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where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

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where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

We are arriving Monday night (8:30pm) to Cleveland airport for trip to Cedar Point on Tuesday. We only need a hotel for one night (Monday) since we are staying with relatives in Toledo starting on Tuesday. Should we stay near the airport, near Cedar Point or in between?

Late arrival means we don't need much more than a comfortable clean place to stay. Park doesn't open until 11am, so we can get breakfast before we arrive.

Where would you stay?

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1. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

Have you read the thread on this forum about fast passes? If you stay at a park resort, such as the Breakers Express, you get early admission and discounted admission tickets, but the lodging expense is higher. So you might be ahead to stay outside the park and to use the savings to buy fast passes if the park seems crowded once you arrive. You'll have to do the math, given the size of your party, etc.

Cleveland Hopkins is less than an hour from Cedar Point, so staying outside the Cedar Point lodging market if you're not staying at a park resort likely is cheaper for a given level of quality.

Also, the drive to Cedar Point might be a little more interesting and certainly easier during daylight. Definitely take route 2 (a limited access freeway) rather than I-80, a toll road.

Definitely don't pick lodging east of the airport. Here are some possibilities:

tripadvisor.com/Hotels-g50777-North_Olmsted_…

If you can get a northeastern Ohio AAA map before your trip, it might be helpful.

You also may be able to buy discounted tickets somewhere in the morning after your arrival.

Enjoy the Point!

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2. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

Here's another thought.

I noticed that the Hilton Garden Inn Airport is offering a sale. It's a fairly new hotel and highly rated by TA reviewers.

If you stayed there, you could take the shuttle to the hotel, and wait until the next morning to rent your car, perhaps saving some money. If you wanted to explore downtown Cleveland on the night of your arrival, there is a rail rapid station next to luggage. You could take the rapid downtown to Tower City, where there is a full-service casino. A short walk northwest from Tower City is the Warehouse District club/dining district. A short walk east of Tower City is the East 4th St. entertainment/dining district. Unless the Indians play on that Monday night, things might be slow downtown.

Perhaps you might even get a cheaper car rental by using a non-airport rental office, such as Enterprise, which would pick you up or deliver your car to the hotel. Be certain to understand the days and hours of operation of non-airport car rental locations for the purpose of returning your car.

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3. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

Thanks for your suggestions! We are a family of 4; two kids ages 8 & 12. I looked at the Cedar Point demand and it looks light (your kids go back to school earlier than ours)-- I don't think we'll need the Fastpass; and we can swing by the Sandusky AAA office to get discounted tix that morning ($40 each). We are also a 'medium' coaster family -- generally avoid the big ones with long lines and go for the more classic (Blue/Mean Streak) ones we can all go on together, so I don't think the 1 hr early entry is needed.

AAA got us a great rate on the car; airport pickup & dropoff is easiest for us.

I'll check out the Hilton Garden Inn - we've had great luck with Hiltons in other cities. Thanks for the tips!

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4. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

I think I read somewhere that AAA no longer is offering Cedar Point tickets. I'm not certain, but you might check that possibility.

Somebody on this forum probably could tell you if some local retail chain offers discounted tickets, and, if so, the closest store to Cedar Point or along route 2.

BTW, the Gemini should be great for your family. I guess it's now considered a medium coaster, although it once was the highest and fastest in the world just a few decades ago! And many consider the Mean Streak the nastiest ride in the park and refuse to ride it because it bounces the riders around so much.

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5. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

If I were you I would make your way closer to Cedar Point. It's going to be a long day as it is. We also have a Hampton here in Sandusky right off the turnpike. And I would take 480 to the turnpike from the airport. Route 2 is too slow. We have many hotels along route 250. The Maui Sands hotel is offering excellent rates right now. And Panera is close by for breakfast. We also have some local eateries. Jolly Donut, Diana’s deli along with a Perkins and Bob Evans. All on Route 250 your route to Cedar Point. Make your life easy come to Sandusky!

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6. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

Thanks - I just checked with the Sandusky AAA office - they have $40/pp tickets to Cedar Point (or $47 for free soda all day - we might get one of those).

I think we will head towards Sandusky so we have more time there in the AM on our day-at-the-park. There are a lot of mixed reviews (and someone I spoke with nixed the Hampton Inn) for a quick place to stay overnight, so if you have one you recommend please let me know. I'll check out the Maui Sands.

We rode the Gemini many times when it actually WAS the highest, fastest, steepest. The Mean Streak is more for bragging rights. We haven't been since 2008, so if there are other recommendations send them along!

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7. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

<<Route 2 is too slow.>>????

GM, route 2 is a freeway with no tolls and a more direct shot to Sandusky than I-80. Are you saying it's too slow because the speed limit is lower by what, five mph? Do you think the higher speed limit on the Ohio Turnpike makes up for the longer distance, especially as you have to travel an extra seven miles on 250 from I-80? IMO, route 2 also is more interesting, at least during daylight. Personally, I never use I-80 between Cleveland and Sandusky and beyond to Port Clinton, only partially because I'm toll adverse.

I don't think the OP's family will have trouble finding a place for breakfast anywhere along their route. E.g., Bob Evans, a great place for breakfast, has restaurants throughout northern Ohio. The OP could drive to Sandusky, about 45 minutes, for breakfast if they wanted to do so.

The one big advantage of driving to Sandusky at night is that the OP's family might productively utilize time that otherwise would be spent sitting around the hotel, especially as the kids might be too excited to sleep well. The Hilton Garden Inn Airport has a pool, but I don't know the pool's hours.

My impression is that several of the hotels near the airport are higher-rated by TA reviewers than those in the Cedar Point market and with likely significantly lower prices during the CP season, unless a large convention is in Cleveland.

Edited: 22 August 2012, 19:06
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8. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

Anne, actually some kids like the Mean Streak because it emphasizes positive Gs, forcing them into their seats. Being shorter and younger, they also aren't as prone to sore necks after finishing the ride.

Rides with big negative Gs, such as the Magnum, seem to scare younger kids more. They worry about flying out of their seats and sometimes refuse to ride any coaster after experiencing that. So consider saving the big negative G coasters for the end of your stay. It also may help if you have the kids ride together so their lap belts are tighter, although this takes away from mom and dad's great fun of watching the kids react to the rides!

Have fun!

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9. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

Another consideration is that restaurants around Sandusky are very busy and more slow during breakfast hours than likely those in the airport area or at interchanges further west. Busy restaurants in Sandusky always was a dislike of mine during CP trips.

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10. Re: where to stay - Cleveland airport, Cedar Point or in between

We have a La Quinta right accross fromus on Route 250. I heard the rooms were just remodeled. We do have a Fairfield on Route 250. It does have a pool. We have Kalahari which would most likely be more than you want to spend. That would be the nicest hotel. I travel from the airport to Sandusky all the time. You can go 480 to 80/90 to the Elyria exit which is Rt. 2. Rt. 2 does have construction on the bridge. Having said that I do not think either way will have much traffic. 480 to the turnpike would just be easier and is a little faster. And you will not have any problems with crowds for breakfast. Please e-mail me with questions if you like. I live here. jayme@ghostlymanor.com