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Best Overall: Westin Buffalo – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"With a state-of-the-art gym with Peloton bikes, the RunWESTIN jogging routes, and tech-forward rooms, this hotel receives high marks."
Best Budget: Hostel Buffalo-Niagara – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The hostel is lively, and home to Box Gallery, a non-commercial gallery space that hosts installations and performances by local artists."
Best for Families: Lofts on Pearl – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Suites have unique layouts, with a full kitchen, a living room, and one or two bedrooms, making them ideal for families."
Best for Romance: InnBuffalo Off Elmwood – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The elegant inn retains many of its original details, not only delighting architecture and design buffs, but also creating a nostalgic atmosphere."
Best for Business: Hotel Henry Urban Resort – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The event side of the hotel is a big draw for conferences and meetings, with 20,000 square feet of space of top-notch facilities."
"A butler comes with your stay, who can make dinner reservations at Buffalo restaurants and arrange special in-room meals."
Best Boutique: Hotel @ the Lafayette – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"The highlight is the Lafayette Brewing Company tasting room, restaurant, and “barcade” with pinball, billiards, and other games."
Best Near the Airport: Reikart House, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel – See Rates at TripAdvisor
"Guests booked in deluxe rooms and suites will have complimentary butler service, on top of all the other amenities."
Best Overall: Westin Buffalo
From its location in downtown Buffalo to its 115 guest rooms and suites with the brand’s signature Heavenly Bed, The Westin Buffalo is a convenient and comfortable choice to book your stay. The hotel is ideal for both business travelers working downtown or attending an event at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (just half a mile away) as well as leisure travelers visiting the sights of downtown.
The Westin Buffalo was the first hotel in the world to allow guests to connect their Amazon accounts to in-room Amazon Echos, giving them access to their streaming music accounts—guest data is deleted after each stay. Guests can also contact the concierge, front desk, or in-room dining through the voice controls.
Additional amenities include a state-of-the-art gym with Peloton bikes and guests can utilize the RunWESTIN jogging routes. And, guests can experience some of Buffalo's surprising food scene at two restaurants on the property: Jake’s Cafe, a casual spot for breakfast and lunch, and Patina 250, an American restaurant open for three meals a day (plus weekend brunch), where reservations are required.
Best Budget: Hostel Buffalo-Niagara
Located in Buffalo’s Theater District, the affordable yet impeccably maintained Hostel Buffalo-Niagara has been a go-to for budget-minded travelers since it opened in 1996. A non-profit institution that offers co-ed dormitories, gender-specific ones, and even two private rooms that sleep up to five guests, it's perfect for a traveling family (and yes, kids are allowed).
As a proper hostel, there are plenty of shared facilities for guests, including a fully-equipped kitchen with some free pantry items like coffee, tea, and oatmeal; bathrooms; three lounges; a laundry room; a movie room with VHS tapes and Netflix; a game room with ping pong; and luggage storage. Guests also have access to free Wi-Fi, bike rentals, and a book exchange. The hostel is also home to Box Gallery, a non-commercial gallery space that hosts installations and performances by local artists.
Best for Families: Lofts on Pearl
The Lofts on Pearl hotel is set in the historic J.A. Webb Building, a Richardsonian Romanesque building in downtown Buffalo that was built in 1888. The property, part of the Wyndham Trademark Hotel Collection, hosts 31 apartment-style suites with unique layouts, each with a full kitchen, a living room, and one or two bedrooms, making them ideal for families.
Flaunting an industrial-chic vibe, accommodations include exposed brick walls, lofty ceilings, and exposed ductwork. The hotel is a bit barebones in terms of amenities: Beyond a small business center and a gift shop, it really only has two restaurants, the Pearl Street Grill & Brewery, a sports bar that doubles as a live music venue and a brewhouse, and the Brawler’s Back-Alley Deli, which is open for breakfast and lunch. There are also meeting rooms and event spaces for groups of all sizes.
Best for Romance: InnBuffalo Off Elmwood
With just nine luxurious suites, the InnBuffalo Off Elmwood feels more like a Victorian private residence than a hotel. That’s because it once was a private home—the former Hewitt mansion, originally built in 1898 in the Elmwood Village neighborhood in town. The elegant inn retains many of its original details, not only delighting architecture and design buffs, but creating a nostalgic atmosphere of a bygone era. As such, it’s quite romantic, and perfect for any season in Buffalo. The individually decorated suites don’t feel stuffy, considering recent renovations have updated the rooms while keeping the historic home’s charm.
You’ll find plenty of modern amenities, like Wi-Fi, TVs, and coffeemakers. Many of the home’s rooms are open to guests, including a classic library, a lounge, a porch, and a basement with a billiard room. A home-cooked breakfast of pastries, parfaits, and a hot dish—plus coffee, tea, and juice, of course—is served each morning and is complimentary for guests.
Best for Business: Hotel Henry Urban Resort
In 2017, the former Buffalo Psychiatric Center re-opened as an 88-room hotel and conference center, housed within the historic Richardson Olmsted Campus, a National Historic Landmark designed by Henry Hobson Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted.
Since the changes have been made, the event side of the hotel has become a big draw for conferences, meetings, weddings, and other parties—expect 20,000 square feet of space with top-notch production tech. But the hotel attracts all types of visitors to its bevy of industrial-chic accommodations, which range from standard rooms to two-story lofts filled with local art.
While the hotel has amenities like the 100 Acres restaurant and bakery, a sleek evening lounge, and a gym, it brands itself as a resort, touting its location on a 42-acre campus that is home to museums, galleries, and parks. Guests can also visit the neighborhood of Elmwood Village, which is nearby and known for its dining and shopping scenes.
Best Luxury: Mansion on Delaware Avenue
As its name suggests, this luxury hotel is in a 19th-century former mansion in downtown Buffalo. With just 28 spacious accommodations, the Mansion on Delaware Avenue features elegant modern decor and well-appointed bathrooms with jetted tubs. Some guest rooms even have working fireplaces.
Included within the rate for all guests is a 24-hour butler service, chauffeured transportation throughout downtown in a Land Rover, valet parking, a continental breakfast, and a daily happy hour. Guests can also order hot dishes like omelets and eggs à la carte during breakfast. There are a grand salon and a boardroom for events meetings, but there’s no on-site spa or full-service restaurant.
However, guests can visit the neighboring Buffalo Club, a luxury spa, saloon, and barbershop that has partnered with the hotel for treatments. Butlers can not only arrange dinner reservations at any of Buffalo’s premier restaurants but also special in-room meals if you’d prefer to dine in private.
Best Boutique: Hotel @ the Lafayette
Housed in a 1904 French Renaissance-style building designed by the first-known female American architect, Louise Blanchard Bethune, the Hotel @ the Lafayette was given a head-to-toe renovation in 2012. Situated in downtown Buffalo, the hotel, which is part of the Wyndham Trademark Hotel Collection, has 57 individually decorated rooms and suites, with many of the historic rooms featuring murals of famous landmarks around the world, as well as fireplaces or soaking tubs. Guests can also choose from more modern suites with apartment-style layouts: think living rooms, kitchens, and one or two bedrooms, in addition to historic suites that are also available.
Amenities include a 24-hour gym and a game room, but the highlight is the Lafayette Brewing Company tasting room, restaurant, and “barcade” with pinball, billiards, and other games. The beer is brewed on-site in a 15-barrel brewhouse. If coffee is more your thing, enthusiasts will enjoy the on-property coffee haven, Public Espresso.
Best Near the Airport: Reikart House, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
It’s not often an airport hotel catches our eye, but Reikart House near Buffalo Niagara International Airport is one such case. The luxury boutique hotel, located in Amherst—just a 15-minute drive from downtown Buffalo, a 30-minute drive from Niagara Falls, and a 10-minute drive from the airport—is named after local entertainers Frank and Dolly Reikart, who were known for their pet Capuchin monkey, Jocko.
Opened in 2017, the property offers guests contemporary takes on traditional decor across its 93 rooms and suites, plus amenities like complimentary hot breakfast in the Parlor Room, the Jazzboline restaurant and bar, a fireside lounge serving craft cocktails, a fitness center, a free airport shuttle, and free bicycle rentals. Guests booked in deluxe rooms and suites will also have complimentary butler service. And to top it all off, the hotel is pet-friendly, too, in the spirit of its namesakes. Reikart House is ideal not only for travelers heading to and from the airport, but also for anyone looking for a contemporary stay with excellent service.