Located in southwestern New York, this historic hotel, built in 1868, has played host to dignitaries including President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The property, which has been renovated several times, pays homage to the town’s railroad history with train track murals, old black-and-white photos, and two train-themed drinking and dining venues.
The onsite restaurant, Engine 132, serves classic American cuisine for dinner every Friday night. Try the signature slow roasted prime rib or parmesan encrusted haddock. All-you-can-eat breakfast buffet is served on Saturday and Sunday and available to hotel guests for $5 each.
The hotel provides complimentary 24-hour shuttle service to Seneca Allegany Casino, where you can try your luck at blackjack, poker, roulette, and more than 2,000 slot machines.
Head down to the hotel’s new Side Car Piano Lounge for drinks and live music.
Three miles from the hotel, Allegany State Park offers year-round recreation including hiking, biking, fishing, and cross-country skiing.
The hotel’s 47 newly renovated guest rooms feature traditional country furnishings, private bathrooms, cable TV, complimentary local phone service, and WiFi.
Salamanca, New York: Small Town on American Indian Reservation near NY’s Largest State Park
Salamanca has the distinction of being the only U.S. city located on an American Indian Reservation—the Allegany Reservation in southwestern New York. The territory belongs to the Seneca Nation, the tribe that owns and operates the Seneca Allegany Casino three miles from the hotel. You can learn more about the tribe’s history and culture at the Seneca Iroquois National Museum, which houses a partially reconstructed longhouse, colorful beadwork, and carvings. The Salamanca Antiques Mall on Main Street showcases a fascinating collection of wares—more than 1,000 vendors gather here to sell one-of-a-kind glassware, rocking chairs, and vintage books.
No trip to this area is complete without a visit to Allegany State Park, the largest park in the state. Covering more than 65,000 acres, it’s home to forested trails, fishing lakes, and historic buildings such as the Tudor-style Red House. You can see bears and white-tailed deer near the beaver ponds located directly south of here.