A SUMP­TU­OUS SECTIONING

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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.

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