what a delightful place
its just goes to show what some paint and good designers can do. The owners of hotel indigo have succeeded in taking what is basically your typical Hampton inn box and turning it into a great little boutique hotel.
The smallish lobby is nicely decorated in bright blues and yellows. In addition to the front desk, you there is also a small business center, a small lobby bar and a Starbucks. Check on was smooth and efficient.
The room was a very nice surprise. Nicely decorated in blues and whites with a grassy mural on the far wall. There was a 36'' flatscreen however there we no inroom movies. The ice bucket and glasses were nicely presented on a tray at the corner of the first of two high double beds. A stand up shower (with plenty of room foe two) takes the place of the tub. Shampoo ,soap, conditioner and floormat were nicely presented on a small teak chair that can be used in the shower but otherwise just gets in the way. Guests that want a good soak can have just that In thevspscious pool and hot tub on the first floor.
Food choices within walking distance Is limited. I saw a Houlihans at the nearby Marriott but that's all I saw. However the north campus of the University of Buffalo is just up the street so I am sure there are more close by.
Location is excellent. Niagara falls is about 13 miles away. The galleria mall is maybe 10 min. Downtown buffalo maybe 15 min
I booked thru hotwire and paid just $79 so I was thrilled but this hotel is a great value st even higher rates
Its definitely worth a try. You will not be disappointed
not good for business travel or for sleep
I was on business in Amherst/Buffalo, but the Marriott and Hilton chains were booked. So instead I booked a room at the Hotel Indigo. It was next to the Marriott, and it had received good reviews. Bad idea.
Upon checking in, it looked fairly trendy/hip, especially for Buffalo. The room was newly decorated with bright colors, even though the architecture suggested a re-vamped Holiday Inn/Ramada chain. The place seemed relatively quiet at 4:00 pm. To be honest, it looked the hotel would live up to its reviews.
After checking, in I met some clients for dinner, arriving back at the hotel at 9:00 pm, ready to crash for the night. I knew things were going to be bad when there were four to six kids playing frisbee in the hallway in front of my room (they let me pass before resuming the game). I figured that it was still early, so I would go to the workout room/pool for a little while. As I walked through the hotel, there were bands of wandering kids everywhere - one was just standing at the ice machine flinging cubes down the corridor at nobody in particular.
The exercise room was populated by about a dozen kids - no adults, crawling over every piece of equipment until I finally asked one of them to step away from the treadmill (which they were running at full speed but not even using).
After about twenty minutes of screaming kids, I went to the pool area. There had to be at least 30 kids between ages 10 and 15 in the relatively small pool, and still no parents. The whirlpool, which was supposed to reserved for adults, had at least ten kids in it.
I finally went back to the room to shower and use the bathroom. I discovered the toilet clearly had not been even wiped down after the last guest, and there were long black hairs on the floor and in the shower drain. At this point I was just too tired to complain, so I showered and turned in for the night.
Even though I booked an "executive" room, I was surrounded by leisure travelers and their many kids. They must have decided it would be better to leave the bolt on their door in the locked position while the door was open so the kids could come and go at will without using the keys. So, every 2-3 minutes I would hear a door slam (almost) shut.
The kids roamed the hallways or ran between rooms until about 1:00 am. Around midnight I tried to call the front desk, but alas the phone in my room didn't work - nice touch. Instead I put the TV and fan on for some background noise.
I was once again awakened around 5:00 am by more slamming doors and yelling in the hallway. So I had a solid four hour sleep before my 9:00 presentation that day.
When I checked out, I let them know about the bathroom, the noise and the phone. They seemed relatively indifferent, although they offered a slight aplology and indicated that security had been on duty during the night (doing what I have no idea).
Next time, if the regular business hotels are booked, I'll sleep in my car. At least I'll get a better sleep in a cleaner place and save my firm $204.00.
Fun hotel at good location!
Really enjoyed this hotel --- it represents the new standard that even chain hotels should be fun, and they've done a good job with it. I had a few complaints -- bathroom wasn't exceedingly clean (long hair and dust in the corners), bed was too soft for my liking, and the doors close really loudly disturbing sleepers. But these complaints wouldn't keep me from staying there again, indeed it would be my hotel of choice in the area.
Also, it's a great location close to 290 and 90 -- and in an area with shopping, restaurants, etc. If someone is driving through Buffalo, this would be a good place to stop. Maybe 10 minutes from I-90.
Nice but Noisy
before I booked this hotel, i went and researched it on trip advisor and noticed it was next to Buffalo University. and read a few reviews that mentioned the rooms were poorly insulated. The walls and doors were hollow and the large gaps in between the floor and the door allow any sound from Hallway to come through.
Check in went well, noticed a lot of teenagers to college age people at the bar. When we went into our room it was nicely decorated, room size a tad small and bathrooms were different, offering only a shower and no bath. Also when I went down to get another item from the car, a high school or college age male walked into the elevator with an open beer in hand.
Immediately we noticed how we can hear people walk and talk while in the hallway. it would be a problem if people were going to be walking and closing their doors late at night...
To my chagrin a family had booked two rooms and our room was sandwiched in between their rooms. As our luck would have it their teenage boys mistakenly tried to open our door at midnight and proceeded to hang out and talk in front. I yelled through the door they are in wrong door and immediately they went in their room next door. within seconds they started talking through the common door in between the 2 rooms and making
female love making sounds and words. That only started to get my anger to rouse up, they then started shoving the do not disturb sign and other hotel paper through the large gap between the door and the floor. At that point my two little kids woke up and said they were afraid, that was when I lost my cool and threw on my shorts and went to teach those punks a lesson. Lucky for them their Dad heard me cursing and banging at their door and came out and told them to open their door. needless to say, one of them was cowering in the shower trying to hide and the other idiot was pretending he was sleeping. Regardless, I continued to cursed them out in front of their parents and warned them if they wake my kids up again I will be back and I will not be satisfied with just cursing them out. We could still hear people opening and closing doors so I turned on the XM satellite radio on the TV and chose the smooth jazz channel to drown out the noise. We left the tv on all night so our kids could sleep through the night.
So we woke up at 6 AM, and as it was my kids didn't sleep well and took t hem a long time to get going. We didn't check out or spoke to morning manager about the incident, because we were late catching our flight. All I can say is that I will now trust a lot more of what people had to say on trip advisor.
This hotel has the ingredients to be very good, but they need to sound proof the walls or adding a double wall, getting better, longer doors with the attached floor sweeper to reflect any sounds from adjacent rooms and hallways.
But after my expereince I probably will not go back to this hotel and will probably seek a more conventional hotel next time.
Awesome - Great Service A+ All Around
I wish to respodd to the last post. This hotel was great all the way around. I thought the price was a little on the high side, however, we were treated with nothing but respect. I do want to point out that I was with a few of these sports teams that the last poster was complaining about. Buffalo had 200+ teams in town for a hockey tournament. I have been doing this for 10+ years, and this hotel dealt with every situation appropriately and resolved most issues quickly. Ye, some parents let their kids roam, while this isnt acceptable, it is a reality of sports tournaments. All in all, the kids behaved considering there isnt much to do in Buffalo and most teams were there for 5+ days. I always ask when I am traveling for lesiure what kind of events are going on in the hotel for my period of stay. When we were leaving there were soccer teams there; this hotel seems to cater to these groups and I really appreciated that. Nothing is worse than a hotel taking your 10+ teams in revenue,, knowing that there are kids involved and then expecting them to act like 30 year olds. Please dont interpret this to be that they can desturct, be rude, etc. but they are also people and should be resepcted as well. The staff at the Indigo did a fantastic job of showing mutual respect for these kids.
The hotel: Every inch of my rooms were impeccable and super clean. Whatever we needed, whenever we needed it, the staff responded quickly and with a smile. I was in a suite that was very good ini size and ammenities, toward sthe end, I switched to a regualr room, I found it to be a little small; maybe they could mount the TV on the wall for more space? But for 2-3 pepople, the room is acceptable. The lobby bar and food were very good with quick service. The fitness rooom was well equipped and all equipment worked fine. I didnt use the pool, but it wasnt too small.
Other: Loved Jacks Place across the street as well as the little Italian pizza place.
I would definitely seek out theis hotel in other cities. Judge for yourself.
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Buffalo to Niagara falls fashion outlet (NY)
Hi there !
I am currently leaving in Toronto and I wanna go to Niagara falls outlets (1900 Military Road, Niagara Falls, NY 14304).
I will take a bus from Toronto to Buffalo coach terminal. The problem is, that I don't know how to get from buffalo to the military road by bus. Could I catch a bus next to the coach terminal ? Do you know which one I have to take ?!
Thanks a lot for helping me =)
Re: Buffalo to Niagara falls fashion outlet (NY)
Re: Buffalo to Niagara falls fashion outlet (NY)
I also wanna go to this outlet store from Toronto but saw the 51 line doesn't work on saturday...
I also have to go from Bus Terminal, 181 Ellicott Street to Military road, 1900!
I would like to know where I can take the nearest bus from the Bus Terminal to go to the shops (when it's a saturday), It will be my first time in the U.S and America in general so I'm very afraid of losing my way in a such big city!
I would really appreciate your help
Re: Buffalo to Niagara falls fashion outlet (NY)
If you do not know the area and do not have a car it would be too difficult to get there. Many people from Canada go to the Galleria Mall to the east of the city.