Stone Boutique Hotel Steps from the Falls and Casino
The historical Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel is set in the Fallsview Boulevard district of Niagara Falls. Located across the street from the 775-foot Skylon Tower—and just a short walk from an IMAX theater and the Guinness World Records Museum—the inn is a contrast to its flashy neighbors. Built as a flour mill in 1904, it has an elegant, old-fashioned feel, thanks to its stone walls, brass chandeliers, and antique furnishings. While staying here, you may forget you’re near one of North America’s busiest tourist attractions: Niagara Falls.
In the dining room—which features cathedral ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces—guests sample gourmet cuisine, such as citrus-glazed salmon and grilled lamb sirloin filled with rapini. The nearby 1904 Bar makes an excellent setting for postdinner drinks, with stone walls, exposed beams, and chandeliers adding elegant touches. About a block away, Fallsview Casino draws gamers with slot machines, blackjack and roulette tables, and a poker room.
Niagara Falls, Ontario: Panoramic Views of the Falls near Vegas-Style Casinos and Water Parks
At Niagara Falls—considered by many to be one of the world’s seven natural wonders—water thunders downward from a height of nearly 200 feet, crashing onto craggy boulders below. The falls straddle the border between Canada and the United States, with segments located in both New York and Ontario, but the Canadian side of the Niagara River is universally hailed as the finest vantage point to take in all three of Niagara Falls’ photogenic brinks: American, Bridal Veil, and Horseshoe Falls.
Hornblower cruises ferry raincoat-clad passengers around the base of the falls from April through October, depending on the river’s ice conditions. Year-round, Journey Behind the Falls grants a glimpse behind the curtain of Horseshoe Falls—board an elevator that descends 150 feet into the bedrock, then stand at an observation deck steps away from the cascading water.
A 10-minute walk from the falls, you’ll see the neon glow of the Clifton Hill neighborhood. Its Fallsview Boulevard has plenty of Vegas-style kitsch, including glitzy casinos, indoor water parks, restaurants, and soggy Elvis impersonators.