Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center
What We Love
- Frederick Law Olmstead–designed grounds
- An architectural museum and art space on the lower floor
- Sustainably sourced eats at the hotel restaurant, 100 Kitchens
- A pair of copper-topped, 180-foot towers that adorn the main building
What To Know
- The hotel’s South Lawn is open to the public
- The property is one of two teaching hotels in New York State, affiliated with Cornell University
- Some of the suites here contain bathtubs and seating areas
- Buffalo State College is located right across the street
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sprawling brick-and-red-sandstone landmark building turned boutique hotel, on the site of an abandoned sanatorium
If this former 19th-century insane asylum seems astonishingly regal, it’s because the head physician, far ahead of his time, once insisted that light and ventilation went hand-in-hand with a patient’s healing process. Tasked with preserving this Gothic castle, Deborah Berke, the dean of the Yale School of Architecture, opted to keep the expansive spaces—including 200-foot corridors and a chapel-turned-banquet room—intact. Berke’s especially noteworthy upgrades include a bravely reimagined entryway, a glass vestibule with symmetrical stairs that lead to the lobby, and 88 guest rooms (each combines two former patient quarters) which retained the original 18-foot ceilings but are now decked out with textural art and cashmere throws. Build in some extra time to get to the bar and restaurant, though be warned—the endless, chandelier-strung hallways mean you’ll most likely take an unintentional detour or two. But do go for the biodynamic wine list and hyper-local fare. Much of the produce, such as the roasted mushrooms that flank your polenta and the hazelnuts in your pesto, comes from a nearby farm.
In the Area
With neighbors that include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (a neoclassical building that was featured as part of Buffalo’s 1905 Pan American Expo) and the Burchfield Penney Art Center (dedicated to talent from Western New York), the hotel’s Rockwell Road location puts guests in the thick of Queen City’s creative revival. The area is also known for its natural beauty, thanks to a dazzling mix of parks and lakes which can be accessed through the property’s onsite bike trail; the pedaling path also leads to nearby Elmwood Village, filled with coffeehouses, pubs, and independently-owned boutiques. If you don’t want to stray too far, the urban resort’s nine-acre green space is ideal for kite flying and picnicking during the summer months.
How to Get There
Stayed overnight for a work conference, place is very cool and the design and layout is incredible. The rooms are very nice, tall ceilings and modern design. Food for our meeting was absolutely incredible, top notch. Would stay here again!
My daughter and her fiancée brought family and friends from NYC to Hotel Henry for their wedding and the weekend could not have been more perfect. We were so happy with the outstanding service and attention to detail for all aspects of the stay. The venue is world class and the staff amazing in personality and professionalism. Max and his team exceeded our expectations. The rooms were beautiful and efficient and the suites in the towers are spectacular. Well done.
Thank you for an amazing experience.
My first visit was so-so, but I enjoy the architecture and the location proximate to things that I enjoy doing in Buffalo. However, the layout of the hotel is extremely confusing and the staff are less than helpful. The room was decent, so I thought I'd try again next time I was in town.
Second attempt at a visit was a disaster. I made a mistake booking the room and ended up getting overcharged. My mistake, but I was shocked by the response from the hotel management. It was if they were thrilled that they caught me in a mistake and were able to take some extra cash. I hope that thrill lasts for a while because they won't see any more of my money. Stay at your own risk.
We stayed at the Hotel Henry for one night on a "staycation." My husband is originally from Buffalo, and he is old enough to remember when the Hotel Henry was still an active asylum. He was stunned and impressed with the transformation, which is even more stark when we saw some of the buildings that had not been renovated yet. Seeing the unrenovated buildings made the transformation even more amazing.
We arrived on a Saturday, which I am sure is a big wedding events day at the HH. We saw one bride during our stay.We opted to valet park for $15 since there were no spaces near the front entrance and it was a wintry day in Buffalo.
There were plenty of signs directing us to the registration on the second floor, but it is helpful to know it is on the second floor before arrival. The check in was smooth and the clerk showed us to our room. The rooms are located in two wings of the buildings. Ours was a deluxe king room on the second floor.
The room had all sorts of fun and funky features, from the artwork to the electronically controlled window shades. The bathroom was ultra modern with a shower stall and large sink area. No conventional closet was present; rather, two clothes racks were tucked into a small hallway off the main bedroom. There was a desk and a comfy arm chair. There was also a chest with extra blanket that doubled as a suitcase rack for us, but could also be used for additional seating. We used the coffee maker while lounging Sunday morning. The bed was comfy and the room was clean. I was surprised that there was no alarm clock in the room. I typically turn my phone off at night. It also would have been nice to have a small mini-fridge in the room.
We did hear some hall noises during the night, which I fully expected with a wedding party staying in the hotel. Because the hotel is tucked into a park like setting (thank you, Mr. Olmsted), there is no street noise.
We used the fitness center on Sunday morning. The center is located in the Lower Level (follow the signs). There were 2 True ellipticals, 1 True bike, and 2 True treadmills, along with a universal type weight machine and free weights. The True elliptical and bike worked great. There were bottles of water and paper towels, but no sanitizing wipes. It was also a little odd that there was no weight bench. A small ask might also be for a clock, although there is a TV.
We had cocktails, dinner, and brunch at the lovely 100 Acres restaurant. We met other couples from Buffalo who were there for drinks and dinner. There were many inventive cocktails to choose from; they are very proud of their selection of bitters. My husband was thrilled with the Rogue Dead Guy Ale on tap. For dinner, we had the hummus as an appetizer, which was tasty and fresh. My husband got the shrimp and grits, which he deemed "almost" New Orleans worthy (a high compliment, actually). I had the halibut which was tender and flavorful. We sat in the common area for dinner, near the hostess stand, which was interesting for people watching purposes.
For brunch, we were seated in a room off the hallway that was more like a small restaurant. We had a table next to the windows, and, more importantly, next to the baseboard heaters, which made it very cozy. My husband got the crorque Madame and I had the hamburger with egg. Both were creative and delicious. We both got Bloody Marys, which were very good, just short of great.
We were given a late checkout so that we could enjoy our brunch without having to rush to checkout. We very much appreciated this gesture.
We enjoyed all of the different artwork throughout the hotel, along with the couches, tables, chairs, and TVs scattered throughout the hotel for enjoying the public spaces. From exposed brick to stained glass windows, we were constantly discovering architectural surprises as we wandered the hotel.
Alas, neither of us spotted a single ghost during our stay. Perhaps next time.
My husband and I had a stay cation here for our anniversary. The hotel is very interesting and not your typical place to stay. Everyone working there is very friendly and accommodating. Our room was very clean and spacious and I appreciated the lighting in the bathroom very much. So many times you stay in a hotel and you can’t see well enough in the bathroom to get ready to go out. Just a few things I would change...we had a king bed but only 2 pillows. We like to lay in bed in the morning and read or watch tv but we weren’t very comfortable doing that because of the lack of extra pillows. There was only one drinking glass and 2 of us. Also only 2 bath towels and I needed 2 just for myself, one for my hair. Other than that, everything was fine.