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“Great Christmas Night Dinner” 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
The Villages, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great Christmas Night Dinner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Not many places were open to serve dinner on Christmas night. The buffet was plentiful with lots of selections; Chicken, Seafood, Stuffed Cod, Roast Pork, Prime Rib and Salad and Soup (Lobster Bisque) Desert and coffee were included. Service was excellent. We sat on the patio and had a pleasant view of the lake.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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10 hotel reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

From the exterior, this hotel presents a nice image, and the lobby area is nicely decorated. Instead of a registration desk, you sit at one of two office-style desks.

The lobby is papered in pineapple themed wallpaper, as is every wall surface in the public areas of the hotel. Mercifully, the rooms are not. The pineapple images might have been nice if they were simply small framed rectangles mounted on otherwise blank walls. Unfortunately, the effect quickly morphed from 'nice' to 'overwhelming' to 'get me out of here'.

Our room was smallish, but nicely appointed, and the beds were comfortable. Room service at breakfast was a disaster. It took five phone calls, most of which landed in an answering machine. We left a message and they later claimed to have called back, but they did not.

Sunday evening the lobby bar was crowded with drinkers listening to a series of Karaoke singers proving just how bad country and western music from the tone-deaf school could possibly sound. Perhaps they were too drunk to notice.

This hotel has only one thing going for it: it is just a block or two from Lake Sumter Landing, which is the most interesting of the three town squares in this huge development.

All in all, not a wonderful experience.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Hiawassee, Georgia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I stayed here twice while looking at property in The Villages. The rooms were spacious, pleasant & very comfortable. I found the beds to be "just right" for a good nights sleep. Because I was worn out after a very long day of driving I ordered room service. Although the service was good I was disappointed in the food. The staff is courteous & helpful & the location can't be beat.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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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Hazlet, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

This hotel was great! The service was great and very accommodating. We had a full view of the lake and golf course. We rented a golf cart for the day which allowed us to travel all in the villages. Highly recommend this hotel!

Room Tip: Top floor, lake front view.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Pittstown, New Jersey
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Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012 via mobile

Finky wallpaper in the hallways. Can't beat the location if you are staying in the villages. Walk to happy hour in the town. They don't include breakfast which most of the surrounding hotels do. Very loud room next door but that may have just been bad luck.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, FL / Palm Springs, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

5-Star for The Villages. Granted, it's no Ritz-Carlton, but it is as close as you can get for The Villages. POINTS: Cleanliness, Great Location, beautiful facilities, helpful & cheerful staff. The rest of available hotels cannot compare AT ALL....they are chain motel-hotel types (Holiday Inn, Comfort, etc) and bare-bones.....which are okay, but those are quick-stays for ($tight) visiting relatives etc.....but if you want to stay somewhere special.....somewhere you will truly enjoy the facility itself....a notch or two above the others....then the Waterfront Inn is THE ONLY place to stay. Located on Lake Sumter Landing with shops & restaurants at your convenience.....nightly live music at the Landing....you will probably pay $20-30 more per night than the others but you will have a much more overall enjoyable experience making it worth the extra change. If you're staying a week or more? They will negotiate rates.....don't be shy, If you don't ask you won't get it. Don't stay anywhere else. BTW, It's pretty popular so don't expect to get a room at the last minute.....plan ahead and you'll be happy that you did!

Room Tip: Waterfront View....really nice.
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  • Stayed August 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

Also Known As:
The Waterfront Hotel Lady Lake
Waterfront Hotel Lady Lake
Address: 1105 Lake Shore Dr, The Villages, FL 32162
Location: United States > Florida > The Villages
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access 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*
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