Restoring Niagara

Hotel Niagara lobby. Niagara Falls, NY.

Flock, you know I’ve been following the Hotel Niagara restoration project for some time now. Remember back when the expected completion date was 2019?

Well, that restoration is official as of today.

The official “groundbreaking” ceremony took place today (which was the event of the century if you ever wanted to see Paul Dyster with a sledgehammer). I was lucky enough to have been in the right place at the right time (funny how that happens), and was part of the event.

The new timeline is excellent. Restoration work will begin in six weeks, with the hotel to be completed by tourism season 2021. Some rumors state they will shoot for March 17 (the city’s birthday).

The hotel will remain named “Hotel Niagara”, with a brand attached subtly (similar to how the Giacomo is operated by an subsidiary of Choice Hotels).

Plans call for 160 rooms, and this is confirmed to be a Four-Diamond hotel. This is a big deal for Niagara Falls, which is lacking any hotel of this caliber.

Fun fact, the Hotel Niagara is somehow colder inside than outside. Still, even with all the decay, there’s something indescribably beautiful about the hotel.

For those of you that want to see the full groundbreaking conference, I recorded it! Sorry for the shaky cam: my hooves were freezing.

Are you excited, flock? Do you have any family stories about the Hotel Niagara (like Angelo Morinello dropping water balloons off the roof)? Let me know in the comments.

-Sheepie ❤

2 thoughts on “Restoring Niagara

  1. Ben says:

    This is VERY exciting. It’s such a prominent building on the city’s small skyline, so having it restored will make a huge impact to the city’s image. Also, I think I heard there will be a new restaurant and bar, or maybe more than one, which is always a good thing.

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  2. Ben says:

    Oh, I forgot to mention, I am REALLY hoping they replace the huge neon sign that used to be on the roof. You can see it in some of the historic photo boards in your pictures. Something like that could be iconic, like the New Yorker Hotel in NYC.

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