Rich in culture and history, Syracuse is home to fantastic cultural institutions including the Everson Museum of Art and Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology, while the surrounding countryside is an idyllic scene of maple farms, lakes and wildlife preserves. Our selection of hotels in the New York state city includes stately downtown heritage properties, down-home farmhouses, and family-run B&Bs.
With its turrets and church windows, Brewster Inn has all the character you’d expect from a property built in 1890. While the rooms have a similarly traditional design, they’re updated with contemporary comforts including Jacuzzis and gas fireplaces; some also have sweeping views over Cazenovia Lake from private sun decks. Wine lovers are in luck here: the vast cellar is home to hundreds of vintages and has even won awards.
Channeling the charm of a historic Scottish country estate, Brae Loch Inn is all tartan textiles, plush rugs and carved wood four-poster beds. Some rooms are set around cozy fireplaces, while others feature a vast Jacuzzi. In typical British style, there’s an on-site pub with haggis and Scottish smoked salmon on the menu and live music on Thursdays and Fridays.
A stone’s throw from Syracuse University, the Collegian Hotel is perfect for visiting campus – whether you’re looking around as a prospective student, visiting friends or catching some college sports. Rooms feature colorful feature walls in Syracuse orange and comfy sofas, while its kitchen suites have everything you need to self-cater. You’ll also find a cafe selling Starbucks coffee and a unique dining experience at the Salt Restaurant, where dishes are paired with different seasonings from around the world – beef tomahawk with Hawaiian red sea salt, anyone?
Living up to its name, this stylish hotel is an exercise in the American Craftsman architectural style of the 19th and 20th centuries. Organic materials meet angular geometric lines in the rustic-contemporary suites, appointed with deluxe Stickley furniture; this aesthetic continues in the Craftsman Wood Grille & Tap House, where classic New York dishes like buffalo wings and beef-on-weck sandwiches are on offer alongside a wide range of craft beers.
Dating all the way back to 1854, Red Fox Run is a rustic farmhouse with a queen bedroom, comfy living room and a kitchen area where you can prepare wholesome meals using farm-reared produce such as fresh eggs and maple syrup – the farmhouse breakfast basket is an unbeatable way to start the day. Life-affirming country activities nearby include bass fishing and sailing in Cazenovia Lake, hiking and horseback riding in Highland Forest and touring apple and pumpkin farms.
A charming B&B set in a cute country house to the northwest of Syracuse, the Roselea is the pride and joy and namesake of owner Roselea and her husband. They tend the house and grounds and cook delicious breakfasts, lending a warm, family atmosphere to the place; Roselea’s knitting and embroidery make an appearance in the homey guestrooms. The waterfront walking trails of Beaver Lake are just a couple of miles away, as is the Three Rivers wildlife reserve.
As befits a hotel with such a presidential name, Jefferson Clinton Suites is an elegant property with a long history, having originally been built in 1927. With a great location in Armory Square, the hotel is perfect for exploring downtown Syracuse, with the Museum of Science and Technology and the beautiful Landmark Theatre both on the doorstep. Back at the hotel, the traditional rooms promise a comfortable stay, with Wii and Xbox consoles available on request.
Welcoming visitors since 1835, Lincklaen House is a sanctuary of tradition in the heart of Cazenovia. Rooms retain their 19th-century atmosphere but have modern conveniences including, in the suites, kitchenettes and Jacuzzi bathtubs. Dining is a lavish affair, particularly on Sundays, when a famous brunch buffet includes all the bacon, burritos and Bloody Marys you can wolf down, while the wood-beamed Tavern is a cozy spot for dinner and drinks.