Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Chautauqua Institution year-round when you stay at The Spencer Hotel & Spa. It is the only literary-themed hotel in North America and the guest rooms and suites were hand-decorated by local artists to honor the lives and works of famous authors. Each room has a select library of thoughtfully-chosen books and musical selections to further convey the tone of each writer's life and times. All of the rooms have cable television, free Wi-Fi, monogrammed robes and Gilchriest and Soames bath amenities. Most of the rooms are outfitted with King beds and have brand new mattresses. Some of the rooms have desks, arm chairs, sofa beds, direct porch access and whirlpool/Jacuzzi tubs with European handheld showers. An elevator services all four floors. Steamboat Gothic porches grace the front of the hotel, and are appointed with Victorian sofas, chairs and rockers that overlook the famous Chautauqua Amphitheater. A gourmet savory or sweet breakfast is served each morning with fresh fruit in the Peacock Dining Room and luxurious massage services and a cedar sauna are available for guests to indulge in.The Spencer offers cozy areas that are perfect for playing a board game, curling up with a good book, or engaging in conversation. In the Monet Parlor a movie projector and screen are also available for use. Packages and specials are also available for guests from Couples Renewal Weekends to Gourmet Dinners, Ladies Pampering and Wine Touring.The Spencer Hotel is the perfect place for small weddings, receptions, book-clubs, reunions, business retreats and more. Group packages can be custom built for your next event. During the 9 week Chautauqua Season gate and parking passes are required for guests staying at The Spencer and need to be arranged through Chautauqua Institution at (716) 357-6250.
1.8 on October 26, 2015
The hotel switched our room without telling us (which was a themed room that we specifically chose as it was my wife's favorite author, C.S. Lewis). Upon arrival, we were moved into a different room that was more than disappointing. It looked nothing like the pictures on the website (aside from the fact that it wasn't the room we had selected). We were told that the top 2 floors of the hotel were closed for the season (although we had booked about 3 months prior). My wife and I had left for a bit to get lunch and continued to talk about our disappointment with the room. We're not rude or confrontational people, so we hadn't said anything initially. We decided that this was not what we paid for and that we were going to go back and talk to the manager about a refund. He immediately knew something was wrong and said that he saw the disappointment in our faces when he put us in the alternate room. He agreed with everything that we said and said that the owner makes changes to the rooms sometimes and then he has to deal with unhappy customers. He ultimately said that he could not offer a refund (only a credit for a future stay) and that the owner would have to approve a refund. After several attempts at getting ahold of them afterwards, I went through bedandbreakfast.com to get a resolution. They ended up declining our request and said that we're not allowed to cancel day of. How is it fair that we're not told that our room is changed until we ARRIVE at the hotel, but we were supposed to have cancelled within 7 days of the stay? This felt like a 100% bait and switch and we were completely taken advantage of. Very disappointing and a huge waste of money. This place definitely wouldn't have been worth the $220/night even if we had gotten the room we booked.
4.6 on September 10, 2015
We had a great time. One thing we did realize, though-the walls are thin. One night, we could hear all the sound effects of the lovemaking of the couple in the room next to us!!
4.8 on June 04, 2015
We needed a getaway and were delighted to arrive at Chautauqua and the unique B&B at the Spencer Hotel. Very cordial staff, room was creatively decorated - great fun. The breakfast provided was delicious and beautifully presented. We enjoyed our meal with the other guests. We look forward to returning.
3.6 on January 29, 2015
We had a plesant stay at the Spencer Hotel. The accommodations were wonderful. Dick and Helen were great hosts and the food was exceptional! We will definitely go back!
4.4 on January 15, 2015
The Spencer far exceeded my expectations and the staff could not have been more accommodating. Will definitely stay here again!!!
4.2 on October 24, 2014
My husband and I stayed at the Spencer after the Institute season, so it was very peaceful. The hotel was quaint and lovely. Chris couldn't have been more accommodating and helpful. I really didn't know that breakfast was included with the room, so that was an added bonus. We loved our stay at the Spencer!
4.0 on October 23, 2014
A very sophisticated inn in a very sophisticated community. Just gorgeous.
3.0 on October 18, 2014
Very peaceful in the Fall. Can't imagine summers here. Staff & Owners fun to talk to. Helpful. We were offered an opportunity to join the grape stomping at the Lucille Ball celebration in Jamestown but instead went leaf peeing/wine tasting. Lovely part of the country.
Thank-you for staying with us and for your kind words. Everyone on our staff enjoys visiting with our guests and helping them to get the most out of their stay. We are glad you enjoyed how peaceful and beautiful Chautauqua is in the Fall and look forward to having you back!
4.4 on September 02, 2014
We rarely stay at Bed and Breakfasts, but the trip was spontaneous and we loved the relaxed atmosphere that the Spencer provided on short notice. The idea that our suite had 1 and 1/2 baths was wonderful. Having a mini library in the suite made it all the more special. Our thanks to the wonderful staff who treated us like long last relatives.
Thank-you for your detailed review. We are pleased that you enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and felt like family while you were here. We would love to have you stay with us again!
4.4 on July 20, 2014
Stayed the with my wife for a three day visit. Although I arrived very late the first night, was given the cell number of the summer hotel intern, Laura, to contact upon my arrival, who waited up for me and assisted with the late night check in without any complaint or problem! Chris, the GM, was equally vigilant and helpful in negotiating last minute parking details for my niece. The hotel is innovatively designed around literary themed rooms. Beds very comfortable. Bathrooms small, period plumbing, yet adequate. Free wifi was a plus and worked very well. Breakfast was filling albeit predictable. Didn't learn of the elevator until day three of our stay which resulted in my schlepping bags up three flights of stairs til then!! In general, good value and excellent service makes this a winner!
Thank-you for pointing out how attentive our staff is to our guests. We strive to provide the best experience and to make sure every detail in the rooms is up to par. I am glad you found the bed comfortable. The mattresses were brand new this past year, so it is great to hear positive feedback. I do apologize that you were unaware of the elevator. We have remedied this problem by taking all of our guests to their rooms via the elevator at check-in so they know where it is. We look forward to your next stay with us.
First floor corner room with King-sized bed and neo-angle shower
Nightly Rate: $195 - $271
Fourth floor room with King-sized bed and neo-angle shower.
Nightly Rate: $195 - $271
Fourth floor corner room with a King-sized bed, direct porch access, and claw-foot tub/shower.
Nightly Rate: $195 - $271
Fourth floor room with a King-sized bed, direct porch access and whirlpool tub with European hand-held shower.
Nightly Rate: $195 - $271
Fourth floor corner room (on porch) with King-sized bed, direct porch access and neo-angle shower.
Nightly Rate: $195 - $271
Apartment on second floor with separate bedroom that houses a King bed; bathroom has neo-angle shower, living room has a loveseat/pull-out twin sofa bed, and gallery kitchen has a dishwasher and hand-made Italian tile.
Nightly Rate: $260 - $364
Third floor Junior Suite with a King-sized bed, kitchenette and neo-angle shower
Nightly Rate: $205 - $300
The Chautauqua Institution Lake Chautauqua, Airport, Countryside, Lakefront, Small town, Village, Wine country
Buffalo, NY (BUF-Buffalo/Niagara International) 75 miles
From NY I-90, take exit 60 to 394 to Chautauqua Institution and go through the gate and turn right on Massey followed by left on Janes. Go two blocks and turn left on Wythe Avenue and immediate right on Palestine Avenue. You will see the Spencer on your right hand side.From NY I-86, exit for 394 to Chautuaqua Institution and go through the gate and turn right on Massey followed by left on Janes. Go two blocks and turn left on Wythe Avenue and immediate right on Palestine Avenue. You will see the Spencer on your right hand side.
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Board games, Ceiling fans, Clothes dryer, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Spa, VCR, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wheelchair access , The suites and apartment have in-room fridges and microwaves. Some rooms have Jacuzzi tubs. There is central air and heat in the climate controlled building as well as an elevator. Four levels of porches with views to the Amphitheater and Chautauqua Institution grounds are outfitted with chairs, rockers and tables. There is a spa and relaxation room and a cedar sauna. There is a large pull-down projection screen in the Monet Living Room and a Dining Room where breakfast and wine is served daily and a bar with beer and wine service.
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Wi-Fi, Wired internet
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