In 1905 E.M Statler decided to build, in Buffalo, a hotel unlike any other that had ever been built before. Opened in 1908, this path-breaking 300-room hotel had numerous innovations that became standard throughout the hotel industry. These included circulating ice water in each room, inside-the-door light switches, single-handled lavatory faucets, built-in bathroom elements and, most remarkably of all, a private bath room for each guest room. The original Hotel Statler was reputably the first hotel in the world with this feature.
This was not a luxury hotel, but was intended for the average businessman or tourist. Rooms that faced the street had full baths, at a rate of $2 or $3 per night, while those that faced the interior light courts had showers only, at $1.50 per night.