Plenty of folks speak poorly of the Athenaeum on Chautauqua lake but they miss the point. The hotel is in the middle of the Chatauqua Institute that week in and week out provides the most interesting and intellectually challenging programs. The Athenaeum is perfectly suited to the pace and mission of the Institute. It is over 100 yeas old so don't expect cookie cutter rooms and standard sized bath rooms. It is located in upstate New York and operates during the summer so don't expect Lago di Como service. The staff you interact with is kids working their way through college. Their effort is earnest, if not smoothly professional. The food is fine. We had a great room overlooking the lake. Great Victorian porch, comfortable wicker chairs, beautiful view. What's not to like? We enjoyed every bit of our experience and plan to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Throughout Chautauqua Institution's summer season, Athenaeum Hotel guests are inspired by a variety of learning, recreational and entertainment programs that are all part of the unique Chautauqua experience. For 140 summers, people have come to Chautauqua's 750-acre community to experience arts, education, concerts, lectures and lively discussions. During the spring and fall months, the Athenaeum Hotel acts as a host to well-organized conferences, beautiful weddings, and special events. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Athenaeum Hotel Chautauqua, New York