Old-World Charm Meets Contemporary Elegance at Boutique Hotel Facing Niagara River
Though it’s a relatively new hotel, Barton Hill Hotel & Spa is located on some historic land in Lewiston, New York—it’s near the site of the first battle of the War of 1812. The surrounding Niagara region has a vintage feel to it as well: it’s dotted with charming villages and idyllic vineyards. In keeping with the setting, Barton Hill’s decor and design have an old-fashioned look, too.
Beyond the white-stone entrance, you'll find the hotel’s great room, which is anchored by stately columns and outfitted with Greek Revival furniture. Upstairs, spacious guest rooms have varying decor, such as heavy draperies and wrought-iron chairs. Each room comes with a gas fireplace and an iPod docking station, and some have views of the Niagara River.
You can use your included dining credit at the inn’s Chantry Restaurant and Bar, which serves inventive cocktails and gourmet pub fare. The menu rotates weekly, but it might include parmesan baked tilapia or apple cider-glazed steak tips. As part of this package, you’ll also get a gaming credit at Seneca Niagara Casino, located about 20 minutes south of the hotel near Niagara Falls. It has more than 2,000 slot machines and 100 table games.
Lewiston, New York: Historic Town Minutes from Niagara Falls
Lewiston was one of western New York's earliest settlements, dating back to the 1600s. Today, the quaint streets are lined with antique stores and art galleries. Just a 10-minute drive from the hotel you'll find the vineyards of the Niagara Wine Trail. The area is best known for its ice wine, a sweet dessert varietal made from frozen grapes.
The Niagara River flows past the hotel, about 8 miles upstream from the American side of Niagara Falls. At that iconic spot, roughly 600,000 gallons of water cascade over the brink each second, creating a thunderous roar and sending a cool mist into the air. Niagara Falls State Park offers a variety of lookout points. One of the best of these is free—the 282-foot Prospect Point Park observation tower.