Hotel Lakeside is a notable local landmark located along the southern shore of Lake Erie. Built in 1875, the hotel is reminiscent of the Victorian era, including a beautiful wrap-around porch showcasing the best views of the islands. Hotel Lakeside features an onsite restaurant, approximately 70 unique rooms and antique furnishings.
Reservations for 2023 are open! Make an online reservation or call 419-798-4461, ext. 230. We also have new discounts available to ensure your trip to Lakeside is as budget friendly as possible. See the specials and promotions section below for details.
Important: The Hotel Lakeside operates Memorial Day weekend through September. It is historic hotel built as a summer retreat; therefore, Hotel Lakeside does not have heat. The hotel has been updated with air conditioning.
Admission & Parking: During our summer Chautauqua season (May 26-Sept. 4, 2023) Lakeside is a gated community and all guests must purchase a Daily, Weekly or Season Chautauqua Pass for admission as well as daily parking.
Deposit: The first night’s deposit with tax is required to guarantee your room reservation.
Cancellation Policy: Should you cancel at any time, your deposit – except for the $25 cancellation fee – will be refunded to you. Should you cancel with less than 72 hours before arrival date, your entire deposit is forfeited.
Advance Booking: Both the Hotel Lakeside and Fountain Inn offer a 50-week advance booking window to allow guests to book hotel rooms and plan their next trip to Lakeside. For example, you’re able to reserve the date May 15, 2024, as early as May 30, 2023.
2023 Specials & Promotions
Please note: offers cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers, or special promotions.
- Family Packages: To make your summer vacation planning easier and more affordable, we’re offering a $875 Weekday Family Package and $950 Weekend Family Package. Save on select vacation dates in June, July and August. Packages include lodging, admission, parking and more. See details.
Amenities include ALL non-smoking rooms and facility, complimentary breakfast Monday thru Saturday, dining room, vending machine, elevator, 24-hour front desk service. During the summer, dinner, traditional afternoon tea and Sunday brunch are served in our onsite restaurant. See dining information below for menu and hours.
Between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day, guests with a Daily Chautauqua Pass may also utilize the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus and the Hoover Auditorium Live Entertainment. There may be additional nominal charges for certain classes or entertainment venues such as miniature golf, Rhein Center art classes and Orchestra Hall movies. Guests visiting must purchase a Daily, Weekly or Season Chautauqua Pass and daily parking for an overnight stay.
– Check-in: 3 p.m.
– Check-out: 11 a.m.
Rooms & Suites
To view photos of each room, click the ‘Check Availability’ button.
Luxury Suites The luxury suites offer the ultimate level of comfort for a historic hotel and sleep up to four comfortably. The Barbara Lane Memorial Suite showcases a waterfront view with one king bed, private bath, spacious living area, kitchenette and upgraded amenities. The Hotel Lakeside Suite features one king bedroom w/private bathroom; one queen bedroom w/private bathroom, sitting area with a kitchenette.
Heritage Suites Our Heritage Suites feature waterfront views, classic, Victorian antiques and contemporary amenities. Heritage Suites offer one king bed or one queen bed, private bath and upgraded linens.
Peninsula Rooms Our Peninsula rooms are larger, recently updated guest rooms with a private bath. Many of our Peninsula rooms are handicap accessible and have multiple bed options.
Chautauqua Rooms Our Chautauqua rooms offer a variety of mid-size rooms including one queen bed, one full bed or two twin beds with a private bath. Select Chautauqua Rooms offer a waterfront view.
Family Rooms Our Family rooms consist of a combination of full and twin beds, along with a private bath. Family Rooms are specifically designed to host a family without having to reserve multiple rooms and sleep up to four comfortably.
Traditional Rooms Our Traditional Rooms are the original Hotel Lakeside rooms and are available with one queen bed, one full bed or two twin beds and a private bath.
Hotel Lakeside Dining Room
The Hotel Lakeside Dining Room offers carryout as well as table service at the hotel’s dining room and outdoor courtyard. For carryout/delivery information, menu and more, visit the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room page.
Hotel Lakeside History
Hotel Lakeside was designed and built in 1875. The hotel had no running water or electricity, and a two-story outhouse was located in the present courtyard.
Over the years, additions included an east wing along Maple Avenue, electric lights, public baths and restrooms. In 1914, the front porch was enlarged, and a concrete floor was installed, along with a fireplace in the lobby.
When the Lakeside Association acquired management of the hotel in 1955, the lobby and rooms were updated with new wallpaper, rugs, mattresses and plumbing.
In the years following, the hotel was poorly maintained. Lakeside’s Board of Trustees decided to tear down the structure and replace it with a motel or restaurant. Financing of the demolition and new construction never materialized, and by 1973, more than half of the rooms were unusable.
By August, a group of concerned Lakeside residents were determined to save and restore the hotel, thus The Friends of Hotel Lakeside was founded. Lakeside’s Board of Trustees later changed course and resolved to save and preserve the hotel.
For more than 40 years, The Friends of Hotel Lakeside were dedicated to preserving and upgrading the facility. The most important improvements included complete rewiring, new plumbing, installation of a sprinkler system, elevator access, new kitchen, foundation repair and restoration, and air conditioning of the dining room, lobby, and all of the guest rooms.
All of this has been completed with the help and cooperation of the Lakeside Chautauqua staff and its Board of Directors.