Built in 1875, Hotel Lakeside is a notable National Historic Landmark conveniently located on the shores of Lake Erie. The hotel is reminiscent of the Victorian era, featuring antique furnishings and a beautiful wrap-around porch showcasing the best views of the islands. Hotel Lakeside includes 79 unique rooms and is open seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, as well as for weekends and special events through early October. Make an online reservation or call (419) 798-4461, ext. 230 for more details.
Amenities of this historic hotel include all non-smoking rooms, complimentary continental breakfast, vending machine, elevator, 24-hour front desk service and limited on-site parking.
Luxury Suites offer guests the ultimate level of comfort. The Barbara Lane Memorial Suite offers a waterfront view with a king bed, private bath, spacious living area, kitchenette and upgraded amenities. The Hotel Lakeside Suite features a king bed, private bath, spacious living area and kitchenette. Either suite sleeps up to four comfortably.
Heritage Suites are the best suites available that feature a waterfront view. Each suite displays classic, Victorian antiques and contemporary amenities. Heritage Suites offer a king or queen bed, private bath and upgraded linens.
Peninsula Rooms are larger, recently updated guest rooms with a private bath. Many of these rooms are handicap accessible and have multiple bed options.
Chautauqua Rooms offer a variety of mid-size queen, full or two twin beds with a private bath. Select Chautauqua Rooms offer a waterfront view.
Family Rooms consist of a combination of full and twin beds, along with a private bath. Family Rooms are specifically designed to host a family without having to reserve multiple rooms. These rooms sleep up to four comfortably.
Traditions Rooms are the original Hotel Lakeside rooms. These smaller rooms contain a queen, full or two twin beds and a private bath.
Basic Rooms are smaller, original Hotel Lakeside rooms with less than a private bath. Most rooms contain a commode and basin, but no shower. Some may only have a basin. Therefore, a full bath is available down the hall. Basic Rooms are the most affordable option at Hotel Lakeside.
Hotel Lakeside was designed and built in 1875. The hotel had no running water or electricity and a two-story outhouse was located in the present courtyard.
Over the years, additions included an east wing along Maple Avenue, electric lights and public baths and restrooms. In 1914, the front porch was enlarged and a concrete floor was installed, along with a fireplace in the lobby.
When the Lakeside Association acquired management of the hotel in 1955, the lobby and rooms were updated with new wallpaper, rugs, mattresses and plumbing.
In the years following, the hotel was poorly maintained. Lakeside's Board of Trustees decided to tear down the structure and replace it with a motel or restaurant. Financing of the demolition and new construction never materialized, and by 1973, more than half of the rooms were unusable.
By August, a group of concerned Lakeside residents were determined to save and restore the hotel, thus The Friends of Hotel Lakeside was founded. Lakeside's Board of Trustees later changed course and resolved to save and preserve the hotel.
For more than 40 years, The Friends of Hotel Lakeside have been dedicated to preserving and upgrading the facility. The most important improvements have included complete rewiring, new plumbing, installation of a sprinkler system, elevator access, new kitchen, foundation repair and restoration, and air conditioning of the dining room, lobby and all of the guest rooms.
All of this has been completed with the help and cooperation of the Lakeside Chautauqua staff and its Board of Directors.
At your convenience, guests can make online reservations, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Check availability, amenities and view pictures online. Online reservations will be available in February.