We took the advice of the TripAdvisor reviews for this hotel for a one-night stay in Niagara Falls, NY before we headed east for the remainder of our vacation in the Finger Lakes region.
The hotel itself is nice. The décor is very eclectic and has a Parisian/Italian/Victorian mish-mash theme going for it. I liked the darker, rich color schemes with the heavy upholstery, dark stained woodwork and deep toned paint colors.
The room was average sized for a King room with a good sized TV, desk, armchair, ottoman, closet, Keurig coffee maker, an amazingly comfortable king bed with excellent pillows, and a full bath with a stand-up shower (no tub). The room had some minor flaws, including: a birds nest of wires under the desk - including the unplugged, tangled cord to the coffee maker, lipstick on one of the two coffee cups (gross!), and a solid, wood pedestal for the king bed that is approximately 3" - 4" larger than the mattress - meaning it was only a matter of time before I cracked a toe against it in walking across the room (ended up breaking the 4th toe of my right foot...ouch!). The ice machine, BTW is clear down on the first floor through a weird maze of "exit" doors.
The hotel staff were pleasant enough, but seemed a bit under-trained regarding hotel services, local attractions and perhaps challenged if given an atypical customer request.
For the $188 paid for the one night, this was not a bargain, but neither was it worth the higher price tag - regardless of the "summer season". One redeeming quality was the better-than-average hot buffet breakfast included in the stay. Overall, the stay was OK, but not as good as I was hoping for.
Now for the bad news....While the hotel is located in the historic United Office Building from the mid 1920's, the walk into or out of the front door and clients are greeted with an unbearable stench of raw sewage emanating from nearby sewer manholes. It is really bad...and there is little to do to escape it - except to hold your breath as you enter/leave for at least 1/2 block!
Further, Niagara Falls has become the worst parts of Las Vegas or Atlantic City in that this majestic building is surrounded by casinos, cheesy souvenir shops, empty buildings, and a 1/2 dozen Indian restaurants/food carts all vying for your attention and your money. Now, for the record, I l-o-v-e Indian food. But, how about a cheese steak cart? Or, a yakisoba/teriyaki chicken truck? Or, a good old burger & fries wagon? A little variety would be nice. I am convinced...no waterfalls, no Niagara Falls.
Ultimately, in our 28-hour stay, we'd seen plenty. Maybe next time, we'll stay across the border.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Giacomo, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member(R) in Niagara Falls, NY near Maid of the Mist is a towering achievement of art deco architecture. Located in a nationally-registered historical building, this boutique hotel in Niagara Falls is within walking distance from the brink of the naturally beautiful Niagara Falls, as well as a host of other attractions The Giacomo is 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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- Also Known As:
- The Giacomo Hotel Niagara Falls