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13 Best Sandusky Ohio Hotels, Resorts, & More for Your Lake Erie Shores & Islands Vacation

Sandusky Ohio is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Midwest, and it’s no surprise. This lakeside city rests on the shores of Lake Erie and features one of the biggest amusement parks in the region. If you’re planning a trip to Sandusky, check out these top Sandusky Ohio hotels, resorts, and more!

Excellent Sandusky Ohio Hotels & B&Bs

Hotel Breakers

One of Sandusky’s biggest claims to fame is Cedar Point amusement park, which draws in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Hotel Breakers offers lodging for thousands of these visitors.

This luxury resort is located within walking distance of Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores, and it includes 669 rooms and suites. Many of these look out over Lake Erie.

In a resort this big, you know there will be many amenities, and Hotel Breakers certainly delivers. You can enjoy Wi-Fi, three indoor and outdoor pools and hot tubs, a fitness center, an outdoor splash pad, many dining options, and three bars, including one beachside.

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Cedar Point’s Hotel Breakers | photo via Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point

Maples Motel

Whoever said that a motel couldn’t be a great experience? Maples Motel is a charming, cozy, and clean Sandusky Ohio hotel just a short distance from some of the biggest tourist attractions. From here, you can easily access Cedar Point and Sports Force Parks, as well as the downtown area and Lake Erie.

The motel offers both suites and family rooms, and pets are also welcome! You’ll find complimentary breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, Wi-Fi, and a safe, comfortable environment. Most notable is Maples Motel’s proximity to several of the best nature trails and preserves, making it a popular spot for birdwatchers.

Wagner’s 1844 Inn

If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a historic hotel, you’ll want to check out Wagner’s 1844 Inn. This charming building is located in Sandusky’s historic downtown, putting it in the perfect place to reach some of the most popular attractions.

The 19th-century building was once a family home but is now a charming bed and breakfast with old-fashioned charm — but modern amenities and comforts. The inn’s three bedrooms include air conditioning and private baths.

You’re welcome to enjoy your more-than-continental breakfast in the courtyard, on the porch, or in the main dining room. Wagner’s 1844 Inn is also within walking distance of Sandusky Bay!

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Wagner’s 1844 Inn | photo via Wagner’s 1844 Inn

Family-Friendly Resorts in Sandusky Ohio

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge is known far and wide across the Midwest. Thanks to its indoor water park (the largest in Ohio), you can enjoy waterslides, swimming, and more at any time of the year. The lodge also has suites and rooms that are perfect for single occupants or groups.

The family suites are made for crowds, so everyone has a comfortable place to rest after a long day in the water. There are themed suites too, such as the Kids’ Cabin Suite and the Wolf Den Suite. Meanwhile, the premium suites have room for up to 12 occupants, making them perfect for a family vacation.

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Great Wolf Lodge | photo via Great Wolf Lodge

Kalahari Resorts

Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is another of Northern Ohio’s most famous lakeside resorts — and another enormous indoor water park that you can enjoy any time of the year. Booking a room gets you admission to the water park, which offers a full 173,000 square feet of indoor summer fun.

But believe it or not, the Kalahari water park is far from the only thing to enjoy. The resort has something for everyone, from the Safari Outdoor Adventure Park to the on-site spa and salon.

Additionally, the resort has a laser tag facility, sensory calming room, mini-golf course, escape room, 7-D motion theater, and dining options galore.

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Kalahari Resorts | photo via Kalahari Resorts

Retreat at Sandusky

The Retreat at Sandusky is a fun and relaxing place to enjoy your lakeside vacation. This resort vacation rental features four lodges that are perfect for group vacations, whether you’re with family, friends, or someone else.

Each lodge is unique, but all are clean and comfortable, featuring all the amenities you need to make your vacation a success — showers, appliances, full kitchens, internet and electronics, laundry facilities, grilling equipment, flat-screen TVs, central heating and air conditioning, and cozy suites.

The grounds also include plenty of space for outdoor fun, including a playground, volleyball pit, hammocks, ball courts, and more.

Beautiful Sandusky Ohio Vacation Rentals

Top Deck Boathouse

Top Deck Boathouse is a stunning vacation rental located on the Lake Erie shoreline. It’s less than 2 miles from Cedar Point, offering a great vantage point for the amusement park’s weekly fireworks displays.

The house has enough space for eight guests, making it perfect for family vacations or group outings. In addition to the bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry facilities, and full kitchen, Top Deck Boathouse has a private entrance to a boat well.

Most intriguing are the two outdoor decks on the third floor where you can enjoy unparalleled views of the lake and islands. 

Downtown Farmhouse Suite

Can’t decide between an urban vibe or a cozy country feel? The Downtown Farmhouse Suite is a vacation rental that can scratch both of those itches. This wonderful apartment is a place for relaxation, with natural wood features, a farmhouse sink, and charming rustic decor.

You might think that you’re actually in the country — except that the suite is located just a few blocks from downtown Sandusky, Cedar Point, and more. It includes Wi-Fi, sleeping accommodations for four, a stocked kitchen, electronics, private parking, and a miniature library.

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Downtown Farmhouse Suite | photo via Airbnb

Dockside Accommodations

Dockside Accommodations features three vacation rentals on the shores of Lake Erie. But, while you’re staying here, it’s easy to imagine that you’re in the Florida Keys.

The vibe at Dockside Accommodations is all about relaxing and going with the flow, from the outdoor tiki bar to the colorful rooms. The smallest unit offers space for four people, while the other two accommodate up to eight people.

You’ll find each unit stocked with a full kitchen, Wi-Fi, wet bar, charcoal grill, snack bar, and central heating and air conditioning. If you love a laid-back atmosphere, this is the perfect vacation spot.

Our Boat Yard Loft and Suites

Our Boat Yard Loft and Suites is a contemporary personal condo located close to the heart of downtown Sandusky. This vacation rental is in the perfect spot to enjoy both city life and the water.

From here, visitors can easily reach Sandusky’s most important and fun-filled destinations, including Cedar Point, Lake Erie, downtown, Kalahari Resort, and the Express ferry.

The comfortable, upscale loft includes Wi-Fi, a full kitchen, television, an outdoor fire pit, and a laundry unit. The two bedrooms have space for up to four people, with a living room sleep couch adding space for two more.

Inclusive Campgrounds in Sandusky Ohio

Sandusky Bayshore KOA Holiday

If you prefer to camp on your Northwest Ohio vacation, Sandusky Bayshore KOA Holiday should be at the top of your list. The campground offers a natural, waterside vacation experience without being too far removed from modern amenities and things to do.

There are many ways to stay here, including pitching a tent, renting a cabin, or hooking up an RV. With safe facilities and lots of things to do, this campground is centered on families, so you know that there are activities for everyone. It has two heated outdoor pools, outdoor games, dog parks, and a fishing pond.

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Sandusky Bayshore KOA Holiday | photo via @thetravelingholly

Lighthouse Point at Cedar Point

Lighthouse Point Cabins and RV Campground is one of the most impressive places to camp in Northern Ohio. In fact, Travel and Leisure Magazine placed it on its list of the 9 Most Beautiful RV Campgrounds! It’s not hard to see why.

The campgrounds are on the Lake Erie shoreline, offering an unparalleled view across the water. The RV hookups are just one option — You can also rent a small cabin right on the shore. Each cabin includes bedrooms and bathrooms, appliances, electronics, and other amenities.

Plus, you can walk to Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark!

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Lighthouse Point at Cedar Point | photo via

Crystal Rock Campground

If you prefer a quiet, peaceful camping experience, Crystal Rock Campground might be the place for you. This spacious campground is close to both the lake and downtown Sandusky but offers a calm and relaxing environment far from the noise of the city.

Crystal Rock offers both tent sites and cabin rentals, and there are many amenities on site — restrooms, a camp store, a picnic area, a playground, charcoal grills, a fire pit, and a recreation hall. Choose to mingle as much as you like or simply enjoy being out in nature while staying close enough to Sandusky things to do!

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Crystal Rock Campground | photo via @__mamasaurusrex

Book Your Stay in Sandusky Ohio Hotels, Resorts, & More

Whether you’re riding roller coasters or hitting the beach, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Sandusky Ohio. The city offers everything from peaceful campgrounds to sleek downtown condos, cozy boutique inns, and luxury resorts!

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