A SUMPTUOUS SECTIONING
THERE ARE PLENTY OF MODERN, SUMPTUOUS HOTELS THAT LED PREVIOUS LIVES as varied as prisons (Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet) and monasteries (Belmond Hotel Monasterio in Peru), and now, a new hotel in a historic building in Buffalo, New York will offer guests five-star asylum. Built in the 1870s as the Buffalo State Asylum for the Insane, the sanatorium closed in the 1970s after falling into a state of disrepair, but embarked on a new path to rejuvenation in 2013, when the abandoned building began an extensive renovation as the Richardson Olmsted Campus. This so-called “urban resort” includes the newly opened Hotel Henry, an 88-room property that mixes intricate Romanesque architecture with contemporary style in a soothing palette of greys and greens. With F&B outlets including 100 Acres and boutique cocktail haunt The Lounge and North Patio, it’s tipped to become one of the city’s hottest destinations, and arguably the first time in over a century that you can check into the building without your reasoning being questioned.