Sandusky, Ohio is a popular Midwestern vacation destination because of all the family-friendly things to do. This is home to the epic roller coaster park, Cedar Point, as well as the Kalahari Water Park, Castaway Bay Water Park and Great Wolf Lodge Water Park. Sandusky also offers a Merry-Go-Round Museum, Lake Erie cruises, and the Lagoon Deer Park to see beautiful animals up-close. To help you plan your next family vacation in Ohio, here are the best hotels to stay at in Sandusky.

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Hotel Kilbourne Sunset at Hotel Kilbourne
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Sunset at Hotel Kilbourne

Hotel Kilbourne

Hotel Kilbourne is in the heart of Sandusky along the waterfront and a top hotel for your next trip to Ohio. The boutique hotel offers just nine rooms and has two public social venues that are part of Moseley’s. There’s a lovely rooftop bar, as well as a lobby bar. Moseley’s is a popular public house that serves great beers and cocktails. The rooms come with Nespresso machines, free high-speed Wi-Fi, snacks, and other amenities. This is a unique place to stay if you don’t want to be in a chain hotel or a busy water park resort.

Hotel Breakers Water view at Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers
Water view at Cedar Point's Hotel Breakers

Hotel Breakers

Hotel Breakers offers spacious rooms and suites in Sandusky, as well as two outdoor pools, indoor pool, hot tubs, and access to Cedar Point Beach. There are a few on-site restaurants and bars, a fitness center, parasail and jet ski rentals, and an outdoor water play area. The big benefit of staying here is that you’ll be just steps from Cedar Point and Cedar Point Shores Waterpark. Guests who stay here get one hour of early entry privileges into the Cedar Point amusement park.

Great Wolf Lodge Kids at Great Wolf Lodge
Kids at Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

There’s a Great Wolf Lodge location in Sandusky that offers overnight accommodations in addition to a world-class indoor water park. The resort has a lazy river, family activities, onsite dining options, and fun water slides. Perks included with your stay are water park passes, Wi-Fi, the fitness center, kids’ activities, storytime, and the Great Clock Tower lobby show. Planned activities here include character appearances, pajama parties, and the Cub Club with crafts and games. Kids will also love the Build-a-Bear Workshop, MagiQuest, and the Northern Lights Arcade.

Kalahari Resorts Sandusky Salt therapy room at Kalahari Resorts (Sandusky, OH)
Salt therapy room at Kalahari Resorts (Sandusky, OH)

Kalahari Resorts Sandusky

Kalahari is another Sandusky water park resort and one that has a world-class spa, water slides, kids’ play areas, and dining options. Parents can enjoy spa treatments and the float tank. There’s also an escape room, Safari Adventures Animal Park, Big Game Room, mini-golf, mini-bowling, laser tag, virtual reality experiences, and a 7-D motion theater. Hotel accommodations include single rooms and suites up to 10-bedroom suites and villas.

Best Western Plus Sandusky Hotel & Suites Best Western Plus Sandusky Hotel & Suites
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Best Western Plus Sandusky Hotel & Suites

Best Western Plus Sandusky Hotel & Suites

The newly renovated Best Western Plus Sandusky Hotel & Suites also gives you easy access to all the top attractions in Sandusky. Everything you want to see and do is within 15 miles or less from here. You’ll also be near Kelley’s Island, the Keys Golf Course, Thomas Edison Museum, and Seneca Caverns. When you stay here, you’ll get complimentary full breakfast and have access to the fitness center and self-serve laundry facilities.

Baymont by Wyndham Sandusky Lobby of Baymont by Wyndham Sandusky
Lobby of Baymont by Wyndham Sandusky

Baymont by Wyndham Sandusky

Baymont by Wyndham Sandusky is another favorite place to stay in Sandusky for convenience and hometown hospitality. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi, breakfast, parking, and fitness center access. Bus and truck parking is also available. The rooms come with work desks, coffee and tea makers, flat-screen TVs, and other amenities. When you stay here, it’s easy to check out Kelley’s Island, Kalahari Water Park, Cedar Point, and water sports on Lake Erie.

Sleep Inn Sleep Inn exterior in Sandusky
Sleep Inn exterior in Sandusky

Sleep Inn

Offered by Choice Hotels, Sandusky has a Sleep Inn that is near Cedar Point and the Kalahari Resort. It has simple and stylish décor and is just minutes away from Sandusky’s top attractions. Sleep Inn offers an indoor heated pool, free Wi-Fi, and exercise room, guest laundry services, and free weekday newspapers. This is a comfortable and cozy place to stay, especially if you choose one of the rooms with its very own hot tub! There’s also a public whirlpool/hot tub, sun deck, onsite convenience store, onsite restaurant, and free parking. There are meeting facilities available for business travelers, including three meeting rooms and 2,050 square feet of space. Overall, guests rate this hotel highly for its comfort, cleanliness, value, service, and facilities.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandusky Exterior of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandusky
Exterior of Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandusky

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandusky

You can also stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sandusky when you visit this part of Ohio with your family and enjoy all the comforts of home. This Holiday Inn offers complimentary breakfast each morning and free Wi-Fi. Guest rooms are large with two queen beds, and cribs are available for families with young children. Come here to enjoy the indoor heated pool and fitness center to unwind and get some exercise. There are two meeting rooms available for business travelers and also an on-site business center.

Cedar Point's Castaway Bay Family at Castaway Bay
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Family at Castaway Bay

Cedar Point's Castaway Bay

Castaway Bay is another fun water park in Sandusky that has overnight accommodations for guests. This water park spans 38,000 square feet and has a tropical theme. Hotel guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, children’s activity programs, and outdoor pool, and fitness room. Quaker Steak & Lube is the on-site restaurant, and there are also facilities that serve coffee, snacks, and a breakfast buffet.

South Shore Inn Pool at South Shore Inn
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Pool at South Shore Inn

South Shore Inn

The last Sandusky hotel that we’ll mention here is the South Shore Inn. This hotel offers complimentary breakfast, high-speed free internet, and is less than two miles from the Cedar Point amusement park. Families can book large two and three-room family suites for a little extra space. This is a very family-friendly hotel option that also has refrigerators and microwaves for free upon request. There’s a children’s playground, picnic area, coin laundry, free coffee, and free parking at the South Shore Inn. Stay here for affordable prices that allow you to save money on accommodations and spend more at the local theme parks.

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