Recently I took my “little” pack on a family vacation to Niagara Falls – you know 3 kids under the age of 5… Always an adventure I’ll tell you. For the first leg of our trip we had the chance to stay in a family suite at the Howard Johnson Hotel by the Falls. This hotel is a family friendly, and budget friendly place to stay, right close to all the action of Niagara Falls and Clifton Hill. So you can access it all, but have a peaceful place to hide out when you are too worn out from all the action. cheap niagara falls canada hotels howard johnson by the falls review
The family suite offers ample space for a large group with 3 queen size beds. When we first walked into our suite, there was a nice little foyer area with a closet, and space to come in and take off your shoes. It’s great for the family to all get in and out of the hall without having to wait while others are coming in. You can all file in!
With the hotel room divided into 2 sections separated by a door – one with 2 beds, and one with 1 bed – you are able to get the kids down for the night and then have some time to relax and watch TV without disrupting the sleeping children. I think we have all been “trapped” in a dark hotel with kids trying not to talk or make noise so they can sleep. No problem here! Just close the door, and go to the other room. Both areas have a TV so there is no fighting over who gets to watch a show when you are having a little down time. Take a look at our hotel room and the amenities of this hotel in our video review of the Howard Johnson by The Falls:
The suite also has a full bath, with a nice sized tub. It’s great to have that option with the kids, as you never know what you might encounter in day. The main room also had a desk, a TV, and dresser, as well as some kitchen amenities: a mini fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. The mini fridge and microwave are very useful with kids! Perfect for heating up left overs or for making a snack, and with a fridge I can bring them a few things for late nights or early mornings before we are ready to head out.
We really enjoyed the fact that there was plenty of space for us all to move around (and even the boys to run a little). No one is tripping over each other, and if we needed a little space, we could find it. With 2 tvs, and free wifi this gives a lot of choices on things to do, while in the room. But you won’t be in there the whole time, as there is tons to do in Niagara Falls and you are just a few minutes walk to all of it!
No matter what your choice of food is, you will find it very close by. There are a ton of choices right next door, or across the street. Such as:
- Denny’s (which is right next door and open 24 hours)
- Pizza Hut Express, KFC Express, Baskin Robins (accessible from the hotel lobby)
- TGI Fridays
Then you can just walk around the corner, or a little further down the road for a whole new plethora of options! We tried out the Denny’s and found it has a great variety of meal ideas, and a really good kids menu. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and yummy dessert too.At the Howard Johnson, you are just a short walk away from everything Niagara Falls has to offer:
- Clifton Hill
- Victoria Park (and other Niagara Parks)
- The Skylon Tower
- The Casino
- Niagara Falls
While in the hotel you can enjoy the indoor/outdoor pool, the arcade, the gym, and the Pizza Hut express. Then head out to enjoy the city. And if it happens to be raining when you are there, check out my post on 10 Things To Do in Niagara Falls When It is Raining. Stay up to date with Howard Johnson Niagara Falls hotel deals by connecting with them on Facebook and Twitter.
When you are done your family fun exploring, then head back to the Howard Johnson for a great night’s sleep!