Hotel Henry is open! The former Buffalo State Asylum is being transformed in to something incredible. And the urban resort is just the beginning…
The hotel sits on the Richardson Olmsted Complex and occupies the towers (also known as Building 45) which are centrally located among the former asylum campus. With the entire complex being redeveloped in phases, the hotel and conference center is only the beginning (see the Master Plan here). The complex began coming to fruition in 1872 and opened in 1880 as the asylum. After 40 years of nothing, we now are seeing a whole new surge of restoration that nests among the museums and Elmwood Village.
Who is Henry?: Henry Hobson Richardson- the dude who created this gorgeous architecture design and teamed up with Frederick Law Olmsted for the complex.
Eat: 100 Acres: The Kitchen at Hotel Henry is open with breakfast and soft-opening dinner hours. Check their website for more details. Nearby in Elmwood Village, we suggest Thin Man Brewery, Squeeze Juicery, MTK, or Kuni’s.
Explore: The Hotel and center is open to the public and the Lipsey Buffalo Architecture Museum is arriving soon inside. The North Patio is outside and overlooks the main entrance of the hotel. Swanky, no?
Book your event: We were at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s big Hob Nob event and it was awesome. The party took place on three floors and people were hanging out in the lounge area, listening to live music outside and on the 4th floor, and noshing on macarons on floor 3. An awesome venue for weddings, showers, parties, conferences, and business events. We already know some people getting married there this year!
Getting in: Take Rockwell across from the Albright-Knox. Make a left on to Cleveland and *boom* the stunning entry needs no introduction. Parking on premise. The cool part here is the mix of old and modern architecture.
Things to do nearby: The hotel is in the perfect location. You have Elmwood Village which is full of restaurants and shops, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery across the street, the Buffalo History Museum, and Delaware Park all within a one mile or less radius. You can get to downtown within 15 minutes and are close to main thruways.
Tour: Get a public or private tour of the complex and learn about the history, architecture, patient life in the asylum…Richardson Olmsted Campus Tours
Good for: date night, breakfast, staycations, throwing parties, suggesting to out-of-towners