The Best Hotels to Book in Erie, Pennsylvania

Enjoy views of Lake Erie from the terrace at Courtyard Erie Bayfront
Enjoy views of Lake Erie from the terrace at Courtyard Erie Bayfront | Courtesy of Courtyard Erie Bayfront / Expedia
Nick Dauk

If you’ve never considered the Keystone State for a lakeside getaway, you’ve surely never been to Erie. It has beaches, boating and bucket-loads of off-water fun for families of all sizes. Museums and amusement parks offer fascination and fun, while patches of parks will take you deeper into Erie’s natural hinterland. Get to know the northern tip of Pennsylvania when you stay at one of the best hotels in Erie, now bookable with Culture Trip.

1. Victoria Inn Bed and Breakfast

Bed and Breakfast

Outside view of the entrance to the Victoria Inn in Erie
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When simple hotels in Erie simply won’t do, Victoria Inn is ready to treat you to a stay in a mansion. Sleep in and awake to a home-cooked breakfast, stocked with the likes of sausage croissant casserole, brioche french toast and lemon-ricotta pancakes bathed in blueberry sauce. With zero pets or children under 12 sleeping in the rooms next door, a quiet retreat on Peach Street is on the cards – but, if you do need a little cacophony, there are multiple bars around the block.

2. Courtyard Erie Bayfront

Chain Hotel

Infinity pool by Lake Erie at the Courtyard Erie Bayfront
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If you’re angling for a holiday spent fishing, let Courtyard give you a proper place to stay right on the Sassafras Pier. Wake up to bay views from a sunset suite, and soak in more at the outdoor infinity pool and indoor pool. Easily step out of the hotel, and jump on the Bayfront Bikeway to find a fishing hole. Prefer to have someone else do the catching and cooking? The Shoreline Bar and Grille has fresh seafood for lakefront dining.

3. Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel

Chain Hotel

Marina-view bedroom at Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel
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Under the shadow of Bicentennial Tower, the Sheraton will introduce you to the marina district. Taste the regional cuisine at Bayfront Grille, making a mental note to order an extra plate of delicious crab cakes and flash-fried calamari. A marina-view room is a must, unless, of course, you’re docking at the yacht club. In that case, enjoy a day on the lake; then, head back to the Sheraton for a relaxing sit by the bay, watching the ships go by, with a drink in hand.

4. Homewood Suites by Hilton Erie

Chain Hotel

Lounge at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Erie, with elegant sofas and armchairs and a fire place
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Who said anything about lake lounging during your visit to Erie? Homewood Suites invites you to take a dive into retail therapy at its Millcreek Mall Complex location. Though, you won’t go stir crazy in your suite – it’s spacious enough to fit a fully equipped kitchen and living space – you will jump at the chance to pop tags to your heart’s delight. Swing back into the hotel for a complimentary social hour. Then, sober up with a Western PA staple: a stuffed sandwich from Primanti Bros.

5. Hilton Garden Inn Erie

Chain Hotel

External view of the Hilton Garden Inn Erie
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Slide off of I-90 and into a guest room with a whirlpool at Hilton Garden Inn. You’ll soak only 6mi (3.7km) from Downtown, putting you in reach of the Erie Maritime Museum and Erie Zoo within minutes. Back at base, the hotel has an indoor pool and restaurant, and, when you consider that room service will practically deliver dinner to your whirlpool, we’ll wager you’ll do just fine in Hilton’s four walls.

6. Holiday Inn Erie

Chain Hotel

Indoor pool at the Holiday Inn Erie
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When you’ve got a car full of kids when visiting Lake Erie, you’ll be glad you’re crashing at Holiday Inn. They’ll eat free at the restaurant at the hotel, so you’ll be free of their opinions at the dinner table. There’s also an indoor pool, but it’s good to know that Flying Squirrel amusement park and Waldameer & Water World are within a 10-minute drive when you need to give them an activity that meets their high standards.

7. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson

Chain Hotel, Budget Hotel

Indoor pool with red columns at the Country Inn and Suites by Radisson
Courtesy of Country Inn and Suites by Radisson / Expedia

Prepare the perfect cannonball for the indoor pool at the Country Inn & Suites. This budget-friendly hotel is right across the street from the water park, so you can swim right over after a free breakfast. Double-queen rooms mean you won’t need to share the pillows with the kids. We would say an ideal time for a snooze is after toweling off, but you’ll likely take advantage of the free coffee while the kids raid the complimentary cookies.

Fancy camping instead? Here’s our guide on where to camp in Erie, now bookable on Culture Trip.

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