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