A small group of us were in town to take out a group of clients. They suggested dining at Russells - the steakhouse located at the GRAND hotel. As a frequent traveler to Buffalo my favorite hotel in Buffalo is the Hampton Inn on Main Street in Williamsville. Since we were celebrating with the client, I opted to have our group stay at the GRAND hotel for convenience.
BOTTOM LINE: I felt that we got twice as much comparable space for half the price (in comparison to the Hilton Hampton Inn).
First, the hotel is new. The biggest thing the hotel has going for it is that it is VERY spacious. The rooms are very large, the shower is large, the hallways are wide - they even have chairs and tables in the hall that I saw people using. The decor is very warm and relaxing. The rate(s) are very competitive. I think the rack rate is around $90-$100. With the AARP discount, I got the room for around $85. Some upgraded to the jacuzzi for $125. Comparing this to the Hampton which starts are $155 for a standard room and is standard size the GRAND has considerable value.
Now, I have capitalized GRAND hotel because there is another Salvatore's down the road. We almost accidentally booked at the wrong hotel as that one appears to not have a restaurant and has reviews of being 'garish' but the names are very close. So, make sure not to confuse them as we almost did. This is definitely a business class, professional hotel.
On the down side, the view leaves something to be desired, the walls are a little thin, and I prefer a hotel that includes conditioner not just shampoo.
I will also mention that Russells steakhouse was a great place to eat. I particularly enjoyed watching the owner (an old world gentleman) orchestrate the management of the hotel. It was like watching a maestro at his finest. This is definitely a labor of love for him.
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