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Historical Traveler Reviews Lakeside Inn Mount Dora
Not worth it!
Stayed here 1 night. Very overpriced for almost no amenities. Very thin walls. Smelled funny. Laundry and dirty dishes left on floor in hallway for a long time. Service at resturant not very good. Was very understaffed. Took 1 and a half hours to get food. Meal was good though. Will not go back. To bad, it has a lot of potential.
Once Is Enough
Love Mount Dora which we usually visit on a day trip, but this time my husband surprised me with a Sun-Mon Valentines Getaway to the Lakeside Inn. I was really looking forward to it as I had admired the hotel, its perfect Lake Dora setting and beautiful majestic oak grounds. Sadly our experience at the hotel was disappointing. First both front desk clerks were unwelcoming and pretty close to rude when we arrived. We let that go and went on to our room. I knew the hotel was old (1883) so I was expecting a grand old lady. What we got was a tired run down has been. Though we checked in after 4pm, there was still laundry, dirty dishes, and bags of trash all up and down the hallways. The housekeepers were yelling at each from one end of the long hallway to the other. It was a relief to get into the room and close the door. And what a view. We had unit 7126 with a glorious view of the river through expansive windows. Unfortunately it felt like 90 degrees in there as the heat was on and the afternoon sun shinning on the windows. Fortunately there was individually controlled A/C. Unfortunately the filter and face of the A/C was so dusty and dirty that our sinuses are still paying for and will for days. There were only two lights in the room, one by the bedside and the other in ceiling which three of the four bulbs were burned out. The ceiling fan itself only had two speeds, on at high or off. There wasn't even a box of tissues to be found in the room. My husband ordered the valentines special which included breakfast and dinner at the on premise restaurant. The food was outstanding, the service indicative of the rest of the personnel with the exception of Mary our Valentines Day waitress who was outstanding, friendly and efficient. The hotel did roll the grand piano out of the bar into the restaurant so we were able to enjoy wonderful live piano music over our romantic Valentines Dinner which was excellent. Meanwhile the bar was another service issue, we ordered vodka martinis and received vanilla vodka martinis like we woudn't know the difference. Mount Dora seems to have added some new restaurants, one of our favorites is Pisces Rising which was out of this world and the Fifth Avenue Deli which is an organic only restaurant with some surprisingly good combinations.
Somewhere in time
Loved it, I felt like I stepped into the movie "Somewhere in time". A beautiful "historic landmark" hotel on Lake Dora with large moss covered trees and rocking chairs on the porch to admire the view. The restaurant and food were fabulous and the evening entertainment was hopping (for the mature crowd it caters to). We decided to go with the weekend celebration package and felt it was a great value. Just keep in mind that this is an "historic" hotel, in other words old, and on a lake. So expect older plumbing and the possiblility of crawley things (not that we saw any personally). We found it charming and will definitely return - Same time next year!
Prepare for Little Crawly things in the night
Okay I'm in the Hotel Business, my wife and I have visited Mt Dora many times for the day, but never stayed there, well we thought we would spend Thanksgiving Holiday there, we checked in, the room was fairly nice, as mentioned in other reviews the walls are paper thin but the worst thing about this place is the bathroom, it was really in bad repair, the tub was very dirty looking and the toilet looked like it belongs to a munchkin, lots of Cracking walls and Dirty Grout. After dinner we retired to the room and was getting ready to retire for the evening, as I entered the bathroom I turned on the light, and all of a sudden, a HUGE LA COCKAROCHA runs into a crack in the wall, behind him was about 4 smaller ones, no doubt his family also enjoying the holdiay at my expense, I immediately called the desk, was offered another room but we just Checked out and made a quick Trip home, luckily the management did not charge us, I would not stay here again. its too bad cause the place has a lot potential but looks like they don't put too much money into the place to keep it up, like PEST CONTROL.
An absolute nightmare. AVOID!
My girlfriend & i arrived at Lakeside Inn on a Friday night with weekend tickets good thru Sunday. We imagined a quaint, romantic setting similar to a bed and breakfast. My girlfriend imagined many nice things: breakfast in bed, long bubble baths, walks by the lake, time alone with no housework and no distractions. Let me tell you something: we were in for a huge, unpleasant surprise. Our initial hope of a romantic getaway was destroyed the instant we opened the door. Before we even turned on the light, a large gust of cigarette smoke puffed forth to greet us. The cigarettes were being smoked by our neighbors across the hall, who could be plainly heard through the walls (they were talking, smoking, and watching tv thank goodness). The main overhead light in the room was a small dim bulb that I suppose added to the 'romantic' atmosphere. The ceiling was dominated by a long, unsightly sprinkler pipe that wove it's way around cracks and peeling paint. The Inn was built in the late 1800's, so it is understandable that the floor was not level. The comforter on the bed was yellow with age. The wallpaper was visibly peeling near the ceiling. The bathroom was totally unacceptable, even for a not-so-clean guy like myself: crusty, caked-in dirt lined the bathtub, the bathtub drain was filthy, and the tile throughout the entire bathroom was dirty. So much for my girlfriends' bubble bath ideas. At this point, we had decided to cut the trip short and just stay for one night instead of two. We laid on the bed and ordered dinner via room service, and here is where our already disappointing trip goes horribly wrong: the bed...had...FLEAS!!! This is the reason I am writing this review: our Lakeside Inn room had fleas! The fleas of course jumped onto us, bit us throughout dinner, and came home with us. We did not even unpack our belongings. We immediately checked out. The front desk tried to charge us an early check-out fee. We refused and drove home. We now have fleas in our house. All this because of a $350 'romantic weekend getaway'. Lakeside Inn of Mount Dora is truly a grimy, fleabag motel and owes my girlfriend an apology.
A Step Back in Time at a Charming Historic Inn
I just had to give this old Florida inn an above average rating. Sure, the rooms need some updating, but after all, it was built in 1883!
The beautiful location on the lake, the quaint charm of the hotel, the gracious dining room, the attentive service, the large swimming pool at water's edge, the long pier that gave us "to-die-for" sunsets all made up for the lack of modern ammenities. We spent 4 lovely days in Mt. Dora, a true Southern treasure!
My wife and I decided to have a mini-family reunion with her mother, adult brother and our two small children. We picked Lakeside because we had driven through Mt. Dora and thought it looked so inviting. Unfortunately, our stay was extremely disappointing. Our reservation was completely messed up. We needed to change rooms 3 times before we found acceptable rooms that were cleaned or did not smell. Throughout our stay we were always under the impression that the place was incredibly understaffed. The facilities have so much potential but definitely need a face lift. The bathroom of the room that myself, my wife and children ended up occupying was so filthy that my wife decided not to bathe our children during our stay. The hallways smelled musty. It got so bad everyone went home a night earlier except for myself who stuck around since I had businees in central Florida the next day. We will not return to this hotel although we felt the Mt. Dora area was quite charming.
I took my mom here for her birthday because we had heard so much about Mt. Dora...Well, not never being there, I relied on the various Hotels/Inns own websites. Do NOT believe what you see on the Lakeside Inn website. It had the wonderful charm as you approached it but as soon as you entered -- that all ended. Our room, which was one of the biggest and most expensive and offered supposedly the best views of the lake was disgusting! And that's putting it politely. Stains upon stains on the rug. We didn't dare take our shoes off. The bathroom hadn't been cleaned and the floor was covered with unmentionable stains. The sofa in our room was probably as old as the Inn, and the bedspread had cigarette holes in it. Should I keep going?????
We ended up checking out and driving to Disney and stayed at one of their hotels for the night.
Please do NOT visit this place. It should be condemned!
Southern Charm at It's Best!!!!
The Best Kept Secret in Florida! Is not a secret anymore! The Historic Lakeside Inn had everything we wanted in a relaxing vacation- Great Food, Great service and great atmosphere! Walking distance to all the quaint shops,restaurants and specialty boutiques of Mount Dora. Sipping exotic drinks while rocking on the chairs on the verandah watching the most spectacular sunset- Don't miss this Historic American Treasure!
This place needs work!!!
This place has the right ideas, and was a nice place years back. However, the place place has lots of rotting wood, stains, ceiling fans make lots of noise on the balocny. My wife had part of the dining room ceiling fall down on her. Small pieces, but still the ceiling is in bad shape. I think this was a nice place back when as other people have told us as such.
I hope they plan on fixing up the place and the rooms. Our shower curtain was falling down and the wallpaper was coiming down in the bathroom.
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