The Spencer Hotel and Spa

Unique destination in the Heart of the Chautauqua Institute

The romantic Brownings Suite, the Spencer Hotel

Brownings, Room 407

When Robert Browning came to visit Elizabeth he always brought a bouquet of violets, since they were her favorite flower.  When Robert proposed to her she refused, due to health reasons, but when she saw she had been sitting on the bouquet of violets she decided to put them in water.  If the flowers revived, Elizabeth would marry.  The rest is history.  Her greatest work, SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE (1850), is a sequence of love sonnets addressed to her husband.  Robert was also an english poet noted for his mastery of dramatic monologue.  Long unsuccessful, he was fanancially dependent upon his family until he was well into adulthood.  He later became a great Victorian poet.

The Browning's suite is the ultimate romance story. The lavender lampshades and creamy colors signify the love story of Robert and Elizabeth Browning.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning,  english poet and wife of Robert Browning, the most respected and successful woman poet of the Victorian period, considered seriously for the laureateship that eventually was awarded to Tennyson in 1850. Her vivid intelligence and ethereal physical... More information on the Brownings

ROOM FEATURES: Queen bed, love seat-twin sofa bed, a kitchenette, a whirlpool tub with a European hand-held shower, & 1 ½ bathrooms.

Full week stays during the 9 week Chautauqua Season include breakfast every day and dinner five nights (Monday through Friday) each week.


The Spencer can also assist guests in arranging travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances that may cause a guest to cancel their reservation.

Great place! We loved it. We’ll be back.

Ali & Ameen - Columbus, OH

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