Recommended by 98%
Jean Marie · Married on 09/02/2018
The Athenaeum was the PERFECT place for our wedding. Carrie Gifford and her staff went above and beyond. They made an unforgettable weekend seamless for us! I could not recommend Carrie and the Athenaeum enough! We loved every minute. As for pricing, they were reasonable in every area and honored their contract despite a few small hits the hotel itself took. Best. Weekend. Ever. You will not be disappointed.Sent on 09/04/2018
Denise · Married on 06/17/2016
Carly Davis was amazing to work with. She had to deal with a variety of personalities in my family, which can be a challenge. She went above and beyond our expectations in every aspect, and made my wedding day a truly enjoyable experience. The venue was beautiful and very accommodating to each unique need our guests had. My only advice for anyone with guests staying overnight would be to have the guest welcome bags (if you choose to have some) at the front desk, because in our case, we chose to have them delivered to the rooms, but many of our guests never received them. Also, I would encourage guests to call the hotel instead of using the online booking system. The staff is super friendly, whereas the online booking system had errors, which resulted in about 10 of our guests thinking the hotel was full and reserved a room elsewhere.Sent on 10/05/2016
Denise · Married on 06/17/2016
Carly was amazing. Everything was outstanding.Sent on 12/13/2016
Alexa · Married on 06/11/2016
Carly Davis, Apryl, and the staff of the Athenaeum were an absolute dream to work with for my wedding. They were extremely professional and responsive throughout the whole process, and were able to adeptly juggle all requests from myself and my mother-in-law. From start to finish, they did a great job and I was completely at ease on my wedding day. They known what they are doing, but also transparent about any limitations. I highly recommend this venue!Sent on 11/30/2016
Jaime · Married on 05/29/2016
From the time I was a little girl, I've always dreamed of having my wedding at the Athenaeum Hotel, and it was exactly what I imagined. Everything was absolutely perfect! Carly Davis, the wedding coordinator at the hotel, was incredible to work with and made everything, (from the initial contract to my wedding day) run so smoothly.Sent on 10/02/2016
My guests raved about the history and beauty of the hotel. They loved having a glass of wine on the porch rocking chairs during cocktail hour and taking in the view of Chautauqua Lake. The food and service were also great. It truly is a one of kind venue and it was the perfect location for my wedding reception.
Kate · Married on 10/24/2015
I cannot say enough about how wonderful this place is. The grounds alone are breathtaking, you could not ask for a more peaceful or beautiful location for such a special day. Carly (the special events coordinator) was very responsive to every email my mom and I sent. She was so helpful in getting every detail just right. The staff was amazing from the servers to the bartender, and the food was out of this world. My guests would not stop raving about how much they loved the food. If your torn over this location, my only advice would be do it, you won't regret it.Sent on 10/28/2015
Diana · Married on 06/05/2015
Our wedding planner Carly was amazing! I cannot say enough about how she took care of us an our wedding. From the day we first met with her she was always available for any questions we had (and there were plenty). She was extremely flexible with our out of the ordinary ideas. She took care of our wedding day and our breakfast seamlessly. I can't say enough about how amazing the food was! It was the best truffle ravioli I have had anywhere, not just for wedding food! Our guests included many foodies and they were impressed. Of course the location is gorgeous and historical, but everyone was friendly and helpful including Alexis the bell person who was at the bridal party's service throughout our trip. Scott the AV specialist was also great meeting with us at the rehearsal and flawlessly pulling off the tech for the ceremony. Request Carly and you will not be disappointed.Sent on 06/21/2015
Lynn · Married on 06/04/2016
We had a wonderful experience! Carly was extremely professional, very helpful, and responsive to our needs. My daughter's wedding reception was just fabulous thanks to great food, service, and perfect attention to every detail.Sent on 12/14/2016
sara · Married on 10/11/2015
First and foremost, this venue is lovely and beautiful and full of charm and uniqueness. Here is my review:Sent on 11/03/2015
1) the food is excellent and working with Chef Travis is fun and he is creative and top of the line. talk to him about working outside their traditional menu because he has tons of creative ideas and they have the ability to work with local (and organic) venues nearby. We offered Filet mignon, Salmon and a scooped Buttnernut Squash with quinoa and rice. The beef was from grass-fed local farms and many of the other sides were local and VERY fresh. We also offered our guests at check in massive bowls of local apples and pears which everyone loved. Chef Travis is incredibly accommodating as we had MANY allergies (gluten, dairy) to plan for.
2) Be careful about the weekend you plan your wedding - they WILL book multiple weddings during your weekend. We planned our wedding in 7 weeks and one of our stipulations was that we wouldn't share the weekend with other weddings because we wanted to rent the venue and the entire hotel for our guests. I would HIGHLY recommend doing that - it feels like a vacation and all of the guests end up knowing each other because they are all there for the same event.
3) you basically get bare minimums here - if you want premiums you will pay for them. (i.e. valet parking, premium alcohol, golf carts, better food, etc.)
4) the staff is wonderful and very kind and we adored working with (almost) all of them.
5) the Hall of Philosophy is the most wonderful location to get married - we got married October 11 and it was 70 degrees, sunny and heavenly.
6) one of my biggest gripes is that they charged many of my friends "smoking" fees who were definitely not smoking in the room
7) the hotel is old. built in1886 old. just be aware of that when putting your guests up here. it is certainly charming but there is nothing luxurious about it. i will say, however, that $109 a night was an extremely reasonable rate.