Accessibility friendly hotel. Accessible rooms are available, quantities are limited.

Hotel Accessibility Features

  • Accessible temporary parking on South Terrace Avenue, near Janes Avenue.
  • An accessible route that allows for approaching and entering the hotel main entrance
  • Accessible lobby entrance door
  • Interior routes to public spaces that do not have abrupt level changes
  • Accessible reception desk
  • Public restrooms accessible
  • Service animals welcome
  • Chautauqua’s complimentary bus transportation: Use the South or Bestor bus.
    • Accessible transportation with advance notice: contact the Front Desk 

Guest Room Accessibility Features

  • Accessible doors and doorways (at least 32” of clear width passage)
  • Accessible bathroom and features, including shower/tub
  • Accessible room controls (e.g. HVAC, lighting)
  • Accessible clear floor space
  • Closed-caption television
  • Telephones have volume control
  • Visual notification device for door knock and on telephone

Public Space ADA Features

  • Heirloom Restaurant: table seating accessibility, including porch dining area
  • Lobby Lounge, in the Athenaeum Hotel lobby: table seating accessibility
  • Accessible business center
  • Accessible concierge desk
  • Accessible exercise facility at Chautauqua Health & Fitness in the Turner Community Center
  • Accessible meeting rooms, including assistive listening device for meetings upon request

The Athenaeum Hotel is delighted to offer delivery, curbside meals and porch service. Enjoy delicious salads, barbecue, sandwiches, wine, beer and craft cocktails! Curbside pickup or delivery (on-grounds only) are available daily from 11 a.m.–7 p.m. via ordering online online or by calling 716-357-5005. Sit-down porch service at the Athenaeum Hotel is available daily from 4–9 p.m. Reservations are accepted by calling 716-357-5005

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Friday & Saturday Specials

Yuengling Battered Walleye | $24
Served with french fries, cole slaw, house tartar sauce, side salad and roll. 

12oz Slow Roasted Thyme and Black Pepper Crusted Prime Rib | $36
Served with baked potato, seasonal vegetable, beef au jus, horseradish aioli, side salad and roll.


Specials for August 3–9

Mediterranean Flatbread | $12
Cream cheese spread, mixed olives, roasted red peppers, feta cheese, artichokes and arugula.

Compressed Cantaloupe and Corn Salad | $16
With fresh corn, prosciutto, bell peppers, tender greens, and fresh herbs. 

Seared Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna | $16
Served on a bed of citrus Asian slaw with crispy wonton. 

Whole Pan Roasted Mountain Trout | $30
Served with lemon caper buree blanc and two sides. 

Garlic Marinated Coulotte | $30
Served with chimichuri and two sides. 

Covid-19 Safety:
We are committed to protecting the safety and health of guests and staff as our first priority. Heirloom and the Athenaeum Hotel have worked closely with Chautauqua Institution to ensure operations consist of the highest standards of cleanliness, social distancing, and use of personal protective equipment. Covid planning for safety has been developed in conjunction with recommendations from the CDC, OSHA, and NY State Department of Health.  For a full detail of how we are working to keep you safe you can request a copy of Heirlooms NY Forward Safety Plan by contacting the hotel at 716-357-4444.


Curbside Pickup:
Curbside ordering is available online or by calling 716-357-5005. To access the hotel, please enter Chautauqua through the Main Gate and see the attendant. Proceed to the hotel via Janes Ave and park in designated curbside parking, alert Heirloom of your arrival by calling 716-357-5005, and let the operator know how you would like your order loaded in your vehicle. Heirloom Restaurant is committed to minimizing contact during pickup to protect guest and staff safety.


Pickup is available at the counter on Janes Ave. For your safety we encourage you to place your order online or by calling ahead at 716-357-5005. Check the whiteboard on Janes Avenue when you arrive to see if your order is ready before approaching the desk. If you are coming from outside of the Chautauqua Grounds please use the Main Gate Entrance and access the hotel via Janes Avenue.


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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.


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.

Chautauqua Institution looks forward to hosting your wedding celebration. All couples are welcome.

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


"Chautauqua has become our home and a place where friends and family love to visit and gather. The wedding planning process has been so much fun, and the staff seem as excited about our celebration as we are. We couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else."


– Michael Hill and Peter Korns

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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