Hotel Lakeside Featured in Cleveland Plain Dealer

Posted on September 29, 2014

The Hotel Lakeside was recently featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Read the article, "Hotel Lakeside at a crossroads: Community debates large-scale renovation of historic inn, sale of alcohol," written by Susan Glaser.

"For 139 years, the historic Hotel Lakeside has welcomed guests to its scenic location just steps from the Lake Erie shore.

The question many long-time residents of this resort community are asking this summer: Will the hotel be around for the next generation of Lakesiders – much less another 139 years?

Low occupancy rates and the need for millions of dollars in renovations have pushed Lakeside leaders into considering several controversial proposals – including the sale of alcohol for the first time inside the gates of the Methodist-founded resort town.

Though the issue has divided the community, there does seem to be agreement on the central goal: The hotel, with its magnificent front porch and terrific views of the lake, must be saved.

"From a dollar standpoint, it might be easier to tear it down," said Kevin Sibbring, the president of Lakeside Chautauqua, located just east of Port Clinton on the Marblehead peninsula. "But part of our mission is to preserve Lakeside's heritage."

An initial plan, released to the community last month, called for a complete renovation of the hotel, the addition of a three-story expansion and the introduction of alcohol sales.

The $12 million to $15 million project divided long-term Lakesiders, some of whom objected to its cost, its scope – and the sale of alcohol." Read more...