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When looking for hotels at Put-in-Bay, like anywhere, location is key, and value is always a consideration.

The Put-in-Bay Hotels featured here are hand selected for their comfort, prime location steps from the main strip, and the island’s best value! Recommended by the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau these prime properties are where you want to be!

From Put-in-Bay Hotels with Swim up bars to hotels across from the downtown park & waterfront, your best options for Put-in-Bay Lodging are just a click away!


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The Best Put-in-Bay Hotels!


When looking for hotels at Put-in-Bay, like anywhere, location is key, and value is always a consideration.

The Put-in-Bay Hotels featured here are hand selected for their comfort, prime location steps from the main strip, and the island’s best value! Recommended by the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau these prime properties are where you want to be!

From Put-in-Bay Hotels with Swim up bars to hotels across from the downtown park & waterfront, your best options for Put-in-Bay Lodging are just a click away!


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Poolside View of The Put-in-Bay Resort.

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Put-In-Bay Hotels And Resorts


Put-in-Bay Ohio Hotels offer visitors the option of spending a few nights on the island in a relaxed, fun, and unique culture. No stoplights, No Traffic, Just plain relaxing!

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Put-in-Bay Hotels and more —From the moment you step foot on South Bass Island, Put-in-Bay, Ohio, you will experience a place like no other. No other vacation destination offers such a wide variety of hotels, resorts, condos, villa rentals, and group and family-oriented family rental homes with Put-in-Bay’s selection of restaurants and attractions. Imagine a place where you can golf, explore a cave, tour a winery, jet-ski, climb a rock wall, parasail, kayak, interact with butterflies, and so much more, all on a freshwater Lake Erie island. And that is just on your first day!

Put-in-Bay Hotels offers a wide variety of luxurious resorts, from the four-star Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center with its award-winning swim-up bar and the world’s largest Jacuzzi to the Bay Lodging Resort with the island’s only indoor/outdoor swimming pool, to the Edgewater Hotel located on the main strip across from De Rivera Park and the downtown waterfront, long considered the best location on the island.

Suppose a family-style home or villa is more your style. In that case, you will be warmly welcomed at the All Star Ohio House Rental Homes with all the comforts of home or the new Put-in-Bay Resort Villas located in the heart of downtown, complete with a swim-up bar and the island’s only exercise/fitness room.

Photo of Put-in-Bay Hotels All Star Ohio HousePut-in-Bay Villas Rentals boasts the island’s largest selection of downtown rental homes and a relaxing swimming pool discreetly tucked away from the hubbub of downtown yet just one block from the vibrant Put-in-Bay Nightlife.

No matter where you stay, you will enjoy a great island vacation like no other!!! Our website was designed to assist you in booking your Put-in-Bay Hotels Resorts & Lodging. For additional information about the island, the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau website has detailed listings of Put-in-Bay Events, attractions, restaurants, and shopping.

Put-in-Bay Hotels Have Been An Important Part Of Island History

The very first hotel to be built at Put-in-Bay South Bass Island was a small lodging facility in the early 1800s. The Gill House was a smaller hotel that could sleep up to 40 people. Over the years, numerous owners and name changes ended up as the Hotel Oelschlager, which featured a general store and restaurant offering groceries and souvenirs. This hotel is one of the few that were not later destroyed by fire and still stands today at the end of Delaware Avenue and is the modern-day Carriage House Gift Shop.

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Next to join the Put-in-Bay Hotel scene was nothing more than a few rooms attached to a house near a boat dockage area in the early 1860s.  Frederick Cooper, a Put-in-Bay entrepreneur saw an opportunity to grow his business, and he added rooms as the demand for hotel rooms increased. After several successful years, in 1867, he partnered with Andrew Decker, and the hotel was formally named The Island Home. it was then expanded to include a few stables, a bowling alley, a beer garden, and of course, a bar.

Several years passed, and, in 1867, he took on a partner (Andrew Decker) and named their growing establishment The Island Home. They expanded The Island Home over the next few years and added a bowling alley, a bar, a beer garden, and some stables. In 1879, Cooper & Decker sold the establishment to Henery Beebe, and the hotel was renamed the Perry House.

Henry Beebe saw an opportunity. With the rising popularity of Put-in-Bay and increased tourism traffic from ships arriving at the island, he decided to expand the Perry House with a three-story addition, a ballroom, and an ice cream parlor. The Perry House was able to accommodate over 300 guests, and customers frequently saw Mes. Beebe who would host formal dinners each evening at 6 PM. The venue was a popular destination for ballroom dancing, dining, parties, and a vacation getaway for the best 25 years.

In 1910, the Perry House was sold and renamed the Hotel Commodore, and again sold to the Schlitz Brewing Company before burning to the ground on August 23, 1932

The Put-in-Bay House Hotel

In 1861 Joseph Gray, Editor for the Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper, purchased one of Put-in-Bay’s finest homes known as the “White House,” once owned by Put-in-Bay developer A.P. Edwards. He converted the home into a hotel/rooming house.

After several ownership changes, the hotel ended up being purchased by Sweeny, West & Company. Numerous additions and expansions occurred, including a larger dining room that seated over 1000 people and large fountains gracing each wing, and much like its predecessor, it became a destination for the next ten years.

On August 30th, 1878, an elegant charity gala was planned to raise funds for those afflicted by yellow fever. Over 1000 people were to attend the event; however, a fire tragically struck the Put-in-Bay Hotel and burned it to the ground before the event started. It was a sad event at Put-in-Bay; unfortunately, it was not the last of the fires that would consume Put-in-Bay Landmarks.

In 1871, the Hunker House opened on the eastern side of the village park. The hotel featured a vineyard and orchard. The Hunker House was well known for its ice cream, pies, and wine products. All of the Hunker House products were all made from homegrown fruits. Like many other island properties throughout the years, it encountered multiple owners and name changes before its final moniker, the Crescent Hotel, which closed in 1971.

The Victory Hotel- The Largest Of All Put-in-Bay Hotels In History

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While Put-in-Bay has been home to many well-known and successful hotels, none is more famous (or infamous) than  Grand Hotel Victory, which in her time was the largest of Put-in-Bay hotels and perhaps the world!Today she is nothing more than scattered ruins hidden within an Ohio State Park campground on South Bass Island Put-in-Bay and memorabilia scattered throughout the attics of the Lake Erie Islands historical museum.

The History of the Victory Hotel

Prior to the 1800s, Huron and Ottawa Indian tribes resided on and around the Lake Erie Islands region. Things started to change as the Connecticut Land Company deeded South Bass Island to John Pierpont Edwards in 1807, and his son John Stark Edwards settled the area and cleared 100 acres of land to raise wheat.

The area’s prominent role in the War of 1812 slowed settlement as the site of a major victory over the British by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. After the war, another Edwards son, Alfred, returned to harvest many of the island’s trees for timber during the 1830s and 1840s. The area remained sparsely settled until the 1850s when Jose DeRivera purchased five islands and transformed South Bass Island into a fruit farm.

Some of the early Put-in-Bay hotels were not large enough or luxurious enough to please the increasingly affluent crowd of tourists, and fire destroyed several of them, leaving Put-in-Bay with a large shortage of hotel rooms by 1888. J.K. Tillotson viewed the situation as a great opportunity and began recruiting investors and selling stock in an ambitious plan to build an elegant and spacious hotel named for Perry’s grand victory in 1888. The group failed to raise enough funds to meet the projected opening date and moved back to 1889.

The first cornerstone was erected on September 10, 1889, celebrating the 76th anniversary of Perry’s victory over the British in 1813. Toledo architect E.O. Falls and Company designed the building, which was a Queen Anne-era design with turrets, towers, and many dormers. The mighty steamships which were arriving daily to Put-in-Bay could see the massive structure as far as 2 miles away.

Feick Construction Company from Sandusky, Ohio, constructed the Put-in-Bay hotels and resorts over the next few years. Work continued very slowly on the hotel as costs mounted, and the challenges of moving building materials to the island, often in harsh weather conditions, were challenging.

Developers remained optimistic about the hotel and believed in its potential to provide a real boon to Put-in-Bay Hotels, it’s the tourism industry, and the island economy, despite rumors about the hotel project’s lack of economic viability. Behind schedule, the newest and largest Put-in-Bay Hotels opened on July 29th, 1892. The first 200 invited guests were treated to a lavish dinner for over 500 people.

Put-in-Bay Hotel Victory Was The Largest & Most Lavish Of Her Time

The  Victory hotel consisted of a main building with 625 guest rooms, 80 of which featured a private bathroom. It was rectangular in shape and measured 600 feet wide by 300 feet deep. An inner courtyard that was lushly landscaped served guests with a social rea. There were three elevators with bellboy stations on every floor. The heating for the building was steam, a first for Put-in-Bay Hotels, and the hotel used incandescent lights.

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Connected to the main building was a structure that housed the main dining room, a kitchen, servants’ quarters, and a smaller dining area. Between the two dining areas, they could both serve up to 1,200 guests at one seating. The staff consisted of hundreds of bellhops, waiters, and maids. Luxurious amenities such as wine cellars, private parlors, a photo darkroom, an ice cream parlor, a billiard room, a newsstand, a barber shop, and a greenhouse serve the needs of the hotel Victory guests.

Considering the location was on an island served only by steamships for ferries, it could almost be considered one of the world’s great wonders that the massive amount of materials had to be brought from the mainland to complete the project.  The Hotel, at the time of its 1892 opening, had:

  • Over one mile of carpeting in the hallways,
  • More than20,000 yards of room carpeting
  • Over 3,000 incandescent electric lights
  • 16 1/2 acres of flooring
  • 7 1/2 miles of wainscoting
  • 100 miles of electrical wire
  • 2,500 windows
  • 1700 doors
  • 825 rooms with 600 guests
  • 458,000 shingles

Not including the roof constructed at the cost of over $1 Million dollars, The hotel and its opulent furnishings failed ever to become a financial success. Things may have looked great at the opening, but the hotel quickly fell into financial trouble with creditors and went into receivership on September 19, 1892. Shortly thereafter, in 1893, the stock market crashed, causing a financial panic nationwide, and Hotel Victory again closed its doors on August 5, 1893.

For the next 18 months, the hotel lay empty and neglected until a sheriff’s sale of furnishings was stripped from the hotel, and the hotel itself occurred in 1895. Toledo architect E.O. Falls and Company, the original architect and the only bidder, purchased the building for $17,000. Another creditor purchased the furnishings for $7,000. Amazingly enough, the Hotel Victory opened again for business on July 20, 1896, behind massive publicity and a new twist.

The Hotel Victory added a Natatorium (swimming pool) in 1898 that was 30 feet wide with a depth of three to seven feet. Men and Women swam together in the same pool, considered taboo for the era, and gained national notoriety as the first in the United States. The setbacks continued as a smallpox scare in 1898 caused quarantine when 26 Victory Hotel employees became infected with the disease. The new owner fell tired of the Put-in-Bay Hotels challenges and sold the hotel to new owners.

New Owners Take Hotel Victory To Her Highest & Most Visible Years

C.W. and J.W Ryan, brothers and hardware merchants, purchased the Hotel Victory and brought in Thomas McCreary as the Put-in-Bay Hotels new general manager. The gregarious McCreary was a genius for promotion and being the “perfect host” and set about revitalizing the troubled put-in-bay resort hotel at the end of the 1899 season. When the 1900 season began, guests arrived at a refreshed and refurbished hotel.

McCreary faced the challenge of convincing customers with his neverending publicity efforts that established the Hotel Victory as THE place to stay. His efforts to justify it were worth the higher rates the hotel charged to meet its costs and offset the fact that it had a short season soon paid off. He spent time attracting conventions and meetings to supplement the usual crowd of tourists. He touted the many activities, entertainment, and safety measures taken to provide for the comfort and entertainment of guests.

McCreary also commissioned sculptor Alfons Pelzer from Germany to create a 13-foot-tall winged Victory statue of copper and bronze with a 7-foot wingspan to sit on a nine-foot-high pedestal in front of the hotel in 1907. This landmark was, unfortunately, the last big project for McCreary at the hotel, as he died later that year. McCreary would be the longest-serving manager of the Hotel Victory, which reached its peak during his 8-year tenure.

Picture of Put-in-Bay HotelsThe statue ended up going to a scrap metal drive years later during World War II. The hotel’s popularity quickly faded as no one else could match McCreary regarding managing the place, and the hotel closed again in 1909. By 1911, a Chicago newspaper reported that neglect and decay caused the hotel to look like a “haunted” hotel.

Again New Owners Try To Revitalize The Victory Hotel

Rumors had become the norm that the hotel was reopening or getting new ownership. A  short-lived remodeling effort quickly halted because, again, money was a problem. Shortly after, the E.M.T. Automobile Company of Detroit became the newest owners of the hotel and began yet another remodeling effort before the Flanders Realty Company of Detroit eventually bought the hotel for $40,000 and spent another $100,000 on remodeling it before opening it in 1918.

The owners sought convention traffic and marketed the hotel as a great getaway for army and navy men on leave during World War I. Rooms cost $1.50 and up, and patrons began to arrive at the hotel again.

A Chicago group headed by Charles J. Stoops purchased the hotel and obtained a $250,000 mortgage on it in 1919. Hopes ran high for the hotel in the community in the face of a predicted post-war economic boom. The business was less than brisk, and rumors of closure again surrounded the Hotel Victory. On Thursday, August 14th, 1919, an alarm was phoned into the hotel from the outside that a fire was burning on the third floor.

The first proceeded to spread rapidly thru hallways and rooms, and by 8:30 that evening, the hotel was doomed as the flames had completely engulfed the structure with flames as high as 80 feet; it burned to the ground as the fire was too much for the tiny Put-in-Bay Fire Department, even with its then-new Ford chemical fire wagon and efforts to douse the flames by piping in water from Perry’s Cave. All of the guests were safely evacuated. The fire was visible from as far away as Sandusky, Ohio 22 miles away, and Detriot, 62 miles away.

Rumors were rampant as people speculated the investors set the fires to get out from under the failing hotel and debt. They, however, had little insurance coverage and suffered heavy financial losses, with damage to the hotel estimated to be $1,000,000. It was the end of the Hotel Victory, the most famous of Put-in-Bay Hotels. All that remains of the Victory Hotel is the swimming pool.

The site lay fallow and in ruins until the State of Ohio purchased 33 acres of property on the old Hotel Victory site at Stone’s Cove in 1938 to build a new public park. The park site became part of the Ohio State Park System in 1851. A few small signs mark the site of the hotel ruins. However, no fancy marker exists to explain the hotel’s part in the history of Put-in-Bay, Ohio’s South Bass Island.

The campground has 125 non-electric campsites, ten full-service sites, flush toilets, showers, picnic tables, a fishing pier, and a small beach. A far cry from the fancy amenities once enjoyed by Hotel Victory guests during its early 1900s heyday.


The Colonial Hotel Era at Put-in-Bay

Years later, the Put-in-Bay House was rebuilt and resurrected as the famous Colonial Hotel. The Colonial stood for over 100 years, but it also burned down in 1988, which led many to believe that the land is cursed. Today, the Beer Barrel Saloon and Tipper’s Restaurant stand where the famous Put-in-Bay House and Colonial once did. You can read more about the fascinating tale of the Colonial Hotel Fire here.


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