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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 6 August 2015

My husband and I spent two nights and enjoyed a wonderful weekend at Chautauqua as guests of the Athenaeum Hotel. It was our first trip to the institution, and we fell in love. As we were celebrating a birthday, we splurged for a premium room. We actually got a well-furnished suite with a large bathroom. The package also included meals,...

1Thank Davisj11
Naples, Florida
Reviewed 4 August 2015

If you are going for a modern hotel experience you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a trip back in time you've come to the right place. The grand porch and lobby take you back to another era with it's rocking chairs and antiques. The room was small and the bed was two twin beds pushed together. We were placed...

Thank Vaq28
Erie, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 1 July 2015

My wife and I took advantage of an overnight package that included passes to any event, dinner, brunch and of course the room. If you go, keep in mind the hotel was opened in 1881 so it does not have all the modern amenities. However, the room was clean and comfortable, a little small, but dinner was fabulous and the...

2Thank Tom W
Titusville, Pennsylvania
Reviewed 26 May 2015

It's been some years since we last stayed at the Athenaeum, but my wife and I were there this past weekend for a wedding AND MY HOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED! The last time we stayed there this old matron of a resort hotel (built in 1881 and totally Victorian) looked a bit down at the heels. The building itself (one...

Thank Barry C
Fort Worth, Texas
Reviewed 2 September 2014

This hotel has wonderful views, a grand porch with rockers, and old fashioned but comfortable rooms, our room had a modern bath, large closet and bay windows. We were on the third floor and I walked up and down for the exercise and the challenge, but there is a small elevator. The big change in the hotel in the last...

1Thank Margie R
New Mexico
Reviewed 21 August 2014

We had a one-night package at the Athenaeum that included gate passes, parking, dinner and breakfast and the Saturday evening concert in the Amphitheatre. The dinner in the new Heirloom dining room was unexpectedly wonderful. Service was accommodating both in the dining room and at the hotel desk and concierge as well as at the Institution's front gate. The room...

2Thank NewMexicoFlutie
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Housekeeping was lacking. We had to call the front desk as soon as we entered our room. The shade was fully extended to the point that it fell below the bottom of the window. Although there were plastic pulls, we could not succeed in getting the shade pulled up so that we could have a little light in the room....

5Thank pasbuffalo
Brittany B, Front Office Manager at Athenaeum Hotel, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review the Athenaeum Hotel. We appreciate your feedback and will certainly be sharing your experience with our housekeeping department to ensure that guests do not experience similar complications in the future. The Athenaeum is currently undergoing a multi-year renovation process that will address many of the topics you have noted, including room locks...

Rexburg, Idaho, United States
Reviewed 12 August 2014

We were lucky enough to be able to spend the weekend on Lake Chautauqua at the Chautauqua Institute and have accommodations in the historic and charming Athenaeum Hotel. The institute is someplace that should be investigated, and most possibly added to your bucket list if you have not been there. Many people go every summer and spend the entire summer,...

Thank Eileen W
New Haven, Connecticut
Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Buffet open to those not staying at the hotel. More casual than in the past. Attentive wait persons. Nice splurge at least once during a week at the Institution, if only to have coffee and use their Wifi from a rocker, as we noticed some in the know doing.

1Thank GayleWalter
South Bend, Indiana
Reviewed 10 August 2014 via mobile

The people who run this hotel should be prosecuted for highway robbery. The hotel is disgusting, old and full of dust. They charged me $452 for a room that I would not pay $39 for. Right now I am taking a Zyrtec because my mold and dust allergies are being set off by this disgusting cesspool.

7Thank TheVerdictcom

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  • Beachfront
  • Room Service
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Breakfast included
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  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair Access
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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Throughout Chautauqua Institution's summer season, Athenaeum Hotel guests are inspired by a variety of learning, recreational and entertainment programs that are all part of the unique Chautauqua experience. For 140 summers, people have come to Chautauqua's 750-acre community to experience arts, education, concerts, lectures and lively discussions. During the spring and fall months, the Athenaeum Hotel acts as a host to well-organized conferences, beautiful weddings, and special events. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Athenaeum Hotel

Address: 3 S Lake Dr, Chautauqua, NY 14722-2547
Region: United States > New York > Chautauqua County > Chautauqua
Number of rooms: 153
Also Known As:
Athenaeum Hotel Chautauqua
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“Ask for a corner room overlooking the lake!”
BeckyH385, 2 Oct 2016 | Read review
“Various size rooms -- if you need space to maneuver a scooter be sure to confirm in advance that will be possible.”
robertjeank, 10 Sep 2016 | Read review
“Back rooms over lake”
DianneWheatley, 27 Aug 2016 | Read review
“Overlooking the lake”
342tedk, 22 Aug 2016 | Read review
“We liked room 194”
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