Hotel at a Glance: Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa
Set on the country’s largest freshwater island, this hotel is just downstream from Niagara Falls, right beside the mighty Niagara River. It’s only a 20-minute drive from Buffalo and a stone’s throw from four major points of access to Canada. Naturally, most guests come to see the sheer force of Mother Nature at Niagara Falls, a 15-minute drive from the hotel.
- Guest rooms come with private balconies, coffeemakers, cable TV, and free WiFi.
- Go for a swim in the indoor or outdoor pools or relax in the sauna.
- Eat with a view of the river at the onsite Currents Restaurant & Lounge.
- Test your luck at nearby Seneca Niagara Casino.
Grand Island, New York: Former Lumber Town near Niagara Falls
Located on the Niagara River, roughly midway between Buffalo and Niagara Falls, Grand Island has worn a number of hats over the past four decades. Formerly a lumber town and resort area, the island is now a tranquil place to stay close to the falls without getting caught up in the tourist scene.
Just down the river, Niagara Falls is best known for its views, but also boasts an assortment of fine-dining restaurants, shops, and casinos. At Seneca Niagara Casino, more than 4,200 reel-spinning and video slot machines are sprawled out across the game room; many are linked to a progressive jackpot that increases after each round. Operated by members of the Seneca Nation, the casino also features more than 100 table games, including blackjack and three variations of poker, as well as an events center with live music shows.