Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point originally opened in 1905, and in recent years was really beginning to show its age. (Opened in 1870, Cedar Point is the second oldest, still operating amusement park in North America.) After two years of renovations, Breakers reopened for the 2015 season looking better than ever. With over 500 available guest rooms, there are accommodations to suit everyone (including families).
All guest rooms include a microwave, mini-fridge, and LCD TV, and offer sleeping arrangements for two to eight guests. Rooms offer gorgeous views of either Lake Erie or Cedar Point, and some include a screened porch for enjoying the sights and sounds of the Sandusky peninsula. All rooms have been updated with new decor, furniture, and bedding, and are quite comfortable.
While many guests book rooms at Breakers for its proximity to Cedar Point, it is more than just a place to sleep after a busy day of riding coasters. A number of food and drink options are available at the hotel, such as a full-service Starbucks, TGI Friday's Restaurant and Bar, TOMO Hibachi Grill, Perkins Restaurant, and Surf Lounge Rotunda Bar. Just outside the hotel are fire pits and lounge chairs where guests can relax and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Erie.
Cedar Point prides itself in being a destination for families, so why shouldn’t their flagship hotel be the same? Breakers offers arts and crafts activities on the beach for kids, beachside karaoke, outdoor movies, and even an opportunity to meet Snoopy. For families looking to extend their vacation beyond Cedar Point, there is plenty to do in and around Breakers and on the beach.
Booking a room comes with some great benefits, including discounted tickets and early entry to the park. Guests are granted access to Cedar Point one hour before the general public, which is substantial time to ride some of the larger attractions, like Millennium Force, Maverick, GateKeeper, and Rougarou, before the park begins to fill up. Using the early entry option I recently rode all four of the major coasters before the park opened to the general public for the day. The hotel’s location to a park entrance is another benefit, since it is a quicker walk than from most spots in the main parking lot.
Not long ago, I spent a night at Breakers with my wife. While we didn’t have time to experience everything the hotel offered, we did see enough to know that we wanted to return. In fact, we already booked two more nights later this season so we can go back to Cedar Point with the kids.
The convenience of staying on property, the location on Lake Erie, and early entry are wonderful features. The renovations at Breakers easily puts it two steps above most of the other hotels in Sandusky.