The Victory Station Hotel is a new addition to the Put-in-Bay scene. Finished in 2013, this adult only hotel was immediately popular with the summertime visitors. The name plays homage to the Hotel Victory, the historic and iconic hotel from Put-in-Bay’s past.
The Comforts of Victory Station Hotel
Full of old world Victorian charm, the Victory Station Hotel has different options for rooming, each decorated with expert care. Select from single, double, and patio rooms. The patio rooms are appointed with a private and queen bed.
The building itself is a handsome brick building with an outdoor wooden staircase. Owned by the Fitzgerald family, golf cart rentals are also available onsite.
These comfortable rooms are equipped with modern conveniences including flat screen TV’s, luxurious bathrooms, and exterior vanities. Located mere minutes from downtown Put-in-Bay, Victory Station is close to the action while feeling peacefully secluded. Situated on a wide expanse of green grass, this lovely lodge is adults only.
Victory Station is within walking distance from some of the most happening spots on the island. Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille and MIST are right down the street. MIST is located in the Commodore Resort but open to the public. A swim up bar with private cabanas and DJ’s spinning into the night makes this spot the place to be in the summer months. The nightclub the Green Room rounds out this trifecta of fun.
Fine dining options include The Keys, the Upper Deck at the Boardwalk, and a little further afield, Goat Soup and Whiskey. The Keys specializes in tropically inflected cuisine with their signature key lime tartar sauce adding flavor to their perch dishes. The Upper Deck is famous for their Lobster Bisque while the Goat is known for their perch tacos and homemade soup.
Just a brief overview of all the fun on Put-in-Bay, there’s no end of amazing things to do. Fisherman and boaters spend the summer on Lake Erie, catching perch and walleye from the glistening waters or just enjoying the beautiful scenery.
Victory Station’s Namesake
South Bass Island is also full of fascinating history. An important location during the War of 1812, Commodore Perry fought the British, taking off from the Put-in-Bay harbor during the Battle of Lake Erie.
After the war, Put-in-Bay became a go-to spot for affluent vacationers from the area. The Hotel Victory opened in 1892 to great fanfare. This massive hotel consisted of 625 rooms decked out with the most opulent furnitures and fixtures. This was once the largest hotel in the whole country.
The property consisted of another building connected to the main building by a grand lobby, housing the main dining hall, an additional dining hall, the kitchen, and the servant quarters. The Natatorium, or swimming pool, was added to the Hotel in 1898. It was located in front of the Hotel. The pool itself had a cement bottom and sides as well as a full canopy.
Sadly this incredible hotel shuttered after a devastating fire in 1919. Visitors to the island can also take a peek at the ruins of the gigantic swimming pool to this day in South Bass Island State Park.