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The Giacomo
3.0 of 5 Boutique Hotel   |   222 First Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303   |  
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Ranked #3 of 50 Hotels in Niagara Falls
Rochester, New York
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“Bicycle Guide Writer & Bike enjoy The Giacomo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Ask for a 5th floor and above room facing the Falls through at least one window.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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Orono, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had made reservations for our family of four through Priceline, and for some reason when we arrived a room with only one bed was reserved. I was quite upset, as one of our family was recovering from recent surgery. The staff was unbelievable. They not only arranged for an extra room with no extra charge, but they actually drove us to a recommended restaurant.
Besides all that, the rooms were real hotel, not motel, rooms, with high end finishes and fixtures. Huge bathrooms with marble and granite. Also, a wonderful location.
It is our go-to place in Niagara Falls.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

The Giacomo is by far the Best Hotel in Niagara on the NY side of the Falls for several reasons...
The ROOMS are CLEAN, soft comfortable bed with firm mattress, great Decor and nice views. The STAFF is both very FRIENDLY and extemely HELPFUL should you need anything. Olga was the best both on the phone answering my questions before we left home as well as in person once we arrived and continued to provide us with useful information throughout our stay! We stayed for 6 nights in June 2012 and were sad when it was time to leave. Hotel also offers complimentary daily BREAKFAST which is FANTASTIC!, Cable TV, refrigerator in room with water bottles, free transportation to nearby places which wasn't even neccesary because everything is in walking distance anyway, and a BEAUTIFUL lounge in the lobby with wine bar and live entertainment on select nights. Last but not least is it's LOCATION, which is PERFECT!
All within a 5 minute walk are several attractions including the Seneca Casino, Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara State Park (best place to see the FIREWORKS), Bridal Falls observation tower, Goat Island / Three Sister Island (Cave of the Winds, Canadian Falls, Imax Theater, and trolly), and The Red Coach Inn (best place to go for Dinner, so good we went twice!). There are lots of other fun things to to do in the surrounding area including a childrens aquarium, wax museums, and the RAINBOW BRIDGE which leads into Canada. Finally, there is a Sports Bar right next door with a smoking lounge, gift shop, Quick Draw / Lotto, Pool Table, and Live Outdoor Music (Bands play inside when weather is bad). The food is ok for lunch or snacks (we ate there twice), and they have a pretty good beer selection! Nothing bad or negative to say about The Giacomo!

Room Tip: Our room was small, but so was our rate. If you wish for a room with a view of the falls or of Canad...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

This is a modern hotel. Quite boutique. Very comfortable bed, slept really well. Towels were very small. Shower has a lot of mould behind the door frame, which the cleaners obviously missed as you can only see from inside the shower. Rest of room was clean. No view of falls from hotel but only one block away. Better views from Canadian side, was easy to cross over and hotels on that side have falls views.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Giacomo Hotel for four nights in October 2012 and were pleasantly surprised at the service we received from the time we arrived late in the evening, Eric greeted us with a big smile and welcomed us to the hotel. The hotel is small but of the highest quality, everything is beautifully decorated from the lobby, bar to the hotel rooms. We stayed in a king suite with a jacuzzi and fireplace. The staff is very friendly and gave us lots of advice on where to go eat and what to do. During our stay they even had a halloween party with Devan and her friend singing it was a great time. The hotel offers a car that can take you anywhere you want within a five mile area and although we had a rental car, we used the service because sometimes it was hard to find parking in certain spots. Elizabeth, from housekeeping was very nice and when I told her I needed more pillows, she quickly offered to bring me more pillows. The room was very clean and very comfortable. Every night they brought us freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. We quickly made friends with the hotel staff and spoke to them regularly during our stay. Eric, Devan, Ashley, Josh and Joy were terrific! We will definitely recommend this hotel and we plan on visiting again the next time we go to Niagara Falls.

Room Tip: Get the feather pillows! Visit the observation tower, great views of the Falls!
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We stayed at the Giacomo Sun-Tue in the middle of October 2012. The reservation process was easy. I wasn't able to find specific room available via re-seller's sites, so I called the hotel directly and was able to book a specific room I need for our party of 3.

Hotel is located about 7 min walk (slow walk) from the main attractions. Few restaurants are walking distance, and of course the casino is two blocks away. The hotel has valet service which is convenient because most destinations are walking distance.

The room is lovely - so different from the "standard" hotel rooms. The wallpaper is great looking and very much adds to the ambiance of the "boutique" hotel! The beds are very soft.

The bathroom was big (no tub) but the walk-in shower was great with an awesome shower-head.

The service is excellent. The staff downstairs were wonderful and welcoming. There were cookies at check-in, and they were ready to answer multiple questions we had.

Breakfast in the mornings in the common room was tasty and fresh. And it is the little touches that make the stay special: For example - the cleaning lady noticed that there were 3 of us in the room, so they left 3 water bottles and extra chocolates for us.

Do take the hike up to the 19th floor sky lounge (ride the elevator to 17th floor and walk up two flights of stairs) - the view is worth the effort.

Do not go to "legends" next door. While it is convenient (right next building over) - the service was horrible, the food quality was way below average.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

My fiancee and I stayed at the Giacomo the weekend we got engaged and it couldn't have been more perfect. The hotel is gorgeous and the staff warm and extremely helpful. They worked very hard to perfectly pull off all the surprises my fiancee had planned! I had no idea we were getting engaged and they were very discreet in coordinating plans with him. They have a free shuttle service and we used it to get a ride to the casino and back which was such a nice perk. The fireplace in the room helped us stay warm and cozy and the rooms are very spacious. We had a nice time hanging out in the lobby bar, and the next day brunch was convenient and good.
Would most definitely stay there again!

Room Tip: Our room was fairly high up and we had a nice view of the falls.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 222 First Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
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Location: United States > New York > Niagara Falls
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Niagara Falls
#2 Family Hotel in Niagara Falls
#3 Romantic Hotel in Niagara Falls
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Giacomo 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Giacomo The premiere luxury boutique hotel in Niagara Falls. Experience the majestic wonder of Niagara Falls in the world-class setting of the Giacomo Hotel - Niagara's only upscale boutique hotel. The epitome of Art Deco Architecture, the Giacomo has been completely renovated to feature ultra-modern innovations and the highest standards of personal service to satisfy the needs of the most discriminating traveler. ... more   less 
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