Mission Inn Resort & Club
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
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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.
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
We just spent three nights at the hotel while our grand daughter was playing in a State Golf Tournament. We were very pleasantly surprised. Our room was in the San Diego building and very comfortable. The rooms do not have a microwave or a refrigerator but it was really not an issue for us. I was concerned that it might be noisy due to the number of teenagers in the facility but we only had one evening when we heard some of the kids but it didn't last long and didn't turn out to be a problem. The food was great. We ate breakfast at the buffet and it was very good. The lady who does the eggs to order and the pancakes was very nice and cooked up a great omelette. We had lunch in the restaurant by the pro shop...Sandwiches were great. And a big thank you to Heather the waitress. She remembers our names and was very nice. We are really looking forward to returning next year for the same competition. By the way our girls team won first place for the State..Arch Bishop McCarthy High School. All the employees we encounter were very nice and tried their best to help. The golf courses are very challenging and well maintained. The facility itself is well kept and maintained.
Stayed two nights for our son’s high school golf tournament. Mission Inn is a bit over rated in my opinion.
We did not have a refrigerator in our room. When I asked the front desk, I was told they were all out of them and that I would have had to request one in advance. I asked about an ice machine and was told they were running low but they thought the fourth floor still had some. I was staying on first.
We called room service on our second night to order a pizza and I was told they had just run out of pizza.
Considering this resort commonly hosts big golf events, I think running out of food, refrigerators and ice should never happen.
We were also woken up an hour early because of a loud beating rhythm above. Was it a treadmill? Laundry? Or noisy neighbors? I don’t know! The building doesn’t have good sound buffers- when people walked in the hallway, it was very easy to hear them.
Rooms are dark and somewhat updated. While the grounds and golf course are a lovely Spanish style, inside feels mostly old.
Hotel Staff was very friendly despite short comings.
The Mission Inn is a Classic Florida Hotel and Resort with a charming vibe. The staff is as nice as any 5 Star Hotel and the grounds are kept in immaculate condition. The wing where we were staying has been remodeled and was in much better shape than when I visited five years ago.