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Niagara: The Fallsview Casino Resort
The falls at Niagara may not be the biggest in the world – that honor goes to Khone Falls in Laos in terms of width, and Venezuela's Angel Falls for height. They are, however, perhaps the most iconic, and feature on almost everybody's list of places they'd most like to visit.
A trip on the Maid Of The Mist, wrapped in waterproofs, under the thundering torrents, is utterly unforgettable, and there are several outstanding accommodation options nearby as well. In this post we'll look at the Fallsview Casino Resort, situated on the Canadian side and overlooking the Horseshoe Falls.
With the natural wonders so close to hand, and so many entertainment and dining options available at Fallsview, a vacation here seems to offer everything that discerning tourists could want. The hotel offers 374 top-class rooms, there's a mall and plenty of dining options, facilities for business travelers, a theatre and a superb casino. The casino is one of the largest in the world, with an amazing 200,000 square feet of gaming floors.
Players can choose from more than 3,000 slots, table games including Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps and Roulette, and several poker variants including Caribbean Stud. If you're heading to the Fallsview to try your luck, don't forget to brush up your skills online first – here’s one site that offers free play while you decide which games suit you. If you're feeling confident, the Fallsview also has a High Limit gaming area, where VIP treatment awaits gamblers betting up to five-figure sums.
Hungry guests can take advantage of more than a dozen restaurants serving food from many different regions, having slaked their thirst in one of the resort's four bars and lounges. Cocktails are served at R5, a contemporary lounge with – of course – views of the Falls. The 365 Club is casual and stylish, and features live music every weekend. When you're ready to eat, try the Italian menu at Ponte Vecchio; the Piedmontese Rib Steak is a highlight of the menu. The resort's three Asian restaurants include the Golden Lotus, where traditional Chinese cuisine meets North American influences.
The Fallsview's theatre puts on 250 shows a year. 2014 sees acts like Gladys Knight and The Four Tops appearing, as well as several performances of the rhythmic percussion show Stomp, a hit around the world. The theatre itself is a relatively intimate 1,500 seat venue, so audiences are never far from the performers.
2014 is the tenth anniversary of the opening of Fallsview, and if you've never visited Niagara but have always wanted to, now's the time. The resort is just a 90 minute drive from Toronto; half that if you're coming from Buffalo.
(Images courtesy of wikipedia, westerncentralny.aaa.com, niagarafallstourism.com)