Rochester, New York, Lodging

by Mary Freeman

New York's third largest city, Rochester lies between Lake Ontario and the Finger Lakes, making it an ideal base for day trips to both tourist destinations. The city has a range of accommodation options, from budget to luxury, chain to independent and tiny to massive. Most hotels are clustered downtown and extend eastward to the cultural district.


Rochester has a number of chain hotels located around the city convention center, on the Genesee River and near the Rochester New York Airport. Guests can expect two- and-three star accommodation. Most hotels have indoor pools and on-site dining, featuring casual, family-friendly fare. Hotel chains with a presence in Rochester include Hyatt, Holiday Inn, Radisson and Fairmont. Motorists may appreciate that most of the hotels are located within Interstate 490's Inner Loop. The Strathallan is one of Rochester's few independent hotels.

Budget Accommodation

Rochester has many budget lodging options, most of which are located in the city's cultural district, near the university. Many of the hotels offer long-term and permanent residence, in addition to short-term lodging. The East Avenue Inn offers discounts for seniors and students. Belmont Suites also offers studios or one- and two-bedroom suites, with complete kitchens, leather sofas, love seats and flat-panel televisions. The Towpath Motel is located five minutes outside of downtown Rochester near Brighton. The budget lodge, which received a perfect score during its 2010 AAA inspection, also offers discounts to AAA and AARP members.


The most luxurious hotel in Rochester is the Inn on Broadway. This upscale boutique specializes in weddings and special events, and has many partnerships with local event-planning businesses. In the greater Rochester area and outside of the metropolis is a thriving resort community centered around the nearby Finger Lakes. A few chain hotels, like the Hyatt Regency and Marriott's Del Monte Lodge, offer four-star accommodations. Both hotels are located near the city's convention center. The 108-room Brookwood Inn has themed suites, and is located just outside Rochester's city center in historic Bushnell's Basin.

Bed and Breakfasts

Many hoteliers have taken advantage of the preserved Victorian homes in Rochester, converting them into bed and breakfasts. Many of these establishments use antique décor and furnishings to emphasize the history of the homes. Reen's bed and breakfast offers family fun nights, pajama parties and murder mysteries. named Rochester's Edward Harris House in its 2009 list of the "Top 10 Romantic Inns." Dartmouth House offers a gourmet six-course breakfast and classic elegance with a grand piano, fireplace and beamed ceilings. Frommer's states that the 428 Mt. Vernon Bed and Breakfast Inn "is the best place to stay in town" because of its "countrylike atmosphere" and location.

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.