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Hotel The Queen's Landing Hotel 4 star
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155 Byron, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON, Canada Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Queen's Landing is located right on the marina in Niagara-on-the-Lake, making it a pleasant hotel to stop by for lunch on the outdoor terrace in the summer. A renovated stately home, the hotel looks impressive from the outside, but the dated and garish décor throughout its interiors didn't do it for us. The hotel's clientele consist mainly of a crowd of retired guests, so although the guests are lovely, younger guests might prefer somewhere a little livelier and more contemporary in its décor.

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      The Queen's Landing   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      The Queen's Landing   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

       
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    Location 8.65 /10

    The hotel is located close to the Niagara-on-the-Lake village, just at its entrance. 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 6.70 /10

    There are 142 rooms split into four categories: Traditional, Deluxe, Premium and Suites. The rooms are all decorated in a similar style that is slightly more garish than the rest of the hotel, but they are spacious. The rooms have thick blue carpets with thick orange drapes to match the faux suede headboard. The dark varnished mahogany furniture adds a dull ambience to an otherwise fairly pleasant space. Most rooms have cosy king size beds with quality white crisp linen. Some rooms have an extra (sofa) bed, which is handy if you are staying here with young children. All rooms have a flat-screen television. Other rooms have fireplaces, an attempt to add a cosy feel to the rooms. The bathrooms either have baths or showers.

    Otherwise there is Wi-Fi internet access in the rooms, but this comes at a charge. Wi-Fi is however complimentary in the lobby.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The hotel is a large three-floor renovated Georgian mansion complete with large white columns on either side of the front entrance and its own roundabout in the drive. The gardens of the hotel are the best part of it, especially in the summer, when guests can really make the most of the outdoor terrace that lines the marina and lake behind the hotel. Inside, the hotel has been recently renovated and is fairly smart if you like a chintzy dated style. Despite the décor, the mansion looks spick and span, however the cardboard point of sale displays throughout the hotel make it look cheap.

    The thick red carpets throughout the hotel and flowery curtains to match were a little too much for us. In terms of facilities, the hotel is well-equipped. It has a large restaurant - which reminded us of a slightly upmarket residential home dining room - as well as a bar area, which, with its lime green faux leather bar stools, is a more modern addition. Otherwise there is a good size gym (with more of that garish red carpet), a full indoor pool backed by floor-to-ceiling windows and a quaint little leafy outdoor terrace - there is no spa onsite, but there is sauna, which is complimentary for guests. The library room, a cosy Georgian living room with a fireplace, is the ideal place to take refuge from the rest of the hotel's bad taste interiors.

    Food and drink 6.70 /10

    The main restaurant, or dining hall, is located to the back of the hotel on several levels. The hall reminded us of a residential home canteen or an old-fashion cruise boat's restaurant at best. Carpeted and crammed full of tables, the space isn't the most pleasant. Cheesy music plays over the speakers, which took us right back to the days we used to watch Dynasty on television! The décor was enough, we thought. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served here. However, its outdoor seating on the terrace that lines the marina overlooks the lake, which is very pleasant during the summer.

    Otherwise for a little bit more of a contemporary experience, and for sport fans, the hotel bar just next door to the restaurant serves light bites and pints while showing the latest sport on its television screens above the British pub style bar.

    To know

    The Queen's Landing is part of the Vintage Hotels Group, along with two other hotels in the area: the Pillar and Post (see our review), which is the most modern of the three properties, as well as The Prince of Wales (see our review) in the village. For guests who are driving, there is free parking out front.

    Equipment

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

      sauna

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym

    advantage

    • Located right by the lake on the marina.
    • A good size and pleasant indoor pool.
    • The cosy library.

    disadvantages

    • Garish and dated interiors.
    • The dull atmosphere.

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