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Hotel The Pillar and Post Hotel 5 star
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

A cute modern and very popular little inn located right in Niagara's wine country and not far from Niagara-on-the-Lake village, is the perfect place to stay at if you are travelling with a family or as a group of friends; it is even a great option if you are looking to have a romantic getaway with your other half. The Pillar and Post is also one of the fullest hotels when it comes to facilities as it has a lovely spa, a beautiful outdoor pool and a lively medieval restaurant that is extremely popular with the locals.

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      The Pillar and Post   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      The Pillar and Post   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location

    The hotel is located close to the Niagara-on-the-Lake village, just at its entrance. Located right in the heart of wine country, the Pillar and Post is ideal if you really need to get away from it all as it has a completely different feel to the centre of the village. If you are going to be attending the Bernard Shaw Festival in October, the hotel isn't too far from the theatre. Niagara-on-the-Lake has a fresh summery and holiday atmosphere and is well worth stopping by for a night or if you like the sound of touring the wine region and you are going up to the Falls as it is extremely picturesque and relaxed. You will be spoilt for choice in Niagara-on-the-Lake as there are hundreds of vineyards to stop at for wine tastings and every single one has its own distinct feel and practices.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    There are 122 rooms spread over the hotel's three floors. The rooms are extremely modern and all decorated in the same neutral palette of colours. Comfortable and contemporary, the rooms will suit guests who don't want anything too fussy. There are four categories: the Traditional, Deluxe, Premium and Suites. Although most rooms are similar, the difference is mainly in size and view. Deluxe and Suites also have fireplaces for that extra cosy atmosphere. All rooms have a flat-screen television. None have a mini-bar. We especially liked the fresh rose on the bed, adding a personal touch to the otherwise very simple décor. Some rooms also have an enormous four-poster bed, which adds a touch of authenticity to the room. All beds are extremely cosy with mattress tops for that extra comfort - some rooms have queen size beds and others have kings. Other rooms have sofa beds for young children or twin beds - ask about this at the time of booking. All bathrooms are fairly modern although they could be a little more spacious. Some bathrooms have bath tubs, others have Jacuzzi settings and some just have a shower. They are stocked with Gilhurst and Soames amenities. When it comes to Wi-Fi connection, it is free in the lobby but comes at a charge in the rooms.

    Overview 8.70 /10

    The Pillar and Post is a lovely little renovated hotel located right at the entrance of Niagara-on-the-Lake village amidst Niagara's wine country. It has a private car park out front for guests. Inside, the lobby is warm and welcoming, decorated in neutral earthy tones and tiled in polished terracotta tiles. The lobby area doubles up as a lounge, with seating for guests wanting to sit and read the paper. Off the lobby is the lively and very popular medieval themed restaurant. Outside the lobby is the outdoor pool area, which is ideal in the warmer months. For the colder season, guests have access to the indoor spa pool, where a great amount of effort has been made to add a glass beamed roof letting in plenty of natural light. The spa, with its 12 rooms, sauna and steam room, is the highlight of the hotel. Use of the steam, sauna and pool are free for in-house guests. The treatments on offer at the spa include the use of grapes from nearby wine estates. The country house feel of the hotel might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is clean and pleasant. There is also a vintage wine bar, which although a little too dark for our liking is a pleasant alternative to the restaurant or lounge in the evening.

    The hotel actually used to be a canning factory in the 1890s that was turned into a hotel in 1980. The three floor hotel is one of the biggest in the area and is very popular.

    If you are staying here with young children, note that there is no kids' club, but there are kids' options at the restaurant.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    The Pillar and Post has two restaurants: Carriages, which is the main one up the stairs off the lobby area and the Vintage wine bar to the back of the lobby. The restaurant serves buffets and à la carte and offers a mixture of homely Canadian dishes using as much local produce as possible. The wine bar is open for lunch and dinner and serves a smaller choice of light food. The restaurant tends to get very busy, so even if you are a guest at the hotel, make sure that you book a table beforehand. The Vintage bar is a little drab in its old-fashioned décor, but it beats having to venture out to the village after a long day sightseeing.

    There are also kids' menus available for young children.

    To know

    Part of the Vintage Hotels Group, the Pillar and Post is the most modern of the three properties, which also include The Queen's Landing (see our review) close to the marina on the other side of the village and The Prince of Wales (see our review) in the village. The hotel is pet friendly (extra cost).

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath

    advantage

    • The large beautiful spa.
    • The pretty outdoor pool area.
    • Its scenic location.
    • Lively atmosphere.

    disadvantages

    • The renovated modern country house décor may not be to everyone's liking.
    • Can get very lively especially at lunchtime in the restaurant, which might not be ideal for some guests.

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