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Offering lakefront views of Lake Erie and immediate access to the theme park, the Hotel Breakers is a great option to consider when visiting Cedar Point.
For my mom’s birthday last July 2016, she wished to enjoy the beach as it has been a while since we’ve been to one. Beaches are not the first thing you associate with Midwest USA. Most of the states are landlocked except for those with lake frontage.
So, I head on to the nets to research my options. I found Cedar Point in Ohio. The Rollercoaster Capital of the World sits on a peninsula on Lake Erie. Plenty of accommodation options with one having a beachfront.
My husband is a rollercoaster buff. He said, “Yes!” before I get to say “Point”. It has been a while since he visited the theme park as well. It was an easy sale to everyone.
With the family in tow, we head for Sandusky, Ohio, where water parks and Cedar Point, welcome vacationers in the summer.
For this trip, we have 7 family members, including our 1-year-old son, with us. We chose to stay at the Hotel Breakers which was just refurbished in 2015. The beachfront hotel was the park’s signature hotel since 1907. We booked a Lakeview Suite, which can accommodate 6 guests.
Cedar Point’s booking website is straightforward. However, we did book through a third-party site where I receive discounts as part of my work benefits from my then employer.
Alternatively, you can also book Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers from Hotels.com where nightly rates can go as low as $262/night. Hotels.com has its own reward points that you could collect towards free nights.
Check-In and Lobby
To get to the entrance, you must weave through a road around the theme park itself. Basically, the theme park is the hotel’s backyard. It makes it nerve wrecking exciting as you drive by all the rides you get to scream in later.
There is no available valet parking. However, self-parking is free and you get in-and-out privileges. The only issue is finding a spot that does not feel like you just walked the entire lot under the heat of the summer sun.
There is a huge car port where you can pull up and unload the luggage. Bellhop counter is nearby to take your luggage to your room.
The hotel has just gone through renovations in 2015. You can appreciate this as you walk through nicely decorated and clean hallways.
The lobby is very spacious with several seats and reception counters to register. The room also features two (2) carousel horses and a color palette inspired by the theme park and the beach.
Check-in starts at 4:00 PM.
Our family booked the Lakeview Suite. The room is decorated with fun colors and photos of the rides in the theme park.
The suite has sliding doors to separate the sleeping area from the sitting area for those who like privacy. There are two (2) queen beds and a sleeper sofa.
There is only one (1) bathroom with a shower tub. It wasn’t an issue for the six (6) of us. However, there are available connected rooms or suites that offer two (2) bathrooms.
It also has a private screen balcony that showcases the lake and the beach.
Other features of the room include free wifi, hair dryer, ironing board and iron, and a kitchenette with a dorm-size refrigerator and a microwave. Pretty useful for heating leftovers or packed meals if you want to save money towards dining.
The fun does not stop at the Cedar Point theme park. This hotel also has other amenities that your family can benefit from after an enjoyable day in the park.
We did not have access to this area for this stay. However, if you did a book a room that includes this service (usually the 10th floor suites), it comes with complimentary breakfast, afternoon snacks and evening hors d’oeuvres.
Exclusive access to the beach for hotel guests. This is great for members of the family who are not fans of thrilling rides and just want to chill in the beach.
Loads of lounging chairs with umbrellas on the vast shore.
There are several activities in the beach including beach volleyball, corn hole, and a pop-up movie theater at night.
Outdoor and Indoor Pool + Hot Tub
You don’t like the feel of sand between your toes?
The resort also offers a pool area for both adults and children. The children’s pool is a zero-entry water play area with slides and gizmos that are fun to interact with.
Again, they have lots of available seating around the pools for the family to rest and enjoy snacks or cocktails.
In case the other activities are not enough to burn your calories, a fitness center is available for guests.
Huge choice of souvenir knickknacks like shirts, glasses, key chains, and stuffed toys.
Meet the Peanuts Gang
Get to meet Snoopy and Charlie Brown as they wander around the resort meeting fellow guests! You might even see them in their pajamas saying bidding good night to everyone.
The resort has plenty of selections for having a meal.
Dress code is casual. Most are family friendly except, of course, for the bar areas.
This restaurant and bakery serves American favorites during breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We ate for breakfast here and got ourselves some waffles, bacon and eggs to start the day right.
TOMO Hibachi Grill
If your family wants to experience teppanyaki, this is the place to go. Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine where the chef uses an iron griddle to cook. Most of the time, in front of the guests, entertaining people while they watch their food being prepared.
Expect flinging utensils, cracking eggs and flaming volcano onions.
This Japanese restaurant is located in the lobby.
You can get your java or Teavana fix at a full-service Starbucks before heading out to enjoy the beach.
The famous coffee chain is located in the rotunda area next to the Surf Lounge.
Full service bar near the pool and beach. Aside from beer, wine and cocktails, they also serve light fare of meals such as sandwiches, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, and kids chicken fingers. You can order the kids meals and eat somewhere else.
Another familiar restaurant chain to offer you American favorites. Enjoy your meal here with indoor and outdoor seating. With Jack Daniel ribs and a beach view, you can leave me be.
Perks of Staying Here
Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers is a great hotel to stay in with lots to offer for everyone in the family. The hotel is, literally, a stone’s throw away from the Cedar Point Theme Park and the Cedar Point Shores Water Park. Guests get great discount deals with admission packages as well as an hour of exclusive Early Entry to the main theme park. With the hotel so near, you can take breaks in the middle of the day and come back later for more fun.
Have you been to Cedar Point? What’s your favorite ride or experience?