by Courtney Elko
Located on quiet and outdoorsy Kelleys Island, Kelleys Island Venture Resort is one of the only hotels available on the island with mostly vacation rentals. Situated about a mile from the Jet Express Ferry and downtown Kelleys Island, this hotel is conveniently located to restaurants and Lake Erie. Cedar Point Amusement Park is a 15-minute ferry ride away, too.
The hotel’s picturesque outdoor pool is great for families to relax and play and there’s a children’s playground on the property, as well. Guests are also welcome to use the hotel bicycles to ride around the island. The large suites, with can easily accommodate families of five or more, feature a mini-fridge and sleeper sofa and are ideal for family stays on Kelleys Island.
Our Editor Loves
- Large suites
- Lake Erie views
- Complimentary bikes
- Theme Park
- Family Room 5+
- Free Wi-Fi
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The 31 suites vary in size, but all include a mini-fridge and microwave. DVD players are available upon request. All of the bathrooms feature a bathtub. Cribs are available at no additional cost, but rollaway beds are not permitted. No connecting rooms are available.
These suites feature a king bed and a sleeper sofa in a separate living room area. Three adults or two adults and two kids can fit comfortably in these suites. A patio is featured in these suites, which overlook the pool area, and two televisions are available.
Similar to the Glacier Suites, these suites feature a king bed and sleeper sofa in a separate living room area that is larger than the Glacier Suites.
These large suites feature two queen beds and a couch (not a sleeper sofa) in a separate living room space. These suites are closest to Lake Erie and their large windows feature excellent lake views. A large patio or balcony are also featured in these suites. These suites can sleep four adults.
These bi-level suites feature a queen bed downstairs and two additional queen beds upstairs in a loft area. There is a couch in the separate living room area, but it is not a sleeper sofa. Three televisions can be found in these suites that can sleep six people.
The largest, and grandest of all the suites, the three-bedroom Cunningham suites feature two king beds in two bedrooms and a queen bed in the third bedroom. There are two full bathrooms (one is a Jack and Jill bathroom connecting two bedrooms) and a fully equipped kitchen, which includes an oven, stove, full refrigerator, counter island with stool seating and a microwave. The living room features a couch (not a sleeper sofa) and there is a private balcony. Four televisions and a washer and dryer can be found in this suite and it sleeps eight people comfortably.
We came on vacation from Washington, D.C. We got delayed in rush hour traffic leaving the airport in Cleveland. I called the resort and spoke with Marvin. I told him that we will be arriving late and taking the last ferry to the Island. Marvin very helpful and understanding. He waited for our late arrival and booked us in. He also gave us details about the island and the resort. Marvin was very pleasant and friendly. The resort is very well maintained. The landscaping is beautiful. The rooms are updated and very comfortable. The pool was crystal clean. This hotel is expensive but worth every dollar that we paid. The staff at check out were also very friendly. We enjoyed our stay and will be returning next year.
It is such a lovely setting - truly special - but the music is so very loud, permeates the rooms, and disrupts the amazing serenity of this garden-like setting. Other guests were complaining too, but it just goes on and on. If you like that sort of thing, this is your place. We four (and other guests) found it depressing and oppressive.
The large outdoor pool is surrounded by lounge chairs and features great views of Lake Erie. The pool is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and pool towels are provided. Restrooms can be found just off the pool area, too.
Lake Views and Beach Access
There is no direct beach access at the hotel, however, across the street guests will find more hotel property of a three-tiered deck with seating that overlooks Lake Erie. A grill and picnic table can also be found here exclusively for guest use.
Kelleys Island State Park, which offers a sandy beach and direct lake access, is about 2 miles away from the hotel.
A large playground with a slide and swings is situated next to a large grassy park for children to play in.
The hotel does not offer breakfast, however, several restaurants are within walking distance or a short golf cart ride to the hotel. Coffee and tea are available in the lobby throughout the day.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property.
Complimentary bicycles are available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis.
Free parking is available in a parking lot for one vehicle per guestroom.
A two-night minimum stay is required at this hotel.
The Art of Smart Timing
This seasonal hotel is open from April to November with its peak season running from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Kelleys Island is located across Lake Erie from Put-In-Bay on South Bass Island and the mainland towns of Sandusky and Port Clinton, Ohio. A ferry or private plane is required to reach Kelleys Island from the shores of the mainland or other Lake Erie islands. The Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line Service, which allows vehicles, is less than 10 minutes to Kelleys Island Venture Resort and the Jet Express Ferry, which does not allow vehicles to Kelleys Island, is less than five minutes away. The ferry rides are about 25 to 45 minutes. Cleveland International Airport is about an hour and 20 minutes to the Kelleys Island Ferry Boar Line Service on the mainland.
Walking, bicycling or riding a golf cart are the prominent modes of transportation on Kelleys Island. Families can rent a golf cart from a shop located in town near the Jet Express Ferry dock. Guests are welcome to use the hotel's complimentary bicycles. Parking can be limited throughout the island, so while driving a car is permitted, it's not always convenient.
For Mom and Dad
Directly across the street from the hotel is the Kelleys Island Brewery, which adults will love.