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Lakeside Inn
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

This was the first time we had stayed overnight in Mt. Dora and the Lakeside Inn was a great choice! We had a room with a balcony in one of the buildings so we had a great seat to watch the fireworks. They are in the process of renovating but it is a Historic Hotel and very charming. We had breakfast on the front porch both days and the food was very good. {Would recommend getting new tablecloths though,} Everyone there is very friendly and we would definitely go back!

Room Tip: Just a note that there is no central air conditioning. Our room had a new LG stand-alone unit which cooled the room very well. Also, our "suite" apparently was the only room in that building that had a balcony.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Stewie35
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Reviewed 7 July 2012

Just returned from our honeymoon at the Lakeside and we couldn't be more pleased with "our" inn. Regardless of the physical condition (it IS 128 years old after all), the shear charm and destination feel of the inn more than makes up for whatever little foibles one may come across. All the staff we met were friendly, sincere, quick to know our names, to congratulate us on our wedding, and to offer there assistance if there was anything they could do. Our billing arrangements were a little more complicated than the average transaction and our checkout was quick, simple and efficient. All upcharges and credits were clearly explained before there could be any problems. The room was neat as a pin, well laid out, cool and comforatble. Obviously a building of that age, of that construction and in this environment will be in an almost constant state of upkeep and repair. In short, we feel that we have started what will be a long relationship with the Lakeside Inn, as well as made new friend that we look forward to staying with again and again.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Walter M
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Reviewed 30 June 2012

We stayed here for a quick weekend getaway with another couple. The Inn is lovely and I can only imagine how beautiful it must have been 100 years ago. We were there on a weeknight in the summer - definitely not "high" season. Our room was tiny, with a moderately comfy mattress. The bath was cute, but what you'd expect from a historic inn. There was a bathtub, and it was deep, but very short. It would have been good for kids. Our friend's room was larger with a nice bay window and seating area. Since there were so few guests, I was a little disappointed to have a tiny room with no view. No biggie. The pool is nice, large, and clean with plenty of deck seating and small towels. There is a pool bar, but it is only open on the weekends. We enjoyed a wonderful sunset sitting in adirondack chairsc by the lake. We had brought some beverages with us, so no worries about the bar being closed. There is a nice long dock with a cool spoke configuration at the end and nice seating. The dock is a great place to watch gators - and there are some big ones!! There are also places to dock your boat. The lake is quite shallow from what I could see.
I have heard that the restaurant is very good, although when we tried to go there to eat at 9pm, it was closed, along with pretty much every other restaurant within walking distance downtown! A hopping night spot it's not!! We did have breakfast at the restaurant, which was good, although the few tables on the outside front porch we're taken. The inside dining room was pretty, and the food was good. They could benefit from another server or two, as the young ladies were very busy and the service want terribly prompt.
All in all, it's a quaint historical inn, in an adorable town. I'm going to go back in the winter. I wish they'd given us a nicer room especially since there were so few people there; it just seems like the right thing to do. The young woman who cleaned our room was very nice, and the front desk also let us check out an hour late so we could go for a swim, which was nice. If there was a rating between average and very good, like 'good' I'd have rated it that way!

Room Tip: Ask for a room with a view and maybe a bay window!
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank TheFiveOs
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Reviewed 24 June 2012

After reading the reviews, we were reluctant to stay at Lakeside, but upon arriving were greeted warmly and thought the place was very quaint and beautiful. Remember that this is a 100+ year old Inn, not the Marriott. We knew that going in and although there are upgrades that are being worked on, we were there for the ambiance and the romantic and rustic feel that the Inn provides. We enjoyed talking to the gift shop owner and walking around the grounds. It was a great weekend! Room was clean and bed was comfortable. We will be back and recommend to friends!

Room Tip: We had a lake view which was nice!
  • Stayed: June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank TurMarMom
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

Nice Mother/Daughters weekend! We stayed there In large suite in Main house. The room was Big and had great potential. The carpets were heavily soiled and stained and I felt the need to wear my flip flops around the room and in the bathroom. Bed was very thin mattress and sleeping was not an ease. The breakfast and service at the restaurant was great. Mom made the visit extra special so we didn't pay much attention to the room. I hear they may be remodeling soon so I would suggest to ask if they have any remodeled rooms yet.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled with family
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