Hotel The Shaw Club Hotel 4 star
92 Picton Street, Niagara on the Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Shaw Club is a practical and attractive contemporary boutique hotel in the small village of Niagara-on-the-Lake that sits on the banks of Lake Ontario. The hotel is located just across the road from The Shaw Theatre, where it gets its name from. It might not have all the facilities a five start hotel has to offer, but in terms of atmosphere and service, it scored very highly with us. The hotel is ideal if you are going to be exploring the wine country or attending the Shaw Festival in October and if you are going to be driving up to Niagara Falls. The hotel is perfect for a young clientele that is fond of clean lines and neutral tones in terms of décor.

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      The Shaw Club   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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      The Shaw Club   -   © Julien Ferret / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 10.0 /10

    The hotel is located across the road from the Bernard Shaw Theatre, which is perfect if you are in Niagara-on-the-Lake for the Shaw Festival in October. However, the village is very small, so the theatre can be easily reached wherever you decide to stay. As its names suggest, the village sits on the banks of one of Ontario's many lakes, giving it a fresh summery and holiday atmosphere. Niagara-on-the-Lake 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 quaint 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

    The boutique hotel has a total of 22 rooms, eight of which are located in the annexe. The latter are a little more traditional in style, whereas the bulk of the rooms have clean white walls with touches of browns. The rooms are a little on the small side, so if you're planning on spending a lot of time lounging about indoors, you're probably better off trying somewhere else like the Harbour House or the Charles Inn. The rooms don't tend to vary greatly, although there are a few details like fireplaces and balconies, which not every room features. Some of the bathrooms have bath tubs and others have showers, so if you have a preference, it is worth mentioning when you book.

    For guests who like to have a bit of nightcap, it is worth remembering that there are no mini-bars in the rooms. However, there are complimentary tea and coffee making facilities in each room, as well as a large flat-screen television and a king-size bed.

    Overview 6.70 /10

    The only real modern hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the Shaw Club has its loyal following of returning guests who like the clean cut contemporary edge of the hotel. However, from the exterior the typical North American whitewash beach house aspect of the hotel gives nothing away and is as quaint as the rest of the picturesque village. The jewel in the crown is however the hotel's Zee Grill restaurant. Spread on a wooden wrap-around patio (closed off with a transparent curtain in the winter), it is one of the best restaurants in the area and is extremely popular with guests as well as the locals.

    Otherwise there is a small spa, the Shaw Spa, a couple of minutes' walk away from the hotel. There isn't much to it, but it is clean, attractive and the staff is helpful. It also has grape and maple based treatments, which we were very curious about. Onsite, there is a small lounge area that is sealed off with glass walls, which is a perfect little place to read the morning paper if you don't mind the din of the reception and the music playing over the speakers. For guests wishing to use the internet, there is a computer in the lounge that is free of charge to use. If you like to get around by other means than by car, the hotel also rents bikes.

    Food and drink 9.70 /10

    The adjoining Zee Grill restaurant outside on the wooden patio serves breakfast, lunch and dinner - all à la carte. The food served here, as the name indicates, is mainly North American using as much local produce as possible. Homely Canadian food in a beautiful candle-lit setting, it is well worth stopping by here, even if you're not a guest at the hotel. There is also indoor seating around the mahogany British-pub-like bar, where you can even get a pint of some of the local tipple.

    To know

    The Shaw Club is part of Niagara's Finest Inns, which also counts the charming Harbour House (see our review) and the Charles Inn (see our review).

    The hotel has a private car-park to the back of the establishment. There are rooms with hardwood flooring that are pet friendly.


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

      massage, beauty salon, keep fit

    • Sports equipment

      fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed


    • The friendly homely service.
    • The Zee Grill restaurant out on the patio.
    • Its contemporary interiors.


    • Guests who prefer a more authentic décor may find the Shaw Club a little bland.
    • The rooms are on the small side.

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