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“The Spencer is as special as Chautauqua”

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The Spencer Hotel and Spa
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Chautauqua
Reviewed 18 June 2008

I just returned from a weekend at the Spencer in the Chautauqua Institution. If you are a fan of large, everything-the-same hotel rooms. Go elsewhere. In fact, avoid Chautauqua altogether. The hotel is like the institution itself--a walk back through time. The staff let us take over the public area for a family reunion. They were very welcoming and helpful. The rooms are small but serviceable; the beds are comfortable. The hotel itself is over decorated--I could have done without the murals on the walls in the rooms and the Victorian look in the sitting room, but the porches are grand (not Grand Hotel grand, but still...) and a great place to spend a rainy Saturday. If you are fond of small, European type hotels, this is the place. Also spent a winter weekend there for skiing; nearly had the whole place to myself. Will definitely return.

  • Stayed: June 2008, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 June 2008

We had a short stay at the Spencer, but our time there was great. We were in town for a wedding and the staff was very accommodating. They let us check in early so we could freshen up to go to the wedding, they gave us wonderful directions to where we needed to go, provided an umbrella in the rain, and even filled us in a little on the history of the Chautauqua Institute. If we ever went back to Chautauqua we would definitely stay at the Spencer

Stayed: June 2008
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Reviewed 28 February 2008

We spent an amazing weekend at the Spencer Hotel for the murder mystery weekend. I have never done anything like this before, but I can't wait to do it again. The entire group had an amazing time and we are thinking about making it a yearly trip.

The Bed and Breakfast itself was very comfortable and cozy to stay. The staff made us feel at home and were reason enough to return.

I highly reccomend The Spencer Hotel and murder mystery weekend to everyone!

Stayed: February 2008
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Reviewed 27 February 2008

We had a group of six couples for a murder mystery weekend. The staff was overly accommodating, the murder mystery was of the highest quality with excellent actors and story-line, the food was superb and the Chautauqua Institute is magnificent-even in the winter. We had a perfect weekend

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 11 February 2008

I searched for something along the Chautauqua Wine Trail and had vacationed as a child in the Chautauqua region, I knew of the Institution my whole life and wanted to know more answers to my questions about staying on the Chautauqua Institute. I called the staff directly at The Spencer and found them to be more than helpful and accomodating. Once we checked in though, the experience became even better. The web site is easy to navigate and the people were so, so very nice and bendover backward helpful in directions, features, room cleanliness, referrals for things to do, etc. The room was a little smaller than what I am usually used to, this was the only reason that the grade was Above Average instead of Excellent, but there are larger rooms on the premises.

  • Stayed: February 2008, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 November 2007

Our stay at The Spencer was a great getaway weekend for a couple. We went for the holiday wine tour weekend during which 16 local wineries paired foods with wines and you had 2 days to visit these wineries at your leaisure.

The Spencer itself is a beautifully restored 4 story certury old hotel, that is charming from top to bottom. The place is immaculate, the towels are thick and plentiful and the beds are very comfortable which is always a worry to those of us with back issues. As an added bonus, in the late evening as you were prepairing for bed the wonderful aromas of fresh baked goods filled the hotel. The complimentary breakfast was delicious and included the baked goods you craved from the eveing before and any special dietary needs were met with great enthusiam.

The staff was curtious and very helpful, they even arranged a car and driver so we could enjoy the wineries responsibly.

All in all our stay was relaxing peaceful and very enjoyable.

Stayed: November 2007
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Reviewed 6 November 2007

This was our fourth visit to the Spencer Hotel. The setting, the peacefulness, the history, the comfort, "Henri", breakfast, we could go on and on, all are wonderful. If you want to travel back in time, leave the computer and cell phone behind and just enjoy the natural beauty of Chautauqua then the Spencer is the place to stay. We love our long walks around the grounds of the Institute and returning to the sounds of the beautiful player piano and the ambiance of such a wonderfully preserved piece of history. We are sure to return again. Make this a must on your places to stay!

Stayed: November 2007
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Address: 25 Palestine Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722-2536
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Region: United States > New York > Chautauqua County > Chautauqua
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Kitchenette Room Service Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 6 Hotels in Chautauqua
Price Range: £178 - £262 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — The Spencer Hotel and Spa 2.5*
Number of rooms: 24
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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