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“An escape to Old Florida”

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Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in DeLand
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Fairview, North Carolina
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21 reviews
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“An escape to Old Florida”
Reviewed 22 August 2012

We just got back from spending 2 nights at Hontoon Landing in the Captains room, we also took the opportunity to rent a pontoon boat. This is a wonderful place, beautiful landscaping, tranquil setting right on the St Johns River, friendly staff and an almost lost sense of old Florida. The hotel room was very large, very clean and amply stocked with all you need. It had a wonderful private deck overlooking the river. The pontoon boat rental is very reasonable and the boats a cinch to drive. We will definitely be back and will probably bring our grandsons next time.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Gainesville, Florida
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Reviewed 22 August 2012

This is one of my favorite spots on the St.Johns River,its the old Florida look and feel but the resort is in very good shape and friendly staff will make sure you visit is comfortable,the pontoon boat rentals are great too.

Room Tip: The Master Suite is wonderful with a fab view of the river from inside and out on the balcony.All th...
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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 14 August 2012

Great hotel and boat rental. Renting a pontoon boat and seeing the natural beauty of the St John's River is a must. Florida isn't just a state with beautiful beaches and amusement parks. Seeing the St John's River brings you back to Ole Florida and it's natural beauty. Staying at Hontoon Landing Resort just makes the visit even better. From its friendly staff , to cute and neat accommodations with beautiful views of the river ,to very nicely kept grounds. Hontoon Landing Resort is the place to stay and perfect place for pontoon rental!

Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Orlando
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Reviewed 9 August 2012

Great Hotel & Boat rental on St Johns, by Deland. Plenty to do on the st Johns. They have a dock that wraps all the way around Peninsula with Pontoon & Houseboats. Clean Hotel with full Kitchens (in case you catch anything, we did not) They do NOT have a restaurant on site, they do have a Captain store, open till 5-6? Great Restaurant down the street The Shady Oaks restaurant, old Florida Fish Camp style on the river by the 42st bridge, go for sunset. It was a nice Hotel to relax & get on the water.

Room Tip: Bring a Fishing Rod
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  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 5 August 2012

Spent 2 nights with my children at this old time resort. Clean cabin, nice people with a shop / boat rental marina / convenience store. Considering the low volume of visitors they have, they have done a nice honest job of keeping up the property and services. Nice way to see the St. John's River and we got to see plenty of wildlife. Still, not a 5 star by any rate, old facility, dated furniture, mattress too soft and pillows small and insufficient.

A great value for how little it costs and DeLand, Florida is indeed a gem of a time capsule!

Overall, a must do with the family but probably not a repeat.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled with family
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 19 July 2012

My wife and I spent two nights for the price of one in #4, a second floor mini suite with a kitchen. It has a riverfront location and is convenient to the office, store and the docks.

We took the Blue Heron River Cruise which is based at this resort. If you prefer to pilot a pontoon boat yourself, they can be rented from the resort with a big discount for hotel guests.

There are many "Old Florida" things to do and places to eat in the Deland area. For a genuine "Old Florida" fish-camp experience, eat at the Shady Oak (not plural) at the foot of the Hwy 44 bridge over the St. Johns River. You can arrive by car or boat and be sure to order the fried catfish (bones in).

Hontoon Landing also has a Hummingbird Garden, so bring a camera with a fast lens speed and get some in-flight photos as they eat from the feeders located on the resort grounds. All in all, it's a great place to stay.

Room Tip: Upstairs with kitchen.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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St. Augustine, Florida
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

Great place. Plenty to do & didn't have to go far.Relaxing & active. Friendly people. Will return

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Additional Information about Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina

Property: Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina
Address: 2317 River Ridge Rd, DeLand, FL 32720-4302
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Region: United States > Florida > DeLand
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 8 Hotels in DeLand
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina 2*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Hontoon Landing Resort & Marina is located near DeLand, Florida and is nestled along a bend in the St. Johns River - directly across river from Hontoon Island State Park. The resort is situated on three acres and provides accommodations and lodging in 18 riverside rooms and suites. Kitchens are available in most of the rooms and suites. Resort accommodations are provided in five buildings - Riverview Building, Executive Building, Captain's Suite Building, Hummingbird Cottage and Duplex Cottages. The resort offers for your relaxation and enjoyment...Boat Rentals - 24' Pontoon Boats for exploring the St. Johns River and viewing the abundant and varied wildlife, and 16' fishing boats for pursuit of the bass, crappie, or whichever may be your favorite. River Tours - offered daily aboard the brand new 49 passenger "Great Blue" Tour Boat, your front row ticket to the world of nature. Birdwatching - Whether you are a beginner or have been a bird watching enthusiast for many years, our Resort could become your favorite destination for enjoying the natural beauty of the river and abundant birds and other wildlife. Hummingbirds - The Resort is a haven for the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. The Hummingbirds arrive in late February and remain until late August when they begin their migration to Mexico and Central America.The Resort also offers a Sparkling Pool, Ship's Store, Slips for Private Boats, Hummingbird Garden, Hummingbird Plaza, Boardwalk, Riverside Patios and Decks, Manicured Lawn & Grounds and Free Wireless Internet. ... more   less 
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