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Destination Niagara Falls News - November 2018



A living room in a king suite at Staybridge Suites in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 
Photo: Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites


Looking for an affordable yet comfortable place to stay while you’re in Niagara over the holidays?

Your search is over - the Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites in Niagara-on-the-Lake is officially open.

The hotel, located at 524 York Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake just off the Queen Elizabeth Way, opened its doors in April 2018 - right on time for peak mid-spring, early summer tourist season.

“IHG has committed to expanding its portfolio of hotels with the brands that our guests want, in the specific markets where our guests want them,” said general manager John Crescenzi, adding Niagara-on-the-Lake was a logical choice for the expansion considering recent and future planned developments in the area. The current demand by both business and leisure travelers is also a factor.

As the first dual-branded IHG property in Ontario, the inn takes both the Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites names.

“One of IHG’s strengths is their ability to recognize that the world is changing and the needs and wants of our many diverse guests are not the same today as they were, say, 10 or 20 years ago,” he said. 


A kitchen in a king suite at Staybridge Suites in Niagara-on-the-Lake. 
Photo: Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites


Google Niagara hotels and you’ll find an overwhelming number of places to stay across the region, but Crescenzi feels the Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites will prove to be serious competition in the value for money battle. “Receiving excellent value for money is something that many want, but don’t always receive,” he said, adding he’s heard guests say they appreciate the fact the hotel is brand new and that breakfast, parking, and WiFi are included in room rates. And the hotel doesn’t charge the common 3-5% Destination Marketing Fee/Tourism tax or have added Resort Fees.

Another factor in the value for money equation is the hotel’s location - just 2 minutes away from the new Outlet Collection at Niagara, about 10 minutes from historic Niagara-on-the-Lake or the majestic Niagara Falls, and one minute from the highway entrance, easily accessible from Toronto, Hamilton or Buffalo. When you book directly, you’ll earn extra value through the IHG Rewards Club program with free stays, upgrades and more.

Since opening, “we’ve welcomed several guests back time and again, while also enjoying their recommendations to fellow travelers on which two of our brands may be better suited to satisfy their specific needs,” says John Crescenzi, general manager, adding the Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites are essentially two separate hotels with a shared entrance. There is a centre complex with a shared pool, fitness centre and guest laundry area. The two serve distinctly different needs. Holiday Inn Express has become the first choice for an increasing number of travelers who need a simple, engaging place to rest, recharge and get a little work done.

In each room, you’ll find a full suite of amenities, including:

- Fridge
- Microwave
- Keurig coffee brewer
- Wide range of HDTV channels

Staybridge Suites is ideal for extended stays. All spaces feature a sense of community, comfort and convenience so guests can feel at home while on the road. Studios and suites feature full kitchens, giving you the option to save cash by cooking your own meals. There’s also an outdoor putting green and fire pit. Looking for some social interaction? Attend an Evening Social if you’re visiting between Monday and Wednesday, or a BBQ.

Crescenzi says many visitors have shared their positive experiences on social media.
“When your guests are prepared to endorse your business on their personal social media pages, including Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and others, you know you’re doing something right.”

Although the last few months have proven to be demanding, Crescenzi says his team is up to the task.
“We have worked hard to build a team that is focused entirely on creating great experiences for our guests while supporting each other to meet the extreme demands that have sometimes become the norm in opening and operating a brand new hotel.

“You also know you’re doing something right when your team is willing to recommend you to friends and family as a great place to work. Everyone is so vested in our success and we could not be more excited for the possibilities that lie ahead for us in the weeks, months and years ahead,” he says. “We feel so fortunate to work in an industry where we are able to meet, and positively impact, so many new people each and every day. We’ve often said, ‘Our guests arrive as strangers and leave as family.’”



Restaurant Week on Lundy’s Lane
October 25 to November 8
Various Restaurants on Lundy’s Lane, Niagara Falls
17 restaurants on Lundy’s Lane feature special lunch & dinner menus at incredible prices. Take advantage of this special opportunity to sample many of the best restaurants in Niagara Falls, right here on Lundy’s Lane – Niagara’s Dining and Entertainment District. Participating Restaurants include:
Blind Pig • Boston Pizza • Carpaccio • Chip n’ Charlies • Doc Magilligans • Don Cherry’s • Johnny Rocco’s • Kool Katt’s • Magnolia • Meat Market • Micah Bistro • Mick & Angelo’s • Pho Bowl • Strada West • Syndicate • Wind
Winter Festival of Lights
November 3 to January 31, 2019
Niagara Falls
Enjoy Canada’s foremost illumination festival in Niagara Falls as we capture the magic of the holiday season! Our next season runs from November 3, 2018 to January 31, 2019. See light displays on Clifton Hill, Dufferin Islands, Fallsview tourist district, Lundy’s Lane and the Niagara Parkway.
Photo: Chris Empey Photography


Holiday HandMade Market 
November 9 to 11
Scotiabank Convention Centre

Get a jump on your holiday gift giving at Niagara’s largest indoor holiday handmade market featuring 1000s of one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts and artisan made products all under one roof.

Featuring 200 one-of-a-kind artisans from across Ontario, Quebec and the East Coast, the 13th Street Winery Holiday Café and Wine Bar, Live Painting Exhibition, Gourmet Food & Drink, Artists Alley, all-day Live Music and more!

Shop local and feel good this holiday season!

$10 Admission (under 16 free). Cash only at door. ATM available inside.



Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition
October 20, 26 & 27
Old Fort Erie
For the first time ever, Niagara Falls will host the Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition. Presented by Hornblower Niagara Cruises over 6 weekend nights in November, Cascades of Fire will feature 18-minute pyrotechnic shows synchronized to music.
This year’s competition will feature presentations from China, Finland, Brazil, Vietnam, Italy with a special finale by the host country Team Canada. November 9 to 11, 16 to 18
All shows start at 9:00 PM.

Photo: Cascades of Fire International Fireworks Competition Free Event - Facebook Event


See these and more photos of this month's events on our Facebook page, and be sure to 'Like' us! Get out and enjoy all Niagara has to offer!


Ball's Falls Thanksgiving Festival - Ball's Falls Conservation Area, Lincoln


Photos: Allison Smith


Photos from our Media Partner


Carmel Fine Arts and Music Festival - Fireman's Park, Niagara Falls


Enter our Monthly Draw to win a one-night stay for three at Staybridge Suites!

Details are as follows: 

1 Night in a King Suite, with breakfast included. Maximum occupancy 3

Complimentary stay is based on availability at the time of booking, Blackout dates may apply. Gift certificate will be mailed to the winner directly from Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites.
Certificate will have an expiry date of 1 year from date of issue.

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