"If you make it too smooth, it'll be like sitting in your living room."
-Bill Cobb - Designer, Texas Cyclone
In the summer of 2001 I took the family there for the night we hit the park.
I'd have to say that the hotel is clean. The only problem is that it looks like it hasn't been updated in ages. There is no A/C but even in the summer of late June the nights were cool off the lake to the point where cracking open the window was as good as an electric air conditioner.
The hotel has a lot of antiquated charm. The lobby is cozy and the hotel itself is inviting. If you demand the creature comforts of 21st century living, maybe this isn't the best place for you, but I'm glad we stayed there.
I was there with my wife and my two young sons so I didn't bother to tell them the hotel's ghost story. The restaurant at the place was a bit fancy (and its hours are irregular). We just drove into town to eat (since the park closed early the night we were there). But you can't beat the location. I mean you are right there on the midway. And looking over old postcards you get the sense that this must have been an amazing place in its heyday. The boardwalk along the lake is nice and scenic. It's one of the hotels that I'll probably remember for a long time, and I'd gladly stay there again if it meant some extra coin sent Conneaut's way to stay alive for future seasons.
Please visit the small parks. We don't know what's happening behind the scenes
It is clean and nice and as Paris said, the lobby is pretty cozy.
She gave him away when she couldn't hold, she folded... a dissident is here. "PJ"
The lobby had a Bed & Breakfast aura. There were books there. I think there may have been a few board games too. It was very airy and homey.
Once again, the place was quite clean though the bathroom fixtures were probably a few decades old.
You can sense the line that the park -- and the hotel -- needs to cross. It's a financial one. At the hotel I could easilly see it commanding 2-3 times the going rates if it would install central A/C, update the decor, furnishings and get the amenities in line with current standards. The same goes for the park in updating its look. This is the kind of place in which a Return On Investment would be huge if someone had a couple million to spare.
But, again, go and check it out for yourself.
There are no other 4-star hotels in the area, but there are chains, like Motel 6 and Super 8, but forget the phone, who does not have a cell phone? As for the tv, you can watch it at Virgil's 2 Sports Bar across the street.
I don't really watch TV or use air conditioning so it sounds like Hotel Conneaut would be my dream hotel.
It's nice to know that places like this still exist. I'll have to make the trip up there sometime.
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