AAA Four Diamond Hotel Overlooking Niagara Falls
At Niagara Falls, one of the seven natural wonders, water thunders over the edge at a height of nearly 200 feet and crashes onto craggy boulders below. The falls straddle the border between Canada and the United States, with segments located in both New York and Ontario, but the Canadian side of the Niagara River is universally hailed as the finest vantage point to take in views of photogenic spots such as American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls. The AAA Four Diamond Marriott Gateway on the Falls features a terrace, an observation deck, and 32 stories of picture windows overlooking the majestic rushing waters of Niagara Falls.
Floor-to-ceiling windows also provide vistas of the cascades at the onsite Milestones Grill + Bar on the mezzanine level. Here, guests dine on breakfast, lunch, and dinner entrees including wild Pacific coho salmon ($22.99) and grilled mediterranean chicken ($17.99); two domestic beers, glasses of house wine, or highball drinks are also included with the Getaway.
After taking a swim in the indoor pool or training to deliver medicine balls to needy bodybuilders in the fitness center, guests can retire to Cityview rooms, which overlook the city of Niagara Falls. Fallsview rooms provide a close-up peek of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls and American Falls.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Panoramic Views of the Falls in Historical River Town
Vacationers first began filing in droves to Niagara Falls in the antebellum era, and the destination later became popular for honeymooners in the mid 20th century. In 1885, the New York State Legislature created the Niagara Reservation to protect and preserve the falls, which were at risk of being overrun by commercial development. Today, the tourism industry remains the vital lifeline of the town, and though the falls themselves may be protected from commercial enterprise, the surrounding area is fair game. On the Canadian side, along Fallsview Boulevard, casinos, indoor water parks, restaurants, and shops have sprung up, catering to the influx of visitors from all over the world who come to admire the falls' astounding beauty and the eminent mist that doubles as makeup remover.
For travelers who want to feel the spray, the iconic Maid of the Mist has ferried raincoat-clad passengers around the base of the falls since 1846. The tours begin running in early April, depending on the river's ice conditions. Year-round, Journey Behind the Falls grants a glimpse behind the curtain of Horseshoe Falls. After boarding an elevator, visitors descend through the bedrock and are dropped off at observation decks steps away from the cascading water.