Being by the Bayfront, it can be busy, but welcoming.

Mercyhurst University head lacrosse coach Chris Ryan knows this place well.

"For me, it's sorta hands off, and you're lending people to professionals you trust and who you have the utmost confidence in, and it's always been a terrific relationship," said Ryan.

That is, with the cobblestone hotel along Erie's Bayfront. It's a place the coach recommends to lacrosse recruits, families and incoming teams, every season.

"It's a super cozy hotel, however, we have a lot of value that you would expect to have in a larger hotel brand," said Diamond Hospitality VP of sales and marketing Laurie Woolslayer.

The Bayfront location is one of three cobblestones in Erie County

Including Corry, on East Columbus Avenue and Harborcreek, near the campus of Penn State Behrend.

They're all managed by Diamond Hospitality Services.

Company president Paul Leroux describes cobblestone as an upscale boutique hotel.

One reason is the amount of rooms within the locations.

There's single king beds, to rooms with double beds.

Woolslayer says all visitors get a free breakfast, internet, access to a pool, fitness machines, and laundry services

Rentals of the conference rooms are also open to the public for meetings, and private parties.

Rooms size varies between hotel locations

While staff at all the locations makes sure cleanliness is a priority, and carries out the mission at the front desk and back desk, where medicine, snacks, and food items are available for purchase

Local operations have prompted cobblestone company growth during the COVID-19 pandemic, with plans to grow, adding more comforts to the visitors coming through the doors.

The local cobblestone hotels are headquartered right in downtown Erie inside the Renaissance center, owned by Tom Kennedy, who is also the "CEO" of diamond hospitality.

And as the summer season grows near, the rooms at all the locations are getting booked.