This inexpensive hotel is located right on Lake Erie, a beautiful spot in the otherwise dreary town of Dunkirk. When I arrived, the computer system was down. The staff was apologetic about being unable to check me in right away. Luckily my colleague had arrived before me and was already in her room. I stowed my things with her and went out for a lovely ride along the lake (I brought my folding bike along for this trip). Upon my return I was able to register. I was very surprised to find someone's belongings in "my" room. Thank goodness, the owner of said belongings was not there.
The friendly staff seemed unsurprised (this happens often?) and gave me another room. Here I lucked out and got a lakeview room. Gorgeous! While the room was a bit shabby, it was clean and everything - internet connection, plumbing, air conditioning - worked just fine. The bed was comfortable and the room was quiet.
While the town has little to offer, it is conveniently located. Nearby Fredonia has some nice restaurants and shops and not far away are Lake Chautauqua, Mayville, Lillydale, the Amish Trail, wineries and other area attractions. In the summer, on the pier just next to the hotel, there is live music every Thursday evening. I checked it out, and the atmosphere was pleasantly festive. There are walking and biking paths along the lake. If you're a cyclist you'll be interested to know that the hotel is located on NY Bike Route 517.
The hotel offers a "deluxe hot breakfast." No. Pass on it. Nearby Dmitris, while not recommended for dinner, opens at 6 a.m. and offers a fine breakfast. Or, to save money, bring along your favorite breakfast treats (that don't need refrigeration) and supplement with the milk, juice and barely adequate coffee that the hotel provides.
I'd return as this hotel makes an inexpensive base for exploring the region.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Dunkirk offers wonderful views overlooking Lake Erie. Located approximately 24 miles from the Jamestown airport, and 45 miles from the Buffalo airport, 3 miles from the State University of New York at Fredonia, 12 miles from Lily Dale, Chautauqua County has 24 unique wineries that are driving distance from our hotel. The hotel & conference center is conveniently located for your getaway, special event or business meeting.The harbor front boardwalk and the center of Dunkirk is a short walk away and offers dining, recreation and entertainment year-round. Hotel guests are afforded an abundance of amenities, like free hot breakfast bar, free high-speed Internet access, free local calls and free coffee. We have an outdoor heated pool open May through September, as well as an exercise room with Cardiovascular options. We have the Windjammers Restaurant/Lounge onsite open for dinner, In the summer we have our Dockside Cafe open for lunch and dinner with entertainment on the weekends. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Dunkirk
- Dunkirk Clarion