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Hotel The Prince of Wales Hotel 4 star
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6 Picton Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

If you thought The Queen's Landing was chintzy, then you've got another think coming with The Prince of Wales! Giving a whole new meaning to kitsch, the hotel's garish interiors are a mix of Italian Renaissance and Victorian luxury, which is proving very popular with an older crowd of guests. The flagship property for Vintage Inn Hotels, it sits in prime location in Niagara-on-the-Lake village. With a wraparound porch and its name hanging in big gold lettering, you won't be able to miss it. The perfect place to stay if you like Georgian hotels, as although the interiors are garish, the rooms are harmonious when it comes to décor.

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      The Prince of Wales   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

    • Hotel The Prince of Wales

      The Prince of Wales   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 9.23 /10

    The hotel is located right in Niagara-on-the-Lake village, meaning that guests can walk into the village without needing transport. The Prince of Wales has a completely different feel to the other hotels close to the lake or in the wine country as it is more part of the community and has a less isolated feel. 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

    The 110 rooms are all delightfully decorated and all have large windows letting in plenty of light in. With a Victorian theme in all the rooms, this is the place for you if you like your hotels warm and cosy without any of that modular furniture and hardwood flooring. The main feature of each room, the enormous four-poster bed adorned in flowery linen to match the equally flowery curtains, is the original Tiffany lamp, which are stunning. These help add a personal touch to rooms that are otherwise fairly impersonal despite the flower-power explosion on the walls, curtains and bed linen.

    However, disguised under the Victorian décor, are all the latest mod-cons you would expect to find at a modern hotel like Bose surround sound systems, the latest in coffee machines and an in-room safe. The bathrooms are also modern and spacious - they are stocked with Gilhurst and Soames toiletries.

    The downside to staying at The Prince of Wales if you like your peace and quiet, is the noise of passing traffic that is audible in the rooms. Due to the building being listed, the owners were not able to put double glazing in. The windows also vibrate when traffic passes by - it well worth enquiring about this before booking a room at the hotel so that you get a room to the back of the hotel rather than one that lines the street.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    We liked the hotel's location as it is a real part of the village community and the fact that it was originally established since 1864, makes the hotel somewhat of a landmark in the area. It swapped hands and became part of Vintage Inns in 1997, when it was completely renovated while keeping a strong luxury Victorian feel throughout its three floors. Although the hotel has a grand feel, it is also very cosy - perfect for those blustery winter months, we thought.

    The hotel is in good shape and has lots of onsite facilities including the Secret Garden Spa, indoor saltwater pool and gym. The pool area looks like a gallery of traditional Victorian paintings as enormous murals have been painted on the walls to look like paintings are hanging on the walls. The hotel also has two restaurants including Escabèche, the main restaurant, and the tearoom, which feels just like stepping into the Sound of Music. Flowers on all surfaces, even the teapots, this is the place to come for traditional afternoon tea.

    Food and drink 7.70 /10

    The Escabèche restaurant, the hotel's main restaurant, is where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. A very pleasant area with excellent service, Escabèche is popular with the locals as well as in-house guests, so make sure you book in advance in high-season at the weekend. The Drawing Room at the front of the hotel just next door to Escabèche, was our favourite place. Completely overwhelmed by the full-on flower effect, we found that it sort of grew on us - unlike the horrid hotel lobby. The Drawing Room is the best place to come for traditional afternoon tea, but book a table as it can get busy. An opulent British Victorian style complete with giant porcelain animals that don't really belong, like tigers, is worth dropping in. Heavy floral motifs decorate every surface possible, include the China used for tea. The porch that wraps around the house overlooks the village, which is a great spot for people-watching.

    To know

    The Prince of Wales is part of the Vintage Hotels Group, which also includes the Pillar and Post, the most modern of the three properties (see our review), and The Queen's Landing (see our review) close to the marina on the other side of the village.

    There is valet parking available to guests.

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, spa, Turkish bath, wellness, keep fit

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, sports, fitness, water-polo

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • We enjoyed the Victorian décor of the tea room.
    • The rooms are comfortable and cheerful.
    • Its location right in the village.

    disadvantages

    • The bad taste décor in the lobby area.
    • The rattling window frames as traffic passes by in some of the rooms.

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