With one last section of the famous Erie Canal (one of four New York State Canals, all with water & boats) Trail to check before writing the fourth edition of "Erie Canal Bicyclist & Hiker Tour Guide" (Cyclotour Guide Books), I rode the Trailways bus to Niagara Falls with my folding bicycle. The next morning I bicycled from Niagara Falls, New York to a small village, Middleport, New York and then to Buffalo, New York to board a Greyhound bus to return to my home in Rochester New York.
Olga and Ashley, The Giacomo's receptionists warmly welcomed me and my bicycle. I asked for and received a few large plastic bags to place under my bicycle so as not to soil the carpet in my room.
It was a delightful room with a view overlooking one section of the Falls. Not only did it have the usual desk, chair, dresser, TV, bed but also a small couch and an electric fireplace. The decor was sophisticated, cosmopolitan and certainly not garish. A well appointed roomy bathroom. The bed was firm but not like a board; soft but not squishy, very comfortable. Interestingly The Giacomo's decorator placed a light in the middle of the headboard. The light could be moved as well as precisely aim for clear reading. The shower head provided a superb spray of endless hot water.
When staying at The Giacomo don't forget to go to the 19th floor lounge for a magnificent view of both the American and Canadian Falls. The "Falls" are are lit at night, even during the winter.
The Giacomo does not have a restaurant. The Niagara Falls Culinary Institute operates a sandwich/salad deli and a pastry shop on Old Falls Blvd. a half block away from the front door.
The Giacomo has a lounge on the first floor where you can obtain beverages, alcoholic and soft. You can then use the elevator to travel up to the 19th floor for a view rivaling all others on either side of the border.
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