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“Nice change from the chains” 4 of 5 stars
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19 East Main Street, Avon Park, FL 33825   |  
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Avon Park
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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144 reviews 144 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 74 cities Reviews in 74 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Nice change from the chains”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

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.

Room Tip: We asked for a clean and quiet room, and that's we we got. We didn't notice much street nois...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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David B, Manager at The Hotel Jacaranda, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Bellwood, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

Our trip was an unplanned one, due to a death in the family, so we were looking for a place that was reasonable to stay and we found the Jacaranda. I loved every part of the hotel, which was still decorated for Christmas! As other reviews said some parts of the rooms are not updated, but that is what added to the charm of the building and the rooms. Riding on the elevator was a treat! The restaurant was an added bonus. The sandwiches were excellent at lunchtime; as was the buffet for lunch and dinner, and the price was reasonable. The staff was AWESOME! They were friendly, helpful, welcoming, and caring at time when we were a little out of our element. They made us feel at home each day we were there. We look forward to a return trip later this year.

Room Tip: If you want a little more room to move around choose a suite. Although the room we had was a nice s...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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David B, Manager at The Hotel Jacaranda, responded to this review, January 27, 2014
Thank you for your review. Sorry for your loss and glad you enjoyed your stay with us. hope to have you visit again soon.
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Sarasota, Florida, United States
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We went with another couple in December and the hotel was beautifully decorated for Christmas.
The hotel's buffet lunch was very good and is prepared by students from the culinary school housed in the hotel. Once the lunch crowd left, we had the hotel to ourselves. The lobby and public areas were lovely, but the bathrooms needed some updating. The town is very small and probably cannot support the hotel restaurant being open for dinner, so we ate across the street. The hotel verandas were a perfect spot for afternoon wine and cheese.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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David B, Manager at The Hotel Jacaranda, responded to this review, January 17, 2014
Thank you for the review. We do serve lunch from 11:00 am till 2:00 pm Sunday thru Friday all year and we are open for Dinner from 4:30 till 7:30 Monday thru Friday from January thru the middle of May. We hope you will stay with us again soon.
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

If you're the kind of person who likes luxurious, large bathrooms with lots of marble countertops, you will not like this hotel. But if you're the kind of person who appreciates a beautiful and charming hotel full of history, you will love it. It has been lovingly restored while still maintaining its originality and it felt good to be supporting the college by staying there. The staff was friendly and helpful. The lobby is lovely--very warm and welcoming and nicely restored. The rooms are pretty spartan and the baths are old and look very original, down to the separate hot and cold faucets in the sink. There was no counter space in the bathroom and the tub was clean, but stained by age. One suggestion for improvement would be to have nicer towels. They were very small and thin (almost hand towel sized). The rooms were clean and the bed was comfortable. I really felt like I was stepping back in time, but in a good way. The elevator must have been the original one and was fun to see and ride. You ring a buzzer for the floor number you are on and an attendant operates the elevator and picks you up. We did not eat at the restaurant, but the food smelled amazing and judging by the number of people who were waiting in the lobby before it opened, it must be very good. There's a wonderful veranda on the second floor that overlooks the street. It's a great place to sit with your coffee or breakfast. It was fun to think about the people who would have been enjoying it back in the 20's when it was built. We would definitely stay again and would recommend it to people who we know can appreciate it for what it is, but don't expect 5 star hotel chain luxury.

Room Tip: Some rooms have better views than others. Ours overlooked an alley which didn't bother us, but t...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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David B, Manager at The Hotel Jacaranda, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you for staying with us and for the review. I am always glad to hear from our guest. The elevator is orignal we have many guest that come to eat with us and ask to ride the elevator. Brings back memories of their childhood. Hope to have you stay with us again soon.
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sarasota
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151 reviews 151 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 55 cities Reviews in 55 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013 via mobile

You can learn a lot just walking around here. I like this better than chain hotels. Weird that it is run by the local junior college. But that seems to be working pretty well. Scenic in a quiet way. Close to Disney but far as well in its own way. You will not be bored.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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David B, Manager at The Hotel Jacaranda, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you for your review hope to have you stay with us again soon
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Franklin, New Hampshire
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

OMG! We were there 30 years ago, and the South Florida Community College Foundation has preserved so much of the history! We fell in love with it then, when we were kids, and now we can afford to travel and wanted to return, so glad we did. The place is sooo historic. From the gorgeous victorian lobby, to the antique accordion-door elevator, to the high ceilings with the period lighting, and even porcelain faucets in most bathrooms. BUT the people really make it! Do you need something special? Just ask - seriously! The housekeeping staff was out of control when it came to assistance - maintenance, too. I had a minor problem with my shower and within minutes (and I mean minutes) it was fixed, and housekeeping came right behind to check and see if all was OK.

They also have buffets that are available for a very reasonable price. I can't complain about the food, for the price. The desserts are spelled f-a-t (according to my husband). Lunch and dinner with a piano player, not piped-in music.

This is NOT a modern hotel, things are dated, for those of us who love it. The Hotel Jacaranda is on the National Register of Historic Places. Since we were there 30 years ago, they have added TV, internet, fridge, micro, and air-conditioning. The plumbing is not perfect, but there was a team assessing it for repairs while we were there. And, yes, some of the tubs and sink are stained - not dirty - they are almost 100 years old! We did stay in two different rooms - we were there for a week.

The mini suites have a sitting room, bedroom and small bath. Some rooms open onto the 2nd floor veranda overlooking Main Street and the beautiful oaks and old kapok tree in the square. There is also outdoor seating in or out of the sun on the veranda. There is a pool with outdoor showers, outdoor seating and changing areas. There is an extensive library in the lobby. "The Jac" would be a great place for a wedding - or anniversary party, beautiful!

If you want to step back in time and stay where Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, George & Gracie Burns, Clark Gable and others stayed, or if you want to hear the trains that run through day and night, or if you just want to know that the staff cares - stay at The Hotel Jacaranda, you won't regret it.

Room Tip: Just ask to see a couple, then make your choice. They won't mind showing them to you.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Thank you for you review. Hope to see you back soon
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Anna Maria Island, FL
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180 reviews 180 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 78 cities Reviews in 78 cities
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

We took a day trip from Bradenton and lunched at this interesting hotel. What a treat! Very inexpensive buffet with great service. Only learned about the college students culinary kitchen. To the students: 'job-well done'; the food was delicious. [especially the clam chowder] A+ to all that did the hotel's restoration. Stroll to the art co-op inside the hotel; just down the long corridor. If you have the time visit the Avon Park Depot Museum. [3-4 minute walk] It is free and run by volunteers. Our host was a 'living history' jem, Mr. Quinton V. Request he shows you his special display. It is a Mom & Pop type museum; collections of 'local' love.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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David B, Manager at The Hotel Jacaranda, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thank you for the Great review glad you enjoyed your lunch with us. Hope to have you join us again soon.
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Address: 19 East Main Street, Avon Park, FL 33825
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Location: United States > Florida > Avon Park
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Avon Park
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Number of rooms: 35
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 

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