Upstate New York
by Lisa A. GrimaldiApril 1, 2012
Upstate New York offers a wealth of options for group events, ranging from shimmering resorts to historic cities. Buffalo (pictured), for example, is sprucing up its meeting offerings, adding hotels and revitalizing its downtown and the Erie Canal Harbor entertainment and dining district.
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The Buffalo Niagara Convention Center has undergone a $7 million facelift. Among the enhancements are a new façade and renovations to the 64,400-square-foot exhibit hall. The center has a total of 110,000 square feet of meeting space.
A 96-room Courtyard by Marriott will open in the former Donovan State Office Building. The property, which will occupy three floors of the building, is set to open late next year. At press time, details on meeting space were not yet available.
The 396-room Hyatt Regency Buffalo, connected to the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, recently completed a $15 million renovation. Included in the project were the addition of the Spa Alexis and an indoor rooftop pool. The property's guest rooms, 21,000 square feet of meeting and event space, and all public areas were upgraded as well.
The Embassy Suites Buffalo has added 29 guest rooms, bringing its total room count to 182. The property has eight meeting rooms.
The historic former Hotel Lafayette currently is under renovation. Scheduled to reopen by year's end, the revamped building will feature restaurants, shops and a boutique hotel with 30 guest rooms.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House is approaching the completion of a $50 million restoration. The Prairie-style complex remains open for tours during construction.