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
What a beautiful and fascinating hotel! I really loved the buildings, the quality of their renovation and the history! The super high ceilings and wide, winding corridors were fascinating at every turn. Interesting art exhibits throughout add to the ambience. The staff was really terrific - practically running to get something for you.
And the food was really good as well and reasonably priced. Their 2-egg breakfast was headlined by one of my well-travelled colleagues as 'the best breakfast I have ever had.'
I would definitely suggest that you have a car there as there are not of places right around the hotel to go.
We live in Vermont and wanted to meet old Michigan friends in Buffalo, so we chose the Hotel Henry as our spot. we’re glad we did.
It’s a special place, shoe-horned into an 1880’s mental hospital. Amazing architecture! Our room was incredible; high ceilings, large windows,First-class accommodations. The in-house restaurant served incredible breakfasts & dinners, too.
If and when we return to Buffalo, we will stay at the Henry, for certain.
So, this is a little different. The architecture. and art is amazing. It's not really a full service hotel. The check in is on the 2nd floor, as is the bathroom. You have to get a luggage cart from up there, then take it down to the first level. There's no signage to indicate that however.
The room was an OK size, but the beds are full size -- not queen. So if you're sharing a bed... it's not the most comfortable. The style is very modern, so we had a bit of trouble figuring out blinds, switches, the tub, etc. There's a little hallway to the bathroom and the bathroom was roomy. This is where you have a little more room. If the hallway wasn't there, it would be quite cramped.
The shower curtain was moldy, which grossed out my kids. The breakfast, which is downstairs, is not included (or discounted) for hotel guests, which was disappointing. I, personally, found it weird that people were having meetings at conference tables right outside my room.
Adults I think would enjoy the hotel, families... not sure.