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The Spencer Hotel and Spa

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  • Average10%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible14%
The Spencer Hotel & Spa is best described as 'more captivating than opening your favorite story-book.' Amidst our enchanting literary themed rooms and the private sanctuary of our spa, find yourself transported to a bygone place and time. Time spent in our steam sauna, a soak in our whirlpool tubs, and a week of pampering services leaves every one feeling as though they have gathered new strength. Each of the 24 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 central air conditioning and heat, cable television, free Wi-Fi, monogrammed robes, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, 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 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 Institution Season gate and parking passes are required for guests staying at The Spencer and need to be arranged through Chautauqua Institution. The Spencer Hotel rents by the week during these 9 weeks and provides guests with dinner Monday - Friday in addition to the gourmet breakfast that is offered year-round.
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Grade: 64 out of 100
13Restaurantswithin 0.5 km
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Reviewed 28 June 2018

I am giving this "hotel and spa" 2 stars strictly for location and the fact that the bed in the room was excellent. The place has a ton of charm and great potential . I have no issue with quirky and the kind of odd...More

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Response from TheSpencer, Manager at The Spencer Hotel and SpaResponded 29 June 2018

We're very sorry to hear you were disappointed with your stay at The Spencer Hotel. We apologize for your room not being available when you arrived. To try to rectify this situation we upgraded you to one of our junior suites, however we completely understand...More

Reviewed 1 June 2018

Had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend at the Spencer Hotel and Spa. We were treated like family by Helen and Dick. The rooms were beautiful, I took a peak in a couple of rooms on the 3rd floor, I loved the quietness, and the a/c....More

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Response from TheSpencer, Manager at The Spencer Hotel and SpaResponded 2 June 2018

We're glad to hear you enjoyed your stay so much! Our porches are definitely a guest favorite they offer such a great space to relax. We hope you will stay with us again soon!

Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed our stay very much; Helen is a gracious and sweet hostess and we loved hearing her stories; breakfasts were inventive and delicious; we did a turn of the grounds at the Institute on a beautiful day and watched the staff...More

Thank Joe K
Response from TheSpencer, Manager at The Spencer Hotel and SpaResponded 1 June 2018

Thank you, Joe, for your kind words! We are so happy to hear you had a great experience at The Spencer. Chautauqua Institution is a beautiful place. It was a pleasure having you here. We sincerely hope you and your wife will stay with us...More

Reviewed 24 February 2018

we stayed there in late August. I guess the season was about to end. The hotel was empty, I think it was us and another couple. The hotel is very old and not maintained. Rooms are designed as books and authors, but still very outdated....More

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Reviewed 18 January 2018

I really shopped around (as I am a very judgmental and demanding consumer). Carter (the mgr.) is dedicated to creating a Chautauqua paradise. His customer service is extraordinary and is driven by his need to be the best! After talking about wifi (essential for me...More

Thank Deborah B
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"go for lower floors unless you like steps, the 4th floor balcony is where the help hangs out/smokes. not a..."
28 Jun. 2018
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"Loved the EB White room!!!"
1 Jun. 2018
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"very old needs major renovations."
23 Feb. 2018
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"corner rooms are the quietest"
18 Jan. 2018
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USD 217 - USD 242 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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