Resort was gorgeous. 2nd visit here and in the Christmas season, it was all the more special. Heat lamps to ward off cold coming in off the water. Asked for a change to marina view which was accommodates for a reasonable price. Much better experience from my last visit.
So what's my problem. As we walked into the lobby, gently infused with Westin's signature scent, we were able to count 4, no, 6, wait, 8 separate dogs. All nice pups, seemingly well behaved. But wow, what a greeting. I asked the clerk if there was a dog show or something going on. His answer, a rather straightforward response - "we are pet friendly"
Great. I have 2 of my own. Sitting outside for a quick nightcap before bed, one of my new canine neighbors loudly let us know that he was either a) happy to be there or b) I have yet to figure out what dogs are really thinking. Anyway he barked for a bit from the patio - and still this was okay for me
Until I walked in my suite - and yes, there it was. The faint odor that lets you know Spot or Rex or Bonkers had recently been on vacation. No worries. I live with dogs. I get it. I certainly know that they don't mean to release their pheromones. They probably didn't ask to come on vacation. But come on vacation they do and that means the next guest must be as appreciative (not bothered) by sharing a space that has housed an unknown dog and unknown dog owner.
All of which to say - my first reaction to "pet friendly" hotels is Ugh. My second reaction is that the property in accepting pets must own the responsibility to make the situation transparent to future guests. 8 pets greeting me at the door should have warned me. But I'm holding the hotel accountable to ensure the hotel is people friendly first. Know what I mean?
Ok. I'm gonna go buy my candles to re-scent the room. And ask housekeeping to come by and clean the room as if they were staying there. That's what I expect from a Westin resort. I'd like them to stand by their brand and leave me no qualms. Thanks guys.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Villageoffers you all the amenities of Tarpon Point Marina including four star waterfront views, plus resort luxuries such as room service, housekeeping and concierge services. Experience flawless service in our sleek tower of guest rooms and suites with sweeping views of the Caloosahatchee River, San Carlos Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Our traditional rooms and our 1, 2 and 3-bedroom suites range from 445 square feet to 2,195 square feet, with grand rooms, master suites, guest suites, and dining terraces. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Resort At Marinavillage Hotel Cape Coral