Everyone loves to plan a getaway for different reasons. Sometimes a trip to a warm and sunny beach is needed or sometimes it is a ski trip to a wonderful mountain range. For some people, the thought of staying close to home and enjoying a couple days of peace and quiet in familiar surroundings is what they crave. Whatever the reason, traveling is a personal experience.
For me, traveling fulfills my need and desire to explore, to be free, but most of all, to remind myself that life goes on and I can still enjoy it.
Whether I am traveling alone or with friends, I always look for certain things in a hotel that are very important to me. As a single woman, my safety and comfort at a hotel are my number one concerns. Good food, fun things to do and pool/health club amenities are also on my list.
I was recently invited by SJ Consulting to attend the Let’s Go Maple Influencer Event and got to stay at Casino Rama. I was blown away by Casino Rama and would definitely go back again either for a solo getaway or with a group of friends.
Casino Rama Resort is the perfect place for a solo getaway or a girls weekend. It is located in Orillia, Ontario. A short drive from Toronto and only 5 hours from Ottawa. The drive is easy and worth it! A fun KickAss road trip.
Let’s start with a tour of the rooms! I decided to do a video of my room so I could show you how gorgeous and spacious the rooms are. Casino Rama is a luxury all-suite hotel (300 rooms) and the proud recipient of the 2016 TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Award. All rooms have either two doubles or a king bed, a separate living area, gas fireplace, flat screen tv and free wifi. The bathrooms are marble and have a separate bathtub and a spacious glass shower. The hotel also has a few Parlour rooms, and Junior and Presidential Suites.
I am a huge fan of “me” time. As a single mom, life can get pretty overwhelming at times. I enjoy getting regular massages and manicures as a treat. When I found out Casino Rama had a spa, I was excited to try a service. I was not disappointed at all! The spa at Casino Rama is amazing! I had a fantastic (one of the best I’ve ever had) relaxation massage and it was the perfect treat during the Let’s Go Maple Event. The day before I was tubing and fat biking so a massage was perfect. Next time I will try a facial.
The hotel also has a large indoor salt water pool and hot tub, eucalyptus steam room, sauna, and adult-only fitness facilities.
Casino Rama is a complete entertainment complex. There are over 2500 slot machines, more than 110 gaming tables, and 12 table Poker rooms. I enjoy playing slot machines and loved the variety of games in the casino.
During the Let’s Go Maple Retreat, we were given Roulette and BlackJack lessons. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play each game so this was a wonderful learning experience. We were able to play “pretend” games using free chips. It was fun to do crazy bets with imaginary money.
Along wth the gambling area, Casino Rama has a world-class 5000 seat Entertainment Centre.
Many famous acts (The Tragically Hip, Jerry Seinfeld, KISS and Carrie Underwood to name a few) have performed at Casino Rama during the years. We were given a backstage tour and got to see the dressing rooms, press rooms and walk the photo lined hall to the stage. It was fun to look at all the celebrity photos and picture them walking down the same halfway before they performed a show!
Casino Rama has 8 unique restaurants, ranging from fine dining to a pub. There truly is anything you want. During the Let’s Go Maple Event, we ate at St. Germain’s Steakhouse. This restaurant has an intimate atmosphere and the food is delicious. Looking for a nice, sit down dinner where you can unwind and feast on some exquisite cuisine? This is the place for you.
Safety is a number one concern for me when I travel. I need to feel like I can wander around, explore and enjoy the amenities at all hours. I did a lot of things on my own at Casino Rama and would not hesitate to go there on my own. Valet parking is complimentary which means you do not have to walk in a dark parking lot. The elevators are located in the centre of the hotel, seconds away from the front desk staff. Both the entertainment centre and casino are located a short walk from the elevators. The resort has a very open feel and is very well lit. I never worried about walking around on my own….even in the early hours of the morning.
This post only begins to touch upon how wonderful Casino Rama is to visit. I will definitely go back on my own or with a group of friends. It is a luxury resort that truly houses many fun things for everyone to do. Looking for a fun place to go with a group of friends? Want to go on a staycation near your hometown? Looking for a solo getaway? Whatever you are planning, Casino Rama is the place for you.