The Lakeside Inn is a beautiful old historic hotel on the edge of Lake Dora. It has immediate charm when you drive up. To be fair, I really enjoyed my stay but only because waiting for my room in the bar, there were local musicians and friendly locals having wine with whom I chatted and enjoyed an afternoon watching the Broncos beat the Chargers. When I arrived, my room wasn't ready so I went into the bar to watch the football playoffs. The front desk said they would come and get me when the room was ready. They didn't. I sat down at the bar asking for a red wine and the bartender didn't know a cabernet from a Coors light. She looked at the liquors, she looked in the beers, she looked in the beers in the refrigerator, and after telling her three times - it's a wine, a red one - it won't be in the refrigerator, she started looking at the wine bottles but didn't know which one to pick. It took intervention from a waiter to get a glass. She was very nice and later apologetic but admitted it wasn't her thing. I finally went out to the registration desk during half time and asked why no one had come into the bar to give me my keys. She was surprised but pleasant. There was no bell staff to help with my suitcase, carry it up the front steps, and no elevator to the 2nd floor so hauling luggage was a pain. I got no information about the room - just the number. I was assigned a room in the old hotel rather than the other buildings.The room was on top of the bar and until bar patrons leave and the bar is closed, you will hear every conversation. I went down to watch the SeaHawks playoffs just to get away from the noise. Fortunately, the bar closed at 8 on Sunday. The room was clean but dated - as expected in an antique.I turned on the heat because it was chilly at 64 and went to bed. I woke up to a room that was now 60 degrees, calling and asking the front desk about heat.They indicated there was a space heater in the closet (I remarked that I was floored that a hotel of this reputation didn't even have central heat) - there was none so housekeeping brought me a tiny space heater that you would buy at the local big box store. My recommendation is don't stay in the old hotel itself unless you are away from any of the social areas - dining room or bar. Stay when the temperature is nice or in one of the other buildings across the auto court from the hotel where there MIGHT be a real heating system in the winter. It would be unsafe to run one of these space heaters all night long. Enjoy the charm of the place and tolerate the inconveniences.
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- Also Known As:
- Lakeside Hotel Mount Dora
- Lakeside Mount Dora