Courtyard at Lake Lucerne, Orlando
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 648 5188
Concierge.com's insider take:
This is as close as Orlando gets to boutique. An unexpected oasis of authenticity in a plastic landscape, these four neighboring historic buildings (the Norment-Parry, Orlando's oldest surviving house, dates to 1883) operate together as a 30-unit B&B. Owner Sam Meiner has decorated everything from his personal collection of antiques (blue velvet sofas, Persian rugs, walnut four-poster beds). The Art Deco Wellborn Suites, in a former apartment block, have kitchenettes, their own complement of mid-century furnishings, and the most space, but the I.W. Phillips House's brick courtyard, Tiffany window, and marbled bathrooms do the most to evoke the romantic gentility of Orlando's days as an Old South backwater. Tucked away on a quiet pond in the midst of downtown's skyscrapers, the compound is popular with honeymooners.