For a home away from home experience, why not stay local! Especially in Buffalo because the options are pretty impressive and getting better every day. Small boutique hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts all have their own story and often share a love for embracing the charm of the past and valuing modern necessities.
Here’s a long list of places worth checking out. If you or your out-of-town family and friends are visiting or if you live nearby and want to treat yourself just because, Step Out Buffalo has made the search easier with our super handy guide depending on what and where you’re looking for!
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70 Wadsworth St, Buffalo, NY
Good for: A step back in time near Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood.
Located near Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo Harmony House lives for music at its core. With a stay here, enjoy music accompaniment or lessons from a well-versed musician, enjoy fine dining, and explore the gift shop within the historic inn.
619 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo, NY
Good for: A sophisticated and charming bnb experience in Buffalo’s most popular neighborhood
Pre-restoration and post-restoration venues are incredible finds, but imagine somewhere in the middle. At InnBuffalo, that’s exactly what you’ll find; it’s a preservation in progress. While restoration plans are in the works, right now guests will see elements that have been untouched for 115 years. There are 9 suites available, and being right in the Elmwood Village makes this location a true walker’s paradise. Rumor has it the Goo Goo Dolls stay here often. Just sayin’.
140 North Street, Buffalo, NY
Good for: When you’re in need of a kitchen in your room
The Lenox Hotel is rich in history and the longest continuously run hotel in the city of Buffalo. Visitors of the Pan-American Exposition once stayed here, and today the hotel is a mainstay in the Historic Allentown District. Despite being established in 1896, the Lenox has still maintained its historic charm and now is home to a restaurant and bar with wing night specials every Monday.
414 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY
Good for: A luxury experience and unique rooms
Everyone deserves VIP treatment, and at Buffalo’s first and only award-winning AAA Four Diamond Hotel, that’s exactly what you get. Located in the Historic Allentown District, it’s easy to get lost in the architectural beauty of The Mansion, but there’s so much more. Immerse yourself in a life of luxury with 24-hour butler service, complimentary Land Rover chauffeur service, complimentary evening cocktails, and European-style continental breakfast.
210 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY
Good for: A classy AF experience
Downtown Buffalo welcomes a 5-star boutique hotel to the neighborhood this year. Built inside a renovated historic landmark, Curtiss Hotel features 68 ultra-luxurious rooms and a casual upscale restaurant complete with WNY’s only revolving bar and year-round patio seating. When you dine or stay here, expect spectacular panoramic views of downtown Buffalo, Lake Erie, and the Canadian shoreline.
391 Washington St, Buffalo, NY
Good for: A quiet stay in the heart of Downtown Buffalo
The first professional woman architect in the U.S., Louise Blanchard Bethune, designed this beautiful French Renaissance-style building. The Hotel @ Lafayette has 57 unique Pan-American themed hotel rooms including suites, mini-suites, and bridal suites. Plus, a popular brewery restaurant, local coffee shop, and stunning banquet rooms inside.
288 Linwood Ave, Buffalo, NY
Good for: A traditional BnB setup with fantastic taste
Buffalo’s architectural heritage and today’s culture blend together to create Oscars Bed and Breakfast. Inside this Second Empire-style home there are three suites, each with its own design influences. Architectural styles from Prairie style to contemporary to art deco, so every stay is a new adventure.
462 Woodward Ave., Buffalo, NY
Imagine the character and charm of a home built in the 19th century plus the amenities of the 21st century. The Parkside House really embraces the beauty of blending the old with the new. The small irregularities simply give this hotel its character. All of the guest rooms are named after streets in the Historic Parkside neighborhood giving it yet another personal touch.
North of Buffalo
113 W Center St, Medina, NY
For a Pinterest-worthy stay on the Niagara Wine Trail
In Medina’s Historic District you’ll find a Euro-inspired boutique hotel that was previously a shirt factory for 86 years. Every stay is a new experience at the Hart House since each room is individually designed and inspired by actual shirt factory customers, including Winston Churchill, John Jacob Astor, and Bob Hope. Plus, there’s a winery, cafe, art gallery, and outdoor event venue on the premises.
6461 Transit Road, Buffalo, NY
Good for: Proximity to a pampering spa session
Vacations are the ultimate escape from everyday life, and it’s even easier to relax and unwind when your hotel has a spa. At The Delavan, you’ll find 60 elegant rooms and suites, and a full spa. If you are planning a girls weekend, romantic weekend getaway, or bridal party arrangements, this is the ideal option for a memorable stay.
1559 E River Rd, Grand Island, NY
Good for: A room with a view
If living right on the water is your dream make it happen, even just for a weekend. South Bridge Bed & Breakfast is located right on the River halfway between Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Enjoy complimentary bicycles and kayaks and almost 100 feet of dock space. If breathtaking sunset views ranks high on your list of favorites, this is the place to be.
5000 Main St, Amherst, NY 14226
Good for: Contemporary boutique vibes with amenities
This boutique hotel features elegant guest rooms stylized in “classic themes, with a touch of whimsy”. Designed to feel more like bedrooms than hotel rooms, they feature custom and one-of-a-kind furnishings along with amenities you’re used to from corporate hotels. You’ll find breakfast, lunch and dinner available in the lobby and amenities like a fireside lounge, club-style fitness center, a gallery featuring original paintings by renowned local artist, Peter Fowler and local historic images exclusive to Reikart House, boardrooms, and butler service for Deluze Rooms and Suites.
222 1st Street, Niagara Falls, NY
Good for: Boutique elegance with easy access to the falls
Explore the Niagara River Region while staying at a luxury boutique hotel. Built in 1929, The Giacomo embraces Art Deco style and Mayan Revival motif. Staying at this hotel is an experience that exceeds expectations. Plus, with the Falls, Cave of the Winds, Maid of the Mist, and State Parks within walking distance, this hotel couldn’t be more conveniently located.
South of Buffalo
40 South Grove St., East Aurora, NY
Good for: A grand experience in a historical way
Travel back to a time of creativity, beauty, and artistry. The Roycroft Inn’s story dates back more than a century. Today, guests can experience the history of Roycroft artisans in any of the 28 beautifully restored suites. Sunday brunch is an absolute must, especially in the summer when the peristyle is open for dining — it’s 100% #instagramworthy. Plus, Roycroft’s brunch is on Open Table’s list for “Top 100 Brunches.”
25 Pine St, East Aurora, NY 14052
Good for: A boozy getaway in a charming town
As the only WNY brewery to offer accommodations on-site, The Lofts @ 42N have something very unique going. 42 North invites guests to do something a bit out of the ordinary – check in at the brewery’s taproom bar, grab a beer and then spend the night!
Each of the 4 rooms available at this boutique hotel tells a different story of our great city, region or town. Plus windows that peek into the brewery floor, complimentary growler pours (!!) and balcony doors that open to live music in 42 North biergarten are just a few of the original experiences this spot in scenic East Aurora offers.
649 Main Street, East Aurora 14052
Good for: An elegant themed stay
Offering seven guest rooms and an event venue, the 1923 Bank of East Aurora is a luxurious boutique hotel option located right on Main Street. Beneath the bank is where you’ll find one-of-a-kind lodging with a “Prohibition Chic” vibe. With each room individually designed and themed after notorious bank robbers of the era like Bonnie & Clyde and “Slick” Willie Sutton, on-theme elegance is what they’ve managed to pull off here. Each room features a queen bed and private bath, plus guests can gather in a cozy speakeasy-inspired common room for a game of shuffleboard or in the vault for a late-night toast.
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This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.