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Remember that family friendly getaway to Put-in-Bay that my family took? Well today I’m going to tell you a bit about where we stayed while we were there. As you can imagine, my family has stayed at many, many properties over the years. After all, we were on the road with my husbands’ job for nearly seven years. We’ve stayed at a few properties that we loved, some that we liked well enough and several that we absolutely hated- a couple we even checked out of early! Let me just say that I could really tell you some stories!
Bay Lodging Resort in Put-In-Bay is definitely on our list of properties that we love and will certainly stay at on return visits to the island.
The hotel is conveniently located a short walk from downtown Put-in-Bay on a quiet, wooded street.
I thought this was great because it allowed us breathing space from the evening activities (if there were any) but was close enough that we could still walk downtown and feel like we weren’t missing a thing.
Having previously worked in the hospitality industry, I’m always a bit critical on hotel employees. I expect them to treat me the way I was expected to treat customers.
I like to be acknowledged promptly in a friendly, professional manner.
When I stepped into the office, the front desk employee was assisting another customer but took a minute to address me. Score a point for Bay Lodging!
Check in went really smoothly and I had our room keys in hand in a matter of minutes.
First Appearances are everything and from the red resin Adirondack chair outside our suite, to the flowers planted in the window box under the window, I was at ease right away.
Those simple added touches made the property seem homey and welcoming.
A Peek Inside
When we opened the door and stepped inside our air conditioned suite, we were surprised by how roomy it was. Honestly, our first apartment didn’t offer as much space!
I managed to snap a few hasty pictures before my family barged in with all our luggage and took over the room.
Just look at all that space!
There’s more! The suite also has two bedrooms- with doors that close! When you’re on vacation with teenagers, you need a bit of privacy now and then. Thank.you.very.much.
The bedrooms were almost exact mirror images of one another. They each had a queen size bed, nightstand, lamp, rack on the wall for clothing and their own air conditioning unit. The back bedroom also had a closet that housed the hot water heater which kicked on when in use. My husband was concerned that it would be noisy but it really wasn’t much louder than the air conditioner.
Someone managed to throw themselves on the bed in the second room before I could snap a picture.
The couch in the living room also doubles as a queen-size sleeper sofa so the suite has bed space for six.
The bathroom was large and well stocked with plenty of towels and complimentary shampoo, conditioner, soap and make-up remover clothes.
Another nice touch was that the bathroom also included a plunger. We didn’t need it, but I was glad it was there. If you’ve ever had to go to the front desk and ask for one, you’ll know how uncomfortable that can be.
The kitchen was clean and well-equipped with a refrigerator, smooth top range, coffee maker, toaster, microwave, dishwasher with granite counter tops.
Cookware, dishes and utensils are also provided as well as dish towels, dish washing liquid and detergent for the dishwasher.
There was a back door (with a door bell) which opened to a public patio with chairs and a picnic table arranged for guests.
A complimentary continental breakfast was available to us each morning which consisted of yogurt, assorted cereal and breads, juice, waffles and hard boiled eggs.
Free Wi-fi was available in the room and though it’s slow compared to what I have at home, it sure beats no internet service!
Bay Lodging Resort boasts the only indoor/outdoor pool and 10 person Jacuzzi on the island. The Buckeye Tiki Bar is located poolside with plenty of nearby seating. If the name ‘Buckeye’ didn’t give it away and you haven’t caught on to the gray and scarlet color scheme allow me to say that if you’re a Michigan fan, this may not be the hotel for you. Just sayin’.
We were very comfortable in our clean, spacious suite which was quiet and comfortable. There was plenty of room for our teens to spread out and have their own space.
The bedrooms offered a degree of privacy that a normal hotel layout does not allow.
I was a little surprised that neither of the bedrooms contained a second TV.
More information about the Bay Lodging Resort
The Bay Lodging Resort was renovated in 2008/2009 and offers 50 Rooms that can accommodate up to 10 persons, perfect for large families or a weekend getaway with friends.
All rooms have a refrigerator/microwave combo.
Golf cart rentals are conveniently offered at the front desk.
Rates at the resort start at $95 but you can expect to pay $225- 295 per night for a suite like we had. Most weekends require a minimum 2-night stay.
Bay Lodging Resort
405 Lakeview Ave Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 1-888-PIB-STAY, 1-888-742-7829 or 216-898-9951
Have you stayed on the island? Where did you stay and how was your experience?
Disclaimer: Though our lodging at Bay Lodging Resort was provided on our trip to Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island, I was not compensated for this post nor was this post influenced by the resort in any way. All opinions are my own. Special thanks to Lake Erie Shores and Islands for making our arrangements.