Hotel Conneaut?

Wednesday, April 16, 2003 5:08 PM
Has anyone stayed at the Hotel Conneaut before. On the site its rates are dirt cheap, and it does not offer any ammenities, but is it clean and nice? Would it be worth it to spend a little extra cash and stay elsewhere?

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Wednesday, April 16, 2003 5:36 PM
I can't be the only one raising my hand to say that I've stayed there. But I have.

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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003 6:07 PM
I have not stayed their but eating at the restaurant and walking through the Hotel you could see that they really do put love and TLC into keeping place well maintained and clean.

Please visit the small parks. We don't know what's happening behind the scenes

Wednesday, April 16, 2003 6:28 PM
I stayed there last April and loved it. I slept extremely well that night and I'd really like the spend the night there more often. I would definitely recommend staying there.

It is clean and nice and as Paris said, the lobby is pretty cozy.


Wednesday, April 16, 2003 6:35 PM
My dad and I stayed there last year in July and we both very happy with it. There was no A/C but the lake did cool the temperature to the point where it was comfortable. For the price it was a very nice hotel, and it would even be worth it if the prices were higher, I recommend it to you.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2003 7:08 PM
One more thing was that there were no tvs in the room. However, there was one in the lobby. There may not have been a telephone either. A lack of a tv wouldn't have been much of a big deal but a) we had young kids in tow and b) we were there on a Wednesday night when the park closed early.

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.

Thursday, April 17, 2003 4:30 AM
Its a great place, and only steps from the midway, which is huge when you want a break, or to change after the waterpark.

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.

Thursday, April 17, 2003 11:52 AM
I don't have a cell phone but I can't remember the last time I used a hotel phone.

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.

Ripple Rock Amusement Park

Thursday, April 17, 2003 3:51 PM
Join us April 26 & 27, and May 3 & 4 for the volunteer clean up sessions and stay for free! It really adds to the atmosphere of the about real bathtubs!
Brad Sherman
The Headless Horseman awaits thee in 2003!

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