I've stayed at this hotel several times on business travel in Utica. It is much better than the other area hotels, though recently another Hampton opened in New Hartford NY that I like a little better.
This hotel has everything you'd expect at a Hampton- nice beds, nice rooms, great breakfast and decent prices. The workout room is minimal but has free weights and a stability ball, which is a nice surprise! There is a Denny's in the same parking lot as the hotel, a nice option if you don't feel like driving around looking for a place to eat after a long day. There is also a McDonald's and a Delmonico's Steak House across the street- Genessee is a wide busy road but I don't mind dashing across on foot. This hotel is right near I-90 and the location is a plus since it is away from downtown Utica, which is somewhat rundown and not inviting at night.
One nice touch the hotel offers is an evening reception, where they put out soup or chili, cheese and crackers, or other little nibbles- and then later offer desserts. This could even be a light dinner for some.