The Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York, explores 5,000 years of art history through 12,000 objects in the permanent collections. The gallery features exhibitions, lectures, educational programs, tours and concerts. MAG sits just east of Rochester's business district in the Atlantic-University neighborhood. The area is home to a variety of lodging options, from historic bed and breakfasts to traditional chain hotels.
Most of the area's more traditional hotels are near the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on the Genesse River, which is still just a few miles from the MAG. Rochester Plaza Hotel slants green, with recycling programs, energy-efficient lighting, and reduced use of non-biodegradable products and environmentally friendly chemical products. Strathallan is the closest hotel to the gallery and has on-site dining, The Grill at Strathallan, which features jazz performances every Thursday and Saturday evening.
If you feel more comfortable with hotels you are familiar with, the Hyatt Regency and Radisson are on the banks of the river. The Hyatt has a sky bridge connecting to the convention center and the Radisson has earned one Green Eco-Leaf rating from istaygreen.org. MAG visitors receive a special discount from the Marriott chain hotels. The Fairfield Inn, Rochester Airport Marriott, Courtyard Rochester Brighton and Residence Inn Rochester are all Marriott chain hotels within 5 miles of the gallery.
The closest accommodations to the gallery tend to be of the budget variety, possibly because of the large student population in the area. The East Avenue Inn and Belmont Suites are within walking distance of the gallery. The East Avenue Inn gives discounts to seniors and students. If you are planning an extended stay, Belmont Suites provide fully furnished apartments and suites at rates lower than most hotels. The Towpath Motel, 3 miles from the gallery, gives discounts to government, military, groups, and AAA and AARP members. Kids under 16 stay free.
The Inn on Broadway specializes in full-service event planning, providing many services, including welcome baskets, rehearsal coordination and in-house floral design. Tournedos, a steakhouse, is the hotel's resident restaurant. Just under 6 miles from MAG is the Del Monte Lodge Renaissance Rochester Hotel and Spa. The lodge, also a Marriott chain hotel, offers a "Mind, Body and Soul" package that includes accommodations for two adults, a $100 gift card for the lodge's spa, and two admission tickets to MAG, as well as a 10 percent off purchases made at the gallery store and restaurant, Max's at the Gallery.
Bed and Breakfasts
Many of the bed and breakfasts in the neighborhoods surrounding the MAG are remodeled turn-of-the-century homes. Dartmouth House is a 1905 English Tudor home where you will find six-course gourmet breakfasts every morning. Edward Harris House Bed and Breakfast's fully restored 1896 home is on the National Register of Historic Homes, and the kitchen serves all-natural, organic food, without high-fructose syrup, and local produce whenever possible. If you are looking for a slightly more active experience, Reen's Bed and Breakfast puts on murder mysteries, pajama parties and family fun nights.