The brand-new Chautauqua Harbor Hotel on Lake Chautauqua welcomes guests with an atmosphere and amenities that predict your every need, and then fills them.
When I arrived one late Friday evening, the lobby was quiet and I was greeted cheerfully by the multiple staff members at the check-in desk. The lobby opens right into a social area with plenty of seating and a comfortable, home-y feel and then extends into the bar, decorated heavily with dark woods and windows overlooking the lake.
As I made my way up to my room, I couldn’t help but notice the little amenities scattered throughout — the Starbucks coffee stations on every floor, the proffered newspapers in the circular seating areas near each floor’s elevators.
The guestrooms are incredibly spacious. Upon entering my deluxe king lake-view room, a large bathroom with a walk-in shower was immediately to the left. Further in was a separate vanity, a king bed, a couch and coffee table and a table with two chairs. Curtains draw back to reveal a sliding glass door that leads out to a roomy balcony with seating.
Beyond the guestrooms, the property offers two saltwater pools, inside and outside; a hot tub; a fully furnished fitness center open 24 hours; a bar; and dining.
The bar serves up Lucille Ball-inspired cocktails (the comedienne was born in Jamestown) and is quiet and upscale. The Lakehouse Tap & Grille serves all-day dining and the menus for both breakfast and dinner are delicious. During my stay, I enjoyed some of the best eggs Benedict I’ve had in a while for breakfast and a decadent dinner of filet mignon with a shallot cognac demi-glace and saffron risotto.
If the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel on Lake Chautauqua sounds like your kind of place, you should book your stay sooner rather than later. Once the word gets out, there’s no chance this property will stay quiet for long.
10 Dunham Avenue
Celoron, NY 14720
Phone: (716) 489-2800
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