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Spencer Hotel

25 Palestine St. , Chautauqua, NY 14722 USA (Show map)
4.1
11 Reviews
$195 - $364
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About

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.

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Rooms & Rates

109 Dorothy Parker Room

Dorothy Parker is classically decorated with round mirrors, an art deco dresser and window treatments that cast a glow over the King-sized bed in this cozy corner room. Room also features a neo-angle shower, mini-fridge, cable television and free Wi-Fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

108 P.G. Wodehouse

The artwork in this room has you spending time with Jeeves the butler and basking in the whirlpool bathtub as you are greeted by a flapper girl on stage at the theater. Room also features a King-sized bed, cable tv, free Wi-Fi and direct porch access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

201 Jane Austen Room

Snuggle in this corner room delight that is complete with a two person Jacuzzi and surrounded by a mural of relaxing meadows and soft colors just how Jane would have wanted it. This second floor room has a Double-sized bed, flat screen cable tv, free Wi-Fi, and a spacious Jacuzzi tub with a European hand-held shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

207 Agatha Christie Full Suite

Better known as The Spencer's Honeymoon Suite, guests are taken in by the gorgeous tropical green and white colors and the corner jacuzzi for two while staying in the Agatha Christie suite. This second floor Full Suite features a King-sized bed, kitchenette, corner Jacuzzi tub for two, separate shower, flat screen cable television, and free Wi-Fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $329

307 Colette Full Suite

Fit for a queen, the spacious Colette suite has a remarkable flair of royalty. Gold and cream colors accented by the soft glow of the sunlight streaming through the window treatments create an ideal escape. This third floor Full Suite features a King-sized bed, love seat-twin sofa bed, a kitchenette, cable tv, free Wi-Fi, unique wall and window treatments and 1.5 bathrooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $329

305 Lewis Carroll Junior Suite

The adventures of Alice in Wonderland begin as you are greeted by the Cheshire cat upon arrival in the Lewis Carroll suite. The story unfolds as you greet the queen of hearts and others in the bathroom. This third floor Junior Suite has a King-sized bed, kitchenette, writing desk, cable tv, free Wi-Fi and three-dimensional wall and ceiling décor.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $205 - $300

310 E.B. White Room

Charlotte and Wilbur from the E.B. White book, Charlottes Web, have nestled in this corner room surrounded by rose trellises. This third floor, corner room has a King-sized bed, cable tv, free Wi-Fi, and direct porch access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

306 Jules Verne Room

The murals in this room have you travelling around the world in eighty days as Jules Verne did in a balloon ride, where your bed is the basket and the balloon is painted above. Not to worry, the basket is complete with sand bags to hold you down when necessary! This third floor room has a King-sized bed, cable tv, free Wi-Fi, a writing desk, and direct porch access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

302 C.S. Lewis

Just as Lucy steps into the enchanted and frozen world of Narnia to meet Mr. Tumnus in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, so will you be drawn into the world of Narnia here at The Spencer Hotel. The journey begins inside the famed wardrobe and graces the walls of this secluded fairytale land. This third floor corner room is accessed from the porch and has a King-sized bed, cable tv and free Wi-Fi. This room can open into room 304, Arabian nights.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

304 Arabian Nights Room

Gaze upon the glowing stars in the world of Arabian Nights where the elephants and genie await your arrival in this third floor corner room. Room features a King-sized bed, writing desk, cable tv and free Wi-Fi. This room can open into room 302, C.S. Lewis.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

308 Beatrix Potter Room

Peter Rabbit and his friends ask that you join them in this vibrant double bedroom. Relax in the whirlpool bathtub in the center of the cabbage patch and let your imagination soar into the world of Beatrix Potter. This third floor room features a whirlpool tub, cable tv, free Wi-Fi and direct porch access.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

408 John Keats Room

John Keats boasts an inviting French double bed and life-like hand painted murals. This fourth floor room has direct porch access, a whirlpool tub with hand-held European shower, cable tv, free Wi-Fi and two comfortable armchairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

404 Lord Byron Room

The ruby colored bedspread and the antique dresser and armoire create an atmosphere ideal for a prince. Lord Byron paints a royal picture of importance as you step into his world of poetry. This fourth floor room features a King-size bed, large shower, cable tv and free Wi-Fi. This room can open into room 402, Shakespeare.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

410 Pablo Neruda Room

Spain awaits you as you vacation in the Pablo Neruda room complete with direct porch access. The earth tone colors and claw foot bath tub and shower is a favorite amongst Spencer guests. This fourth floor corner room also has a King-sized bed, cable tv and free Wi-Fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

406 Percy Shelley Room

Rest in this warm king size bedroom with direct access to the porch. Percy Shelley is on the fourth floor and features a King-sized bed, direct porch access, whirlpool tub with European hand-held shower, writing desk, cable tv and free Wi-Fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

402 Shakespeare Room

Become part of the blissful Romeo and Juliet balcony scene where the room becomes the castle and you are separated from the rest of the world. This romantic setting is complete with the perfect view of the park below and direct porch access. This fourth floor corner room is accessed from the porch and features a King-sized bed, cable tv and free Wi-Fi. This room can open into room 404, Lord Byron.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

405 Brontes Junior Suite

The murals in this room take you to the river and into the woods where the Brontes had played as children. This fourth floor Junior Suite has a King-sized bed, kitchenette, comfortable sitting chairs, chandelier, cable tv and free Wi-Fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $205 - $300

401 Robert Burns Junior Suite

Robert Burns would find his room most accommodating. The subdued colors of the Burns suite make for a pleasant stay. This corner suite has the largest bathroom in The Spencer. The bathroom has a neo-angle shower with a wide entry door, seated shower and hand rails. The fourth floor Junior Suite also has a King-sized bed, kitchenette, wide doorways into the room and the bathroom. cable tv and free Wi-Fi. (handicap accessible).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $205 - $300

407 Brownings Full Suite

The Brownings suite is the ultimate romance story. The lavender lampshades and creamy colors signify the love story of Robert and Elizabeth Browning. This fourth floor, Full Suite features a Queen-sized bed, love seat-twin sofa bed, a kitchenette, a whirlpool tub with a European hand-held shower, cable tv, free Wi-Fi, comfortable sitting chairs and 1.5 bathrooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $225 - $329

206 Charles Dickens Apartment

Simply spacious and dignified, the Charles Dickens apartment is in a class of its own. This apartment can accommodate the most guests for a comfortable stay and is perfect for a small family. The apartment features one bedroom with a King-sized bed, ceiling fan, arm chairs and a love seat-twin sofa bed in the living room, a dining area with table and chairs, flat screen tv with cable, free Wi-Fi, and a complete galley kitchen with refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave and dishwasher.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $260 - $364

203 Isak Dineson Full Suite

Take a trip to Africa with Isak Dinesen as you slumber under a dreamy safari tent and embrace the wildlife surrounding this beautiful suite. Throughout your journey indulge in the largest two person jacuzzi The Spencer has to offer. In addition to all of the themed mural work in this Full Suite, it features a King-sized bed, bistro table and chairs, loveseat, kitchenette, flat screen tv with cable, free Wi-Fi, and Jacuzzi tub for two with a European hand-held shower.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $329

301 Lillian Hellman Junior Suite

Look upon the sky light mural and imagine you are far away in another world while you are in the Lillian Hellman corner suite. This third floor Junior Suite has a King-sized bed, kitchenette, cable tv, and free Wi-Fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $205 - $300

110 E.F. Benson Room

Escape to Rissom, a summer resort where the English went for their vacation. A beautiful watercolor mural depicts life at Rissom at the turn of the century where all cares are set aside. This first floor corner room has direct porch access, two twin beds, cable tv, free Wi-Fi and two sitting chairs.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

204 Claire Booth Luce Mini-Suite

Experience the elegance that Clare can offer. The window treatments and bistro style table and chairs overlooking the park give the feel of an indoor café. This second floor Mini-suite has a King-sized bed with canopy, ceiling fan, kitchenette, watercolor mural in the bathroom, flat screen tv with cable and free Wi-Fi.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $195 - $271

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Reviews

Overall
4.1

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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.5
  • Value3.7
  • Cleanliness4.4
  • Dining3.6

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Spencer Hotel

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.


A step back in time.

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.


Whimsical rooms with incredibly attentive staff!

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!


Anniversary stay

3.6 on July 04, 2014

Cost me an additional 122.00 just to get on the grounds to pay 340.00 at the hotel for one night, with no parking. This is a vacation spot for a select group that interest lays in music and the arts not for working blue collar people. The hotel was fine and employes were wonderful and helpful, everything else, food etc. on the grounds is fair at best and overpriced.


Great place in a great place.

4.6 on June 16, 2014

Well located fabulous old hotel with excellent staff made for a great overnight stay. If you like restored historic buildings and the charm of rooms themed to writers this is the place for you. We loved it!


Eclectic Spencer Hotel Offers Unique Space

3.2 on June 06, 2014

Each room at the Spencer is named for an author and reflects the works of that author. I stayed in the Jules Verne room which is decorated like the hot air balloon from Around the World in 80 Days. Breakfast is excellent.


My favorite B&B

5 on May 10, 2014

The Spencer is a class act. The staff was professional, yet warm. Every need or wish we had was met by the staff without them being the least bit obtrusive. The hotel itself is amazing, the rooms are one of a kind! The online pictures do not do them justice. Breakfast was outstanding both in preparation and taste.


A day at Chautauqua

4.2 on June 02, 2012

My wife and I were very impressed with our stay at the Spencer. The staff at the hotel was very cordial and helped answer many questions about the area. We did not expect to have a security guard the night we spent in the hotel but Hanna apparently did her job. Thank you for getting the scooter for me. We could not have toured the grounds without it. One suggestion involves the bathroom. I am somewhat handicapped right now and was not able to get in and out of the bathtub. It would have worked if there had been grab bars around the tub. Thanks for everything.


overnight get away

3.2 on May 30, 2012

Had a quiet, relaxing stay at the Spencer Hotel. Although our room was small, it was nice to be able to sit out on the attached porch at night. The bed was comfortable, and breakfast by Helen the next am was delicious! This was our 1st trip to the Chautauqua Institute grounds, and we will return!


LOVE IT

4.8 on May 04, 2012

Beautiful property in the heart of Chautauqua. Charming room decorated with an "Out of Africa" theme - and we had a nice bottle of wine & cheese tray on arrival. The grounds are gorgeous and the staff was all super super nice! Had a great time & we will be back


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Location

Location Type

The Chautauqua Institution, Lake Chautauqua, Airport, Countryside, Lakeside, Small town, Village, Wine country

Airport

Buffalo, NY (BUF-Buffalo/Niagara International) 75 miles

Directions to property:

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.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Casino, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua Lake, Lucy-Desi Museum, Bemus Point, Niagara Falls, Lake Erie Wine Country, Lilydale Assembly, Roger Tory Peterson Institute, Robert H. Jackson Center, Jamestown Ice Arena, Performing Theater, Religious Services, Rodeo, Ski area, Sports venue, Tours, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Boutique Hotel, Spa, Historic Inn, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Ceiling fans, Clothes dryer, Copier, Desk, Fax Machine, Fireplace, Internet Service, Library, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Spa, 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.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, CD player, In-room internet, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, VCR, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Wine-tasting at the wineries and Antiquing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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Policies

  • Check In:: 3PM
  • Check Out:: 12PM
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • [Resource Id: alcohol_provided, Set: propertyview] Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • [Resource Id: disabledaccess, Set: propertyview] Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 day min. stay for Sat. stays, week-long stays during 9-wk Chautauqua Season
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card deposit required. Call for details.
  • Cancellations: Cancellation varies depending on season. Please visit hotel website for specifics.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Chris Yates, General Manager

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

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Meals

Breakfast

Gourmet

  • Time Served: 9 am
  • Serving Location: Guests can upgrade to a Breakfast in Bed Service., Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Vegetarian


Recipes

Deals

Hot Deal

Special Offer for a Special Occasion!

Regular Rate: $375 now $300 (20% Savings:)

Enjoy a two night booking with breakfast in bed service!

expires Wednesday


Special Package

Gourmet Dinner Package

Enjoy a relaxing weekend at The Spencer Hotel and experience upscale, casual fine dining at the Scallion Bistro restaurant located in the heart of the famous historic district of Lakewood, New York. Each dish is prepared to order from fine, fresh ingredients personally selected daily and herbs grown by the chefs themselves. The Scallion Bistro is a true dining experience, and the chefs are known for being both innovative and progressive in their techniques and presentation. In order to insure the high quality of food and service, many ingredients and products are sourced locally and dishes are regionally and seasonally inspired. Scallion Bistro provides the perfect ambiance for an anniversary or special occasion. See a reservations specialist at The Spencer for the daily specials at Scallion Bistro and information about events. Package price starts at $451.30, plus tax, for two nights lodging, one dinner voucher and a farm-fresh breakfast each morning.

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Details

BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection

25 Palestine St. , Chautauqua, NY 14722 USA (Show map)

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