Marriott opens, completes final piece of HARBORCenter puzzle

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Nearly three years to the day the deal for development was signed, the final piece of the puzzle is in place at HARBORCenter as the Marriott opens.

“It’s only three years, but at the same time it has been three years and a tremendous three years,” Stan Makowski Jr., Sabres vice president of arena operations, said. “It was really tough to visualize and grasp and understand so now today we get to do that and understand that.”

The latest hotel to open in downtown Buffalo boasts a modern millennial concept, the first of its kind anywhere in the country.

“This isn’t a free standing hotel in downtown buffalo. This building is so unique being attached to Harbor center and the two NHL ice rinks,” Huseyin Taran, Marriott at HARBORCenter general manager, said. “I think this is total, total different than any hotel in the united states.”

The Marriott at HARBORCenter is part of the more than $200 million project funded by Terry and Kim Pegula, owners of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres. The Marriott has 19 floors with 205 rooms, with the going rates starting at $219 and up per night. The most expensive room rings in at $1,500 each night.

“We want people to come here feeling like they’re in a cutting edge property, but know they’re in Buffalo,” Makowski said.

That shows, through the artwork Kim Pegula picked out herself and the design layouts offering panoramic views from each room.

“Buffalo is a great place. We’re proud of Buffalo — Kim and Terry are proud and want to make sure others share that,” Makowski explained.

The theme is that HARBORCenter is the place for everyone to stay and play, whether they’re visiting Buffalo or are lifelong western New Yorkers.

“Kim and Terry Pegula didn’t build HARBORCenter just to build HARBORCenter,” Mackowski said. “I hope this is a big step forward, but yet leads to more development and momentum.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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