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“southern hospitality at it's finest” 5 of 5 stars
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The Waterfront Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1105 Lake Shore Dr, The Villages, FL 32162   |  
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Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in The Villages
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“southern hospitality at it's finest”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

Just had the pleasure of spending a weekend at the Waterfront end. It is a charming hotel with that true Florida feel. My room was spotless, comfortable beds, and the shower actually had a double shower head (pure bliss). it was a great location within walking distance to lots of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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56 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

We were in town to visit The Villages and stayed 2 nights. We thought the hotel was priced well and enjoyed its' location in proximity to The Villages. The music was nightly in the lobby and we enjoyed it. The room was well appointed.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Tampa, Florida
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11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 376 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2012

Although the postal address of this hotel is Lady Lake, Florida, it is in fact in the heart of the retirement community known as The Villages, which bills itself as "Florida's friendliest home town."
If you are only going to be in the area for a brief stay (under a week in summertime) this is an excellent choice for a place to stay.

The hotel is located on the south bank of Lake Sumter and is only two blocks away from Lake Sumter Landing, one of The Villages' two town squares. (A third is under construction,) At the town square there is outdoor free entertainment every night of the year, weather permitting, as well as numerous restaurants and shops. It is the larger and busier of the two squares. Audience participation in the form of line dancing is usual.

My stay here was in connection with arranging to purchase a house in The Villages. The reservation was made by the seller of the house. As a resident of The Villages he was able to get me a significant discount on the price of the room. A 15% AAA auto club discount can also be obtained by making your reservation on the hotel website http://www.waterfrontinnvillages.com/ .

The Villages is a community of about 86,000 people and it is said there are 50,000 golf carts in use in the area. Golf cart rentals are very inexpensive and using them is a fun way to get around.

As I said earlier, this hotel is a fine place to stay if your visit is for less than a week in summertime. If you are staying for a week you should consider rental of a private home. There are many available for under $1,000 a week, many of which include the use of a golf cart.

You can learn more about The Villages at http://www.thevillages.com/ .

Room Tip: There is a lake view side and a parking lot view side. You might request lake view.
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Beverly Hills
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2012

Great place to eat and love eating outside. Restaurant.com coupons were great to use there. Prices were very reasonable and a great place to go. There are stores in The Villages to shop or go to the movies.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012

If this is as good as it gets here, that should tell you something! This hotel looks nice from the outside, but inside it needs updating and more attention to cleanliness/maintenance. Garish wallpaper in all common areas, elevators were old and slow, Room was just ok, but we had no access to the balcony right outside our window. Lake view should have been nice, but our window was very dirty. Bathroom wall had water damage from shower, was cracked and bubbling. Nightly music very loud in lobby (great for the hearing-aid crowd!). Location within the development was good, easy walk to restaurants, shopping, or to watch nightly public dancing. From lodging to dining to golf to real estate tour, The Villages experience failed to impress.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Walt Disney World, Florida
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

location though is number 1. The restaurant and bar has high turn over and the food still needs help. I WISH it would be better .....the place is clean but I can't give it 4 for the buck

Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

The Waterfront Inn in the Villages is a great place to spend a couple of nights. The place is spotless, and very comfortable. It has entertainment nightly in its lobby, and is a short walk from the restuarants, shops, and really good entertainment at the Lake Sumter Landing town square. We had breakfast (a buffet for $10) in the hotel's restaurant and is was very good. One note ... The hotal does not have a traditional front desk in the lobby. They simply have a couple of desks on the right side as you come in the front door. Worked fine. I highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Waterfront Inn

Address: 1105 Lake Shore Dr, The Villages, FL 32162
Location: United States > Florida > The Villages
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in The Villages
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — The Waterfront Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 120
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Also Known As:
The Waterfront Hotel Lady Lake
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