The Spencer Hotel & Spa

The Spencer Hotel & Spa

25 Palestine Avenue
Chautauqua, NY 14722
United States
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Escape into a Literary Adventure... The Spencer Hotel and Spa, a four-season Western New York Theme Hotel and Resort and the first literary-themed hotel in the United States, is located near the famous Chautauqua Institution in Western New York. It's also two blocks away from boating, sailing and fishing on Chautauqua Lake, and across the road from golf at the historic Chautauqua Golf Club where Ben Hogan and Sam Snead have walked the fairways! Minutes away is the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies (with over 24 wineries open year-round for tasting and shopping), 4 award-winning microbreweries, top restaurants, art and antique dealers.

Celebrating over a century of hospitality, the Spencer Hotel and Spa has earned the distinction of Historic Landmark from the Federal National Parks. Designed in steamboat gothic architecture, the Spencer Hotel and Spa offers guests an Old World richness with modern features and amenities, including a relaxing spa, central air and heat, a modern elevator, porches, free Wifi, Jacuzzi / spa tubs, suites, a bar / lounge, heavenly beds and linens, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities, monogrammed robes, and more!

Each of the 24 rooms and suites is decorated by local artists to honor the lives and works of famous authors. Each also offers a select library of their books, and musical selections are present to further convey the tone of their lives and times. Hand-painted murals grace many of our walls, floors, and ceilings. You'll also find faux finishes and yards of English lace in addition to custom-made drapes, dust ruffles, and lampshades.

Select Registry member since 2015


  • Inn Amenities Refine Search: Fitness Center, Pool, Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Wine/Spirits available


  • Inkeepers Pets: Inside
  • Pet Friendly: No
  • Smoking Policy: Smoke-Free
  • Family Friendly: Yes

Food & Wine

A gourmet breakfast is included with all stays.

Dinners are served Monday-Friday during the 9-week Chautauqua Institution summer season.

For groups of ten or more, dinners can be provided year-round.

  • Meals Offered: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Breakfast: Complimentary
  • Breakfast Seating: Individual Tables, Communal
  • Breakfast Service: Full
  • Complimentary Breakfast: Yes
  • Alcohol Permits: Beer, Wine
  • Special Diets Accommodated: Yes
  • Restaurant on Premises: No
  • Pub/Tavern on Premises: No

Rooms & Suites

All Rooms Feature the Following Amenities:

Free wireless internet services (WiFi)
Cable television and Telephones
Hair dryers and Iron and ironing board
Daily housekeeping services
Central air-conditioning and heat
Luxurious linens and down comforters on comfortable mattresses for a restful night's sleep
Note: All guests are invited to use the porches.

Many Rooms include:

Whirlpool or Jacuzzi bath
Direct access to porch
Additional Services:

Transportation service from/to Buffalo & Erie airports
Laundry services upon request
Valet parking During the Chautauqua Season refreshments are served after the Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening concerts

  • Accommodations: Apartment, Efficiency, Suites
  • # Rooms: 24
  • Beds: Twin, Double, Queen, King
  • Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Bathrobes, Hair dryers, Private Deck, Refrigerators, Rollaway Available, Telephones, Whirlpool or Jacuzzi, Alarm Clocks, Ironing Boards, Microwaves, Laundry Service, Dry Cleaning
  • Entertainment: Cable TV , Music Library, Video Library
  • Safes: In-Room, Front Desk
  • Handicap Accessible: Limited
Learn more about Rooms & Suites

Guest Services

  • Internet Services: Wireless, Complimentary
  • Corporate Rates: No
  • Front Desk/Security: Onsite
  • Inn Amenities: Pool, Valet Parking, Free Onsite Parking, Gardens on Property, Laundry/Dry Cleaning Services, Business Center, GLBT Friendly, Green/Enviromentally Friendly, Limited Spa Services, National Historic Registry, Wine/Spirits available

Location Type

  • Location Type: Rural, Small Town/Village

Weddings & Events

The Spencer Hotel is the Perfect Place for Your Intimate, Small Wedding!

Looking for an elegant resort and spa to celebrate your upcoming nuptials? Planning a romantic escape to renew your vows? Whether you are looking for a venue to say "I Do", eloping, celebrating an anniversary or honeymooning; The Spencer is a unique and wondrous destination for intimate weddings. Our relaxing spa and sauna offer a relaxing escape from the stresses of planning for the big day! Our staff will ensure that every detail of your special event makes for a lasting memory.The spring backdrop is spectacular, and so is the autumn foliage. Let us make your wedding dreams come true... Rehearsal Dinners also welcomed. Weddings and Dinners are a maximum of 35 people. Spa services available for Bridal Parties. Enjoy our wonderful Honeymoon Suite complete with king bed, jacuzzi, shower, kitchenette, rose petals, champagne, chocolates and more!

Email your wedding request to us and we will contact you soon.

  • Weddings & Events Capacity: 20-49
  • Events Supported: Private Parties, Ceremony, Receptions, Rehearsal Dinner, Bridal Luncheon, Elopement

Business Travel & Events

The Spencer Hotel & Spa is the now hosting small corporate retreats, family reunions, ladies' getaways, murder mystery events, bridal showers and group events. Our staff will work with your meeting planners to personally ensure that every detail of your special event is meticulously planned. From spa treatments to group meetings, we are prepared with a menu of services that only The Spencer Hotel can provide.

Our unique location at the Chautauqua Institution provides the ideal setting to inspire creative minds and rejuvenate tired bodies. A small executive retreat is a great way to introduce your staff to a new project or reward them for a job well done! The Spencer provides a welcoming environment for your next family reunion or Murder Mystery. Our pampering amenities offer couples, small groups, and girlfriends a relaxing escape.

Services and amenities:

Free wireless Internet
Telephones, cable tv, cd players, customized library, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities are included in each guest room
The peacock dining room can host small group meetings, seminars, luncheons and dinner theater.
Relaxing porches and serene surroundings offer a perfect place for inspiration and renewal
Access to our new steam sauna
Menu of spa treatments and lunch services
Large 40” x 90” movie theater screen, and selection of DVD’s for presentations and/ or entertainment
Healthy snacks and bottled water
High Tea and coffee breaks
monogrammed bath robes
Scrumptious all natural breakfast daily
Send an email request to book your next meeting at The Spencer Hotel!

  • Banquet Seating: 24
  • Reception Seating: 24
  • Max Capacity Theater: 26
  • Max Capacity Classroom: 26
  • Business Travel & Events Max Capacity: 35
  • Total Meeting Rooms: x
  • Meeting Facilities: Indoor
  • Meeting Amenities: Onsite Catering
  • Meeting Types: Retreats