by Courtney Elko
Situated in the rolling hills of upstate New York, the Woodcliff is located among the Finger Lakes and just 20 minutes outside of downtown Rochester. This hotel offers families everything they may need in an ideal location right between ski mountains and lake beaches. There is both an indoor and seasonal outdoor pool, an onsite restaurant serving all meals, an onsite spa, and comfortable guestrooms and suites that are ideal for family stays.
Our Editor Loves
- Onsite dining
- Nearby outdoor activites
- Two swimming pools
- Connecting Rooms
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
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Connecting rooms, cribs, rollaway beds and microwaves are all available upon request. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in all of the guestrooms and suites.
The large deluxe guestrooms feature a king or two queen beds, a flat-screen television, coffeemaker and a wet bar with a sink and a mini-fridge. The guestrooms are best suited for families.
There are a variety of suite options available at the Woodcliff, most of which are bi-level suites. The suites feature a large, separate living room area with a large dining table; wet bar with a sink, mini-fridge, microwave and coffeemaker; and a powder room. The bedroom area features a king bed and both rooms feature a flat-screen television. Some of the suites feature a balcony overlooking Bristol Hills and some also feature a spiral staircase to reach the second level of the suite. While the suites are spacious they are best for couples or maybe two adults and one child.
The property is a very beautiful property. The staff there are very friendly and professional. My room was beautiful, and the food at Horizon was amazing!
Rooms were clean, and stocked with all the amenities . The hot tub was amazing and just the right size. Beds are extremely comfortable. I did not get to participate in the spa services due to timing, I do look forward to that when I book again.
There is an amazing view!
My husband and I just returned from a weekend getaway and this was a perfect place. We live in Niagara in the Lake so it was an easy 2.5 hour drive with a stop at duty free to stock up for Christmas! We booked an executive king suite on the 6 th floor through Expedia.ca and our rate included the breakfast buffet in the restaurant. The hotel staff were exceptional! I called in advance and requested that our room over look the rolling hills. I also made arrangements to have a package delivered to the hotel and reception kept this for me until we checked in. All the staff from the doormen, receptionists, bartenders, servers and hostesses were very friendly and helpful. Our TV was not working when we arrived however within minutes maintenance came to fix it. Our room also included robes and slippers which was a nice touch as well as a fridge and mini sink and a keurig coffee maker. The hotel and rooms are very clean and we were happy with our housekeeping. We had a couples massage together and although it was costly once you factored in the exchange rate I have to say having access to 5 diamond spas in Niagara on the Lake my deep tissue massage at Spa Elan was one of the best. One of the things we liked about this property was the entertainment! Great live band Friday night - we ate in the lounge and shared a charcuterie board and a turkey club sandwich. On Saturday night we had dinner in the restaurant. Again we shared our entree which was fabulous. My husband enjoyed their house made Neapolitan cheesecake so much that he ordered one to bring back home. I understand there are hiking trailers nearby although we did not go for a hike. We spent a couple of hours at Eastview mall which was a few minutes away as well as made a stop at a local winery and the Beer Project. We also spent some time in the pool and hot tub. Yes there were some tiles missing as per an earlier review but we had no problem with his. We really liked that we did not have to drive anywhere for entertainment on either night and could enjoy the band and dancing at Woodcliff. This was a very relaxing weekend and thank you to all the staff who made our time together special.
The large, seasonal outdoor pool offers great views of the rolling hills of upstate New York while swimming. It is surrounded by a pretty patio that features plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas. There is also an elevated pool deck for even more lounging space. Next to the pool is a pretty pond and gazebo where weddings often take place.
The heated, indoor pool is available year-round. It is situated near the fitness center and just inside from the outdoor pool. Lounge chairs surround the pool deck and pool towels are provided.
Serving breakfast, brunch on Sunday, lunch and dinner, Horizons is the perfect spot to start or end your day. Families can enjoy their delicious meal while overlooking the pretty Bristol Hills. A few of the dinner menu items include salmon, scallops, pork chops and the famous lobster bisque. While there is not a dedicated kids’ menu, children can be easily accommodated at Horizons. The restaurant is open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The onsite café offers Starbucks coffee, baked goods, sweet treats and more. It is located in the lobby.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Complimentary self and valet parking is available in a large parking lot.
- Airport Shuttle
A complimentary airport shuttle is available from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
- Fitness Center
Located near the indoor pool area, the fitness center features cardio and weight machines, a Pilates studio and private yoga. There is also a sauna and showers inside the fitness center, which is open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The Best Time to Visit
Rochester is a four-season vacation destination. There is skiing in the winter months and beaches and outdoor activities in the summer months. Rochester sees warm temperatures in the summer months and does see snow in the colder months, but it does not have constant or frequent extreme snowfalls in the winters.
Located in upstate New York, Rochester is about 90 minutes from Niagara Falls, less than four hours from Toronto, and about six hours from New York City. The Greater Rochester International Airport is located about 20 minutes from this hotel.
Families need a vehicle to explore much of Rochester and when staying at the Woodcliff, as it is situated outside of the center of town.
The onsite spa is an excellent place for adults to unwind and relax after a long day of travel, hitting the ski slopes or the hiking trails. There are a variety of body treatments, massages and facials to enjoy.
The onsite bar, Horizons Lounge, is located within the restaurant and offers plenty of lounge seating. It offers live music on select nights and great views.
The nearby nine-hole, USGA golf course is a perfect spot for a two-hour game. The hotel is happy to set up a tee time.