Luxury Hotels in Rochester

by Mary Freeman

Though resorts and high-end luxury hotels abound in the Finger Lakes area surrounding Rochester, the city itself has only a few lodging options above a three-star rating. Rochester's small community of luxury hotels ranges from historic boutique hotels to large chain properties. Most of the hotels are downtown near the Genesee River.

Inn on Broadway

The Inn on Broadway may be Rochester's most luxurious hotel. The historic hotel, built in 1929, has 23 uniquely designed rooms, complete with Egyptian cotton sheets, custom-designed bathrobes and imported towels. The on-site steakhouse, Tournedos, has won acclaim from both "Wine Spectator" and "Wine Enthusiast" magazines for its selection, numbering more than 500 bottles. The hotel caters to special events, providing in-house floral design, rehearsal coordination and other services. The inn's luxury rooms have a quiet romance, with wrought iron bed frames, stone bathrooms, jetted tubs and original corner fireplaces. As the boutique hotel's name suggests, it is located on Broadway, in the heart of the cultural district. The Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Contemporary Art Center are nearby.

Brookwood Inn

The Brookwood Inn has 108 guest rooms and five themed suites to choose from. Its restaurant, Peter Geyer Steakhouse, serves up surf and turf, and the hotel alsohas a pub serving lighter fare. The hotel is less than three miles from Casa Larga Vineyards and the Erie Canal. Pets are welcome at the inn, which offers a package that includes pet bowls, a private entrance for guests and their pets, and extras such as leashes, bags and portable water dishes to take along on walks.

Hyatt Regency Rochester

In the heart of downtown Rochester is the Hyatt Regency, attached to the city's convention center via a sky bridge. The hotel has 338 guest rooms, with views of the city, Lake Ontario or the Genesee River. In their rooms, guests will find iHome stereos with iPod docking station, flat-screen televisions and deluxe granite baths. The hotel restaurant, Palladio VU, serves Italian and American cuisine. Focus Lounge, in the hotel's atrium lobby, overlooks Main Street and serves cocktails and a light menu. The hotel offers complimentary transportation to and from the airport between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., and by appointment to and from the Amtrak or Greyhound stations.

Del Monte Lodge

Del Monte Lodge is the area's only AAA four-diamond hotel. The hotel has 97 rooms and two suites, plus an on-site spa for guests who need a little pampering. American cuisine takes center stage at the Erie Grill, which has its own four-diamond rating from AAA. The more casual Hicks and McCarthy Grill, located half-a-mile away and across the Genesee River, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Del Monte offers a special discount package for Canadian residents. The Irondequoit and Oak Hill country clubs are just north of the hotel.

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.

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