One of the best bed and breakfasts in Niagara Falls Ontario,
as recommended by Janette Higgins.
Toronto Area and Niagara Region
Lion's Head Bed and Breakfast
5239 River Road
Niagara Falls, ON
Canada, L2E 3G9
I was knocked out by the breakfast here. Yummy!
Review by Janette Higgins
author of The Best Places to B&B in Ontario: A Selective Guide
Six editions of the book were published to critical and popular acclaim. Janette now publishes her B&B
reviews and holiday reports online.
Note 1 to reader: Every Ontario bed and breakfast receives my consideration. I travel incognito, pay where I stay and write reviews of the top 5%. Here is one I recommend. Janette Higgins
Foodies listen up! Niagara Falls’ Lion’s Head Bed and Breakfast host, Helena Harrington delivers in spades. Not only will you get an outstanding breakfast but you’ll have it artfully presented on Bayreuth china and Waterford crystal. When I was there I had a yummy mixed fruit smoothie, honeydew melon dusted with a flavoured sugar, and a divine French toast souffle with raspberry blackberry compote and strips of crisp bacon. Yours will be equally good. Perhaps grilled pineapple and bananas with a crème topping, stuffed tomatoes with eggs drizzled with an asparagus and asiago cheese sauce served on grilled English muffins.
There are lots of other reasons to pick this Niagara Falls bed and breakfast. Its location on Niagara’s River Road is away from the hordes yet 15 minutes on foot along the Niagara River takes you to Niagara Falls. For those who come for the casinos, Casino Niagara is nearby. To get there we walked for perhaps ten minutes through quiet back lanes and then caught the free shuttle to the newer Fallsview Casino. To return we took a funicular ride down a steep bank and strolled back past Niagara Falls.
As for the bedrooms, they’re a funky eclectic mix all done up to delightful effect. Our queen bedded room, the Van Gogh, has citrus yellow walls with lime green curtains picking up on an intriguing ‘dancing lady’ lamp. The Gaugin is slightly larger and has a queen bed and shower for two. I was enamoured of the double-bedded coral red O’Keefe Room with its black primitive furnishings. All have en suites. The cream and gold queen-bedded Monet Room, at the top of the stairs, is the smallest and the bathroom’s down the hall.
There’s also a 650 square foot third-floor suite with sloped ceilings and hints of French country. It has its own entrance and offers a huge king-bedded room with a comfy sitting area with TV and fireplace. There’s also a second bedroom and an open area with sink, bar fridge and small table. The (relatively) small bathroom’s sloped ceiling means no room for a shower so enjoy your soaks in the original claw foot tub. The suite was lovely and cool when I was there on a blistering hot day and it offers spectacular views of the Niagara Gorge. Other views of the Gorge can be had from the Van Gogh and Gaugin Rooms as well as the wide verandah and attractive guest living room.
And here’s another reason to come. For those of us who are a bit jaded about Niagara Falls, the enthusiastic Helena will have you experiencing the Falls in a whole new way. Her love of Niagara Region comes through in the insider knowledge she shares. She’ll have tips on everything from the best restaurants to the best time to ride the Maid of the Mist. Raincoats anyone?
Note 2 to reader: I appreciate your support of the continuation of my research by letting Helena know you read my review of her bed and breakfast on this bbontario website. Many thanks! Janette Higgins, Travel Writer
Children 14-16 and older welcome; smoking off premises in gardens only
4 guest rooms and 1 suite; (3 queens, 1 double; Suite has king and double); all have en suite bathrooms except Monet's which has private-use bathroom down hall;common area and formal dining room for guests; window air conditioners in rooms (ours was relatively quiet)
ample for 6 cars off road with no jockeying
On scenic River Road (part of Niagara River Parkway) close to Niagara Falls and a 20-minute drive from Niagara-on-the-Lake