We visited Paradise Lakes over the Labor Day weekend. We stayed two nights and don’t imagine ever going back.
There were good and bad parts to our visit. We will list a few of those and maybe offer a little advice to the management if they read this.
You are warned not to bring ANY food or beverage including water on to the grounds. This is so you have to purchase everything there. We found that to be a little concerning but we gave it a try. A mixed drink at the bar was $7. Very expensive and not strong, plus the bartenders where slow even with it not being very busy. We did not eat the food but it was around $7 for a burger cooked out on a gas grill. Seemed expensive for the value, we left and went elsewhere to eat and drink for a while.
The grounds are nice, the place is well kept, the pools clean and in good repair. Our room was as to be expected from other reviews, a bit outdated but all we did was sleep in it anyway.
The nightclub/disco was fun on Saturday night but it felt a bit like watching our mom and dad dirty dance in skimpy clothes. We are in out mid 40’s and were probably the youngest or close to the youngest guests. We are also in pretty good shape, putting us in yet again another minority category.
All the guests seemed very nice, we just move at a faster pace. They had bingo on Sunday afternoon… (remember this is a holiday weekend) so you can tell the crowd they are catering too. We had breakfast at the restaurant on Sunday morning and it was terrible! We waited forever, for an one over easy egg and muffin and it was over hard and cold.
Overall just not a place for us… maybe the prices for food and drink are lower when it is not a holiday weekend…
As for advice, keep your prices reasonable then people wont think about sneaking in beverages to their rooms (some did we saw it, we did not). Keep the food reasonable and tasty, like $2 for a burger, you don’t want people leaving the resort to get food. Consider making clothing a requirement in the restaurant. I don’t want to eat a Prime Rib dinner and have some naked old man sitting at a table next to me. Kind of strange and it cheapens the experience. Also, find a way to attract a more diverse crowd… we don’t mind older guests, but you have to have a better mix.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel, Resort & Spa...We have over 100 hotel rooms; many of them are situated poolside, an upscale restaurant, a rocking nightclub, our Key West Bar at poolside, a fitness center with a gym. a day spa & a boutique featuring the hottest in clubwear, an RV park, tennis, sand volleyball, water volleyball, hot tubs, a heated conversation pool and huge all-season pool. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Paradise Lakes Hotel Land o Lakes
- Paradise Lakes Resort Florida/Land O Lakes