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Links of the Day:

– The Buffalo Backlash started almost immediately when Tom Brady said the city’s hotels aren’t very nice. “They’re not the nicest places in the world,” the famous quarterback said.

Brady has since apologized.

A Buffalo News reporter said Brady was right!

The problem with what Tom Brady said about Buffalo’s hotels isn’t that he was mean.

It’s that he was right.


Many locals viewed his comment as an unnecessary cheap shot and an inaccurate depiction of what the city has to offer.

Perception, however, is reality in many cases.


Most NFL cities have five-star options like Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Renaissance.

All of this had me thinking about Rochester’s hotel options. We may not be entertaining professional athletes, but we have world-class businesses that do their fair share of wining and dining.

A quick search of AAA ratings shows only one four-star hotel, the Del Monte Lodge in Pittsford. All of the downtown hotels, including Hyatt, Radisson, Plaza and Inn on Broadway have three-star ratings. Those are all wonderful hotels, but is it concerning we don’t have more four or five star options?

I’ve honestly never heard any complaints. But then, Tom Brady has never been here. Oh wait…

– The state comptroller says Rochester has regained an astounding 98 percent of the jobs lost during the recession. Does Rochester feel like a boom town? Not really. Maybe that’s because the median wage has fallen and things weren’t so hot before the recession hit.

– Xerox has a nifty new scanner. It’s small, mobile and connects to Wi-Fi.

– Remember that solar company that promised 2,000 to 4,000 jobs? Natcore Technologies moved into Eastman Business Park last year. It’s ready to build a factory, but it might not be built here.

6 Responses to What About Rochester’s Hotels?

  1. February 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm Jonathan responds:

    When was the last time you were at the Radison? I used to park there for work. The spaces are so small that my car got scratched three times in the first four weeks. (After that, I started parking on the roof, which was usually empty.)

    Another friend of mine had someone park so closely, that he couldn’t get into his car.

    And the smell in (and near) the garage. Ugggh.

  2. You left out woodcliff, I’ve never stayed there but the restaurant is nice and I have to imagine the rooms are decent. Brady is a d*ck, but he kind of has a point. The nicest hotels in Rochester of Buffalo really aren’t that special compared to say the four seasons in NYC

    • I actually searched for the rating on Woodcliff and couldn’t find it. I’m thinking it’s probably on par with Del Monte.

  3. February 2, 2012 at 1:56 pm Carlos Mercado responds:

    A guy in Tom Brady’s earnings bracket is probably used to a level of hotel that the rest of us cannot even begin to imagine. For the real world that almost all of us live in, I’d say Rochester has a fine range of very good hotels, motels, B&B’s, and resorts for all budgets.

  4. February 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm Jim Webster responds:

    Carlos has an extremely good point. These athletes are paid an obscene amount of money to play a game, and we support their lifestyle.
    So to complain about hotels…..just get in your Learjet and go home Tom

  5. I believe it’s contingent on which hotel one stay at: the Hyat and one accross from the convention centre are fine, yet the Cadillac is not.

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