4.6 on January 01, 2017
Hotel is very homey. Owners were very friendly and made us feel like family with awesome service and tasty home cooked breakfast and meals. Owners do have a dog (Hannah) who is friendly and good with kids.The location is cultural in the arts and music and in the off season a little far away from things (10 - 20 minutes) Our room had a kitchenette that was stocked with plates, silverware and glasses and even salt and pepper.
4.4 on June 02, 2016
Wonderful hosts and a charming B&B. Very restful!
4.4 on May 31, 2016
We truly enjoyed the day. It was an unusually chilly day but we found so much to do in the area that the weather did not matter. The hotel is very quaint and we received such a warm welcome. Our breakfast was amazing! We will definitely be back!
2.8 on May 26, 2016
For a one night stay in the off season, the room wasn't as it appeared online. We were a bit disappointed but it turned out to be an interesting and fun experience. The people were wonderful and attentive and we enjoyed the conversations.
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.
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.
Thank-you for mentioning our hotel and staff as wonderful and helpful. We do our best to give our guests the best service that we can. I am sorry that the gate pass and parking restrictions at Chautauqua Institution during the Summer Season put a damper on your stay. We agree that the Summer Programming in our community is not for everyone and that the extra fees can really add up for a one night stay. We have remedied this situation by requiring minimum stays during these 9 weeks out of the year from now on. We invite you and others who would only like to stay for one night to visit us during the off-season from September through mid-June for a less expensive experience.
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!
Thank-you for your kind review! We pride ourselves on our customer service as well as every detail in our unique, themed rooms. We are so glad that you enjoyed yourself and would love for you to come back to experience even more of what The Spencer offers!
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.
Thank-you for taking the time to review our hotel. Your description of the Jules Verne room is spot-on. We are so glad that you enjoyed our gourmet breakfast service and hope that you will choose to stay with us in the future.
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.
Thank-you for your review. We are blushing! Seriously, though, we do our best to exceed the expectations of our guests in both hospitality and quality. A lot of thought went into every detail of our 24 unique rooms and the breakfasts we serve our freshly prepared from scratch daily. We are appreciative that you took the time to acknowledge and share what it is like to stay at The Spencer Hotel.
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.
Thank-you for your kind review. Hanna, the owner's dog, is very popular with all of our guests and takes her role as guest greeter very seriously. We do regret that you had a difficult time with the bathtub. We are doing our very best to explain to our future guests that each bathroom at The Spencer is as unique as each of the 24 guest rooms. We hope that by going through the type of bathroom that each room has will aid our guests in choosing the room that will be best for their stay.
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!
We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us and took advantage of our lovely porches. We look forward to your next visit!
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
4.2 on October 23, 2008
Loved everything about the hotel and site!