The History of The Terrace Hotel

Terrace Hotel When the Lakeland Terrace Hotel first opened her doors in 1924, she was hailed as one of Florida's finest new year round inns, which at the time was a rather novel concept. Prior to then, and the wide availability of air conditioning, hotels simply opened for “The Season,” and closed for the summer.

Fortunately, the prosperity of the early 1920s meant that tourists by the trainload were pouring into cities in the Sunshine State, like Lakeland. The warm weather and the lucrative real estate market made the journey all the more enticing.

Seeing this influx of tourism and trade, Florida Collier Court Hotels built their comfortable hotel in the heart of downtown Lakeland, a sister to other hotels in Miami, West Palm Beach, and Tampa.

In those days, guests entered the hotel from Main Street, via a luxurious tropical garden that opened on to Massachusetts Avenue. There, guests were immediately greeted by potted palms that accentuated the majestic, high-ceilinged lobby. Huge French windows in the lounge overlooked Lake Mirror. From her ample restaurant and bar, visitors enjoyed fine meals served in a restful atmosphere. Guest rooms were simply and thoughtfully appointed with then-modern comforts and conveniences that few other hotels could match.

In 1998, The Lakeland Terrace re-opened her doors as downtown's newest hotel. FCA Group, headed by Robert Scharar, a Lakeland native, restored her charming historic exterior, completely refurbishing the hotel to luxurious modern standards. In addition to 73 spacious hotel rooms, The Terrace Hotel also offers 15 comfortable guest suites, plus elegant conference and banquet facilities. Professionally decorated, guestrooms capture the hotel's original style while indulging the needs of modern-day travelers.

Today, The Terrace Hotel's exceptional beauty continues to win over guest after guest. From the period black and white ceramic tile to nostalgic furnishings, guests are taken by the hotel's historic charms and well-known hospitality. The hotel's signature restaurant, The Terrace Grille, extends into the main foyer where you'll enjoy leisurely breakfasts, luncheons and dinners. At The Terrace Bar, you and other guests can gather for conversation and premium cocktails.

And, not to forget the celebratory needs of our guests, handsomely furnished banquet rooms are located on the mezzanine floor capable of accommodating groups of 55 to 100 for small meetings and events.

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