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Hilton Garden Inn Nears Opening – Capping Redevelopment of Tishman Building

The 124-room Hilton Garden Inn at 10 Lafayette, the remade Tishman Building, is nearly complete and is scheduled to open on Wednesday.  Signs for the hotel were recently installed at the top of the south facade.

Repurposed by the Hamister Group, the 174,400-square-foot building contains the Hilton Garden Inn, 18 market-rate apartments on the fifteenth through seventeenth floors, and Hamister Group’s corporate offices on the top three floors. Hamister Group’s sign is being installed on the Main Street side of the building.  Carmina Wood Morris designed the building makeover and R & P Oak Hill managed the construction. The project carries a $41 million price tag.

10719246_10205231423769805_1227016459_nThe hotel lobby is located in the corner of the building fronting both the square and Main Street with an opening between the first and second floors. A drop-off area for hotel guests was constructed along the Lafayette Square side of the building. The porte-cochere and bump-out were designed as to not interfere with the Main Street re-traffic project. Valet parking is provided to building guests and occupants.

There is a lounge and bar run by the hotel on the first floor with outdoor seating along Main Street. Additionally, there is a full service restaurant and bar on the second floor along with lounge space. Conference rooms are located on the third level. A fitness center and pool, available to all of the building’s tenants, is located in the basement.

The offices and residences have their own lobby off of Lafayette Square.

There are six units on each of the residential floors: four one-bedroom and two, two-bedroom apartments. They have nine foot ceilings, an in-unit laundry, hand-scraped hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.

The one-bedroom units range in size from 680 to 886 sq.ft. and the two-bedroom units are 1,465 to 1,810 sq.ft. Rents range from $1,250 to $2,800 depending on unit type and floor.  Just five of the one-bedroom units remain unleased.

Residents have access to the hotel amenities such as room service and housekeeping at an additional cost.

The Hamister Group currently owns and operates four hotels in Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi, three Assisted Living Facilities in Western New York and Rochester, and a home health agency in Potsdam, NY. The firm is also planning a mixed-use project in downtown Niagara Falls and recently purchased a Ramada hotel in Jamestown.

The Garden Inn is the second hotel to open downtown this year. Courtyard by Marriott opened its 102 rooms at One Canalside in May. Two Three hotels are under construction: the 205-room Marriott HARBORCENTER, a 120-room hotel in 250 Delaware, and Mark Croce’s 67-room boutique hotel in the Curtiss Building.

Get Connected: Elaina Samec, Hilton Garden Inn Director of Sales, 716.839.4000


Photos by Elias Benavides

Written by WCPerspective


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