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The Strathallan* doesn’t look like much from the outside. In fact, from afar it is one of the less attractive buildings in the area but this hotel is much more than meets the eye at first glance. The Strath has been recently renovated and has become a cultural hub for locals and visitors alike.
The hotel is centrally located across the street from the Memorial Art Gallery, a couple of blocks away from Neighbourhood of the Arts (NOTA) and a brief walk to a variety of restaurants and bars. For our weekend visit, we had the pleasure of staying in one of the 3rd-floor suits. A two-room unit with a king-size bedroom (with the kind of bed that hugs you in your sleep) a kitchenette, a full-sized sofa, an office corner, and two flat-screen TVs, with HBO subscriptions. The suit has large, sunny windows and a balcony overlooking the beautiful neighborhood architecture.
While the visitors enjoy the luxuries of the suits and on-site facilities (pool, gym, laundry…) the locals flock to The Strath for steak, brunch, cocktails, sushi, and breathtaking views from the rooftop lounge (Hattie’s) with a 360-degree view on the city. The nightlife crowd that gathers at the Strath is seemingly more mature, casually dressed up (no crop tops or bandage dresses here) enthusiastically chitchatting and exchanging pleasantries over cocktails.
The Strath, with all of the leisurely and dining options, has the potential to be your whole world during the visit (though I strongly recommend exploring the city). The staff are friendly, approachable, and helpful – at the check, you will get a warm cookie, at the checkout they will take your bags and promptly deliver you to your departure destination. And while the walls might be a little thin the convenience and options are definitely something I can get used to!
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The Strathallan Rochester* – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
550 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607
In the gear bag: Panasonic DMCG7WK 16 Digital Camera. More photos on Flickr. To see more photos from the visitors of Rochester look up #VisitROC.