Staying at Grandma Gail's means you'll be located in one of Rochester's most scenic and vibrant neighborhoods, close by to nightlife and good food, and very close to the best market in the United States, the Rochester Public Market as well as the Eastman School of Music. The George Eastman House, The National Museum of Play, and many other popular destinations
This listing offers you a very spacious bedroom all to yourself on the 2nd floor of our home and full access to the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathrooms. For parties wishing to reserve more than one bedroom, please contact us for Special Pricing.
While you're here, take some time to relax outside in the backyard or in one of our beautiful gardens (located just across the street). Or enjoy a meal on the front porch as you watch the passersby. And, don't forget about the Grandma Gail Guarantee: The best hosting this side of outerspace!
Other useful information:
We'll gladly show people around (schedule permitting). In fact, we're quite happy to do so! And our guests are always welcome to join us for dinners and the occasional brunch at our home which is located nearby. Or, if you'd like to make us dinner (and who are we to turn down such an offer?), we can show you to Wegmans, the Taj Mahal of grocery stores or (perhaps even better) to the local co-op.
There is no end to our supply of towels, pillows and blankets. The toiletries here are plentiful as well. Please help your self to our complimentary selection of soaps, shampoos, shaving creams, skin smoothing lotions, sour stomach remedies, silkifying conditioners, etc. Looking for more? Just ask! No need to weigh down your luggage with all of those pesky items when you're at Grandma Gail's!
We also offer access to all the free on-street parking you can handle. Bicycles may be rented for $5/day, $15/week, or $45/month (please let us know in advance if you'd like to rent one). Rochester is a highly-bikeable city and has some very scenic trails. The buses here even have a special rack for transporting bikes from one destination to the next (in case you're in the mood for a hybrid commute).
We also offer free wireless internet!
We're happy to provide pick up/drop off at the Amtrak or Greyhound/Trailways/Megabus station as a courtesy to our guests. We can also offer rides to and from the airport, but for this we ask that you pay $20 to help cover the cost of gas as it is a bit out of the way for us (no charge to those booking a week or longer!). You can also catch a taxi from the airport for about $30-35. And, perhaps best of all, you can take a bus directly to and from the airport for only $1-2 each way!
We don't smoke and prefer to host non-smokers. We're also vegetarians and, while we don't judge anyone else's dietary preferences, we do ask that you refrain from cooking meat in the kitchen while you are here. You're welcome to use the kitchen in the house right next door, though!
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
**Please note that occasionally, due to guests extending stays, whole apartment bookings, and other extenuating circumstances, it may be necessary to provide our guests with a room other than the one picture in this listing. Rest assured that all of our rooms feature comfortable beds, comparable amenities, and plenty of warm hospitality! =)
|Room type:||Private room|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$10 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Weekly Price:||$152 /week|
|Monthly Price:||$489 /month|
|Check In:||1:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Joe & Julia are awesome hosts. I felt very at east in their house. I was looking for a quiet stay, and that's what I got. I slept very well and felt free to go at my own pace. I would love to return to stay with Joe & Julia or others in the Little Flower community when I am on more of a social trip. It sounds like they have a lot of interesting stuff going on. And Elson is one of the best behaved little guys I've met. He's slow to smile but when he does you can't look away :)
Joe and Julia were great! The home was clean and setting was peaceful. I would definitely recommend their home.
Joe and Julia are friendly hosts who always try to provide what we needed. It was very nice to be invited to the party organized by the community.
The house was spacious also very convenient. Appreciated the desk in this room. Very good deal but it's better to have a car if you need to shop..
I hesitate to submit a review, based on the “if you can’t say something nice, etc.” axiom, but I think I owe it to other AirBnB renters to relate my experience.
First, the people I dealt with were, without a doubt, friendly. The bathroom and kitchen sink were clean. Unfortunately, it ends there. Other surfaces (blinds, shelves, pans, dishes, glasses) were coated with either dust or grease. The refrigerator had not been cleaned and still contained food of undetermined age from previous tenants. The early 20th century building is in a state of near collapse, as the upstairs floors slant toward the center of the rooms and a glance at the woodwork around the doors makes the house appear to be folding in on itself. Paint is peeling from the walls and ceilings in sheets (this is not what I call “kid friendly). Some rooms are lighted by bare bulbs which are turned on by pulling recycled electrical cords (I actually went out and bought new string.)
There is an improvised shower, but if you’re over 5’5’’ you’ll need to bend at the waist to get under it. The “complimentary selection of soaps, shampoos, shaving creams, skin smoothing lotions, sour stomach remedies, silkifying conditioners, etc.” turned out to be half-used bars of Dove (possibly Lifebuoy) soap stuck to the floor of the cabinet beneath the bathroom sink.
The neighborhood is indeed “scenic and vibrant” since there is a prospering dope house in operation round the clock a few doors down and cars go by with their woofers cranked to maximum dbs into the wee small hours. (Forget about sleep.) As for the Eastman School, The Museum of Play or the George Eastman House mentioned in the blurb, the only thing they have in common with this house is that they are all within the city limits. They are nowhere near this area, unless we are speaking in astronomical terms.
There are cable connections in most of the rooms, but they are connected to nothing, including the antiquated TV in the living room. In fact, there is not so much as a clock radio in the entire apartment. Plenty of music outside though. The wireless internet is an unsecured network – good luck with that.
The final straw for me was the infestation of both crawling and flying insects. When I found a small brown multi-legged creature in the bottom of one of my duffels, I was out of there the same day. One of the hosts called to blame the previous tenants and tell me it was a “flying ant” despite the fact that it was neither flying, nor an ant. Fortunately, it did not turn out to be a bedbug.
I lasted 4 nights and decided to kiss my money goodbye (strict refund policy). I then offered the place to my son, who was between apartments (after asking permission). He lasted two.
My recommendation is to spend a little more money elsewhere.
Wow! We were very disappointed (and really a little saddened) to receive
this review. Above all, though, we were surprised. We do our very best to
ensure that all of our guests enjoy their time with us, and were sorry to
learn that this was not the case for you. We wish we had known that you
were dissatisfied with you accommodation, so that we might have addressed
your concerns. Still, a quick glance at the other reviews for this listing
(as well as our reviews on the whole) presents an experience and
accommodation that is in stark contrast with your review and you've made
several claims which we feel are important to address.
You stated that "surfaces (blinds, shelves, pans, dishes, glasses) were
coated with either dust or grease." We dust prior to arrival of each of our
guests. That includes the blinds and shelves. Guests generally wash their
own dishes prior to their departure. We check to make sure the dishes are
clean prior to the arrival of a new guest. While it is possible that you
may have come across a pan with a slight residue or that a
less-than-sparkling dish might have slipped by us, we find it very
difficult to believe that anything was "coated."
You mentioned that "The refrigerator had not been cleaned and still
contained food of undetermined age from previous tenants." We recall
mentioning to you that our previous guest had generously left a few food
stuffs behind (ketchup, mustard, a frozen loaf of bread, some frozen ground
beef, etc), which we pointed out to you, let you know where it came from
and said that you were welcome to eat it. At which time, absolutely no
dissatisfaction was expressed. We would have gladly removed it and kept it
for ourselves it we knew there was a problem.
You claim that "The early 20th century building is in a state of near
collapse, as the upstairs floors slant toward the center of the rooms and a
glance at the woodwork around the doors makes the house appear to be
folding in on itself." We think you'll have to agree that this is a gross
exaggeration. Yes, the house was built in the early 20th century, and yes,
the upstairs floor has a VERY slight slant in some places, but the idea
that the house is anywhere near collapse or is in anyway unsafe or unsound
is just not true.
You go on to say that "Paint is peeling from the walls and ceilings in
sheets." Again, it's difficult to believe when are referring to the same
house. We looked in all of the rooms to see if we had somehow overlooked
these peeling paint. Not only did we not find sheets coming off the walls
and ceilings, there was no evidence of even a small amount of paint peeling.
You mentioned that "Some rooms are lighted by bare bulbs." It is true that
two of the rooms in the apartment do not have decorative covers over the
ceiling lights. We have never had a guest take issue with this before, but
following your feedback we will look into something more aesthetically
When referring to our bathroom, you said "There is an improvised shower" in
the bathroom. Again, this to us seems a bit disingenuous. The bathroom
contains a claw foot bath tub with a standard shower fixture. Most guests
find this to be a very nice feature.
You go on to say that the only toiletries we provide ”turned out to be
half-used bars of Dove." When you checked in, there were three packaged
bars of soap, one bottle of conditioner, one bottle of shampoo, and one
bottle of conditioning shampoo all which were located behind the mirror
above the bathroom sink. We remember pointing this out to you upon your
arrival (as we do with all of our guests).
Among the most disconcerting of your statements is your claim that there is
a "prospering dope house in operation round the clock a few doors down."
What?? The only house we can think of which you may be referring to
contains a very nice extended family from North Carolina who have lived in
our neighborhood for 15 years. They sell lunch and dinner out of their home
and that is not meant to be a euphemism or street slang for dope! They
literally sell home-cooked, southern-style meals to their neighbors.
You also state that the George Eastman House (2 miles away), Eastman School
of Music (1.9 miles away), and Strong Museum of Play (2.3 miles away) "are
nowhere near this area, unless we are speaking in astronomical terms." In
fact, many guests choose to stay with us because we are indeed located so
closely to the locations named above! The
will get you to ESM in 10 minutes for $1!
While you correctly point out that "there are cable connections in most of
the rooms, but they are connected to nothing" that is precisely because we
do not offer cable. It is not listed in our offered amenities and never has
You mentioned that "the wireless internet is an unsecured network", which
is true. We had it set it up that way so that guests didn't have to bother
with a password. If we'd known it was an issue for you we would've gladly
secured it for you. In response to your feedback, we have since created a
Finally, in what is among the most alarming of your statements, you claim
that "there is an infestation of both crawling and flying insects." Upon
hearing this, we immediately feared the worst. I rushed over to the
apartment, which was just around the corner from where I was at the time.
The tiny, "unidentified insects" turned out to be a couple of small, brown
ants. I even brought my partner over to confirm that they were indeed ants
(she just so happens to be a biologist with a background in entomology, you
know , the study of insects, so she's a pretty reliable source). The two of
us took a very thorough look around in the room in questions and elsewhere
in the apartment, but saw no more signs of any ants (or of any other type
of insect). Regardless, I went out right away and purchased several ant
traps, and, not wanting to take any chances, I called a professional to
come take a look. The result? No sign of any infestation of any sort!
When you checked out and returned the key we exchanged pleasantries and you
were on your way. At no time did you express any dissatisfaction with your
stay. To be honest, we are completely dumbfounded as to where this review
is coming from. While this is the first negative review we've received, an
experience like this can really take the fun out hosting."
A wonderful place and a nice community. Clean and easy rules. They take care about me, always something to propose to do and respectful of my privacy and wishes. Easy to share and talk. The place to be in Rochester !
(Un merveilleux endroit et une communauté sympathique. Propre et des règles de vie facile à suivre. Ils ont pris grand soin de moi, ont toujours eu quelque chose à me proposer et ont été respectueux de mes envies. Facile de partager et de parler avec eux. C'est l'endroit où rester à Rochester !
Very nice hosts! This place is great for a family, or even just one. Centrally located with transit options nearby and plenty of parking. You will enjoy your stay here!
I found Grandma Gail's to be just what I was looking for....a nice place to sleep and enjoy some time to myself while I was at a Christian Women's Conference. The host was not around except to let me in, so we didn't get to know each other well, but what interactions we had he was friendly and accommodating. I was greeted with a nice note and a bowl of candy, everything for breakfast left out for me to get to when I was ready, the bed was comfortable and the bathroom was clean. Well worth the money! If you are looking for someplace warm and friendly that is easy on the budget and convenient to everywhere in Rochester, this place fits the bill.
I was on business from Germany to Rochester and out for something different than my standard microtel...and I got what I wanted. Relaxed location, only 200 yards away from a bus stop to down town, a pizza place, a gas station and a small store. I also had use of the promised bicycle for the length of my stay...it was fun to explore the surrounding area and museums by bike.
The fridge and cooler are full of good stuff. Loved all the frozen berries to stir up my own smoothies.
Gail was very helpful. She picked me up and took me back to the airport...also from the shopping mall and to the bus station for my trip to the Niagara Falls. She printed out information where I could go and what's to be seen in town.
All in all a great experience and a place for me to come back to if I am heading for Rochester
Thanks for all
the house is nice, confortable, and clean. great host, very friendly people. i had a great time. i would recomend, if you want to visit rochester. :)