by Courtney Elko
Located in the town of Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island, this waterfront hotel is the only one on the island that is situated directly on Lake Erie. Opened in 2004, the hotel is conveniently located to town and the Jet Express Ferry. Guests can easily walk, bike or ride a golf cart to explore Put-In-Bay during a stay at Bayshore Resort. The outdoor pools are private, and the views of Lake Erie are awesome from nearly anywhere on the property.
The guestrooms and large suites feature screened-in balconies and plenty of space for larger families. The onsite restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, makes meals convenient for families, too. Bayshore Resort is great hotel and location for families visiting Put-In-Bay.
Our Editor Loves
- Lakefront hotel
- Two outdoor pools
- Onsite restaurant
- Theme Park
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
- Kids' Theme Meals
- Onsite Dining
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All of the 60 guestrooms offer views of the pool and Lake Erie from a patio or balcony. Cribs are available at no additional cost and rollaway beds are available for a nightly fee. Connecting rooms are available.
The standard guestrooms feature two queen beds and small table and chairs. The screened-in balcony features water views and a table and chairs. No mini-fridge is available in these guestrooms that can sleep four people. The large bathroom features a stand-up shower.
The large suites feature a king or two queen beds and a sleeper sofa. A kitchenette features a mini-fridge, microwave, sink and counter space. There is one television and a small table with chairs in the suites. They also featured a screened-in balcony. The suites can sleep between four and six people and are ideal for families.
A king bed and a Jacuzzi tub in the corner are featured in these guestrooms. There is no mini-fridge included in these rooms, which are ideal for couples. However, it is large enough to fit a crib or rollaway bed.
by Matt S
First off, Put-In-Bay is tons of fun, and part of going to Put-In-Bay is drinking. This hotel has a pretty good location in that it is close to downtown, but far enough away that you don't hear the all night parties. The hotel is very clean and some of the staff are very friendly. However, as everyone has pointed out, NO OUTSIDE DRINKS, even in your room! I am not sure how this is even legal, as a hotel is simply an extension of your home, but this hotel makes you feel like a 16 year old sneaking in your beer.
Whatever you do, DONT EAT at the breakfast place onsite, horrible and servers are the worst!!!!
Overall a nice place. Heated outdoor pool was cold. Felt to be the same temperature as the larger non heated pool. We did tell the front desk. Hot tub/spa was great and all overlooked the lake. Tiki bar was decent. The drinks were not properly balanced. I’m very picky about my drinks being too strong so I only had one. The staff was friendly. The woman at the front desk seemed to live there (I’m sorry I don’t remember her name). She was fantastic! We were disappointed that outside alcohol was not allowed since we like to enjoy an evening drink In our room and our drinks of choice are not available there. The room was clean and the beds comfortable but there was no mini fridge, microwave or safe in the room. We paid over $275 a night (including taxes). We’ve stayed places that were cheaper that had all of those amenities available. The on-site golf cart rental was nice. Our toilet broke on night one. The chain in the tank broke. It was late and no maintenance person available until the next day. We reported to the front desk but also told them we temporarily fixed it with a Bobby pin. The balcony overlooked the lake which was nice. Although it was cool and breezy while we were there, the balcony was screened in so a ceiling fan would have been nice. The on-site restaurant was not clean and didn’t impress us. We arrived 5 minutes after opening. The booth we were sat at was dirty. the window sills were full of spider webs and dead flies. The coffee was too strong and bitter or burnt tasting. My husband had to Wait over 15 minutes for a waitress to come back to our table after serving the coffee so he could get a cup that was clean. There was egg or cheese on the outside of the cup. Others in our party had breakfast but wasn’t anything special or memorable. We liked the location of the resort. It wasn’t in the middle of the hustle and bustle but only a five to ten minute walk. We may consider staying again but will likely look for a bed and breakfast.
The two pools at Bayshore are not open to the public, so only hotel guests may enjoy them. There is a natural, non-heated pool and a second, heated pool with a constant 80-degree temperature. Both pools range from 3 to 5 feet in depth and are open from 9 a.m. to dark. Lounge chairs surround the pool deck and pool towels are provided. There is also a large 30-person hot tub situated by the two pools.
A large, grassy lawn area surrounds the pools, and guests can enjoy lawn games like bocci ball or soccer (equipment available at the front desk) or bring their own games to play.
There is direct lake access from the hotel property, but it is not recommended for guests to access the lake, as there are large rocks to maneuver in order to reach the water. There is no sandy beach area directly in front of the hotel.
South Bass Island State Park, which is about 1.5 miles from Bayshore Resort, features a stone beach, fishing and playground area. Another sandier beach can be found near Perry's Memorial, which is about a quarter mile from the hotel and easy for families to access.
Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge
The waterfront restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the peak season of June to September. The restaurant is open to hotel guests and the public, and a kids' menu is available. Reservations are recommended for larger parties, but generally reservations are not needed. If there is a crowd at the bar, it will remain open later than 9 p.m.
A tiki bar, situated next to the pools, serves cocktails, as well as food from the Waterfront Restaurant to guests sitting poolside.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.
Free parking in a parking lot is available to guests, which will not have an issue finding a space.
Six and four-seater golf cart rentals are available through the hotel.
The Art of Smart Timing
This seasonal hotel is open from April to October, with peak season running from June to September. The hotel is only open on weekends in October.
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 a five-minute drive to Bayshore Resort and the Jet Express Ferry, which does not allow vehicles to Put-In-Bay, is a less than five-minute walk to the hotel. 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 four- and six-person golf carts 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
Adults can enjoy a nice cocktail or beer poolside from the Tiki Bar.