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
We visited over the MLK 3 day weekend. Check in was exciting. The Hotel was wonderful. Saved from decay, and welcome to the public! Everyone was so nice! The bar was fantastic! True MixMasters, that love what they do! It was a snowed in weekend for most of the town. But these guys were there-ready to mix up inventive concoctions. Beautiful artwork in the hallways, the rooms were expansive and creative. The staff attended to a small problem promptly and kindly. The kindest staff we have ever had the pleasure to work with.Thank you for a great weekend!
So nice to see this iconic gothic structure being repurposed as a high end hotel. It’s beautifully designed with lovely, comfortable rooms and great staff.
The brunch was delicious- everything from their special coffee blend to delicious corned beef hash.
We stayed on a Friday night and we enjoyed our time here. My husband went to college at the University of Buffalo which is right next to the hotel, which is a restored medical building from what I understand. It is huge, and the restoration has only begun, but the possibilities seem endless for them because the space just is endless. When you arrive, the entrance is not where you would expect it to be, and you enter through what seems like a tunnel or cavern and then you have to ride an elevator to the lobby. The attendant took us to our room, which was also a walk through a different wing and we really liked the way that the space had been used. I imagine that there were other people staying here but we never heard or saw anyone. The young man at the front desk was helpful, and answered our questions. The room itself was cavernous - we stayed in a king suite, and the ceilings were probably 24 ft. tall - the windows had the biggest automatic window-treatments I have ever seen. Everything was comfortable and clean. We were glad that the heat worked well - it was 4* the night we spent, and despite the size of the room and the age of the building, our room was warm. It was a very nice stay!
I stayed here 1 night for a sister in law get away. Once we checked in we never left the hotel. Beautiful room, lovely art, nice staff, great coffee shop and fun bar. Not at all what I expected in Buffalo. The beds are a true double, so on the small size even for 2 women sharing a bed. Also the hotel has a wonderful restaurant and is in walking distance to Elmwood Ave where there are many cute little restaurants and interesting shops.
My band was on tour from Virginia, we stayed there 3 nights as we played different gigs in the region. We all enjoyed our stay at Hotel Henry. It's an unforgettable place and experience. Construction on the hotel began in 1872, meanwhile the interior feel is very modern; this created an atmosphere that is unlike any other hotel, while offering all of the same amenities that boring hotel chains offer. Staff was very friendly and helpful; impeccable customer service! Pale Blue Dot Band will be on tour in the region again, and will look forward to another unforgettable experience!