Thanks to Living Social, I discovered the quaint town of Chagrin Falls, Ohio. Although the deal that I wanted to book was sold out, I discovered that there was a second hotel in Chagrin Falls, one that was actually in the “downtown.” So all in all, it seemed to be a good thing that the one property was sold out since that led me to the Inn of Chagrin Falls.
Location: Chagrin Falls’ downtown isn’t very big-there’s Main Street and then a slew of little side streets. The nice thing about the Inn was that once we arrived there, we parked our car and that’s where it stayed until we departed the next day. Thankfully it was beautiful while we were there but even if there had been cold weather, walking around to the various shops and restaurants would have been doable. There are a plethora of restaurants to chose from and the town’s star attraction (I think you know what it is) was only a block and a half away from the Inn. Coming from Pittsburgh, it was less than a 2 hour drive (around 1 hr 45 minutes), and the nearest big city is Cleveland which is about 30 minutes away.
Check-in: When a town’s downtown is on the smaller side, in the age of automobiles, there’s often “cramped” spaces. I had read some reviews that said parking at the Inn could be difficult due to a limited number of spaces out front. We arrived and I went in immediately to both check-in and inquire about parking. The person working was extremely pleasant and helpful and after going over the requisite things she told me we could park in what we weren’t sure was an actual spot. I knew from Chagrin Falls’ visitors site that there were three parking lots so I’m sure that’s always an alternative too (one appeared to be rather near to the Inn). Parking is free and guests are given a sign to put on their dashboard. Even though the website listed check-in was not until 3 PM, we arrived about 1:15 and were able to get into our room with only a ten minute wait as housekeeping was finishing up. Being an inn and not a modern hotel, room keys were actual keys which is cute in this day and age.
The Room: I planned our getaway to Chagrin Falls both last minute and somewhat impromptu so I didn’t feel the need to splurge on a higher price level room. I opted for the standard queen room ($130 a night) and it was perfectly lovely. There was plenty of space and the bathroom was also spacious. There was a small flat screen TV hidden behind the armoir and free WIFI was also available. Nice touches were homemade cookies in individual baggies featuring stickers of the Inn and a bottle of water. Other room types included those with a fireplace, jacuzzi suite, and even one with twin beds. Rooms are on both the ground and second floors.
Everything else: The Inn does provide a continental breakfast that is served between 7 and 10 AM seven days a week. Juice, hot tea, coffee, individual cereal boxes, bananas, a coffee cake, yogurts, and granola bars were offered. My only comment is that the granola bars and yogurts were not my cup of tea-the granola bars were of the healthy variety (i.e. bland as all get out) and the yogurts were the Activia brand. I appreciate being healthy but those were two things that I don’t think would appeal to many people. A minor nitpick.
My only real critique is that being an older property (it was originally a private residence built back in the 1930s) the doors were wooden and would slam shut when people were not being considerate. We went to bed about 10:30 PM and for a while after that we were constantly hearing doors opening and closing, most likely from the same individuals who were going between rooms. Not to cast judgement prematurely but I saw a few kids/preteens the next day coming down from our floor and assume it was probably them.
There are two restaurants that the Inn is affiliated with (Gamekeeper’s Taverne and the West End Bistro). We were given a 10% off coupon that could be used at either of them. We dined at the West End Bistro which I loved (review on that coming soon).
All in all, I really enjoyed my stay and since it’s the only hotel right in “downtown”Chagrin Falls, I would definitely come back again.
87 West Street No 2
Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022