My sweetheart recently surprised me with a romantic birthday getaway at this historic, old hotel. We had a huge, semi-circular room directly overlooking Lake Dora. Sure, the lavatory faucet leaked, and the carpets were worn, but the grounds were lovely to wander in, our room had plenty of room to stow our bicycles, and we went to sleep every night with the lights of the dock and the reflection of the moon on the water twinkling before our eyes. A note in the comfortable, old lobby (where we went to relax and plug into our wi fi) indicated rennovations were in progress, and I hoped they would include being able to open the windows in our end room so that one could enjoy the sounds of the water, as well as the sights. Our booking included complimentary hot breakfasts in the grand dining room - a room faintly reminiscent of the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, but not nearly as elegant. The choices were typical American breakfast dishes - large portions, although I thought the up charge to substitute toast for biscuits was tacky. We ate dinner in the dining room one evening and found the food and menu average and uninspiring. The hotel is situated in a great location for wandering about the town of Mt. Dora or for setting off on a bicycle to explore the area's famed cycling routes. We'd stay there again if we came back to town, basically because of the service, the location and the ambiance of the entire facility. We'd probably skip dinner at the Inn, however.