From the moment you pull up to the Courtyard at Lake Lucerne you are transported back in time. It's amazing to think that such an incredible and historic home exists on Orange Ave. just south of downtown Orlando. You quickly tune out the noises of 408 across the street, or the sight of construction and fall into a little bubble of history and tranquility.
Upon reading other reviews I am happy that there was not a wedding the evening I stayed here. In fact I am pretty sure we were the only people staying in the Dr. Phillips house. We encountered a few other pleasant guests at the main house for cocktail hour and breakfast but other than that we had the entire place to ourselves. The cocktail hour consisted of a few bottles of liquor and mixes, but no food. The breakfast was continental style with bagels, fruit, yogurt, coffee and juice. The grounds and gardens are certainly beautiful and the houses have been wonderfully restored. Each room seems to have it's own character and rich history. Many rooms have their own fireplaces and their own bathrooms complete with jacuzzi tubs. Check out the photo album on the coffee table in the main house for pictures of the homes as they were when they were built in the late 1800s. The book goes into detail about the original owners and additions that were made over the years, including a cellar, which is very rare here in Florida.
I would absolutely stay here again for an escape from the norm here in Orlando. There are many new luxurious properties here in Orlando that offer amazing amenities, but you really cannot beat the timelessness of an original Orlando home of one of it's most influential families.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- An award winning Historic Inn located in the heart of downtown Orlando. A short walk to the Amway Arena, Church St, Lake Eola, and Thornton Park. 4 Unique buildings comprise the crown jewel of Orlando. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Courtyard At Lake Lucerne Hotel Orlando
- Courtyard Orlando
- Orlando Courtyard