Spacious hotel rooms, impeccable customer service, and a prominent guest from the past are just a few reasons to book now. Keep reading for more details about what we loved during our visit.
Location is Everything
Let’s face it, one of the reasons you’re probably in Mount Dora is because of the gorgeous lake! Don’t miss the opportunity to stay at the only lakeside hotel in the area.
From the main building…the pool…the Waterside Bar…everywhere you look, Lake Dora stares back with a twinkle in her eye.
We loved the private pier. Some used it for their pontoon boat or a rowing expedition. Our boys played on the small beach a bit, but spent several early mornings with a line in the water trying to catch a bass (and yes, we did catch one. He was a good size, too!)
Be sure to also keep an eye out for Elvis, a 9-ft alligator that hangs out on the pier here. Don’t worry – he’s not so close as to be an issue for anyone wanting to saunter the pier. But he is a gem to look at!
While one side this hotel faces the lake, the other side is nestled beautifully in the historic Downtown Mount Dora district. Everything from shopping to restaurants to parks are conveniently located nearby.
The hotel offers free parking should you need to leave the area (maybe to catch a seaplane with Jones Brothers in nearby Tavares or for a farm lunch at the cafe at Long and Scott Farm) but honestly, everything you could imagine is right within walking distance.
Easy With Kids
Bringing the kids? Lakeside Inn is very family-friendly! When we weren’t exploring the area, the boys loved lounging in the pool. And we didn’t mind a bit, as the backdrop was Lake Dora and the adjacent Waterside Bar gave us a chance to sip on a piña-colada while we watched them splash.
Pro tip: While there is not a free breakfast here, we did receive vouchers for $20 off our meals because we booked directly with the hotel. There are great options here for kids including waffles, pancakes and more.
An Intriguing History
In 1882 a group of Mount Dora citizens decided to build a hotel in order to attract visitors. It was finished the following year and named Alexander House, just in time as within a few years the railroad made its way through the town.
By 1903 the hotel had changed owners several times and was appropriately renamed to Lakeside Inn. Over the next decade, the number of buildings on the property grew as people made their way to charming Mount Dora for vacation.
After an enormous renovation in 1930, President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge arrived for a month-long stay following his retirement from office. The hotel’s most prestigious guest really put this hotel on the map.
Today, with new owners once again, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the oldest continuously-operated hotel in the state of Florida.
The current owners continue restoration efforts continuously, lovingly nurturing this historic hotel. It’s no wonder it is such a beloved member of the neighborhood, for locals and guests alike.
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Disclosure: Thank you to Lake County and Lakeside Inn for hosting me and my family. Opinions here are all our own, and truly we love Mount Dora and recommend a stay here ASAP.
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