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.