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“Historic with a spalsh of modern style!”
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Clewiston Inn
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Clewiston
Palm Bach, Fl.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Historic with a spalsh of modern style!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

About a week ago, I was looking to go fishing in Clewiston, Fl. My first choice in a place to stay was very close to the water of course, since I would have my boat and would be using a fishing guide from a well named fisherman's resort in Clewiston. It took sometime to get someone on the phone to help us from the resort, but once we finally got to the right person, though she seemed a little rushed and not "customer service"friendly as I had hoped for, I reluctantly made the reservations hoping for a better outcome upon arrival. Well, unfortunately, this was not the case. We arrived at the resort, where we were told our key was to be in a mail box at the side entrance, there was no one around & there WERE NO KEYS. Now, though there was numbers on the door, it said in case of emergency only..that was a little scary..the wife and I were wondering how one runs a motel that is occupied 24/7, with nobody to assist around. Im supposed to call this number, at 11pm at night, and tell this person on the other end of the phone, whom with which I hope is not upset with me for calling so late in the hour, so, per the wifes instructions, I call the first number on the door. Just a voicemail. So, by this time, Im getting a little upset. We got back into our vehicle and drove down the highway. Just a few blocks down, we spotted The Historic Clewiston Inn. Once we walked through the door, the young woman behind the desk, as alert as if it were afternoon, not now almost midnight, quickly assisted us. We told her our story of the terrible time we had down at the resort & marina, and she kindly showed us to a room, and even though it wasn't her trouble caused, she gave us a discount on our room just because we had already had such a tough time!! Can you believe that? The young lady gave us a discount even though it was not her mistake...SHE DIDNT EVEN WORK THERE!! She was super nice to us, showing us to our room personally and letting us know about the FREE wireless internet, FREE hot breakfast in the morning, compliments of the hotel and also informing us that someone would be at the front desk 24/7. Once in our room, we didnt feel like we were in a historic inn at all! You could not tell by looking in the rooms that the place was built in the 30's. They are decorated very nice and the beds were SOOO comfy! As a fisherman, I like to get up early. So I call the front desk and ask the nice young lady if she could get me an alarm clock. Instead she informed me that sh would give me a wake up call. This place is soo cool!! It has so much history behind it, yet it is a nice, modern place to stay! And the food in the restaurant was GREAT!! The service was a little off, but the dining room was very elegant and the atmosphere was very country and comforting. It was a very nice meal. If I had to rate the great Historic Clewiston Inn located in Clewiston, Florida, I would stay its definitely a four star hotel! Who would have thought such a small town would have such a nice, upscale place at such an affordable price. Dont hesitate to give them a call and ask about their rooms, their great breakfast and their relaxing Everglades Lounge. And dont be afraid to ask for a discount!! Not only are they friendly and clean, they are also very generous & professional!!

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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

We were part of a group for the buffet lunch. We arrived at our reserved time and found our salads had already been set out for us. The salad had obviously been there quite some time as the onion rings placed atop the salad was limp, the lettuce was brown where it had been cut and one tomato slice. Ranch dressing was all that was available. Iced tea was the only drink and had to hunt down someone for a glass of water.

The buffet was quite limited, chicken, very dry meatloaf, dry, sticky mashed potatoes, California vegetable mix which was overcooked and had become mush and spinach. Also a small corn muffin which was very good. Two members of our group were vegetarians and the only thing there for them to eat was the vegetables, no effort was made to find them something else from the kitchen or not charge them for lunch. Dessert of white cake with chocolate frosting had also been set on the table before our arrival. Others seemed to be getting the same dessert so this was likely the only dessert available.

Service was non existent, if you needed something you had to go find someone to assist you. Table linens were stained and wrinkled It appeared there was not much care taken to provide good quality food or service.

I would not go to the Clewiston Inn again.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2012

My wife and I stayed at the inn Sunday Feb 19th in order to visit STA-5 on Monday. The inn is attractive, well kept up, and charming. However, perhaps Sunday afternoon isn't the best time to arrive or maybe we just hit it on an off day, but we were not entirely satisfied with our experience.

For one, staff appeared unmotivated and unenthusiastic. Although our questions at the desk were answered, no information was volunteered, including what time breakfast was served. The king bedroom was small but adequate, and the bed comfortable. A TV upgrade would be helpful, as the old set doesn't quite fit in its cabinet, and the remote doesn't control all functions. As the hotel restaurant is apparently not open Sunday evenings, we can't report on dinner. However for breakfast at 7:00 there was no server in evidence, so we helped ourselves to coffee, found the cook in the kitchen, and ordered breakfast. At that point a person who claimed to be our waitress appeared, asked if we had coffee, then disappeared. Again we had to enter the kitchen to inquire about the juice and fresh fruit that was supposed to be part of the guest menu. We never did get the fruit.

A previous review noted that the Clewiston Inn might benefit from a bit of 'tweaking' and we agree. Perhaps starting with the somewhat out of place electric sign board at the hotel entrance announcing "Breakfast Buffett" and "Fisherman Welcome". The place could be a lot nicer with only a little effort.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

Don't let the Average rating I have provided discourage you from staying at the Clewiston Inn. For the Clewiston area, this hotel is really quite nice and well above average. The area has several motels, but few hotels.We chose the Clewiston Inn because of its historical background, and we were very pleasantly suprised.

The building and grounds are nicely maintained - fresh paint everywhere. The lobby and front entrance recall a more distant era. Do not miss the telephone switchboard in the lobby. Our rooms were nicely decorated with new bed coverings and very comfortable beds. The room with the King size bed was quite small, and had a sink in the room, but the adjoining room had two Queen beds and plenty of room to move around. We found the bedroom sink in the smaller room to be quaint, and appropriate for the hotel. Bathrooms were clean but somewhat small in size, with tub showers. Shower pressure was adaquate, and the hot water was plentiful. Refrigerators and cofee service were available in both rooms. The wi-fi was free and the signal was strong. The hotel has a full service dining room that is a splendid example of 1920s architecture. The menu has an assortment of meat entrees, vegetarian and southern dishes. The food was good, but not spectacular. The addition of an acoustic guitar player at dinner was a bonus we had not anticipated.
The bar has a painted mural that spans all four walls and should not be missed. Unfortunately, the music in the bar was a bit loud, and we were not tempted to stop in after dinner for a quiet drink.

Breakfast is included in the modest price of the room, and is cooked personally by the owner of the hotel. It is a combination of buffet and short-order. Food is hot, but the line is a little slow and inefficient. Breakfast begins at 7. For the price and the proximity to our early birdwatching trip - the Inn was an excellent choice. We will certainly stay here next time we go to STA-5.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Pompano Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

The Clewiston Inn is a grand old building and has tons and tons of potential, but both the building and the service need some minor tweaking in order to be considered a destination hotel. It wouldn't take much, but they need to listen to us. People were friendly, but the staff needs to be more professional by wearing sharper looking clothes rather than shabby grayed white shirts. The restaurant hostess had old jeans and a faded gray sweatshirt. She looked bored and she was texting on the job. The restaurant staff looked shabby in old grayed wrinkled shirts. Wearing some black slacks and a white polo shirt would look sharp and professional. The bathroom had long black hairs and the lotion and shampoo had been used!
The door stuck seriously and had to be slammed each time we left and returned. Wouldn't take much to fix that problem. That's what I mean about minor tweaking to make this place grand. We asked for a quiet room and were put in a room overlooking the public tennis courts where a group of exuberant basketball players played til almost midnight enjoying their loud, loud rock music. I'd be happy to make of list of things that would greatly improve this place, and the changes would be minor and not so expensive. I'd like to know that this place was really interested in being top notch....it easily could be because the bones of the building are terrific.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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MIAMI
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2012

My wife and I were in the area on a Sunday afternoon and tried the restaurant at the Clewiston Inn. We opted for the brunch which seemed to be the popular choice. Included were fried chicken (breast and drumsticks), fried catfish, spare ribs, and meatloaf, along with the usual sides. Made-to-order ohmlettes were also available. The tastiest was the chicken breast while the rest were just average. The desert consisted of chocolate cake (also average) with a choice of frosting. This restaurant has a lot of potential because its part of an hitoric inn. The staff is also very friendly and the price (for brunch at least) was a reasonable $14.95. What's lacking is a specialty, a main course that merits the drive or detour from the more traveled roads such as Highway 41 and the Florida Turnpike. We may try it again on our next trip to the area. It just isn't a "destination" based on this experience.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with family
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East Renfrewshire, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2011

stayed@clewiston very olde needs some TLC rooms were clean and sevice was ok
breakfast was included and a cooked option was offered frehly prepared and served well
We ate in the resteraunt on first night dont think they have got it together as we were told that
the resteraunt in fact as it turns out tha tthe whole hotel has new management look for better things in the future.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Clewiston Inn
Address: 108 Royal Palm Ave., Clewiston, FL 33440-2931
Region: United States > Florida > Clewiston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 7 Hotels in Clewiston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Clewiston Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 56
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Clewiston Inn was built in 1938 by the U.S. Sugar Corporation to host company executives and visiting dignitaries. The Inn is a very elegant structure in the Classical-Revival style. The Historic Clewiston Inn is a boutique hotel offering 57 rooms, 8 lovely courtyard villas, a 200 seat Colonial dining room, a world famous Everglades cocktail lounge, tennis courts, a safari massage spa and a lovely park filled with native Florida trees. ... more   less 
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