November 28, 2014

Discover Southwest Florida: Accommodations

ACCOMMODATIONS

At the end of the day, one must sleep. and therein lies the dilemma, as our Gulfshore paradise offers way too many sensational choices. Do you dream of a romantic island hideaway or a glamorous resort hotel? A condo, perhaps overlooking a championship golf course? Maybe your idea of luxury is to step out of your room and into the spa, or off your deck and onto the beach. It’s all here for the choosing. The Gulfshore has four-star and five-diamond hotels, beachfront mansions and quirky historic cottages. It has polished business hotels and rustic fishing lodges. It has family-friendly lodgings for every budget and destination resorts that top the charts for weddings, reunions and important gatherings. The chic, contemporary Hotel Indigo, on the waterfront in the Fort Myers River District, features a rooftop pool overlooking the artsy historic area.

MARCO ISLAND

Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa, 560 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 394-5000. Four-diamond resort featuring 22 one-bedroom Gulf-view accommodations and four two-bedroom penthouses. Heated pool with whirlpool spa, restaurant, café and lounge; watersports rentals. Non-smoking. www.marcoisland.hilton.com.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort, 480 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 393-1400. Luxury one- or two-bedroom suite resort with fully equipped kitchens, balconies. Spa services, rooftop gardens, swimming pool, casual to elegant dining and meeting rooms. www.marcoresort.com.

Marco Island Lakeside Inn, 155 First Ave., (239) 394-1161. Nineteen suites decorated in Old Florida style and
situated by the only freshwater lake on Marco Island. www.marcoislandlakeside.com.

Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and Spa, 400 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 394-2511. Recently renovated Balinese-styled resort features 727 guest rooms and suites. Two outdoor pools, playground, game room, 18-hole championship golf course, water activities, casual and elegant dining. www.marcoislandmarriott.com.

NAPLES

Bellasera Resort, 221 Ninth St. S., (239) 649-7333. This four-diamond, Tuscan-inspired resort offers a choice of studio, one, two or three bedrooms. Heated outdoor pool with whirlpool spa, fitness center and restaurant.
www.bellaseranaples.com.

Doubletree Guest Suites Naples, 12200 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 593-8733. A designated Florida "Green Lodge" hotel of 101 one-bedroom suites overlooking the Cocohatchee River and wildlife preserve. Includes a fitness center, business center and meeting space. www.doubletree.com.

Edgewater Beach Hotel, 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (888) 564-1308. All-suite hotel featuring heated pool, lap pool, fitness center, indoor and outdoor dining. Golf privileges at Naples Grande Golf Club. Privileges at the Naples Grande Beach Resort. www.edgewaternaples.com.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Downtown, 1785 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 261-3500. Heated outdoor pool, exercise room, laundry and business center. www.marriott.com/fairfieldinn.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Naples, 3808 White Lake Blvd., (239) 530-3355. East of the highway. Business services,
laundry and complimentary breakfast.

Fairways Resort, 103 Palm River Blvd., (239) 597-8181. Secluded environment yet minutes from beaches and shopping. Heated pool, whirlpool spa, gas grills, Internet access and continental breakfast. www.fairwaysresort.com.

Hampton Inn Naples Central, 3210 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 261-8000. Heated pool and complimentary
breakfast buffet, wireless Internet access, located south of downtown. www.napleshamptoninn.com.

Hilton Naples, 5111 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 430-4900. Florida Green Lodging Resort and four-diamond hotel featuring 191 guest rooms and suites, beach shuttle, fitness center, indoor heated pool, bar/lounge and Don Shula’s Steak House. www.hiltonnaples.com.

Inn at Pelican Bay, 800 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 597-8777. Featuring oversized rooms with lake views. Heated pool, fitness center, lobby bar, continental breakfast and golf privileges. www.innatpelicanbay.com

Inn of Naples, 4055 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 649-5500. Newly renovated, featuring outdoor pool, fitness center and complimentary breakfast. www.innofnaples.com.

Inn on Fifth, 699 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 403-8777. A boutique hotel on Fifth Avenue. New pool and hot tub, fitness center, full-service spa, restaurant and pub. Six blocks from the beach. www.innonfifth.com.

LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, 9891 Gulfshore Drive, (239) 597-3123. Beachfront resort featuring 189 guest rooms and suites, waterfront dining, pool and full-service spa. www.laplayaresort.com.

Lemon Tree Inn, 250 Ninth St. S., (239) 262-1414. "A touch of Key West in the heart of Old Naples." Features heated swimming pool, a courtyard garden and 34 tropical-themed guestrooms. www.lemontreeinn.com.

Naples Bay Resort Hotel, 1500 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 530-1199. Tuscan-styled tropical luxury waterfront resort. Suites, cottages, spa, restaurant and marina. www.naplesbayresort.com.

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. A 125-acre resort featuring 319 renovated guest rooms and suites, spa and fitness center, on-site championship golf and tennis center, children’s programs, beachfront pool, four restaurants. www.naplesbeachhotel.com.

Naples Courtyard Inn, 2630 Tamami Trail N., (239) 261-3870. Tropical inn with oversized pool and chickee bar area, business services and pet-friendly rooms. www.naplescourtyardinn.com.

Naples Grande Beach Resort, The Waldorf Astoria Collection, 475 Seagate Drive, (239) 597-3232. This 474-room waterfront hotel on 23 acres offers guest rooms, suites and villas. Pools and a 100-foot water slide, private cabanas, multiple restaurant and lounges, fitness facility, tennis courts, Golden Door Spa and 45,000 feet of event space. Privileges at Naples Grande Golf Club. www.naplesgranderesort.com.

Park Shore Resort, 600 Neapolitan Way, (239) 263-2222. Botanical walkways and a private lake with two waterfalls. One- and two-bedroom condo suites, heated pool, spa, tennis court, restaurant on 13 acres. www.parkshorefl.com.

Port of the Islands Resort and Marina, 25000 Tamiami Trail E., (239) 394-3101. Thirty-two studio and cottage suites located 30 minutes from downtown Naples in the Everglades. Restaurants, pool, tennis court, game room, skeet and trap shooting. www.poiresort.com.

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 598-3300. Offering views of the Gulf of Mexico and three miles of beach, The Ritz is a five-star, five-diamond resort, with six restaurants, world-class spa, a nightclub, tennis, two pools, high-tech entertainment lounge, children’s programs and watersports. Guests enjoy golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, at Tiburón. www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/naples.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples, 2600 Tiburón Drive, (239) 593-2000. Boasting two Greg Norman golf courses, two restaurants, coffee shop, bar/billiards room and lounge. Heated outdoor pool, fitness center, tennis, Rick Smith Golf Academy, Ritz Kids Club and use of the amenities at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Named the top golf resort in Florida by Golf Digest magazine in October 2009. www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/naples_golf_resort.

Staybridge Suites Naples, 4805 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 643-8002. One- and two-bedroom suites. Business services, fitness center, outdoor heated pool, whirlpool spa, chickee bar, barbeque grills and kids eat free. One mile to the beach. Pets welcome. www.staybridgesuites.com.

Trianon Old Naples, 955 Seventh Ave. S., (239) 435-9600. Located in residential Old Naples, the Trianon offers elegant suites and guest rooms, lounge, outdoor heated pool, continental breakfast and concierge services. www.trianon.com.

Vanderbilt Beach Resort, 9225 Gulfshore Drive N., (239) 597-3144. Fully equipped efficiencies and apartments. On-site waterfront dining at the Turtle Club. Heated pool, beach access and tennis court. www.vanderbiltbeachresort.com.

BONITA SPRINGS

Comfort Inn of Bonita Springs, 9800 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 992-5001. A non-smoking property featuring heated pool with spa, and complimentary continental breakfast and high-speed Internet access. www.choicehotels.com.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites, 27891 Crown Lake Blvd., (239) 948-0699. A 108-room hotel close to attractions, restaurants and shopping. Outdoor pool. Two miles from the beach. www.hiexpress.com.

Homewood Suites by Hilton, 8901 Highland Woods Blvd., (239) 949-5913. Upscale inn three miles from Bonita Beach. Standard and boutique studio, one- and two-bedroom suites, fitness center, continental breakfast, concierge service. www.homewoodsuites.com.

Trianon Bonita Bay, 3401 Bay Commons Drive, (239) 948-4400. Boutique hotel with 100 guest rooms and suites, outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi, complimentary continental breakfast, conference room, lakeside restaurant and bar/lounge. www.trianon.com.

CAPE CORAL

Resort at Marina Village, 5961 Silver King Blvd., (239) 765-7654. Guest rooms combine hotel and residential living with grand rooms, master suites, guest suites, dining terraces and access to amenity decks. Amenities include boat slips, waterfront dining and shopping and a spa. www.marinavillage.com.

Casa Loma Motel on the Waterfront, 3608 Del Prado Blvd., S. (239) 549-6000. Guest rooms with kitchens. Heated pool, boat and fishing dock, and recreation room. www.casalomamotel.com.

Cape Harbour Vacation Rentals, 5828 Cape Harbour Drive, (239) 540-1851. One-, two- and three-bedroom
condominiums surrounding a 76-slip, deep-water marina. Marina features shops, art galleries and restaurants. www.capeharbourvacations.com.

CAPTIVA ISLAND

Captiva Island Inn, 11508 Andy Rosse Lane, (239) 395-0882. A bed- and-breakfast 360 steps from the shore. Bike, kayak and waverunner rentals. Pool, with award-winning restaurants within walking distance. www.captivaislandinn.com.

South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Road, (866) 565-5089. Reaching 330 acres on the northern tip of Captiva, the newly restyled resort features multiple restaurants, lagoon pool and cabana complex, nine-hole executive golf course, children’s programs, yacht harbor and water sports. www.southseas.com.

’Tween Waters Inn, Island Resort, 15951 Captiva Drive, (239) 472-5161. Beachfront resort featuring a collection of guest cottages, efficiencies and guest rooms. Multiple dining options, marina with boat rentals, exercise area, pool and hot tub. www.tweenwaters.com.

ESTERO

Embassy Suites Hotel, 10450 Corkscrew Commons Drive, (239) 949-4222. Separate living room and bedroom with a wet bar, pull-out sleeper sofa and easy chair. Pool, fitness center and complimentary breakfast from on-site restaurant. www.embassysuites.com.

Hampton Inn & Suites, 10611 Chevrolet Way, (239) 947-5566. This hotel has 94 rooms with smoking and nonsmoking options. A swimming pool, fitness center, business center and meeting room. www.hamptoninn.hilton.com.

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, 5001 Coconut Road, (239) 444-1234. Set among 26 acres overlooking Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, this resort features 454 guest rooms and suites, multiple restaurants and lounges, spa, golf course, pool with waterslide, fitness center and access to a beach with pavilion via water taxi. Awarded Three Palm Certification as a Florida Green Lodge. www.coconutpoint.hyatt.com.

Hyatt Place Coconut Point, 23120 Via Villagio, (239) 495-1395. All rooms are smoke-free and offer free Wi-Fi. Fitness center, coffee and wine bar, guest kitchen and daily complimentary continental breakfast. www.coconutpoint.place.hyatt.com.

FORT MYERS

Courtyard Fort Myers Cape Coral, 4455 Metro Parkway, (239) 275-8600. Redesigned, located close to downtown Fort Myers, Southwest Florida International Airport and the beach. www.marriott.com.

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson Sanibel Gateway, 13901 Shell Point Plaza, (239) 454-9292. Located at the entrance to Sanibel Island. Features country-style décor, outdoor heated pool, complimentary continental breakfast and fitness room. Suites offer microwaves, refrigerators and wet bar. www.countryinns.com.

Crowne Plaza Fort Myers 13051 Bell Tower Drive, (239) 482-2900. Modern high-rise with newly renovated guest rooms. Sports café and tropical pool with waterfall. Adjacent to the Bell Tower Shops. www.cpfortmyers.com.

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Downtown Historic, 2431 Cleveland Ave., (239) 332-3232. Renovated amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, restaurant, outdoor pool and business services. Kids eat free. www.holidayinn.com.

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Airport at Town Center, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, (239) 561-1550. One- and two-bedroom, leashed pets welcome. Restaurant, outdoor heated pool and fitness center. Within walking distance of Gulf Coast Town Center. www.hiftmyersairport.com.

Hilton Garden Inn, 12600 University Drive, (239) 790-3500. All guest rooms equipped for business. Outdoor pool, fitness center, 24-hour business center and meeting space. www.hilton.com.

Homewood Suites by Hilton Fort Myers, 5255 Big Pine Way, (239) 275-6000. One- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchen, complimentary breakfast and high-speed Internet. Pool and exercise room. Located within Bell Tower Shops. Pets welcome. www.homewoodsuites.com.

Hotel Indigo, 1520 Broadway, (239) 337-3446. Stylish boutique hotel in Fort Myers River District. Oversized guest rooms, rooftop pool, lounge and spa; martini lounge and restaurant. www.hotelftmyers.com.

La Quinta Fort Myers Island Gateway, 20091 Summerlin Road, (239) 466-1200. Featuring outdoor heated pool, whirlpool spa, full-service restaurant and lounge/bar, game room, fitness center, high-speed Internet. Pets allowed. www.lq.com.

Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa, 17260 Harbour Pointe Drive, (239) 466-4000. Four-star, four-diamond resort set among 85 acres of gardens. Featuring guest rooms, suites and condos. Multiple pools, whirlpool spas, tennis, fishing pier, kayaking, restaurants, full-service spa, and fitness center. Participant in Florida Green Lodging Program. www.sanibel-resort.com.

FORT MYERS BEACH

Best Western Beach Resort, 684 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-6000. Newly renovated with all oceanfront rooms. Heated pool, playground, picnic areas and water sports. Pets allowed, complimentary breakfast and high-speed Internet available. www.bwbeachresort.com.

DiamondHead Beach Resort, 2000 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-7654. This 12-story resort with 124, one-bedroom suites features a heated outdoor pool, two whirlpool spas, fitness center, casual and elegant dining options, and watersport rentals. www.diamondheadfl.com.

GullWing Beach Resort, 6620 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-4300. A luxury condo resort features one-, two- and three-bedroom suites with full kitchen, washer and dryer. Fitness center, beachfront pool, whirlpool spa, beach cabana
rentals, tennis court and gazebo. www.gullwingfl.com.

Holiday Inn Fort Myers Beach, 6890 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-5711. Oceanfront resort features outdoor pool, fitness facility, lounge, restaurants and kids eat free. www.holidayinn.com.

Lovers Key Resort, 8771 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-1040. All suites feature fully equipped kitchens and private balconies. Heated lagoon-style pool with waterfall and spa; restaurant and high-speed Internet access. Adjacent to Lovers Key State Park. www.loverskey.com.

Matanzas Inn, 414 Crescent St., (239) 463-9258. Bayfront resort featuring cottages, guest rooms and villas. Heated pool, hot tub and restaurant on site. Dockage available for boaters. www.matanzasinn.com.

Palm Terrace, 3333 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-5783. Eight rental apartments situated around a courtyard with heated swimming pool, barbeque grills and shuffleboard court. Beach access across the street. www.palm-terrace.com.

Pink Shell Beach Resort & Spa, 275 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-6181. Four-star resort located on 12 acres. Amenities include undersea fantasy pool, 200-foot fishing pier, dockage, poolside bar, children’s programs. www.pinkshell.com.

Pointe Estero Resort, 6640 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-1155. Sixteen-story beachfront tower condo resort. Tennis court, pool with whirlpool spa, activity programs, volleyball, trolley service and water sports. www.pointeestero.com.

PINELAND

Tarpon Lodge, Pineland, 13771 Waterfront Drive, (239) 283-3999. Choice of rooms in the Island House, historic lodge or cottages. Amenities include boat dockage (with fee), restaurant and lounge with live music. www.tarponlodge.com.

SANIBEL ISLAND

Beachview Cottages, 3325 W. Gulf Drive, (239) 472-1202. Small inn, one- or two-bedroom cottages and studio apartments with beach and bay views. Heated pool, bicycle and beach chair rentals, pet friendly. www.beachviewsanibel.com.

Casa Ybel Resort, 2255 W. Gulf Drive, (239) 472-3145. Featuring newly renovated, luxurious one- and two-bedroom suites. Nature sanctuary with bird pond, tennis, both Olympic-sized and wading pool, spa services, get-fit kits, kids club, cabanas and poolside café. Dine at the scenic Thistle Lodge. www.casaybelresort.com.

The Castaways Beach & Bay Cottages, 6460 Sanibel Captiva Road, (239) 472-1252. Small inn and cottages with marina, bikes, canoe rentals, private dock and pool. Pet friendly. Certified Florida Green Lodging. www.castawayssanibel.com.

Holiday Inn Sanibel Island, 1231 Middle Gulf Drive, (239) 472-4123. Quaint resort with 98 rooms and suites. Private beach access, bike rentals, restaurant, outdoor heated pool with sun deck, tennis courts, wireless Internet and complimentary beach cabanas. www.sanibelbeachresort.com.

The Palm View, 706 Donax St., (239) 472-1606. Five charming suites in a quaint and tranquil setting. Steps to the beach. Amenities include beach chairs, bicycles and umbrellas. www.palmviewsanibel.com.

Sandpiper Inn, 720 Donax St., (239) 472-1529. Modern suites in a tropical setting. Amenities include bicycles, hammocks and rocking chairs. www.sandpiperinnsanibel.com.

Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, 17260 Harbour Point Drive, (239) 466-4000. Amenities include a spa, six dining venues, fitness center, two pools, tennis courts, access to The Dunes Golf Course and Shell Point Gulf Club and shopping. www.sanibel-resort.com/recreation.

Sanibel Inn, 937 E. Gulf Drive, (888) 565-5480. Nature-inspired beachfront resort. Fine-dining restaurant on premises, heated pool, gardens, bike rentals and beach bar. www.sanibelcollection.com.

Sanibel Moorings, 845 E. Gulf Drive, (239) 472-4119. Condo resort/rentals with one, two or three bedrooms. Two swimming pools, tennis courts, large barbecue grill area, canoe and kayak rentals, and dockage. www.sanibelmoorings.com.

The Sanibel Sunset Beach Resort, 3287 W. Gulf Drive, (866) 565-5091. Offers 46 guest rooms, suites or studios. Continental breakfast, heated pools, private cabanas, tennis and shuffleboard courts. www.sanibelcollection.com.

Shell Island Beach Club, 255 Periwinkle Way, (239) 472-4497. Two-bedroom villas overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Two heated pools, whirlpool spa and sauna, tennis and shuffleboard court, picnic area with barbeque grills. www.shellisland.hgvc.com.

Song of the Sea, 863 E. Gulf Drive, (866) 565-5101. Thirty guest rooms with kitchens. Heated pool, whirlpool, Wi-Fi, use of bicycles and complimentary breakfast. www.sanibelcollection.com.

Sundial Beach and Golf Resort, 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, (866) 565-5093. One- and two-bedroom suites. Swimming pools, whirlpool spa, fitness room, access to the Dunes Championship Golf Course and tennis courts. www.sanibelcollection.com.