is with Succos? I didn't see anything on the website.
He replied to my email that there will be Minyan there, I'll also be there IY"H
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 03, 2015, 03:30:03 PM
Mini TR:

As I was looking to get away for a nice weekend, Niagara was the destinations that was decided!
Started Thursday, I know that flying didn't gain that much time but for My wife and 18 months old it was easier taking a short flight, We drove to EWR. parked at a place for 4 days called snap, got this:   https://www.groupon.com/deals/snap-parking-1?SID=idlrpciuyv00we6f0070f&utm_source=rvs&utm_medium=afl&utm_campaign=6156223
It was $22 for 4 days.

So here is the UA lounge in EWR (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5754/20494927284_472d630f22_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/xe4RRf)20150827_111755 (https://flic.kr/p/xe4RRf) by

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We stayed at the Sheraton on the falls!
 
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Got upgraded to this:
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Because I am this:
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And also got this:
[url=https://flic.kr/p/xTtdMA](https://farm1.staticflickr.com/709/20929512140_619cc8f1d6_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134226055@N06/)20150828_112802 (https://flic.kr/p/xTtdMA) by

And every time I took the elevator I had to see this:
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Some views from my room:
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American falls:
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Canadian falls:
[url=https://flic.kr/p/xTugXu](https://farm1.staticflickr.com/664/20929717918_05a62de96f_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134226055@N06/)20150827_173406 (https://flic.kr/p/xTugXu) by

City View:
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The ground around the falls are really nice:
[url=https://flic.kr/p/xTsUaW](https://farm1.staticflickr.com/680/20929449520_71ed8d7fdf_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134226055@N06/)Niagara (https://flic.kr/p/xTsUaW) by
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Did the Hornblower and Bird Kingdom on Thursday. Got tickets at the Chabad house, you can get discounts on most attraction.
Some closer pics of the falls:
  [url=https://flic.kr/p/ybM1Kn](https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5678/21125364091_8f2d64e373_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134226055@N06/)20150828_132703 (https://flic.kr/p/ybM1Kn) by
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And for Shabbes we changed Hotels to this:   
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The reason why we had to switch is because we ate Shabbes in the Hotel that Chabad Of Niagara arranged, and here how it was set up before Shabbes:
[url=https://flic.kr/p/ybLE5K](https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5699/21125294571_35ca08b948_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134226055@N06/)Niagara (https://flic.kr/p/ybLE5K) by
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Yes literally like a Shava Bruches!!! The food, The service and everything about the Shabbes was absolutely Amazing! would Highly recommend to anyone. there were people from B.P Monsey Williamsberg, Clifton NJ, Chicago, Detroit. It was just Wonderful!

And Davined  here right across the street from the Hotel:
 
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The Kosher pizza shop is right under the Chabad center:
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So Sunday we did this Marineland: http://www.marinelandcanada.com/ It is a very large park a lot of walking to do to get around.
[url=https://flic.kr/p/yaccgC](https://farm1.staticflickr.com/739/21107449182_98578ea354_b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134226055@N06/)Niagara (https://flic.kr/p/yaccgC) by
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Then at night we went to see this:
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The lights that shine on the falls:
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And then some fire works!!
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And then Monday Morning we left Canada:
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Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on September 03, 2015, 03:46:06 PM
Truly amazing how you made a place I've been to a "million times" look really exciting!
Not a knock on Niagara, just a praise on your TR...
What was your Sheraton Suite called? Looks pretty cool...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 03, 2015, 03:46:16 PM
Nice TR. Are you SPG gold or plat? IME and what I heard from others, they don't upgrade too easily. Perhaps it was also the time of year (school starting/started for many)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 03, 2015, 04:13:36 PM
Truly amazing how you made a place I've been to a "million times" look really exciting!
Not a knock on Niagara, just a praise on your TR...
What was your Sheraton Suite called? Looks pretty cool...
Pent house Bi-level corner suite.
Nice TR. Are you SPG gold or plat? IME and what I heard from others, they don't upgrade too easily. Perhaps it was also the time of year (school starting/started for many)
Gold, I called up SPG to put in a request for an upgrade, called the hotel next day and they said that the upgrade was granted.   
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 03, 2015, 04:14:58 PM
Wow, in peak season no less.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on September 03, 2015, 04:31:49 PM
Nice.

Made me in the mood of another trip, there
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 03, 2015, 04:53:10 PM
Nice.

Made me in the mood of another trip, there
It's a trip that can be done multiple times.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on September 03, 2015, 04:57:11 PM
It's a trip that can be done multiple times.
Been there 4 times...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 03, 2015, 04:58:03 PM
Nice.

Made me in the mood of another trip, there
Quoting an entire TR should be a bannable offence :P
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on September 03, 2015, 05:01:12 PM
Quoting an entire TR should be a bannable offence :P

a mini TR only gets malkis  ;)

nice mini TR DMYD! Lucky you with the room
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 03, 2015, 05:05:47 PM
a mini TR only gets malkis  ;)

nice mini TR DMYD! Lucky you with the room
Sorry but I don't like to read long TRs so I definitely won't write them. I like looking at the pictures
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: VacationLover on September 03, 2015, 05:08:21 PM
Nice pics.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on September 03, 2015, 05:51:17 PM
Quoting an entire TR should be a bannable offence
Go right ahead...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: D93 on September 03, 2015, 06:01:20 PM
Great stuff!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on September 03, 2015, 06:03:30 PM
Nice TR, DMYD!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 03, 2015, 06:07:59 PM
Wow, that was really fun! DW has never been, so we really want to go. Thanks for posting the pics. If only I could write a TR that short.  ;D
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Hershelsdeals on September 03, 2015, 06:20:50 PM


Mini TR:

And every time I took the elevator I had to see this:
 (https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5634/21091430496_ab586562ce_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/y8M6to)20150828_103621 (https://flic.kr/p/y8M6to) by Dav Dembi (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134226055@N06/), on Flickr

 

That truly is frightening
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 03, 2015, 06:24:41 PM
Nice pics.

Great stuff!

Nice TR, DMYD!
Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 03, 2015, 06:25:23 PM
Wow, that was really fun! DW has never been, so we really want to go. Thanks for posting the pics. If only I could write a TR that short.  ;D
I think to write shorter ones are easier!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on September 03, 2015, 06:49:52 PM
I think to write shorter ones are easier!
No kidding
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 03, 2015, 06:51:09 PM
No kidding
Not for some people it seams!!! ;D
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 04, 2015, 09:31:20 AM
I think to write shorter ones are easier!
Maybe it takes less time, but it would be harder for me. Having to decide what details to leave out would not be an easy task!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on September 04, 2015, 08:44:10 PM
Maybe it takes less time, but it would be harder for me. Having to decide what details to leave out would not be an easy task!
Lol, it's an art.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on September 09, 2015, 12:37:46 PM
Does anyone have any recommendations which hotel I should stay at, Sheraton on the Falls Hotel or Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview. Obviously, I'd like a nice view but I also don't want to pay an arm and a leg for parking. Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on September 09, 2015, 12:39:54 PM
Sheraton on the falls is much nicer than the others
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on September 09, 2015, 12:59:47 PM
Sheraton on the falls is much nicer than the others
What should I do in regard to parking? Is there a casino or a cheaper parking option nearby?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Proisrael on September 10, 2015, 12:04:13 PM
What should I do in regard to parking? Is there a casino or a cheaper parking option nearby?

Everything is almost the same price. Just park at the hotel
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 10, 2015, 01:50:01 PM
What should I do in regard to parking? Is there a casino or a cheaper parking option nearby?
Nop not really you will just have to pay about $25 a day for parking.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on September 10, 2015, 10:31:33 PM
Or $39 for valay
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 10, 2015, 10:32:39 PM
Or $39 for valay
think its only $35 ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on September 30, 2015, 10:54:20 AM
Pays to go to Toronto for ready food? Rather get there or maybe Buffalo? Especially Shabbos ready prepared food. DO? :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on September 30, 2015, 11:39:45 AM
Pays to go to Toronto for ready food? Rather get there or maybe Buffalo? Especially Shabbos ready prepared food. DO? :)
Shabbos ready food I would go to Toronto for, unless Chabad in Niagara makes.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 30, 2015, 12:01:33 PM
Anyone know of Sukkas and minyanim near niagara today/tomorrow?

ETA: I see chabad has
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eli1571 on September 30, 2015, 12:02:07 PM
is one day enough in niagra to cover the basic sites ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 30, 2015, 12:06:47 PM
is one day enough in niagra to cover the basic sites ?

Yes
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 30, 2015, 12:08:23 PM
1 day? A few hours is enough.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on September 30, 2015, 12:10:51 PM
Sheraton on the falls is much nicer than the others

worth 10k spg?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eli1571 on September 30, 2015, 12:29:21 PM
1 day? A few hours is enough.
what can i cover in such a short time ? from the wiki it seems theres quite a few things to see there
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 30, 2015, 03:24:18 PM
worth 10k spg?
If you have status and can get upgraded yes, or at least a falls view room

what can i cover in such a short time ? from the wiki it seems theres quite a few things to see there
depends on age but the main things you don't need more then a day.

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eli1571 on September 30, 2015, 05:27:50 PM
If you have status and can get upgraded yes, or at least a falls view room
depends on age but the main things you don't need more then a day.


2 adults, what's a must ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 30, 2015, 06:00:53 PM
2 adults, what's a must ?
Go here you will get some discounts on tickets and will save you time that you don't have to wait on line to purchase the tickets. And he will recommend the stuff that you should do.
I am the Lubavitch Rebbe's Shliach in Niagara Falls. And @DMYD recommended that I sign up, to create a further awareness of the Shul (Mikvah coming soon). My wife and I operate the Chabad Jewish Welcome Center in Niagara Falls. Feel free to check out our website at www.JewishNiagaraFalls.com for all current and updated information.
You can also purchase all your attractions tickets at the center and discounted rates not found anywhere else.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: VacationLover on September 30, 2015, 09:54:04 PM
2 adults, what's a must ?
I did today Niagara Fury, it was a lot of fun
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: VacationLover on September 30, 2015, 09:55:27 PM
what can i cover in such a short time ? from the wiki it seems theres quite a few things to see there
I coverer today from 1:00-6:00 the entire Adventure pass (with 2 kids...)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on September 30, 2015, 11:56:58 PM
So is anyone at the $1 hotel DD posted?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eli1571 on October 01, 2015, 07:57:55 AM
I coverer today from 1:00-6:00 the entire Adventure pass (with 2 kids...)
is that on the us side or Canadian ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: VacationLover on October 01, 2015, 07:59:58 AM
So is anyone at the $1 hotel DD posted?
I saw many Yidden there
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 08, 2015, 11:57:30 AM
Ended up in Niagara for Chol Hamoed

Stayed at the Sheraton on the Falls. Paid 11k for "Falls View." The hotel is 22 stories high and they gave us a room on the 8th. Kinda disappointing, especially since I'm gold. Only had view of the American Falls. Parking is $25 for the day. You don't really need to move your car for the main attractions.

Bought an Adventure Pass from Chabad. It wasn't cheaper than buying direct but I figured I might as well give them the commission.
It included:

1) Hornblower boat tour: It's the Canadian version of Maid of the Mist. A must! Lots of fun!
2) Journey Behind the Falls: Kinda Cool. You can really appreciate the power of the falls as your hear it's rushing waters.
3) Niagara's Fury: Kinda Nauseating. It's a 4D movie and it's whole point is to get you wet.
4) White Water Walk: Didn't have time to do this but looks really cool.

Took the WeGo bus (included with pass) back to Clifton Hills. Saved us a 20 minute walk.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 08, 2015, 12:06:42 PM
Ended up in Niagara for Chol Hamoed

Stayed at the Sheraton on the Falls. Paid 11k for "Falls View." The hotel is 22 stories high and they gave us a room on the 8th. Kinda disappointing, especially since I'm gold. Only had view of the American Falls. Parking is $25 for the day. You don't really need to move your car for the main attractions.

Bought an Adventure Pass from Chabad. It wasn't cheaper than buying direct but I figured I might as well give them the commission.
It included:

1) Hornblower boat tour: It's the Canadian version of Maid of the Mist. A must! Lots of fun!
2) Journey Behind the Falls: Kinda Cool. You can really appreciate the power of the falls as your hear it's rushing waters.
3) Niagara's Fury: Kinda Nauseating. It's a 4D movie and it's whole point is to get you wet.
4) White Water Walk: Didn't have time to do this but looks really cool.

Took the WeGo bus (included with pass) back to Clifton Hills. Saved us a 20 minute walk.

i wanted to stay there too but they were booked. ended up staying at a Marriot with no view for $85 + $2 parking. we did the Bird Kingdom (my 4 yr old still talks about it and wants to go back) and the Imax. we got a ticket (all from Chabad) for the tower but didn't have time for it so we'll go back next year. we still want to do the Butterfly place as well. it was too cold for all the outdoor stuff for us. we really took our time and also went to Toronto for dinner.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 08, 2015, 01:05:01 PM
i wanted to stay there too but they were booked. ended up staying at a Marriot with no view for $85 + $2 parking. we did the Bird Kingdom (my 4 yr old still talks about it and wants to go back) and the Imax. we got a ticket (all from Chabad) for the tower but didn't have time for it so we'll go back next year. we still want to do the Butterfly place as well. it was too cold for all the outdoor stuff for us. we really took our time and also went to Toronto for dinner.

I didn't go with any kids. There is tons to do there but we wanted to do the things specific to Niagara. We ate at the Chabad house. Paid a lot for burnt, re-heated pizza. The poutine was surprisingly good though. They had fresh BBQ I should have done instead.

There is a butterfly exhibit in Riverhead.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 08, 2015, 01:49:27 PM
There is a butterfly exhibit in Riverhead.

any good? worth a 2 hour drive from BP?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 08, 2015, 02:50:43 PM
any good? worth a 2 hour drive from BP?

never been. sorry.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on October 08, 2015, 05:39:01 PM
Did you guys miss cave of the winds? One of the best Niagra attractions IMO.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on October 08, 2015, 05:46:44 PM
Did you guys miss cave of the winds? One of the best Niagra attractions IMO.

I know! We missed it this trip.  :(
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on October 08, 2015, 06:01:48 PM
Did you guys miss cave of the winds? One of the best Niagra attractions IMO.
+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on October 09, 2015, 02:25:42 AM

Did you guys miss cave of the winds? One of the best Niagra attractions IMO.
We did. With a 4 year old and that weather, we really only wanted indoor activities. Another day
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sams on October 09, 2015, 02:05:38 PM
Anyone around for Shabbat?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on October 09, 2015, 02:13:45 PM
So is anyone at the $1 hotel DD posted?
I was there. Not bad for $18 in total.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: jj1000 on October 09, 2015, 02:41:13 PM
I was there. Not bad for $18 in total.
Me too. It was fine. Threw away the second night I booked to go back for my nieces birthday party, it's nice paying $18 for a room.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on October 09, 2015, 02:56:12 PM
Me too. It was fine. Threw away the second night I booked to go back for my nieces birthday party, it's nice paying $18 for a room.
It is. I asked for a small fridge and they wanted $20 for the night. I was about to blurt out but that's more than I paid for the room. I guess that's how they get you.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on October 25, 2015, 10:50:09 PM
Radisson ,holiday inn ,4 points or double tree hotel should we book?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on October 25, 2015, 10:52:11 PM
Radisson ,holiday inn ,4 points or double tree hotel should we bookm
Radisson
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: palm tights on October 25, 2015, 10:54:42 PM
Radisson
Even Radisson lower floor ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on March 15, 2016, 04:34:08 PM
For those that are interested in a Chol Hamoed trip the Sheraton four points is available for roughly $60 USD per night. Granted you can get the room for 4000 spg points but with the package you get some activity freebies including a $25 (I assume CAD) casino voucher.

Sheraton Four Points is right next to the Chabad in Niagara.

http://www.fourpointsniagarafallsfallsview.com/niagara-falls-packages.php (http://www.fourpointsniagarafallsfallsview.com/niagara-falls-packages.php)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eli1571 on April 06, 2016, 04:58:18 AM
Coming from the EU which airport is closest to Niagara for international arrivals ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: bestwatchman on April 06, 2016, 05:38:11 AM
Coming from the EU which airport is closest to Niagara for international arrivals ?

yyz
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eli1571 on April 06, 2016, 09:12:31 AM
yyz
Thanx, how far away is that ?
What about buffalo and crossing the border to the Canadian side by car
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shmoe joe on April 06, 2016, 09:13:27 AM
Thanx, how far away is that ?
What about buffalo and crossing the border to the Canadian side by car
from buffalo about hr drive
Not sure how much from yyz
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: eli1571 on April 06, 2016, 09:14:51 AM
from buffalo about hr drive
Not sure how much from yyz
And yyz ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on April 06, 2016, 09:25:12 AM
Depending on traffic 1h 15m - 2h.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on April 06, 2016, 10:05:31 AM
Thanx, how far away is that ?
What about buffalo and crossing the border to the Canadian side by car
Don't think BUF has any international service.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: srulky on April 18, 2016, 01:01:07 PM
Booked for Chol Hamoed at the Four Points on the Canadian side.

1)Does anyone know if there is a fee for parking? or any other additional fees?

2) Also whats up with the $20 charge for a fridge? Never heard of a hotel charging like that. Does the Chabad have a fridge with access?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: savvydigz on April 18, 2016, 03:03:26 PM
I booked by oakes overlooking the falls paid $207 total for 2 nights with fallsview fridge cost $10 upon request.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on April 18, 2016, 03:12:04 PM
Booked for Chol Hamoed at the Four Points on the Canadian side.

1)Does anyone know if there is a fee for parking? or any other additional fees?

2) Also whats up with the $20 charge for a fridge? Never heard of a hotel charging like that. Does the Chabad have a fridge with access?

1. IIRC Valet is the only option and it's not free.

2. I Did  :(. I don't think that's going to work.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: srulky on April 18, 2016, 04:11:01 PM
Is there any street parking in the area?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Feivish on April 18, 2016, 04:15:37 PM
Some but not much. I wouldn't rely on it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on April 19, 2016, 01:53:38 AM
Is there cheaper/free parking if you get a casino card?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on April 20, 2016, 03:04:21 AM
Any free indoor places to sit and watch the falls, if the weather is not nice (and you don't have a fallsview hotel room) ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitrap on April 20, 2016, 10:53:21 AM
Any free indoor places to sit and watch the falls, if the weather is not nice (and you don't have a fallsview hotel room) ?
Canadian side? There's a building right by the falls, on the second floor there's a window with an okay view...iirc the fallsview casino has a nice view in the shopping center part of it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deal Guy on April 22, 2016, 03:48:25 AM
Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: username on April 26, 2016, 09:46:20 PM
Any free indoor places to sit and watch the falls, if the weather is not nice (and you don't have a fallsview hotel room) ?
American side?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moshke on April 26, 2016, 11:27:27 PM
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160427/6abf2cde76373d0682ef89bd4efffc9c.jpg)
This morning in Niagara
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lafan on May 03, 2016, 06:48:56 PM
Any reports from Shabbos while staying at the Four Points? Seems like a great value for 3,000 points per night.
What does Chabad charge for meals?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Adam101 on May 03, 2016, 08:06:40 PM
Any reports from Shabbos while staying at the Four Points? Seems like a great value for 3,000 points per night.
What does Chabad charge for meals?
Chabad won't be there this week, but a shabbaton  DO is being planned
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on May 03, 2016, 11:28:31 PM
Is there cheaper/free parking if you get a casino card?
it costs 5$ flat to park in casino garage. No card nec.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 04, 2016, 09:29:22 AM
How do you get in touch with Chabad?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on May 04, 2016, 10:50:16 AM
How do you get in touch with Chabad?

you can email Rabbi Zaltzman: info@jewishniagara.com
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 04, 2016, 01:34:29 PM
if travelling with 7 month old infant will we be limited regarding any of the attractions?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: stbaum on May 04, 2016, 02:55:22 PM
if travelling with 7 month old infant will we be limited regarding any of the attractions?

i wouldn't do any of the water related activities like Maid of the Mist
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: cf on May 04, 2016, 02:57:37 PM
i wouldn't do any of the water related activities like Maid of the Mist
You can go on the lower level once you get closer to the falls.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: username on May 04, 2016, 03:02:13 PM
You can go on the lower level once you get closer to the falls.
I've seen strollers with kids in on the upper level as well. Just ask for a large rainponcho  to cover the whole stroller.
No problem to do Maid of the Mist, as well as Cave of the Winds. With CotW, you leave your stroller, so you'll have to hold your baby the whole time.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: cf on May 04, 2016, 03:05:29 PM
I've seen strollers with kids in on the upper level as well. Just ask for a large rainponcho  to cover the whole stroller.
No problem to do Maid of the Mist, as well as Cave of the Winds. With CotW, you leave your stroller, so you'll have to hold your baby the whole time.
Didn't think of taking the stroller.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 04, 2016, 06:25:41 PM
We used a carrier and cut a whole in the poncho so she could breathe
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 06, 2016, 01:43:25 PM
looking to visit Niagra Falls in may Sun-Tues

thinking of flying to Buffalo and stationing there.

Also need to use hilton weekend free nights  by May 22 or else I loose it

any recommendations, advice, trip plans as to where to stay, car rental, any costs(parking?) I can avoid  etc...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 06, 2016, 04:28:41 PM
looking to visit Niagra Falls in may Sun-Tues

thinking of flying to Buffalo and stationing there.

Also need to use hilton weekend free nights  by May 22 or else I loose it

any recommendations, advice, trip plans as to where to stay, car rental, any costs(parking?) I can avoid  etc...
Oy, Hilton free nights in Niagara
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 09, 2016, 09:14:39 AM
the chabad minyan in Niagra Falls looks shaky for May.  if I am in Niagra falls Canada  side is my best bet for a sure minyan to drive to Buffalo?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on May 09, 2016, 09:57:54 AM
the chabad minyan in Niagra Falls looks shaky for May.  if I am in Niagra falls Canada  side is my best bet for a sure minyan to drive to Buffalo?
Yes we did that last June.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 09, 2016, 12:52:16 PM
Yes we did that last June.

thank you

was it a hassle crossing the border each time?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 09, 2016, 04:28:46 PM
I am finding one way avios reward flights from BUF to PHL on may 25 but nothing for the departure flight phl-buf on May 22.  One way fares for May 22 also seem high? any other ideas?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 11, 2016, 09:02:37 AM
my verizon plan does not cover calls while im in canada.  is my cost-effective option to just rent a phone for a few days?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 11, 2016, 09:15:44 AM
my verizon plan does not cover calls while im in canada.  is my cost-effective option to just rent a phone for a few days?
Grandfathered plan or current plan?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 11, 2016, 01:34:21 PM
Grandfathered plan or current plan?

we have basic phones.  I think grandfather but recently we lowered the cost of the plan but gave up on2 year contract free phone option.   Verizon said that that our phones will not work on canadian side and if it does charge per minute will be pricey
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 11, 2016, 01:36:00 PM
Add travelpass to your plan.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 11, 2016, 04:46:36 PM
Add travelpass to your plan.

they could to apply travelpass to our basic phones.

whats the next best option?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 12, 2016, 09:09:59 AM
meant to say they could not apply travelpass to our basic phones
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 12, 2016, 09:17:29 AM
used my soon expiring Hilton free weekend night for Hilton in Niagra Falls but it only got me a city view room.  With gold status am I likely to get upgraded to Falls view?

Second is there any way to get free or reduced parking for local attractions like maid of mist or cave of winds?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on May 12, 2016, 11:51:00 AM
With gold status am I likely to get upgraded to Falls view?

Second is there any way to get free or reduced parking for local attractions like maid of mist or cave of winds?

IME i got upgraded with gold to an awesome top floor fallsview suite. I paid revenue at the time though.

You are going to be walking to most attractions...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 12, 2016, 01:32:01 PM
IME i got upgraded with gold to an awesome top floor fallsview suite. I paid revenue at the time though.

You are going to be walking to most attractions...

so where am I parking?  the attractions i mentioned are on US side and will be staying on Canadian side
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: username on May 12, 2016, 01:46:24 PM
so where am I parking?  the attractions i mentioned are on US side and will be staying on Canadian side
At the falls. Parking is 8-10 dollars for the whole day. (lot 3 on Goat Island is the cheapest)
http://www.nysparks.com/parks/46/maps.aspx

http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/NiagaraFallsNiagaraFallsStateParkMap.jpg
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 12, 2016, 02:36:05 PM
At the falls. Parking is 8-10 dollars for the whole day. (lot 3 on Goat Island is the cheapest)
http://www.nysparks.com/parks/46/maps.aspx

http://www.nysparks.com/parks/attachments/NiagaraFallsNiagaraFallsStateParkMap.jpg

Thank you!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on May 12, 2016, 04:11:19 PM
so where am I parking?  the attractions i mentioned are on US side and will be staying on Canadian side
we walked from the Four Points Sheraton to Cave of the Winds with a 5 year old and a 1 year old.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 12, 2016, 05:18:36 PM
I am staying one night with starwood points, which hotel would you choose out of the following three; looking for nicest view of the falls and also a factor but not so important close to chabad

SHERATON ON THE FALLS HOTEL
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Four Points by Sheraton
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

SHERATON AT THE FALLS HOTEL, NIAGARA FALLS, NY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 12, 2016, 05:26:37 PM
I also have one free weekend night that I need to use which would you pick out of these two:

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites 6361 FALLSVIEW BOULEVARD, NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO



Embassy Suites Niagara Falls - Fallsview Hotel ON, Canada


Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on May 12, 2016, 05:56:30 PM
I also have one free weekend night that I need to use which would you pick out of these two:

Hilton Niagara Falls/Fallsview Hotel & Suites 6361 FALLSVIEW BOULEVARD, NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

Embassy Suites Niagara Falls - Fallsview Hotel ON, Canada

The Embassy's falls view rooms are much closer to the falls than the Hiltons.
That said, IMO/IME the Hilton has nicer rooms. (Some rooms still have pretty nice views of the falls, albeit farther away).
The Hilton is also closer to the "action" (Clifton Hills).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 13, 2016, 09:08:32 AM
The Embassy's falls view rooms are much closer to the falls than the Hiltons.
That said, IMO/IME the Hilton has nicer rooms. (Some rooms still have pretty nice views of the falls, albeit farther away).
The Hilton is also closer to the "action" (Clifton Hills).

Thanks!

and how about between the sheratons'? see comment before
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on May 13, 2016, 09:41:54 AM
Thanks!

and how about between the sheratons'? see comment before
Sheraton on the falls Canada side
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on May 13, 2016, 10:36:49 AM
Sheraton on the falls Canada side

and also a factor but not so important close to chabad


+1 Sheraton on the falls is nicer... Further from Chabad however
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 13, 2016, 12:55:34 PM
  sheraton or four points is closer to falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on May 13, 2016, 01:39:15 PM
sheraton or four points is closer to falls?

Sheraton on the falls is closer to the US Falls and has falls view rooms.
Four points is closer to the Canadian Falls and has falls view rooms.

The Four points is much closer is distance to the falls.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 13, 2016, 01:57:33 PM
you can email Rabbi Zaltzman: info@jewishniagara.com
No response. And can't seem to navigate their endless phone tree.
Anyone know if they have a minyan for may 21?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 13, 2016, 02:11:31 PM
No response. And can't seem to navigate their endless phone tree.
Anyone know if they have a minyan for may 21?

check minyanmap on their website
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidd75 on May 13, 2016, 02:15:58 PM
it looks like my gamble did not pay off

i have may 22 to may 25 trip planned from PHL to BUF to Niagra Falls.  I was hoping 7.5 one way avios would open up on May 22  but so far nothing.  And one way from phl to Buf are over $200.  On May 25 there is availability 7.5 avios BUF-PHL

any ideas anybody please ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on May 15, 2016, 10:20:26 PM
Has anyone eaten the Shabbos meals at Chabad Niagra? Any good?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yg1836 on May 19, 2016, 10:42:32 PM
I am currently in niagara. I tried contacting the Chabad Rabbi regarding meals and minyanim this for Shabbat but  to no avail. Nevertheless I plan on going regardless. Expect a full comprehensive report after Shabbat.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on May 20, 2016, 12:08:35 AM
I am currently in niagara. I tried contacting the Chabad Rabbi regarding meals and minyanim this for Shabbat but  to no avail. Nevertheless I plan on going regardless. Expect a full comprehensive report after Shabbat.
He finally emailed me back. No meals/minyanim this shabbos
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on May 20, 2016, 12:09:25 AM
Has anyone eaten the Shabbos meals at Chabad Niagra? Any good?
Yes very!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zevi on May 25, 2016, 02:02:03 AM
Anyone in Niagara for  this Shabbos ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 21, 2016, 11:01:58 PM
Which Hotel is reccomended when going with 3-4 kids?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on June 22, 2016, 12:16:16 AM
Which Hotel is reccomended when going with 3-4 kids?
Embassy Suites has big rooms and overlooking the falls
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on June 22, 2016, 07:12:29 PM
Embassy Suites has big rooms and overlooking the falls

+1 Was verry happy. They have forty something floors.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on June 22, 2016, 07:46:20 PM
Which Hotel is reccomended when going with 3-4 kids?
if your using SPG you can book a suite at the four points for just 8. If your going for shabbos this is the best option . Embassy suites rooms only start on the 10th floor , at the four points you can get a suite in the new section on the 2nd floor.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ilherman on June 22, 2016, 11:31:15 PM
Tx guys.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 26, 2016, 11:42:40 AM
Are All the shabbos meals worth $235 for 2 at Chabad?
Nice ambiance ? Good food?

If there was a takeout place I'd probably just buy that and eat in hotel..
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on June 26, 2016, 12:00:32 PM
Are All the shabbos meals worth $235 for 2 at Chabad?
Nice ambiance ? Good food?

If there was a takeout place I'd probably just buy that and eat in hotel..
No its amazing! had a great experience with chabad would do it again.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 26, 2016, 12:02:35 PM
No its amazing! had a great experience with chabad would do it again.
Thanks.
Is the four points a decent hotel? Clean? Easy on the upgrades to falls view?
Any other easy options for shabbos?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on June 26, 2016, 12:24:27 PM
Thanks.
Is the four points a decent hotel? Clean? Easy on the upgrades to falls view?
Any other easy options for shabbos?
Yes it's clean, never tried upgrading at that hotel it's the best shabbes option.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 26, 2016, 12:24:28 PM
Is it possible to uber from American to Canadian side of Niagara?
If I'm staying on Canadian side what's my best way to get to the maid of the mist? (I'll have a car)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 26, 2016, 12:25:12 PM
They offer the same ride on the Canadian side.
Title: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 26, 2016, 12:26:09 PM
They offer the same ride on the Canadian side.
Didn't see that, I'll search again. So any reason at all to need to go back into the states? Cave of the winds?

Eta: hornblower is the maid of the mist equivalent?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on June 26, 2016, 12:37:24 PM
Yes, but there is plenty to do on the Canadian side so I wouldn't bother going over. Depending on when you could waste a lot of time crossing back and forth due to customs. Hornblower is exact same ride - just a different boat.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on June 26, 2016, 01:31:16 PM
Any reviews on the Greg frewin wild magic show?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 03, 2016, 10:34:51 AM
Anyone have the price list from the fleishig restaurant in Niagara? Wondering if it's worth going, or just eating cold shnitzel in my hotel room!!
I hear that the milk and meat restaurant both got the COR Hechsher btw...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on July 03, 2016, 11:16:01 PM
Anyone have the price list from the fleishig restaurant in Niagara? Wondering if it's worth going, or just eating cold shnitzel in my hotel room!!

Make a BBQ. It will definitely be cheaper.
Title: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: zagguru on July 05, 2016, 03:16:06 PM
Using my pointmatch with Jetblue to fly JFK-BUF for the day. Have an 8AM there and 9PM flight back.
Anyone know if going for the day is sufficient to visit the falls or is recommended to at least spend a night there?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: Dawie on July 05, 2016, 03:17:25 PM
if you just want to see the falls from both sides and do a couple of the attractions, yes
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: zagguru on July 05, 2016, 03:24:22 PM
how long would it take to get from the airport to the canadian side? including crossing the border etc..
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: yechiel on July 05, 2016, 03:26:28 PM
Not long.

You can definitely enjoy spending only a few hours at Niagara.

Just a shame that Bufallo's Krispy Kreme is closed  :-\
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: jordan21 on July 05, 2016, 03:28:03 PM
Not long.

You can definitely enjoy spending only a few hours at Niagara.

Just a shame that Bufallo's Krispy Kreme is closed  :-\

Agreed!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: ar on July 05, 2016, 03:29:48 PM
Is there any other restaurants in Buffalo?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: Dawie on July 05, 2016, 04:39:03 PM
Is there any other restaurants in Buffalo?
http://www.bvkkosher.com/#!news/c2t8
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: davidd75 on July 05, 2016, 04:47:46 PM
how long would it take to get from the airport to the canadian side? including crossing the border etc..

minimum about 25 min with no traffic but lines to cross into Canada can be long at times so plan accordingly
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: User6669 on July 05, 2016, 05:02:01 PM
lines to cross into Canada can be long at times so plan accordingly


+1 Once waited almost an hour, but usually it's too long.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: ushdadude on July 05, 2016, 11:42:28 PM

+1 Once waited almost an hour, but usually it's too long.

you can use GE in nexus line
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 06, 2016, 12:44:18 AM
you can use GE in nexus line
Doesn't the car need to be registered?
Headed over the border in a rental, my wife and I both have GE. You sure we can go to nexus lane?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Lushkab on July 06, 2016, 08:00:26 AM
Doesn't the car need to be registered?
Headed over the border in a rental, my wife and I both have GE. You sure we can go to nexus lane?
You can use the nexus lane to enter the US only
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 06, 2016, 08:32:15 AM
You can use the nexus lane to enter the US only

Oh that could be. Didn't try it into Canada. My car was not registered
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on July 06, 2016, 08:45:42 AM
Oh that could be. Didn't try it into Canada. My car was not registered
Car doesn't need to be registered for Nexus, just need Nexus cards
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sag95 on July 06, 2016, 09:45:01 AM
Car doesn't need to be registered for Nexus, just need Nexus cards
You need a special Nexus card, or your global entry card works?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 06, 2016, 09:47:08 AM
You need a special Nexus card, or your global entry card works?

i used GE card
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 06, 2016, 10:29:34 AM
Anyone try using GE card both ways?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 06, 2016, 10:35:37 AM
Anyone try using GE card both ways?

And do all pax in car need it?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mgarfin on July 06, 2016, 11:05:53 AM
From the comments here
http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2014/04/21/crossing-us-land-border-with-global-entry/

It seems as GE only works in to the US and all pax need to have it.

But can anyone confirm. is the card only used to get into the lane or does the border officer scan your docs. I don't think you need a scanable doc at land crossing. If he doesn't scan once your in lane anyone in car should be good.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 06, 2016, 02:15:19 PM
You hold up the cards as you're driving up and it counts how many
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: User6669 on July 06, 2016, 04:40:18 PM
you can use GE in nexus line

Does everyone in the vehicle have to have GE?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 07, 2016, 02:15:17 AM
Is Niagara brewing company beer kosher?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on July 10, 2016, 03:02:22 AM
Is Niagara brewing company beer kosher?

All unflavored beer is kosher
Title: Re: Niagara Falls for the Day
Post by: Ploni3 on July 10, 2016, 07:44:37 AM
Does everyone in the vehicle have to have GE?
Yes - or Nexus
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on July 10, 2016, 12:54:01 PM
whats the best option for renting a car for the day from BUF airport?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 10, 2016, 05:36:36 PM
Just tried global entry at the whirlpool bridge going into the US, which is nexus only and it did not work. They wouldn't let me on the bridge
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ushdadude on July 10, 2016, 06:59:44 PM
Just tried global entry at the whirlpool bridge going into the US, which is nexus only and it did not work. They wouldn't let me on the bridge

that's strange. I used it on nexus line of rainbow bridge
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on July 13, 2016, 10:53:06 AM
The Embassy's falls view rooms are much closer to the falls than the Hiltons.
That said, IMO/IME the Hilton has nicer rooms. (Some rooms still have pretty nice views of the falls, albeit farther away).
The Hilton is also closer to the "action" (Clifton Hills).
Which Hilton is more family Friendly?
Does Embassy Suites have 2 Bedroom Suites?(want more than a Sofa for the Kids)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on July 13, 2016, 11:25:24 AM
I am confused by the Starwood properties there.  Whats the difference between the 4 different properties right near the falls? Which is recommended? I am going with 2 adults and 4 kids, is the embassy suites my best option or is oneof the starwoods?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 13, 2016, 01:44:34 PM
I am confused by the Starwood properties there.  Whats the difference between the 4 different properties right near the falls? Which is recommended? I am going with 2 adults and 4 kids, is the embassy suites my best option or is oneof the starwoods?
I would avoid Sheraton on the falls
We got upgraded to a corner suite with beautiful view but thats the extent of whats nice about the hotel.... oh wait location was awesome.
as for price 10k spg points was 5x what it should charge
and cash rate was under $100 which was still high but luckily they refunded me in full.... and i got credited for the stay.


Sheraton on the falls is walking distance to Hornblower Cruise
but what i suggest is what we did
we took a taxi to Journey behind the falls around 10am
then 10 min walk to Hornblower then 2 min walk back to hotel and headed back to Airport
We were back in hotel around 12
plenty of time to hang out, shower & changed and then headed to airport

you should not plan to spend more than a day at the falls.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: blue eyes on July 13, 2016, 04:35:36 PM
Has anyone had experience with Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview regarding hotplates and crockpots?
i called the property to ask what their policy is and they said they dont allow hotplates in the room. Are they strict with enforcing that? do they give an area where you are allowed to place hotplate/crockpot?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on July 13, 2016, 04:43:08 PM
Has anyone had experience with Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview regarding hotplates and crockpots?
i called the property to ask what their policy is and they said they dont allow hotplates in the room. Are they strict with enforcing that? do they give an area where you are allowed to place hotplate/crockpot?


Was there 2 weeks ago for shabboss. Don't have experience with hot plates but would recommend doing the shabboss meals with Chabad in the hotel they were great. They have a restaurant as well for during the week which perhaps could help you avoid needing hotplate altogether.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on July 13, 2016, 07:37:54 PM

you should not plan to spend more than a day at the falls.
really? anyone else want to weigh in on this? we were going to spend a few days there
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2016, 07:55:52 PM
Split it with Toronto.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 13, 2016, 08:02:24 PM

Was there 2 weeks ago for shabboss. Don't have experience with hot plates but would recommend doing the shabboss meals with Chabad in the hotel they were great. They have a restaurant as well for during the week which perhaps could help you avoid needing hotplate altogether.
Tall hotel 37 floors
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DP7 on July 13, 2016, 08:08:57 PM
Tall hotel 37 floors
Umm. Ok.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 13, 2016, 08:09:01 PM
So ask for a low floor.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 13, 2016, 08:17:33 PM
So ask for a low floor.
Then you lost out on the only thing the hotel has...a view
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 13, 2016, 08:19:02 PM
Split it with Toronto.
Agreed Shabbat in Toronto
1 day in Niagara

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 13, 2016, 08:20:33 PM
Agreed Shabbat in Toronto
1 day in Niagara
Toronto go to casa loma and aquarium and CN tower
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on July 13, 2016, 09:05:22 PM
Agreed Shabbat in Toronto
1 day in Niagara

what are the options for Shabbos in toronto?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 13, 2016, 10:47:02 PM
what are the options for Shabbos in toronto?
Park Hyatt
Shaare tzedek for Shul
15 min walk

Fantastic area to walk around on Shabbat
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: springles on July 14, 2016, 11:55:46 AM
Split it with Toronto.
There seem to be so many things to do at Niagara. whats the ideal amount of time to spend there?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aarony on July 14, 2016, 02:43:31 PM
IME 2 full days.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 14, 2016, 03:10:34 PM
There seem to be so many things to do at Niagara. whats the ideal amount of time to spend there?

1 day Max
what do you want to do?
Horn blower ride ?
Journey behind the falls?

what else?
that right there is 2 hours

what else is there to do unless you want to do the barrel ride down Niagra then maybe you should plan to be there longer......
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 14, 2016, 03:10:50 PM
IME 2 full days.
What did you do for 2 days?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 14, 2016, 03:38:16 PM
What did you do for 2 days?
if your going with toddlers and walking everywhere, activities tend to take a bit longer.
Hornblower
Cave of the winds (skip journey behind the falls, kind of lame after Cave of the winds)
Maybe skywheel if your a sucker for ferris wheels.
If your walking to cave of the winds from the canadian side, you need to alot time for that. (beautiful walk imho)
A picnic lunch in niagara state park.
And youve filled 2 days.
If your staying for shabbos then 3 days.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aygart on July 14, 2016, 04:39:45 PM

If your staying for shabbos then 3 days.

Well Friday isn't a full day then.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on July 14, 2016, 04:51:54 PM
if your going with toddlers and walking everywhere, activities tend to take a bit longer.
Hornblower
Cave of the winds (skip journey behind the falls, kind of lame after Cave of the winds)
Maybe skywheel if your a sucker for ferris wheels.
If your walking to cave of the winds from the canadian side, you need to alot time for that. (beautiful walk imho)
A picnic lunch in niagara state park.
And youve filled 2 days.
If your staying for shabbos then 3 days.

+1 there's a lot to do there, 2-3 days easily.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 14, 2016, 05:07:35 PM
Well Friday isn't a full day then.
pretty full day if your eating in the hotel ballroom with chabad. (i highly recommend doing that if your there for shabbos- great people, decent food, and convenience is second to none if your stying at the Four points)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aarony on July 14, 2016, 06:02:16 PM
My comment of 2 full days was referring to the maximum time.   That is what I would recommend to someone who has not been there before with kids   

When we went with the kids years ago we planned our time to be both exciting and relaxing.  We enjoyed walking back across the rainbow bridge to do cave of the winds.  Some people would rather drive everywhere but for us it really worked to make the trip more adventurous. 

That said, after two days you will be at the mercy of the tourist traps to keep anyone entertained. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 14, 2016, 06:10:29 PM
My comment of 2 full days was referring to the maximum time.   That is what I would recommend to someone who has not been there before with kids   

When we went with the kids years ago we planned our time to be both exciting and relaxing.  We enjoyed walking back across the rainbow bridge to do cave of the winds.  Some people would rather drive everywhere but for us it really worked to make the trip more adventurous. 

That said, after two days you will be at the mercy of the tourist traps to keep anyone entertained.
+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 14, 2016, 09:09:54 PM
Well Friday isn't a full day then.
Shabbats at 8pm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on July 15, 2016, 10:13:37 AM
Regarding Four Points on Falls
1-I am going to be staying for shabbos, I see people say that they go to a lower floor , is that since they don't wan to walk or because the upper floors don't have shabbos keys.
2- They charge 25 per night for a fridge, is that a mini fridge that comes with the rooms normal or is that the little bigger that you see in offices some times?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on July 15, 2016, 05:38:57 PM
http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-07-15/the-best-new-way-to-experience-niagara-falls-is-by-zipline?mbid=nl_071516_Daily&CNDID=31640161&spMailingID=9210822&spUserID=MTMzNDg1MTk0MjEzS0&spJobID=961225157&spReportId=OTYxMjI1MTU3S0 (http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-07-15/the-best-new-way-to-experience-niagara-falls-is-by-zipline?mbid=nl_071516_Daily&CNDID=31640161&spMailingID=9210822&spUserID=MTMzNDg1MTk0MjEzS0&spJobID=961225157&spReportId=OTYxMjI1MTU3S0)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 16, 2016, 10:09:00 PM
Regarding Four Points on Falls
1-I am going to be staying for shabbos, I see people say that they go to a lower floor , is that since they don't wan to walk or because the upper floors don't have shabbos keys.
2- They charge 25 per night for a fridge, is that a mini fridge that comes with the rooms normal or is that the little bigger that you see in offices some times?
1- both reasons. I got a room with a key on the fourth floor in the new wing, was really nice.
2-a little bigger, has a small freezer. They didn't charge me for the fridge.

Overall I was very impressed with the hotel, was clean and fresh. It felt better than the Sheraton on the falls and was a third of the price. Only thing is that you can't see the falls!

Chabad for shabbos was very impressive. I came in not expecting anything and was pleasantly surprised. My week the meals were hosted in the Chabad center and not the hotel, but that's because the hotel conference center was booked and it was a small week. I assume in the hotel it's more spacious and better ac! There was more than enough food and presentation was really impressive. Different color table cloths and napkins for each meal, nice center pieces and great service. Food was decent as well. Didn't expect such nice presentation in Niagara.
When we came in we were a bit surprised that it wasn't private tables, we were placed with a few other couples. Turned out to be nice.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 18, 2016, 12:13:15 PM
Regarding Four Points on Falls
1-I am going to be staying for shabbos, I see people say that they go to a lower floor , is that since they don't wan to walk or because the upper floors don't have shabbos keys.
2- They charge 25 per night for a fridge, is that a mini fridge that comes with the rooms normal or is that the little bigger that you see in offices some times?
I was there this weekend and they only charged  $20 for the fridge and its not a mini it is a medium size stayed on 2nd floor I head 2 rooms its was very nice and clean paid with points it was 3300 per night .
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on July 18, 2016, 06:56:58 PM
So consensus is that Four Points is better than SoF?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 18, 2016, 09:01:23 PM
So consensus is that Four Points is better than SoF?
View at Sheraton on the falls is waaay better, and I enjoyed being able to open the door/window. Plat lounge had no kosher food. Pool was disgusting, carpets felt dirty.
Four points is much cheaper, no view though. No plat lounge. Indoor pool and fitness center wasn't bad. Overall the hotel felt clean and fresh.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 19, 2016, 12:02:39 AM
http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-07-15/the-best-new-way-to-experience-niagara-falls-is-by-zipline?mbid=nl_071516_Daily&CNDID=31640161&spMailingID=9210822&spUserID=MTMzNDg1MTk0MjEzS0&spJobID=961225157&spReportId=OTYxMjI1MTU3S0 (http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2016-07-15/the-best-new-way-to-experience-niagara-falls-is-by-zipline?mbid=nl_071516_Daily&CNDID=31640161&spMailingID=9210822&spUserID=MTMzNDg1MTk0MjEzS0&spJobID=961225157&spReportId=OTYxMjI1MTU3S0)
Awesome we got to do this next time
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 19, 2016, 12:03:36 AM
Awesome we got to do this next time
I wonder if there is some zip line in the world that when you reach the end it just lands in the water no unhooking that would be epic
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 19, 2016, 12:05:39 AM
View at Sheraton on the falls is waaay better, and I enjoyed being able to open the door/window. Plat lounge had no kosher food. Pool was disgusting, carpets felt dirty.
Four points is much cheaper, no view though. No plat lounge. Indoor pool and fitness center wasn't bad. Overall the hotel felt clean and fresh.
Sheraton at the falls when I went did have kosher cereals at the lounge
&
Soda

Carpets were awful

Window open balcony was 2x2 maybe
Enough space for a selfie not for 2 chairs and a table
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 19, 2016, 12:07:48 AM
So consensus is that Four Points is better than SoF?
Your there for Shabbat?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on July 19, 2016, 10:18:26 AM
+1 there's a lot to do there, 2-3 days easily.

If i do Marineland is that a full day?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on July 19, 2016, 11:52:40 AM
If i do Marineland is that a full day?

I was there last week from 1 to 7
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on July 19, 2016, 11:57:44 AM
I was there last week from 1 to 7
what age kids were you there with i have a 16, 14, 8, 3 year olds will it work for them? 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yanks10952 on July 19, 2016, 02:10:53 PM
anyone been to Safari Niagara it seems like fun just have not heard about it yet?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on July 20, 2016, 11:05:01 PM
Your there for Shabbat?

No
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Lushkab on July 22, 2016, 01:09:09 PM
Just tried global entry at the whirlpool bridge going into the US, which is nexus only and it did not work. They wouldn't let me on the bridge
Taht's weird because i called them i few days ago and they told that's ok for GE
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 22, 2016, 01:39:15 PM
Taht's weird because i called them i few days ago and they told that's ok for GE
The bar wouldn't go up, so I press the intercom and the agent told me GE won't work
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Lushkab on July 22, 2016, 01:45:23 PM
The bar wouldn't go up, so I press the intercom and the agent told me GE won't work
Whirlpool U.S. Customs Office Telephone Number: (716) 278-0200
Probably that agent didn't know what is he talking about
I will try it next week probably
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on July 23, 2016, 10:04:12 PM
any good ideas for car rentals for the day from BUF airport to Canadian side?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sammy n on July 23, 2016, 11:01:44 PM
any good ideas for car rentals for the day from BUF airport to Canadian side?
One way?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on July 24, 2016, 06:36:10 PM
no round trip. im going for the day
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: David Smith on July 24, 2016, 06:37:53 PM
no round trip. im going for the day
There's a national at buf.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sammy n on July 24, 2016, 06:38:07 PM
no round trip. im going for the day
Why not buy a free day voucher for either hertz national or Avis?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on July 24, 2016, 10:18:52 PM
Is there a pass to purchase that combines a few activities?
What is it called?
Can it be purchased from Chabad?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on July 24, 2016, 10:25:48 PM
Is there a pass to purchase that combines a few activities?

This? (http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-deals/adventure-pass-b.html?utm_expid=7544428-16.gJSnqCRwTemHTbOcfzQZUA.2&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.il%2F)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on July 24, 2016, 10:42:46 PM
New attraction! Looks really cool!



http://wildplay.com/niagarafalls/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on July 24, 2016, 10:52:01 PM
This? (http://www.niagaraparks.com/niagara-falls-deals/adventure-pass-b.html?utm_expid=7544428-16.gJSnqCRwTemHTbOcfzQZUA.2&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.co.il%2F)
Is it worth it?
I am going with Children.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ttn on July 25, 2016, 05:41:43 PM
There are 2 sheratons at niagra one sheraton on the falls the other sheraton at the falls which is a little further from falls anyone know which is a nicer hotel?...thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Crazy tools on July 25, 2016, 07:50:56 PM
There are 2 sheratons at niagra one sheraton on the falls the other sheraton at the falls which is a little further from falls anyone know which is a nicer hotel?...thanks
One is on the Canadian side and the other on the American
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ttn on July 25, 2016, 09:27:19 PM
One is on the Canadian side and the other on the American
Thanks do u know which is a nicer hotel?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zlt123 on July 26, 2016, 12:40:27 AM
The Sheraton on the falls is a really nice hotel, and is probebly the better choise then the American one, but there is another 1, the 4 points by Sheraton thats closer to chabad but you can't really see the falls from there
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: zagguru on July 26, 2016, 11:07:44 AM
Why not buy a free day voucher for either hertz national or Avis?

sounds good. where can i get that?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sammy n on July 26, 2016, 11:24:19 AM
sounds good. where can i get that?
There are threads on DDF with people selling them. I have 2 hertz vouchers that I'm selling as a pair of your interested.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: katherine123 on July 26, 2016, 11:55:38 AM
The Sheraton on the falls is a really nice hotel, and is probebly the better choise then the American one, but there is another 1, the 4 points by Sheraton thats closer to chabad but you can't really see the falls from there

Was just at Four Points Sheraton a week ago. It's a nice hotel but not extravagantly nice. We were happy with it and with the service. We were there over shabbos and ate the shabbos meals in the ballroom with Chabad (jewishniagara.com).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2016, 02:14:50 PM
New attraction! Looks really cool!



http://wildplay.com/niagarafalls/
Sick
I mean psycho
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Jerseysteve on July 26, 2016, 03:58:38 PM
Hi - I am planning a trip to Niagara this week but one of my childeren turned 16 3 weeks ago - what will happen when I try to reenter the US with a birth certificate. To late and expensive to get a passport.

TY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Jerseysteve on July 26, 2016, 04:01:25 PM
Alos staying at the Four Points By Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview to be near Chabad - is it worth the extra 1500 points per room for fallsview - or I will not see it anyway.

TY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2016, 04:14:47 PM
Alos staying at the Four Points By Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview to be near Chabad - is it worth the extra 1500 points per room for fallsview - or I will not see it anyway.

TY
Def not
You'll push and get that upgrade when your there
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Jerseysteve on July 26, 2016, 04:16:12 PM
Thanks - but will I see the falls from there? Sometimes it is worth it to me the extra points not to be pushy.

TY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2016, 04:25:37 PM
Thanks - but will I see the falls from there? Sometimes it is worth it to me the extra points not to be pushy.

TY
True check oyster
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Jerseysteve on July 26, 2016, 04:35:51 PM
True check oyster
??
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2016, 05:10:56 PM
https://www.tripadvisor.com/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2016, 05:19:26 PM
Thanks - but will I see the falls from there? Sometimes it is worth it to me the extra points not to be pushy.

TY

I found this photo of the view

it looks like there might be some buildings in the way

check google maps
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JayR on July 26, 2016, 05:31:41 PM
True check oyster
IMO, I prefer looking up places on oyster than on Trip Advisor.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ttn on July 26, 2016, 05:49:23 PM
I found this photo of the view

it looks like there might be some buildings in the way

check google maps
Do you know if it is worth it to stay at sheraton on the falls over four points I know it's closer to the falls but  how much nicer is the sheraton?...Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2016, 06:24:03 PM
Do you know if it is worth it to stay at sheraton on the falls over four points I know it's closer to the falls but  how much nicer is the sheraton?...Thanks
Really not nice at all!!!
And very high for Shabbat
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2016, 06:24:39 PM
IMO, I prefer looking up places on oyster than on Trip Advisor.
I do as well I couldn't find the hotel listed so I amended my post
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Jerseysteve on July 26, 2016, 07:09:40 PM
I do as well I couldn't find the hotel listed so I amended my post
I only was able to find the other Sheraton there - thanks.

Does anyone have any info about the fact that  one of my childeren turned 16 3 weeks ago - what will happen when I try to reenter the US with a birth certificate. To late and expensive to get a passport.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 26, 2016, 08:29:16 PM
I only was able to find the other Sheraton there - thanks.

Does anyone have any info about the fact that  one of my childeren turned 16 3 weeks ago - what will happen when I try to reenter the US with a birth certificate. To late and expensive to get a passport.

Oh my... Does he have a driver license??? Junior is still good for ground transportation to and from Canada

If not see if you can rush and get one



You have to anyways
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Jerseysteve on July 26, 2016, 09:53:56 PM
I can get him a state id but OH does not have an enhanced drivers license so as far as I can tell it should not officially work. I am just wondering if he is 16 if they will  let it slide.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Lushkab on July 27, 2016, 01:57:12 PM
Is there a pass to purchase that combines a few activities?
What is it called?
Can it be purchased from Chabad?
J-pass? That's the new chabad pass, idk what's included in the pass
I think they sell also the adventure pass
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: hide4 on July 27, 2016, 03:17:33 PM
Is the four points by sheraton canada walking distance from any shul?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Lushkab on July 27, 2016, 03:20:04 PM
Is the four points by sheraton canada walking distance from any shul?
The chabad center is right across the four points, i was there two weeks ago and it was an amazing experience!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: hide4 on July 27, 2016, 03:23:03 PM
The chabad center is right across the four points, i was there two weeks ago and it was an amazing experience!
What did you do about shabbat food?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Lushkab on July 27, 2016, 03:27:37 PM
What did you do about shabbat food?
I wasn't there for shabbos but i heard that they have really nice shabbos meals in the four points ballroom by reservation
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: hide4 on July 27, 2016, 03:32:06 PM
I wasn't there for shabbos but i heard that they have really nice shabbos meals in the four points ballroom by reservation
Thanks for the info.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 27, 2016, 04:08:17 PM
I do as well I couldn't find the hotel listed so I amended my post
thats the a good reason to stay there
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dovy2 on August 01, 2016, 10:36:12 PM
is the wiki correct? no fleishig restaurant?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on August 02, 2016, 07:56:44 AM
This year there is Fleishig. Just google Jewishniagara on the Web.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lavie on August 04, 2016, 11:40:02 AM
Any reports from Shabbos while staying at the Four Points? Seems like a great value for 3,000 points per night.
What does Chabad charge for meals?
quiet nice, we really enjoyed there the shabbat, the rabbi made us very comfortable!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lavie on August 04, 2016, 11:42:33 AM
How do you get in touch with Chabad?
I contacted Visitor@jewishniagara.com they responded very quickly
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 08, 2016, 09:19:25 PM
My recollection is that NF is very urban. Is there anyplace within about 2 hours of NF that is more rural, where I could rent a house? Maybe in the PA Wilds region, NY Finger Lakes? Has anyone done s/t like this?
Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 09, 2016, 06:55:18 PM
What would you recommend as must-see in Niagara for a 1 day trip (about 6 hours) - preferably on the cheaper side?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 09, 2016, 07:08:04 PM
What would you recommend as must-see in Niagara for a 1 day trip (about 6 hours) - preferably on the cheaper side?
The Falls.
(Sorry, but I had to)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 09, 2016, 08:10:11 PM
The Falls.
(Sorry, but I had to)
Ok, you had your fun. ;)
Now how about some suggestions?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 09, 2016, 10:52:33 PM
Ok, you had your fun. ;)
Now how about some suggestions?
besides the falls, the only other "must see" is cave of the winds
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 09, 2016, 11:42:09 PM
besides the falls, the only other "must see" is cave of the winds
Not Maid of the Mist?
COTW is very expensive (for a large family). Still a must see?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 10, 2016, 01:01:16 AM
Am I correct in assuming that children (US citizens) do not need a passport to cross into Canada by car (and back to the US), that a birth cert. is sufficient? What if only one parent is in the car?
Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on August 10, 2016, 01:14:42 AM
Am I correct in assuming that children (US citizens) do not need a passport to cross into Canada by car (and back to the US), that a birth cert. is sufficient? What if only one parent is in the car?
Thanks.

Up to 16 should be fine. CMIIR
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 10, 2016, 06:40:33 AM
Just in case, you s should get a letter signed (and notarized) by the other parent authorizing to take the kids across the border
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on August 10, 2016, 02:17:22 PM
Not Maid of the Mist?
COTW is very expensive (for a large family). Still a must see?
when I went, we purchased  a pass that includes a bunch of attractions. The whirlpool jetboat is amazing too, and I purchased a discounted ticket for that @ Chabad there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 10, 2016, 02:22:42 PM
Up to 16 should be fine. CMIIR
Just in case, you s should get a letter signed (and notarized) by the other parent authorizing to take the kids across the border
Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 10, 2016, 02:23:13 PM
when I went, we purchased  a pass that includes a bunch of attractions. The whirlpool jetboat is amazing too, and I purchased a discounted ticket for that @ Chabad there.
Thanks. But that probably wouldn't make sense for a 1 day trip, no?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 10, 2016, 02:25:40 PM
The whirlpool jetboat is amazing too, and I purchased a discounted ticket for that @ Chabad there.
Wow, that is expensive! Do you remember how much Chabad charges?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 11, 2016, 05:50:25 PM
Am I correct in assuming that children (US citizens) do not need a passport to cross into Canada by car (and back to the US), that a birth cert. is sufficient? What if only one parent is in the car?
Thanks.
correct up to 16 like mentioned earlier
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 11, 2016, 06:00:23 PM
correct up to 16 like mentioned earlier
Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 11, 2016, 06:13:09 PM
Thanks.
Supposedly you don't even need originals just copy
But that I can't testify Brought originals
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 11, 2016, 06:14:57 PM
Supposedly you don't even need originals just copy
But that I can't testify Brought originals
:)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dovy2 on August 14, 2016, 06:29:13 PM
Cave of the wind vs maid of the mist. What would you pick for 2 kids, baby and toddler?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: cf on August 14, 2016, 07:36:55 PM
Cave of the wind vs maid of the mist. What would you pick for 2 kids, baby and toddler?
Maid of the mist, once you get closer to the falls, you'll probably have to go down to the lower floor so your kids won't get to wet. 
Cave of the winds you won't be able to go to close to the falls, for the same reason.
I did both, i went with a toddler and baby.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 14, 2016, 07:43:44 PM
We had no problem going with a baby and staying on the upper deck. Judy put on a poncho
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DXD on August 14, 2016, 11:30:56 PM
Any suggestions for Shabbos in Niagara? Specifically re: food. The Chabad meals look very nice, but with a family of 7, this would run over $800. What's the next best alternative?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: chevron on August 14, 2016, 11:32:21 PM
Any suggestions for Shabbos in Niagara? Specifically re: food. The Chabad meals look very nice, but with a family of 7, this would run over $800. What's the next best alternative?

ask for a family discount ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on August 15, 2016, 05:44:47 AM
If you're going to be on the US side, TOPs on Maple by the Young Israel has everything you need to make Shabbos without cooking. It is less than 30 minutes from the Falls.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 15, 2016, 12:21:13 PM
Cave of the wind vs maid of the mist. What would you pick for 2 kids, baby and toddler?
I've heard spectacular things about maid of the mist
i've see cave of winds myself which was marvelous and nice to read the history.
But at the end of the day I would suggest doing whichever side your on.
Not worth the trouble of crossing over for either.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on August 15, 2016, 12:42:57 PM
Cave of the wind vs maid of the mist. What would you pick for 2 kids, baby and toddler?
The Cave of the winds will get you really wet if you do the hurricane deck. In my experience the maid of the mist you only get slightly wet ( with their poncho on )

I've heard spectacular things about maid of the mist
i've see cave of winds myself which was marvelous and nice to read the history.
But at the end of the day I would suggest doing whichever side your on.
Not worth the trouble of crossing over for either.

Maid of the mist can be taken from the US side as well.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 15, 2016, 02:33:04 PM
The Cave of the winds will get you really wet if you do the hurricane deck. In my experience the maid of the mist you only get slightly wet ( with their poncho on )

Maid of the mist can be taken from the US side as well.
Maid of the mist can be taken from the US side as well. ONLY.
Cave of the winds you can get soaking wet or slightly wet your choice on how close you stand.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 15, 2016, 04:34:22 PM
Maid of the mist can be taken from the US side as well. ONLY.
Cave of the winds you can get soaking wet or slightly wet your choice on how close you stand.

Maid of the Mist is the same thing as the Hornblower from the Canadian side.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DXD on August 15, 2016, 05:31:22 PM
If you're going to be on the US side, TOPs on Maple by the Young Israel has everything you need to make Shabbos without cooking. It is less than 30 minutes from the Falls.

Thank you. We are going to be coming from the US side - sounds like the best option.
Title: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 16, 2016, 12:11:23 AM
Maid of the Mist is the same thing as the Hornblower from the Canadian side.
We did hornblower and loved it AFTER journey behind the falls
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 16, 2016, 12:15:02 AM
Wow big mistake on my side

Just to clarify

**AMERICAN SIDE**
Cave of the Winds
Maid of the Mist

**CANADIAN SIDE**
Journey Behind the Falls
Hornblower


Whatever side your on just do the cave or journey first then do the boat ride second.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 16, 2016, 08:14:03 AM
That's not entirely true. While Hornblower and maid of the mist are the same. The others are not
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 16, 2016, 11:17:35 AM
That's not entirely true. While Hornblower and maid of the mist are the same. The others are not
Is it worth crossing the border to see cave of the winds over journey behind the falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on August 16, 2016, 12:04:23 PM
Any recommendations for a stop en route (attraction) on a drive up from NYC?

I see
Howe Caverns
Corning Glass Mueseum

Any other suggestions for family traveling with children?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on August 16, 2016, 12:33:12 PM
Is it worth crossing the border to se cave of the winds over journey behind the falls?
IMHO yes
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on August 16, 2016, 12:38:03 PM
I see
Howe Caverns
Corning Glass Mueseum

Any other suggestions for family traveling with children?
It depends whether you'll travel via the 87 or the 17.

Via 87
Albany
Howe caverns

Via 17
Corning Glass

Via 87 or the 17 through the 81

Strong national museum, In Rochester.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: BKYW on August 16, 2016, 01:30:17 PM
Corning museum + the glass factory in the back can take close to a full day.
I went once a nice few years ago & enjoyed it. Would go back if it was closer to NYC.

Watkins glen state park is not far from there.

for some people the NY state fair in Syracuse might be interesting (end of August). IMO nothing, but small children might enjoy the farm animals.

Rochester also has a photography museum.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: The Metzuyan on August 16, 2016, 11:42:50 PM
Corning museum + the glass factory in the back can take close to a full day.
I went once a nice few years ago & enjoyed it. Would go back if it was closer to NYC.

Watkins glen state park is not far from there.

for some people the NY state fair in Syracuse might be interesting (end of August). IMO nothing, but small children might enjoy the farm animals.

Rochester also has a photography museum.

I would add Letchworth State Park to the list.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 17, 2016, 12:18:59 AM
I would add Letchworth State Park to the list.
Stunning!
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Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 17, 2016, 04:30:15 PM
Stunning!
Very Cool
but prob very $$$$

per person cost.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 17, 2016, 07:21:35 PM
Very Cool
but prob very $$$$

per person cost.
Yes, but the pics are free!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: menotyou on August 19, 2016, 12:25:08 AM
Does anyone know if american phone coverage works on canadian side of the falls, specifically Sprint? I have a mentally challenged phone and sprint said it cannot be unlocked for intnl. coverage...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 19, 2016, 01:00:23 AM
Does anyone know if american phone coverage works on canadian side of the falls, specifically Sprint? I have a mentally challenged phone and sprint said it cannot be unlocked for intnl. coverage...
Should work
But simple 611 should answer
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on August 19, 2016, 01:34:49 AM
Does anyone know if american phone coverage works on canadian side of the falls, specifically Sprint? I have a mentally challenged phone and sprint said it cannot be unlocked for intnl. coverage...
It works sporadically.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: menotyou on August 19, 2016, 10:33:48 AM
Thanks! how's wifi near the falls for a google no.?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on August 21, 2016, 02:46:23 AM
Does anyone know if american phone coverage works on canadian side of the falls, specifically Sprint? I have a mentally challenged phone and sprint said it cannot be unlocked for intnl. coverage...

Depends on your plan. Most are free text and 0.20 a minute for talk, and you need to call them to activate it. Best would be to call then up and ask.
Title: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 23, 2016, 11:42:59 PM
Can whirlpool jetboat be done with a 2 year old?
Does Chabad have a babysitter?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 24, 2016, 12:15:42 AM
Can whirlpool jetboat be done with a 2 year old?
Does Chavan have a babysitter?
does Chabad have a babysitter
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: The Metzuyan on August 24, 2016, 10:19:02 AM
Can whirlpool jetboat be done with a 2 year old?


I think minimum height is 40 inches.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 24, 2016, 10:22:01 AM
I think minimum height is 40 inches.
Haha I read your height and thought you were following up on the babysitter!!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on August 24, 2016, 08:36:58 PM
Can whirlpool jetboat be done with a 2 year old?

I think it's 6 and up.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sruly101 on August 24, 2016, 08:43:26 PM
Looking to go for 2 night to Niagara Falls, Looking on hotels which would you recommend

Sheraton
Marriott
Hilton

Or any other Ideas   
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on August 24, 2016, 10:01:02 PM
Anyone else coming to Chabad Niagra for shabbos (courtesy of Jetblue ;))?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dovy2 on August 24, 2016, 11:01:52 PM
Ok, a few short notes (someone can add to wiki - im on Tapatalk).
Stayed three nights (2 days), and here's my pointers:

1. 4 points by Sheraton is the cheapest hotel u can get in the area, and its very nice. (4k a night, 3 nights for 11k - even if u buy the points, its less than $70 a night).
2. The top few doors of the hotel are VERY spacious (compared to standard hotel room sizes). We fit a rollaway and a crib, and the room still felt empty.
3. Parking: hotel charges you $18 CND plus taxes a day for self parking in their lot across the street (surrounding the chabad house).
A cheaper alternative is to park in the casino parking lot (other side of the hotel) for $5. You pay $5 every time you leave, so if you plan on hanging around by foot/bus anyway, you can park there as long as u want (i know someone who parked there for a few days for the same $5).
It's actually easier to get from the casino parking lot to the hotel than by using the hotels parking lot).
4. Chabad's restaurants are very convenient, but very overpriced. So if you want to splurge, go ahead and support the chabad house while your at it, but if you. want to save, being your own food.
5. If you have toddlers, visit safari Niagara (15 min drive). You can spend the whole day there, and you deff wont regret it. (Groupon 19cdn each - well worth it)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 24, 2016, 11:09:43 PM
A cheaper alternative is to park in the casino parking lot (other side of the hotel) for $5. You pay $5 every time you leave, so if you plan on hanging around by foot/bus anyway, you can park there as long as u want (i know someone who parked there for a few days for the same $5).
It's actually easier to get from the casino parking lot to the hotel than by using the hotels parking lot).
many days it's $5 cad but other days it can be as high as $25 ,
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on August 24, 2016, 11:37:45 PM
Anyone else coming to Chabad Niagra for shabbos (courtesy of Jetblue ;))?

Yeah we'll be there :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ar on August 25, 2016, 02:03:26 AM
Anyone else coming to Chabad Niagra for shabbos (courtesy of Jetblue ;))?
Quote from: itsyehuda
link=topic=43945.msg1542854#msg1542854 date=1472096265
Yeah we'll be there :)

We will be there too! Leaving tomorrow JFK-BUF at 6:39 pm
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 25, 2016, 11:58:49 AM
Yeah we'll be there :)
Wow you got a Niagara  DO
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CoralSnake
AR
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on August 25, 2016, 01:28:29 PM
Yeah we'll be there :)
We will be there too! Leaving tomorrow JFK-BUF at 6:39 pm
Nice. Can you guys please explain to my wife and kids why the Jetblue flights need to be this weekend and no- next weekend is not better!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ar on August 25, 2016, 02:46:20 PM
Nice. Can you guys please explain to my wife and kids why the Jetblue flights need to be this weekend and no- next weekend is not better!

 :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: cf on August 25, 2016, 03:07:27 PM
Looking to go for 2 night to Niagara Falls, Looking on hotels which would you recommend

Sheraton
Marriott
Hilton

Or any other Ideas
Sheraton on the falls. (if you take a fallsview room.)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ar on August 25, 2016, 03:28:04 PM
Sheraton on the falls. (if you take a fallsview room.)

Embassy suites
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sruly101 on August 25, 2016, 10:03:44 PM
I actually booked the Embassy Suites Sun and Mon., it was cheaper then Sheraton on the falls, and big rooms 500 SQF
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sruly101 on August 25, 2016, 10:07:41 PM
5. If you have toddlers, visit safari Niagara (15 min drive). You can spend the whole day there, and you deff wont regret it. (Groupon 19cdn each - well worth it)

 Why are you recommending it only with toddlers, what does it have special for toddlers then kids
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: dovy2 on August 25, 2016, 10:15:45 PM
Why are you recommending it only with toddlers, what does it have special for toddlers then kids
‫ enough activities for them to do a full day without even seeing the animals
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on August 26, 2016, 12:07:30 PM
Wow! Tons of yidden at Four Points. The 13yr old redhead girl is with me. So are the 3 crazy boys running all over the place. (If you're the guy who my 4yr old knocked coffee onto in the lobby, I'm really sorry).
Anyhow, Please come say hi if you're here for Shabbos.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 26, 2016, 06:07:38 PM
Wow! Tons of yidden at Four Points. The 13yr old redhead girl is with me. So are the 3 crazy boys running all over the place. (If you're the guy who my 4yr old knocked coffee onto in the lobby, I'm really sorry).
Anyhow, Please come say hi if you're here for Shabbos.
I hope to be there Monday. Sounds like fun... :D
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 26, 2016, 06:16:13 PM
Wow! Tons of yidden at Four Points. The 13yr old redhead girl is with me. So are the 3 crazy boys running all over the place. (If you're the guy who my 4yr old knocked coffee onto in the lobby, I'm really sorry).
Anyhow, Please come say hi if you're here for Shabbos.
Hahah!!!!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 27, 2016, 11:04:16 PM
I hope to be there Monday. Sounds like fun... :D
Are the attractions more crowded (in this season) on Sun. than Mon. or Tues.?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ar on August 28, 2016, 01:27:11 AM
Wow! Tons of yidden at Four Points. The 13yr old redhead girl is with me. So are the 3 crazy boys running all over the place. (If you're the guy who my 4yr old knocked coffee onto in the lobby, I'm really sorry).
Anyhow, Please come say hi if you're here for Shabbos.

I am also at the four points and I have a 4 year old red head girl. Shabbos was great, really nice meals and company. Would love to meet ya, so I'm gonna look for your redhead as you look for mine.  :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on August 28, 2016, 01:54:41 PM
I've seen more Ferraris and Lamborghinis here than I've seen in LA. Which makes sense based on the cost of everything here.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on August 28, 2016, 02:57:23 PM
I've seen more Ferraris and Lamborghinis here than I've seen in LA. Which makes sense based on the cost of everything here.
What do you mean? How cheap is it already to rent those cars?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on August 28, 2016, 03:53:36 PM
What do you mean? How cheap is it already to rent those cars?

Who said anything about cheap?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on August 28, 2016, 04:05:10 PM
How long u guys there till? I'll be arriving 7:30ish
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on August 28, 2016, 04:23:58 PM
Who said anything about cheap?

I've seen more Ferraris and Lamborghinis here than I've seen in LA. Which makes sense based on the cost of everything here.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on August 28, 2016, 05:33:35 PM

Who said anything about cheap?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on August 28, 2016, 05:34:53 PM
How long u guys there till? I'll be arriving 7:30ish
Waiting at US border crossing now. But don't fret- still looks like the Agudah convention at the Four Points when I was leaving.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on August 28, 2016, 05:37:04 PM
Don't really care for agudah conventions...a DO would've been nice though
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 28, 2016, 11:23:46 PM
What's the best/cheapest parking near Skylon Tower?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on August 29, 2016, 12:31:57 AM
many days it's $5 cad but other days it can be as high as $25 ,
Was $30 last night and today ($20 on Fri).

What's the best/cheapest parking near Skylon Tower?
Not the casino (see above). I just parked at the hotel and walked around from there. Didn't move the car at all except to go to the supermarket. I did see $15 parking near Skylon IIRC but again, I think you're just better off walking.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on August 29, 2016, 02:33:32 AM
Tonight the casino was $5. I was told by the front desk that the casino was $35 for Sunday so I didn't bother parking there then after I saw it was $5 I guess it's my own fault for relying on reps
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 29, 2016, 08:53:06 AM
Was $30 last night and today ($20 on Fri).
Not the casino (see above). I just parked at the hotel and walked around from there. Didn't move the car at all except to go to the supermarket. I did see $15 parking near Skylon IIRC but again, I think you're just better off walking.
Tonight the casino was $5. I was told by the front desk that the casino was $35 for Sunday so I didn't bother parking there then after I saw it was $5 I guess it's my own fault for relying on reps
Thanks. Sounds like the casino is the best option (I don't have a hotel; just a day trip). What/where is this casino?
ETA: Please PM any reply, as I'll be on the road w/o internet access; only PM/email access. Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on August 29, 2016, 04:33:55 PM
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Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 29, 2016, 09:51:05 PM
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Done. Thanks. It was great!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on August 29, 2016, 09:53:53 PM
DO at shachris tomorrow. Take off Tefilin on bima after davening tomorrow morning.



Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on August 30, 2016, 06:22:47 PM
If I have Hilton gold status and booked a suite, with a city view.

What kind of upgrade can I get? Larger suite? falls view? Higher floor?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Jkhein on August 30, 2016, 08:18:13 PM
If I have Hilton gold status and booked a suite, with a city view.

What kind of upgrade can I get? Larger suite? falls view? Higher floor?
I got 15th floor with the us fallsview
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on August 30, 2016, 09:19:22 PM
I got 15th floor with the us fallsview
On my reservation I got 15th floor river view. Now let's see what kind of upgrade I'll get.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on August 31, 2016, 06:22:02 AM
DO at shachris tomorrow. Take off Tefilin on bima after davening tomorrow morning.

What's the code word? ;)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on September 01, 2016, 12:16:12 AM
I went this week with family to safari Niagara. Lots of walking.(safari is normally done in automobile. This one you only walk)
Standard ropes course, adults can do it. Paddle boats. Small splash pool for kids. And regular zoo animals.
Adults, this is a regular zoo. Geared for kids.
You can spend 6-7 hours there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: DMYD on September 01, 2016, 02:48:36 PM
Any one know if the restaurants are open Chol Homed?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Tovia on September 01, 2016, 02:57:53 PM
Any one know if the restaurants are open Chol Homed?
Yes

http://www.jewishniagarafalls.com/restaurants/
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Adam101 on September 01, 2016, 04:17:32 PM
Anyone there labor day weekend?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: coralsnake on September 01, 2016, 04:20:21 PM
Anyone there labor day weekend?
I guarantee it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Tovia on September 01, 2016, 06:51:20 PM
Anyone there labor day weekend?
Me, Chabad says they have 200 ppl for this week shabbos meals.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on October 09, 2016, 12:14:04 PM
Looking for a late minyan shachris first day chol hamoed 9:30 or 10 either Niagara Falls or buffalo any leads? Ty
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on October 09, 2016, 01:03:31 PM
Looking for a late minyan shachris first day chol hamoed 9:30 or 10 either Niagara Falls or buffalo any leads? Ty

Some busy hotels have, but I  guess you wouldn't be able to know in advance.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on November 07, 2016, 04:36:06 PM
Is anything open Thanksgiving Weekend?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: itsyehuda on December 05, 2016, 09:57:23 AM
Is anything open Thanksgiving Weekend?
Late, but Canada does Thanksgiving in October, so everything should be open.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mmgfarb on December 05, 2016, 10:04:11 AM
Late, but Canada does Thanksgiving in October, so everything should be open.
It's long past thanksgiving now. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: sruly on December 27, 2016, 12:56:11 PM
Four Points or Radisson ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on December 27, 2016, 01:17:37 PM
Four Points or Radisson ?
Radisson has an obstructed falls view, it's behind the Marriott. ( Got a free night there many years ago because of that.)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Jerseysteve on January 30, 2017, 06:19:45 PM
Hi - I am looking at going soon to Niagara with large family and really the only musts besides the actual falls is the cave of the winds and maid of the mist is there anyway to get a discount on those 2 attractions?
Thank you
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: SrulyS on January 30, 2017, 09:25:17 PM
Hi - I am looking at going soon to Niagara with large family and really the only musts besides the actual falls is the cave of the winds and maid of the mist is there anyway to get a discount on those 2 attractions?
Thank you
Maid of the Mist is closed in the winter.
Cave of the winds is only partially open.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on April 06, 2017, 02:17:02 PM
Anybody in Niagara Falls on chol hamoed for a minyan Friday morning?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Mountain Man on April 14, 2017, 08:43:34 AM
Is there a minyan on Shabbos chol hamoed? Chabad site indicates there isn't.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yg1836 on May 02, 2017, 10:05:43 PM
Will there be a minyan or shabbat meals at the chabad the next week of may? may12-13?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on May 03, 2017, 01:48:50 AM
Will there be a minyan or shabbat meals at the chabad the next week of may? may12-13?

http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2363795 (http://www.jewishniagara.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/2363795)
http://www.jewishniagarafalls.com/shabbat/ (http://www.jewishniagarafalls.com/shabbat/)

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deals dealer on May 16, 2017, 11:12:49 PM
Hi, I'm staying tonight in Embassy suites on Fallsview Blvd. Parking is $60, are there any cheaper options?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Pinreb on May 17, 2017, 12:12:12 AM
Hi, I'm staying tonight in Embassy suites on Fallsview Blvd. Parking is $60, are there any cheaper options?
At the casino across is only $5 if i remember correct.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Deals dealer on May 17, 2017, 12:13:03 AM
Will try. Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shie123 on May 28, 2017, 06:14:21 PM
Is there anywhere interesting to stop overnight on the way from NYC to Niagara?
Preferably with a Hyatt or Marriott.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dawie on May 29, 2017, 11:12:55 AM
Is there anywhere interesting to stop overnight on the way from NYC to Niagara?
Preferably with a Hyatt or Marriott.

Marriott right off the 81 in syracuse
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on May 29, 2017, 12:24:36 PM
Seems like this is the time of year everyone goes to Niagara. Is the wiki up to date?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shie123 on June 04, 2017, 12:10:36 PM
Marriott right off the 81 in syracuse
Thanks, Is there anything worthwhile to do in Syracuse?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on June 04, 2017, 01:15:35 PM
hows the shabbos food at the sheraton
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Lushkab on June 04, 2017, 04:08:46 PM
Seems like this is the time of year everyone goes to Niagara. Is the wiki up to date?
Most of, some changes though
Check chabad's website JewishNiagaraFalls.com
hows the shabbos food at the sheraton
I was last year and it was great! And it is the most convenient
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on June 04, 2017, 04:18:36 PM
hows the shabbos food at the sheraton
Its been 2 years but when I was there we had a great time and food was really tasty
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on June 04, 2017, 09:42:50 PM
Thank you, did they serve generously? I would be going with a number of children and need to know they wouldnt be hungry,
Also, I am looking into sheraton fallsview suites, they say the suite is 18th floor, are there any suites on lower floor for shabbosim, or am i better off booking 2 rooms?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: BP16 on June 04, 2017, 10:38:34 PM
Thank you, did they serve generously? I would be going with a number of children and need to know they wouldnt be hungry,
Also, I am looking into sheraton fallsview suites, they say the suite is 18th floor, are there any suites on lower floor for shabbosim, or am i better off booking 2 rooms?
Yes you don't have to worry about your kids being hungry there is enough food.
It's cost very few spg for a night so 2 rooms would be best option.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Abebee on June 05, 2017, 12:37:28 AM
Thank you, did they serve generously?
Very! A full full meal (like a really nice shabbos sheva brochos)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on June 05, 2017, 07:41:34 AM
Is there anywhere interesting to stop overnight on the way from NYC to Niagara?
Preferably with a Hyatt or Marriott.

There's a Fairfield Inn right outside Corning. The Glass Museum (http://www.cmog.org/)  is fun and hiking in Watkins Glen nearby is amazing.

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shie123 on June 11, 2017, 12:22:32 AM
Anyone aware of a park or place that you can make a BBQ in Niagara?
I remember I was there last year and I had a very hard time finding one, matter of a fact I didn't find....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on June 11, 2017, 12:45:12 AM
Anyone aware of a park or place that you can make a BBQ in Niagara?
I remember I was there last year and I had a very hard time finding one, matter of a fact I didn't find....
A few miles down the Niagara River parkway is kingsbridge park. An excellent spot.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shie123 on June 11, 2017, 10:20:34 AM
A few miles down the Niagara River parkway is kingsbridge park. An excellent spot.
Thanks!!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on June 11, 2017, 11:14:28 AM
A few miles down the Niagara River parkway is kingsbridge park. An excellent spot.

+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 13, 2017, 11:21:52 PM
Crazy me just finished through the entire thread...

What's the name of the casino next to 4P Fallsview where people park?

For non-Shabbos nights, it seems like there is a debate as to the nicest points hotel - Embassy Suites, Sheraton on the Falls and Hilton. Hilton seems to have the worst views of the 3. Embassy is closer to 4P so can just leave car there, but Sheraton might be closer to more activities (if I am looking at the correctly). So, want to rehash this once again?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: BP16 on June 14, 2017, 12:38:03 AM
Crazy me just finished through the entire thread...

What's the name of the casino next to 4P Fallsview where people park?

For non-Shabbos nights, it seems like there is a debate as to the nicest points hotel - Embassy Suites, Sheraton on the Falls and Hilton. Hilton seems to have the worst views of the 3. Embassy is closer to 4P so can just leave car there, but Sheraton might be closer to more activities (if I am looking at the correctly). So, want to rehash this once again?
Maybe try reading the thread again
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2017, 10:58:51 AM
Maybe try reading the thread again
I deserved that.

Will go with Sheraton on the Falls due to 10K points vs. Hilton/Embassy at 70K.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 14, 2017, 01:38:28 PM
I deserved that.

Will go with Sheraton on the Falls due to 10K points vs. Hilton/Embassy at 70K.
Might be cheaper cash rate.....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2017, 02:02:46 PM
Might be cheaper cash rate.....
Can't find anything cheaper than like $280 for any of those 3 hotels. July 4th weekend. Know of any specific sites to look? I know these hotels have "deals/packages" pages, but none of them have anything cheaper for that weekend.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 14, 2017, 02:32:20 PM
Can't find anything cheaper than like $280 for any of those 3 hotels. July 4th weekend. Know of any specific sites to look? I know these hotels have "deals/packages" pages, but none of them have anything cheaper for that weekend.
I was successful at finding a such package from Groupon
then I did a BRG for the same package directly.
and when I arrived at hotel and benefits weren't given like my hershey's basket, vouchers coupons etc.

i was refunded in full.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2017, 02:52:13 PM
I was successful at finding a such package from Groupon
then I did a BRG for the same package directly.
and when I arrived at hotel and benefits weren't given like my hershey's basket, vouchers coupons etc.

i was refunded in full.
For a holiday weekend? Groupon is at $300/night.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 14, 2017, 03:41:54 PM
For a holiday weekend? Groupon is at $300/night.
ouch I guess 10k is rather cheap.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2017, 04:09:06 PM
Where did you park when you stayed at SOTF?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 14, 2017, 04:10:11 PM
Where did you park when you stayed at SOTF?
on site. (later was comped.)


there is other parking around the area all similar
I don't think there is any legal free parking.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2017, 04:15:40 PM
on site. (later was comped.)


there is other parking around the area all similar
I don't think there is any legal free parking.
TY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 14, 2017, 04:24:25 PM
TY
I did a search this seems to be the next closest parking lot
Niagara Municipal Parking Lot 4

what you can do also is call before the lots nearby see the rates of the adjacent buildings on Falls Ave. like Casino Niagra or Hersheys Chocolate or Crown Plaza

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2017, 05:22:05 PM
I did a search this seems to be the next closest parking lot
Niagara Municipal Parking Lot 4

what you can do also is call before the lots nearby see the rates of the adjacent buildings on Falls Ave. like Casino Niagra or Hersheys Chocolate or Crown Plaza
Thanks. Or stay in the $5 lot by 4P and take a bus to Sheraton but that doesn't sound too fun.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 14, 2017, 05:32:30 PM
Thanks. Or stay in the $5 lot by 4P and take a bus to Sheraton but that doesn't sound too fun.
???
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 14, 2017, 05:39:23 PM
???
Which part is confusing to you?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 14, 2017, 05:40:05 PM
Haha that was a option.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Don Will on June 14, 2017, 06:49:05 PM
Haha that was a option.
Everything ok with you today ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 14, 2017, 07:48:28 PM
Everything ok with you today ?
I don't know you.
Do you think you know me. lol
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ponsey on June 28, 2017, 09:52:42 AM
anyone going to the four points for this Shabbos?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ME17 on July 24, 2017, 03:30:40 PM
Hi,

I'm new at this, and I know it's a bit last minute, so any help is truly appreciated. My family would like to take a short trip to Niagara from 8/13-8/15 or 8/16. 2 questions, we are on somewhat of a budget with no hotel points so would be paying cash- Is it worthwhile to pay a premium to stay at a hotel right near the falls or should we stay further out for less $$? we are 2 adults and 4 kids. Also, should we do 3 nights or 2? We are driving up so will have a car.

any help is greatly appreciated.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 24, 2017, 03:33:27 PM
Don't have any Starpoints?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ME17 on July 24, 2017, 03:39:51 PM
Don't have any Starpoints?

No- should have bought when you posted the 30% sale but we weren't sure we would make it. Is it worth buying at full price?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 24, 2017, 04:01:17 PM
No- should have bought when you posted the 30% sale but we weren't sure we would make it. Is it worth buying at full price?
Probably. Go compare the rates and see.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ME17 on July 24, 2017, 06:42:36 PM
Probably. Go compare the rates and see.
It beats the paid rates, but is it worthwhile to stay at the falls or not necessary?
Thank you
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on July 24, 2017, 06:48:05 PM
.02- unnecessary
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 24, 2017, 07:55:53 PM
It's nice to be walking distance to Hornblower and Clifton Hill, (and far walking distance to Cave of the Winds), and nice to have a view, but everything else requires a drive, so not insanely pertinent to be near the Falls.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: hide4 on July 24, 2017, 08:29:23 PM
It's nice to be walking distance to Hornblower and Clifton Hill, (and far walking distance to Cave of the Winds), and nice to have a view, but everything else requires a drive, so not insanely pertinent to be near the Falls.
It's worth $$ for a fallsview and to be near the falls imho.
3 days 2 nights should be perfect. But more can't hurt.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ME17 on July 24, 2017, 11:02:46 PM
It's worth $$ for a fallsview and to be near the falls imho.
3 days 2 nights should be perfect. But more can't hurt.
.02- unnecessary

Thank you All
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ME17 on July 24, 2017, 11:03:05 PM
It's nice to be walking distance to Hornblower and Clifton Hill, (and far walking distance to Cave of the Winds), and nice to have a view, but everything else requires a drive, so not insanely pertinent to be near the Falls.

Thank you
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JudahMcB on July 25, 2017, 10:09:28 AM
Any suggestions how to avoid the absurd $60CAD daily parking at Embassy Suites? According to Google Maps the nearby municipal lots are not walkable from there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 25, 2017, 01:02:50 PM
The casino is walkable (probably around $10).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JudahMcB on July 25, 2017, 01:07:37 PM
The casino is walkable (probably around $10).

Everyone upthread kept saying "the casino" and I kept plugging in "Casino Niagara" into Google Maps which is a 30 minute walk from Embassy Suites. Fallsview Casio looks like it's a 4 minute walk so that must be the one everyone is referring to. Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on July 25, 2017, 02:21:42 PM
Any suggestions how to avoid the absurd $60CAD daily parking at Embassy Suites? According to Google Maps the nearby municipal lots are not walkable from there.

What's wrong with this lot? (3 min walk) Ive used it before...

https://www.google.com/maps/place/43%C2%B004'40.8%22N+79%C2%B005'04.0%22W/@43.0784608,-79.0845644,571m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d43.07801!4d-79.084449

Fallsview Casio looks like it's a 4 minute walk so that must be the one everyone is referring to. Thanks.
It is.. So you can park there or the lot here in my link... 

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 25, 2017, 02:37:40 PM
Everyone upthread kept saying "the casino" and I kept plugging in "Casino Niagara" into Google Maps which is a 30 minute walk from Embassy Suites. Fallsview Casio looks like it's a 4 minute walk so that must be the one everyone is referring to. Thanks.
Yes there are 2 casinos. Confused me too, I should have been clearer. Also meant 10 minute walk not $10. Either way, 4 minute walk sounds better than my 10 minute estimate.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: JudahMcB on July 25, 2017, 02:44:26 PM
What's wrong with this lot? (3 min walk) Ive used it before...

https://www.google.com/maps/place/43%C2%B004'40.8%22N+79%C2%B005'04.0%22W/@43.0784608,-79.0845644,571m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d43.07801!4d-79.084449

Looks even closer than the casino. Is it a paid lot? Is the fee per day or per entry/exit?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on July 25, 2017, 02:48:33 PM
Looks even closer than the casino. Is it a paid lot? Is the fee per day or per entry/exit?

Iam unsure about that. Sorry...
(I do recall not paying when we parked there overnight)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avadah on July 26, 2017, 05:29:02 PM
Are there good outlet malls on the Canadian  side?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on July 26, 2017, 06:56:04 PM
There are a couple of niagara outlet malls you can find on google. One up the qew and one up Lundys lane. Both have some good deals usually and with the cheaper Canadian dollar it is even better.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on July 26, 2017, 10:52:55 PM
There are a couple of niagara outlet malls you can find on google. One up the qew and one up Lundys lane. Both have some good deals usually and with the cheaper Canadian dollar it is even better.
You're better off at the Niagara fashion outlets in the USA.. Canada has a 13% sales tax...the exchange now is just about a 25% difference, and Canadian prices are usually higher to begin with.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Aben on July 30, 2017, 09:52:02 PM
Planning on going to Niagara will need two rooms or a suite.

Options 1- Sheraton on the falls, adjoining rooms or bi level suite for 20k

Option 2- Hilton, chase points will be roughly 20K depending on suite

Option 3- Embassy suites, with chase points approx. 20k

which will be the best option? and is one more kid friendly? Hilton looks like they have a nice slide by the pool..

Is it worth the extra points to get a premium US/Canadian view?

Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on July 30, 2017, 10:12:43 PM
Planning on going to Niagara will need two rooms or a suite.

Options 1- Sheraton on the falls, adjoining rooms or bi level suite for 20k

Option 2- Hilton, chase points will be roughly 20K depending on suite

Option 3- Embassy suites, with chase points approx. 20k

which will be the best option? and is one more kid friendly? Hilton looks like they have a nice slide by the pool..

Is it worth the extra points to get a premium US/Canadian view?

Thanks
Just know that the Hilton doesn't have a real fallsview.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Aben on July 30, 2017, 10:50:44 PM
Just know that the Hilton doesn't have a real fallsview.
can you explain? And Embassy suites/Sheraton will have a real fallsview? Sheraton said with points they cannot reserve a Canadian fallsview (unless I'm upgraded by the desk)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yammer on July 30, 2017, 11:59:51 PM
can you explain? And Embassy suites/Sheraton will have a real fallsview? Sheraton said with points they cannot reserve a Canadian fallsview (unless I'm upgraded by the desk)
Whoops my bad. I meant the double tree.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: hide4 on July 31, 2017, 05:54:36 AM
can you explain? And Embassy suites/Sheraton will have a real fallsview? Sheraton said with points they cannot reserve a Canadian fallsview (unless I'm upgraded by the desk)
Sheraton has a great fallsview if you get a good room. Are you sure that they have suites that are not fallsview?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 31, 2017, 01:59:53 PM
Sheraton has a great fallsview if you get a good room. Are you sure that they have suites that are not fallsview?
They have suites that can only see the American but not also the Canadian, and suites that can see both.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Aben on July 31, 2017, 03:26:35 PM
So am I better off going to Sheraton?
Also in terms of things to do with kids, is one location better then the other? We will have a car but if we can just walk from the hotel...
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 31, 2017, 03:44:16 PM
So am I better off going to Sheraton?
Also in terms of things to do with kids, is one location better then the other? We will have a car but if we can just walk from the hotel...
Sheraton is in Clifton Hill, which is the street with all the arcades, haunted houses, mini golf, fun houses, etc. Amazing for kids. The other area is right near Chabad, which is nice for being close to all your meals/Minyanim. It's about a 25 minute walk from one area to the other. I was there over Canada Day / July 4th so the traffic took 25 minutes driving as well, but should only have been 5 minutes.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shayaj on August 01, 2017, 11:30:30 PM
Any one experienced the Shabbat with chabad in the four points that can share the experience?  Specifically how the food is. Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: BP16 on August 01, 2017, 11:32:14 PM
Any one experienced the Shabbat with chabad in the four points that can share the experience?  Specifically how the food is. Thanks
Amazing you will enjoy it!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Aben on August 01, 2017, 11:46:50 PM
Sheraton is in Clifton Hill, which is the street with all the arcades, haunted houses, mini golf, fun houses, etc. Amazing for kids. The other area is right near Chabad, which is nice for being close to all your meals/Minyanim. It's about a 25 minute walk from one area to the other. I was there over Canada Day / July 4th so the traffic took 25 minutes driving as well, but should only have been 5 minutes.
THANK YOU!

In terms of hotel which is nicer, Hilton suite (looks like they have a nice slide by the pool for the kids) or Sheraton adjoining rooms?

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: YMW on August 06, 2017, 01:52:46 PM
What times in the day are the main traffic congestions between Niagara Falls & Toronto (YYZ especially)?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 06, 2017, 11:55:09 PM
What times in the day are the main traffic congestions between Niagara Falls & Toronto (YYZ especially)?
Worst time would be evening rush hour. Figure 430-730
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: YMW on August 06, 2017, 11:56:37 PM
Worst time would be evening rush hour. Figure 430-730
In either direction?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on August 06, 2017, 11:58:23 PM
In either direction?
No, that's for leaving the city. Coming to the city, worst time would be morning rush, probably 730-930
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: BP16 on August 07, 2017, 12:10:30 AM
Isn't rush hour basically the same all over
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Chuck2 on August 07, 2017, 09:14:24 AM
Isn't rush hour basically the same all over
No, there's a lot of people leaving the city after a work day-and a lot of people commuting to the city in the morning. If you are going the opposite direction you should not have much traffic .
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: avadah on August 08, 2017, 12:09:39 PM
What's the best way to find out the border wait times, waze?

What's Marineland like? Good for a 4 year old?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: tageed-lee on August 08, 2017, 12:18:33 PM
What's the best way to find out the border wait times, waze?

Call the border wait hotline at 1 (800) 715-6722

or Check the link below (The image refreshes every 5 minutes)

http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/index.php/services/traffic-conditions
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 09, 2017, 04:19:53 PM
Does the Chabad serve spirits at the Shabbos meals?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 09, 2017, 04:34:13 PM
Does the Chabad serve spirits at the Shabbos meals?
Rabbi walks around with a l'chaim for everyone. Can probably get more if you go back for seconds.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: cooljoe613 on August 09, 2017, 04:36:21 PM
they really went up alot for their meals....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 09, 2017, 05:03:35 PM
Rabbi walks around with a l'chaim for everyone. Can probably get more if you go back for seconds.

So basically BYOB.

they really went up alot for their meals....

Not terrible based on their online menu.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 09, 2017, 06:08:27 PM
Anyone able to recommend a good place to park Friday-Sunday?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 09, 2017, 09:21:10 PM
Anyone able to recommend a good place to park Friday-Sunday?
Parking at 4P by yourself is $15/day. Parking at the attached casino is one payment per leaving the lot, can be as cheap as $5.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on August 09, 2017, 09:26:16 PM
Call the border wait hotline at 1 (800) 715-6722

or Check the link below (The image refreshes every 5 minutes)

http://www.niagarafallsbridges.com/index.php/services/traffic-conditions
You can also download the an app called bwt from the play store
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MrKaplan on August 09, 2017, 09:52:17 PM
Is anybody familiar with the restaurant Taste how's the food? What's the hechsher?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 09, 2017, 10:39:53 PM
Parking at 4P by yourself is $15/day. Parking at the attached casino is one payment per leaving the lot, can be as cheap as $5.

Called the casino. They're charging $40 if you exit on Friday or Sunday!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on August 10, 2017, 12:51:51 AM
Called the casino. They're charging $40 if you exit on Friday or Sunday!
Saturday?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 10, 2017, 06:39:34 AM
Is anybody familiar with the restaurant Taste how's the food? What's the hechsher?
Under COR. Nuggets, wings and fries were good. They offer 3 entrees I believe. A fish, a chicken and a steak. Wasn't interested in any other than the steak and wasn't about to spend $70 on a steak at a random restaurant.

Called the casino. They're charging $40 if you exit on Friday or Sunday!
Yes that could be. Just checking that you called the right casino, though. There are 2.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 10, 2017, 08:35:40 AM
Yes that could be. Just checking that you called the right casino, though. There are 2.

I called whichever number Google listed for Fallsview Casino.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 10, 2017, 10:07:45 AM
I called whichever number Google listed for Fallsview Casino.
Yep, that's the one. So it'll be a few bucks cheaper to park yourself at 4P lot.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: emak on August 14, 2017, 06:15:43 PM
For a couple for a Shabbos, the meals would be $200 total? Any way to get discount? Or can I only order Shabbos lunch?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 14, 2017, 07:23:33 PM
For a couple for a Shabbos, the meals would be $200 total? Any way to get discount? Or can I only order Shabbos lunch?

Discount unlikely. PUTPAC about lunch, but that also seems unlikely.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on August 14, 2017, 07:47:03 PM
For a couple for a Shabbos, the meals would be $200 total? Any way to get discount? Or can I only order Shabbos lunch?
Plus tip
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 14, 2017, 10:04:40 PM
Plus tip

Yeh, it's effectively $125 per person. Went this past week. Well worth it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ME17 on August 16, 2017, 11:59:11 AM
Does anyone know if I can get to the dining room of the skylone tower without buying anything? Just to see the view? Is it worth trying?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 16, 2017, 01:18:26 PM
Does anyone know if I can get to the dining room of the skylone tower without buying anything? Just to see the view? Is it worth trying?
I believe going up costs money on its own. Are you staying in a high floor in your hotel? That will be just fine. :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yossisch1 on August 20, 2017, 12:54:24 PM
Would like to go this week to Niagara- looks like thunderstorms on Tuesday - what are the best indoor attractions that we should do?  children ages 3-10.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 20, 2017, 01:19:25 PM
Would like to go this week to Niagara- looks like thunderstorms on Tuesday - what are the best indoor attractions that we should do?  children ages 3-10.

Wait for better weather.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 21, 2017, 01:31:29 PM
+1 Indoor activities, though, include many on Clifton Hill - arcades, ripleys, guiness, 4D shows, Niagara's Fury, fun houses and haunted houses. Plus Bird Kingdom 5 minute drive away.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yk on August 24, 2017, 10:22:47 AM
Sorry if this was discussed, didn't see it in the last few pages.

Can anyone share their experiences with staying at the marriot hotels on Niagara, as well as if it's worth spending 10k spg points on the nicer sheraton?

TIA
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 24, 2017, 10:50:55 AM
Sorry if this was discussed, didn't see it in the last few pages.

Can anyone share their experiences with staying at the marriot hotels on Niagara, as well as if it's worth spending 10k spg points on the nicer sheraton?

TIA
Don't know anything about the Marriott, but I stayed at both Sheratons - 4P (3k) and Sheraton on the Falls (10k). I don't think the SOTF is much nicer than 4P, but SOTF is in a better location for many activities - walking distance to Hornblower, Rainbow Bridge and therefore technically walkable to Cave of the Winds, Bird Kingdom and literally in Clifton Hill. I stayed in a Fallsview room at SOTF, but only stayed on the 2nd floor at the 4P (because of Shabbos), so I can't compare the views. 4P has Chabad for Shabbos meals and Minyanim as well as the 2 restaurants. I was there over Canada Day / July 4th and driving from SOTF back to Chabad took a long 20-25 minutes, while normally it should only be a 5 minute drive. So, if you're not staying for Shabbos, then I would stay at SOTF for the location and drive to Chabad / restaurants as needed.

I realize you asked if it's worth 10k. Sorry I'm not good at judging that. To me, staying in a better location for a similar quality hotel was worth 7k more.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: frmom on August 24, 2017, 12:09:21 PM
Sorry if this is repetitive - I scrolled through the forum but didn't see anything.
1. What is the name of the parking area near the Embassy suites? ( not the Casino).  I followed the link and can see the lot, but I'd like more info on it.

2. We are a family of 6 - Is there anywhere to get discounted individual attraction tickets (IE. Hornblower, Ferris Wheel)? I don't want to buy the pass as there are a few places we are definitely not going.

3. Do they have the fireworks every night? We have a Falls view room on a high floor in the Embassy suites that is supposed to have a view of both sides, but now I've seen travel sites that say that the fireworks are only Wed - Sunday nights?
TIA
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ME17 on August 24, 2017, 12:19:00 PM


2. We are a family of 6 - Is there anywhere to get discounted individual attraction tickets (IE. Hornblower, Ferris Wheel)? I don't want to buy the pass as there are a few places we are definitely not going.

3. Do they have the fireworks every night? We have a Falls view room on a high floor in the Embassy suites that is supposed to have a view of both sides, but now I've seen travel sites that say that the fireworks are only Wed - Sunday nights?
TIA

2. try chabbad- we bought tickets there.

3. we were just there and saw the fireworks on Monday and Tuesday nights
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: frmom on August 24, 2017, 12:31:43 PM
I am divorced and remarried.  I have shared custody with my ex - Do I need any documentation from their father when crossing the border into Canada?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: frmom on August 24, 2017, 12:33:52 PM
2. try chabbad- we bought tickets there.

3. we were just there and saw the fireworks on Monday and Tuesday nights

Does Chabad sell individual attraction tickets as well?  Were they discounted?  There's a Groupon but is seems like I'll do better buying directly with the exchange rate since the Groupom is in USD
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 24, 2017, 12:38:19 PM
Does Chabad sell individual attraction tickets as well?  Were they discounted?  There's a Groupon but is seems like I'll do better buying directly with the exchange rate since the Groupom is in USD
Chabad sells a package that will likely include some things you want and some things you don't want. Not sure if they sell individual tickets. Hornblower is cheaper if booked on their website, plus you skip the line. But from my research, there were no discounted options for Niagara other than the passes (which like yourself, didn't have the right activities that I wanted).
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yk on August 24, 2017, 01:12:18 PM
Don't know anything about the Marriott, but I stayed at both Sheratons - 4P (3k) and Sheraton on the Falls (10k). I don't think the SOTF is much nicer than 4P, but SOTF is in a better location for many activities - walking distance to Hornblower, Rainbow Bridge and therefore technically walkable to Cave of the Winds, Bird Kingdom and literally in Clifton Hill. I stayed in a Fallsview room at SOTF, but only stayed on the 2nd floor at the 4P (because of Shabbos), so I can't compare the views. 4P has Chabad for Shabbos meals and Minyanim as well as the 2 restaurants. I was there over Canada Day / July 4th and driving from SOTF back to Chabad took a long 20-25 minutes, while normally it should only be a 5 minute drive. So, if you're not staying for Shabbos, then I would stay at SOTF for the location and drive to Chabad / restaurants as needed.

I realize you asked if it's worth 10k. Sorry I'm not good at judging that. To me, staying in a better location for a similar quality hotel was worth 7k more.

Thanks, much appreciated.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: LNS on August 24, 2017, 01:27:05 PM
I am divorced and remarried.  I have shared custody with my ex - Do I need any documentation from their father when crossing the border into Canada?


not sure but better safe then sorry - border hotline #800- 715-6722
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dovdovmoneytree on August 24, 2017, 05:39:20 PM
Four Points Fallsview:

A. Does anyone know if the rooms with a "fallsview" have a nice view?

B. What is the cheapest options for parking in that area? I also have a 2nd car I will need to park for the few days I'm there but won't be using it. Maybe I could find a free spot somewhere?

Finally; will my wife be able to cross the border (and obviously back into the US as well) with an expired passport and birth certificate?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dovdovmoneytree on August 25, 2017, 05:28:03 PM
Does anyone know if the rooms Four Points Fallsview with a "fallsview" have a nice view? Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dovdovmoneytree on August 25, 2017, 05:33:10 PM
What's the cheapest options for parking in the Four Points Fallsview area? Any free parking to leave my 2nd car while there? Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Sam Finkelstein on August 27, 2017, 12:16:35 AM
What's the cheapest options for parking in the Four Points Fallsview area? Any free parking to leave my 2nd car while there? Thanks!

For in/out I found $15/day to be fine at 4P. For long-term parking you're best off dropping the other car at the casino next door. You pay the posted rate when you exit. On weekends that can be $40, but can be as low as $5 on a weekday.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dovdovmoneytree on August 27, 2017, 12:45:43 AM
For in/out I found $15/day to be fine at 4P. For long-term parking you're best off dropping the other car at the casino next door. You pay the posted rate when you exit. On weekends that can be $40, but can be as low as $5 on a weekday.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yk on August 27, 2017, 09:41:32 PM
Any ideas for parking near sheraton on the falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 28, 2017, 10:10:23 AM
Any ideas for parking near sheraton on the falls?
I parked at the hotel, and just sucked up the fee for 2 days. They once took a long time to get my car out of the lot, so checkout refunded me 1 day of parking. Apparently you can park at the casino nearby and get a players card and play like $20 which will get you free parking in the casino lot. Info about that via googling.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ShmuliT on August 28, 2017, 11:41:34 PM
Just spent a few days + a Shabbos at the 4P. It was amazing.
Yeh, it's effectively $125 per person. Went this past week. Well worth it.
Correct, was well worth it. At first it does sound too expensive, but hall was set and decorated nicely. Very nice atmosphere. Awesome Rabbi. A huge amount of amazing food, variety of wines. No corners were cut.
For the 3 huge meals you really feel like you are getting more than what you paid for.
Someone there apparently asked the Rabbi why he doesnt charge more, and he says he understands it adds up for larger families and he wants to keep it some what affordable.
I really dont think he is making much or any profit off the meals.
Does anyone know if I can get to the dining room of the skylone tower without buying anything? Just to see the view? Is it worth trying?
There are 2 options, either you pay to go up to the viewing deck, or you make a dinner reservation and you get free entry. I doubt they will let you get away with it.
Does Chabad sell individual attraction tickets as well?  Were they discounted?  There's a Groupon but is seems like I'll do better buying directly with the exchange rate since the Groupom is in USD
Chabad does sell individual atractions as well as packages and tours. Will try post a pic of the price list (can someone remind me how to attach a large pic?).
What's the cheapest options for parking in the Four Points Fallsview area? Any free parking to leave my 2nd car while there? Thanks!
As mentioned above, the casino attached to the four points is a great option.
They only charge on exit. When we were there week days were $5, Friday was $20 & Sat & Sun was $40. If you sign up for a PAC card at the casino for free and load and play $20, parking is free. The free parking does work for more than 1 exit, though im not sure the exact limits. (re gambling, please consult your LOR)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: User6669 on August 29, 2017, 02:04:33 AM


can someone remind me how to attach a large pic?

 http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46084.0  (http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46084.0)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mdgmark on September 28, 2017, 05:18:27 PM
I am traveling from NY/NJ to Toronto for First days Leaving Tuesday night and planning on going to Niagra for Sunday Chol Hamoed 10/8 from Toronto and possibly would stay in hotel Motzei Shabbos through Sunday.  I have total 4 kids(10 & under) and one is under the age of 1.
I will have all the luggage with me unless I am staying in a hotel for the night.
Succah would be beneficial and seems like Four point Sheraton is the way to go for that. Correct?
What would be the best option for attractions if only spending 4-6 hours in Niagra? (keeping in mind 11 month old baby)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 28, 2017, 05:50:58 PM
Maid of the mist/hornblower and journey behind the falls
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 01, 2017, 07:36:13 PM
I am traveling from NY/NJ to Toronto for First days Leaving Tuesday night and planning on going to Niagra for Sunday Chol Hamoed 10/8 from Toronto and possibly would stay in hotel Motzei Shabbos through Sunday.  I have total 4 kids(10 & under) and one is under the age of 1.
I will have all the luggage with me unless I am staying in a hotel for the night.
Succah would be beneficial and seems like Four point Sheraton is the way to go for that. Correct?
What would be the best option for attractions if only spending 4-6 hours in Niagra? (keeping in mind 11 month old baby)
Check with Chabad if they're open and will have a Succah.

Top 2 activities in Niagara are:
1) A cruise on the water up to the falls - Maid of the Mist if leaving from the US side / Hornblower if leaving from Canadian side. (Reviews generally say both are equally good.)
2) Walking up close to the falls - Cave of the Winds on the US side / Journey Behind the Falls. (Reviews generally say COTW is much better. Obviously, if you're staying on Canadian side and only have a few hours, it means crossing the border to get there and you may not have time for that.)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on October 01, 2017, 07:50:44 PM
Check with Chabad if they're open and will have a Succah.

Top 2 activities in Niagara are:
1) A cruise on the water up to the falls - Maid of the Mist if leaving from the US side / Hornblower if leaving from Canadian side. (Reviews generally say both are equally good.)
2) Walking up close to the falls - Cave of the Winds on the US side / Journey Behind the Falls. (Reviews generally say COTW is much better. Obviously, if you're staying on Canadian side and only have a few hours, it means crossing the border to get there and you may not have time for that.)
Overall the Canadian side is better, but after being to Iguazu you'll find Niagra is just OK.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 01, 2017, 10:06:03 PM
Overall the Canadian side is better, but after being to Iguazu you'll find Niagra is just OK.
I don't see the connection with either point.

While Canadian side is better, it's an easy walk across the Rainbow Bridge to get to COTW for a better activity. While Iguazu might be more impressive, not everyone can make it to both falls, and to such a person Niagara might be WOW.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 01, 2017, 10:07:41 PM
Succah would be beneficial and seems like Four point Sheraton is the way to go for that. Correct?
Actually just got an email from Chabad Niagara - they are open and have a Succah, so yes Four Points is the most convenient hotel for that, although there are several hotels within walking distance.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on October 01, 2017, 10:28:17 PM
I don't see the connection with either point.

While Canadian side is better, it's an easy walk across the Rainbow Bridge to get to COTW for a better activity. While Iguazu might be more impressive, not everyone can make it to both falls, and to such a person Niagara might be WOW.
You are correct, we visited Niagara in 2006 for the first time and it was a WOW, visited Iguazu on both sides in 2013 and it was breathtaking.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: knowitall on October 08, 2017, 08:18:33 AM
Actually just got an email from Chabad Niagara - they are open and have a Succah, so yes Four Points is the most convenient hotel for that, although there are several hotels within walking distance.
Does anyone know if the restaurant is open on sukkos chol hamoed?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on October 08, 2017, 09:02:26 PM
Does anyone know if the restaurant is open on sukkos chol hamoed?
Yes, they're open.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on November 09, 2017, 12:33:56 PM
What attractions are open Thanksgiving Weekend?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on November 09, 2017, 12:35:28 PM
Basically everything
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ad120 on November 24, 2017, 10:32:56 AM
Which would you recommend for one night couple get away, Sheraton on The Falls or Hilton Fallsview?

The rooms have to be really nice.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on November 24, 2017, 01:18:10 PM
Which would you recommend for one night couple get away, Sheraton on The Falls or Hilton Fallsview?

The rooms have to be really nice.
It has been a long time since we stayed at the Sheraton on the Falls, so i can't give any info on the current conditions of rooms, but they have some rooms with spectacular views of the falls, and very good location with walking distance to most attractions. Have not stayed at the Hilton.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 25, 2017, 08:11:28 PM
SOTF is better location for activities. Hilton is better for Chabad/food. Sheraton had nice rooms this summer.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mike on March 25, 2018, 10:11:58 PM
Which would you recommend for chol hamoed for a family with kids, Sheraton on The Falls or Embassy suites?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nafnaf12 on March 25, 2018, 10:17:14 PM
Which would you recommend for chol hamoed for a family with kids, Sheraton on The Falls or Embassy suites?
was planning on staying at the Sheraton (4k star points)but was told embassy suites is much better when going with children

Anyone else going for chol hamoed?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on March 25, 2018, 10:50:45 PM
was planning on staying at the Sheraton (4k star points)but was told embassy suites is much better when going with children

Anyone else going for chol hamoed?
If you're paying only 4k, then you aren't talking about the same hotel. @mike was asking about SOTF and you're talking about the 4P by Sheraton Fallsview.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on May 14, 2018, 11:36:34 PM
Anyone have 4 points by Sheraton Niagara Falls booked for June 15-17 on old spg rate?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on May 17, 2018, 11:54:07 PM
Anyone have 4 points by Sheraton Niagara Falls booked for June 15-17 on old spg rate?
Anyone?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: harrym on May 24, 2018, 11:20:09 AM
Anyone?
may have 22-24
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Squasher on May 24, 2018, 10:30:01 PM
I have 2 rooms for this weekend at the Sheraton - both Friday to Monday. 10K SPG miles each room or similar value. A donation to chabad would also suffice.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 08, 2018, 09:02:13 AM
Is there any way to get a better price on the jet stream ride? Also is anyone here this Shabbos?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 08, 2018, 11:40:38 AM
PM Me
I have the following

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 7/27-7/29
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 8/3-8/5
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on June 08, 2018, 01:39:46 PM
I booked 2 rooms for 07/05 to 07/08
Need 1 more room
Please PM if you have one
TIA
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: metsgiantsfan on June 13, 2018, 05:39:55 PM
im driving in July from New York city to niagra falls (canadian side)..anyone who has done this trip from NYC, care to share somme good stopping points/attractions on the way? i have a 7 and  9 year old
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 13, 2018, 06:00:51 PM
im driving in July from New York city to niagra falls (canadian side)..anyone who has done this trip from NYC, care to share somme good stopping points/attractions on the way? i have a 7 and  9 year old
I've listed a bunch of stops at the end of the wiki, and you can read my TR as well. http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=90786.0
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 16, 2018, 11:28:29 PM
im driving in July from New York city to niagra falls (canadian side)..anyone who has done this trip from NYC, care to share somme good stopping points/attractions on the way? i have a 7 and  9 year old
Cave of the winds on American side is a must!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MalaKing on June 19, 2018, 06:09:32 PM
Hi everyone, Driving to Sheraton Fallview across from Chabbad for Shabbat June 22-23, but they are seemingly sold out. I was able to book 1 seat today thank Gd, but still need one more seat for my wife :). How likely is it that someone will cancel their reservation? If there is anyone here who booked a toddler seat, but is willing (& kind enough) to change that to a toddler on lap situation, please let me know as I would sincerely appreciate it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 19, 2018, 08:12:24 PM
Hi everyone, Driving to Sheraton Fallview across from Chabbad for Shabbat June 22-23, but they are seemingly sold out. I was able to book 1 seat today thank Gd, but still need one more seat for my wife :). How likely is it that someone will cancel their reservation? If there is anyone here who booked a toddler seat, but is willing (& kind enough) to change that to a toddler on lap situation, please let me know as I would sincerely appreciate it.
Email or call chabad. I had a similar situation a couple weeks ago where it was also sold out quickly. BH someone canceled and it worked out
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on June 20, 2018, 02:02:03 AM
While on topic...
I'm traveling 2 adults and 2 toddlers, does chabad food justify its cost?
I'll be paying $500 for 2 adults and 2 toddlers who eat a slice of chala......
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MalaKing on June 20, 2018, 11:31:34 AM
Email or call chabad. I had a similar situation a couple weeks ago where it was also sold out quickly. BH someone canceled and it worked out
I tried; no luck.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 20, 2018, 11:49:34 AM
I tried; no luck.
Ask them to email you if something opens up
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 20, 2018, 11:51:26 AM
I tried; no luck.
I just checked. It's available. Book it quick
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 20, 2018, 12:54:56 PM
While on topic...
I'm traveling 2 adults and 2 toddlers, does chabad food justify its cost?
I'll be paying $500 for 2 adults and 2 toddlers who eat a slice of chala......

something doesnt sound right with these numbers
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 20, 2018, 12:55:18 PM
PM Me
I have the following

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 7/27-7/29
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 8/3-8/5

Still have some!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 20, 2018, 01:02:02 PM
something doesnt sound right with these numbers
$125 per person
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 20, 2018, 01:07:47 PM
$125 per person
wow
I guess you could always bring Pomegranate Full Rack of Lamb Chops per person instead.....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on June 20, 2018, 01:09:24 PM
something doesnt sound right with these numbers
$125 per person

I think they were cheaper last year, plus they added a 25% surcharge


Does the 4 points allow hot plates?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 20, 2018, 01:16:12 PM
wow
I guess you could always bring Pomegranate Full Rack of Lamb Chops per person instead.....
they give a lot of food and the waiters are great. They don't give you a hard time
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 20, 2018, 01:29:24 PM
they give a lot of food and the waiters are great. They don't give you a hard time
If it was for adults Im ok with the price

2-12
and
13-18

to be the same as an adult price sounds like a mistake


How can they justify $125 for my 3 year old?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on June 20, 2018, 01:34:49 PM
If it was for adults Im ok with the price

2-12
and
13-18

to be the same as an adult price sounds like a mistake


How can they justify $125 for my 3 year old?
I hear
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on June 20, 2018, 01:35:23 PM
If it was for adults Im ok with the price

2-12
and
13-18

to be the same as an adult price sounds like a mistake


How can they justify $125 for my 3 year old?
This is exactly what I'm thinking.
Would even pay $150 for adult, but my kids don't need more than a chair for 20 minutes
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MalaKing on June 20, 2018, 01:50:29 PM
I just checked. It's available. Book it quick
I've been checking all day. There is one available and I believe it was my single reservation that they cancelled and refunded me in full.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on June 22, 2018, 10:39:29 AM
I checked with chabad about the price and this is what they replied:

In august the price for children will likely be 79. 
The issue now is we only have space for 90 and we need 9000 to make it affordable. 



Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on June 22, 2018, 01:32:07 PM
I checked with chabad about the price and this is what they replied:

In august the price for children will likely be 79.
The issue now is we only have space for 90 and we need 9000 to make it affordable.




FTFY
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mikel1 on July 03, 2018, 08:02:47 AM
I have 3 night for Shabbat Nachamu (July 27-28) for Four points by Sheraton- right across the Chabad- selling at $150 each (150 for the both nights) OBO.  PM me
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 03, 2018, 01:26:58 PM
PM Me
I have the following

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 7/27-7/29
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 8/3-8/5
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on July 07, 2018, 11:44:52 PM
There is an Ice Cream store called CC Swirls in the the ground floor of the 4 points, they claim that they have kosher sorbet,  Does anyone have any experience with it?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on July 08, 2018, 12:58:05 AM
There is an Ice Cream store called CC Swirls in the the ground floor of the 4 points, they claim that they have kosher sorbet,  Does anyone have any experience with it?
Ask them for the certificate
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 08, 2018, 01:46:05 AM
There is an Ice Cream store called CC Swirls in the the ground floor of the 4 points, they claim that they have kosher sorbet,  Does anyone have any experience with it?
make sure you see the containers with a kosher symbol. Also, make sure any scoops are clean and toppings are kosher.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mikel1 on July 08, 2018, 08:42:02 AM
I have 3 ROOMS for shabbat nachamu (july 27th and 28th- the 2 nights) for sale at 150 each for the 2 nights at the four points by sheraton niagara falls right across the chabad.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 09, 2018, 10:20:55 AM
PM Me
I have the following

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 7/27-7/29
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 8/3-8/5

Platinum Account Booking with Late Check out, Club access and other perks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 09, 2018, 11:17:15 AM
Anyone have 4P from 8/26-29?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: alexk. on July 09, 2018, 06:16:57 PM
Anyone have 8/24-8/26?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mikel1 on July 15, 2018, 12:54:01 AM
I have 3 ROOMS for shabbat nachamu (july 27th and 28th- the 2 nights) for sale at 150 each total for the 2 nights at the four points by sheraton niagara falls right across the chabad. (you'll get my Elite benefits as well....)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moshe90 on July 16, 2018, 07:28:45 PM
Hi, if going to niagara falls for 2 days ,do i need a car there , or all the attractions are in walking distance

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moshe90 on July 16, 2018, 07:33:31 PM
one more question, i'm diamond @hilton and Platinum @SPG , between embassy suites and sheraton on the falls, where do i have a greater chance to get upgraded?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 16, 2018, 07:47:33 PM
Hi, if going to niagara falls for 2 days ,do i need a car there , or all the attractions are in walking distance
This might answer both questions, if you stay in the Clifton Hill area (Sheraton on the Falls for example) all the main attractions are within walking distance, but Chabad/food is not. If you stay near Embassy, then Chabad/food is within walking distance but essentially no activities are. Niagara has a bus system, Wego, that isn't so expensive and stops at all the attractions. If you plan to do other things besides the main activites, such as some of the items I did in my TR (see the wiki for the link) like the Whirlpool Aero Car or White River Walk, then even from the Sheraton you will either need to take the bus or drive out to them. Don't know about upgrade chances of one vs. the other. I was Plat at Sheraton on the Falls and got upgraded to a room with view of both falls, although it wasn't a suite.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moshe90 on July 16, 2018, 07:49:55 PM
This might answer both questions, if you stay in the Clifton Hill area (Sheraton on the Falls for example) all the main attractions are within walking distance, but Chabad/food is not. If you stay near Embassy, then Chabad/food is within walking distance but essentially no activities are. Niagara has a bus system, Wego, that isn't so expensive and stops at all the attractions. If you plan to do other things besides the main activites, such as some of the items I did in my TR (see the wiki for the link) like the Whirlpool Aero Car or White River Walk, then even from the Sheraton you will either need to take the bus or drive out to them. Don't know about upgrade chances of one vs. the other. I was Plat at Sheraton on the Falls and got upgraded to a room with view of both falls, although it wasn't a suite.
thank you for the quick and clear response
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on July 16, 2018, 07:50:35 PM
one more question, i'm diamond @hilton and Platinum @SPG , between embassy suites and sheraton on the falls, where do i have a greater chance to get upgraded?
I would definitely rent a car in order to get from the airport to hotel. Only annoying part about having a car is paying for parking at the hotel
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 16, 2018, 07:52:30 PM
one more question, i'm diamond @hilton and Platinum @SPG , between embassy suites and sheraton on the falls, where do i have a greater chance to get upgraded?
It was a few years ago, things change, at the time was SPG Platinum and was upgraded to a room with fall views, I am Hilton Diamond but did not stay yet at the Hilton there. I am going to book the Hilton for a coming trip.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 16, 2018, 08:06:13 PM
Hi, if going to niagara falls for 2 days ,do i need a car there , or all the attractions are in walking distance
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43945.msg1221779;topicseen#msg1221779

See my mini TR.
We went with 2 children including a one year old. We stayed at the four points across from chabad and walked everywhere including cave of the winds.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on July 16, 2018, 08:46:38 PM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43945.msg1221779;topicseen#msg1221779

See my mini TR.
We went with 2 children including a one year old. We stayed at the four points across from chabad and walked everywhere including cave of the winds.
Which side of the cave of the winds? Canadian?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on July 16, 2018, 09:20:10 PM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43945.msg1221779;topicseen#msg1221779

See my mini TR.
We went with 2 children including a one year old. We stayed at the four points across from chabad and walked everywhere including cave of the winds.
Wow. I must have read that when I was planning my trip, but that's a lot of walking - impressive.

Which side of the cave of the winds? Canadian?
COTW - American side. Journey Behind the Falls - Canadian side.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on July 16, 2018, 09:55:58 PM
Wow. I must have read that when I was planning my trip, but that's a lot of walking - impressive.
yes but it was fun...
COTW - American side. Journey Behind the Falls - Canadian side.
+1
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 17, 2018, 03:53:13 PM
PM Me
I have the following

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 7/27-7/29   (1 Night or 2 Night Option) x 3 Rooms left
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 8/3-8/5     (1 Night or 2 Night Option) x 3 Rooms left

Last Chance!!!

I will be Canceling these rooms if no one wants them!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: S209 on July 18, 2018, 03:32:48 PM
PM Me
I have the following

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 7/27-7/29   (1 Night or 2 Night Option) x 3 Rooms left
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 8/3-8/5     (1 Night or 2 Night Option) x 3 Rooms left

Last Chance!!!

I will be Canceling these rooms if no one wants them!

I'll take them for 5K SPG points per night..
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: S209 on July 18, 2018, 03:35:01 PM
I have 3 ROOMS for shabbat nachamu (july 27th and 28th- the 2 nights) for sale at 150 each total for the 2 nights at the four points by sheraton niagara falls right across the chabad. (you'll get my Elite benefits as well....)

What elite status do you have, and are they still available?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mikel1 on July 22, 2018, 10:05:02 PM
I have 2 ROOMS for shabbat nachamu (july 27th and 28th- the 2 nights) for sale at 150 each total for the 2 nights at the four points by sheraton niagara falls right across the chabad. (you'll get my Elite benefits as well....)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: S209 on July 22, 2018, 11:19:15 PM
Anybody know what the status is of the eiruv from the Four Points to Chabad? How reliable is it?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on July 22, 2018, 11:30:29 PM
Anybody know what the status is of the eiruv from the Four Points to Chabad? How reliable is it?
There is an eirev and you can see it. However you gotta be careful and only cross at the official crosswalk.   Rabbi Saltzman will announce it after   kabolas shabbos
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on July 23, 2018, 12:54:13 AM
Anybody know what the status is of the eiruv from the Four Points to Chabad? How reliable is it?
If you "J walk", you're outside the eiruv
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 23, 2018, 04:35:30 PM
PM Me
I have the following

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 7/27-7/29
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 8/3-8/5

Canceling these
Last Chance to book any of these remaining rooms
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: S209 on July 23, 2018, 06:43:51 PM
There is an eirev and you can see it. However you gotta be careful and only cross at the official crosswalk.   Rabbi Saltzman will announce it after   kabolas shabbos

Thanks! I guess that means I can bring my baby for the meals :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mendyt on July 23, 2018, 06:47:48 PM
Thanks! I guess that means I can bring my baby for the meals :)
Absolutely!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on July 24, 2018, 03:56:50 PM
PM Me
I have the following

Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 7/27-7/29 NOT AVAILABLE
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview 8/3-8/5 AVAILABLE

PM Me I will cancel these in a few days.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nirc on July 31, 2018, 01:49:31 PM
Dan mentions in numerous places how the Sheraton Four Points Fallsview can be booked for 4K SPG/night on weekdays. However, the cheapest i find is 10k/ night (or 40k total from 8/12-8/17).

edit: just found out about price increase.
anyone have a reservation they selling?
any ideas where else to stay using spg/marriot points?

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on July 31, 2018, 02:27:37 PM
Dan mentions in numerous places how the Four Points Fallsview can be booked for 4K SPG/night on weekdays. However, the cheapest i find is 10k/ night (or 40k total from 8/12-8/17).

edit: just found out about price increase.
anyone have a reservation they selling?
any ideas where else to stay using spg/marriot points?
Sheraton?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on July 31, 2018, 03:31:05 PM
Dan mentions in numerous places how the Sheraton Four Points Fallsview can be booked for 4K SPG/night on weekdays. However, the cheapest i find is 10k/ night (or 40k total from 8/12-8/17).

edit: just found out about price increase.
anyone have a reservation they selling?
any ideas where else to stay using spg/marriot points?
PM Me I will cancel these in a few days.
Check if he canceled
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: emak on July 31, 2018, 06:07:10 PM
Dan mentions in numerous places how the Sheraton Four Points Fallsview can be booked for 4K SPG/night on weekdays. However, the cheapest i find is 10k/ night (or 40k total from 8/12-8/17).

edit: just found out about price increase.
anyone have a reservation they selling?
any ideas where else to stay using spg/marriot points?
I have from 8/2 to 8/5 PM me if interested.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nirc on July 31, 2018, 06:28:00 PM
I have from 8/2 to 8/5 PM me if interested.

thanks, but my dates (8/12-8/17) are firm.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Moshe90 on August 01, 2018, 09:44:12 AM
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43945.msg1221779;topicseen#msg1221779

See my mini TR.
We went with 2 children including a one year old. We stayed at the four points across from chabad and walked everywhere including cave of the winds.
I Copy/Paste your trip, was very very nice, thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: abetobee on August 01, 2018, 11:22:44 AM
I have reservations for:
2 rooms (one reg, one upgraded) at
Four Points by Sheraton Niagara Falls Fallsview
08/19/2018 - 08/21/2018.
BTW, these are attached to a SPG Gold account, so it may get free upgrade.
$250 for each room, obo
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on August 01, 2018, 12:26:27 PM
I got an email from chabad yesterday: There are 2 independently owned restaurants operating in the Welcome Center. A dairy restaurant called Bubby's New York Bagels and a meat restaurant called Taste. They are under kashrus supervision by the COR with the direct supervision of Rabbi Zaltzman of Chabad Niagara. Chabad leases the space to both independent restaurants and has no control or financial part of it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 01, 2018, 01:30:17 PM
I got an email from chabad yesterday: There are 2 independently owned restaurants operating in the Welcome Center. A dairy restaurant called Bubby's New York Bagels and a meat restaurant called Taste. They are under kashrus supervision by the COR with the direct supervision of Rabbi Zaltzman of Chabad Niagara. Chabad leases the space to both independent restaurants and has no control or financial part of it.
Wow the dairy place changes names again.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: HDS on August 01, 2018, 04:45:06 PM
We were there last week, the week after 9 Av. I'll try to post a TR if I have the time, but I've edited the wiki in any case on a few points.

In terms of the restaurants, they are both expensive, as you would expect from seasonal "destination" kosher restaurants, but the fleishig was surprising excellent, both the food and service, and we were there literally their first night, with a pretty steady crowd. I hope they do well, what a pleasant experience! The milchig has been open all season (at least). You order at the counter and sit inside or on the back porch, and they use those buzzer things to tell you when to come in and get your order. The night we were there their service was horrible, we had to wait an hour plus for any food to come out at all with almost no one in the place, and they forgot half the orders. The foot was only barely passable. Not a lot of pride here, unfortunately. There was no option to get anything like a bottle of tap water for the table at all, buy it or stay thirsty. Oh, and they wanted us to tip when we ordered, despite no wait staff. (You might be better off with a to-go breakfast or lunch from them, I wouldn't know.)

Package of 6 large, moist OU-D blueberry muffins at a local supermarket for 6 CAD....

Minyanim are "8:30am hodu" and 15 min before sunset Mincha/Maariv, though it seemed like there was an earlier morning minyan from the number of people leaving when I was arriving. We still had 40-50 men for shachris each morning I was there.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 01, 2018, 06:52:26 PM
I Copy/Paste your trip, was very very nice, thanks
glad it worked out. It's quite a workout while wearing a child. Something I need to do again soon.....
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ludmila on August 01, 2018, 10:44:05 PM
We were there last week, the week after 9 Av. I'll try to post a TR if I have the time, but I've edited the wiki in any case on a few points.

In terms of the restaurants, they are both expensive, as you would expect from seasonal "destination" kosher restaurants, but the fleishig was surprising excellent, both the food and service, and we were there literally their first night, with a pretty steady crowd. I hope they do well, what a pleasant experience! The milchig has been open all season (at least). You order at the counter and sit inside or on the back porch, and they use those buzzer things to tell you when to come in and get your order. The night we were there their service was horrible, we had to wait an hour plus for any food to come out at all with almost no one in the place, and they forgot half the orders. The foot was only barely passable. Not a lot of pride here, unfortunately. There was no option to get anything like a bottle of tap water for the table at all, buy it or stay thirsty. Oh, and they wanted us to tip when we ordered, despite no wait staff. (You might be better off with a to-go breakfast or lunch from them, I wouldn't know.)

Package of 6 large, moist OU-D blueberry muffins at a local supermarket for 6 CAD....

Minyanim are "8:30am hodu" and 15 min before sunset Mincha/Maariv, though it seemed like there was an earlier morning minyan from the number of people leaving when I was arriving. We still had 40-50 men for shachris each morning I was there.
Thanks for the useful information.
Title: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ysilby95 on August 01, 2018, 11:35:42 PM
Has anyone stayed at the marriot Fallsview?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: HDS on August 02, 2018, 07:53:24 AM
Thanks for the useful information.

Sure thing!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: keemster26 on August 02, 2018, 11:25:18 PM
Anyone know if The Fleishig restaurant is open? I see that ppl had gone there recently. But online it shows permently closed
I got an email from chabad yesterday: There are 2 independently owned restaurants operating in the Welcome Center. A dairy restaurant called Bubby's New York Bagels and a meat restaurant called Taste. They are under kashrus supervision by the COR with the direct supervision of Rabbi Zaltzman of Chabad Niagara. Chabad leases the space to both independent restaurants and has no control or financial part of it.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Shneur on August 15, 2018, 01:16:10 AM
The prices in the wiki aren't too accurate for this season
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 15, 2018, 10:19:13 AM
The prices in the wiki aren't too accurate for this season
They're quite old. I don't normally put prices in a wiki, but they were there already, so I left them.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: cooljoe613 on August 22, 2018, 01:19:04 PM
selling 2 rooms each night OF THE 24th 25th 26th four points Fallsview 150 a night USD
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehudaa on September 12, 2018, 11:02:42 AM
If anyone is interested in going for chol hamoed, here's Chabad's sign. They're offering rooms (for 5 ppl!) at the four points for $99/night.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: miles lover on October 06, 2018, 10:14:20 PM
Is the pizza shop or any kosher restaurant opened this week ?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Aron27 on October 07, 2018, 03:53:09 AM
Is the pizza shop or any kosher restaurant opened this week ?
Call and ask
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: miles lover on October 07, 2018, 07:24:10 AM
Call and ask
Please donít push away my question. Other people wonít answer it if you reply to it. I asked in a time when they werenít opened. If you donít know the answer just keep quiet.
Title: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Zevi16 on November 28, 2018, 09:44:34 AM
Considering going to niagara CA for the weekend of Shabbos Chanukah. A couple and 2 little kids.
2 questions.
What would my best bet be to stay somewhere within the eiruv of Chabad? We generally like renting houses instead of hotels but as it is out of season, would we be able to get the 2 floor suite for a good price?
It will have to be a low floor for Shabbos.
Also, is there an issue lighting menora in a bedroom of a hotel?

Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on November 28, 2018, 02:11:15 PM
Considering going to niagara CA for the weekend of Shabbos Chanukah. A couple and 2 little kids.
2 questions.
What would my best bet be to stay somewhere within the eiruv of Chabad? We generally like renting houses instead of hotels but as it is out of season, would we be able to get the 2 floor suite for a good price?
It will have to be a low floor for Shabbos.
Also, is there an issue lighting menora in a bedroom of a hotel?
Only the 4 Points is within the Eruv. The Eruv runs from their parking lot to the Chabad across the street. It should be easy to secure a low floor. I don't think this hotel has a 2 floor suite that I am aware of. If it does, it's definitely not on a low floor. Menora is a similar issue as Shabbos candles. Of course they won't allow you to light fire in your room, but for 2 little tea lights, I've never had an issue. Menora is trickier bc I assume you'd be lighting by a window which is more likely to catch someone's attention. Unless you don't light near the window relying on the pirsumei nissa of your family. I've lit at other hotels not near the window, and blew them out after 30 minutes. Trickier on Friday night, but you can try to fill the oil/find candles that only burn the exact amount of time you need. And of course, if Chas v'Shalom something happens with a fire, I'd imagine you'd need to hire a very good lawyer.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Zevi16 on November 28, 2018, 05:35:53 PM
Only the 4 Points is within the Eruv. The Eruv runs from their parking lot to the Chabad across the street. It should be easy to secure a low floor. I don't think this hotel has a 2 floor suite that I am aware of. If it does, it's definitely not on a low floor. Menora is a similar issue as Shabbos candles. Of course they won't allow you to light fire in your room, but for 2 little tea lights, I've never had an issue. Menora is trickier bc I assume you'd be lighting by a window which is more likely to catch someone's attention. Unless you don't light near the window relying on the pirsumei nissa of your family. I've lit at other hotels not near the window, and blew them out after 30 minutes. Trickier on Friday night, but you can try to fill the oil/find candles that only burn the exact amount of time you need. And of course, if Chas v'Shalom something happens with a fire, I'd imagine you'd need to hire a very good lawyer.
Are there any Airbnb rentals near the Chabad?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: S209 on November 28, 2018, 11:21:52 PM
Are there any Airbnb rentals near the Chabad?
Not nogeya because of the eiruv, there is no eruv for anything besides the hotel
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Zevi16 on December 02, 2018, 06:49:07 PM
I was thinking of stopping off overnight in a hotel closer to Niagara. Where can I get a cheap hotel en route from NYC but within 2.5 hours of Niagara.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: S209 on December 03, 2018, 01:41:08 AM
I was thinking of stopping off overnight in a hotel closer to Niagara. Where can I get a cheap hotel en route from NYC but within 2.5 hours of Niagara.
I stayed at the beautiful Embassy Suites at the mall in Syracuse, donít remember exactly how far it was to NIagara from there but that range. Brand new hotel, really nice, and mall is definitely worth checking out as well, especially the top floor (lots of attractions)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Zevi16 on December 06, 2018, 12:58:57 AM
How much are the tolls from Lakewood to Niagara, ON?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: S209 on December 06, 2018, 08:46:00 AM
How much are the tolls from Lakewood to Niagara, ON?
IIRC I donít think they were too bad, actually
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: ajs625 on May 30, 2019, 09:51:55 PM
Has anyone stayed at the courtyard? If so, how far is it from the activities?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on June 12, 2019, 02:13:21 PM
Thinking of staying at 4point/chabad shabbos meals. Does anyone know what time they make shabbos? Early or late? Also, who supervises the eiruv, and does it include the hotel? What is the highest floor/best view and roomiest that also has shabbos keys?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on June 12, 2019, 06:30:52 PM
Thinking of staying at 4point/chabad shabbos meals. Does anyone know what time they make shabbos? Early or late? Also, who supervises the eiruv, and does it include the hotel? What is the highest floor/best view and roomiest that also has shabbos keys?
The eruv is run by Chabad and includes precisely four points to Chabad.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on June 12, 2019, 06:50:56 PM
The eruv is run by Chabad and includes precisely four points to Chabad.
So it's overseen by rabbi zaltzman and includes the hotel itself?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on June 12, 2019, 07:05:23 PM
So it's overseen by rabbi zaltzman and includes the hotel itself?
That is my understanding but have never been for shabbos.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on June 12, 2019, 07:11:12 PM
That is my understanding but have never been for shabbos.
K thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 12, 2019, 08:56:05 PM
Thinking of staying at 4point/chabad shabbos meals. Does anyone know what time they make shabbos? Early or late? Also, who supervises the eiruv, and does it include the hotel? What is the highest floor/best view and roomiest that also has shabbos keys?
Was late shabbos when I went.. Eruv goes from parking lot to shul. For carrying within a hotel, AYLOR. Certainly carrying from the hotel into the attached arcade building is not a simple matter. Call hotel to find out which floors have manual keys but really not important, can just tape up the door like at any other hotel. Highest floors have best views of the falls. They cannot be seen from the lower floors because buildings block your view, but then consider youíll have lots of steps.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on June 12, 2019, 10:22:08 PM
Was late shabbos when I went.. Eruv goes from parking lot to shul. For carrying within a hotel, AYLOR. Certainly carrying from the hotel into the attached arcade building is not a simple matter. Call hotel to find out which floors have manual keys but really not important, can just tape up the door like at any other hotel. Highest floors have best views of the falls. They cannot be seen from the lower floors because buildings block your view, but then consider youíll have lots of steps.
Thank you.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on June 16, 2019, 11:07:13 PM
Can I still park unlimited at the casino for 5$?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on June 17, 2019, 09:52:34 AM
Can I still park unlimited at the casino for 5$?
As of July 2017 - Each day the casino has different pricing. There's a sign outside telling you what the price is that day. Not sure if you pay the price of the day you arrive or the day you depart.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Luvisrael on June 17, 2019, 04:15:16 PM
can someone give me a quick description Embassy suites fallsview vs. Hilton on the falls? Thanks!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on July 31, 2019, 01:11:15 PM
Anyone with info on the four points whether they'll warm up food or give a microwave in the room?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on July 31, 2019, 01:22:48 PM
As of July 2017 - Each day the casino has different pricing. There's a sign outside telling you what the price is that day. Not sure if you pay the price of the day you arrive or the day you depart.
Day you depart
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MeirS on August 08, 2019, 11:10:36 PM
Is there a clear winner between the hotels which is the best?

I'm looking to book with Marriott.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on August 08, 2019, 11:12:10 PM
Is there a clear winner between the hotels which is the best?

I'm looking to book with Marriott.
Shabbos or weekday?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MeirS on August 08, 2019, 11:20:06 PM
Shabbos or weekday?
Weekday - a 2 day/1 night trip
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 09, 2019, 10:16:16 AM
Weekday - a 2 day/1 night trip
Sheraton on the Falls is a nice option, centrally located.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Joel2 on August 09, 2019, 03:44:55 PM
Sheraton on the Falls is a nice option, centrally located.
Parking is 35CAD a night vs 21CAD for the 4 points by Sheraton you always need to take parking in consideration
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MeirS on August 09, 2019, 04:20:49 PM
Parking is 35CAD a night vs 21CAD for the 4 points by Sheraton you always need to take parking in consideration
It's also 50k points vs 35k points IINM.
My question is if it's a significantly better hotel.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on August 09, 2019, 05:07:56 PM
It's also 50k points vs 35k points IINM.
My question is if it's a significantly better hotel.
I havent been there in a good few years, however its night and day. You cant compare the two hotels, as to views and comfort
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 13, 2019, 07:01:20 AM
What ID do children (US citizens) need to enter Canada, and return to US? Parents have valid US passport. Thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on August 13, 2019, 10:11:43 AM
At land crossings children under 16 with both parents can technically get in with birth certificates or other similar docs but if you don't have passports the officer may give you a hard time. Pot luck on who you get.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 13, 2019, 10:13:31 AM
At land crossings children under 16 with both parents can technically get in with birth certificates or other similar docs but if you don't have passports the officer may give you a hard time. Pot luck on who you get.
Thanks for replying. That sounds really strange. If legally a birth certificate is enough, why would they make trouble?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on August 13, 2019, 10:24:10 AM
Have you crossed borders regularly? On any given day the officer treats you differently. The better documentation you have, the easier it will be.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 13, 2019, 11:46:08 AM
Have you crossed borders regularly? On any given day the officer treats you differently. The better documentation you have, the easier it will be.
Ok, thanks.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: YMW on August 14, 2019, 02:30:43 AM
What ID do children (US citizens) need to enter Canada, and return to US? Parents have valid US passport. Thanks.

At land crossings children under 16 with both parents can technically get in with birth certificates or other similar docs but if you don't have passports the officer may give you a hard time. Pot luck on who you get.
Under 14 a birth certificate is enough even when traveling without a parent (with a another adult....).
The officier (specially the US-bond officiers) don't like it because they can't scan it & they have to enter all the names manually.... (A officer told it to me once when I presented him 5 birth certificates....)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nirc on August 14, 2019, 09:58:41 AM
What ID do children (US citizens) need to enter Canada, and return to US? Parents have valid US passport. Thanks.

short answer - it depends.

age of children? going with parents? walking or driving across border?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 14, 2019, 09:59:59 AM
short answer - it depends.

age of children? going with parents? walking or driving across border?
All under 14, with both parents, driving.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nirc on August 14, 2019, 10:04:52 AM
All under 14, with both parents, driving.

in that case a birth certificate is enough, but a passport is better.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Iz on August 14, 2019, 10:05:38 AM
Thanks all! :)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MeirS on August 15, 2019, 12:32:42 PM
Looking for a hotel to stop in on the way from Niagra to Brooklyn. Ideally around 3/3.5 hours from Brooklyn. (Preference Marriott 35k)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Dawie on August 15, 2019, 02:10:11 PM
Looking for a hotel to stop in on the way from Niagra to Brooklyn. Ideally around 3/3.5 hours from Brooklyn. (Preference Marriott 35k)
Albany
Wick on Hudson
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: li-travel on August 16, 2019, 12:01:25 PM
We are considering going to Niagara Falls Ca with our 4 & 6 year old boys, any idea if there will be enough to do with them for a few days in the entire area? we want to arrive on a Tuesday evening till Sunday morning, we don't mind traveling in the 1 hour radios for interesting attractions fo children. Any ideas?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: SamCan on August 18, 2019, 02:07:32 AM
We are considering going to Niagara Falls Ca with our 4 & 6 year old boys, any idea if there will be enough to do with them for a few days in the entire area? we want to arrive on a Tuesday evening till Sunday morning, we don't mind traveling in the 1 hour radios for interesting attractions fo children. Any ideas?

Try Olcott Carsoul park. They have 6-7 rides for .25 per ride. If they like parades military history stuff check out Old fort Niagara on the US side and Fort George and Fort Erie on the Canadian side. Hamilton ON has a childrenís museum and some nice scenery.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on August 18, 2019, 06:29:21 AM
We are considering going to Niagara Falls Ca with our 4 & 6 year old boys, any idea if there will be enough to do with them for a few days in the entire area? we want to arrive on a Tuesday evening till Sunday morning, we don't mind traveling in the 1 hour radios for interesting attractions fo children. Any ideas?
Niagara with my better half and 2 daughters, ages 5 and 1 (almost) :We're staying at the Four Points Fallsview. Check in was a breeze, we requested a lower floor room as we are staying here for Shabbos and wanted hard keys. We were placed in the new section in room 322. The room is quite large plenty of space for additional beds and cribs and then some living space. We requested an extra chair and they sent right away.
At check-in i requested a fridge knowing that they charge an exorbitant amount but got free of charge (i'll explain once I've checked and there's no charge)
Parking at the hotel is an insane cad $25 for valet and cad $18 for self parking which is across the street by Chabad.
We opted to park across the street at the casino for cad $5 (no in & out ) and use the air conditioned walkway which connects to the Four Points and the Hilton.
Tuesday:very scenic... but see the traffic tickets thread  >:(
We arrived at about 7 pm, checked in , and davened mincha/maariv by chabad across the street. Then we walke sown to see the Falls lit up at night which was nice but the way back is up a steep hill.
Wednesday:
I davened by chabad 8:30 am. Nice large minyan.
We decided that to walk everywhere today. Parking doesn't seem to so easy here and my wife wanted us to get some excersize , so no bus.
We walked from the hotel to Hornblower cruises (canadian version of Maid of the Mist) which is a downhill walk but u still gatta get back up.
We walked from there to the Rainbow bridge, paid the usd $.50 pedestrian toll, and walked across to the US. After clearing passport control we walked over to Goat Island for Cave of the Winds wich was awesome (we did both Hornblower and Cave of the winds without ponchos and lived it- especially the kids)
The hurricane deck is an awesome experience and i did it with my one year old strapped to my back.
After that we walked back to Canada and headed to Top Nosh for some dinner. Then it was back to the hotel.
Thursday:
The plan for tomorrow is to drive to Hamilton, ON to the African Lion Safari
To be continued......
ETA: I think we're gonna walk to the Ferris wheel now... Thats over 8 MI of walking today.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nirc on August 19, 2019, 12:16:26 PM
for those that are interested there is a six flags amusement park in darien lake ny which is about 1 hr from Niagara and 45min from BUffalo.

never knew about this and especially for one with gold season pass may be worth doing.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yeshivabucher on August 19, 2019, 12:28:21 PM
stopped by on way back to New York from Toronto
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: MeirS on August 20, 2019, 09:13:38 AM
Anyone have contact information for the Sheraton on the Falls to request special requests?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Jeremiah on August 20, 2019, 09:49:42 AM
Can I make it through the border with a passport that expired in june?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yoruel on August 20, 2019, 08:51:20 PM
What's the story this year with the meat restaurant?are they open?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yeshivabucher on August 22, 2019, 06:41:09 PM
Is there a consistent mincha and mariv by the chabad daily?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: myi on August 23, 2019, 02:27:41 AM
Can I make it through the border with a passport that expired in june?
should be fine.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: myi on August 23, 2019, 02:38:24 AM
Cave of the Winds and the maid of the mist pricing in the wiki is a bit off.

 
   But here's some stunning pics of the Cave of the Winds which I took today!
   Not the sharpest as it was only taken on a BlackBerry Classic! But still a beautiful pic! Nifloes Haboreh, you can see this same site over and over and never get bored! 

 (https://i.ibb.co/51Kzg7b/IMG-20190822-175652.jpg) (https://ibb.co/Jc3bwhD)
(https://i.ibb.co/4V9tV3T/IMG-20190822-180108.jpg) (https://ibb.co/yQGPQ7y)
(https://i.ibb.co/dkP5VS9/IMG-20190822-182018.jpg) (https://ibb.co/j3yrQdK)
(https://i.ibb.co/LrNqJkz/IMG-20190822-181054.jpg) (https://ibb.co/C6PXM15)
(https://i.ibb.co/GR9ktjV/IMG-20190822-180100.jpg) (https://ibb.co/89b2dVj)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on August 23, 2019, 07:13:54 AM
Beautiful!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 23, 2019, 10:17:37 AM
At land crossings children under 16 with both parents can technically get in with birth certificates or other similar docs but if you don't have passports the officer may give you a hard time. Pot luck on who you get.
Have you crossed borders regularly? On any given day the officer treats you differently. The better documentation you have, the easier it will be.
Under 14 a birth certificate is enough even when traveling without a parent (with a another adult....).
The officier (specially the US-bond officiers) don't like it because they can't scan it & they have to enter all the names manually.... (A officer told it to me once when I presented him 5 birth certificates....)
in that case a birth certificate is enough, but a passport is better.
Don't have a passport yet for my <1 year old. Is it better to bring the original birth certificate, or is a copy enough? Better to be printed or digital copy on the phone is enough?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on August 23, 2019, 10:19:09 AM
Cave of the Winds and the maid of the mist pricing in the wiki is a bit off.

 
   But here's some stunning pics of the Cave of the Winds which I took today!
   Not the sharpest as it was only taken on a BlackBerry Classic! But still a beautiful pic! Nifloes Haboreh, you can see this same site over and over and never get bored! 
What did you (and everyone else on this thread that had been, and took pictures) do to keep your phone/camera dry? Question applies to both MotM/Hornblower and CotW/JBtF.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on August 23, 2019, 10:45:34 AM
Don't have a passport yet for my <1 year old. Is it better to bring the original birth certificate, or is a copy enough? Better to be printed or digital copy on the phone is enough?
I brought a photocopy and didn't have a problem
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nescafe on August 25, 2019, 01:12:50 AM
What's the story this year with the meat restaurant?are they open?
Yes

Is there a consistent mincha and mariv by the chabad daily?
Yes
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nirc on August 26, 2019, 01:10:17 PM
Don't have a passport yet for my <1 year old. Is it better to bring the original birth certificate, or is a copy enough? Better to be printed or digital copy on the phone is enough?

bring the printed original birth certificate. not worth the risk of getting to border and being turned away.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on September 01, 2019, 10:57:37 PM
bring the printed original birth certificate. not worth the risk of getting to border and being turned away.
Didn't bother in the end. I took a (pretty lousy) printed copy, with a full color scan accessible on my phone. No issues using the photocopy in either direction.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: HELLSBURG on September 26, 2019, 10:05:17 AM
I spent Shabbos recently in Buffalo, returning from a trip to Toronto. We would have preferred to stay in Niagara as we've done it before, but being off season, there is no guaranteed minyan at the Chabad. There is a Marriott Residence Inn directly across the street from the Young Israel of Greater Bufallo (and within the eruv).  It's extremely convenient to Niagara Falls (about 20 minute drive) and a great alternative to staying in Niagara proper for Shabbos.  The Tops supermarket with the kosher takeout is only a few minutes directly down the road from the hotel (although we brought all the food with us from Sobey's in Toronto.) The hotel is made up of 15 houses, each with 2 floors, 4 rooms on a floor. Every room has a separate entrance that opens directly to the outdoors. There is no elevator to go to the second floor, you must walk the stairs. If you don't like stairs take the first floor, but you will hear all the walking around from the people above you. They all have a kitchen and living area with a pull out sofa, and plenty of room to spare, so this hotel would be perfect for families. Despite what you may see on other Shabbos hotel sites, all the rooms at the hotel have electronic locks and they will not give out a hard key for the rooms. However, the hotel has the "good" locks that can be bypassed on Shabbos with a simple padlock and chain. (We carry with us whenever we go to a hotel for shabbos.) If you don't normally use this method and need to rely on asking the hotel staff to open your room for you as the hotel suggests, you will have issues, because to get to the front desk you must enter the lobby/gatehouse, and although the doors themselves are manual, there is a motion sensor doorbell and light that goes on when you enter through either the front or back door!
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: skyguy918 on September 26, 2019, 10:46:05 AM
I didn't see any mention of this in the thread at all. Unlike bigger cities, where there's often at least some activities that are free, the main Niagara activities can add up quickly - especially since most of them are relatively quick activities (Skywheel, Aero Car, etc.). So it was nice to find one thing that was free. While the Erie Canal has a lot of cultural significance, and several cool sites to visit throughout the upstate NY area, it's not really used on a commercial scale anymore. The Canadian side has its own canal, running from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. There are 8 locks along the way, including one where there's a viewing deck behind a strange little museum called St Catharines Museum. The exhibits include one about the canal itself, the Ontario Lacrosse Hall of Fame, an exhibit on the area being a terminus to the Underground Railroad, and some other smaller but just as random stuff. The museum is admission by donation and you can still view the ships go through the lock when the museum is closed. There's also a nice outdoor playground right next to it. We arrived a few minutes before closing, looked around a bit, and headed to the back just as a ship began to pull in to descend. It took a lot longer than expected - maybe 30 minutes and it still hadn't pulled out when we left. Nice little stop that the kids enjoyed.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: myi on October 13, 2019, 10:23:26 AM
Anyone heading into Canada now till yom tov? Or untill after yom tov?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: stooges44 on November 17, 2019, 12:56:06 PM
How far are the closest eateries to the falls?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on November 17, 2019, 01:06:14 PM
How far are the closest eateries to the falls?
Now? Buffalo or Toronto as the eateries in Chabad are seasonal. In season, about a 20 minute walk.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on November 17, 2019, 01:09:14 PM
Now? Buffalo or Toronto as the eateries in Chabad are seasonal. In season, about a 20 minute walk.
I believe chabad does have some food off season as  well. Just contact in advance.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: stooges44 on November 17, 2019, 06:31:26 PM
I believe chabad does have some food off season as  well. Just contact in advance.

I reached out to chabad, waiting for a response. Just to get a gauge, what would the closest eatery in toronto be from the falls? 30 minutes? An hour?

Thanks
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: KSMH on November 17, 2019, 06:40:41 PM
I reached out to chabad, waiting for a response. Just to get a gauge, what would the closest eatery in toronto be from the falls? 30 minutes? An hour?

Thanks
Toronto is 1HR.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: mordechain on November 17, 2019, 07:57:26 PM
More like 1:30
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: stooges44 on November 18, 2019, 09:28:56 PM
How about in buffalo? Based on this https://www.bvkkosher.com/news-c2t8 it seems there's a milchig cafe and a deli.

How far are the falls from buffalo?

And, is it normal to cross the border multiple times a day? (Do they get suspicious if you go at least 2x a day?)
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehudaa on November 18, 2019, 09:48:39 PM
More like 1:30
+1
How far are the falls from buffalo?
I think ~40 min without waiting at the border
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: HELLSBURG on November 19, 2019, 07:37:49 AM
How about in buffalo? Based on this https://www.bvkkosher.com/news-c2t8 it seems there's a milchig cafe and a deli.

How far are the falls from buffalo?

And, is it normal to cross the border multiple times a day? (Do they get suspicious if you go at least 2x a day?)

It's about 25 minutes from the Young Israel to NF State Park through Grand Island (Trivia: The first modern Jewish State). There's a $0.95 toll in each direction.  Definitely much closer than Toronto, and the traffic in Toronto makes NYC highways look like the Autobahn. However, the kosher options in Toronto are definitely much better, and so are your choices for minyanim. If you are driving into Canada, make sure you bring your passports, and that your cell phone will work in Canada. Near the falls you should (but not guaranteed) pick up the US towers, but if you drive toward Toronto, you will need service in Canada if you want to make calls or use Waze.  For reference, it took about 5-10 minutes of driving north of the border, away from the falls, before we lost US cell service and another 10-15 minutes or so before our phone managed to register on the Canadian towers.  Check with  your carrier if you have to change any settings manually on your phone.

I can't answer about driving across the border multiple times in a day, but probably if you walk across they won't find it as suspicious. At this time of year it already feels quite cold up there near the falls. Dress warmly. I'd recommend doing Cave of the Winds, but I am sure they are already shut for the winter.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moshe1234 on December 08, 2019, 04:46:12 PM
I was thinking to go with my 3 kids 5, 7 & baby for 2 nights, is it to cold for a baby?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on December 09, 2019, 07:04:35 AM
It can be - you will need to check the forecast for the specific days. 
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moshe1234 on December 09, 2019, 10:58:10 AM
Can we go with a baby on the boat ride?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Ploni3 on December 09, 2019, 10:59:51 AM
I don't believe that the maid of the mist runs in the winter
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: Yehudaa on December 17, 2019, 02:44:41 PM
Chanukah 2019 at Niagara Falls (https://www.jewishniagarafalls.com/chanukah/)

Looks like Chabad is making meals for Shabbos Chanukah, as well as group hotel reservations, public menorah lighting, etc.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 25, 2019, 09:33:48 AM
Heard rules changed for crossing the border (Adults). Any dp if a passport is absolute must or can someone cross with Drivers License/birth certificate?

Is a 16 y/o considered an adult or child regarding documents needed for crossing the border?

Does it make a difference if one drives across the border or flies?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 25, 2019, 09:46:12 AM
Heard rules changed for crossing the border (Adults). Any dp if a passport is absolute must or can someone cross with Drivers License/birth certificate?

Is a 16 y/o considered an adult or child regarding documents needed for crossing the border?

Does it make a difference if one drives across the border or flies?
Flying you need a passport book. Driving a passport card or enhanced driver's licence works. Idk about a 16 year old.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: nirc on December 25, 2019, 09:57:30 AM
Flying you need a passport book. Driving a passport card or enhanced driver's licence works. Idk about a 16 year old.

does this mean a regular drivers license wont work even for driving? my passport recently expired and I haven't upgraded my drivers license yet.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on December 25, 2019, 10:29:38 AM
does this mean a regular drivers license wont work even for driving? my passport recently expired and I haven't upgraded my drivers license yet.
Correct. Not sure if they'll take an expired passport. If you have a nexus card that works as well. Possibly also a GE card.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: emak on January 29, 2020, 04:04:45 PM
Anyone here this shabbos? Trying to get a minyan
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aygart on January 29, 2020, 04:26:11 PM
Anyone here this shabbos? Trying to get a minyan
https://minyanmaker.co/s/Chabad_Niagara
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: aygart on January 30, 2020, 10:05:05 AM
Does the Hilton Fallsview have any kosher breakfast options for HH Gold?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on March 04, 2020, 06:13:01 AM
https://viewfromthewing.com/marriott-lost-the-iconic-four-points-niagara-falls/
Quote from: view from the wing
The Four Points Niagara Falls is becoming a Best Western Premier though it wonít actually use the Best Western name. It will basically just be sold through the Best Western platform, which the hotelís owner sees as advantageous because of the focus of Best Western on leisure travelersÖ and, unstated, because of lower fees.

The property is slated to leave Marriott after today though Marriott appears to still be selling rooms on its website. It should tell you something though about the Four Points brand that the property is being required to invest in upgrades to meet Best Western requirements.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: shaulyaakov on March 04, 2020, 08:14:48 AM
https://viewfromthewing.com/marriott-lost-the-iconic-four-points-niagara-falls/
Which one is leaving? American side one or Canadian side one?
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on March 04, 2020, 08:15:57 AM
Which one is leaving? American side one or Canadian side one?
I would be surprised if the Canadian one needs upgrades to become a bw
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on March 04, 2020, 08:33:52 AM
Which one is leaving? American side one or Canadian side one?
I would be surprised if the Canadian one needs upgrades to become a bw
the article links to the Canadian one.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on March 04, 2020, 08:37:08 AM
the article links to the Canadian one.
There is a buffalo times article that seems like it's talking about the American side. Gary probably linked the wrong one.
Title: Re: Niagara Falls Master Thread
Post by: moko on March 04, 2020, 08:59:24 AM
It's NY
https://www.meranihotelgroup.com/