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Millennium Buffalo Hotel rolls out welcome mat to medical workers

The Millennium Buffalo Hotel in Cheektowaga is making a pitch to health care workers.

The nine-story hotel on Walden Avenue, across from the Walden Galleria, plans to offer "deeply-discounted room rates" for nurses, doctors and other medical personnel, both for overnight stays as well as just for day use, said Christine Casucci, senior catering manager.

"We have many, many clients in the health care field that have been so supportive to us over the years and we hope we can be as supportive to them now," she said.

At the same time, it will bring more guests into the 301-room hotel, which has seen occupancy plummet along with all other hotels in the region amid the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent shutdown of almost all business activity in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.

The hotel, part of the Millennium Hotels and Resorts chain, has not closed, but Casucci confirmed that it did lay off 125 workers last week, largely from its food and beverage department.

"We're looking at different avenues to bring business back into the hotel, so that we can hold onto the employees that we have and bring back the ones that we had to lay off," she said.

Casucci said she heard what a sister hotel, the Bostonian Boston, was doing for health care workers in Massachusetts, and executives decided to copy it.

"We thought that was a cool, nice idea, and we wanted to put that idea out to our medical community," Casucci said.

It's also available for medical workers coming into the region from out of town.

"That's on the forefront right now, with what the governor has been saying," Casucci said. "If those personnel are from out of town, we want to be able to provide for them."

Casucci said her general manager is still determining the rates that would be offered.

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