My wife and I were looking for a place to stay in Rome, New York for a visit to see family and friends. We spent most of our visit at The Ramada Inn Oriskany, but we did get to spend a few days at the Inn at the Beeches (formerly the Paul Revere Motel), and we were very happy with our stay.
The Inn at the Beeches is northwest of the downtown area in a very picturesque wooded setting. The hotel is your typical one-story building where you pull your car in front of the door to your room. The lobby is tastefully decorated and inviting, and the staff are very courteous, friendly, and helpful. The rooms are best described as "rustic." The decor is somewhat dated but not worn with age. The only criticism I have of our room is that it could have used a fresh coat of paint. Other than that, it was very nice. Our room had a microwave oven (great for reheating leftovers from The Savoy) and a mini-refrigerator.
We ate breakfast at the restaurant. The food was pretty basic, but the service was good. If breakfast is an important meal to you, I recommend going into town and eating at Denny's (the Denny's in Rome is the best I've ever visited). We did not have a chance to have any other meals at The Beeches, but the property is owned by the same family that owns The Savoy in downtown Rome. I've heard mixed reviews about The Savoy, but every time I have eaten there the food and service have been EXCELLENT.
We did get an unexpected bonus during our stay. When we checked out, the nice lady at the front desk asked us if we had any discounts before she gave us the bill. I pulled out my military ID, my government ID, and my AAA membership card and asked "Do you take any of these?" She gave us a 20% discount on the bill!
The main reason I give the Inn at the Beeches four stars is because there are no other amenities like a pool, hot tub, tennis court, etc. that you would expect from one of the "higher end" chains. However, the Inn at the Beeches is still the best place to stay in Rome. We have stayed in the chain motels downtown and have found them to be marginal at best (especially the service -- the owners act like they couldn't care less about you) and frequented by transients that are notorious for breaking into cars and hotel rooms when you're not there. We also stayed at a mom-and-pop place over by the Erie Canal Historical Village that was rustic to the point of musty and moth-eaten. The Inn at the Beeches may not be shiny and new, but it is clean, well-kept, and comfortable.
I saw another review where the reviewer indicated you can get nicer accommodations in Utica. This is true, but then you have to deal with commuting 30-45 minutes each way and the extra money you spend on gas and fees for driving the New York Tollway. If you're coming to Rome to spend your time in and around Rome, The Inn at the Beeches is your best bet.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Inn at the Beeches is located on a lavishly landscaped 52 acre estate is impressive yet intimate. It can will provide you with the perfect backdrop for a wedding, corporate retreat, banquet, or conference or just an Intimate getaway. We are considered one of Central New York's premier special event destinations. ... more less
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- The Inn At The Beeches Hotel Rome