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Reviewed March 2, 2019

We stayed in a very nice upgraded room at a good price as part of a conference rate. Check-in was officially 4pm, but front desk said if room was ready we could check in on arrival (it was, and this was at 12:30pm). For a small upgrade charge our pre-paid room with King bed had a small sitting area with a coffee table and sofa. Small coffee bar with mini-fridge. We were on the ground floor and had a private, screened patio. The temp was in the upper 70's to low 80's for our Feb 28 stay, so we were able to leave the sliding door open most of the time. This was good because the room was *very cold* on check-in, so it took a while to warm up. Had some song birds and other critter noises and the occasional whack of a golf ball from the nearby tee. Room was clean. Bathroom was stocked with a couple extra towels. Only there for one night, so did not get to see much of the resort. Note that even though the lobby did not have automatic doors, it had a "doorman" who held the door open. All of the staff seemed friendly and offered greetings when passing.

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled on business
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Bud B, General Manager at Mission Inn Resort & Club, responded to this reviewResponded April 2, 2019

We are very happy you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed February 27, 2019 via mobile

The wife and I spent a pleasant six days in February 2019. This after a having enjoyed a stay here for several days a couple years past. We had happened then upon the rather out of the way Inn serendipitously. We had thought of it as a visit to a place out of the gracious past, but still well maintained.
We enjoyed our visit this time again. Enough has been said of the beautiful grounds. The architecture and layout, while not huge, was quite beautiful. The accounts of the two golf courses is generally quite positive, as evident in other reviews.
So we have some very good things about the Inn. Then there are aspects that have garnered mixed reviews that are a bit confusing, but perhaps come down to expectations or perspective.
For example, the pool and surrounding area might be viewed as cozy and charming or small and unexciting in comparison to some new resorts.
Then the food offerings and various restaurants was discussed. My opinion was that the food was universally good. The questions generally raised seemed to be related to cost. The other common theme, was that the Inn might perhaps have been taking advantage of its relative isolation. Although there is the very good Boondocks Restaurant just a few miles away, and nicely situated on the lake that borders Howey in the Hills. Whose several mile Lakefront Road is worth a drive or walk.
So the food offerings, ambiance of restaurants, which btw offered outdoor seating under the starlight, (insects permitting) are generally felt to be good, but with probably legitimate questions re price.
Another issue raised by some reviewers, was service in general. Our experience was very much positive, whether it be front desk, housekeeping, groundskeepers, wait- and bar staff. Now perhaps it has to do with how I try to approach folks. I come from the South. That is all I shall say about that. Folks respond best to positivity and praise. And we found much to praise. Our room and bathroom were kept very clean. The grounds and plantings seemed to me to show the extra bit of work that shows care.
Now we shall mention the workout room. Yes you will need to get to the golf clubhouse. But it is respectably large. More so than the average hotel for sure.
Now we return to the room. We had a room with two very comfortable queen beds. Pillows great. Actual room size was about that of a modern day hotel. Bathroom not large, albeit nicely redone. Only one sink. Really not better than an average hotel. No refrigerator or microwave. One might view that cynically. One must head in the direction of the overpriced restaurants if hunger arises.
WHAT IS THE GENERAL SUMMARY THAT SEEMS MOST ACCURATE?
This is an older facility. It has beautiful grounds and golf courses. The layout of the public areas and pool area are charming. The restaurants have great atmosphere, good and service but are a bit expensive. The rooms we have seen are updated despite their relatively small size. A question that has been raised, is whether the Inn really a full fledged resort that for example deserves the cost of a resort fee; something I have always look at as obvious profit taking and a bit misleading.
MYTAKEAWAY:
This place is not perfect, but unique and charming enough that the wife and I ignored the negatives. The room was large enough. The pool was fine. The food was worth it, especially as we also traveled to Mount Dora and other nearby places some of the time, thanks to offerings on Trip Advisor.
We also did not and would not have paid the full price of maybe $240. We paid under $200 a day with tax and all. At that price the place looks a whole lot better than a typical chain hotel, even if the latter might offer somewhat larger rooms and bathrooms and a lame free breakfast.
THE MISSION INN MAYBE IS NOT TO BE MISSED AT THE RIGHT PRICE.
No in some ways it can’t compete with a Ritz or fancy resort. That costs $300 and up. But at under $200 it is someplace special. Should it get rid of the annoying resort fee? Charge a bit less for food? Have free refrigerators in rooms? They will decide.
I believe overall the Inn is likely is doing the best it can financially.
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Date of stay: February 2019
Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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BudBeucher, General Manager at Mission Inn Resort & Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2019

First of all, thank you for choosing to stay with us at Mission Inn. We truly appreciate the in-depth and honest review of our property. The resort has been a special part of our family since the 1960s and we take great pride in being a home away from home for our guests. Your review has been shared with the family and staff here and we all thank you for your kind words. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed February 18, 2019

This was our first stay at this resort and first impressions count. We made our reservation in June of 2018 to attend a wedding. While check in time was 4PM our room was not ready. The wedding was at 5PM and we had to change so the hotel upgraded us at no cost. Still, we find it difficult to comprehend that the hotel does not have enough staff to get all the rooms serviced in 4 hours (check out time is noon) when they know well in advance that they will be completely full and that there are multiple weddiings on site that day.

However, the incident that concerned us most occurred the morning we checked out. We went to breakfast at the restaurant and were out of our room for about 1.5 hours. When we returned, we were finishing up our packing and it became clearly evident that someone had been in our room. Portions of the 'welcome basket' that we received as a wedding guest were missing. Fortunately, all my wife's jewelry was with her in her purse, and most of our possessions were packed. We reported the incident to the front desk when we checked out and the attitude of the clerk was less than concerned. His only comment was that he would report it to the head of housekeeping. We have never had an incident like this in all our travels over 43 years of marriage and business. Very disturbing and the primary reason for our rating.

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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BudBeucher, General Manager at Mission Inn Resort & Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience with us. We are sincerely sorry to hear about your delay in getting into your room. I am delighted the front desk staff upgraded you to a suite at no additional charge to facilitate your timely check-in.

Regarding your security concern, we have looked into this in detail. The clerk you spoke with did contact the housekeeping supervisor and an investigation was conducted. The housekeeper entered the room to see if she could start cleaning the room for the next guest as it was your scheduled check-out day. We have addressed, as policy, the fact that anything in the rooms is not to be touched, even if it is food in a gift basket. Please accept my sincere apology and thank you for pointing this out to us.

We hope you had a great time at the wedding and welcome you back in the future. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have additional concerns or comments. (352) 324-3101.

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Reviewed February 12, 2019

Spacious room with beautiful view of golf course.excellent food and very accommodating staff. A little bit out of the way, but worth the peace and quiet
Two very challenging golf courses well worth playing.

Date of stay: February 2019
  • Trip type: Traveled with friends
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BudBeucher, General Manager at Mission Inn Resort & Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed January 22, 2019

Recently visited for a two night golf package. Both golf courses are nicely laid out with tight fairways. The courses are maintained to a standard of a better groomed public facility. El Campeon is a fun experience with wonderful elevation changes. The hotel itself is old but still presents well. Food and service were excellent. For side excursions the grounds are close to Mt. Dora and Winter Garden as well as the Lake Ridge Winery.This is a great getaway and a good value.

Date of stay: January 2019
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BudBeucher, Guest Relations Manager at Mission Inn Resort & Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us. We hope you can come out for another round soon.

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