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 financially dependent upon his family until he was well into adulthood.  He later became a great Victorian poet.

The Browning’s room 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 greatest work, SONNETS FROM THE PORTUGUESE (1850), is a sequence of love sonnets addressed to her husband. Her vivid intelligence and ethereal physical appearance made a lifelong impression to all of the friends of the Brownings, among them Ruskin, Carlyle, Thackeray, Rossetti, Hawthorne, and many others.

Robert Browning, also an English poet, noted for his mastery of dramatic monologue. Browning was long unsuccessful as a poet and financially dependent upon his family until he was well into adulthood. He became a great Victorian poet. In his best works people from the past reveal their thoughts and lives as if speaking or thinking aloud.

“A man can have but one life and one death, One heaven, one hell.”


  •  Queen bed
  • Love seat-twin sofa bed
  • Private bathrooms with clawfoot tub with European handheld shower & 1.5 bathrooms
  • Kitchen Area with microwave, sink and mini fridge
  • Original sink and faucets
  • Monogrammed bathrobes
  • Warm bathrobes available upon request
  • Bath bombs
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Gilchrist and Soames bath amenities
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary high-speed wireless internet throughout room and common areas
  • Flat Screen TV
  • Roku
  • CD Player
  • Ice bucket with 2 wine glasses
  • Corkscrew opener
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Wake-up service
  • Daily housekeeping service (Year-Round)
  • 24-hour access to complimentary drinks- hot chocolate, hot tea, and coffee
  • Access to our public library for our guests only. Check out each book is necessary at front desk
  • Located on the 4th floor
  • Free off-street parking (Sept. 1st- June 20th)

The Spencer Hotel & Spa is the #1 rated Chautauqua, NY hotel on TripAdvisor, and the best place to stay for those visiting to enjoy the Chautauqua Institution’s year-round programming. Imagine hearing your favorite speaker or the symphony play while relaxing in comfortable chairs on our porches overlooking the Amphitheater. Our guests enjoy the perfect location and modern conveniences within a whimsical literary-themed setting that encourages relaxation and renewal, including:

  • The only building on campus with a full-service elevator
  • The only hotel on campus with central air conditioning
  • Central location allowing only our guests the ability to hear everything in the Amphitheater from our porches
  • For those who love the lake our location provides a 1 block walk
  • On-site restorative cedar sauna
  • 3 Course hot home cooked breakfast served daily is included in the room
  • Use of parlor with fireplace, easy chairs, loveseats, and projector
  • 4 stories of porches with tables and chairs for all

You may sit on ANY porch at any time! Your place on the porch is waiting!

Occupancy: This room accommodates 3 people (additional $25 per person after 2)

Bed Sizes: Queen bed

 *Please note, during Chautauqua Summer Season (last Saturday in June through the last Saturday in August) rooms are rented by the week, from Saturday to Saturday. We are open year-round and welcome 2-nights during the rest of the year.

Full week stays during the 9-week Chautauqua Season includes breakfast every day. The Spencer can also assist guests in arranging travel insurance to cover unforeseen circumstances that may cause a guest to cancel their reservation.