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“Beautiful historic hotel nestled in old fashioned community on the lake”
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Hotel Lakeside
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Lakeside
Reviewed July 3, 2012

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.

Room Tip: Get a room with a lake view and make sure it has it's own bathroom--some are across the hall!
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  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank isaleistar
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

We ate lunch in the Hotel Lakeside Dining room while attending the West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church session at Lakeside. Our server, Andrea, was courteous, knowledgable and helpful.

The food was delicious, and we chose a healthy entree. We had a lovely view of the grounds and a view that extended out over Lake Erie.

I have never stayed at the Hotel Lakeside, but I have heard good reports about the accommodations. I can tell you the dining room is an excellent experience. I would recommend it if you are ever at Lakeside.

Room Tip: Ask for a table by the window. The view is exquisite.
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  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank David B
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

This summer we stayed at the historic Hotel Lakeside in the "Chataqua on Lake Erie" community of Lakeside, OH. The old hotel is charming and the service is outstanding; however, the rooms are tiny and in somewhat shabby condition. The location can't be beat and if you are lucky to reserve a lake-front room with view, it is still delightful. The best part is being inside Lakeside and taking advantage of all this amazing community has to offer. Despite the "Average" rating of the room, we would probably go back and would recommend it to others, with the caveat that it is an old, old hotel!

  • Stayed: June 2011, traveled with family
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2  Thank Cowtown_Grrl
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

The reviews here must be primarily from those who stayed in the more expensive rooms, because the cheaper rooms don't have the same ambience whatsoever. Though the place served its purpose during a 3-night stay, the accommodations left a lot to be desired. We were especially frustrated not to have Internet access in our room, as the website reports that it is available and we actually made our decision to stay at that hotel based on what the website for the hotel said. We reported the lack of service each day to the reception desk and were given different responses: one was that only public areas had Internet service, and one was that we should have service. Upon leaving, the reception desk attendant was kind enough to provide us with a discounted rate to take care of the lack of Internet service, but not having it when we wanted it was quite annoying. The location of the hotel--right on the lake--is great, but if you're looking for something more, don't plan to get the least expensive rooms at the hotel.

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank jcperkins
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Reviewed August 13, 2011

This is an historic hotel and looks like a great place to stay. In our room we found a pair of underware in the closet, the room had not been used in a long time so everything was not clean (very dusty), cobwebs hanging from the lights, spider webs in the bathroom and last but not least a booger was on the shower curtian.

  • Stayed: August 2011, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank Filson2434
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

Hotel Lakeside was built in the late 1800's but it is still just as popular today as it was back then, with considerably more human comforts like air-conditioning and elevators. This is a historic hotel, decorated in keeping with its history. (Translation - you could find a huge furniture piece in a corner of the room that takes the place of a closet.)

Each room is unique with different views and different furniture. Every room is tastefully decorated. The website gives adequate descriptions of each and the price varies accordingly. Prices are good for a prime vacation destination like Lakeside. Most rooms have private baths but not all. Again, check the website carefully to see if your room has a full or half bath.

The staff is wonderfully helpful and friendly. The public areas are large and comfortable. A huge screened in porch is great for relaxing and watching the lakefront.

Caution - there is an "Important Note" on the reservation page. Pay attention to it. In addition to your room rate, you will be required to pay admission to get into the Lakeside Chautauqua community. For a couple with a car, that will add about $50 per day. Parking is limited at the hotel, so arriving early is a good idea if you want to park close.

Room Tip: Read the descriptions on the website and pay close attention to the type bath your room comes with.
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  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank PhotoDB
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Reviewed August 4, 2010

The wrap around skreened porch with wicker furniture and breeze off the lake alone is worth staying there. The room we stay in every year is always very clean and it's beautiful. You will not find room service or television and at night there is only one person working the desk, but it just has that wonderful safe, respectable (meaning everyone respects everyone else) homey feeling. We stay there every summer. The kids talk about it all year long (they are 6 and 3). We're going this Friday in fact, and we are so excited!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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6  Thank ajcerto
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Additional Information about Hotel Lakeside

Address: 150 Maple Avenue, Lakeside, OH 43440-1428
Location: United States > Ohio > Lakeside
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Hotels in Lakeside
Number of rooms: 79
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 
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Hotel Lakeside Ohio

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