Photo credit: Chautauqua Harbor Hotel

A new world-class hotel that will enhance the conference and meetings industry in New York’s Southern Tier—home to a range of innovative industries and talent—recently opened in the village of Celoron on the southeastern shores of Chautauqua Lake, 74 miles southwest of Buffalo.

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel will feature an arts and crafts-style facade that is highlighted by rustic stone accents, stunning grounds and large outdoor areas with patios and fire pits. Many of the 135 luxurious guest rooms have balconies that offer panoramic lake views. The rooms also include luxurious bedding, wood floors, plush bathrobes “green” amenities and refrigerators.

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The hotel, which expects to receive AAA Four Diamond accreditation, includes indoor and outdoor pools, a business center and on-site dining at Carousel Bar and Lake House Tap and Grille. The more than 10,000 sq. ft. of meeting space features Pier Ballroom and Conference Center, with inspired settings and natural light.

The lakeside Carousel Bar, which pays tribute to old-fashioned carousels, serves meals and is set in an excellent venue for taking in Lake Chautauqua’s spectacular sunsets. (“Chautauqua” is an Iroquois word that is translated either as “a bag tied in the middle” or “two moccasins tied together,” and describes the shape of Lake Chautauqua.) The bar is connected by footbridge to Sunset Island, which provides an ideal setting for receptions and performances.

Boasting 1,100 feet of lake frontage, the hotel also is ideally suited to lake water sports. It is also near the new National Comedy Center, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Chautauqua Institution. Collaboration with National Comedy Center has resulted in a satellite exhibit in the lobby.

Chautauqua Harbor Hotel is the newest addition to Buffalo-based Hart Hotels’ Harbor Hotel Collection, consisting of properties in unique waterfront destinations chosen for their authentic local character.

Planners have other attractive options nearby in the Southern Tier. Chautauqua Suites Hotel and Expo Center in Mayville offers a casual atmosphere and overlooks Chautauqua Lake. It features 91 recently renovated guest rooms, an Italian restaurant and bar, live music, a business center, tennis courts and access to Chautauqua Golf Club. The expo center has 18,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, divided among eight rooms.

DoubleTree by Hilton Jamestown, located near the center of town, has 117 guest rooms, Pearl City Hops—a gastro-inspired pub and restaurant—an indoor saltwater pool and 9,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, including a grand ballroom.