619 Lafayette Ave, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA
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InnBuffaloWhy we love it: A lovingly restored Victorian B&B in the heart of artsy Elmwood Village
- Stunning original details like gold-leaf ceilings and 100-year-old tapestries
- Remarkably quiet guest suites
- A prime location in one of Buffalo’s coolest neighborhoods
Amid the cafés, bars, and bookstores that dominate Elmwood Village stands InnBuffalo, occupying a Victorian mansion built for inventor and industrialist H. H. Hewitt in 1898. Modern-day owners Joe and Ellen Lettieri bought the property at a foreclosure auction in 2012, then lovingly restored it, unveiling vintage details like 22-karat gold-leaf ceilings, hand-painted stencils, lavish wood paneling, and 100-year-old tapestries and silk damask. They also worked with antique dealers to recover elements like mantels and sconces that had been sold off over the years, and a local woman donated one of the house’s original chandeliers, which now hangs in the master suite.
Opened in 2015, InnBuffalo dazzles guests with a blend of period elegance and modern conveniences. Its nine suites are quiet and cozy, with hardwood floors, luxurious linens, Keurig coffeemakers, and Acca Kappa bath amenities from Italy. Some even have heated marble floors and deep-soaking tubs in the bathrooms. Every morning, guests can head to the dining room for a home-cooked breakfast of scones, berry parfaits, and hot items before exploring the surrounding neighborhood.