Behind the scenes: The Curtiss Hotel

Posted at 11:57 AM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 14:49:02-05

A local developer is bringing glitz and glamour to Buffalo with a new five-star boutique hotel.

Step inside the Curtiss Hotel, and when it's done, developer Mark Croce believes you'll be stepping into a new standard of luxury.

"The beds, the rooms, the views, everything about this property is second to none," Croce told 7 Eyewitness news anchor Jeff Russo. "Every amenity that you can possibly imagine has been incorporated into this property."

The $20 million project is a complete restoration of the Historic Harlow C. Curtiss building at 210 Franklin Street in Downtown Buffalo. Croce says when the building was built in 1912, it preceded City Hall built in 1923.

While many of the original features of the building have been preserved, it's the new additions that will likely turn the most heads. Some of the highlights include indoor-outdoor hot springs, and a roof top patio bar with a year round enclosure that was designed specifically to five people a panoramic view of downtown Buffalo, Croce explains.

Inside you'll find 68 upscale rooms, each with marble bathrooms, high end showers, and cutting edge technology that will give the guest the ability to say goodbye to the traditional room key.

"You don't have a key card anymore, you can program your smart phone, send the code right to your phone, and it opens your door," Croce said.

Guests will also enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, free valet parking, and a three meal restaurant and lounge that even includes a rotating bar.

"You have to go to Manhattan to see another revolving bar," said Croce. "We wanted to bring one to Western New York and bring back the Chez Ami. This restaurant is going to be named the Chez Ami, and the lounge area is going to have a revolving bar just like it did back in the 1940s."

Croce says if celebrities come to town, this is where they are going to party.

Rates for the Curtiss are expected to run around $200 a night, and up to $700 for the presidential suite.

Curitss Hotel is expected to open in June.