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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
GreenLeadersSilver level
Jackson, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
“Good Stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The room was fine but the desk lamp did not work. Later moved to room overlooking waterfront. It was great. Friendly staff. Nice breakfast.
The location is excellent and the views are great. Hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service

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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, August 11, 2014
I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us at The Waterfront Inn! We have a staff that takes pride in what they do and it reflects in great customer service. I love this hotel as well as the team that works here. We all like to think as though we are inviting guests into our home. I hope to see you here again and appreciate the feedback.
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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English first
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

Had lunch for three of us on a Sunday. It was a good buffet not the best I ever had but good. Our table was a little distance from the main buffet which was not a problem for us but something to be considered if making a reservation. The setting is gorgeous and the hotel is elegant and sumptuous. It was a little pricey for the quality but would not write it off. All in all had a good time

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, August 11, 2014
It's great to hear that you enjoyed our Floribbean Buffet that we have been featuring in our Amelia's restaurant on Sundays at 4:00PM. It's an incredible deal that is priced at only $10.95 per person. You can choose jerk chicken, a Cuban style Pork Loin, Blackened Tilapia with Mango Salsa, Coconut ginger rice, Key lime pie and other tropical favorites on this buffet.
We want to reflect the feel of our hotel's interior design in the menu of this buffet which is what I would describe as tropical, breezy, and relaxing. It's all about getting in the Key West state of mind when you visit our area of The Villages. Whether you are standing on Canal Street at Lake Sumter Square or in our beautiful Waterfront Lobby Bar, you'll be sure to start leaving worries behind.
We hope to see you back hear soon and thank you for stopping by!
Sincerely,
Christy Kitt
General Manager
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Utica
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Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My wife and I stayed at this hotel as we were experiencing the Villages Lifestyle. We couldn't have been happier. From the girls at check in, to Neil who took care of our luggage the day of check in, it was a wonderful experience all around. Neil was there any time we needed him.
He really gave us the welcome feeling. We are really looking forward to our next trip down and purchasing a Villa. It will be great to visit the Waterfront Hotel again and to say hello to all of our new friends. Our room had a great view too, we were able to look out over the pool and lake.

Room Tip: Upon check in we asked for a better view, and received it.
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, August 5, 2014
It's great to hear that you enjoyed staying with us! I'm glad to see you got to experience our friendly staff and beautiful views. Lake Sumter has a relaxing atmosphere yet plenty of fun as well. Whether you want to relax by our pool or take a stroll along the boardwalk, you can find it all at our hotel. We offer free nightly entertainment in our lobby and great meals in our Amelia's restaurant.
Come in and enjoy the hotel anytime. Whether you stay again or come in eat dinner only, we welcome everyone anytime!
-Christy Kitt
General Manager
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Fernandina Beach, Florida
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29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here one night when we visited THe VIllages and were delighted. We had stayed elsewhere in the Villages our first night at a nice hotel but this hotel was clearly a more upscale choice and worth the extra money. The room was comfortable, very nicely decorated, granite counters, lovely tv, coffee maker, frig, microwave and a balcony overlooking Lake Sumter. Our room was very quiet and the mattress was perfect. The room temperature controls worked perfectly! That is important to us. I did read in some reviews that special events in the hotel created a problem, but there were no weddings or banquets on our night so we had total peace and quiet overlooking the beautiful views of the lake.

Check in was easy. Elevator was quick. (One minor observation: although rugs in the lobby and hallways was clean, the elevator rug needed some attention.) Location was ideal as it is a block or two from all the towns and the village square of Lake Sumter Villages. Note: the hotel provides coffee in the lobby but there is no complimentary continental breakfast. The hotel restaurant does serve breakfast although we did not eat there.

We would definitely consider going back!

Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us! We pride ourselves in being the most upscale hotel in the area. I strive to do daily checks of the hotel rooms with the executive housekeeper to make sure they are clean and maintained. My apologies for the condition of the elevator floors, however, we are in the process of getting bids to have the floors redone. (no carpet this time!)
We have great things down the pike, such as, new lobby furniture and a restaurant menu refresh! It will be well worth checking out again!
Thank you so much for staying with us and I look forward to your return.
Sincerely,
Christy Kitt
General Manager
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The Villages, Florida, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've only made it as far as the lobby and the restaurant, but when I had more friends visit than I had guest rooms one couple stayed at The Waterfront Inn for a couple of nights. These are people who typically stay at 4- and 5-star hotels, so I was a little nervous. They were delighted with their accommodations. They selected a king guest room overlooking the lake and loved the view. They said the bed was very comfortable and the room was immaculate.

When you start at this hotel you are within steps of the town square with its free live entertainment and dancing every night plus all of The Village shops, movie theatre and restaurants. Even if you aren't visiting someone who lives in The Villages this would be a good choice for a place to stay & play.

If you are visiting anyone who lives in The Villages, use their Village ID# when you book your room and you will receive discount.

The restaurant is a typical hotel restaurant. Not fine dining but perfectly adequate.

Room Tip: Choose a room on the lake. It's quieter and the view is soothing.
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, July 22, 2014
I am pleased to hear that your friends enjoyed staying at the hotel. Our team has been working hard to be the best place for The Villagers to have their friends and family stay. We check the rooms daily to make sure they are immaculate and ready. We also have plans to refresh our lobby and bar area with new furniture to make it more beautiful than ever!
Its truly the perfect location being in the center of entertainment, restaurants and shops. Our nightly entertainment is sure to please or guests can take a short walk to the square and have even more options.
We are getting ready to introduce a new and exciting menu in our restaurant as well! We'll have a taste of Key West with fresh fish, seafood, and tropical flavors.
Thank you for using the hotel for entertainment and for your guest's stays! I hope to see you back here soon!
Sincerely,
Christy Kitt
General Manager
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The Villages, Florida
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56 reviews 56 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

This hotel is very nicely decorated and is located on Lake Sumter Landing in The Villages. We arrived Saturday afternoon and were immediately given our room keys. The lobby is a central location for the bar, restaurant and a dance floor with windows overlooking the lake. That night they had live entertainment and dancing there. The room is very nice and beautifully decorated. Our room was in the front of the hotel overlooking the parking lot but was still very quiet. It was a large room with a comfortable bed. Nice size bathroom, too. The room also had a fridge & microwave. I choose this hotel because it's just a short walk from the Landing town square where there are numerous stores, restaurants and a live band entertaining from 5pm-8...I think. It's always a great place to go and unwind and watch the sun set. Everyone here really seems to enjoy themselves!!!

Room Tip: The hotel is a little pricey but the location makes it worth it.
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  • Stayed May 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Amelias52, General Manager at The Waterfront Inn, responded to this review, May 15, 2014
It's true that our hotel truly has the best location. We are centrally located in The Villages and Lake Sumter has the best theme, Key West! Being on the water, we have beautiful sunsets and a nice breeze.
We always have free entertainment in our lobby bar every evening and now we are actually going to be doing trivia on Thursday night. If you want to relax, you can take a quiet stroll out back along our boardwalk or enjoy the view in one of the many lounge chairs.
I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your return!
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Summerfield, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We stayed at the Waterfront Inn for New Year's Eve. It was our first time there. After dinner and the party, we just got on the elevator and walked to our room - PERFECT !!! We liked it so much we returned a few months later for a long weekend, no special occasion. The food is excellent, and the hotel is immaculate and beautifully appointed. Good time for a couple who wants to get away from it all for a couple days to relax and enjoy Lake Sumter. You can get a room with a balcony overlooking the lake.

Room Tip: Rooms with a balcony overlooking the lake.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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, May 15, 2014
I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay here with us so much! We have a staff that truly cares about the hotel and our guests. It's my favorite square in The Villages because of the key west feel. There are boutique shops and plenty of restaurants to choose from including our own Amelia's restaurant. Our executive chef, Tom, has even made it as a company finalist for Culinarian of the Year for JHM Hotels! We hope he brings home a trophy for his accomplishments.
On behalf of the Waterfront Inn staff, we look forward to seeing you again soon!
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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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