Reservations are encouraged. Walk-ins accommodated based on availability.

For reservations, please contact:
(716) 357-5005

Heirloom is a full-service restaurant that is available to hotel guests, CHQ visitors and guests coming from off the grounds for a great dining experience. Heirloom is open 7 days a week and is available and open to the public from June 23 through August 26, 2018.

Hotel guests can purchase a dining plan with their stay. The dining plan includes lunch and a three-course dinner. Gratuity is not included. Guests who do not purchase a dining plan can always make reservations for lunches or dinners when they arrive. All hotel guests will enjoy our grand breakfast buffet each morning.

All outside dining guests receive a complimentary gate pass. A gate pass that has amphitheater access will have to be purchased if you plan on attending amphitheater entertainment.

Breakfast Buffet
7:30-9:30 a.m.

Noon–1:30 p.m.

Daily from 4:30-6 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays from 9-11 p.m
Tapas Menu (PDF)

5-9 p.m., varies
Dinner Menu (PDF)

Sunday Brunch
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., $39.95

Wine Menu (PDF)

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A beautiful destination for your special event

The Athenaeum Hotel at Chautauqua Institution provides a gorgeous lakeside venue perfect for your special event. With exceptional service, unique options, and beautiful locations, any wedding, rehearsal dinner, shower, banquet or conference is simply enchanting at the Athenaeum Hotel.

Getting married in Chautauqua Institution allows for many options for your ceremony and reception. Many choose to get married in the Hall of Philosophy, a more traditional and very romantic wedding hall, reminiscent of an early Greek Temple with its stone-like columns, open walls, and heavy-timber roof. Others choose a ceremony on our grand 200-foot front porch, overlooking the sunset on Chautauqua Lake, or a scenic ceremony by our Bell tower on the Lake, surrounded by beautiful beds of flowers.

The Athenaeum Hotel also provides many options for your reception including inside our grand hotel dining room or ballroom, outside on the front lawn, or again by the bell tower on the lake. Lodging is also available for all of your guests.

Hosting a Destination Wedding at our beautiful hotel provides endless possibilities to make your special day as perfect as you can imagine.

Download our complete wedding information package to view our dining menus and amenity descriptions including: Event Consultation, Outsource Referrals, Culinary Consultations, Transportation, Lodging, Activities, Audio/Visual Equipment and Facility Setup.



2017-2018 Wedding Information Packet

Special Event Buffet Menus


Conference Venues

Overlooking Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York, we offer a variety of unique meeting venues and can accommodate any group. The unique setting and quiet atmosphere is conducive to creative thinking and will ensure a memorable and productive meeting for any organization.


The Athenaeum Hotel and Chautauqua Institution are  in operation from late April through October each year. Conferences and weddings are available during the off-season months of April, May, early June, September, and October.

Overnight Special

  • Suites
  • Premium Rooms
    Premium Rooms
  • Standard Rooms
    Standard Rooms

A blend of authentic period furnishings and fixtures, comfortable chairs and settees, elegant curtains and color schemes preserve the Athenaeum’s rich historical presence and extend a cordial welcome to our guests. Guests have the option of staying in the Victorian part of the hotel or in the Arts and Crafts Wing. Each room is unique due to the historical nature of the hotel.

The hotel is currently only taking reservations for stays of 7 nights or more. 


2018 Room Accommodations* (per room, breakfast included), Rates starting at:


Daily Rate: $445  |  Long-Term Rate: $420

The Hotel offers two different types of suites. One is furnished with a queen bed and sitting room with a sofa. The other type is a family suite. The family suite has two bedrooms which are perfect for the visiting family.


Premium Rooms

Daily Rate: $397  |  Long-Term Rate: $381

Premium rooms are furnished with a king, queen, full, or twin beds. These rooms tend to be larger than standard rooms with some offering a view of the picturesque Chautauqua Lake or a sitting porch that overlooks the Amphitheater which is the hub of Chautauqua Institution’s programming.


Standard Rooms

Daily Rate: $350  |  Long-Term Rate: $319

Standard rooms offer a mix of king, queen, full, or twin beds. These historic rooms vary in size and shape and some even offer wonderful views of Chautauqua Lake. These rooms are available for either one person or for two people and are either in the main Victorian section of the hotel or in the Arts and Crafts Wing.


Single Accommodation Rooms

Premium Single Room - Daily Rate: $278  |  Long-Term Rate: $237
Standard Single Room - Daily Rate: $227  |  Long-Term Rate: $201

Single rooms have one twin bed for the solo traveler. These are the coziest rooms that the hotel offers but most of the hotel patrons are here to experience the rich programming of Chautauqua Institution and spend their day on the grounds. Want a little more space? Guests can upgrade to a single premium room.


Check In/Out Times & Information

Important Information

All reservations are confirmed with a deposit that is placed towards the total stay balance. Reservations of 3+ nights require a $500 deposit. Overnight and two night reservations require the first night stay payment in full at the time of booking. Reservations are non-guaranteed until a deposit is made.

Check-in and checkout
Check-in time is 3:00 PM. Checkout time is 10:00 AM. Early arrivals are accepted as possible, but cannot be arranged ahead of time. Late departures are subject to a $50 fee unless pre-approved.

Gate Passes
All guests are required to have a Chautauqua Institution gate pass for the duration of their stay. Gate passes are required to exit and reenter the grounds, and allow for entrance into the lecture series and Amphitheater performances. Gate passes for guests of the Athenaeum will be processed through the reservation office and held at the front desk.

A Chautauqua Institution parking pass is required for all cars. Parking is in the Main Lot across the highway from the Chautauqua Institution grounds. The Athenaeum Hotel offers a valet service to the hotel valet lot for a round trip fee of $10 plus tax. A complimentary shuttle is also available.

Additional Tickets
The reservation office can process opera, theater and preferred seating requests. Ticket sales will be based on availability at the time of the request. Additionally the Chautauqua Institution ticketing office can be reached at 716.357.6250.

Early Departure Fees
A fee equal to the remainder of the stay will be applied to the reservation departing early once checked-in.

Cancellations and Refunds
All reservations will receive a courtesy hold of 3 days in which to cancel the reservation for a full deposit refund, unless they are booked within one week of the start date. Any deposit that required payment in full at the time of booking is non-refundable after the 3 day hold period. Deposits of $500 are eligible for a 50% refund if cancelled with at least 30 days notice of the reservation start date. Within 30 days of the reservation, all deposits are non-refundable. All deposits are transferable to new dates of stay within the present season with a minimum of 7 days notice. Within 7 days, the deposit is non-transferrable and may result in a charge of the full stay balance.

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