The Hawes Suite at Prospect House

House - Private room · Prospect Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201, United States

A comfortable and distinctive suite in our historic 1869 Prospect House awaits you. Perfect for couples, families, or travelers looking to spread out. With a private attached living room overlooking the gorgeous street, and morning light.

The Space

Welcome to Prospect House, an 1869 brick Italianate mansion in Buffalo's West Village Historic District! The Hawes Suite is on the second floor of our 3-story home, offering both a large bedroom and attached living/working space. With a comfortable Queen-size bed, dresser, rocking chair, and storage shelves in the bedroom, you will be able to make yourself at home. The living/working room is attached directly to the bedroom via a pair of French doors, opening into a historical space with big arched windows overlooking the beautiful homes across the street. Here you can rest, relax, watch a movie, play the charmingly out-of-tune piano, or work at the table.

There are two other rooms currently available in our house:
History Room:

Writer's Suite:

We love our neighborhood, which is full of incredible Civil War-era brick homes, and is a five minute walk from architectural wonders like City Hall, Louis Sullivan's Guaranty Building, Shea's Theater, and the newly-renovated Statler Towers. Easy access to the 190/Thruway only three blocks away. (Personalized tours of our historic district neighborhood, downtown Buffalo, the grain elevators, or other historic sites are available for a small fee). Ours is an eclectic 3-story Italianate, filled with local art and unique spaces that you won't find elsewhere. You'll be charmed by its original wood floors, curved banister, pocket doors, and soapstone mantels.

Prospect is a wide avenue, and free alternate-side street parking is available! We can help direct you to easy nearby public transportation or even lend you bicycles! Buffalo benefits from the country's first interconnected Olmsted Park system, which is well-maintained and much beloved today. Frederick Law Olmsted called Buffalo "America's best-planned city" with its radial grid pattern of streets, making it easy to find your way around.

We'll supply you with maps, local guides, and plenty of recommendations for good food, shopping, independent art and cultural experiences, and more! We're excited to share our BuffaLove with you and help you enjoy your stay in the "Queen City of the Lakes".

Guest Access

Feel free to head downstairs to sit at the dining room table or lounge in the living room with cozy couches and gas fireplace; we have plenty of books to read!

We provide continental breakfast supplies in the first-floor kitchen, included in your room rate, so you can fuel up before you head out to explore our interesting neighborhood, downtown architecture, a conference, sporting events or shopping. The shared kitchen is available for your use (please be conscious of vegetarians in the house), as is space in the refrigerator to store your food purchases and leftovers.

The second-floor bathroom is shared with two other guest rooms on the floor, but they are not always occupied.

Interaction with Guests

My husband Jon and I manage the AirBnB listings in the house- we share use of the first floor common areas with our guests. I will likely be the one to greet you when you arrive. We're good conversationalists but also like to give guests their space and privacy.

We're eco-friendly, avid urban cyclists and gardeners who are engaged in civic life in our city. I am an artist/historian and Jon is a graphic designer; we'll help you navigate Buffalo- both its past and its present!

The Neighborhood

Our neighborhood, the West Village Historic District, is absolutely full of amazing brick and wood homes dating back to the 1860s-1890s. Just a stroll around the streets will get you inspired and amazed. Buffalo is full of incredible architecture and beautiful, friendly neighborhoods, but ours is closest to downtown and all the transit options one may need.

Getting around

The city bus to Niagara Falls is one block away, the Megabus/Greyhound bus station is twelve blocks away, and the Amtrak train station is fifteen blocks away. Should you need transport to/from the airport on a weekday, there is a #204 special City bus, for $2.50 that will bring you downtown via the highway; ask to be let off at Franklin and Chippewa. Otherwise, between 6am-12pm, the regular #24 Genesee bus will get you downtown; get off at Ellicott and Chippewa and walk nine blocks west on Chippewa; then turn right at the large church called "Evergreen Commons".

Other Things to Note

We make a number of basic amenities available to our guests: soap and shampoo in each bathroom, a hair blow-dryer and iron/ironing board (available on request), and many local books and magazines to read in your downtime. We provide tourist brochures for many local attractions, and maps of the region.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $430 /week
Monthly Price: $1400 /month
Security Deposit: $95
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Dana and Jon were lovely! The house is old but charming, and I was really comfortable in my room. Very private and warm (I kept the door to the attached living room closed to trap in some extra heat, but I'm weird and like nearly sauna-like conditions). And the "charmingly out of tune" piano was a plus - totally playable; it actually sounded quite alright! The cats were very sweet and I enjoyed them, and I'm generally not a huge fan of cats. My only quibble was that the Internet was a bit slow and spotty. Other than that, a solid stay in Buffalo.

    April 2014
  • Our stay at The Hawes Suite at Prospect House was great and Dana was a wonderful host! The room was huge and had a nice living space with a couch and TV. It provided the perfect space to work and relax. The neighborhood was quiet and street parking was easy, even if arriving late in the evening.

    March 2014
  • Amazing hosts, fun cats, board games. A big thank you to everyone for having us over.

    February 2014
  • I enjoyed very much my stay in the Hawes Suite. The bed is very comfy and the room was super warm even if it was snowing outside. The suite is super big if you want to hang out, too.

    The house in general is great, with a nice kitchen to cook and a living room with a fireplace that is just HEAVEN !

    The hosts are great too ! Having a fun conversation, sharing tips to get around Buffalo and find nice places to eat, you name it !

    I definetely recommend the Hawes Suite and the Prospect House, awesome place and hosts !

    February 2014
  • As a first-time AirBnB user, I wasn't sure what to expect when I signed up for the site. However, after staying with Dana and her husband, I'll definitely use AirBnB in the future!!

    My boyfriend and I stayed over for two nights, and thoroughly enjoyed the Hawes Suite. It was cozy (a real plus, considering how cold Upstate New York is in the winter), spacious, comfortable, and private. Several friendly critters (a fluffy tiger-black cat and a reserved pooch) are welcome contributors to the ambiance of Dana's home--as was the fireplace downstairs!

    The plants throughout the house, as well as the artwork, antiques, and architectural personality definitely outclass any corporate hotel and were intriguing to look at and admire.

    Dana was very flexible and understanding with our shifting arrival time, and had a number of great cultural, culinary, and historical recommendations that enriched our trip to Buffalo.

    If I was a frequent traveler to Buffalo, I'd definitely stay here again! :)

    February 2014
  • The Hawes Suite, Prospect House, and Dana are the jam! I was in Buffalo for work and hadn't booked a place to stay until late in the evening. Dana was more than accommodating and the space was awesome! I'll be staying here the next time I visit Buffalo!

    December 2013
  • Great stay!

    November 2013
  • Amazing place, really beautiful inside and gives off a vintage feeling. Came late at night and had to leave early in morning so did not have the opportunity to truly see it's daytime beauty. Spacious, parking and old town neighborhood not far from downtown feel. Would definitely come back to rest my head for business and pleasure in Buffalo. See you some time in future :)

    November 2013
  • Dana and Jon were very welcoming! We got a good recommendation for dinner right away that was exactly what we were looking for. We didn't cross paths for the rest of the stay, but the room and bathroom were comfortable and well appointed, and we made ourselves a continental breakfast each morning in the kitchen. The house is situated on a lovely block full of other Civil War-era houses, and the location was convenient both to downtown architectural sights and Elmwood Village restaurants. We highly recommend staying here!

    October 2013
  • Always enjoy this place!!

    October 2013
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BFA in Studio Art, minor in Art History
Self-Employed at Old Time Roots, Professional Historical Research
I am a professional historian, artist and preservation activist. I research properties, family histories, and work on a number of social justice causes. I've lived in Buffalo for five years, and consider it my adopted hometown. It has a lot to fall in love with: the incredibly friendly and open people, the vibrant and accessible arts scene, the historic architecture, the local food, and the ease of getting around. My husband Jon is a graphic designer and screenprinter who knows a lot about bicycles, gardening, and is an incredible home cook. We will welcome you into our home and share whatever you'd like to know about Buffalo. We look forward to hosting a variety of interesting guests, and hopefully making a few friendships along the way!
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