First of all, ignore all comments prior to 2013 or so, as they were under different management, the restaurant was open for 2 meals a day during the week, and three on Fridays and Saturdays, and the prices were lower. Now, however, under new management, the rooms have been updated. They all have fridge, microwave, and coffee maker with coffee provided every day, but NO HAIR DRYER. Bring your own if that is important to you. There were also no irons/ironing boards as was posted in older posts. Breakfast is served in the cafe daily, but that is the only meal, and personally, I did not think it was nearly as good as it could have been. That being said, however, the staff, Adam and Josie, and their children, are eager to please in every way. They can't fix what they do not know about. There is no smoking in any of the rooms, though there are plenty of places to sit and smoke outside. The view is spectacular, as everyone has said. Sunsets on the lake are absolutely beautiful. The inn is close to town, but in the middle of nowhere, serene and peaceful. There is no pool, and you cannot play or wade in the lake. The rooms are very basic but very clean and nice. The prices range from $60 to $125 per night, and from single, to double, to mini-suite, and master-suite. One wonderful advantage is that they do NOT charge extra for extra people. One person or four people, the charge is still $65 per night for a double room, which has one queen and one full size bed, small table with two chairs, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and separate bathroom with shower. There are no clocks or phones in the rooms, which I found strange; but I guess most people use their cell phones now anyway. If you are looking for a peaceful place to stay that won't hurt your pocket book, this is a nice, quaint little place and very reasonable for the money, clean, and the staff will do their best to make sure you are comfortable. We stayed in Room 5, which was a double room on the North side, next to the back door of the cafe. The full size bed made terrible creaking noises. (I forgot to tell Adam about this, and it didn't hinder my own sleep any.) The toilet did not want to flush, but the plunger did the trick. Having the cafe open for more than breakfast would be a great advantage for the inn, I think, but I will definitely stay here again. The nearest bait store is in St. Cloud in the shopping center next to Wendy's, but bait didn't help us catch any fish. We didn't see anyone catch anything from the dock, nor did we. We also walked down to the foot bridge just down the road a block or so, and had no luck there either. Bring your poles and give it a shot, and please post a comment if you have any better luck. I know there are fish in Alligator Lake, but I'm not so sure they come up close to the dock at the inn.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lakeside Inn and Cafe is a cheap, peaceful and quiet place to stay. It is the only motel/inn in Saint Cloud Florida by the Alligator Chain of Lake. Staff are friendly and accommodating. Lakeside Inn is just 5 minutes drive from Harmony Golf Course. The only lodging place near to Florida Ecosafari, 2 minutes drive to Reptile World Serpentarium and 20 minutes drive to Disney World and 25 minutes drive to Florida Mall. ... more less
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