Stayed two nights at the Lakeside Inn. This was a “living social” offer. $197.00 for two nights (Sunday thru Thursday) in a “Florida” room. Included was breakfast for two each day and one bottle of wine upon arrival. I found out later at checkout that the offer did not include tax of $13.50 per night. Free parking.
The “Florida” room was as expected. In a very old building, in a room with old fixtures. The floors creak! Think “grandma’s” 1905 house, but with TV and air conditioning. The main inn is 130 years old and interesting. We enjoyed our breakfast each morning on the veranda. There are 87 rooms in a total of 4 buildings. There is a lakefront dock. Plenty of chairs to relax in at lakefront. There is a 2 hour pontoon tour of the lake three times a day. We didn’t partake but were told about $30.00 per person. There is a seaplane too at $50.00 per person for a short flight over the lake. Again, didn’t partake.
The staff are great. Especially Hermanda. If you love elegant, modern, wifi connected rooms, don’t go here. This is for those who love a little bit of history and enjoy or want to experience what used to be. The room was comfortable and clean, nothing more. We couldn’t connect with wifi except in the main hotel building. The included breakfast was wonderful. However, included or not, the prices are reasonable. You receive a voucher for each day at check in. You can eat in the restaurant dining area or in the bar area or on the veranda. We chose the veranda. We were seated and given the standard menu. In the menu you will see a “blocked” area. There is NO charge as long as you order one of the listed items within the square. They have eggs, bacon, home fries and a biscuit or pancakes (three huge) or biscuits and gravy or two or three other choices. Now if you order anything outside the “box” you get a flat $16.00 credit for the voucher on your total bill and pay the remaining. We stayed within the box ordering one of the items listed. Tablecloths and cloth napkins served pretty much as it must have been 130 years ago. The waiter we had both days was excellent. You don’t leave hungry. After breakfast you get the bill with the total amount crossed out with 0 due. (tip not included). We left 20% of the total.
There is a large pool and the area is nicely landscaped. Huge old oaks. A beautiful city park within a short walk (¼ mile) with a public boat launch and a large lakefront boardwalk worth walking.
The hotel required a credit card as well as the voucher. We made reservations and presented the “social living” voucher upon check-in. Staff will give you the wine voucher and breakfast vouchers at check in. We exchanged the wine voucher for a bottle of wine at the bar inside the hotel next to the check in desk. She even opened it and gave us two glasses. We enjoyed the wine at lakefront, watching a beautiful sunset.
They put the final bill under your room door which made it really convenient for check out. Just leave the key in the room and go.
We choose a Sunday-Monday stay as there is a huge indoor/outdoor flea market on the weekends. It is really nice and we had fun. Picked up some flowers for our room on Sunday. Also there is a huge indoor antique mall right next to the flea market. About three or four miles from the hotel on the main road US441. Open on the weekends only.
The Lakeside Inn is right downtown Mt. Dora, has a bar and restaurant with reasonable prices and within a short walking distance of a dozen other restaurants. Many with outdoor seating. Lots of shops to explore as well.
Was it worth it? We say yes. It was a nice experience. Now the Hampton Inn is cheaper and rated much higher on trip advisor and has all the modern conveniences, but it is not a 130 year old hotel (oldest in Florida) or lakefront or downtown. If you are a baby boomer you will be pleased. If you are Generation x there is a 50-50 chance you will enjoy. If a Millennial you probably won’t be happy with the Lakeside Inn.
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- Also Known As:
- Lakeside Hotel Mount Dora
- Lakeside Mount Dora