Prepare to be charmed by InnBuffalo, a spectacular boutique hotel in Buffalo.
Buffalo is home to some interesting and unique accommodations that truly are one of a kind. We recently had the opportunity to experience an overnight stay at InnBuffalo, an elegant boutique hotel in Buffalo with an intriguing story. We’re delighted to feature our overnight stay at InnBuffalo, which immediately felt like our home away from home.
Preservation in Progress
The owners, Ellen and Joe, warmly welcomed us to their Victorian home that they converted into a nine room hotel. They purchased the Hewitt Mansion at auction after it fell into disrepair and sat dormant for decades. Throughout the renovations, they uncovered many original and surprising elements that are currently on display throughout the home. This luxurious mansion was like a time capsule, preserving many extravagant features. Now, the home is a charming and spacious hotel for visitors to enjoy. Ellen and Joe refer to the renovations as “preservation in progress” as they are continuing to renovate and decorate the home.
Walking through the front doors, we were instantly transported back to the turn of the 20th century. It’s quite remarkable to witness so many artifacts and antique fixtures around the property. At the same time, the house felt cozy and comfortable, as though we were staying at a friend’s lavish home. There are murals, stained glass windows, wood carved cabinets and marble fireplaces. We were in awe as we toured the grand public spaces of the home, as well as our own spectacular room for the night.
Our Room: The Hewitt Suite
Named for the inventor and former home owner himself, the H.H. Hewitt Master Suite is one of the grandest suites at InnBuffalo. The room itself is perfectly preserved back to its former glory. It features a king sized bed, comfortable bedding, and luxurious linens. The suite is large enough to comfortably fit one sofa, two chairs, a desk, and a dresser. While much of the furnishings are antiques, there are modern amenities like a flatscreen TV with satellite channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a Keurig coffee maker in the room. It’s the perfect marriage of a historic inn and a contemporary boutique hotel in Buffalo.
The Hewitt Suite likely has the most interesting ensuite bathroom out of every room in the house. How often do you get to visit a hotel with a compelling bathroom? My guess is…not very often! First, the light switch for the bathroom on the outside of the entrance is original to the home. The original bathroom tile is detailed with 24 carat gold, so you can relax in the bathtub feeling like a king or queen. Yes, there’s a roomy tub to soak in, complete with a bath bomb for the ultimate rejuvenating experience.
However, the most impressive aspect of the bathroom is the original and rare Victorian needle spray shower. There are pipes encircling where you stand that spray water at your body, while water cascades from the rainfall shower head up above. So cool! While the bathroom is completely updated to modern standards, it provides a window into the past like no other.
Main Floor Common Area
All hotel guests are welcome to utilize the common areas on the main floor of the home. While the rooms are astonishingly beautiful just as they are, there are future plans to restore and replicate some of the original stenciled designs on the walls, ceilings and mantels. It’s a rare experience to view a home that was virtually untouched for 120 years. Wander around and make yourself at home.
Ellen and Joe are so friendly and hospitable. In the dining room, there’s always lots of coffee, tea, and refreshments. In the afternoon, there’s a Happy Hour with wine for the guests to enjoy. The next morning, you can savor a complimentary enhanced continental breakfast here. Justin and I decided to sleep in a bit during our stay for a relaxing holiday away from home, but we’d love to try the breakfast next time as I’m sure it’s delicious!
And if you’re looking for another spacious common space, check out the front porch. It’s one of the largest front balconies I’ve ever seen with sofas and chairs to accommodate a large group. Soak up the peaceful surroundings of the neighborhood from the porch. It’s the perfect place to sip a coffee or tea while listening to the birds chirp and the greenery sway in the breeze.
Another unique space of this boutique hotel in Buffalo is the basement. Joe brought us downstairs to show us the original antique pool table from the late 1800s, ideal for the time period of the house. It’s a beautiful, refurbished pool table, restored back to its original glory. Joe keeps the fridge stocked with local craft beer and there’s a small liquor cabinet, too. We were invited to make ourselves at home, so Justin and I played a few rounds of pool in the evening. The two of us discovered that we actually weren’t too bad at the game, and we’re now inspired to visit a local pool hall to play a little more often. We had a really fun time!
InnBuffalo off Elmwood is situated in the ideal location for a vacation or staycation to Buffalo. On 619 Lafayette Avenue, you’re right in the heart of Buffalo’s Elmwood Village. You’re just around the corner from a trendy neighborhood filled with restaurants, cafes, pubs, a brewery, juice bars, organic grocery stores, and more. Leave your car at InnBuffalo and stroll around the area by foot. Furthermore, you’re a short drive from downtown Buffalo and within a short distance of a day trip to Niagara Falls. You can’t beat the location to discover the best of Buffalo.
Justin and I were delighted to stay at InnBuffalo, a historic hotel on a quiet, residential street in Elmwood Village. It’s no wonder that InnBuffalo is rated the #1 hotel on Tripadvisor in Buffalo! This former mansion turned luxury accommodation is such a beautiful place to stay. We’d love to return to admire this “preservation in progress” that will somehow manage to grow more brilliant as time goes on.
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Thank you so much to InnBuffalo and Visit Buffalo Niagara for hosting our stay. Our opinions, as always, are entirely our own.