by Courtney Elko
Put-In-Bay Resort Hotel & Conference Center is located in the town of Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island, which is in Lake Erie. A 20-minute ferry (that can hold vehicles) is needed to reach the island and the hotel and the mainland ferry terminal is about 35 minutes to Cedar Point Amusement Park.
This summer seasonal hotel is ideal for families during the week. Sunday through Thursday, families will love to swim in the outdoor pool and play in the fountain splash pad at the villas or rent a golf cart to maneuver around town. Friday and Saturday, however, can be more of an adult crowd at Put-In-Bay Resort. Families and children are always welcome, but don’t be surprised if there is bit more of a party atmosphere during the peak summer weekends.
The suites and villas are perfect for larger families or groups with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi and free breakfast are also ideal for families to enjoy while visiting Put-In-Bay Resort Hotel. The hotel’s downtown location allows families to park the car and go explore the town on foot, bike or golf cart.
This hotel also owns and operates Bay Lodging Resort, about a half-mile away, and guests are welcome to use the amenities at either hotel.
Our Editor Loves
- Perry's Cave Family Fun Center nearby
- Located on South Bass Island
- Golf cart rentals onsite
- Theme Park
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite Dining
Find the Best Price for Your Stay
Families have several different room options at Put-In-Bay Resort Hotel. There are guestrooms in the main building, three-story, multiple bedroom villas across from the main building and newly constructed guestrooms with an updated and modern dÃ©cor in a third building. There are no cribs, rollaway beds or connecting rooms available, however. A mini-fridge can be found in all guestrooms and suites.
The pool view guestrooms in the main hotel building feature a balcony that overlooks the pool. Guests will find two queen beds and a mini-fridge in these rooms that can sleep four.
A few luxury suites are available and guests will find two queen beds and a separate living room area with a sleeper sofa in these. A kitchenette/wet bar features a microwave, mini-fridge, sink and counter space. There are two televisions and a bathtub in the bathroom.
A two-bedroom suite, with four queen beds in two bedrooms, is also available. Two sleeper sofas can be found in a separate living room area, as well as a kitchenette/wet bar with a microwave, mini-fridge, sink and counter. There are three televisions in these suites, as well as a bathtub in the bathroom. The two-bedroom suites sleep eight people.
The recently constructed villas, located in a building across from the main hotel building, feature four to five bedrooms and can sleep anywhere from eight to 12 people comfortably. The three-story villas feature a full kitchen, with everything except an oven, a separate living room and multiple bathrooms, some of which have tubs. All of the beds featured in the villas are queen beds. A balcony is also featured on multiple floors of the villas.
The 12 villas overlook a communal courtyard area that only villa guests are permitted to use. The courtyard features a small fountain splash pad, tables and chairs and grills. There is no daily housekeeping available when renting a villa, however all linens are provided. The villas are high in demand and often book a year in advance, so be sure to plan ahead if your family would like a villa.
The newest building (completed in the summer of 2016) features 14 guestrooms and suites that feature two queen beds, a microwave and mini-fridge. A larger guestroom with three queen beds is also available. These guestrooms have a modern and updated dÃ©cor and large bathrooms with stand up showers.
What a ripoff! Our group paid about $800 a night for a crummy hotel room that would’ve been only $100 a night during the week - and only $50 in any other city. We constantly questioned whether there were bed bugs, the room was dirty, the only nice amenity was a full size fridge
by Dan M
Get Out begins at front desk when you learn that the rate quoted is not the rate you will pay ( think mid-town Manhattan rates) - don’t think of getting money back as this is the Get Out Bay Resort - and while you were asking for explanation the good service people at front desk were checking you in - add $50 to already charged card if you leave now - additional extras include no hot water and mold in our room - we received $25 vouchers for Tiki Bar where we were charged $ 22 to use them - no choice gratuity
The large outdoor pool, open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., is surrounded by lounge chairs. A 40-person hot tub can also be found next to the pool. Guests will find a swim-up bar and grill, which serves cocktails, sandwiches and pizza. Pool towels are provided. While music is often playing at the pool area, a DJ is onsite at the pool on most weekends.
South Bass Island State Park, which is about 1.5 miles from Put-In-Bay Resort Hotel, features a stone beach and playground area. Families will also love fishing here. Another sandier beach can be found near Perry's Memorial, which is about a half-mile from the hotel.
Golf Cart and Bike Rentals
Golf carts are available to rent at the hotel. Guests must be 16 years old with a valid driver's license to drive a golf cart and 18 years old to rent one from the hotel. Rentals are available by the hour, day or week. The golf carts and their drivers must abide by the legal rules of the road. Bicycle rentals are also available onsite.
Families can start the day with a complimentary continental breakfast in the main hotel building lobby. Fruit, bagels, pastries, biscuits and gravy and yogurt are some of the items available from 6 to 10 a.m. every day except Saturday.
Blue Marlin Bar & Grille
This poolside eatery offers guests sandwiches, cocktails and pizza from about 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. But if you're craving pizza late at night, you are in luck -- pizza is available until 2 a.m.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Free, but limited parking is available around the hotel property. Golf carts park in vehicle parking spots, as well, so it is encouraged to leave your car parked once you find a spot.
A fitness center with cardo and weight machines is available to guests 24/7.
The Art of Smart Timing
Put-In-Bay Resort Hotel & Conference Center is open from April to October and its peak season is from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Put-In-Bay is the main town on South Bass Island, which is located on Lake Erie, across from Sandusky and Port Clinton, Ohio. A ferry or private plane is required to reach South Bass Island from the shores of the mainland. Miller Ferry, which allows vehicles, is about 5 minutes to Put-In-Bay Resort Hotel and the Jet Express Ferry, which does not allow vehicles to Put-In-Bay, is about 2 minutes away. The ferry rides are about 25 to 40 minutes. Cleveland International Airport is about an hour and 15 minutes to the Miller Ferry dock on the mainland.
Walking, bicycling or riding a golf cart are the prominent modes of transportation on South Bass Island and Put-In-Bay. The hotel rents both golf carts and bikes to guests directly on the property or other rental services can be found in town. As parking is very limited throughout the island, driving a car is permitted, but not always convenient.
For Mom and Dad
Mom and dad will love the swim-up bar at the outdoor pool, as well as the large hot tub.