Niagara Gazette — The Niagara Beautification Commission has been busy lately. The organization meets monthly to discuss problem areas in the city where it can help current beautification projects under way, Spotlight Award activity and coming events.
The latest Spotlight Award was presented to the Moonlite Motel at 7811 Niagara Falls Blvd. on Aug. 19. Current owners Eddie and Marlena Mazzei greeted me in their reception area and introduced me to Marlena’s mother and former owner Laila George-Nader. Laila told me she was the owner for 25 years and would only sell to her family who were very familiar with the operation as they worked with her over the years. Eddie and Marlena took over the day-to-day duties at the start of the 2012 season. I also met their young daughter who I called “the future owner.” This is truly a family business. The family lives on premises as it is a 24-hour business and is only closed from December through March when they all recharge their batteries.
There are 21 rooms which include some non-smoking and family units as that is a good part of their business. Lodging includes free WIFI, Cable TV, a beautiful outdoor swimming pool (which their daughter enjoys daily) and a complimentary seasonal continental breakfast. You can also bring your own — there are refrigerators and microwaves in the rooms. I asked about the shuttle to the Falls and casino and they said it is free and they are on the trolley stop. There are plenty of great places to eat nearby such as one of our former’s Spotlight winners, Buzzy’s and Sophie’s Pita Place.
They recently completed a big landscape effort with beautiful flowers and they did keep Laila’s roses which have bloomed for as long as she was the owner.
While driving along the Boulevard, slow down and smell the roses. Better yet — book a room and enjoy the pool.