My mom and I stay at Hotel Lakeside once a year. If you look at my other reviews You'll notice that I gravitate toward high-end, boutique hotels. This does not fall into either of those categories.
What I love about this hotel is the ambiance--unrivaled by anywhere else in the world. The hotel itself is a historic landmark and they've done a lovely job of maintaining it's character. The lobby has all original furniture, beautiful hardwood floors and an old fashioned record player from the turn of the century that works.
My favorite part of the hotel is the screened in porch overlooking a beautiful fountain and a pier that juts into Lake Erie. I'm actually sitting in the porch now watching a storm roll in.
The rooms aren't amazing. They remind me more of a bed and breakfast than a hotel. The rooms are very clean and decorated to reflect the age of the hotel with old fashioned wallpaper and original furniture all in beautiful condition. The bathrooms are small--Europe small. No frills or bells and whistles.
They do offer a free continental breakfast of baked goods, juice, cereal, yogurt, tea and coffee. They are crazy militant about ending breakfast at 9:30 so get your food early!
The location is amazing. The hotel is only open in the summer because it doesn't have heat! It's located In a chatauqua community established in the 1800s. It's really like walking into an old fashioned town--looks and feels like one with kids riding bikes down the streets, families eating ice cream on park benches and barbershop quartets singing at the auditorium. For someone who lives in dc this is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustled of the "real world"
Be forewarned that if you stay here May through September you have to pay a gate free for each member in your party and your vehicle for each day you stay. My mom and I paid $44 for one day.
Make sure you watch the sunset from the pier, get ice cream and the Whistle Stop, and visit the adorable and unique shops. Also bring a blow dryer and conditioner because there aren't any in the rooms.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1875, Hotel Lakeside is a notable National Historic Landmark conveniently located on the shores of Lake Erie. This hotel is reminiscent of the Victorian era, featuring antique furnishings and a beautiful wrap-around porch showcasing the best views of the islands. Open seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through September, the hotel includes 79 unique rooms ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lakeside Ohio