After reading some of the comments posted here my husband & I considered cancelling our reservation at the Hotel Conneaut, but we really wanted to spend some time back at the place where we first met (anyone remember the Cow Shed?) so we stuck with our original plans. We are certainly glad we did. It’s hard to believe that we were in the same hotel as some of the other posters. The furnishings in both the lobby and adjacent sitting room are so authentic that you feel as though you have just stepped back in time. There was a wedding reception going on in the ballroom, which is absolutely gorgeous. We loved exploring the park, walking along the boardwalk, and the lake is always beautiful.
We were greeted immediately upon our arrival at the reception desk. True, the reservation system is not computerized, but we were checked in within 10 minutes and on our way to our room, which had been upgraded from a lake view to a suite at no additional charge. I must admit I do think the room charges are a bit high and we would certainly not have reserved a suite at the prices being charged. The room was delightful – a spacious, two-bedroom suite, with sitting area, full kitchen and a completely modern bath. The rooms were clean and light and newly painted, with mini-blinds at all the windows, comfortable beds with nice bedding, thick & fluffy towels in the bath. The large kitchen had a granite countertop, a double, deep basin stainless steel sink, with a large refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker & toaster – all fairly new and in working order, and lots of cabinets. The dishes and silverware were new sets, as were all of the other kitchen accessories. There was a table and chairs in the kitchen, a chair and sofa bed in the living area, and a television with a large choice of channels. The food and service in the restaurant (Elizabeth’s) were exceptional (fantastic homemade soups & deserts), and the prices were reasonable.
I will fault the hotel on their housekeeping staff, which does appear to be a problem. We were guests for two nights and never saw any sign of a housekeeping person. Although we did not mind the beds not being made and had ample towels for the two days, it would have been nice to at least have the garbage emptied. Unfortunately, there was no one at the reception desk the morning that we checked out so that we could have told them directly.
Of course, there are some areas of the hotel which still need to be refurbished, and I imagine not all of the rooms are as newly refinished as ours. It will take years and mega-dollars before this grand lady is restored to her original state. I admire all of those who are working so hard to bring Conneaut Lake Park and Hotel Conneaut back to life. It holds such special memories for many of us. We wish them luck and we will definitely be back.
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