Edward Harris House B&B

35 Argyle Street , Rochester, NY 14607 USA (Show map)

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Thank you to our guests for celebrating our 18th year in business! We wish you all well, and look forward to your next visit! For business or pleasure, this restored 1896 Georgian mansion is perfectly located just one block from the urban village of Park Avenue. Walk lovely tree lined streets to area shops, fine dining, parks, museums and galleries. Centrally located, and just minutes from downtown Rochester, this location is perfect for the business traveler, vacationer, or parents and family visiting area colleges and universities. Enjoy a full breakfast served daily in the formal dining room, cottage gardens (weather permitting) or in the privacy of your room or suite. For those on the run, early coffee and paper service is available as well as a continental plus service. Come relax in gracious comfort as our special guests. We would also like to invite you to our 2 newly renovated cottages. One on the River and one on the lake. Just minutes from both RIT and U of R,(a 15 and 20 minute ride from the main Inn.) " Arrive as guests, leave as friends! Manny and Susan will make you feel as though you have known them forever!". E&J Annapolis, MD



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.6


5 on June 02, 2018

Friendly staff that made you feel comfortable, very clean and breakfasts were delicious. We would definitely stay there again. Highly recommend!

We will be back!

4.6 on May 23, 2018

The Edward Harris House is a charming and beautifully decorated; yet homey and comfortable. It’s within walking distance to wonderful restaurants and our daughter’s apartment. We look forward to our next visit.

Wedding elopement

5 on November 29, 2017

My daughter had her wedding there. It exceeded our expectations in every way. It was the perfect spot for a cozy, beautiful intimate wedding. The service and hospitality were beyond great, the food the best I have had in I don't know how long! It was perfect. The happy couple loved it so much they plan on returning every year for their anniversary! I highly recommend!

hospitality in historic home

5 on August 07, 2017

Warm welcome from owners and manager in a historic Victorian house, beautifully decorated. Comfortable and clean. Full buffet breakfast with added choice of omelet from owner. One block from 'urban village' of Park Avenue with many good dining choices. Convenient to museums. Highly recommended.

Innkeeper Response
So glad you had a good visit to the area. We look forward to seeing you again!

- Susan Alvarez, Owner (innkeeper)

Cool.Classy. Comfortable.

5 on May 16, 2015

This was our second stay at the Edward Harris House and we loved it just as much as the first time. Emily's Suite is spacious and charming. A/C was installed to address unseasonably warm temps (which we greatly appreciated) We were in town to visit family but had plenty of down time and this is very nice area to stay in. Park Avenue with many shops and restaurants is a block away. We visited the George Eastman House also a short walk away and it was fascinating.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are glad that you had another great visit! Yes, the surprise of warm weather was indeed interesting! So glad you had fun! Hope to see you again soon!

- Susan Alvarez (innkeeper)

Amazing little gem in Rochester

5 on March 03, 2015

We arrived very late on a snowy night and were welcomed into this elegant, sophisticated, beautiful and warm place. Our room was large with a large bathroom and so clean and lovely. Coffee, juice, cereal, homemade banana bread, oatmeal, toast and muffins were available in the morning along with pancakes and omelets cooked by the chef/owner. All delicious and served on adorable china. This is how a Bed and Breakfast should be. Three thumbs up! Outstanding!

Innkeeper Response
We love to hear from our guests - thank you so much, we are glad that you enjoyed your stay. Please think of us for your next visit to Rochester. We would love to have you!

- Susan Alvarez (innkeeper)

A wonderful experience!!!

5 on October 12, 2014

My wife and I had the pleasure of staying at the inn for one night (10/11/2014) when we came to visit Rochester for our first time. Our experience was consistent with the 5 star reviews listed . The "mansion", which it is (interesting history one should read), was beautifully decorated and very clean. All amenities were available and helpful recommendations were offered by Heather (the Innkeeper), who personally showed us our room and where everything was in it. She even took the time to look up where we should park when we went to the theater, as we were new to Rochester. Breakfast was excellent. There is a daily cook's hot entrée along with continental breakfast options. Our room , Rosemary's suite, was a large room with a king size bed and a separate room with a single bed. The house in general was quiet, and its location was wonderful. A short walk to Park Ave which has many restaurant choices as well as coffee shops, bakeries, and Stever's Candy Store (A Rochester institution). We would definitely stay here again when visiting the area.

Innkeeper Response
It sounds as though you had a great time and we are so glad that you did! We hope to see you again in the future, and thank you for all the kind words!

- Susan Alvarez (innkeeper)

Wonderful location in Rochester

4.0 on August 06, 2014

The location is withing walking distance of the Eastman House, various restaurants etc. The room was large and comfortable. My only complaint is that street parking switches sides every night. While this was mentioned on the welcome sheer, it was not highlighted. Didn't like that $50 fine.

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your review. I was unaware that you had received a parking ticket while visiting the Inn. It is something that is highlighted on our registration sheet and key box at check-in, with a welcome letter in guests rooms as a reminder. Unfortunately, it is a city code violation that is out of our control. We are sorry for your inconvenience.

- Susan Alvarez, Owner (innkeeper)

Our stay was better than I could have imagined.

5 on June 11, 2014

My wife and I were visiting family near Rochester and decided to spend a few restful days in Rochester--a city I love. Since I knew The George Eastman House was on East Avenue, I guessed that the nearby Edward Harris House would be a good location for our stay. Wonderful house, beautiful and comfortable room, lovely living and dining rooms, and "out of this world" breakfast. And what a beautiful area surrounds this B&B--magnificent homes from Rochester's past--not to mention a Frank Lloyd Wright home just two blocks away. The Edward Harris House is located between East Avenue (the historic mansion row of Rochester) and Park Avenue with its numerous restaurants and lively street life just a short walk from the B&B. That was a most enjoyable bonus and complete surprise.

Innkeeper Response
Thanks for the wonderful review. This is a spectacular neighborhood to be sure! Come back anytime!

- Susan (Owner)

Lovely room, great people, decent food

4.2 on April 16, 2014

We stayed for two nights. Our room, Emily's, was charming and well appointed. The snack bar was well stocked with cookies, sodas, chips, and tea. The parking is a bit odd, but if you don't mind others moving your car, you will be fine. Our first breakfast was yummy, but boasted little fresh fruit. Our second was tart yogurt (not my thing), fresh fruit ( YAY) , and an omelette that was ok, but left me with heartburn. The innkeeper was helpful and made a great dinner recommendation. I was irked when she knocked on our door despite a do not disturb sign, but she could here us reading and wanted to offer us cookies. Overall, this was like staying in a mansion run by your mom - good service, decent food, great desire to do good, but sometimes missing the obvious (I want to be left alone more than I want cookies).

Innkeeper Response
Thank you for your recent review. We pride ourselves in offering the many extras that make our value far superior to hotels or B&B's of the same caliber. Your suite was upgraded at no additional charge, the menu was discussed and agreed upon daily - keeping your dietary requests in mind. Fresh fruit and berries are served daily with a hot entree. Freshly baked cookies are just the plus in everyone's day.

- Susan (Owner)

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Rooms & Rates

The Garden Suite

A soft, romantic setting -perfect for relaxation after a long day of work or play. A favorite with guests and brides alike. Beside your bed - descend the tiny stairs provided, onto a fluffy King size pillowtop bed. Pair this with plush bedding and a warm down comforter for your ultimate comfort. Add tons of comfy pillows and we are sure this room will provide the perfect setting to provide a wonderful nights sleep. The original fireplace with a handcarved mantle and tile surround still remain to remind us of the grandure of the period.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $179 - $189

Emily's Suite

This bedroom is large, bright and cheery. Decorated with a whimsical 'MacKenzie-Childs' flavor in shades of greens, pinks and touches of french toile throughout. This room has the original fireplace, (now candles). This room lends itself to curling up on a comfy overstuffed chair with a good book, or working at the lovely English writing desk overlooking the garden. The large airy ensuite bath was carefully renovated to preserve the original vintage 30's tub/shower combination and large pedestal sink along an intricate patterned cream and black tile floor. (Aged to perfection)!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

The Madelyn

Requested again and again -a favorite with our women business travelers, this light and airy French inspired room with decorative fireplace and lovely faux walls provide an aged European look. After a busy day, climb into the queen size French iron bed with it's fluffy down comforter and piles of pillows. The furnishings were carefully chosen to provide a delightful blend of French antiques, and eclectic mix of other decorative furnishings providing a warm, cozy haven after a long day of work or play. Open original French glass doors to the new ensuite bath with pedestal sink and towel warmer.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $169 - $169

Rosemarys Suite

Relax - your getaway awaits you. This suite provides the business person (and pleasure travelers alike) with room to move. The spacious, sunfilled room is filled with carefully chosen antiques. With a light Country French feel, a fabulous French Armoire,King bed and dressing table were imported from Europe. The antique desk and chair were found at auction while on a trip down South by the owners. Warm wooden floors, oriental rugs and a downfilled antique chaise are sure to please! New Ensuite bath with large tiled shower with sunflower showerhead and pedestal sink.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $189 - $189

River Cottage

Just a short ride from the main Inn, enjoy this individual private, self-catered 4 season cottage on the banks of the Genesee. Newly renovated, this vintage 2 bedroom cottage is now available. Min. 3 night stay please, although we prefer weekly rentals. No smoking, please call regarding young children and pets. Maximum Occupancy:5 In addition - we have recently added another Cottage located lakeside. Please contact the Inn directly regarding additional Cottage information.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $225 - $225

#13 Pond Cottage at Lake Ontario

This vintage "Rum Runners" cottage is updated and ready to go! Situated on Long Pond ( 20 minutes from downtown Rochester), a small lake with direct access to Lake Ontario. Beautiful sunsets, and lots of fun on the lake. Rminder:This cottage is not in the same location as the Inn.

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Double

Nightly Rate: $225 - $225

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Location Type

Within easy drive of wine country, Walk to shops, restaurants, 10 minutes to Lake Ontario, Walk to galleries, museums, Downtown, Wine country


Rochester, NY (ROC-Greater Rochester Intl.) 5 miles

Directions to property:

From the West: Take NY Thruway to exit 46 (Rt 490 E). Take Culver Road exit, make a left to East Aveune (4th light), make Left onto East Avenue. Make 2nd left onto Argyle Street. The first house on the right - light blue (#35). From the East: Take NY Thruway to exit 45 (Rt 490 W). Take 490W to Culver Road exit, make a right to East Aveune (3rd light), make left onto East Avenue. Make 2nd left onto Argyle Street. The first house on the right - light blue (#35). Parking is off-street in the driveway.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Bicycling, Boating, Golfing, Hiking, Art & Musical Festivals, Swimming, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Piano, TV Video games, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Afternoon Tea or Beverage Service upon request, Large Covered Porches & Brick Patio, Special occasion packages/picnics available, Off street parking, Cottage Gardens

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Library, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Turndown Service, VCR, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Kayaking, free evening bus service, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 pm
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Porches only please
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited for your children's comfort, please contact Innkeeper
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Inn has 2 sm dogs. Pls ask about cottages and pets
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two day min on major holidays and special weekends
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of equal to one half the total charge or one night (whichever is greater) is required to confirm the reservation. Full payment on Major holidays and special events/college weekends.
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Susan and Manny Alvarez

Languages spoken

Portuguese, English, Spanish

Resident Pets

Dogs , 2 young dogs: Havana & Fidel

About the innkeepers

Susan and Manny have a natural love of people which makes Innkeeping the perfect match to their personalities. Both have diverse backgrounds on which to draw from. Susan, a performing arts major, Manny - the international world of finance. Manny's hobbies include antiquing, Spanish gourmet cooking, music, reading, travel, and entertaining. Susan is an artist, with her artwork and interior design touches shown thoughout the Inn - entertainment has always been the top of her list!

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Full or Continental Plus

  • Time Served: 8-10am Per request
  • Serving Location: En Suite, The Garden Courtyard (weather permitting), Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Diabetic, Please contact Inn

Signature Dish

Puff Chan
Start your candlelit breakfast with your choice of fresh juice, coffee or a selection of fine teas. The main dish is preceeded by fresh muffins, scones, croissants and other wonderful baked goods, fruits, yogurts and fresh grain cereals. Enjoy a fluffy egg based souffle, served with fresh sour cream, brown sugar and a variety of fresh seasonal berries. Relax in the quiet elegance of the homes fine dining room with it's handcarved fireplace - the 6th in the Inn.


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