July 29, 2014
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Insider's Guide: Accommodations

The Gulfshore offers quaint cottages, high-class resorts and everything in between.

 

Savvy world travelers recognize a hotel lobby concierge wearing the golden crossed keys of Les Clef d’Or as a member of the prestigious, century-old Union Internationale des Concierges d’Hotels, which formalized the concierge concept. Here on the Gulfshore, we boldly claim the most hospitable and conscientious concierges in America. Among them is the region’s only active member of the group, RobinJill Hochmeyer.

 

“Shortly after 9/11, a soldier called me from Iraq via satellite, requesting my help in planning a surprise reunion with his wife. It would be his first homecoming in over a year. Our hotel, along with the entire community—massage therapists, restaurants, boating companies, limo service and more—donated time and services to create a truly romantic and memorable weekend for the couple. The DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Naples then adopted his troop in Iraq, sending tins each month filled with our famous DoubleTree cookies. In thanks, he presented me with a framed collage using his actual uniform as the canvas with a photo of the entire troop eating the cookies along with a thank-you note signed by the troops. So far, it is the proudest moment of my concierge career.”

—ROBINJILL HOCHMEYER, DIRECTOR OF CONCIERGE SERVICES, DOUBLETREE SUITES BY HILTON NAPLES

 

What a Doll

“My sweetest moment as a concierge came after a young couple arrived at The Ritz-Carlton, Golf Resort with their 7-year-old daughter, who was crying inconsolably. The cherished doll that had been with her since birth was lost. They had just finished a stay on Captiva Island, so I immediately called the concierge there. After a diligent search, the doll was found and overnight FedEx was arranged. Meanwhile, I delivered a stuffed animal from our gift shop to her room with a note: ‘Your friend decided to stay at the beach for one more day, so I’ll keep you company until she comes back in the morning.’ I later received a thank-you note from the little girl, with a photo of the reunited friends.”

—NORMA GERSHEN, PRESIDENT, SOUTHWEST FLORIDA CONCIERGE AND GUEST SERVICES ASSOCIATION

 

MARCO ISLAND

HILTON MARCO ISLAND BEACH RESORT AND 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; three restaurants and lounge; watersports rentals. Non-smoking. marcoisland.hilton.com

MARCO BEACH OCEAN RESORT, 480 S. Collier Blvd., (239) 393-1400. Luxury one- or two-bedroom suite resort with balconies, fully equipped kitchens. Spa services, rooftop gardens, swimming pool, casual to elegant dining and meeting rooms. 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. 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. 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. bellaseranaples.com

DOUBLETREE SUITES BY HILTON NAPLES, 12200 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 593-8733. A Two Palm Designated Green Lodge hotel of 101 one-bedroom suites with some overlooking the Cocohatchee River and wildlife preserve. Includes a fitness center, business center and meeting space. doubletreenaples.com

EDGEWATER BEACH HOTEL, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 1901 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (888) 325-7711. All-suite hotel featuring two heated pools, fitness center, indoor and outdoor dining. Golf privileges at Naples Grande Golf Club. Guest privileges at the Waldorf Astoria Naples. edgewaternaples.com

FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES NAPLES, 3808 White Lake Blvd., (239) 530-3355. Located east of the highway. Offering business services, laundry and complimentary breakfast. marriott.com/fairfieldinn

FAIRWAYS INN OF NAPLES, 103 Palm River Blvd., (239) 597-8181. Secluded environment yet minutes from beaches and shopping. Heated pool, gas grills, Internet access and light continental breakfast. fairwaysinnnaples.com

HAMPTON INN NAPLES CENTRAL, 3210 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 261-8000. Heated pool and complimentary breakfast buffet, complimentary wireless Internet access, located north of downtown. napleshamptoninn.com

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

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES, 1785 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 261-3500. Heated outdoor pool, exercise room, laundry and business center. ihg.com/holidayinnexpress

INN AT PELICAN BAY, 800 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 597-8777. Featuring oversized rooms with lake views and private balconies. Heated pool and spa, fitness center, lobby bar, hot breakfast and golf privileges. innatpelicanbay.com

INN OF NAPLES, 4055 Tamiami Trail N., (239) 649-5500. Featuring outdoor pool, fitness center and complimentary continental breakfast. innofnaples.com

INN ON FIFTH, 699 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 403-8777. A boutique hotel on Fifth Avenue. Newly renovated with rooftop pool and hot tub, fitness center and full-service spa. Six blocks from the beach. innonfifth.com

LAPLAYA BEACH & GOLF RESORT, 9891 Gulfshore Drive, (239) 597-3123. Beachfront resort featuring 189 guest rooms and suites, waterfront dining, golf course, pool and full-service spa. 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. lemontreeinn.com

NAPLES BAY RESORT, 1500 Fifth Ave. S., (239) 530-1199. Tuscan-styled tropical luxury waterfront resort. Suites, cottages, spa, multiple restaurants and marina. naplesbayresort.com

THE NAPLES BEACH HOTEL & GOLF CLUB, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., (239) 261-2222. A 125-acre resort featuring 317 renovated guest rooms and suites, spa and fitness center, on-site championship golf and tennis center, children’s programs, beachfront pool and four restaurants. naplesbeachhotel.com

NAPLES COURTYARD INN, 2630 Tamami Trail N., (239) 261-3870. Tropical inn with oversized pool, chickee bar area and complimentary breakfast. naplescourtyardinn.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 on 13 acres. parkshorefl.com

PORT OF THE ISLANDS RESORT AND MARINA, 25000 Tamiami Trail E., (239) 394-3005. Studio and cottage suites located 30 minutes from downtown Naples in the Everglades. Restaurants, pool, tennis court, game room, nearby skeet and trap shooting. poiresort.com

THE RITZ-CARLTON, GOLF RESORT, Naples, 2600 Tiburón Drive, (239) 593-2000. Boasting two Greg Norman golf courses, three restaurants, coffee shop, bar/billiards room and lounge. Heated outdoor pool, fitness center, tennis, Eye Wonders and use of the amenities at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Named the top golf resort in Florida by Golf Digest magazine in October 2009. ritzcarlton.com/resorts/naples_golf_resort

THE RITZ-CARLTON, NAPLES, 280 Vanderbilt Beach Road, (239) 598-3300. Newly renovated, offering views of the Gulf of Mexico and three miles of beach, six restaurants, world-class spa, a bar, tennis, two pools, high-tech entertainment lounge, children’s programs and water sports. Guests enjoy golf at The Ritz-Carlton, Golf Resort in Naples at Tiburón. ritzcarlton.com/resorts/naples

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 free Wi-Fi. One mile to the beach. Pets welcome. ihg.com/staybridge

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

VANDERBILT BEACH RESORT, 9225 Gulfshore Drive N., (239) 597-3144. Fully equipped guest rooms, junior suites and condominiums. On-site waterfront dining at the Turtle Club. Beachfront with heated pool, boat docks and tennis court. vanderbiltbeachresort.com

WALDORF ASTORIA NAPLES, 475 Seagate Drive, (239) 597-3232. This 474-room waterfront hotel on 23 acres offers guest rooms, suites and bungalow suites. Three pools and a 100-foot water slide, private cabanas, multiple restaurants and lounges, fitness facility, 15 tennis courts, Waldorf Astoria Spa and over 100,000 square feet of event space. Privileges at Naples Grande Golf Club. waldorfastorianaples.com

 

BONITA SPRINGS

COMFORT INN OF BONITA SPRINGS, 9800 Bonita Beach Road, (239) 992-5001. A non-smoking property featuring heated pool, complimentary hot breakfast and high-speed Internet access. comfortinn.com

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS HOTEL & SUITES, 27891 Crown Lake Blvd., (239) 948-0699. A 108-room hotel close to attractions, restaurants and shopping. Outdoor pool. Three miles from the beach. 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, high-speed Internet access, concierge service. 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. trianon.com

 

CAPE CORAL

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. capeharbourvacations.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. casalomamotel.com

THE WESTIN CAPE CORAL RESORT AT MARINA VILLAGE, 5951 Silver King Blvd., (239) 541-5000. Offers luxurious accommodations featuring sophisticated décor and impeccable service. One-, two- and three-bedroom guest accommodations feature private screened-in balconies and views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caloosahatchee River. Features Westin’s signature “Heavenly” products. westincapecoral.com

 

CAPTIVA ISLAND

CAPTIVA ISLAND INN, 11508 Andy Rosse Lane, (239) 395-0882. A bed and breakfast 360 steps from the shore. Nearby bike, kayak and waverunner rentals. Pool, with award-winning restaurants within walking distance. 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. southseas.com

’TWEEN WATERS INN ISLAND RESORT, 15951 Captiva Drive, (239) 472-5161. Beachfront resort featuring a collection of guest cottages, studios, guest rooms, and one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. Multiple dining options,  marina with boat rentals, exercise area, pool and hot tub. tween-waters.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. fortmyers. embassysuites.com

HAMPTON INN & SUITES, 10611 Chevrolet Way, (239) 947-5566. This hotel has 94 nonsmoking rooms. A heated swimming pool, fitness room, business center and meeting room. hamptoninn3.hilton.com

HYATT PLACE COCONUT POINT, 23120 Via Villagio, (239) 495-1395. All rooms are smoke free and offer free Wi-Fi. Fitness center, outdoor pool, coffee and wine bar, guest kitchen and daily complimentary continental breakfast. coconutpoint.place.hyatt.com

HYATT REGENCY COCONUT POINT RESORT AND SPA, 5001 Coconut Road, (239) 444-1234. Set among 26 acres overlooking Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, this four-diamond resort features 454 guest rooms and suites, multiple restaurants and lounges, 19,000 square-foot spa, golf course, three pools and a waterslide, fitness center and access to a beach with pavilion via water taxi. Awarded Three Palm Certification as a Florida Green Lodge. coconutpoint.hyatt.com

 

FORT MYERS

COURTYARD FORT MYERS, 4455 Metro Parkway, (239) 275-8600. Redesigned, located close to downtown Fort Myers, Southwest Florida International Airport and the beach. marriott.com

CROWNE PLAZA, Fort Myers, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, (239) 482-2900. Modern high-rise with newly renovated guest rooms. Sports café, outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center. Adjacent to the Bell Tower Shops. ihg.com/crowneplaza

HILTON GARDEN INN FORT MYERS, 12600 University Drive, (239) 790-3500. All guest rooms equipped for business. Outdoor pool, fitness center, 24-hour business center and meeting space. hgi.com

HOLIDAY INN FORT MYERS AIRPORT AT TOWN CENTER, 9931 Interstate Commerce Drive, (239) 561-1550. One-bedroom guest rooms. Restaurant and bar, outdoor heated pool and fitness center. Within walking distance of Gulf Coast Town Center. hiftmyersairport.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. holidayinn.com

HOMEWOOD SUITES BY HILTON FORT MYERS, 5255 Big Pine Way, (239) 275-6000. One-bedroom suites with full kitchen, complimentary breakfast and high-speed Internet. Pool and exercise room. Located within Bell Tower Shops. Pets welcome. homewoodsuites.com

HOTEL INDIGO, 1520 Broadway, (239) 337-3446. Stylish boutique hotel in Fort Myers River District. Oversized guest rooms, rooftop pool, martini lounge and restaurant. hotelindigo.com

LA QUINTA INN & SUITES FORT MYERS-SANIBEL GATEWAY, 20091 Summerlin Road, (239) 466-1200. Featuring outdoor heated pool, whirlpool spa, game room, fitness center, high-speed Internet. Pets allowed. lq.com

SANIBEL HARBOUR MARRIOTT RESORT & 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, kayaking, six restaurants, full-service spa and fitness center. Participant in Florida Green Lodging Program. sanibel-resort.com

 

FORT MYERS BEACH

BEST WESTERN PLUS BEACH RESORT, 684 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-6000. Oceanfront rooms. Heated pool, playground, picnic areas and water-sport rentals. Pet-friendly, provides complimentary breakfast and high-speed Internet. bwbeachresort.com

DIAMONDHEAD BEACH RESORT & SPA, 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/upscale dining options and water-sport rentals. 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. Amenities include a fitness center, beachfront pool, whirlpool spa, beach cabana rentals, tennis court and gazebo. gullwingfl.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. loverskey.com

MATANZAS INN RESORT, 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. matanzas.com

PALM TERRACE RESORT, 3333 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-5783. Eight rental resort apartments situated around a courtyard with heated swimming pool, large tiki hut, grill area and shuffleboard court. Beach access across the street. palm-terrace.com

PINK SHELL BEACH RESORT & MARINA, 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 and children’s programs. pinkshell.com

POINTE ESTERO BEACH RESORT, 6640 Estero Blvd., (239) 765-1155. Sixteen-story beachfront tower condo resort. Tennis court, pool with whirlpool spa, volleyball, access to trolley service and nearby water sports rentals. pointeestero.com

WYNDHAM GARDEN FORT MYERS BEACH, 6890 Estero Blvd., (239) 463-5711. Oceanfront resort features outdoor pool, fitness facility, lounge and restaurants. Kids eat free.

 

PINE ISLAND

TARPON LODGE, 13771 Waterfront Drive, (239) 283-3999. Choice of 20 guest rooms and two efficiencies. Feature highlight is the 1926 historic lodge. Amenities include a pool, available boat dockage, restaurant and lounge with live music. tarponlodge.com

 

SANIBEL ISLAND

BEACHVIEW COTTAGES, 3325 W. Gulf Drive, (239) 472-1202. One- or two-bedroom cottages and studio apartments with beach and bay views. Heated pool, bicycle and beach chair rentals, pet friendly. beachviewcottages.com

CASA YBEL RESORT, 2255 W. Gulf Drive, (239) 472-3145. Featuring luxurious one- and two-bedroom suites. Nature sanctuary, tennis, both Olympic-sized and wading pools, spa services, kids’ club, and poolside café and bar. Dine at the scenic Thistle Lodge. casaybelresort.com

THE CASTAWAYS BEACH & BAY COTTAGES, 6460 Sanibel-Captiva Road, (239) 472-1252. Cottages, efficiencies or motel units with marina, bikes, canoe rentals, private dock and pool. Pet friendly. castawayssanibel.com

HOLIDAY INN SANIBEL ISLAND BEACH RESORT, 1231 Middle Gulf Drive, (239) 472-4123. Standard rooms and suites available. Private beach access, bike rentals, restaurant, outdoor pool, tennis courts, beach cabanas and wireless Internet. 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. palmviewsanibel.com

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

SANIBEL HARBOUR MARRIOTT RESORT & SPA, 17260 Harbour Pointe Drive, (239) 466-4000. Amenities include a spa, six dining venues, fitness center, two pools and tennis courts. Close to The Dunes Golf Course, Shell Point Gulf Club and shopping. sanibelmarriott.com

SANIBEL INN, 937 E. Gulf Drive, (888) 295-4563. Nature-inspired beachfront resort. Fine-dining restaurant on premises, heated pool, gardens, bikes and beach bar. innsofsanibel.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. sanibelmoorings.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 court and picnic area with barbeque grills. shellislandbeachclubsanibel.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. innsofsanibel.com

SUNDIAL BEACH RESORT & SPA, 1451 Middle Gulf Drive, (239) 472-4151. Sits on seven and a half miles of beach and provides one-, two- and three-bedroom suites. Five swimming pools, volleyball court, six tennis courts, fitness room, and is close to The Sanibel Golf Club and The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. sundialresort.com

SUNSET BEACH INN, 3287 W. Gulf Drive, (866) 565-5091. Offers 46 guest rooms, suites or studios. Continental breakfast, heated pools, private cabanas, tennis and shuffleboard courts. innsofsanibel.com

 

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