As you enter the Lakeside Inn the scent and look of over a century ago are evident. Reminiscent of the Estes Park, Colorado hotel where the "Shining" was filmed, it's full of atmosphere, age and appeal. A beautiful bulding with flower gardens and Spanish moss dripping from the giant oak trees. On a hot day in July, the dim air conditioned Tremain's Tavern, right off the lobby, offered respite on more than one occasion. Have a drink and listen to the piano player inside or take your drink to the row of rockers overlooking a vast courtyard where a great band played throughout this Saturday evening and street vendors set up for a few hours then vanished. The rooms are definitely old, but the beds comfortable with good sheets and the air conditioner worked so well we had to turn it down in the middle of the night. The Inn is at the end of a busy touristy street, somewhat removed from the fray, but only a walk away from shops, other restaurants and a train ride. This is the oldest continuously-operated hotel in Florida. (And the pool is huge, just the right temp, and has a fabulous view of the lake!) The hotel is reputed to be haunted by Al Capone & others, and there is a "ghost tour" available.
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- Also Known As:
- Lakeside Hotel Mount Dora
- Lakeside Mount Dora