You check in for the motel at the store on Old San Carlos Blvd. The rooms are located down a cobblestone alley behind the store, opening up to the harbor/canal behind the store. The rooms are in a very cute, quiet area along or near the harbor. Colorfully painted, and furnished "beach-style", it's a very pleasant experience unless you want plenty of space. These rooms are small but it wasn't a big deal for us. Our unit (#32) was located directly on the harbor. The front door accesses from the cobblestone alley and the rear patio door opens to a small deck located on the dock of the harbor. The deck had a lounge chair and a couple patio chairs and was a nice, private area to kick back.
You can't beat the quiet location and it's only a couple blocks to the beach, Ft Myers pier and the Times Square area so we could always find things to do and places to eat.
However, location isn't everything. Our unit was pleasant but in need of a good workover and cleaning. It's very hard to avoid bringing in lots of sand from the cobblestone alley. We at first took our shoes off at the door to avoid dragging the sand in, but finally worked to clean the shoes and put 'em back on as the tile floors were loaded with sand and dirt. Walk in stocking feet inside and the socks are black in no time. Shower had mold and mildew issues and the sofa needed to be tossed and replaced. Cushions on the deck chairs were suffering a bad case of sun rot and needed replacing long ago. Unit 32 has one or two units above it, and we had a couple evenings and early mornings when children must have been engaging in a jump-a-thon. We sat on the sofa and waited for feet to come crashing through the ceiling. Of course, they didn't. Just wanted to point out that noise can potentially be an issue if upstairs neighbors are rowdy.
If management would put some $$ into refreshing the units, replace some furniture and set standards higher for cleanliness, this would be a real gem. For now, it's a gem only if you can look past a number of issues.
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