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The Athenaeum Hotel

 

The Athenaeum Hotel is also known as the La Grande Dame of Chautauqua. Victorian in design, sitting atop a hill, and overlooking the beautiful Chautauqua Lake, the hotel makes for a charming picturesque sight that people are bound not to forget.


The full-service Athenaeum Hotel, which has been in operation since 1881, is listed on the National Historic Register. The hotel cost over a hundred thousand dollars to construct, and in 1983, another

two million dollars to restore. The 1983 restoration involved the installation of major structural reinforcements, and of additional amenities and utilities including heating, air conditioning,

carpeting, and private baths.

 

The guestrooms were given a facelift with new wallpapers of more than 80 different patterns.

To retain the hotelís original Victorian charm, many of the original furnishings were kept.
Hotel guests may relax in the sitting parlor, which is filled with delicate white wicker, or on the

ladder-back rocker lined veranda overlooking the Chautauqua Lake.


The hotel is made even more enchanting by the nearby quaint cottages, shops, post office and

carefully landscaped gardens, which are connected through winding brick paths under majestic

maple trees. The Athenaeum Hotel is the perfect place for tourists who want to revisit the early

small-town America lifestyle.