Walking down the glitz and glamour of everything exciting on Fallsview Boulevard, you would be amiss to not notice one hotel that stands high above the rest. The Niagara Falls Hilton Hotel soars 53 storeys above the American and Canadian Horseshoe Falls — and 2013 marks the year of completely renovated top-to-bottom room renovations and an almost unrecognizable lobby. I sat down with Jim Graham, the Niagara Falls Hilton Hotel Director of Marketing, to get the inside scoop on what’s new at the hotel — and was given a first-hand tour of this remarkable hotel.
*Jim Graham and I at the Spyce Lounge*
“The south tower has seen significant renovations, and all 500 guest rooms are completely renovated from top to bottom. We have two new food and beverage outlets and our Watermark Restaurant has been refreshed as well” said Graham.
“It has been 13 years since the Hilton’s south tower has seen significant renovations and its floor to ceiling upgrades match those of the north tower” said Graham.
The north tower was constructed in 2009 and houses 450 rooms. Walking through this hotel, I was immediately struck by the modern and up-to-date facade of the Niagara Falls Hilton Hotel. Everything is neutral tones of dark browns and beige. The whole hotel is fresh and spacious, and gives a spectacular view of the majestic Niagara Falls and surrounding landscape. Just check out this photo I took out of one of the rooms in the south tower!
“The renovations are in the tens of millions of dollars” said Graham, adding that the Watermark Restaurant has been given a sweep over as well. That being said, off to the 33rd floor we went to check out the ambient floor to ceiling design. Once I stepped inside the restaurant, it felt like I walked into a page out of Greek Mythology. An indoor waterfall, sculptures of Sea Gods in the walls, and shades of blue and white met my eye. The view was magnificent! The entire wall was a wide open window giving a one-of-a-kind view of the Falls. The menu has also been revised, adding additional farm-to-table continental cuisine from Executive Chef Tim O’Donnell and his team.
*The Watermark Restaurant is open daily from 5:00pm – 10:00pm. Please call 905-353-7138 to book reservations.
- Deluxe Breakfast and Buffet
- A la Carte Dinner, Early Dinner Specials
- Fallsview Roof Top Dining on the 33rd & 34th floors
- Multi-level seating
- Oversized windows 18 feet in height
“This project has been in development for years and represents the completion of our vision” said Graham.
Looking around, the Niagara Falls Hilton Hotel really is in the center of it all with an indoor glass walkway that leads directly to the Fallsview Casino Resort. You have world-class dining and attractions such as the 175 foot tall Niagara Skywheel, right at your fingertips. The renovations came at the right time with the Ontario Power Generation Winter Festival of Lights fully underway until January 31st, 2014. Watch as the Niagara Falls illumination really captures the magic of Christmas with over 125 lighted displays along the Niagara Parkway and spectacular fireworks that light up the sky over the Falls.
The hotel is within close proximity of Clifton Hill, the main tourist promenade within Niagara Falls. The Winter Festival of Lights wouldn’t be complete without a picturesque photo of the entire landscape of displays, and the estimated 3 million Christmas lights captured all from the bird-eye view that the Niagara Skywheel offers its customers. Best of all, the wheel caters to groups and is open day to night to accommodate two different views of the wonder of the Niagara Falls. To inquire about group bookings, rates and hours of operation on the Niagara Skywheel please call 905-358-4793.
After meeting with Jim, I took a look around the hotel and snapped some additional photos. The lobby, Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse , and of course the spacious 50,000 square feet meeting rooms that accommodate small intimate gatherings of 10 people, to large corporate functions and formal banquets of up to 625 people, were on my list to capture on camera.
For meeting and conference information, please contact Mary Ann Quait, Director of Corporate Sales at 905-353-7124.