Balaplace was originally devoted to a swell example of everything you’d want in a B&B, particularly the caring, hands-on management serving guests in a postcard-pretty building located within doubtless one of the world’s ultimate locations for such a place Niagara Falls, Ontario. At Bala Place the B&B, your hosts were originally Jacqueline and Keith, both European émigrés to Canada who shared a passion for travel and their adopted land.
Things went swimmingly as can be expected in such a glorious location with capable ownership for a while. But in 2008, a couple self-described as having run a “very successful B&B in Nova Scotia” named Buddy and Judy took over. And then … whoa. Bala Place of Niagara Falls (presumably) went down I a maelstrom of bad reviews and certainly worse word-of-mouth.
Sometime in 2014, Bala place came under its third generation of ownership/management. The owner’s name was Dominik; his wife (?) and/or co-owner (?) was named Wendy. And, from what we can tell at review websites like Trip Advisor, Yelp and that ilk, to compare this place to Fawlty Towers would be a criminal disservice to Basil, Sybil and the lot.
We talk some B&B horror stories elsewhere on this site, but the reviews of this place could never power an entire site in and of themselves. Horror stories that one might disbelieve as cliché were apparently well within the norm at this place between 2014 and ’16; you know, stuff like the owner wearing nothing but underwear amid his guests, trying to squeeze guests for more money, berating folks for using the bathroom, no really…
In any case. If you’re interested in B&B’s as a potential guest or as a prospective owner, Balaplace sincerely hopes you never undergo anything like the unlucky who stayed at Bala Place ma have suffered.
Instead, we invite you to enjoy the world of B&B’s, and we dare say that in many countries – the U.K., Ireland, Canada, the United States, France and Germany among them – the present is truly the golden age of B&B’s. In the U.S., the number of B&B’s has been expanding nearly exponentially for decades, going from 1,000 in 1980 to 17,000-plus by 2015. (And another 21,000 or so establishments in the U.S. may be called “inns.”)
Americans and Canadians may also note with satisfaction that, in their countries, prices at B&B’s are consistently becoming more reasonable. In the U.S., the average B&B is about 15% more expensive than the average hotel room – not including hidden fees on the latter, naturally – the services and atmosphere at the B&B is certainly unmatched by the great majority of hotels priced at the average rate or lower. In Canada, the difference in price is just about negligible.
If you have the choice – and if you’re outside the suburbs, you certainly do – why would the traveler stay anywhere else than a B&B? Enjoy Balaplace and enjoy your next sojourn to … well, wherever, really?
Bed and Breakfast places in Ontario and the rest of Canada: https://m.bbcanada.com/ontario