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The Spencer Hotel and Spa
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Reviewed 22 April 2013

I stayed with my wife last month. The property is located in an excellent spot inside the Chautaqua Institution. Really easy to find out.
Helen and Rick, the owners of the place they make us fell at home, they prepare the table for the breakfast and they make the breakfast!!.
We slept in the second floor, the hotel has soooo much history and the rooms are set up of different artists is such a good experience!!.
They make weddings and for those ones that need a perfect place for that, you should choose the Spencer Hotel.
I will be back some day for sure!.

Thanks the Spencer Hotel!
Regards,

Lucas and Ana.

Room Tip: The Clare Boothe Luce - Room 204 was perfect!!
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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TheSpencer, General Manager at The Spencer Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2013

We are glad your recent stay went so well. Next time you visit us the weather will be far more inviting. We greatly appreciate your positive comments.

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Reviewed 22 April 2013

If you like the Chautauqua Institution experience, you'll love this hotel. Each room is decorated in the spirit of an author. We chose the Jules Verne room which was lovely and complete in small detail about the author's life.
This place is a perfect refuge to get away from the din of everyday life and relax and reflect on the quiet things. My wife and I found the beds comfy and the room very clean. Although it was too cold to spend time on the porch, it was easy to imagine how wonderful it would be to sit on the porch as it overlooks the main amphitheater on the campus. Met the owner, who designed the hotel and she made certain everything was perfect for us.
Would highly recommend it to people who like the quiet, restful pace of Chautauqua. BTW, this hotel is the only hotel open year 'round on the Institution grounds.

  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled as a couple
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TheSpencer, General Manager at The Spencer Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2013

We are so glad you had a restful stay with us. We hope you will return when our "curtains" are down and you can take in the ambiance of Chautauqua from one of our porches. During the Chautauqua Season (June 22nd-August 25th) you can hear many of the Amphitheater programs right from our porches! Looking forward to your return and thank you for your feedback.

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Reviewed 21 April 2013

This winter has been a long one, but it's been a pleasant surprise to find such a great getaway so close to home. Easy trip from Fort Erie, charming historic property, wonderful hospitality, and who knew we could get on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution without a grounds fee or the busy traffic that the peak summer season presents. The rooms are lovely - I especially like the Charles Dickens and Colette - and the welcome and service that Helen, Chris, Dick and Hanna provide make you feel like you are an old friend coming home. Recommended this hotel to all my friends and family - so close yet you feel like you have been away to somewhere very special!

Room Tip: Check out their website for views of the all the themed rooms - you can take your pick by your favorite author!
  • Stayed: April 2013, travelled solo
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TheSpencer, General Manager at The Spencer Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2013

We are delighted that you had an enjoyable stay with us. We take pride in our unique literary themed rooms and it is gratifying when our guests have a memorable visit to the Spencer and to historic Chautauqua Institution. Looking forward to seeing back with us in the near future.

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Reviewed 29 March 2013

After my first visit to Chautauqua Lake last year, I had raved about the area and the lovely Spencer Hotel to my good friend Janet. So this year when we were looking for somewhere to go for a couple days, within easy drive of Toronto with interesting shops and area to explore, Chautauqua and the Spencer was the obvious choice. The Spencer was much quieter this time since we were there in March instead of May and that was fine with us. Owners Helen and Dick and Manager Chris went out of their way to ensure we had a lovely relaxing visit. When we mentioned to Dick that we were going to look for some wine, he worried we might not get to the store before closing and went and got a bottle for us! Breakfasts were excellent both mornings. Our EF Benson themed room was lovely and well appointed; sadly the wintry weather did not allow for us to sit on the verandah outside our room. A wonderful quaint welcoming place to stay, highly recommended.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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TheSpencer, General Manager at The Spencer Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2013

Thank you for your comments. We enjoyed having you back again and look forward to your return again soon. The snow seems to be letting up now so we will soon be readying for our Spring guests. Hannah, Dick & Helen send their regards.

Chris Yates

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Reviewed 11 March 2013

Went for a weekend getaway to relax and rest...the Spencer delivered! Chris, Helen, and Hanah were great hosts and we enjoyed the quiet atmosphere. The Spencer is an older hotel that has so much personality. It has its little quirks but those things add to its charm and truly make you appreciate the history and preservation the hotel and the institute have come to embody. I do wish the price difference between on and off season was more...simply so we could visit more often!
Chris was very helpful, at one point while in Jamestown we were trying to locate a place to eat, we just called Chris and he gave us several suggestions...talk about full service.
Wine tours, food, sleep, and a jacuzzi tub made our long weekend a much needed break! See you again soon!

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled as a couple
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TheSpencer, General Manager at The Spencer Hotel and Spa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2013

Thanks for your return stay with us. I grateful for the cell phone so we could find a nice place for your dinner. Looking forward to your next stay with us. Best regards.

Chris Yates

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