Thursday, October 30, 2014
Our boutique, art deco digs in Niagara Falls NY
A few people have asked me where we stayed in Niagara Falls and since I took pics of the place, I thought I'd show them to you! Here's a bit of what to expect if you stay at The Giacomo like we did.
It's a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls, NY. The United Office Building was built in 1929. It boasts an art deco architecture that was also blended with a Mayan theme. In 2010, it was renamed The Giacomo and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Pretty cool, right?
Let's get to the room tour!
This screams boutique hotel over pretty much every inch and that's a good thing just because it makes you forget you're in a hotel. I'm *not* a hotel person and the decor of hotels are usually pretty cookie cutter but The Giacomo has a decorators touch throughout. I'll admit, it was a little manly and cave like color wise for my taste but a fun change of pace for us.
On to the bathroom...
It's pretty roomy though I wish they would've gone with double sinks in there since the vanity had the room for it. But it had a ton of counter space for us to spread out all of our stuff.
They provided robes and the Mr and I always like to try these on at places that we stay and laugh at their idea of "one size fits all." Mmm, nope. But nice touch for those with a little less jelly in the middle.
This made me laugh.
A phone in case you want to call 1989. I mean I'm fine with a phone in a bathroom but this thing was OLD!
Lots of really nice toiletries and Scope which I promptly used after I ate a sub with lots of onions.
The space under the vanity had extra towels, tissues, toilet paper and a hair dryer. Long haired girls say hallelujah!
They were kind enough to provide free coffee for coffee drinkers. We're not so a tea cup would've been a nice touch...like 2 coffees and 2 teas instead of 4 coffees. The waters were free too and that is so rare these days so those things that don't nickel and dime you on vacation are much appreciated. But for those who wanted to imbibe in some wine, you could order some for a fee.
They also had blackout curtains because if you know anything about the Niagara Falls area, it's that it's all lit up from casinos to lights shining on the falls and tons of street lights. You'd seriously never be able to sleep without the black out curtains provided.
Oh yeah, they had an iron and ironing board...a MUST for me!
Did I forget to mention they provide you with truffles and dark chocolate?
You can also go down and grab some free cookies in the evening. Ours were uh, a little overly done for our tastes but appreciated the thought!
They also have a lounge up on the 19th floor if you feel like your room isn't enough to hang out in. It's just some couches, a bathroom and TV. We thought it'd be a rooftop deck but it wasn't.
They also have a lounge/bar downstairs if you want to hang out there.
We had a good view of the Canadian side and the mist from the top of Horseshoe Falls from our room so I know we lucked out since I saw some people complained about their parking lot view .
We got a King Deluxe room so I don't know if that makes a difference in view or not. The price at the time we stayed was $199 per night. I've already seen better rates for them. *kicks pebble*
Yes, they are a higher priced hotel and there are cheaper options but the luxury, comfort and not feeling like everything needed to be thrown in a washer was worth the extra cost to us.
It is centrally located and walking distance to Goat Island where you can do Cave of the Winds, Niagara Falls Park, nearby parks and other attractions. It's across the street from a casino if you're into that kind of thing. (We're not) The Culinary Institute which gets rave reviews is across the street so take advantage of it!
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