STAMFORD, Conn. (September 23, 2016) – Westin Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. (NYSE:HOT), today announced the opening of The Westin Buffalo in partnership with the hotel’s owner and operator, Delaware North. Located in the heart of the resurging downtown Buffalo, the newly-built Westin hotel is the brand’s first in the city and is poised to introduce a new level of wellness to travelers in the destination.
“With the revival of downtown Buffalo and new energy in the city, we are thrilled to introduce a unique wellness proposition for business and leisure travelers, as only Westin can,” said Bob Jacobs, Vice President of Brand Management, North America, Westin Hotels & Resorts. “From our iconic Heavenly Bed to our Gear Lending partnership with New Balance, we look forward to having guests leave The Westin Buffalo feeling better than when they arrived.”
With 116 well-appointed guestrooms and suites, The Westin Buffalo is thoughtfully-designed with a focus on biophilia, which suggests that a connection to nature enhances well-being. The colors found in nature inspired the sophisticated palette, of soft, earthy hues and art reflecting natural scenes. Meandering pathways guide guests through the public spaces, building on the idea that there are no straight lines in nature. The design also includes an extension of the brand’s Vertical Garden, which brings an innovative design approach.
All guestrooms and suites feature the world-renowned Westin Heavenly® Bed with lush sheets, down cushioning and a patented pillow-top mattress, as well as the brand’s Heavenly® Bath, Heavenly® Shower, Heavenly® Robe and White Tea Aloe bath amenities. Located at 250 Delaware Ave, the intimate, five story hotel occupies the lower half of owner and operator Delaware North’s new global headquarters. The hotel also features 7,300 square feet of versatile meeting and event space and an outdoor courtyard.
The hotel’s signature restaurant, Patina 250, offers refined cuisine with a devotion to wood-fired cooking in a casually sophisticated, lounge-like atmosphere. For more casual fare, Jake’s Café is a bistro-like setting, offering Westin brand’s signature SuperFoodsRX® menu. Both restaurants are operated by Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group.
The Westin Buffalo features the distinctive wellness programs for which the Westin brand is known, including the renowned RunWESTIN™ program that offers three- and five-mile jogging routes through scenic and historic neighborhoods as well as a state-of-the-art WestinWORKOUT® fitness studio with state-of-the-art exercise equipment from world-class brands in an open, airy and well-designed space. Additionally, the hotel is a hub for Buffalo’s new Reddy Bikeshare program, created by Independent Heath which brings 200 red bikes to Buffalo as a way to increase the health and well-being of all Western New Yorkers.
“This hotel is unlike any other in Buffalo,” said Thomas Long, General Manager, The Westin Buffalo. “With the revitalization of downtown Buffalo over the past several years, there was a real demand for a high-caliber hotel experience that, Delaware North and the Westin brand, is poised to exceed for both guests and residents in the community.”
Located at the nexus of the city’s business and entertainment districts, The Westin Buffalo is also convenient to the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and several major attractions, including the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Key Bank Center (home of the NHL Buffalo Sabres), and Canalside, Buffalo’s newly redeveloped waterfront. The hotel is easily accessible from both the New York State Thruway (I-90) and Interstate I-190 and is about 10 miles from Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF).