Booked this beautiful setting because wanted something driving distance from Orlando but nowhere near the hustle and bustle of Orlando. The Lakeside certainly met that criteria, it also offered walking distance to the small pretty town of Mount Dora. Mount Dora has a selection of eateries and drinking establishments that will meet most people's needs. Mount Dora also has a selection of antique and curiosity shops, no immediate in town food stores though if you are self catering. The Lakeside Inn is spread over 3 buildings all appear to be in various states of needing maintenance and repair. From what we experienced when staying there it is evident that considerable care and effort is being put into the gardens and landscaping but we didn't witness any serious work being carried out on in the buildings.
We requested a lake view and whilst we were given one our room was a semi basement room, I.e. from ground level you went down steps to get into the room and the outside ground level was at window level which made the room feel cave like. Also we could not enjoy the lake view by leaving the blinds up as people were immediately outside the window. ( room 130). So my advice would be do not bother to ask for a lake view room. I would also ask if your room has been remodelled and ask for one that has.
Like a previous reviewer I was scalded whilst in the shower by water being run in the adjacent room (which in this instance was the swimming pool maintenance room). The swimming pool looked good, a very good size but it was un heated and as we experienced bad weather in March, a strong wind Nd temperatures that struggled to rise above 8 - 10 oC the pool was not usable. Neither was the seaplane that is moored at the Lakeside for aerial sightseeing as the extreme wind meant it was unable to take off.
There was only one other couple partaking of breakfast on the morning we ate breakfast at the Lakeside and also like a previous reviewer we had not been given the vouchers for breakfast discount. We did not eat dinner at the hotel. We did use the bar in the evening which was enjoyable and found the bar staff very friendly, also the live piano playing in the bar was very enjoyable. We found it strange that the bar was going to close at 9pm because they didn't have customers owing mostly to the bad weather we guessed. Would we return ? well yes we would the setting is beautiful but We would question more closely our allocated room.
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- Also Known As:
- Lakeside Hotel Mount Dora
- Lakeside Mount Dora