After all of our cross country travel plans were cancelled because of COVID this summer, we looked for a vacation spot close to home. Lakeside and Hotel Lakeside were perfect!! My husband, 17 month old daughter and I didn’t know what to expect, so we booked a larger room with a full kitchen on the first floor for just a few nights. The room was perfect for our needs: the bed was great and bathrooms very clean. The furniture and decor is out dated, but we didn’t mind at all and was a nice reminder you the history of that hotel. The front porch was the best!! We loved Lakeside and were very happy with our stay at Hotel Lakeside.
I used to go to Lakeside as a child to my grandparent's cottage. Frankly at that time, we never noticed the Hotel Lakeside which has been here since 1875. But times change, the cottage is no longer in the family. But Lakeside is still a lovely place and this time we stayed at the Hotel. It was just past the season and quite empty. The very friendly receptionist, Abigail, took the time to show us a number of rooms and we settled on front view overlooking the lake. Room was pleasant and quiet. Ambiance of the front porch was perfect. The main reason I can't give it '5' is, like several other reviewers, the room in particular could have been considerably cleaner in terms of spider webs etc.
When you come to this hotel you have to expect an old hotel that has been preserved. The place smells like an old place and is dusty from age. Most of the rooms are darn small but probably bigger than they would have been when it was built. My daughter was up stairs in an upgraded room to be bigger or newer, she did not feel it was either but $189 a night I had hoped it would have been a bit nicer. I understand they are redoing some of the rooms but not the ones we were in. I stayed in one of the handicap accessible rooms. The toilet woudl not flush and it was hard to get someone to plunge it, the automatic door was broken and hanging, the plastic lamp shades were cracked and broken, the shade in the bathroom window would not retract after we pulled it down. It is a large room with two queen size beds and a large bath with roll in shower. That is the nice part. Anything inside Lakeside is expensive. You come for the location. This grand old hotel build in 1878 I think, sits right on the lake. The screened porch looks out on the lake which would be wonderful if they did not have a fountain drowning out the noise of the waves. On Sat. they had music on the pavilion nearby all afternoon. I go there for quiet and rest and want to sit on the pavilion enjoing the water in peace not with loud blaring music. They could put that in the gazebo which is made for music concerts!!!! People come to the water with just to be by the water.
I've been blessed to travel to a quit a few places in my life and rarely write a bad review. But with that being said it's really hard to overlook what I've experienced at Lakeside Hotel. The lack of cleaning that goes on here (at least our room 531) is just unacceptable. When you have bugs dead on the floor, on the window seal, and lampshade! (Yes I understand that you are on the lake) but you mean you can't make a effort to vacuum this stuff up when you clean the room? Not to mention the moldy shower and shower curtain that was just disgusting! But the best part is, you email the manager Steve Koenig in regards to the situation and he doesn't bother to respond to your email! The price they charge you to stay here, you should at least get a clean room to stay right? Not to much to ask!! Save your money and probably have much better luck staying in one of the many bed and breakfast in lakeside. Better service and much more clean I'm sure!
If you love antiques, sitting in rocking chairs on a lakefront screened porch, NO T.V's, and stepping back in the atmoshphere of the early 1900's , then this is the hotel for you. There is also a beautiful restaurant overlooking the lakefront where delicious food is served and breakfast is included with your room. Best place to stay for the Lakeside "feeling".