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
The building is amazing, the room very stylish. But that is all it has going for it.The room was not clean, huge cobwebs hanging off the windowpanes inside, cobwebs behind the bathroom door and someones hair on the bathroom floor. The extra blankets were rolled into a ball in and shoved in a blanket box.Not what I expected when paying $400 a night $CDN. Parking is messed up,no reserved parking for guests so good luck parking nearby if there is an event going on, unless you pay $10 for valet parking to some other lot and when we left the next morning there was no valet to be found. We were a lot over by abandoned buildings and no cameras on the lot even though there is still a psychiatric hospital on the grounds.
Very beautiful hotel. Repurposed as a hotel from an old insane asylum. 16 foot ceilings throughout. Can be hard to navigate because the east and west wings have a central tower between them, and only some floors connect east to west. But that’s part of the charm.
Enjoyed strolling the halls dining on the terrace and relaxing in the pub. This was originally the NY State Asylum built in the 1800s by skilled workers. Much of the finishing touches remain. Appreciate the beautiful moldings high windows and ceramic tile.