I too was very concerned when I read the previous reviews, but I HAD to stay here to evaluate the property for a group meeting, and I was really very pleasantly surprised. I think that previous reviewers have been expecting a modern chain hotel experience, but this hotel represents the best of HISTORIC Florida. Yes, the fixtures in the bathroom are old...that is because they are ORIGINAL. Yes, the a/c units are in the transoms above the doors...that is because the hotel
was built before the days of central air. Yes, you could trip over the cord for the high speed internet connection...I was amazed they could even put in cable. Yes, there are some exotic smells from time to time (I didn't experience mold, but I did catch a whiff of insect spray on entering the buildings. These places weren't built with all the modern seals to keep out nature, but I didn't find a single invader during my stay. What I did find were absolutely charming views of the lake, a pleasant walk to quaint shops (where all the shopkeepers were friendly), excellent food in the restaurant, and a lobby that will be perfect for both visiting families and groups. The furniture was antique, charming and there were puzzles and games available like hotels of yester-year. And there were plenty of rocking chairs on the verandah.
I did ask the staff about previous reviewers' comments that they were unresponsive, and was told basically, "these rooms are historic,
they are what they have always been. We can't change that, and we can't apologize for it." The staff is very proud of their historic gem....and I was pleased to stay there. The room I stayed one had a plaque indicating that President Calvin Coolidge and his wife had spent the winter of 1933 in that very room. The bed in the adjoining
room was unusally low (see photos), but where else could you stay in an actual presidential suite of that era?
I have recommended this hotel for my organizations' future board retreat, and I plan to go back with my family as an individual traveller. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is interested in history, and stepping back in time. (It reminded me a lot of the Wakulla Springs Lodge.) I would not recommend this place for someone who wants to stay at a hotel that looks like every other hotel.
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