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Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Sports Centre at MCC and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from University of Rochester. Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex and Strong Memorial Hospital are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hotel Features

An indoor pool, a fitness center, and coffee/tea in a common area are available at this smoke-free hotel. Free continental breakfast is provided, as well as free WiFi in public areas, free self parking, and a free airport shuttle. Additionally, a business center, a meeting room, and dry cleaning are onsite.

Room Amenities

All 103 rooms provide conveniences like refrigerators and microwaves, plus free WiFi and TVs with cable channels. Premium bedding, coffee makers, and free local calls are among the other amenities available to guests.

Holiday Inn Express Rochester - University Area ratings based on 161 Verified Reviews

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3.7 out of 5
75% of guests recommend
4.0 Room cleanliness
4.2 Service & staff
3.8 Room comfort
3.6 Hotel condition
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Helpful Staff

4 out of 5
Posted Nov 19, 2016
Unexpectedly out of our home for the night and without toiletries, we were provided sample size soap, deodorant, shaving cream, razor, etc. This made it unnecessary for us to go out and buy these things and enabled us to go right to our room and have a good night's rest. Breakfast was a very good.
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Great staff. Nice clean rooms.

5 out of 5
by from US
Posted Nov 7, 2016
Only issue was that we were right across from the elevator and people were hanging out there. Some down the hall were partying and loud
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4 out of 5
by from US
Posted Oct 28, 2016
Good place for a short stay! Staff is helpful. Room was clean. Transport to the airport and other areas was good via the shuttle.
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A Hospital Visit

5 out of 5
by from Wappingers Falls, NY
Posted Oct 25, 2016
Pros: Very convenient, clean, hospitable.
My husband and I have been traveling to Rochester to Strong Memorial Hospital to visit his brother who is awaiting a heart transplant. We have stayed both times at this hotel. Staff is very friendly, room is always clean and bed is very comfortable. We enjoy the continental breakfast which is plentiful, before our trip to the hospital and our return home which is 51/2 hours south of Rochester. We will be making this trip several more times I am sure as he has been given a wait time of 6 months to a year in the hospital and we will make our reservations here as it has worked out for us and it is only 2 miles from the hosp. Thanks for your service....
Comment from Hotel Management
Oct 26, 2016 by Management
Dear Jo-Ann, Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your feedback. We are happy to hear that you have enjoyed multiple stays with us! In your upcoming visits we look forward to providing more great service for you and your husband. Once again, thank you for your review and for choosing the Holiday Inn Express!
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Excellent location and friendly service.

4 out of 5
Posted Oct 3, 2016
Cons: Would be good to have a restaurant on site.
Close to University of Rochester. The hotel was nice and clean and the front desk was extremely helpful.
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5 out of 5
Posted Dec 16, 2015
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Good shopping area only

1 out of 5
Posted Dec 1, 2015
Pros: Location to shopping only!
Cons: I would have expected some notification that the pool was not in working order for the Thanksgiving weekend, a working fridge and better safety.
Hotel very hard to locate (no big sign visible), drove by it several times before realizing it was La Quinta. The sign was at the street and just stuck in the grass. Hotel under construction - had to enter at the dark, back of the hotel, not very safe. Notified upon signing in that the pool was not in working order. Was not prepared to go to a sister hotel across the road to swim. Refrigerator had no setting for coldness and froze all of the drinks that we put into it. I would like someone from the hotel chain to email me back.
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Nice room and pleasant staff

3 out of 5
Posted Nov 29, 2015
Pros: Right off the interstate and easy commute into Rochester, and the university
They're in the midst of renovation and changing from a La Quinta to a holiday Inn Express which meant that facilities such as the pool are temporarily unavailable. I knew this but I only needed a comfortable room as I was spending my days with family for Thanksgiving. For a very reasonable price the room was excellent and the desk staff very pleasant. It's clean and once the renovation is complete should have good facilities.
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Should be updated

3 out of 5
by from Rochester, NY
Posted Nov 13, 2015
We booked the room well in advance. Day we are to check in get a call that they are renovating and not on expidia site. To late to change plans. Hotels should be updated on regular basis.
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Currently upgrading

4 out of 5
by from Hamilton, Ontario
Posted Nov 10, 2015
Staff were friendly and attentive. Wifi was limited and I was unable to work on computer when I needed to. The hotel was a great value for the cost. Thank you
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Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Holiday Inn Express Rochester - University Area features an indoor pool and a fitness center. Public areas are equipped with complimentary high-speed wireless Internet access. This hotel offers access to a business center and a meeting room. A complimentary breakfast is offered. Event facilities measure 464 square feet (42 square meters). A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary to guests (available on request). This Rochester hotel also offers multilingual staff, coffee/tea in a common area, and laundry facilities. Complimentary self parking is available on site.

Holiday Inn Express Rochester - University Area is a smoke-free property.

  • Fitness facilities 
  • Indoor pool 
  • One meeting room 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 464 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 42 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • Business center 
  • Express check-out 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Coffee/tea in common areas 
  • Number of floors - 5 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Total number of rooms - 103 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free self parking 
  • Free breakfast 
  • Free WiFi 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Indoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator  
  • Microwave  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Free self parking

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels 
  • Video-game console 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Free local calls 
  • Refrigerator 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Microwave 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Free toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Shower/tub combination 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Television 
  • Desk 
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Free WiFi 

Where to Eat

Guests are offered a complimentary continental breakfast.

Nearby Things to Do

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an indoor pool and a fitness center.

  • Golfing nearby 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies


Minimum check-in age is 21

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

No rollaway/extra beds available

Hotel Name

  • Quinta Inn Rochester South
  • Quinta Rochester South
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites Rochester South Hotel Rochester
  • La Quinta Inn And Suites Rochester South
  • Holiday Inn Express Rochester Brighton Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express Rochester Brighton
  • Holiday Inn Express Rochester University Area Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express Rochester University Area

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport. Guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.