After staying in corporate, cookie-cutter hotels, the Hotel Jacaranda is a great experience. The old-fashioned elevator is a bonus, the room was clean and nicely furnished. One downside--the bathroom: no exhaust fan, tho' the window does open; and the taps are separate--so if you want warm water instead of only hot or only cold, you have to fill the basin. But that's a small sacrifice for the enjoyment of staying in a place where George and Gracie, Clark Gable and Al Capone stayed in years past. I wasn't impressed with the dinner buffet--too much fried food; even in the South, the aspiring chefs at the school could have come up with something more innovative. But you sure can't beat the buffet price!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a quiet corner of Florida's Heartland, The Hotel Jacaranda is the picture of Southern repose. Built in the 1920s and listed on the National Historic Register, Avon Park's "gracious lady" boasts high ceilings and quiet hallways. In years gone by, the Jacaranda played hostess to the likes of Babe Ruth and Clark Gable. ... more less