On a recent trip to New York, my 7 year old daughter and I spent 8 nights at the Barton Hill Hotel in Lewiston. The hotel facade is impressive–the stone is appealing and really sets the Barton Hill apart from chain hotels. You know you’re in for something unique right from the first glance. I believe that the hotel is named after the home of the owner, Ed Finkbeiner, a charming, handsome man with sparkling blue eyes.
The lobby is fabulous, both posh and comfy it struck my Southern self as very New England-y. The floors are beautiful, the furniture comfy and everything is immaculately clean. The front desk staff are professional and wonderful. They were quick to help when asked, for example: When it was time to check in online for our departing flights, I asked if I might print out our boarding passes and the young woman at the desk didn’t bat an eye, she simply said yes and offered to do it for me.
The bar is well stocked and evenings offer a chance to belly up and request anything from a Martini to a Shirley Temple (with lots of attention from the Cherry Fairy). The Niagara region is excellent for growing grapes and the local wines are highly recommended.
The rooms are…roomy! I was duly impressed by the size of our room as well as the furnishings, sumptuous linens and the fully tiled bathroom. Again, it is all very New England-y with dark, dark wood, earth toned paints and spare but plush furniture. The housekeeping staff provides as expected with the extra option of a nightly turn down service. The rooms have large, flat-panel televisions and fireplaces that don’t burn anything except electricity but provide the proper ambiance. (I thought the fireplace was fascinating, actually.) We had a great view of the Niagara River from our room. Some rooms have balconies and if you enjoy a private, outdoor sitting area with a view then book one of those.
Breakfast is complimentary, plentiful and good. In addition to the expected things such as coffee, OJ and pastries, there are hot eggs and bacon, fruit salad and yogurt. Lunch and supper are by reservation and the service and kitchen staff are uber professional. The food is great, the menu small enough to keep you from getting bogged down with a million options and the size also lets you know that you are getting a freshly prepared, personally attended to meal.
The Barton Hill Hotel is just a few minutes from Niagara Falls, Niagara University and the Lewiston-Niagara Bridge which takes you into Canada. Niagara-on-the-Lake is just over the bridge.
Lewiston is tidy and quaint and the main street is within easy walking distance of the hotel. The small town hosts many festivals throughout the year and is brimming with great little stores, cafes and bakeries. You can also take a jet boat tour just down the hill from the hotel or go fishing in the Niagara River.
Our stay at the Barton Hill was a wonderful experience and one that I highly recommend to anyone headed to the Niagara region of New York.