We recently stayed a night at the Jack, a 1920s 3 story hotel located on Main Street, a few blocks east of US 27. This place was a big deal in it's time, and it still features old school charm not found in the chain hotels. Several reviewers have mentioned street noise, so we requested a room in the back. The lobby is classic pre 30s - high ceiling, plenty of comfy seating, with a large dining room and a maze of siderooms. I believe the hotel is now owned by South Florida State College, and is partially used by the students. Don't let this deter you from the hotel, as we saw few students, and those we did were polite and clean cut (I know this reveals my age!). We arrived at 3pm, parked in the back, and went to the desk, manned by an experienced lady. We checked in, and were given a ride up to our third floor rooms in the cool elevator - operated by the front desk clerk. The rooms were fairly small, with a queen sized bed, small walk in closet, and bathroom. I believe they also have suites. If you intend to stay in your room a while, I'd go with the suite. Prices are very reasonable, so this wouldn't be a bank breaker. A feature of the hotel we especially liked were the veranda over the front of the building, especially the second floor one, with a table and chairs, plus several more cushioned chairs available. We had some trip planning to do, so we sat out under the sun and relaxed. We went out for the evening, returning at about 10pm, and hit the sack. We did have some pipe clanging during the night, but the bed was very comfortable and we slept well. In the morning they have a nice selection of cereals, muffins, morning drinks, etc. Overall, we had a nice visit to Avon Park, and we're glad we stayed at the Jacaranda.
- 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