It was our first trip to Chautauqua Institution, and we loved this magical place, and we stayed at the Spencer Hotel for 4 nights. Since we only could stay for 4 nights, our choices were limited to the Spencer and a few other hotels.
Pluses: The Spencer is in a good location, has a nice porch, and our room (Robert Burns) had a nice large bathroom.
Minuses: for $300+/night the room was really small, the windows don't open, and the breakfast is very weak - quiche 4 days in a row and I don't eat eggs so out of luck.
If I could only stay a few days, I would go to the Atheneum and take a small room, then relax on their huge, sweeping porch overlooking the lake. The best plan, however is to stay for a week and book a 1 or 2 BR/with kitchen and porch at one of charming B&B's or small homes located all over the place. This is our plan for next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Spencer Hotel & Spa is best described as 'more captivating than opening your favorite story-book.' Amidst our enchanting literary themed rooms and the private sanctuary of our spa, find yourself transported to a bygone place and time. Time spent in our steam sauna, a soak in our whirlpool tubs, and a week of pampering services leaves every one feeling as though they have gathered new strength. Each of the 24 guest rooms and suites were hand-decorated by local artists to honor the lives and works of famous authors. Each room has a select library of thoughtfully-chosen books and musical selections to further convey the tone of each writer's life and times. All of the rooms have central air conditioning and heat, cable television, free Wi-Fi, monogrammed robes, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, and Gilchriest and Soames bath amenities. Most of the rooms are outfitted with King beds and have brand new mattresses. Some of the rooms have desks, arm chairs, sofa beds, direct porch access and whirlpool/Jacuzzi tubs with European handheld showers. An elevator services all four floors. Steamboat Gothic porches grace the front of the hotel, and are appointed with Victorian sofas, chairs and rockers that overlook the famous Chautauqua Amphitheater. A gourmet savory or sweet breakfast is served each morning with fresh fruit in the Peacock Dining Room and luxurious massage services and a cedar sauna are available for guests to indulge in.The Spencer offers cozy areas that are perfect for playing a board game, curling up with a good book, or engaging in conversation. In the Monet Parlor a movie projector and screen are also available for use. Packages and specials are available for guests from Couples Renewal Weekends to Gourmet Dinners, Ladies Pampering and Wine Touring.The Spencer Hotel is the perfect place for small weddings, receptions, book-clubs, reunions, business retreats and more. Group packages can be custom built for your next event. During the 9 week Chautauqua Institution Season gate and parking passes are required for guests staying at The Spencer and need to be arranged through Chautauqua Institution. The Spencer Hotel rents by the week during these 9 weeks and provides guests with dinner Monday - Friday in addition to the gourmet breakfast that is offered year-round. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spencer Hotel Chautauqua
- The Spencer Hotel And Spa Chautauqua, New York