4.5
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What We Love

  • Best of both worlds: The rural Old Florida setting lures Floridians looking to escape Orlando’s theme park scene, but it's just 35 minutes away from Mickey Mouse
  • Private 52-slip marina on Lake Harris is ideal for boating and fishing
  • Golf lovers will enjoy the two courses on site; the star, El Campion, turns 100 in 2017
  • Check-in coupons offer discounts on spa services and merchandise at the pro shop

What To Know

  • It's a popular spot for corporate retreats and wedding groups
  • The family-owned resort celebrated 50 years of operation in 2014
  • The resort fee covers WiFi, access to the itness center and spa, resort shuttle service and free bike rentals

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Bedroom Classic Resort property Suite cottage flat

Overview

Family-owned golf resort near Orlando with a pool, spa and four dining outlets

The Look

Inspired by the founder’s travels through Mexico in the 1950s, the Spanish Colonial–style Mission Inn Resort and Club features white stucco walls, red tile roofs and folksy hand-painted signs directing visitors around the 1,110 acre property. This is rural Old Florida, complete with orange groves and Spanish moss–draped oak trees — a big departure from the commercial theme park side of Central Florida to the south. The lodging area, which has a pool and restaurants; the golf section, which includes the fitness center and Spa Marbella; and the nearby marina are all serviced by free resort shuttle.

Bed and Bath

Built in 1971, the bilevel resort has 187 guestrooms, and come with WiFi, flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffeemakers and screened patios or balconies (in most rooms). Club Suites have an extra sitting area with couches and an armchair. The decor hints at Spanish style, with carved wooden bedframes and wardrobes, while framed prints of local flora add a sense of place. The tan tile bathrooms are simple, with low shower-tub combinations, marble vanities and Lord & Mayfair bath amenities.

Beyond

With two courses, the focus here is golf. The star, El Campion, turns 100 in 2017. The public course hosts NCAA and NCII tournaments, with an active pro shop that’s also home to the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy. A centrally located swimming pool, hot tub and playground keep the kids entertained, while the spa features a sauna and steam room and offers a full roster of treatments, from sports massages to a waxing. Four dining outlets include burgers and salads at pub-style Nicker’s, which has a screened porch overlooking the first hole of Las Colinas, and formal steaks, chops and lobster tails at El Conquistador, where business-casual attire is requested.

In the Area

This is the Old Florida you didn’t know still existed, complete with orange groves and moss-bedecked oak trees. Rent a pontoon boat from the marina and explore the chain of six lakes, pulling up to the Lake Harris Hideaway for drinks or lunch. Hickory Point Recreational Facility has lighted soccer fields and a boat launch popular for bass fishing tournaments. Unique shopping awaits 20 minutes away at Renninger’s Antiques Market and in the cute Victorian town of Mount Dora. Stop by local secret Yalaha German Bakery, five minutes up the road; patrons make the 45-minute drive from Orlando to stock up on apple streusel, marzipan stollen and freshly baked breads.

How to Get There

Mission Inn Resort & Club
10400 County Road 48
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 514 Reviews
Over night Stay
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful stay though short but will definitely go backk for a longer stay . Hospitality and professional ways of all staff . Very clean . Front Desk , Connie very professional and helpful time of check in . Recommended by a family memenber . Beautiful place to get away from the business . Five Star indeed

Outdated with miserable staff
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place needs to be gutted completely. Its quite obvious that the owner has zero desire to put any money in to this place. Shockingly enough though it is jam packed with private events - I just cannot fathom why unless it is so cheap or because it is in the middle of nowhere and has no local competition. What I found most disturbing during our stay for a wedding was that the staff was miserable - from the pro shop (you had to pay for tees lol, and they looked shocked when you asked for a towel or help with your clubs!) to the grounds crew on my morning run (very angry, no smile or hello), to the front desk stay early evening when asked about our wedding's schedule of events. The rooms are horribly outdated, shower head barely supplied a spray (def installed in 1980) and the room reeked of bleach when we arrived. The outdoor pool was FRIGHTENING! You could see where they tried to scrub the bottom of the pool and took off some of the cement/stucco liner that was disintegrating - it was either crazy dirty or just incredibly stained - i did not see 1 person venture in while i was there. What I found even crazier is that being in the middle of nowhere Florida, there were many times during our stay when no restaurant or bar (don't even think about a snack or coffee location anywhere onsite) was even open! One morning my husband walked in to the only restaurant open for breakfast onsite and asked for a cup of coffee. The place was so confused!! It was as if he was asking for a green juice. They literally did not know how to handle the transaction - how do you not have a place get a nice cup of coffee in the morning before a round of golf? I'm telling you unless you have some childhood connection to this place do NOT waste your money here on a "vacation" - food was average & it truly felt like I was transported back in time, and not in a good way. (Also golf course was in average condition, so again $$ isn't being put there either). All in all so so confused how this place is still in operation & I am not someone who only stays in high end resorts - I'm quite fine with a Best Western or a Courtyard, in fact I very much would have preferred one than staying at this scary miserable dump!

Another great stay at the Mission Inn
Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I stayed here again to play a round of golf the following day. All of the staff is very friendly, helpful and polite. We really enjoy staying here. The beds, pillows and comforters are like some sort of five star hotel - really a great place to overnight. The golf at El Campeon is amazing as usual.

Nice, Quiet Hotel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the Mission Inn with a large group for a wedding. The rooms were very clean and the beds and pillows were comfortable. The resort itself is beautiful. The staff were very friendly and helpful with any requests. The morning buffet was good - great waitstaff although the buffet itself was limited. The only complaints I had were that my room didn’t have a fridge (although some of my friends did), the elevators are quite slow, and the resort could use an upgrade (which I think is fair due to the fact that you actually pay fees to stay at the resort). Overall it was a very nice hotel to stay at.

Awesome Views of the Golf Course!!
Reviewed 1 month ago

Absolutely loved this place!! We had a great room on the fourth floor with terrific views of the golf course. Scott at the front desk was extremely accommodating as we had arrived early for my son's practice round and check in was not until 4 pm. Not only did we get an earlier check in but we also got an upgraded room!! The room was spacious and clean with very comfortable beds. Would definitely recommend this resort as well as the golf course.

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