It’s 2015 and as promised, Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point has finished their 2 year, interior/ exterior, $60 million renovation process. 4 The Love Of Family first visited the 110 year old, “largest and greatest hotel on the Great Lakes” in the fall of 2014. The hotel’s size immediately caught my eye. It seemed almost endless and housed not only guest rooms, but restaurants, etc. However, at that time, the building’s age left much to be desired. With only a few months left until the estimated completion date, I imagined the renovations would not be as dramatic as Cedar Point was leading us to believe. So, when Cedar Point invited us to visit and check out the end result, I jumped at the chance.
“The charming waterfront hotel first opened its doors in 1905
as the “largest and greatest hotel on the Great Lakes.” Known
for its breathtaking views and cool summer breezes, Hotel
Breakers has been an important part of any complete Cedar
Point experience.” Cedar Point
We again visited the hotel just a couple of weeks ago (June 2015). We pulled up to the main entrance, the bell men met us at our vehicle (this always makes me feel important 😉 ), and the changes quickly became noticeable. As my 10 year old bounced from the car (literally, read more at the bottom), he exclaimed “The steps are gone!”. And he was right. The historic entrance area had been torn down and rebuilt. An original stained glass window (designed by Louis Buser from Tiffany and Co. in New York) remained in the foyer connecting the original and the redone.
“We want to provide a well-rounded and complete vacation
experience for our guests, and the enhancements at the
Hotel Breakers will help them have just that. It will have a
fun and fresh feel, is steps away from the park and it’s a
great place to start new family traditions.”
– Jason McClure, VP; General Manager at Cedar Point
Once we entered the hotel, I realized that when Cedar Point says “renovate”, they mean it. “WOW” was the word that kept coming to mind. I’m not sure where they found the magic wands, but they somehow pulled it all together in the end and the result is stunning. Walking down the long hallway and into the lobby, you immediately feel welcome. Two gorgeous carousel horses and photos/ paintings of the park’s rides, connect the hotel to the amusement park. The kids’ waiting area (which is a dream come true when you have excited kids but still need to check in, etc) was no longer 2 chairs and a television, but an LCD TV surrounded by kid sized couches and chairs. The “fun” mirrors were a bonus.
We knew all the rooms had been completely remodeled with new furniture, decor and LCD TV’s, but how much of a difference could those things really make??? Almost running to our room (again with the excited 10 year old), the new key card system greeted us. Inside was yet another lesson: those things can make a HUGE difference!
The above pictured room transported me to the beach. Less than 5 hours from NKY/ Cincinnati and I felt like we were so much further. We packed up our sand toys, took a few steps out the back of the hotel, and we were on the beautiful Lake Erie shore.
The outside areas are a beautiful as the inside. I was totally geeking over the kids’ water area and CHECK OUT THOSE FIREPITS!!
“Other amenities include two pools and Jacuzzis, access to the
Cedar Point Beach and Boardwalk, a gift shop, arcade, exercise
room, three restaurants, Early Entry (access to some of the
biggest rides and coasters before the park opens to the general
public), discounted Cedar Point admission tickets, complimentary
Wi-Fi and the comfort and convenience of staying right next to
the rides and roller coasters of Cedar Point.” -CedarPoint.com
So, we loved it! Cedar Point raised the bar with their renovations. However, my favorite part of it all is the one thing they didn’t renovate- their guest relations. No mater how elite a destinations’s physical area is, it’s the staff and their customer service that makes it what it is. The staff at Hotel Breakers are always so friendly. I feel as though I’ve known them for ages. On both visits, they were quick to answer any questions and offer help. As I described a bit above, my 10 year old thought checking out the renovations and comparing the old and new was the greatest thing anyone could have offered him. He was almost jumping out of his skin with excitement (I wish he was always that easy to please). He was talking a mile a minute to the staff checking us in and she hung on his every word. She talked with him and let him tell her how he imagines they made different changes. She asked him what he was looking forward to doing while there and what his favorite ride was. This little bit of extra attention went a long way in making our experience one we will definitely be returning for!
Many asked, did we ride Cedar Point’s first floorless roller coaster. And I will answer that in the review of the park (coming soon).
Disclosure: As a Cedar Point Blogger, we stayed at Hotel Breakers at no charge. As always, all opinions expressed above are those of the writer and are in no way influenced by companies or brands mentioned within. Post and page may contain affiliate links and advertising. Thank you for clicking through them! It helps keep 4 The Love Of Family here for you