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Park Hotel
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Put in Bay
littlemiss85
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Think about it....”
Reviewed 22 July 2008

when you call to reserve the room...they inform you of the shared bathrooms, the no t.v's or phones, and that it's right on the main strip of the island right next door to the round house bar so it WILL be loud....then you have the OPTION to continue with your reservation or decline and look somewhere else with more modern ammenities.
There's a big difference between a modern hotel and then an original victorian sleeping house built in the 1870s...

  • Liked — location, location, location...and it being kept to the time period.
  • Disliked — nothing.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled on business
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 15 July 2008

Based on the hotel website you would think that it is a classy bed and breakfast but it is far from that. In front of the hotel is the chicken patio and a really big bar. The walls in our room were shaking from the band that played until about 2:00 am. Our room had no tv, and you have to share a nasty dirty bathroom with other people. This is not a nice get-away place or a place for families with children. Put in Bay is definitely a party town. If you don't drink or own a boat there's really not much to do.

  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2008

The property is centrally located directly in the heart of the Put In Bay community; location, location, location (it is perfect). Make no mistake, as advertised; this is a mid-19the century Victorian style hotel. The rooms are small but nicely appointed. Your do not have private baths, but those on each floor are very clean, and readily accessible. The first thing that you should notice is the down-home style comfort of the old hotel; as you see it from the street, you notice the wide sweeping front porch that offers a grand view of the crowds mingling along Delaware St. and dinning at the Chicken Barbeque. It has the feel of some of the great old B&Bs in the French Quarter.

The staff is friendly and attentive to your needs. If you need it, ask for it. They will bring you towels, blankets, extra pillows, even ice (but you will need to go to the desk to get it). There is no lounge or restaurant directly in the hotel (thus no room service). But anything you would want is just a short walk away. The Roundhouse Bar is actually connected to the hotel and is an awesome experience (135 years in business and still going strong). They have live entertainment on weekends (generally starting at 2:00 PM and going until 2:00 AM).

This is a “party town” in some senses of the word(s); it is not as loud or as lewd as Bourbon Street, it is not as flashy or trendy as South Beach; it is simply put, a very fun place for folks of all adult ages to enjoy good friends, music, food and drink. The hotel is as quite or as loud as your fellow guest makes it. My experience was just fine; by the time we went to bed I was not disturbed until the sun peeping through the shuttered windows pried my eyes open. At $145.00 a night on week-ends, the guest list may be a little more mature than previous visitors have found. Yes there still are noise makers, and as I found out from the staff, property damagers and generally unruly guests but I think they are actually fewer than in the past.

This is a very nice property with local owners and staff personnel that try to make your visit an enjoyable one.

  • Liked — Great staff, wonderful location and old style charm.
  • Disliked — That I couldn't stay longer.
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2007

Location: Awesome! Right on the main strip in Put-In-Bay, Ohio!! Right behind the chicken patio!! YUM!
Cleanliness: The rooms were clean. The shared bathrooms on the second floor had a few issues......No TP for days, clogged toilets, and there was NO hot water or water pressure and anytime a toilet flushed, the water temperature changed.
Price: Very affordable for PIB. There are limited accomodations therefore the prices are generally overpriced in the peak season.
Breakfast: Basic continental breakfast was good.
Noise: Our room faced the main street and the hotel sits right next to the Roundhouse Bar (A plus for us! Maybe not for others!) so it was nosy at night. (Just stay out until 3 and the noise is not an issue :) )
Overall Impression: If you are going to PIB to party, it is a good deal. If you are going there for a romantic weekend.....try another location.

  • Liked — Location, Location, Location!!!
  • Disliked — Cleanliness of the shared bathrooms.
  • Stayed July 2007, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 29 May 2006

Stayed at the Park Hotel over Memorial Day and the conditions of the hotel have greatly improved. The bathrooms on second floor were so clean and very bright, completely remodeled. This year the continental breakfast really hit the spot. We stay at the hotel several times a year and this year was the best. The only negative thing was the girl at the desk at night, we asked for a second blanket and she didn't even bother to get up and look, just said "we are out". She was always in the room to the side smoking when we were coming or going and then we saw her eating at the desk and this didn't look very professional at all, the rest of the staff were great. Again very clean.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Reviewed 1 July 2005

The Hotel was clean and the night manager, Andrew was very friendly. He helped us find a great bar and suggested a live band to go see. However, I can't say anything nice that about the day staff. The bathrooms could use alot of work, and ammeneties are scarce. I would only suggest staying here if you are young and like to stay out all night, because it is pretty loud being next to The Round House. The Coffee House inside the hotel opens early, is convenient, and run by a very friendly young girl.

Stayed May 2005
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Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2005

I live just an hour or so south of the Port Clinton/Catawba area and have been to PIB a couple times. Here are some observations and recommendations I'd like to make if you're planning a trip to the island:

I always take Miller's Ferry to South Bass Island because it's cheaper than Jet Express and you can take your vehicle over on the ferry. It's slower than the Jet but I always enjoy the ride over, and it usually only takes about 20 min. anyway. When you get to the island, take in some of the scenery. There are tons of little B&B's to add charm to the surroundings as well as quaint shops etc. But watch out for the golf carts if you bring your own vehicle because they are everywhere!

Both times I've stayed at PIB, I've stayed at the Park Hotel which is right downtown in the middle of all the action. It's a very nice victorian-style hotel and all the bedrooms are decorated differently. You will have to use a community bathroom, but it's not bad at all. On one of the floors, the girls bathroom has three toilet stalls and three shower stalls. On another floor there is only one toilet and one shower for girls but you can always go to the other floor and use that one if it's occupied. And the security is good too, you can't get past the front desk to get to your room without showing your ID, so make sure you have it with you at all times!

Downtown PIB totally comes to life on weekends, especially at night. There are several popular establishments such as the Round House (right next to the Park Hotel!) which always plays awesome music or has awesome live bands. Then there's my other favorite, the Beer Barrel Saloon, which boasts having the longest bar in the world. Pat Dailey does a lot of live shows there so make sure you catch him if he's there when you visit. You'll have to pay an extra fee to get back to the stage where he plays ($7 I think) but if you don't want to pay that much, you can still hear him play if you're up in the front of the bar. Also, you have to try Frosty's pizza because it's the best! After the downtown bars close for the night, you can take a taxi out to the Skyway which stays open much later. By the way, the taxis are pretty reasonably priced. If I remember correctly, we paid around $15-20 for a car load.

Here are my words of caution: if you're planning a family vacation, do NOT go to PIB on weekends! Or if you do, stay away from the downtown part. It is a MAJOR party scene and there are a lot of "shenanigans" that go on that you wouldn't want your little kids to witness. I have heard that it's much calmer to visit during the week so you might want to go then if you're interested in a family vacay. It's geared toward the 20's and 30's party crowd so if that doesn't interest you, don't go. You'll only waste your time and money. Try going to Kelley's Island instead which is much more family-oriented and also has a nice beach/campground and the glacial grooves park.

But if partying IS your scene, you'll love it! My friends and I call PIB "The Happiest Place on Earth!" LOL It's fun whether you're single or not, but I will admit that I had more fun the time I went when I was single. Everything is no holds barred so be ready for anything! Of course there are cops patrolling the streets so be aware of that!

When I go, we have fun just cruising the island during the day in a rented golf cart and visiting places like the Perry monument, winery and cave and all the little souvenir shops, or hanging out at the state park beach, then going back to the hotel to shower and change and get ready for a night of partying!

All in all, I have nothing bad to say about PIB. But again, make sure you understand how wild it can get! Other than that, you will have the time of your life!

Feel free to email me if you have any questions about PIB or the Port Clinton area.

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Property: Park Hotel
Address: 234 Delaware St, P.O. Box 60, Put in Bay, OH 43456-6624
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Region: United States > Ohio > Put in Bay
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Put in Bay
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Park Hotel is an Victorian-era hotel, Est.1873. Park Hotel is located in the center of town, on South Bass Island, known as Put-in-Bay, Ohio. A wood framed structure, with 25 rooms and shared bathrooms on each floor for its' hotel guests. The rooms are fairly small in comparison to todays style hotel rooms. Queen, double and twin beds are available thru-out the summer season. Open mid April thru end of October. Rooms are air-condioned, have ceiling fans and unique antique furniture. We offer our guests, clean, comfortable room, with clean shared bathrooms. When making a reservation via over the phone ( we do not offer online reservations) , we inform our potential guest of the uniqueness of the Park Hotel. Continental Breakfast is served daily. We offer golf cart rental, please contact the front desk for details. Park Hotel is adjacent to the RoundHouse Bar and Chicken Patio. Great view of the downtown harbor and Lake Erie. ... more   less 
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Park Hotel Put In Bay, Ohio

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