Historical Traveller Reviews of Hampton Inn Suites Buffalo Hotel
Nice Hotel for Buffalo
Stayed here last week 4/24-4/28. We arrived around noon and were allowed to check in. We were given a room facing Chippewa. Big mistake. At around 8pm a loud blaring television from the bar across the street began vibrating the walls. I quickly called downstairs, fortunately after about 20 minutes it stopped.
Overall the room was very comfy. Everything seemed fresh and modern. There was a thick comforter on the bed, which seemed more like a feather bed. I would guess they chuck that when summer comes along.
The breakfast was as usual for a Hampton plentiful and hearty. Everyday there was selection of muffins, cereals, eggs etc.
My only complaint is that the hotel does not offer wi-fi in the rooms. You still have to use the cable on the desk to access the internet. There is also some bogus information on the hilton website that they have wi-fi in the lobby area. I was there all week and could never get a signal. The front desk apologized and said the signal came in and out. They should just be honest and say "it's always out."
For dumpy Buffalo, this is about is good as it gets.
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from A TripAdvisor Member
OK so this is not a bad hotel at all, it's not deluxe but it's fancy... probably the best one in that small town that is Buffalo!! The best thing about the hotel I think is the breakfast!! yeah, every morning from 7am (or something close) 'til 10 or 11am (something close too... can't really remember) in the 3rd or 2nd floor (can't remember neither LOL) there's this room on the right with lots of fancy tables (kinda like in a restaurant or a coffee shop!) where you can sit and eat all the things you want that you can pick which are on the right side of the tables, there's also a TV so you can watch the news!! The rooms are OK... I totally HATED that they did NOT have windows that you could open!!!!! That was HORRIBLE. And when I checked in and went into my room, even though it was a non-smoking room, it smelled badly like smoke!!! horrible!! There was a fireplace which if you turned on, would make your room smell kinda like smoke... guess it was because of that?? the fact that there was no windows or ventilation of any sort was... horrible!!! LOL, can't say it enough times. There was one window (which you couldn't open) with ropes, from where you could see the parking lot and other hotel windows... I'm not sure if you could see Chippewa St. from there. Also, another thing I didn't like is that the rooms were kind of dull and dark, totally lacked good lightening. That felt horrible, since Buffalo is a pretty dark place by itself, the rooms were even darker. But maybe not everyone will notice that, I don't know, I'm from Europe and from a country which has lots of light and sun, so I don't know if americans would feel the same way... but for me it was super dark. I hated that I couldn't see when I had to do important things like my makeup... LOL. The bathtub was a disappointment too, the bathroom was nice... not super great but it was good, but the bathtub didn't match, it was kind of ugly and cheesy. My king size bed was HUGE!!! There was also a TV with a Nintendo I think (can't remember very well LOL) and a black wireless keyboard because you could connect to the internet from your TV (even though it was REALLY expensive, that should be free!!) if you didn't have your own laptop (internet access was free if you had a laptop). The room wasn't big... the walls I think had yellow/gold/white stripes (looked nice), the floor was dark colored (royal/navy blue I think), the bathroom was white with navy blue walls I think and wasn't all that much even though it was nice. There was a blue couch (for 1 person... not sure how it's called in English) with a lamp next to it and other wood "things" (don't know the name of that in English sorry) where you could put your clothes and your stuff and even sit on it. There were 2 mirrors (1 in the bathroom and 1 in the closet). There was also an alarm clock, an iron and a phone. I HATED that I found a "Holy Bible" in one of the little desks next to the bed!!!! you know, I'm not religious AT ALL and that bothered me, because it made me feel like I was in a conservative atmosphere or like... I don't know, but it made me feel out of place and bothered me, and it freaked me out!!! I HATE bibles and everything religious... so if the staff of the Hampton Inn reads this... please take those freaky bibles out of the rooms and stop making your guests feel uncomfortable with that... That's pretty much it. Outside of my room, the hotel was nice (have seen them much better but it was fancy especially for Buffalo!!), the walls and doors were white with gold numbers. It didn't smell very good... except because of that, it was nice. The elevators only work with your room keys. The staff was polite, especially the boys at the front desk, they were young and polite... in the morning though there were 2 young girls that definitely weren't near as professional and polite (one was laughing and talking to her friend on the phone... not that I care at all, just maybe some people wouldn't find that very serious). Outside, the hotel looks like brick color. The entrance and front desk and lobby aren't anything impressive at all, they're kinda small, so don't expect anything big or super nice or spectacular. Housekeeping is available 'til 2pm and the people from housekeeping will knock your door and shout "housekeeping!!!" and try to open it several times (unless you have locked it and they can't) at any time if you don't leave the "do not disturb" thing in your door LOL. If they can't enter they will leave you a bag with towels and such at your door. Also everyday I think they would leave 1 or 2 newspapers at your door in the morning. The hotel wasn't super fancy but it was fancy... for Buffalo, definitely it doesn't get any better than this!!! The city of Buffalo was such a dark, dull, sunless and super cold place with no people in the streets no matter what time it was and even downtown... what a nightmare!!!!
from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Hampton Inn for Valentines Day weekend, Feb 10-12. I booked a jacuzzi room for my boyfriend and I. Check in went smoothly and as I going up to the room, I was curious as to what it would look like being that I have stayed in many jacuzzi rooms, needless to say, the jacuzzi was huge. The room was a decent size and had a view of the parking lot (fine with me). I have to say that I have no complaints except one, (parking). We personally got lucky finding a space before they were all taken,but some poor man was sitting in his truck for about an hour waiting for someone to leave so that he could park. I loved the fact that my favorite bar was only a half of block. The restaurant on the corner was excellent, not to mention there is subway and other close places to eat. I would absolutely stay here again.
In agreement about the noise levels!
from A TripAdvisor Member
The hotel itself was satisfactory... polite employees, roomy but average hotel rooms, breakfast in the morning - but as another reviewer commented, the noise level at the hotel, from within and without, was unacceptable. The hotel is located directly in the entertainment district (mostly twenty-somethings until the bars close at 4am!)and I agree that the walls & windows do not seem to be insulated from noise well enough.
We have travelled to Buffalo several times now, and usually stay at The Mansion on Delaware Avenue (which was sold out when we tried to reserve for this trip). The Mansion hotel is only a few blocks from the Hampton Inn, but seems worlds away from the noise and hullabaloo! We will simply have to reserve farther in advance for The Mansion hotel(which we love!) the next time we visit Buffalo!
Noise on the 2nd floor
We stayed at this property on Saturday February 11th, with friends to attend the Shea's Performing Arts Theatre. The front desk staff were very professional, very helpful, though I was asked to sign two separate documents stating that I would be quite after 11:00PM? As we are not loud guests, I had no problem with the request. We went to our adjoining rooms to unpack (no shared access between rooms), when we began to notice voices coming through the opposite adjoining rooms, we quickly became aware that the rooms on the 2nd floor overlooking Chippewa Ave were not sound proofed - it would appear that the walls that separate the rooms may very well be aluminium studs - not brick walls - thus the need to insure that you agree to be quite after 11:00PM. The rooms are very clean and a very good size, the only concern was the ceiling outtake air vent, we could smell food being prepared - we were not certain where this was coming from, but the smell was found in both rooms. At 2:00AM both rooms were awaken by loud guests rooming the hall ways - security was quick to take care of the loud party problem, but we should have thought about the 11:00PM noise curfew document that I signed... the partiers on Chippewa Ave did not sign the same agreement,all night long we all had to listen to the noise from the street - perhaps we should not have stayed on the 2nd floor? The breakfast room was very clean and the items made available were very good, a nice start to a long drive home. Overall, the property is nicely positioned in downtown Buffalo, the recreation facilities are very good, the rooms are very clean and the staff are very professional, the only concern is the noise that carries between rooms, hallways and the outside corridor on Chippewa Ave.
Lived up to its good reviews
I booked this hotel based on prior reviews. I was very pleased to find it exceeded my expectations.
The hotel was spotless, their staff was friendly, efficient and helpful. The parking was plentiful and free. The location was good in terms of nearby restaurants. Located right in downtown Buffalo, it was a short walk to the free streetcar service that takes you straight to the HSBC arena.
Their free continental breakfast was fresh and hot with 3 different coffees to choose from a la Starbucks (which is across the street, by the way).
Although I didn't use it, they had an attractive pool and gym area.
Our room was huge! Way more space than two people needed. Everything worked. We had in-room free hi speed internet.
I would definitely recommend this hotel and would stay here again.
Loved this Hotel!!
I stayed here for two nights and was really impressed. I live near buffalo and stay downtown a few night a year. The staff was very welcoming and gave a great overview of the hotel at check-in. The room I stayed in was clean and spacious. There were three restaurants to choose from in the hotel in addition to the free breakfast in the morning. Was able to check my e-mail in their business center that had 2 computers with free high-speed internet. Have stayed in a few other hotels downtown before and this was the only one with free gated parking. Overall great location and would stay again!
from A TripAdvisor Member
My wife, infant son and I stayed at the hotel Friday night December 9th for the U2 show. We brought 2 good friends with us to watch our son while we attended the U2 show. I thought this hotel was beautiful. I saw three different rooms. Ours was a Jacuzzi suite, my sisters room had a corner fireplace and we reserved a room for our babysitting friends. All three rooms were exceptional. Spacious, the decor, the beds were extremely comfortable. The shower was great and bathroom was big.
I have stayed at many hotels in Upstate NY and this was the best by far. I have stayed at the Flamingo in the heart of Las Vegas and I liked this Hampton better. The Staff was very nice. We did not get a chance to eat at any of the restaurants, enjoy the pool area (very beautiful) nor use the workout facility as time with our son was very tight. I will recommend this hotel to anyone with a trip to Buffalo in mind. I loved it. I won't stay anywhere else when I come to Buffalo again.
My husband and I stayed one night and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had a room with a corner fireplace which was wonderful for Buffalo in December! The bathroom was HUGE with a separate shower and jacuzzi tub. There's an indoor pool and hot tub. The workout facilities were nice too from what we saw. The lobby is very inviting and the restaurant choices in the hotel were convenient.
The only complaint I think we would have is the limited parking. The hotel was packed for the U2 show that night and the parking lot was full so we had to park on the street. The spots were reserved for hotel guests but it still would be nice to have more parking, but we dp realize the city has limited space for such a thing.
This would never keep us from staying there again. We highly recommend this property.
Great location in downtown Buffalo with free parking & breakfast. Starbucks, Subway, and a number of eclectic eateries are within a block. Staff very friendly. Hotel very clean and welcoming. Room was large and immaculate. Building is interesting as it used to be a bank. Rennovation seems to have been very recent.
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