We have been enjoying this wonderful old hotel for years, however this Labor Day weekend was disappointing. The charm of this old hotel has worn off. This time it was just plain dirty and run down. While the hotel is run by the Lakeside Chautauqua, the amateur management charges professional prices, with rooms running toward $200/night. We checked in and the sink area was dirty. We thought we would just let the maid know the next day, but while we were gone all day with the tag hanging for maid service, no one ever showed. When I mentioned all this to the desk clerk upon checking out today, she offered no apologies, just, "They don't have time to come back if they have to skip your room." I had posted the "Do not disturb" sign from 4 - 5 PM. If they were volunteers, I might understand, but not at $200/night. There was a layer of dust in the room and a broken window pane. The toilet/shower in the room we had was extremely tiny and shoddy. Bottom of the line shower stall. The bathroom door does not even close. Most disturbing was having no privacy because of old doors to adjoining rooms allowing us to hear even the page turning of the newspaper in the next room. The large back porch railings have dangerously rotted off at the bottom and wobble if touched. The grand Lakeside porch, a peaceful area to read and watch Lake Erie, is no more. Last night, with no special program or excuse, various people (hotel lobby and porch open to all), had marked their territory with sacks, picnic baskets, hats, etc. so all the tables were "taken", yet empty. I believe many of the people doing this are not even guests. Strangely, the residents of Lakeside even drape the park benches with blankets to save seats for the fireworks show. This once charming destination has lost its charm for us. This was our last trip there.
- 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