Hotel Kilbourne Sandusky Ohio – Staying in a Boutique Hotel


Have you ever stayed at a boutique hotel? When you are in Sandusky Ohio, check out Hotel Kilbourne. Located in downtown Sandusky off the pier by Lake Erie.

Over the past several years, I have grown to love and appreciate boutique hotels. The boutique hotels offer unique and personalized service you cannot get at large hotels.  The staff will know your name and are invested in you having a wonderful experience. I am thankful for Hotel Kilbourne to give me the opportunity to share with you what it’s like to stay in the loft of their historic hotel.

When traveling to Sandusky, your first thoughts may be Cedar Point. And Cedar Point is located in Sandusky Ohio, but there is so much more to this town. Travel further on highway 6 and you will find downtown Sandusky filled with shops, restaurants and some hidden gems to see and explore.  Looking for a relaxing place to get away, the Hotel Kilbourne is great place to unwind with 5 gorgeous rooms to pick from.

Explore Hotel Kilbourne

We arrived and were able to find parking on the side street.  Check in was easy.  We learned that there was a restaurant onsite (OH Taco) and it was Taco Tuesday!  There is an onsite bar as well, Mosley’s Public House.  We received a note before we arrived letting us know about the bar and the times that they close down.  Ear plugs were offered ear plugs, but not needed. We did notice some noise, but it was minimal and had no problems going to sleep.

Have you ever stayed at a boutique hotel? When you are in Sandusky Ohio, check out Hotel Kilbourne. Located in downtown Sandusky off the pier by Lake Erie.
Moseley’s Public House or the Roof Top Bar!

Our room was the loft, which was the pent house suite, located on the 4th floor .  There is an elevator (thank you!) that takes you up to your room on the left and there is also a Roof Top Bar to the right.  the bar looks out to a parking lot and beyond that is Lake Erie.  There is a boat launch there as well, where you can board and go to Put-In-Bay.

The loft is decorated beautifully in a teal/blue hue with simple yet elegant decorations.  The room is spacious.  It holds a king-size bed, sitting chairs that rock and are comfy.  There is a couch as well that folds out to a large queen-size bed (there were 4 of us, so this was needed).  There is also a bar in the room, with a bar sink and a fridge.

Have you ever stayed at a boutique hotel? When you are in Sandusky Ohio, check out Hotel Kilbourne. Located in downtown Sandusky off the pier by Lake Erie.

near by attractions: roadside attractions – Put-In-Bay Ohio

From the room, there is a door that takes you to a small balcony that looks out to the city of Sandusky.  The room has high ceilings, which reminded of our home.  Even being on the top floor on a warm Summer day, we did not feel hot.  The air conditioning kept the loft nice and cool.

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My daughter and I walked to downtown Sandusky, just a couple blocks away to downtown shopping, while my husband and son rested in the room.  We ended up going back and getting our car so we could drive around the city and explore quicker as it was close to dinner time.  You could rent a Segway and explore the city too.  What a cool town!

Have you ever stayed at a boutique hotel? When you are in Sandusky Ohio, check out Hotel Kilbourne. Located in downtown Sandusky off the pier by Lake Erie.
OH Taco has some delicious food. You must try dessert!

Dinner at OH Taco

We ate dinner at OH Taco, located just off of Mosley Roof Top Bar downstairs of Hotel Kilbourne.  It was Taco Tuesday so they had a buffet.  You selected your  choice of beef or chicken and the taco was brought out to you.  We then were able to add the toppings of our choice.  They were very filling, but we still went for dessert.   We enjoyed Cinnamon Chili Churros with chocolate sauce to dip in. You have to have dessert!

We slept well.  You could hear some seagulls outside, but this is beach living!   The bathroom is huge!  The fixtures are beautiful and the shower is huge!  We went down and got our breakfast to go bags (they do offer to delivery) and were off and on our way.

We enjoyed our stay and my tweenager and teenagers enjoyed staying here.  The Lake Erie area has a special place in our heart with all the nearby attractions, including the Merry Go Round Museum downtown.

Have you ever stayed at a boutique hotel? When you are in Sandusky Ohio, check out Hotel Kilbourne. Located in downtown Sandusky off the pier by Lake Erie.

Historical Info About Hotel Kilbourne

  • it is a historic brick hotel, built in 1835 by Sandusky founders Zalmon Wildman and Isaac Mills for warehouse use
  • located on the shores of Lake Erie
  • in the 1880s it housed several restaurants (Avenue Billiards  & Busters Bar, and most recently The Sandusky Athletic Club)
  • building renovated in 2015 & in 2017 the restaurant and apparel shop were added (more rooms will be added in the future)
  • building materials repurposed, using roof supports for bar tops, incorporating fire escape components into bar shelving and trellis, and featuring original brick in certain downstairs areas and rooms.
  • Hotel Kilbourne named after 1 of the founding Free Mason’s of Sandusky who designed the platte of downtown Sandusky.
  • Moseley Public House named after Moseley’s Channel in Sandusky Bay. (used for  industrial era imports exports of goods)

We would definitely stay at Hotel Kilbourne again when we are in the area.  What is your favorite things to see when staying in Sandusky?

Have you ever stayed at a boutique hotel? When you are in Sandusky Ohio, check out Hotel Kilbourne. Located in downtown Sandusky off the pier by Lake Erie.

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