The extremely smart hotel looks like a large affluent family's home, which it once was before it was ruined by a fire and rebuilt to its former glory in 1832. The Kiely family were the previous residents and when they left the region, the house was turned into the Kiely Hotel. Today the house is a listed building hence why its authentic features like its curves doors and windows in places and tailor-made floorboards have been kept as they were. The house has a front door off the street but the main entrance is round the back in the garden via the porch (just like in the films!), which wraps around the house. There is no lobby as such apart from a long corridor that crosses the house where there is a reception desk under the stairs with a friendly face welcoming guests to the hotel. To the left of the entrance is the Veranda room. Our favourite guestroom of the house, it used to be the kitchen and still boasts the enormous original hearth. The beamed ceiling, creaking floorboards and beautiful view through the veranda accentuate the room's charm. Back through the room and into the corridor, you'll see the dining room to next door and upstairs are more guestrooms.
Every bit of décor here has been handpicked by the owner of Niagara's Finest Inns, Sue Murray, in order to maintain the original ambience of the house. Some people even say that the house is haunted, but that doesn't keep them away! For a bit of trivia, there is a tunnel under the house that leads all the way to the lake - in the harsh winters, the house staff would travel via the tunnel to collect the family supplies that arrived straight from abroad. Today it is boarded up, but it made us very curious to see this secret passage!
There isn't a long list of facilities here, but the atmosphere and original décor makes up the draw of the house and we wouldn't choose anywhere else to stay in Niagara-on-the-Lake.