Cozy Up at the Best Hotels in the Buffalo Area

Many of the accommodations in Buffalo are cookie-cutter hotels (think Holiday Inn and Marriott) without any surprises. However, in recent years a number of boutique hotels have been cropping up, and the trend is catching on. In the next two years, several new hotels are filling up long-forgotten historical buildings and area breathing new life into Buffalo's hotel scene. The movement is causing a chain reaction as breweries, restaurants, and shops are reborn in and around these stunning properties.

Just step into the Hotel at the Lafayette and prepare to be impressed: mesmerizing art deco decor (from the city's first female architect) and modern furnishings await visitors and this popular wedding destination. Or, take a trip to Niagara Falls and experience the opulence of the Giacomo, another new option that is turning heads.

Several B&B's and inns offer a local experience, including the Elmwood Village Inn, located in the heart of the city's most famous shopping neighborhood, or the Roycroft Inn, an artisan homestead in East Aurora.

If you plan on seeing Niagara Falls during your time in Buffalo, several casino hotels offer views of the natural wonder, luxurious accommodations, and top-notch amenities. To help make your decisions easier, we've sorted through best of the area and present our 10 best hotels in the Buffalo/Niagara area.


As part of the family-friendly hotel chain, Great Wolf Lodge is known for its over-the-top indoor waterpark rides that make it an attraction in its own right. Great Wolf Niagara features a 4-story interactive tree house with spray stations and suspension bridges, a wave pool, a lazy river, and numerous water slides - including one with a 52-foot vertical drop. Located just over the Rainbow Bridge (a short drive from Buffalo) the resort caters to families' every need. Rooms and suites may include "kids cabins" or "kids tents" to add to the outdoor theme within the room. The hotel offers numerous amenities, including a caf?©, a Pizza Hut Express, an arcade, and a spa.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Truly family-friendly, Great Wolf offers a fun adventure for everyone.

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East Aurora

With a history dating back to 1897, the Roycroft Inn has been a hub for artisans and craftsmen that drew visitors from faraway places. Today, the National Historic Landmark inn offers 28 luxurious suites and halls that are made for wandering. Explore the hand-crafted furniture and photos and articles throughout the property, or dine on the veranda of the glass-enclosed restaurant. Artisan classes are available as well as a gift shop and live jazz performance take place on Friday nights. Set in East Aurora (outside of Buffalo), the cottage-like setting and gardens make a calming overnight getaway from the city. Or stop by for a lazy Sunday brunch to get a feel for the atmosphere.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Steeped in the history of the arts and crafts movement, the Roycroft is more than a bed in a building.

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Soaring 53-stories high above the falls, The Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview boasts 500 rooms and suites. It is connected via a glass walkway to the well known Fallsview Casino Resort. Rooms feature large windows with city views, and are stocked with elegant wood furnishings and wrought iron fixtures. Guestrooms at this location feature a whirlpool tub or a Jacuzzi inside the spacious bathrooms. Unwind at the watermark restaurant with sweeping views of Niagara Falls, or Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse. Take a dip in the swimming pools or exercise at the fitness center. All the amenities and nightlife of Niagara Falls are just steps away.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For jaw-dropping vistas of Niagara Falls and a short drive to the Buffalo area, the Hilton is a popular choice.

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Within walking distance to most restaurants and shops along Delaware Avenue, the Embassy Suites Buffalo is also close to the Buffalo Theater District, Chippewa Entertainment District, HSBC Arena, Erie County Botanical Gardens and the Buffalo Waterfront & Marina. All guest rooms and suites at the are furnished with contemporary facilities and suites have separate living areas with sofa beds. This seven-story hotel provides a 24-hour business center, an indoor swimming pool, a whirlpool, a fitness center, a convenience store, an ATM and a beauty salon. On-site dining options include The Avant Beanery and the two-story Della Terra Restaurant. Complimentary breakfast is included.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Embassy Suites is a solid, consistent choice in downtown Buffalo with reasonable rates and upscale accommodations.

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Just a 30-minute drive from downtown Buffalo in an opulent 1929 art deco building, the Giacomo shines as Niagara Falls, New York's premier boutique hotel. There are 38 rooms and suites featuring European decor, and some are equipped with stone fireplaces and Jacuzzis. Bathrooms are supplied with designer bathrobes and other bath amenities. The lounge area serves beer and wine daily, and sweeping views can be found on the 19th floor. Guests are offered with free high-speed Internet access, a complimentary breakfast and shuttle services within a 5-mile radius. Nearby attractions include Maid of the Mist, Aquarium of Niagara, Niagara Science Museum, Niagara Adventure Theater and Niagara Falls State Park.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The elegant Giacomo is situated between downtown Buffalo and all the attractions of Niagara Falls.

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Linwood Historic District

The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel has 486 guest rooms and 108 suites. All rooms offer upscale amenities, such as pillow-top mattresses and flat screen cable television. Other amenities include a fitness center offering a swimming pool, whirlpools, Swedish massage and aromatherapy. The Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel is located in the heart of Niagara Falls, the American Falls, the Maid of the Mist, the Cave of the Winds, and the Rainbow Bridge. Within the casino there are several restaurants, bars, and shopping opportunity as well as state-of-the-art casino games, slot machines, and classic tables like blackjack, roulette, craps, and poker.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This casino hotel rivals others that are located on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and within a short drive to Buffalo.

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The 4-diamond Sheraton on the Falls offers 670 rooms in all, not to mention plenty of amenities in 22 stories. There is a lobby area as well as a penthouse restaurant. There is a state-of-the-art conference room that can seat well over 2,000 people. Nothing says relaxation like a soak in the hotel spa overlooking the misty waterfalls below. Guests staying at the Sheraton on the Falls can expect custom pillow top mattresses and triple sheeting made up of fleece, duvets and goose down. Nearby locations include the Fallsview Water Park, Hard Rock Cafe, the Rain Forest Cafe and the Hershey Store.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This award-winning hotel is a great base for exploring Niagara Falls, Canada and Buffalo, New York.

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Located along Delaware Avenue, the boutique hotel is set in one of Buffalo's premier addresses. The Allentown and the entertainment district are located near the Mansion on Delaware Avenue. Other attractions nearby include the Shea's Performing Arts Center, Buffalo Convention Center, Kleinhan's Music Hall and the Fountain Plaza. Guests can choose from among several categories of rooms and suites in the award winning, four-diamond hotel. Built in 1867 and restored in 2001, the Mansion on Delaware Avenue combines old-world elegance and modern convenience. The hotel offers a 24-hour butler service, in-room dining, in-room spa treatments and transportation to downtown Buffalo. The Billiard's Salon provides breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Mansion on Delaware Avenue has a prime location, classic elegance, and excellent service.

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For a more local experience, stay at the Elmwood Village Inn, where owner Karen Powell who lives at the inn makes guests feel welcome in her home. The long-time Buffalo resident has the inside scoop on the cities attractions and shopping areas and whips up some incredible baked goods and coffee each morning. Located Buffalo's notorious neighborhood, the inn is within walking distance to a large variety of shops, art galleries, restaurants, and bars. Several room and suites options are available; some with Jacuzzis, skylights, or views of the neighborhood. All rooms have themes and are decorate with unique artwork and handicrafts from around the world.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Set in a bustling neighborhood, the friendly innkeeper embodies the spirit of the city of Buffalo.

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A mini-city in itself, visitors will be awe-inspired from the moment they step through the doors. Towering high ceilings in this restored boutique hotel and endless glistening corridor showcase the grandeur of Buffalo's golden era. The Lafayette is ideal for weddings and has a dressmakers shop, bakery, Mike A's fine-dining restaurant, floral and bridal gift store, and reception hall. Chic room decor includes a blend of art deco with Buffalo-themed artwork and murals, and state-of-the art bathrooms are fitted with spa-style showers. The Pan American Grill and Brewery on the first level serves Buffalo classics, flat breads, sandwiches and pints of in-house brewed beer.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Hotel at the Lafayette is reinventing the Brewery District and will take guests back in time.

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