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New Hotel is Needed in Lakewood, Say Patch Readers

On Wednesday, we put the question out, in the form of a poll. Looks like folks want a new hotel in the city.

Looks like Lakewood folks want a new hotel in town.

On Tuesday, for a feasibility study to determine whether a hotel could thrive in Lakewood.

So, what they thought of the idea.

In addition to readers overwhelmingly voting in favor of the idea — 77 supporting the idea for a new hotel — the comments poured in

Some of the discussions at have focused on capitalizing on some of the development in downtown Cleveland — think casino and Medical Mart — as well as the development along Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.

There’s already a on Clifton Boulevard, but city officials are also considering the possibility of attracting a “boutique hotel” to the city.

Here are a few of comments from Patch readers.

I think a Bed and Breakfast would be a better fit for downtown Lakewood. - 

If they do it they must do it right. Make it a boutique hotel. This doesn't mean super expensive, it just means it is unique and incredibly stylish. Somewhere that even Lakewoodians would like to stay for a "staycation.” -  

Lakewood is looking into attracting a Hotel to the city? Umm we have one. It's on Edgewater Dr. Maybe the Mayor and Council members don't get out much? Why would the spend 7grand on something that we already have? If they are looking to add more rooms for availability, Why would anyone suggest a B&B? -

What are your thoughts on the issue? Share them in the comments!

angelo August 27, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Sounds great if you consider putting it on the East end of Lakewood where it is much needed. You know that area that exists east of Bunts. We'll definitely take it over Value World or it could fill in that big empty spot that was once Fairchild Chevrolet.
Renee August 27, 2012 at 06:14 PM
I would like to know how many people took the poll. Are we talking about 10 people in Lakewood who would like a hotel? I would not like a hotel/motel but a bed and breakfast. Something that is unique, not something to bring more buses down Detroit and Bunts.
The original Bill August 27, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Thankfully you are in the minority Renee. A hotel in Lakewood would work. Imagine people coming into Cleveland as tourists to see the R&R HOF of the casino who would prefer not to stay downtown. A Lakewood hotel would be the closest to downtown. Also how about family coming into Lakewood to visit relatives? The only choice they now have is those dumps on Lake or those hotels up on W150th by I-71, or out in Westlake. I know when I have extended family they would love it if there was a hotel close to me.
Renee August 28, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I am NOT saying I don't agree. I think the question was not whether we need one but what kind of establishment do we prefer and I still want to know how many people were in the poll because when I took it there were a total of about 10 or less. You can't exactly say all of Lakewood says it needs a hotel when you are basing it on the opinion of 10 people. You misinterpreted my post. I said I WOULD like to see a bed and breakfast type of establishment. Something unique. Not a tower of Marriott or Holiday Inn. Yes, I agree the ones on Lake are not the best. I don't want to call them a dump because I have never been inside. I don't want it to look like those in Fairview/North Olmsted (not sure which) on Lorain Road either. I want something better for Lakewood. I do not want to see busloads of people either because it will add to the congestion. Keeping it to a bed and breakfast style will add to the charm of Lakewood not make it just like every other place. I would love for relatives to visit and be able to stay at a local bed & breakfast, but of course, I prefer my relatives to stay with me. The idea of them staying at a B & B though sounds inviting and fun. Something they might enjoy. Something Unique. Charming. Local. Quaint. Inviting. Get what I'm saying?
Renee August 28, 2012 at 02:17 PM
So, I checked the poll and I better correct myself before Bill misinterprets again. There were a total of 33 people and 25 say we need a new hotel. 25 people out 53,000. Hmmm..... Again, I am NOT saying Lakewood doesn't need one. I am just expressing my view on what type I would like to see. By the way, what is meant by a "boutique" hotel? Can anyone give me an example? And, you know Days Inn on Clifton, is it? It is not a horrendously awful sight. I barely notice it when driving down Clifton. Could it be updated and renovated? I think it could have some potential there if updated.
The original Bill August 28, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Those hotels on Lake are infested by prostitutes, drug users and transients. I would not want my family staying there. My family is way too large to stay in my house. Usually when we get together there are at least 30 of us. Far too many for my 4 bedrooms. An example of a boutique hotel would be the Wyndham downtown. And certainly a Bed and Breakfast would be nice but not in a commercial area. Secondly those are usually in existing structures not new construction.
Renee August 28, 2012 at 03:33 PM
That is exactly my fear with a hotel in Lakewood. What kind of people would be drawn there. I don't want to see a tower of a hotel in Lakewood. That is just my opinion. I don't want Lakewood to become integrated with Cleveland. Sorry if there are any Clevelanders following this but I like Lakewood for the small town feel. I don't like to see it so compact and full of concrete square buildings. I would not like it to become like Chicago where the suburbs really don't look like suburbs to me anymore. They are just like one big City -- one rolling into the other. Could this proposed hotel be limited to 3 stories high or something like the structure the nursing home has on Detroit - I think it is Eliza Jennings? The one on the other side of the street from St. Ed's. It is a newer building. I could see a building like that for a Lakewood hotel. I love that building and it looks the style of what I picture a B&B to be like. It has a circular room on top (sorry I am not an architect so I don't know the correct term to describe it). It would be unique and it has charm and character. I just love that building.
The original Bill October 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
http://lakewood-oh.patch.com/articles/14-arrests-for-drugs-prostitution-at-days-inn-in-last-year Renee: See what I mean?
Renee October 15, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Yep, I saw that. I never knew that was going on there. I am glad they are on top of it and getting it cleaned up and again, I am not against a hotel in Lakewood. It's like I said above. I would like a B&B style building. A good example of the style I think would look good is the Ennis Court Nursing Home on Detroit (I found out the name). That style could fit quite a few rooms and give it a B&B feel and it's quaint and unique. It is a lot larger than it looks.

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