Spencer Hotel

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

About

********Please read below to learn about our season minimum stay that runs from June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017********* The Spencer...more captivating than opening your favorite storybook! A four-season Western New York Theme Hotel and Resort with rooms dedicated to authors, in the heart of the Chautauqua Institution. Celebrating a century of hospitality and more with our second season of enrichment workshops. All of our room rates include a world-famous gourmet breakfast. All of our special packages feature one-of-a-kind spa services and world-class meals. Our spacious, comfortable rooms and suites make this Western New York Theme Hotel ideal for families and business events. *************************************SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT OUR SEASON WHICH RUNS FROM 6/24/2017-8/26/2017******: Our minimum stay is a full week which runs from Saturday to Saturday only. Our stay runs along with the Chautauqua Institution's schedule during the 9 week Chautauqua Season. We include a world-famous gourmet breakfast every morning and a festive dinner five nights (Monday through Friday) each week. During our season, guests are required to purchase gate and parking passes (please contact the hotel for information on these passes which are only required during the season.)

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  • Guest room3.8
  • Service4.5
  • Value3.8
  • Cleanliness4.1
  • Onsite Dining4.0

They took great care of us

5 on April 10, 2018

We stayed here in the off season. We arrived late after a very long drive with two small children. When the proprietor saw my face fall when he told us how far we would have to go to get dinner, he went and made us a simple dinner from food on hand, notwithstanding that they don’t serve dinner. It was very kind and we were so grateful. The rooms we comfortable, clean, and pretty, and the breakfast was very nice. We would definitely stay here again.


Romantic getaway

4.4 on September 26, 2017

Ran away for a weekend. Just happened upon the spencer online. We loved it. Was very charming and service great. Dick, Helen and Hanna were wonderful. Looking forward to going back hopefully in 6 months. Was amazing just to walk around the institute. Also we had an amazing dinner at the White Carrot. If anyone looking for exquisite dining, Phenomenal food and very romantic


Delightful Ambience

4.6 on August 21, 2017

Staying at this victorian inn was both delightful and convenient to the many offerings of information, music, and worship. The service was impeccable and always with a smile. The owners were very accommodating and helpful. This inn is a little bit of history in enlightening Chautauqua.


Unbeatable location!

4.0 on August 15, 2017

My husband and I stayed here on our 'baby moon'. It couldn't have been more of what we were looking for!!! Being able to watch the Amphitheater shows on our porch in a rocking chair was so much more comfortable for me then sitting in the theater benches. The bed was super comfortable! And though we were caught off guard that there was no shower, only a bathtub, we both found ourselves giggling and playing in the tub!!! Everyone on the staff was super sweet and we really enjoyed the included meals! I loved how you could take a pot of tea or coffee to your room or porch any time of day! The location was so super close to everything, which couldn't have been more convenient in my pregnancy state. We would definitely stay here again!


No communication

2.2 on June 10, 2017

We booked a specific room at the Spencer and upon arrival were taken to a completely different room. The rooms are themed, so this was actually not okay. The front desk person was very helpful and found a room equal to the price of the old room. He explained that they were redoing certain rooms, but was confused as to why they didn't call and tell us they switched our room. We did come in off season, but it was still the hotels season according to their website. There was also a ton of construction happening behind the hotel that we weren't informed off. I feel that off season guests should have the same courtesy and communication with the hotel. I was excited to stay at the hotel, but honestly I will not go back or recommend it.


Such a charming B & B

4.6 on April 12, 2017

Beautiful place to stay and so close to the wineries for a day of tastings. Owners and staff are absolutely delightful. The rooms are charming and the onsite accommodations are the best!


Home for Christmas

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.


Charming B&B

4.4 on June 02, 2016

Wonderful hosts and a charming B&B. Very restful!


Lovely get away

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!


Off Season Overnight Stay

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.


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Rooms & Rates

108 PG Wodehouse

Spend time with Jeeves the butler and bask in the whirlpool bath tub as you are greeted by a flapper girl on stage at the theater. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, whirlpool tub with a European hand-held shower, direct porch access from room.

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

109 Dorothy Parker

Being that Dorothy lived in the 1920's, this room captures the art deco feeling of the period. The room is classically decorated with the round mirrors, dresser and window treatments that cast a glow over this cozy corner room. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower.

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

110 E.F. Benson

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 where all cares are set aside. ROOM FEATURES: Two twin beds, neo angled shower, direct porch access from room.

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

201 Jane Austen

Snuggle in this corner room delight that is complete with a two person jacuzzi, surrounded by relaxing meadows and soft colors just how Jane would have wanted it. ROOM FEATURES: Double bed, Jacuzzi tub with a European hand-held shower.

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

203 Isak Dinesen

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. Imagine... you're on safari on the African savanna ... look out over the plains at the wildlife ... spend the night in your safari tent... one of our most popular rooms. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, Jacuzzi tub with a European hand-held shower, kitchenette.

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

204 Claire Boothe Luce

Experience the elegance that Clare can offer; complete with an indoor cafe overlooking the park. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, kitchenette, neo angle shower.

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

206 Charles Dickens

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 - perfect for a small family. APARTMENT FEATURES:One bedroom with a King bed or two Twins, a neo angle shower, a love seat-twin sofa bed in the living room, a dining area with table, and a complete galley kitchen with all appliances.

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

207 Agatha Christie

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. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, a kitchenette, a Jacuzzi tub with a European hand-held shower, and a full bathroom with a neo angle shower.

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

210 Isabell Allende

This quiet and soothing room has a large queen sized bed, a private desk to connect to our wi-fi and attached bathroom. The private bathroom has a two person jet tub and plush white robes for you to have the perfect sauna experience.

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

301 Lillian Hellman

Look upon the sky light mural and imagine you are far away in another world while you are in the Lillian Hellman corner suite. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower, kitchenette

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

302 CS Lewis

The imagination of C.S. Lewis is captured in this room where the story of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe from the chronicles of Narnia begin in the famed wardrobe and grace the walls of this secluded fairytale land. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower.

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

304 Arabian Nights

Gaze upon the glowing stars in the world of Arabian Nights where the elephants and genie await your arrival. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower.

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

305 Lewis Carrol

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. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower, kitchenette.

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

306 Jules Verne

Travel 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! ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower.

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

307 Colette

French novelist, belonging, in time, to the generation of authors that includes Marcel Proust, Paul Valéry, André Gide, and Paul Claudel. Colette's career as a writer spanned from her early 20s to her mid-70s. Her main themes were joys and pains of love and female sexuality in the male-dominated world. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, love seat-twin sofa bed, a kitchenette, a neo angle shower, & 1 ½ bathrooms.

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

308 Beatrix Potter

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. ROOM FEATURES: Double bed, whirlpool tub with European hand-held shower, direct porch access from room.

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

310 E.B. White

Charlotte and Wilbur have nestled in this corner room that is surrounded by rose trellises. You must look for them carefully as they are hiding in the barn! ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower, direct porch access from room.

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

401 Robert Burns

Robert Burns would find his room most accommodating. This corner suite has the largest bathroom in The Spencer. The subdued colors of the Burn's suite make for a pleasant stay. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower, kitchenette.

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

402 Shakespeare

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. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower.

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

404 Lord Byron

The ruby colored bedspread with 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. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angled shower.

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

405 Brontes

Follow the river into the woods where the Brontes had played as children. This suite is full of surprises! ROOM FEATURES: King bed, neo angle shower, kitchenette.

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

406 Percy Shelley

Sun bathe at the beach or rest in the warm king size bedroom in the Percy Shelley room. With direct access to the beach and porch, what more could one want on vacation! ROOM FEATURES: King bed, whirlpool tub with a European hand-held shower.

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

407 Brownings

The Browning's suite is the ultimate romance story. The lavender lampshades and creamy colors signify the love story of Robert and Elizabeth Browning. ROOM FEATURES: Queen bed, love seat-twin sofa bed, a kitchenette, a whirlpool tub with a European hand-held shower, & 1 ½ bathrooms.

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

408 John Keates

John Keats boasts an inviting French double bed and hand painted murals that are so life like that they captivate the most talented of artists. ROOM FEATURES: Double bed, whirlpool tub with European hand-held shower, direct porch access from room.

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

410 Pablo Neruda

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. ROOM FEATURES: King bed, shower, porcelain claw foot tub.

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

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Location

Location Type

The Chautauqua Institution Lake Chautauqua, Airport, Countryside, Lakefront, 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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

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

On-site amenities

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.

Room amenities

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

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
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 6/24 - 8/26: SEASON: 7-day min stay from Sat to Sat ONLY
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card deposit required. Call for details.
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Innkeepers

Name(s)

Carter Windoft

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


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