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 B D
This was at a quieter side of the island: VERY much appreciated that part! Loved the screened in balcony and view over the 2 pools and onto the bay. Only one complaint: no cube frig in the room; only need something small to keep my medical supplies chilled.
Location of the hotel was really nice, right on the water with a screened in porch on the 2nd Floor. However, we were not told about their NO bringing outside Alcohol into their hotel policy while making the reservation directly with the resort. We arrived, with alcohol in our luggage, and were told that we were not allowed to bring any alcohol on their premises and were only allowed to purchase drinks from their bar. They actually had us sign a document stating their policy, and that we did agree with it.
(I signed the document while sweating and hoping no one would actually attempt to try to search our bags, which they did not) Guys, the bar closes at 11:00 on the weekends, and earlier if the weather is bad. Hmmm. The onsite bartender will sell you a six pack of 16oz beers for $24 to take back to your room. Another bartender told us, quietly on the side, that if we came down to the bar an hour before they close that they would sell the same six pack for half price. I call bullcrap here, what do you think?!! Oh, and if you want to rent a golf cart from them, be prepared to sign another document saying you will not consume ANY alcohol all day while driving around town.
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.