My wife and I stayed at Crystal Shores for a 5 nights in September and had a great time. My mother-in-law got us two free nights with Marriott points, so we only paid for 3 nights.
Upon arrival, it is very confusing where to check in. There are large signs that say check-in is on the 3rd floor. But this is only if you are interested in purchasing a condo, not for hotel check-in. So we had to walk across the parking lot in the rain to get to the hotel check-in. The actual check-in was a breeze, and we then had an escort to our room to help us navigate the pools in the dark on our first visit.
The room is amazing. The bedrooms are huge with very comfortable beds. The bathrooms are equally nice and very luxurious. The kitchen could have used a few more basic kitchen items (bags, foil, etc.), but we understand Marriott doesn't want to pay to keep these stocked. The dining room (area) looked nice, and was not used. The living room (area) had a couch that needed to be broken in, but a great television. The balcony was amazing with a four-seat round table and two loungers with a table between them. We had a view to the North and the Hilton and thoroughly enjoyed the room. For the two of us, it was way more than we could ask for.
The grounds are very nice. The ocean in front of the hotel is mostly sea shells, so don't go expecting soft sand. It cost $7 to rent a lounge chair on the beach for the day and $18 for an umbrella. We decided on sitting by the pool instead.
The pool is the true draw in my opinion. We sat next to the pool for multiple hours each day reading books, listening to music, and sipping beers. There is one pool with a zero entry side facing the ocean and there is a child's pool with a slide. The (more) adult pool had tons of chairs around it, never an issue getting a good location to sit. They have waiters for ordering drinks and food. They service was a bit slow, but it appeared they only had one waiter for both pools. The drinks we had were slightly expensive, but very tasty. They have a happy hour from 3-6pm (might be 2-6) where draft beers and well drinks are only $3. We bought cases of beer and brought them down 4 at a time to drink by the pool. They allowed this as long as there is no glass.
There isn't a whole lot going on here besides sitting on your balcony, by the pool, or at the restaurant and enjoying yourself. We went to the restaurant, but only for a drink. If you are looking for a relaxing time this is your place. You can easily walk across the street to quite a few solid restaurants (Nacho Mama's Mexican, DaVinci Italian, Irish Pub, two seafood restaurants, and a bar and grill). It is still an easy drive to the rest of the island.
All-in-all it was great. I can't imagine paying full price for the whole time, this might work if you had a few friends staying with you to share the cost. Enjoy the pool and the great sunshine and have a cold beer.
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- Also Known As:
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- Marriotts Marco Island
- Marriott's Crystal Shores Marco Island, Florida