I waited until we got to the town of Niagara Falls to tell them the news of the hotel switch and there was loud cheering and revelry throughout the van. I felt like a hero. It didn't even seem to matter when I took a wrong turn and drove up to the Canadian border (which they cannot legally enter) and then had to drive back down a semi-busy one-way road in the wrong direction. It felt good all the way up until the moment when I asked a local businessman for directions and was promptly informed that the Hilton (along with all the other good hotels) is on the CANADIAN side. This is when I hit bottom.
I sent JooYeon with them to the falls as I dejectedly tried to figure out what to do. I called Hilton right away and of course they informed me I could get no refund since it was my mistake. Then I looked around the American side (which I realized I had never been to before, nor should anyone go to) and eventually found a hotel which was only semi-dirty. I humbly walked back to the in-laws who kept reassuring me that it was fine, but I wasn't convinced. The funniest part (now, not then) was when the youngest and most enthusiastic aunt stepped into our hotel room which was dusty, smelly, dark, and hadn't been properly cleaned in awhile, and exclaimed, "Wow! This room is WONDERFUL!" in an attempt to make me feel better.
They were all very kind though and by morning we were in good spirits again, enough to do some luggage cart surfing and take a ride on the maid of the mist.
That was all followed by another stop at an outlet mall on our way to Ohio, which of course put the women in an even better mood, which in turn put me and JooYeon in a better mood.