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“Great Place to Stay for the beach and Red Sox Preseason Baseball” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Casa Playa Resort

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510 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931   |  
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Ranked #5 of 46 hotels in Fort Myers Beach
Washington, DC
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“Great Place to Stay for the beach and Red Sox Preseason Baseball”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Casa Playa was a very enjoyable stay. I went to Fort Myers to catch some Red Sox spring training games and had a difficult time deciding where to stay. After some research, I decided that staying by the beach would give me something to do on the days when I was not catching a ball game. Casa Playa was perfect.

For those of you renting a car intending to drive on and off Fort Myers Beach, staying north of the area called Time Square is a must. You are able to exit the island pretty easily and once you get on the island, you go through one stop sign and then there is literally no traffic. Of course, getting on to Fort Myers Beach almost any time of day could lead to some delays, but that is expected when there is only one road on and off on each side. Anyone who has traveled to Cape Cod will understand this.

Nevertheless, it was only a 30 minute drive to jetBlue Park, which was great. Also, Case Playa is within walking distance to the Time Square area of Fort Myers Beach, which has many bars and restaurants. If you are willing to walk further, you will find even more restaurants, bars, and other standard beach fair.

The resort itself is very clean and the views from the ocean front side of the building are great. The rooms are large and, with a kitchen, enables a person to save money if they would rather cook and drink at home. The balconies are all screened in, so you can leave the balcony doors open at night and listen to the ocean, which is very relaxing.

The beach area is large, and the hotel provides plenty of beach chairs and lounge chairs to get sun. The hotel will also provide beach towels at the front desk if you request them.

The people who run the hotel are very nice and eager to please. Though they are only there from about 9am until 6pm, there is an on-call person available to help if you lose your key. This happened once to me, and at 12:30am, a very nice man came by the hotel and helped me into my room. I only had to wait about 20 minutes, which was pretty quick given the hour.

For dinner in the area, I highly recommend Nervous Nellies, Smoking Oyster Brewery, and the Beached Whale (roof top was very nice). For entertainment at night, the Cottage and Lani Kaii Island Resorts is great for live music and crowds aged 21 to 60.

Room Tip: Beach facing room is a must
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

Being on the north end and having easy beach access is what makes this an ok place to stay. However, it is only an average hotel at best.

Hotel Pros:
Beach Access, Casa supplies beach towels and beach chairs at no cost, quiet north end, parking, pleasant staff, well kept grounds, the pool was fantastically warm, barbeque grill area on beach with covered picnic area, just a short walk to times square and the pier,

Hotel Cons:
Small pool, the pool is off to the side with not much of a view and shaded a good part of the day, there is no green space to actually sit and enjoy the outdoors only beach. Need a faster elevator.

Cons (our room):
Our room was not all that special, small room with the brightest blue paint I've ever seen (room 504), seriously needs updated, the TV was from the 70's and the size of a postage stamp and the remotes did not work, we had to work the power and the volume manually at the TV. The bathroom seriously needs updated. The tile is dirty, the commode is very tricky to flush (you have to hold the handle down for it to flush and until it fills up again), the shower is terrible. There are two settings in the shower, super cold and scalding hot. There is no in between. Plus, I am pretty pettite and I could not turn around in the shower and if my 6 foot husband was there with me he would have hit his head on the ceiling. Would have liked to have some sort of table or desk. The lighting was terrible and the ceiling fan would only go fast cause that remote did not work either. There were no instructions on how to use the safe, and no door hager for privacy.

Pros (our room):
Beautiful small mural painted on the wall, nice balcony that faced the bay side. Wasn't sure if I was going to like facing the bay but, it was really nice watching the sun rise and watching all the boats come and go in the morning and at night. Nice having a full size fridge and fully stocked cabinets. The beds were really comfortable. The room included a safe (which was good once we learned how to use it).

Would I stay here again? probably, but only if I couldn't find other options... I would have to make sure to get a gulf view and not the same room again though.

Room Tip: If you have to stay on the bay side, ask for a higher floor so that your view is above the palm tree...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Drobinson281, General Manager at Casa Playa Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you for your review, we are sorry we did not meet all your expectations. We take pride at Casa Playa to try and meet all our guests’ expectations and keep our units and property clean.
We strive to make our guests have a happy and relaxing vacation.
We do offer free maid service, beach towels and beach chairs to keep your cost down.
We have much larger units facing the gulf side. The unit you chose was efficiency, and all our efficiencies face the bay side. Since you were on the 5th floor you should have had a great view.
The unit you were in was remodel less than a year with new beds and furniture and paint. Some of our bay view units have tables or desk for your convenience, but not the units with 2 beds. I wished you would have called our front desk about the TV remote, so we could have taken care of that for you. We also could have showed you how to work the shower temperature.
We hope you will try Casa Playa Resort again in one of our larger gulf front units, I’m sure you will be happy there.
Thank you for staying at the Casa Playa Resort
Debbie Robinson
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here 6 nights. Had a queen efficiency. My wife and I could barely walk by each other, or sit at the table as it was so cramped. On the other hand, it was immaculately clean, and our small balcony had a gorgeous view.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Drobinson281, General Manager at Casa Playa Resort, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thank you for your review,
We strive to make our guests have a happy and relaxing vacation.
We are happy your unit was clean and you liked your view.
Sorry you were unhappy with the size of our efficiencies, I’m hope you try Casa Playa again in one of our larger gulf front units with a full kitchen and separated bedrooms.

Thanks again for taking the time for your review.
Debbie Robinson
General Manager
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013 via mobile

Gorgeous Fort Myers Beach!! Beautiful beach view. Clean comfortable rooms with nice kitchen. Private beach access. Loved walking along the beach to the pier for meals or shopping. Lovely terrace. DVDs to borrow during stay.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

Very accommodating well maintained. They provide chairs and towels even DVDs and books to read. Beachfront is deep and nice. Nice grill and is most always available when you need it. We stayed in room 503 this time kitchen was adequate, bed was comfortable. Unit needed updated all around though. It also needs dresser space. We stayed 2 weeks and had a dresser with 3 shallow drawers. Made for a messy looking bedroom. I suggest staying in rooms on the north side as we have stayed on the south side and would be wakened each morning as soon as guests started using the elevator. Also go with gulf view - cocktails and appetizers watching the sunset - it's one of those ahhh moments. The location is great. Walk to Times Square many restaurants and shopping. Pool is small and somewhat shaded but clean and well maintained. Overall a great location great place to stay and would stay again.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brandon, MB
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

We stayed for three days to check out the beach and surrounding area. The hotel itself is very nice and kept up quite well. They have complimentary beach towels and chairs. It would have been nice to have umbrellas as well but as near as we could see they didn't provide that.
Casa Playa is well located for easy access to the beach (walk out the door), Times Square and some nice restaurants on Estero Blvd (Fresh Catch Bistro, hint hint).
Our room had a nice screened balcony that was great for having meals in the fresh sea air. Also included is a small kitchenette with microwave and fridge. I couldn't seem to get comfortable on the bed and pillows provided and it doesn't seem as big as our queen size bed at home. Regardless, this wasn't a huge concern but might have been on a longer stay.
My only concern was access to Ft Myers Beach is a disaster through San Carlos Blvd as traffic is bumper to bumper most of the day. On the bright side access is easy at night and beautiful Lovers Key State Park is a short drive down the road.
All in all, we were happy with our stay and would gladly return.

Room Tip: Obviously a view of the beach would be nice for sunsets but really, I don't think there is a bad...
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I spent a week at Casa Playa Resort and would return in an instant. The location was perfect...just a short walk to Times Square where we found shops, restaurants and lots of live music. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We were on the 6th floor and had great views. The screened balcony made for very pleasant evenings free of bugs. Our room had everything we needed though two of the dresser drawers were broken. It was very clean. When we return to Fort Myers Beach will will stay at Casa Playa Resort.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Address: 510 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#2 Best Value Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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We now have high speed internetWe allow pets, cats and dogs up to 50 pound for a small fee $25.00 a night. ... more   less 
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