Heirloom Restaurant is a full-service restaurant that is available to hotel guests, Chautauqua visitors and guests coming from off the grounds for a great dining experience. Heirloom is open seven days a week and is available and open to the public during Chautauqua's nine-week summer season.

Hours of Operation 

Lobby Lounge 
Daily 12 p.m.–8 p.m. 
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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 the setting of 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.

2019–20 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.


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

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Check In/Out Times & Information

Important Information

Summer Deposit and Cancellation Policy
Reservations are confirmed with a $500 deposit that is placed toward the total balance. These reservations may be cancelled within 14 business days of booking for a full refund. After the 14-day hold the deposit becomes non-refundable, but it may be transferred to a different date. You must cancel your reservation at least 30 days prior to your check-in date to avoid a $100 per night cancellation fee. All reservations associated with promotional and/or discounted packages are subject to a cancellation fee equal to the full value of the stay and do not receive the 14-day hold. Travel insurance is recommended.

Fall and Spring Deposit and Cancellation Policy
A $50 deposit per room is required for guests visiting in the spring and fall. This deposit is non-refundable after a 3-day reservation hold.  Please contact the hotel if you have questions regarding deposit requirements.

Check-in and check-out
Check-in time is 3 p.m and check-out time is 10 a.m. If you arrive early for your reservation we will have your room ready as soon as possible. Early arrivals 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 allow you to exit and re-enter the grounds and grant you entrance to 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. The Main Lot is located 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. The Chautauqua Institution Ticket Office can be reached at 716-357-6250.