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
- 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
Went for long weekend of golf, dining, and relaxation. Check-in was smooth. Drove over to San Diego bldg, Not a luggage cart in sight. I ended up schlepping my luggage from entrance to other end of the building NOT A LUGGAGE cart in sight, nor was a house phone in sight to ask for assistance! This should have been the first red flag! After collapsing from the heat I went to the only ice machine on the floor, only to be greeted by an out of order sign! Went back to my room to put my cold teas and water into the refrigerator...another shocker there was none! My $500 weekend room was somewhat a disappointment. Getting around was also no fun...down a flight of stairs up a flight of stairs or call and wait for a shuttle, or drive to the club. Breakfast was OK. Meats were “cool”. The eggs were cooked to order and large assortment of fresh fruits, the coffee was hot and good. Thank goodness the courses were is WONDERFUL condition. The restaurant at the golf courses offered very good food. The other plus was that the bed was very comfortable. This cost for a 2 day getaway left me very disappointed, not the level I expected or that I experienced.
Stayed here for a couples retreat. The grounds are beautiful but the room and conference center needs updating badly. My room smell moldy, pillows are very flat, bed was rock hard and the bathroom grout tile had mold. I had to call for them to freshen up the room and still then it’s was horrible. Conference center carpet needs cleaning and place is dusty.
This hotel is terrible. Unclean and the staff are extremely rude. The carpets are filthy, as well as the bathroom. The staff is uncaring and just plain rude. The food is bad also. I would NEVER recommend this hotel
Stayed here Thanksgiving weekend and both the room and service were impeccable. Realized after we arrived that we should have made Thanksgiving day dinner reservations earlier but the staff interceded on our behalf and got us in for a sitting. Were on a golf outing but it rained both days. Staff gave us gift certificates for free golf on a future visit, not required but appreciated.
I was sent to Riverside for a work event. We stayed at The Mission Inn. Wow! It’s inspired by the California missions. Everywhere you look, there’s something to see. The architecture and history will leave you in awe. I recommend taking a tour that they offer. The only negative aspects was no refrigerator in the room, and the room attendant didn’t come to tidy up the room until after 4:00 p.m. other than that, amazing!