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Historical Traveler Reviews Kenilworth Lodge Sebring
Bates Motel clone
filthy, old, musty, and depressing - caught in a time warp (and not in the good nostalgic way)
The Kenilworth Lodge is a slice of "old Florida" right in the center of the peninsula. Sebring & the lakes are quite beautiful.
This is an old building with a nice porch & excellent common spaces.I found the rooms just too outdated for my taste. The rooms are small & the one I was in was probably last renovated in the '70s. The step-up bathroom was not nice with the shower head on the center wall on the side of the tub. There was a free standing sink & mirror squeezed on the side of the room next to the window.
The mattress was just ok. No coffee maker, but a 'fridge that was rusty inside (gross).
Water pipes for a sprinkler system are uncovered & hang down from the ceiling.
The room was only moderately clean.
Best for your money in Sebring!
I've stayed at almost all of the other hotels in Sebring, including those that claim to be the best, nicest, 4-star and the like. None of them can match all that you get for the price at the good ol' Kenilworth! The breakfast is free and fills you up (lots of choices) , the rooms all have little refrigerators, and they have free Starz channels too. Add to that the free internet in the rooms, business center, and the great pool area, and this place is almost perfect. No restaurant or bar, though there is one right behind the hotel. Nice staff too, they're quick to respond to my requests. Will not go anywhere else again, I feel like I'm home from the minute I hit the beautiful front porch.
Nice For The Price
We just returned from a two day stay at the Kenilworth. It's true, the staff is very accomodating and the price is terrific. We stayed with another couple in the Presidential Suite - two bedrooms, two baths and a full kitchen and living room. It was spacious, but not all that clean. The fans and the air conditioners looked like they had never been cleaned. Our double bed in one room was not all that comfortable and you must know that since it is old , the rooms all have window air conditioners that make a loud clunking noise throughout the night as they come on and off. The continental breakfast was OK, but nothing special and the coffee was weak and cold.
All-in-all, though we enjoyed our stay. There is a very nice, heated pool to enjoy and rockers on the porch to sit and watch the world. Books, games, internet access, ping pong are all available as well. The Lodge has some old world charm and is not just another cookie cutter hotel.
Best hotel for the price
Staff is very friendly, the feeling is casual, not stuffy like so many other places. The breakfast was good, and the free wireless internet was a great surprise. I was charged $77 for a small but comfortable room, a definite bargain during their busy tourist season! Last year, I stayed at one of the other hotels in Sebring (which was a total disappointment, by the way). No more looking for me -- I've found a great place to call home!
Turn-Of-The Century Ambiance
We were really looking forward to our stay at this historic old inn...and we were not disappointed! The friendly staff made us feel at home and encouraged us to look around. Lots of great old photos of turn-of-the century Sebring with old news stories, etc. The atmosphere was charming and laid-back. The owners are doing a great job of renovating while trying to preserve and restore the historically accurate details of the building. It is rather "shabby chic", comfortably worn, but immaculately clean. The old bead-board panels and faded oriental rugs lend an old-time charm. The continental breakfast offered many choices and gave us an opportunity to chat with other guests. We LOVE this place. If you are looking for glitz, glitter, and shiny newness, you will not appreciate this fine old inn. If you are searching for charm, a friendly staff, and good value...look no further!
Best value, many amenities
This place is great -- free wireless internet, for less than $60 a night (AAA rate)! You can't beat it -- free breakfast, local calls, and everything else mentioned. The rooms are clean, and the people seem to care about the guests. I've stayed at hundreds of hotels, and only a few offer all of this. There is no other place in Sebring that can compete with all of this. I'm a fan forever!
The old fashioned Kenilworth Lodge, a step back in time
We stayed at the Kenilworth Lodge in May. You have to understand that it is a building given historic status so therefore it is not polished and new. They have an old fashioned elevator that a hotel employee operates. It is extremely inexpensive to stay there. We had a suite with a bedroom and a living room with the bathroom in between. You stepped up from the living room into the bathroom and then on the other side you stepped down from the bathroom into the bedroom. It was extremely clean but very different than a modern hotel. It had a bathtub which was freestanding sort of 50's style. The bed was comfortable. The coffee maker and microwave were hotel-typical. We did not find it to be musty at all. It is just different. It doesn't promise to be anything other that what it was. We found it fun to go back in time. The staff was helpful and very friendly.
If you want shine, glitz, modern amenities this is definitely not the place for you to stay.
I believe that occasionally it is fun to enjoy things from the past. Yes, in that area there is a resort-type hotel. But just for a change the Kenilworth is interesting.
The Best of Both Worlds
VERY friendly staff ! Vairety in room types -- kitchenettes, suites, poolside, etc. Great free breakfast, BEST value in Sebring!
Came on a golf package -- very relaxing, no problems at all. They picked great courses . . .have stayed at some others in town, would only recommend this one. Historic hotel, but they've put in voicemail, HBO, year-round heated pool now, billiards, ping-pong. A taste of old Florida . . . .with all the modern stuff too!
I'll be back!
Historic Hotel of Sebring, FL.
Your choice of rooms in the hotel, duplex cottages by pool side, or private villas with screened porches under big oaks with Spanish moss.
All include complimentary quick start breakfast on the main floor of the Lodge near the big pot bellied stove, access to the pool, shuffleboard, table tennis, piano, and T.V.[or private T.V. in rooms], checkers, reading chairs and tables in the Lodge, or rocking chairs on the big front porch overlooking Lake Jackson. Reasonable rates [rates lower in summer], close to shopping, golf courses, Sebring races. Pay for six nights, get seventh night free. Relaxed atmosphere, comfortable beds, daily room service. No pets.
As of April 2002, Lodge could use new carpet and repairs. Pool not heated after March.
Sebring has several lakes and golf courses as well as the Highlands Hammock State Park. It is close to Bok Tower in Lake Wales and Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven. Also within a days trip to Ft. Myers on the Gulf and the Thomas Edison/Henry Ford museum.
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