Lakewood’s Adirondacks

Chautauqua Hillcrest Inn Opens

Michele Richards has opened a new Adirondack-style inn in Lakewood. The Chautauqua Hillcrest Inn will host its grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m. P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterso

LAKEWOOD — After two long years, The Chautauqua Hillcrest Inn is complete.

Not just a flavor of the week hotel, but as owner Michele Richards put it, “it’s a destination.”

Across from the plaza, a vacant building stood for almost ten years. Finally at auction, Richards purchased the home for a “good price.”

Richards, a full-time nurse for PSA Healthcare, has cut her hours to a three-day work week and foresees herself managing the new inn as a full time job, eventually.

The inn, located at 180 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, is unique in that each room is slightly different. Richards described the inn as being Adirondack-style.

One of the rooms inside the Chautauqua Hillcrest Inn, located at 180 E. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood. P-J photo by Jordan W. Patterson

“We’re not cookie cutter,” Richards said.

Each room, whether by paint, wood finish or layout, is different by design.

Two of the more expensive rooms even have a Jacuzzi feature in the bathtub. A community hot tub is also available to guests. In total, there are nine rooms, five of which have TVs.

The Jacuzzi rooms cost $149 per night and standard rooms will cost around $139. The Chautauqua Hillcrest Inn had a soft open last week, but will have its grand opening on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m. when the inn well be open to the community to “get a taste” of the environment.

“We’re not the budget inn,” Richards said of the room prices.

Richards wants to separate her inn from the various hotels in Jamestown and Lakewood.

The building has gone through several changes over the years. The space was originally a farmhouse inn, similar to what Richards is implementing now. This similarity is very much on purpose.

Then over time, the building became a motel/hotel with several different owners until it landed in Richards’ hands. With the help of her life-partner, Rex Harper of Harper Construction, the renovation process began a year ago.

The inn will feature several unique package deals: romantic packages that include a spa day; hiking-packages that will incorporate an outdoors aspect; and a fishing-related package.

On top of all this, Richards will be making homemade breakfast for her guests.

She emphasized the breakfast would be made of as much of local ingredients as possible and that it would be of Slavic background.

Her prized food being perogies, she will also sell her food to people off the street.

While guests will be able to order food when staying at the Chautauqua Hillcrest Inn, customers looking for just the food can place orders 24 hours in advance.

The inn is based around reservations and interested customers will have to call 24 hours in advance to rent a room. Richards is also interested in hosting large families for vacations and business conferences.

For more information, visit or call 720-1032.