The Best Hotels in Rochester, New York, for Every Traveler

Rochester, New York, has seen a renaissance in recent years
Rochester, New York, has seen a renaissance in recent years | © Paul Brady / Alamy Stock Photo
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17 December 2020

History surrounds Rochester, from the Erie Canal to the home of photography pioneer George Eastman. However, in recent decades, the city has seen a renaissance, with a booming food and drink scene. Meanwhile, the countryside on the edge of the Finger Lakes, a picture of Upstate New York tranquility, is home to countless wineries. Here’s our pick of the best hotels in Rochester – from sleek downtown properties with rooftop bars to cozy B&Bs set in acres of canalside gardens.

The Strathallan Rochester Hotel and Spa – a DoubleTree by Hilton

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Part of Hilton’s DoubleTree portfolio, the Strathallan is a friendly place with classically stylish rooms. Choose a suite for sweeping city views, or visit the rooftop bar Hattie’s to enjoy an expertly crafted cocktail overlooking the Genesee River. The hotel’s central location makes it perfect for exploring downtown – don’t miss the Memorial Art Gallery and Rochester Museum & Science Center.

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Inn on Broadway

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Each of the Inn on Broadway’s 25 rooms is uniquely decorated, but they all share a timeless elegance that manifests in details such as dark wood four-poster beds, freestanding soaking tubs and red marble bathrooms. The star of the show, though, is the on-site restaurant, Tournedos, which ranks among Rochester’s finest steakhouses and is the only one in Upstate New York to age its beef in-house – try the wagyu rib with lobster tail.

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Dartmouth House

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Sitting pretty in Rochester’s leafy Park Avenue neighborhood, Dartmouth House has just six guest rooms, lending a homey feel to the place. Persian rugs and understated four-poster beds add an air of luxury to the rooms, and breakfast beside a roaring log fire is a superb way to start a chilly morning. However, the real draw here is the location, within walking distance of the George Eastman Museum and the attractive Cobb’s Hill Park.

Woodcliff Hotel and Spa

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Embodying the upscale feel, peacefulness and natural beauty associated with Upstate New York, Woodcliff Hotel and Spa sits beside the forests and hiking trails of the Horizon Hill Conservation Area. Whatever your aesthetic style, you’ll find a room to suit your taste here – pick between suites with art deco, Asian, NYC loft or Victorian design elements. Meanwhile, the on-site restaurant, Horizons, is a similarly cosmopolitan affair, offering dishes such as kimchi udon noodles, pulled-pork poutine, and Spanish cod.

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  • The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel and Spa

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    History echoes throughout the pleasant town of Pittsford – settled in 1789 and set around the Erie Canal. Atmospheric murals of the canal adorn the walls of the contemporary guest rooms in this lodge-like hotel, while you can explore it up close on the Erie Canal Heritage Trail. This path is steps away from the door and takes in pieces of history such as the Sam Patch Tour Boat, a replica of those that plied the canal in the 1800s.

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    Genesee Country Inn

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    Occupying 8 acres (3ha) of lawns, mill ponds and creekside gardens, this charming B&B has a friendly family atmosphere, courtesy of owners Richard and Deborah. The cozy rooms each feature personal design touches, such as antique 1930s furniture, four-poster beds with wooden steps and rich wood wall panels. A short walk away is the Genesee Country Village and Museum, where exhibits and actors in costume vividly re-enact 19th-century local life, displaying quilting, wool spinning and other handicrafts.

    RIT Inn and Conference Center

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    This professional hotel, just off I-90, promises a comfortable contemporary stay south of Rochester. HBO’s best movies and TV shows are at your fingertips, and there’s a large desk on hand so that you can keep on top of work during your stay. The sauna, whirlpool, two swimming pools and gym mean that there’s no need to skip your workout, either. The hotel’s herb garden supplies the Charades Restaurant, where specialties include the Cajun shrimp skewers and cedar-plank salmon.

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    These recommendations were updated on December 17, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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