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“Lakeside Inn has a fresh look.”
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Lakeside Inn
Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Mount Dora
Sarasota, Florida
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“Lakeside Inn has a fresh look.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

It was exciting to stay at the Lakeside Inn after 7 month and see all the improvements. The whole property is ablosutely charming, it is hard to believe that the main Hotel was buid in 1883 it does not look its age, with the fesh coat of paint and and all the new plantings, it was reborn to its former glory. And Lake Mount Dora looks like a northern lake - beautiful, now has lake front seating along a white sandy beach, to watch the birds and the beautiful sunsets. Our room was clean, and everything was provited, the bed was comfortable and we slept soundly. We enjoyed lunch in the newly renovated Tremain's Tavern part of the Inn. Food was good and the service was excellent. Its location to the small town and all the shops is very convenient and so are the walking trails along the lake side. If you like the outdoors, and interested in historic charm this is the place to stay.

Room Tip: Lake view rooms are maybe preferred,but I like to be ourside and enjoy the view so it would not matt...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2012

Hotel on National of Historic Places. Tranquil. Relaxing. Breakfast menu on a folded sheet of paper - cheesy. Formal dinning Room. Dinner menu dated. Went on fall package deal. Great view for sunset.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with family
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2011

I had been to The Lakeside Inn years ago and had good memories so I booked a trip three weeks in advance without taking time to read the reviews until the night before my departure. After reading them I thought "OMG - what have I done? I need to cancel this trip!" I didn't want to lose my deposit as it was less than 48 hours notice...so I went the next day expecting a musty smelling room with rude and less than helpful service having read negative after negative review.

What a pleasant surprise as I found absolutely the opposite!!! I was thrilled when the desk clerk cheerfully told me she had given me the most quiet room in the hotel (as requested!). When I opened the door, not only was it beautifully decorated but I had a gorgeous view of the lake and it was very clean! Everyone (including the "substitute" bartenders, the bus boys and waitresses, the restaurant/lounge manager, the housekeeper, repairman, front desk and managers!) were so friendly and helpful and made my stay just perfect. I couldn't have asked for more. The food was delicious and the atmosphere, both in the dining-room and on the front porch (awesome sunsets!), was gentle and relaxing. The grounds are beautifully maintained and parking was no problem.

The only glitch was that the temperature dropped to 40 degrees the first night. Due to the age of the hotel, there is no heating in the individual rooms but they do provide space heaters for such occasions which worked great.

Mount Dora is a quaint town with so much to see and do; and, I will definitely return to The Lakeside Inn with no concerns and with much anticipation. Thank you all for a wonderful time!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled solo
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

We were sadly disappointed with our visit. We had reservations for dinner weeks in advance for a party of 15. We were celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of realatives. The service was medicore. For a large party there should of been more than one waitress. She had no help bringing out the meals. The food was cold in the middle.. the filets were undercooked. Carrots cold from the frig in the middle.. the baked potatos were cooked earlier that day..dry and so cold it didn't melt butter. I will never recommend this place. The waitress would not even ask us if everything was ok...she knew how bad it was.
They ruined our event.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

We stayed one night at the Lakeside Inn this Christmas 2011 week, in order to get together with friends and family at family events close to Mount Dora. As other reviews almost unanimously confirm, the Lakeside Inn has an outstanding location with a gorgeous view of Lake Dora. It also is walking distance to everything nearby in town, and at Christmas, the village square is absolutely charming--especially the way in which they wrap the town's Live Oak trees. If you're looking for old fashioned Florida lakeside charm, this Inn exudes that kind of charm and ambiance. But if you care about good bathroom storage space to place all your toiletries and details of that nature, The Inn lacks it. Also, the room we stayed in lacked central AC so there is a clunky floor unit attached to the window for drainage. It was adequate during a warm Christmas week but we don't know how it would do when the weather goes into the 90's as is typical from June to October. With the exception of one waiter who seemed very perturbed about working during the holiday, the staff was friendly. Clearly the Lakeside Inn needs to do some updating of hallways, bedrooms and bathrooms. If I were its owner, I would try to do AC and furnishings renovations, add a mini-spa, and make it akin to the Sagamore on Lake George, NY or the Equinox in Manchester, Vermont.

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Deltona, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

We could not have asked for a more perfect day. Lisa Morgan, our coordinator was outstanding. The whole event turned out as fabulous as we hoped; thank you, Lisa, for assuring that our day was as great as it was!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Nokomis, Florida
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2011

The Inn has a new owner and he is trying hard to bring the inn back. However, he has a long way to go. This was a very disappointing experience. The rooms, while clean, are shabby and badly in need of refurbishing. We stayed over Christmas and had dinner in the dining room - not good. The dinner was close to inedible! And the whole place looks worn, tired and unappealing. On the plus side, the views of the lake are lovely and the little town of Mt. Dora is attractive and compact. Sadly, we would not stay at the Inn again. There are better options in town. P.S. I did not find the staff to be especially welcoming. Also no coffee machines in the room - you have to go to the main dining room for coffee - regular only. No decaf. We had to bring our own tea bags - they didn't seem to have any!

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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Lakeside Inn
Address: 100 N Alexander St, Mount Dora, FL 32757-5570
Region: United States > Florida > Central Florida > Lake County > Mount Dora
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 5 Hotels in Mount Dora
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Lakeside Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 89
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