Yesterday’s Buffalo News has an interesting read regarding the number of new and proposed hotel rooms downtown and the taxpayer subsidies used to build and renovate them in light of sluggish demand. One of the biggest beneficiaries has been the Hyatt Regency hotel at Main and Huron streets. The Hyatt was given a $5.1 million State grant to assist with a comprehensive $13.5 million renovation of the nearly twenty-five year old hotel. $8 million in city-backed construction loans were also forgiven as part of the repositioning effort.
Work underway is the first top-to-bottom renovation since the hotel, which cost $41 million to build, opened in February 1984. Lobbies and public spaces are being updated. The previously brass and mirrored main lobby area has been renovated (above).
The hotel is giving up on having a bar off the atrium facing Main Street. A fitness center, currently under construction, will replace the Genesee Bar.
All 396 rooms are also in line for a make-over to reposition the hotel in the competitive downtown hospitality market. Guest-room renovations include new bedding, furniture, curtains, wall coverings and artwork (sample board above). Bathrooms will get new fixtures as well.
The hotel, owned by Paul L. Snyder Sr.’s West Genesee Hotel Associates, has looked extremely dated in recent years. Your tax dollars hard at work.