Review of The Giacomo hotel – a boutique hotel in Niagara Falls

by Jun 25, 2019New York

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If you are visiting the city of Niagara Falls its quite likely you are there to at least see Niagara Falls itself. And while there are a number of hotels one could stay in, there is nowhere quite like The Giacomo hotel – billed as a luxury boutique hotel and within easy walking distance of Niagara Falls.

The Giacomo Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally built in 1929 as an office building with art deco architecture. Marilyn Monroe reportedly glided up the marble staircase in the building in one of her movies. The building was renovated in 2010 and turned into a hotel.

Quackers At The Giacomo Hotel With Wine

Quackers enjoying his wine at happy hour.

I arrived at the hotel after an easy Uber ride from the airport in Buffalo, just in time for a wine happy hour (who can turn down free wine, right?) served on the 19th floor of the hotel (the wine happy hour is held Friday and Saturday evenings). The Giacomo boasts about the view of Niagara Falls from its 19th floor lounge — for good reason. Other than standing right by the falls on the American side, the view from the Skyview Lounge is the next best thing to being there. I’d recommend making the trek up to the 19th floor at night to take in the spectacular illumination of the falls – and yes, the windows open if you want a great photo without glass reflections.

Giacomo Hotel 19th Floor and the Skyview Lounge

The Skyview Lounge on the 19th floor.

Big rooms for everyone

The hotel itself has 41 rooms that range widely in features, with even a standard room feeling a grade above that found in other hotels. I stayed in a Niagara King Deluxe (the standard room) during my three-night stay in Niagara Falls.

The Giacomo Hotel Deluxe Room Desk View

My “standard deluxe” room.

Huge windows let in the light by day with thick drapes that keep the room cozy (and dark) at night. The bed was huge, extremely comfortable, with loads of pillows and wonderful sheets that were the kind you want to nestle into — not the less expensive, over-washed linen often found in other hotels.

The bathroom was huge (could have held a dance party there) with a large vanity and lighted mirror and spacious shower that was big enough for three (of course that would mean fighting over the only showerhead, so I enjoyed it alone).

Other types of rooms at The Giacomo hotel feature baths, whirlpool baths, and even fireplaces.

Great amenities!

Amenities include free Wi-Fi (that is actually quite fast), hot breakfast (with eggs or omelets cooked to order if you want), a decent fitness center (but frankly with Niagara Falls State Park right nearby, staying inside as long as the weather is nice outside seems a bit silly), in-room refrigerators, daily bottled water, thick luxurious robes, flat-screen TVs, fresh cookies at turndown, and, yes, chocolates in your room (seriously, honey, I didn’t eat more than one  — really).

Also, if you are visiting with a car, the hotel has complimentary valet parking with 24-hour access –more than once I noticed even the hotel general manager stepping out to park or retrieve a guest’s vehicle.

The Giacomo Lounge (which opens at 5 p.m. every night) has live music on Saturday evenings. The lounge has wonderful seating and atmosphere and is a perfect spot to curl up with a book or, heaven forbid, your computer with a nice adult beverage by your side.

The Giacomo Hotel Lounge

Location, location

Aside from the outstanding service and superbly comfy hotel accommodations, The Giacomo is smack in the middle of where you want to be whether you are in Niagara Falls to see the waterfalls, to visit a casino, or to enjoy the local wine trails – Be sure to read our story “7 best things to do in Niagara Falls – American side.”

Niagara Falls View From The Giacomo Hotel

View of Niagara Falls from the 19th floor of The Giacomo hotel.

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Disclosure: I was fully hosted at The Giacomo hotel as part of a Niagara Falls media trip with the North American Travel Journalists Association. The review, opinions and ratings here are our own, and are not approved, provided, or otherwise endorsed by the hotel.

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Rating the Giacomo Hotel in Niagara Falls

95%

Our Rating Our hotel ratings will tell you what we think of an individual property and are not a comparison to other hotels in the area. They are valid at the time of our visit. Things can change, of course, but we hope not with properties we love! We frequently pay for our hotel stays and will disclose whenever we receive discounts or comped room nights as a part of a hotel stay. Our ratings are a percent, with 100% being perfect and 0% some place not even a rat would stay. We rate cleanliness and upkeep (e.g. dust on the windows, dirt under the beds, unclean bathroom fixtures, need of repairs or maintenance, etc.), comfort (e.g. taking into account quiet, how comfy the bed is, if there is a nice robe, a comfy chair, etc.), amenities (e.g. free parking, breakfast included, free Wi-Fi, free bikes, fitness gear, workout room, pool, etc. -- and are not fans of hotels who say they include things, but then charge a facilities fee!), location (e.g. how easy is it to get around by foot, bike, and car), and value (e.g. how much we feel we got in return for the amount charged).

Cleanliness | Upkeep
90%
Comfort
90%
Amenities
95%
Location
100%
Value
100%

12 Comments

  1. Wow awesome hotel location in niagara falls i will visit there shortly i will try to stay there

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  2. 100% in location for Niagara…that’s it right there. And then deluxe comfort, cleanliness, and amenities and no other chocie but Giacomo Hotel!

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  3. You definitely had me at the free wine lol! This looks like an amazing place to stay; that view is awesome, and you don’t have to fight with the crowds to enjoy it!

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  4. As a photography enthusiast, I am thrilled to find unique vantage points of popular tourist destinations. I will remember your review of Giacomo Hotel once I had the opportunity to finally see the Niagara Falls. Thanks for this!

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  5. The Giacomo Hotel looks worth staying as it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and dates back to 1929 era. And as you said the Niagara State Park is side by and also with a stunning view from 19th floor of this hotel makes it top on the list. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. The hotel decor looks abit too heavy on the leather. Also nowadays I don’t prefer rooms with carpeted floors due to my dust allergy. At least the location is a good 10/10 ! =)

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  7. I really want to see Niagara Falls one day and this hotel sounds like it’s situated in a great location for a visit. A comfortable bed and pillows are important things for me so that was good to know. The happy wine hour sounds like a perfect start, plus the views of the Falls from the hotel make it an ideal choice.

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  8. This is one part of the US we still need to see and it sounds like this is going to be the hotel we need to stay in too. In fact I think we had friends who just stayed there as their photos of the falls from their room looked very similar. Those rooms are massive!!

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  9. I like the fact that the hotel rooms are so spacious… Travelling in Europe, finding spacing hotel rooms in quite rare, unless you pay a lot of money. I guess it’s different in North America, where everything is bigger. This hotel looks perfect for a cosy drink after a long day exploring the area!

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  10. Wow, the Hotel looks and sounds so luxurious. You’d feel a bit like royalty staying there. I’ve fascinated with the view of the falls. To be honest, I’m from Australia and only ever see the standard shots of Niagara Falls where it looks like it’s in the middle of nowhere. I can’t believe there’s a massive city right there!

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  11. What a lovely looking hotel, not getting to Niagara Falls is one of my biggest regrets from our big 7 week trip to the USA. My sister made the trip from NYC on the 30 December and her photos of Niagara covered in ice were absolutely spectacular.

    One thing is for sure, I’ll be returning to see the Falls one day and I’ll keep this hotel in mind when I finally get there.

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