Opened this summer, the Curtiss Hotel feels like a passion project. Mark Croce, the developer and restaurateur behind Statler City and Buffalo Chophouse, spared no expense in reviving the former Harlow C. Curtiss Office Building, designed by Paul F. Mann in 1912.
Each of the 68 rooms — from the standard king to the presidential suite — are outfitted with touchscreens outside that act as “Do Not Disturb’”signs and doorbells, and smart technology inside that opens the curtains and turns on the light as guests enter. The Veraview touchscreen on the bedside table allows guests to order amenities, including Italian-imported linens and essential oils for a relaxing bath.
Meanwhile, Chez Ami, the upscale restaurant on the ground floor inspired by the former Delaware Avenue supper club of the same name, is already earning high marks. Its revolving bar completes one revolution per hour, pausing briefly to allow the bartenders to exit and return before moving again. The restaurant’s outdoor patio, with bistro tables imported from France, is a beautiful spot to enjoy its housemade pasta; the four-season patio is refreshing, as it embraces Buffalo’s winter weather, rather than shying away from it.
From the rooftop lounge, you can take in a stunning panoramic view of the city and gather around an oversized fire pit. And, on the ground level, you can enter the hot springs spa from inside and move outside into the courtyard.
The hotel also offers a fitness center and a men’s salon operated by Leon Studio One, which marks a return to downtown for the 33-year-old business. “When you walk into a salon, it’s still 90 percent women, but now men get all kinds of ‘women’s services’ — manicures, gray blending, color,” says owner Leon Tringali. “This is for men who want that niche, that true salon experience where he can feel comfortable.”
From the gorgeous glazed terra cotta exterior to small details, like the copper flatware at Chez Ami and the original six-floor mail chute in the ground-level historic corridor, there’s a lot to discover at the Curtiss. Time for a staycation?