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“My Stay at the Waterfront Inn” 4 of 5 stars
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The Waterfront Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1105 Lake Shore Dr, The Villages, FL 32162   |  
Hotel amenities
Ranked #2 of 2 Hotels in The Villages
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Dunkirk, Maryland
1 review
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“My Stay at the Waterfront Inn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

My room at the Waterfront Inn was spacious and clean. The outside seating area at the rear of the hotel was a relaxing place to enjoy views of the lake. The staff was helpful and welcoming, especially, Neal, the doorman. Susan, one of the bartenders, was friendly and professional. The coffee was excellent. The evening entertainment in lobby was enjoyable. On a future visit to The Villages, I would definitely consider staying at the Waterfront Inn again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, March 20, 2014
Thank you so much for taking the time to let everyone know that you enjoyed your stay at The Waterfront Inn! Neal and Susan are employees that we value and are grateful for doing a great service to you. Our team looks forward to seeing you here with us again!
Sincerely,
Christy Kitt - General Manager
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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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Alabama USA
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

We stayed at the Waterfront Inn for one night as we travelled to South Florida. We arrived about 6 pm and had difficulty finding a parking place! The reason is that there is a big party at the Waterfront Inn every night at Happy Hour. This particular evening they had a DJ. After unpacking we went to the party! Nice crowd and drinks at the bar were reasonable and very good. After awhile we walked across the parking lot and down the street to the town square where restaurants were busy. The Villages are really worth seeing and are seemingly a fit for many people.

The hotel room was clean and service was welcoming. We will likely go back.

Room Tip: We stayed on the ground floor and it was quiet and easy to access. We recommend it.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, February 13, 2014
I am so glad to here that you enjoyed your stay at The Waterfront Inn! I am proud of our staff here for being so accommodating and friendly. Our housekeepers always work hard to keep the hotel clean. Being right by the town square has the benefit of many activities to offer guests but also creates a parking challenge. We will continue to monitor and block off parking for our hotel guests whenever possible.
We look forward to your next stay here with us!
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The Villages, Florida
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197 reviews 197 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

My wife Ann and I stayed at the Waterfront Inn several years ago, enjoyed the stay, good food, good room, view of lake sumter (cherry lake) and decent price. We go to Amelia's for lunch every now and then. While Amelia's is nice it could be much better. Such a small space for food in the AM or Lunch or the evening meal. At times the restaraunt expands into the lobby which is ok, but not the ideal situation. Would be nice if Amelia's part of the lobby was only for Amelia's so you had those views of the lake. The lanai portion of Amelia's is also nice, but agian could be much better. I have no idea how the powers that be can fix all this, after all, folks seem to like what is there now, but am sure more effort could be put into making the views accessable to Amelia's and expanding the dinning room with booths as well as tables. The Waterfront Inn is located in the best place it could be on the lake and should do more to improve on an already great product to keep us old timers and locals coming back and bragging more about The Waterfront Inn.

Room Tip: Lake Views are the best, all rooms are good, but views are nicer.
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
We agree with you completely! We have been hoping and proposing for an expansion of our Amelia's restaurant. It would be so great if we could remodel to truly include the magnificent view of Lake Sumter! We hope that sometime into 2015 there will be actually be a strong possibility that this could happen. Thank you for your suggestions and we look forward to having you back here!
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Lisbon, New Hampshire
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

My wife and I had dinner in Amelia's, the restaurant at the Inn last week. We have eaten at the restaurant once or twice a year for at least five years. This time although the room was not crowded the food was better and service was great. I had the swordfish which was delightful and my wife's dinner was equally as good. We will be back in the Villages in the middle of February and will definitely return for dinner and may try to check out the breakfast buffet.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Thank You so much for choosing our Amelia's Restaurant! I am thrilled to hear that we are giving our guests delicious food and great service. I am proud of our culinary team and please do try our breakfast buffet! We serve a full hot breakfast buffet every morning starting at 6:30AM. Our buffet has an assortment of breakfast pastries, house baked muffins served with creamy butter & fruit preserves, sliced seasonal fruit, eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, juice, coffee, teas and more! We look forward to your return!
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Ronkonkoma, New York
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

My wife and I recently spent a two week stay at the Waterfront Inn for the second time in January 2013 and 2014. We were treated like ROYALTY and the few requests we asked for, were promptly taken care of with a SMILE. I want to especially THANK the CHAMBERMAIDS who cleaned our room DAILY, all the EMPLOYEES in the DINING ROOM which include PETE and the STAFF and Jerry and Neil who GREET you on your arrival at THE WATERFRONT. Neil especially, has a GREAT PERSONALITY and is an ASSET to this fine HOTEL. In closing, I want to include all the STAFF in the LOBBY that handles your accommodations........Sincerely, Jo &Vic Chimera........Ronkonkoma, NY

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, February 4, 2014
Thank you for staying at The Waterfront Inn! I am thrilled to hear how great our staff was to you and your family. We our fortunate to have good employees like Pete, Neal, Jerry, and the wonderful housekeepers! We look forward to your next stay here with us!
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Mathews, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

My family came to the Waterfront Inn to stay for two nights to attend a funeral. The staff was great and very friendly. The Bellman "Neal" was a complete joy. He was very attentive and always a smile on his face. The rooms were wonderful and the beds were like sleeping on a cloud. Even the rollaway was comfortable. (Thats a first) It was one of the cleanest hotels I have ever stayed in.

Room Tip: Long hallways, request a room near the elevator if you have trouble walking.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, January 16, 2014
Thank you, Steve 6668 for the nice review. I'm very sorry for your loss, but happy that you enjoyed your stay. I will pass along your nice comments regarding our team members, including Neal.
Thanks for choosing The Waterfront Inn, hope to see you on your next visit to The Villages.
Jamie Ross - General Manager
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Destin, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

The hotel is well located to explore the Villages. You will be greeted by Neal, one of the most pleasant, professional and truly caring person we have ever seen in a service industry. He not only assisted us upon arrival, and departure, but also greeted us by name every time we left or returned. Our last night, after a disappointing day with a Village real estate agent (she had pretty much convinced us the Villages were not for us) Neal took the time to find out our concerns, and he addressed each of them and resold us on the Villages. We will be back because of him to give it a second chance. The hotel is clean and the decor is cute. Our room was well appointed with a view of the lake. We would stay again. A note to management, the rest of your staff could learn a lot from Neal about customer service.......they really are not the most helpful group.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, January 9, 2014
Hi Nite Owl7, Thank you very much for providing me with great detail of your stay. I am very happy that you enjoyed your room and that Neal was able to provide the professional service that you deserve. I appreciate your suggestion to use Neal as an example, we are fortunate to have him. I am sorry that the rest of the team did not appear helpful, we will certainly work on that for your next vist. Thank you for choosing The Waterfront Inn and hope you will stay with us on your next visit to The Villages. Sincerely, Jamie Ross - General Manager
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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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