Hotel Lakeside

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Built in 1875, Hotel Lakeside is a notable National Historic Landmark conveniently located on the shores of Lake Erie. This hotel is reminiscent of the Victorian era, featuring antique furnishings and a beautiful wrap-around porch showcasing the best views of the islands. Open seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through September, the hotel includes 79 unique rooms
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Jennifer S wrote a review Sep 2012
Luckey, Ohio27 contributions19 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Wonderful historic ambience. Nice view of the lake. Clean room. No amenities (not even a bottle of water in the empty soda machine). Worst mattress I have ever slept on - so uncomfortable that I couldn't sleep. There are 10-12 parking spots adjacent to the hotel - good luck getting one. No-frills continental breakast - which is all they advertise. If you're young and are comfortable sleeping on the floor-like mattresses, like shuffleboard, ice-cream, putt-putt, and a very safe place to take your kids, this is it. Otherwise, skip it. P.S - no television - which I guess might be a good thing. Also, fill your wallet with enough money to pay for each person in your car AND your car to get into Lakeside; it would be nice if it was waived if you had a reservation to stay there.
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Date of stay: September 2012Trip type: Travelled with friends
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ajcerto wrote a review Aug 2010
Parma, Ohio1 contribution6 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
The wrap around skreened porch with wicker furniture and breeze off the lake alone is worth staying there. The room we stay in every year is always very clean and it's beautiful. You will not find room service or television and at night there is only one person working the desk, but it just has that wonderful safe, respectable (meaning everyone respects everyone else) homey feeling. We stay there every summer. The kids talk about it all year long (they are 6 and 3). We're going this Friday in fact, and we are so excited!
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Date of stay: August 2009
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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jimsgirl07 wrote a review Jul 2009
Ohio33 contributions44 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed at Hotel Lakeside during the Fourth of July weekend hoping for some relaxation & peace. Perhaps it was due to the busy weekend, but this hotel is very loud. We were in a first floor "suite" - 2 queen size beds - and could hear everything the people in the room next to us were saying, were able to enjoy children running through the halls above us beyond midnight and also got to hear suitcase carts rolling past the courtyard very early in the morning. All of the being said, the hotel, and the town of Lakeside, feel like you stepped back in time when life seemed much simpler. The hotel has a very cool porch w/ a perfcet view of Lake Erie and the sunset. There are lots of low key activities to do - miniature golf, tennis, lake activities and of course, shuffleboard (the town is known for its international shuffleboard tournament...who knew??). If you are looking for somewhere to enjoy an adult beverage, keep looking (or go to Put-In-Bay) b/c this is a dry town. Also, make sure you check out Lakeside's gate fees - yes, all people (and cars) entering Lakeside must pay a fee just for the privilege of visitng ($85 for me, my husband & the car for the weekend) so tack that on to your travel budget.

PS - no televisions, internet hookup, etc.
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Date of stay: July 2009
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Alexandra G wrote a review Jul 2020
Cleveland, Ohio41 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After all of our cross country travel plans were cancelled because of COVID this summer, we looked for a vacation spot close to home. Lakeside and Hotel Lakeside were perfect!! My husband, 17 month old daughter and I didn’t know what to expect, so we booked a larger room with a full kitchen on the first floor for just a few nights. The room was perfect for our needs: the bed was great and bathrooms very clean. The furniture and decor is out dated, but we didn’t mind at all and was a nice reminder you the history of that hotel. The front porch was the best!! We loved Lakeside and were very happy with our stay at Hotel Lakeside.
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Date of stay: July 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
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Greydog65 wrote a review Aug 2020
Aurora, Ohio19 contributions2 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
While the location, the Resturant and the staff are great the facility is long overdue for serious upgrades. Expensive rooms that don’t deliver on comfort or conveniences for the rates charged.

Only two outlets that were not hidden behind furniture; both with serious limitations. One above a sink with no shelf and the other used to power the window air conditioner leaving just one receptical. Thankfully we travel with a multi receptical adapter.

Rooms are small with no comfortable seating and queen beds are small; think full.

Window air conditioners are noisy, run full time and held in place with duct tape. The electrical and plumbing all mounted to the outside of the walls as it was originally install during renovations more than fifty years ago.

Didn’t include pictures of the inside of the elevated toilet/shower installation. It is very sad.
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Date of stay: August 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Dwann Tittle, General Manager at Hotel Lakeside
Responded Oct 6, 2021
Thank you for choosing the Hotel Lakeside. Your feedback is extremely valuable to us, as we strive to improve with each stay. We would like to reassure you that the issues experienced are being addressed. We have recently undergone a staff and management change and our policies and operations are in the process of being updated to ensure our guests have a positive experience. We would like to welcome you back to Hotel Lakeside and we look forward to seeing you in the future!
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Jan34683 wrote a review Aug 2022
Dunedin, Florida17 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Overlooking Lake Erie, the Lakeside Hotel is beautiful, historical, charming and the perfect getaway. We stay here every year for a family vacation in Lakeside. I love the antiques, the delicious food in the dining room which overlooks the lake, and especially the enormous screened in porch with wicker furniture perfect for gathering and relaxing.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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DayTrip5092 wrote a review Sep 2005
Kent, OH1 contribution46 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This charming Victorian get-a-way is located on the shores of Lake Erie. The hotel has a wrap around, screened porch with rockers and comfortable chairs. There is a restaurant that overlooks the lake. The food is satisfactory, but the service is very inefficient. The rooms are clean and decorated in keeping with the Victorian period. Requests to the front desk are handled promptly, and the staff is extremely friendly. A shuttle service is provided to other areas of this gated community. Chimes play familiar hymns each hour and the grounds are well kept. Within walking distance are restaurants, swimming, canoeing/ kayaking, shops, and ice cream parlors. Hoover Auditorium has programs nightly that appeal to a variety of interests. For a feel for a different era, I recommend Hotel Lakeside.
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auldlady wrote a review Sep 2013
Columbus, Ohio79 contributions29 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We have been enjoying this wonderful old hotel for years, however this Labor Day weekend was disappointing. The charm of this old hotel has worn off. This time it was just plain dirty and run down. While the hotel is run by the Lakeside Chautauqua, the amateur management charges professional prices, with rooms running toward $200/night. We checked in and the sink area was dirty. We thought we would just let the maid know the next day, but while we were gone all day with the tag hanging for maid service, no one ever showed. When I mentioned all this to the desk clerk upon checking out today, she offered no apologies, just, "They don't have time to come back if they have to skip your room." I had posted the "Do not disturb" sign from 4 - 5 PM. If they were volunteers, I might understand, but not at $200/night. There was a layer of dust in the room and a broken window pane. The toilet/shower in the room we had was extremely tiny and shoddy. Bottom of the line shower stall. The bathroom door does not even close. Most disturbing was having no privacy because of old doors to adjoining rooms allowing us to hear even the page turning of the newspaper in the next room. The large back porch railings have dangerously rotted off at the bottom and wobble if touched. The grand Lakeside porch, a peaceful area to read and watch Lake Erie, is no more. Last night, with no special program or excuse, various people (hotel lobby and porch open to all), had marked their territory with sacks, picnic baskets, hats, etc. so all the tables were "taken", yet empty. I believe many of the people doing this are not even guests. Strangely, the residents of Lakeside even drape the park benches with blankets to save seats for the fireworks show. This once charming destination has lost its charm for us. This was our last trip there.
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Date of stay: September 2013
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
1.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
2.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Do NOT stay in any of the rooms facing the lake. These have only token bathrooms.
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oparasingr wrote a review Jan 2014
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania1 contribution8 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We decided to stay at Lakeside because I have a disability which makes traveling far away difficult. I am obsessed with the Victorian era so that was basically the whole reason we chose this place. So.... after driving from Pittsburgh, we were excited to stay in this Victorian hotel. Unfortunately, it was the first day of the season and freezing out, but we figured no big deal because we would have a nice warm room. Much to our surprise, the hotel clerk informed us that the hotel actually does not have heat, so we would either need to stay in the hotel with no heat (with the tempature about 35 out) or stay in their partner hotel. Much to my chargrin, we chose the partner hotel rather than freeze.

The new place had heat; however it looked like a dorm room just with nice curtains. Not that the room was incredibly expensive, but it was around $120 a night and we had been told we had been upgraded. If that was the upgrade, I would hate to see the downgrade. Everything was clean, but I have stayed in much nicer Days Inn/Hotel 6. The front desk person was just devoid of any type of friendliness or kind emotion and I actually found her unmcomfortably unwelcoming. The manager; however, was extremely kind and accomodating and felt bad about what had happened.

I would have to say he and the manager of the hotel restaurant were about the only friendly people we encountered during our stay. I was actually horribly uncomfortable at Lakeside at how unfriendly the people were. It is supposed to be this friendly lakeside town and I don't believe anyone even said hello to us during our stay, despite us being in close proxomity to hundreds of people. I tried to be friendly and say hello and chat with people and we were pretty much ignored. It seems as though this is a place that upper and upper-middle class families have been vacationing at for generations and if you are not one of them then you are not welcome.
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Date of stay: May 2013
2.0 of 5 bubblesValue
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
3.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Westie41 wrote a review Jul 2015
Wooster, Ohio30 contributions38 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We've been going to Lakeside for twenty years. We used to have a home there. We now go back a few weekends a summer and stay at a bed and breakfast or the Hotel Lakeside. This hotel needs restoration with updates. I believe, there are plans in the future to do that. Many of the rooms are "much" better than what they used to be. They've done a few rooms at a time, as afforded. When we went yesterday, we were pleased that we got one of the more updated rooms. This was a basic room (twin beds), private bath for $130. Here are the issues: The beds were hard with thin little pillows. The bathroom was clean, but the door should be cleaned of fingerprints and dirt with a simple wipe down with Windex. The faucet had built-up crud on it. The place is basically run by college kids with no supervision. The front desk staff was pretty good. I think they might have hospitality training. But the kids who do the cleaning were in the hall when we left, sitting around joking, laughing, texting on their phones. The public restaurants smell poorly and are always dirty. The lobby needs SERIOUS updating (while still keeping charm). Broken down wicker furniture and dust-covered velvet couches aren't quaint. The dining room is completely run by kids. We waited 45 minutes for a BOWL OF OATMEAL. It was brought to us by a very grumpy woman from the kitchen who obviously hates her job. The waitress never came back to the table to check on us. We had to get up and go look for her to get the check. The dining room looks out on that beautiful lake!! It has charm!! This "should be" a wonderful experience. Most of the locals won't eat there though because they know that it is run by kids who could care less. They are NOT trained servers. People are paying good money to eat at your establishment. Hospitality training is needed!! We try the restaurant every year in hopes it has changed. Sadly, it hasn't. When we visit again in two weeks, we won't go there. We're going to the Idlewyld B & B, where the proprietor knows how to keep a good inn and serves an impeccable breakfast "without waiting."
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Date of stay: July 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
2.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Get a room that has a private bathroom! Don't eat in the dining room.
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K B wrote a tip Sep 2019
Lafayette, California464 contributions258 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"We really enjoyed having view to front over lake and park."
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Barbara B wrote a tip Aug 2018
Columbus, Ohio282 contributions59 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a bigger room. Dont' wait till the weekend to go."
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Rainewrites wrote a tip May 2016
Cleveland, Ohio77 contributions57 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a room with a full bath that overlooks the lake and book early!"
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cowmeadow wrote a tip Aug 2015
Columbus, Ohio92 contributions18 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ask for a lakeview room, third floor if possible."
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jeff959 wrote a tip Jul 2015
Westerville, Ohio7 contributions5 helpful votes
2.0 of 5 bubbles
"Avoid top floor."
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Lakeside
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Lakeside?
Nearby attractions include Marblehead Lighthouse (3.3 km), East Harbor State Park (5.8 km), and Johnson's Island Confederate Cemetery (6.0 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Lakeside?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
What food & drink options are available at Hotel Lakeside?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast and an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Lakeside?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Village Pump, Brown's Dairy Dock, and Big Boppers.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Lakeside?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial (13.1 km), Port Clinton Lighthouse (15.7 km), and Eleutheros Cooke House and Garden (11.9 km).
Does Hotel Lakeside have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.
Is Hotel Lakeside accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.
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