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

by Jun 25, 2019New York

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.


Other articles about things to do in New York

If you’re on a road trip in New York, Rochester is not too far a drive, and you’ll need a great place to stay. Check out our review of Inn on Broadway – review of an historic hotel in Rochester. You’ll definitely want to spend some time in the Adirondacks. Start in Albany and be sure to read 24 hours in Albany – fascinating walk through time. And then head north along the shore of Lake Champlain. Read our story The best of the Adirondack Coast – top things to do in the Adirondacks.

More things to do in Niagara Falls State Park


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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.