Florida’s most historic hotel, Lakeside Inn, is located in the heart of Mount Dora and features a timeless setting for relaxing getaways, special occasions or events.
Pass through the stone gateposts of Lakeside Inn and you will instantly step back in time. You will feel yourself relaxing even before stepping foot inside the lobby. You’ve arrived somewhere very historic and special, with large moss-draped oak trees and acres of beautifully landscaped grounds that sweep down to the white sand shoreline of Lake Dora. For years you have heard about the gracious comfort of Mount Dora, a haven for artists and antique lovers, complete with its own historic Inn… and you are finally here. Indeed, you have arrived at Florida’s most historic hotel. Built in 1883, Lakeside Inn is the oldest continuously operating hotel in the state of Florida and the last of the grand victorian era hotels still remaining in Central Florida. The five brightly-painted yellow and white buildings feature 90 guest rooms and suites, The Beauclaire dining room, Tremain’s Tavern, a 200-foot verandah lined with traditional white rocking chairs, the Grand Lobby and The GateHouse Gift Gallery. The Inn also offers a large lakefront swimming pool, two docks and approximately 5,000 square feet of indoor function space to complement a number of picturesque outdoor venues.
Throughout its 140 year history, Lakeside Inn has hosted many noted dignitaries and celebrities, including President Calvin Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge, for a month long stay in the winter of 1930. Lakeside Inn has also been distinguished as the number one venue in the Central Florida Lakes Region for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Award-winning dining also awaits all those who come to visit this historic Inn for a holiday, weekend getaway, family reunion, alumni gathering, business meeting or corporate retreat.
A visit to Lakeside Inn can be filled with a wide variety of activities such as swimming, guided boat tours, carriage rides, seaplane rides, bird watching, nature walks, shopping and antiquing… or it can be a simple, relaxing escape from everyday life, spent seated in a comfortable rocking chair, enjoying a good book. A visit to Lakeside Inn is like stepping back in time… to a time of simple pleasures, shared and enjoyed, with family and friends.