About ten years ago, this used to be our favorite weekend get-away that was less than 2 1/2 hours from Pittsburgh and close to Lake Erie. We went back for the first time in ten years, and were a little surprised by the condition of the premium pool-side rooms. Unfortunately, the rooms looked EXACTLY the same as they did ten years ago and the king-size beds desperately need replaced with pillow-top mattresses. We were informed by the front desk that they are starting to remodel the rooms, but you would think they would have started with the premium rooms first!
Don't get me wrong...we still love the hotel. The staff are very friendly and accomodating and the pool and hot-tub are fantastic, especially during the winter months. The added plus is the restaurant in the hotel....downside is that they now charge for their breakfast bar ($4).
We will definitely go back....but NOT until the pool-side rooms are remodeled!
Oh yes....be careful which week-ends you pick, since this hotel is very popular with the youth hockey clubs for out-of-town tournaments. The pool can get VERY noisey and crowded.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Bel-Aire Clarion is a full-service, locally owned hotel that offers conference rooms and banquet space to accommodate up to 360 people. We have 131 guest rooms, which includes four suites and a parlor. Our hotel facilities comprise an exercise room, a sauna, an indoor atrium pool, and Jacuzzi. We offer off property catering and in-house dining. Victor’s Restaurant offers a daily full hot breakfast buffet day and is open for dinner Monday-Saturday. There are nightly drink specials and an increasing number of celebrity bartending events. We also own another Choice Hotels property, Comfort Inn Presque Isle, less than a mile from the Clarion. Our Comfort Inn has 100 guest rooms, especially to assist with large overnight groups.We are half a mile from Waldameer Amusement Park and Waterworld and a mile from the beaches of Presque Isle. Presque Isle boasts seventeen miles of beaches and biking and walking trails. The Millcreek Mall, fourth largest mall in America, is a quick shuttle or car ride from our hotel.Our location provides us with being the gateway to Erie’s main attractions: Presque isle, downtown, and the Millcreek Mall.Bel-Aire Clarion opened in 1961, giving us over 50 years in business. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Hotel Erie
- Clarion Erie
- Erie Clarion