There are plenty of great reasons to plan a mini (or not so mini) staycation in Buffalo this year. Are you looking to shake things up and explore different parts of the city you’ve never seen before? Want to find ways to travel on a budget? Down for a quick road trip? Tired of the same mundane date night spots you always turn to?
Okay, that last one might be a stretch, considering the fact that Buffalo has what feels like endless options for date nights. But hear us out, staycations are the perfect way to relax, pamper yourself and/or someone special in your life, and altogether just experience something new- all without even leaving the Western New York area. Before you get to planning, check out a few of our favorite spots below for some serious staycation inspiration.
210 Franklin St / Website
Located inside the recently restored Harlow C. Curtiss building in downtown Buffalo, the Curtiss Hotel is the ideal location for an elegant and extravagant staycation experience. The hotel itself is a historic landmark, featuring 67 beautiful suites and countless amenities to explore. Pamper yourself in the hotel’s all-weather urban hot springs experience, enjoy a happy hour drinks with incredible views at Vue, the hotel’s rooftop lounge, and feast on a romantic dinner for two at Chez Ami, the hotel’s swanky restaurant that’s home to the only revolving bar in Western New York. Check out our article, The Curtiss Hotel and Chez Ami Are Open and Bringing It to learn more.
5000 Main St / Website
Named after Amherst, NY’s “first family of hospitality,” Frank and Dolly Reikart, the Reikart House hotel pays homage to the area’s history while still incorporating some key elements of modern-day luxury. Each guest room at Reikart House is strategically designed to resemble a comfortable and familiar bedroom rather than a hotel room, so expect to get comfy, relax with a delicious room service-delivered meal, and enjoy all of the hotel’s thoughtful details like cozy bathrobes (no staycation is complete without one) and in-suite Amazon Echos.
3. Hart House Hotel
113 W Center Street / Website
A luxurious hotel stay might be the last thing you’d expect in Medina, a small town along the Erie Canal right between Buffalo and Rochester, but as it turns out, the Hart House Hotel is one of the most highly regarded boutique hotels in the Western New York area. The hotel is situated in one of Medina’s most historic buildings and offers seven unique rooms, each with its own theme and Euro-inspired decor. During your time in Media, you’ll love exploring all that the town has to offer, including some seriously incredible restaurants, fun bars, and local shops along the town’s main street. Be sure to try some mead at 810 Meadworks, and stick around for an amazing brunch in the morning at Shirt Factory Cafe– both are located on the ground floor of the hotel. Our article, Road Trip Series: How to Spend a Magical Weekend in Medina has the perfect itinerary for your stay.
4. Hotel Henry
444 Forest Ave / Website
If you’re local to Western New York, you’re likely already well aware of the historic asylum-turned-hotel that is Hotel Henry. What you might not realize, though, is just how much national attention the hotel has drawn since its opening. In 2018, Hotel Henry was voted one of TIME’s Greatest Places in the World, as well as one of The New York Times’s “Top Places to Go,” so it’s safe to say the secret is out- Hotel Henry is a must when planning a weekend getaway (or a staycation) in Buffalo. During your stay in one of the hotel’s 88 upscale rooms, dine at 100 Acres (it’s a great brunch option). Or, take in all of the incredible architecture and inquire about taking a guided tour to learn more about the Richard Olmstead Campus as a whole, a National Historic Landmark that we’re lucky enough to have right in our own backyard.
619 Lafayette Ave / Website
The historic Victorian mansion that houses InnBuffalo is the type of home you walk by in the Elmwood Village and instantly fantasize about what it might feel like to live there. Luckily, you’ll have the opportunity to experience it firsthand when you book a weekend getaway at InnBuffalo, a top-rated, cozy inn on Lafayette Ave. Relax in the spacious front lounge (or on the open, plant-filled patio in the summer months), explore the mansion’s restored library, and enjoy lavish suites that are sure to make you feel like Buffalo royalty- all while staying just steps away from one of Buffalo’s best neighborhoods. It’s a hyper-local experience that’s hard to beat. Check out our article Neighborhood Guide: How to Spend the Perfect Weekend on the Elmwood Strip to find the best things to do on Elmwood.
6. The Lofts @ 42 North
25 Pine Street in East Aurora / Website
In case you missed it: 42 North added four adorable AirBnb lofts in the building next door to its taproom last year, and honestly, it’s a date night game changer. These beautifully decorated private rooms provide the perfect setting for a quick romantic getaway in the Southtowns, or even just for extending a night out after indulging in some tasty brews and delicious food in the 42 North taproom. Don’t wait if you’ve got your eye on them, though- they’re booking up quick!
391 Washington St / Website
The Hotel Lafayette is truly a Buffalo classic. A significant historic and architectural landmark in Western New York, the hotel was originally constructed in 1904 and has since undergone a number of renovations in an attempt to preserve both the history that surrounds it and the building’s stylish Art Deco elements. Today, the hotel boasts 400 luxury suites, and with its prime location in the heart of downtown Buffalo, it would serve as a great way to spice up a date night (and splurge a little bit while you’re at it). Plus, Public Espresso & Coffee is open daily on the hotel’s ground floor, so you can start each morning off right with a full sit-down brunch or a quick donut and latte pairing to go (or both, who are we kidding). Want to be spooked? Take a Hotel Lafayette Haunted Ghost Tour to really make for an interesting staycation.