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Cancun, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A grand, elegant hotel that takes you back to honest Christian neighborhoods, like it should be. Reserve your rocking chair because it's the best place to view the lake. Clas and Culture, tha's what it means.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's old and in some places showing it's age e.g., peeling wallpaper in a few places. The rooms vary in size and furnishings. But it's a delightful old hotel in a very convenient location e.g., near the water, and steps away from the amphitheatre. The Institute shuttle bus stops regularly at the hotel and it's also a regular stop for... More 

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What can I say that hasn't been said already? The hotel is charming and yes a bit run down, but this did not take away from the convenience and friendliness of all of the staff who took care of us. It is steps away from the Amphitheater, Bestor Plaza and the lake. It is great t have the restaurant, valet... More 

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Vanessa W, Public Relations Manager at Athenaeum Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your comment and we hope to see you next season! All the best, Vanessa Weinert Marketing Manager More 

Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was apprehensive to book a room at the Athenaeum due to the negative reviews on tripadvisor. Upon pulling in to the Chautauqua Institute and seeing all of the beautiful well landscaped homes and public areas on the grounds my worries started to fade but I still had concerns about the hotel itself and the room we would be staying... More 

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Vanessa W, Public Relations Manager at Athenaeum Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review! Chautauqua Institution is a magical place and we hope that you come back to stay at our "grand dame' again. All the best, Vanessa Weinert Marketing Manager More 

Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'll start with the positive which is that we're just back from our first visit to the Chautauqua Institution. It was truly a lovely week of "summer camp for adults." Having said that, the Athenaeum Hotel is a big disappointment and an expensive one at that. We booked there since we hadn't been to Chautauqua before so didn't know the... More 

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Vanessa W, Public Relations Manager at Athenaeum Hotel, responded to this review

Dear Debra, Thank you for your thorough review and we're glad that you enjoyed Chautauqua's programming during your visit. I can ensure you that we will look into the inconveniences that you encountered during your stay at the Athenaeum Hotel. We cherish all of our new and repeat guests at Chautauqua and we're sorry that the response you received during... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have heard of Chautauqua from friends for years. I finally went this month. Athenaeum Hotel is owned by the Chautauqua Institute - which offers entertainment in the form of lectures and classes on a particular topic each week every summer. It is opened for 9 weeks. My week was about moral responsibility. The hotel is a Victorian style rambling... More 

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Chicago
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I really wanted to like the Athenaeum. This was my third visit to Chautauqua. Many people find the hotel charming, but frankly, I found it very difficult to accept the many problems I encountered. The elevator broke down four times during my one week stay. In the first instance, the staff had no idea what to do about it. Many... More 

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Vanessa W, Public Relations Manager at Athenaeum Hotel, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear about your poor experience at the Athenaeum Hotel. As you said, we are a seasonal and historic hotel (built in 1881) which does drive some of our challenges. The Athenaeum is currently undergoing a multi-year renovation process that will address many of the topics you have noted, including a complete revamp of many of the rooms.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Anniversary dinner and cocktails on the porch! Had a decent selection of finer wines at reasonable prices. We had to wait an inordinate amount of time to order our wine and another couple ordered at the same time but she only came back a while later with one bottle instead of both??? Not a really a big deal but we... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Nice staff and interesting building (if rather old), but the bed had to be 30 years old and very uncomfortable. Awoke each morning to sore back and stiff neck (pillows are no better than the bed).................

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Thank Kenneth K
Vanessa W, Public Relations Manager at Athenaeum Hotel, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that your bed was uncomfortable! The Athenaeum is currently undergoing a multi-year renovation process that will address many of the topics you have noted, including a complete revamp of many of the rooms (with new mattresses). We hope you enjoyed the myriad of programs that Chautauqua provides during your stay. Thank you for your feedback. All... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

The Atheneum Hotel was the perfect venue for our daughter’s wedding. If you are looking for a unique site for your wedding and reception I would highly recommend you check it out. The location was so picturesque and the ambiance of the hotel was just what our daughter was looking for. Carly, Shawna, and the entire staff were so friendly... More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Free Internet
  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
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  • Room Service
  • Free Breakfast
  • Meeting Rooms
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Throughout Chautauqua Institution's summer season, Athenaeum Hotel guests are inspired by a variety of learning, recreational and entertainment programs that are all part of the unique Chautauqua experience. For 140 summers, people have come to Chautauqua's 750-acre community to experience arts, education, concerts, lectures and lively discussions. During the spring and fall months, the Athenaeum Hotel acts as a host to well-organized conferences, beautiful weddings, and special events. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Athenaeum Hotel

Address: 3 S Lake Dr, Chautauqua, NY 14722-2547
Location: United States > New York > Chautauqua County > Chautauqua
Number of rooms: 153
Also Known As:
Athenaeum Hotel Chautauqua
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