Boutique Hotels in Rochester

by Mary Freeman

Upstate New York's city of Rochester has few boutique hotel options. In fact, only one establishment, the Inn on Broadway, qualifies as a boutique hotel. Many other area hotels share many attributes in common with boutiques, like size and service, and may satisfy even the most discerning traveler.

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The Inn on Broadway

When it first opened in 1929, The Inn on Broadway was home to the University Club of Rochester. Today, the intimate boutique hotel caters to large events. Hotel staff will arrange rehearsal coordination, in-house floral design and welcome baskets. The hotel also has partnerships with local event-planning businesses. All of the Inn's 23 individually designed rooms cater to singles and couples, as they have only one bed. Guests choose between standard, deluxe and luxury rooms, as well as double suites. Rooms come with Egyptian cotton sheets, down comforters and imported bathroom towels. Get a taste of the state at the hotel's restaurant, Tournedos Steakhouse, which serves up New York City-style beef. The restaurant's wine list, which has over 550 different international wines, has won awards from "Spectator and Wine Enthusiast" magazine.

Strathallan Hotel

While the Strathallan is bigger than most boutiques and doesn't have a strong design theme, guests enjoy the personalized service they expect from a smaller hotel. Complimentary airport transportation, valet parking and same-day dry cleaning are all available. The Strathallan Hotel is also one of Rochester's few independent hotels. Aside from standard rooms, the hotel has spacious 400- to 700-square-foot studios that come equipped with full kitchens and balconies overlooking the city. Guests catch live jazz performances every Thursday and Saturday evening at Strathallan's restaurant, The Grill at Strathallan. The restaurant also has nightly specials like Friday's "buy one, get one free" foie gras. The grill's Chef de Cuisine, Ethan Drake, serves up Italian-influenced seafood dishes.

The Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel and Spa

If you seek luxury and personalized services that a boutique provides, consider Del Monte Lodge Renaissance. The AAA Four-Diamond hotel has 97 rooms and two suites. The hotel spa offers body scrubs and wraps, facials, nail care, massages, a steam room and waxing. The Erie Grill at the Del Monte Lodge serves American food, and has also received four diamonds from AAA. Guest services include complimentary shoeshine, valet dry-cleaning and a business center.

Edward Harris House

While technically a bed and breakfast, this inn has much that the typical boutique hotel offers. Antique furnishings, fireplaces and an eclectic mix of decorations give the inn's five rooms a homelike feel. In addition to a home-cooked breakfast, guests can arrange to have a catered dinner, culinary class or cooking competition for their groups. The library's design resembles a gentlemen's club, with fireplace, overstuffed leather chairs and sofas, and floor-to-ceiling bookcases.

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About the Author

Mary Freeman is a freelance writer. She has held several editorial positions at the print publication, "The Otter Realm." She traveled throughout Europe, which ultimately resulted in an impromptu move to London, where she stayed for eight months. This life experience inspired her to pursue travel writing. Freeman received a degree in human communication from California State University.