Lofts on Pearl Adds to Lodging Options Downtown

Downtown has a new boutique hotel, the second for businessman Earl Ketry.  Pearl Street Grill owner Ketry converted the Webb Lofts building on Pearl Street from apartments to a 32-unit hotel, Lofts on Pearl.  The hotel welcomed its first guests in mid-November.

The one and two-bedroom hotel suites have a full kitchen and start at $169/night.

webbloftsfront2.JPGKetry also operates a banquet facility on the Webb’s first floor, Pearl @ The Webb.  This is Ketry’s second downtown hotel and second in a Rocco Termini-owned building.  He runs the 57 room Hotel  @ Lafayette which opened earlier this year. 

The $11 million, Webb Lofts project was completed in 2007.  The Richardson Romanesque J.A. Webb Building was built in 1888 and had been vacant for almost two decades before being purchased by Rocco Termini. 

Carmina Wood Morris designed the renovation plans for the building which won an Excellence in Historic Preservation Award award from The Preservation League of New York State in 2008.

Get Connected: Lofts on Pearl, 716.853.1505

417074_305466192887330_141633741_n.jpg556840_305465946220688_739443943_n.jpg381677_305543159546300_490184593_n.jpgInterior images from Lofts on Webb Facebook page.

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9 comments
Old First Ward
Old First Ward

Looking back a my comments from a couple days ago all I can say is this, hire a decorator and rethink your concept for this boutique hotel. From the limited pictures given, this place has the appeal of an overnight roadside ski lodge in Colden.

This is a beautiful late 19th century building that begs for rooms with hardwood floors, brick walls, a fireplace, an unpainted wood frame bed with legs, and period elements. Try to be unique. Add some awnings to outside first floor windows. How about a grand entryway with period wood doors or something more fitting to the era? At $170 and up per night I would certainly expect more than that. Try to deflect attention of the lovely view of the HSBC Center and wonderful parking lots, maybe add a couple small trees, currently a map is needed to find a tree.

Ketry may be good at the first floor bar and entertainment business but he needs to rethink his venture into the development of apartments and hotel spaces.

Rand503
Rand503

I have to agree. The lobby and the room don't look that interesting. If you are going to open a boutique hotel, it means that you are not part of a chain like Marriott or Hilton. You are catering to people who want a different experience, something chic or whatever.

The room prices aren't cheap, so expectations would be high.

I'm not in favor of "over the top" designing just to wow people, but surely the lobby could and should be something to write home about.

RaChaCha
RaChaCha

When is the giant Pearl Man going up on the front?

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

Those are the ugliest beds I've ever seen. The base looks like a cheap painted box and the headboard is way oversized and just plain ugly. Oh yeah the comforter looks cheap too. Maybe its really a boarding house for the drunks downstairs.

Sorry for being cruel but the only pic given looks bad.

Tim
Tim

No the apartments were fully rented. Which is weird. I'm guessing this was more lucrative and complemented the downstairs banquet business better. Would love to see the parking garage across the street get a facelift (seriously buy a few cans of paint it looks blighted) and maybe some infill next door to fill in the nice street wall. : )

millertime486
millertime486

The apartments were fully leased when the decision was made. I read that this conversion was due to noise from the banquet hall that pearl street ran downstairs. I completely agree with more affordable condos. The problem is most of these conversions utilize historic tax credits which then means they can not be condos.

dtg
dtg

Does this mean the apartments couldn't get rented out. We need some of the housing stock to be affordable condos. I know quite a few people who would consider a move downtown if they could buy. Many empty-nesters, who have already owned property, don't want to go back to renting.

flyguy
flyguy

I believe this building was originally designed by Cyrus Eidlitz, architect from NYC famous for his work on One Times Square or Times Tower in Manhattan. He had a few more Buffalo projects as well that no longer exist. Its a great building on Pearl! So good to see it back with a future. I remember the boarded up days.

elmdog
elmdog

amazing........look what a little creativity and know how can do.....Still waiting on Croce to do his Boutique on Huron and Pearl.......Why doesnt he just turn the Darcy Mcgee building into a boutique as well....We do need a hotel on that street

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