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 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.

That bed was cushy and probably the best night's sleep of our vacation!

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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  1. The room was very big and comfortable with a very comfy bed, which was good considering we had to get up pretty early the next day to head on to the next destination. About the only issue we had was that we couldn't get the room heater to heat the room up too well at night. I would stay there again!

    1. Yeah, the heater needed a serious overhaul. I forgot about that. I'm glad it finally worked itself out. After being drenched then having the cold wind blow through me for a few hours, some instant toastiness would've been appreciated.

  2. That looks like a really great room. I am a coffee drinker, but I prefer decaf and often they don't have that either. It would be nice if when you checked into a hotel they had a selection of single serve teas/coffees to choose from so everyone could just pick whatever they want for the next day.

    It is nice to find a place that doesn't nickel and dime you to death. Especially with something like a bottle of water. Such an inexpensive thing for them, but still a very nice touch since they know most people are heading out for a day of "touristing" and maybe didn't remember their own water bottle.

    1. I LOVE THAT IDEA!! I think you're on to something. When you check in, they could pull out a basket of those cup things (or tea bags) and say "you get four for each stay so take your pick." Imagine what a personal touch that would give!

      I get livid when you stay somewhere that nickel and dimes know, like the place we stayed in Sleepy Hollow? They not only charged for cheap water (that we bought at the drug store) but they also had those huge things of Voss water (whatever) and wanted $6 for them! I can pay $3.29 for them at World Market. They also had HORRIBLE cell service and charged you per minute for any call you made including local. I'd send out smoke signals before I'd pay for local calls. Jerks.

  3. looks like a great place to stay if I make it over that way! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Just lovely! The thing that stood out is it looks so clean! The decorating had a very soothing look to it and seemed welcoming. What great memories you've made!

    1. Yes, it was very clean. A rarity for rentals of any kind these days. (Well, at least to my standards...LOL)


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