hotel: driving here, the sign for the hotel is very difficult to see. the sign is on a rock that is about waist high on the ground. very easy to miss. then you have to drive up a short circular driveway to get to the hotel. there is valet parking and self parking. self parking is $12 a night (I seem to recall). that said, next time, I will do valet. the self park is across the street. remember I said you have to drive UP a short circular driveway? well after you park across the street, you have to WALK up that same circular driveway. I am in pretty good shape so it wasn't a problem, just annoying walking down and up and up and down and down and up, well you get it. after checking in at the front desk, they will direct you to your room. there are two towers. mine was the paradise tower (I apologize if I get the name wrong) which is accessed by the set of elevator banks furthest from the lobby. is this an issue? yes if you want to use the health club gym because it can only be accessed by the bank of elevators closest to the lobby. if you want to use the spa, then stay at the further tower since the closer elevators don't access the spa.
the room was nice. balcony had a nice beach and partial ocean view. otherwise, fairly non-descript. balcony's are very very close to the others. so wear clothing on the balcony if you are shy. I don't remember the comfort of the bed, so it must not have been bad. my wife left pizza in a box on the balcony while we went to the beach. not so bright, when we came back, we only had three slices left and since we closed the glass balcony door, the crows couldn't access the bathroom after eating and used the balcony, the balcony chairs and table as a toilet. not pretty.
pazzi: this is the name of the pizzeria where we got the pizza. it is one of the restaurants on the property. it is on the beach. while the two other restaurants had, for lack of a better description, bird lines keeping the winged rodents away from the outdoor tables and diners, this restaurant did not have this deterrent and they flew onto the chairs, the unattended tables, etc. why were the tables sometimes unattended, there are free soda refills that you get up to go refill. which is nice. the pizza was delicious. have it with a glass or two or three of wine and the pizza becomes increasingly better. all kidding aside, the pizza was good. I liked the margherita with meatballs. aside from the winged menaces, my wife and I enjoyed it so much, we brought a pizza up to our room to eventually share with our feathered friends.
pool: two of them. the one closer to the tower closer to the lobby is bigger with deck chairs surrounding the pool. there is a restaurant in very close proximity which services the pool more or less. the smaller pool closer to the tower I stayed in was smaller but there was a cascading waterfall that one could swim or stand under which was refreshing. this pool is also close to the video arcade if you have teens that would rather be indoors. warning. going from the outdoors into the arcade, be prepared to freeze. there is no shortage of air conditioning in the arcade. you also have to go through the arcade to get to the restrooms.
beach: oh boy. this is the beach trip you want. the sand was course. I didn't mind, however, you could walk a mile out and still be waist to chest high in the water. I was sitting in the sand with water up to my chest looking back at the hotel and whining in my head that I would have to trudge a fairly long distance to get back to the beach. the hotel staff at the beach dug a hole and set up my beach umbrella which I rented for $14. he also brought my beach chairs to the spot I chose to set up camp on the beach. the staff was very nice.
conclusion: I really enjoyed my stay here. was it the ritz? not by a long shot, but I thoroughly enjoyed pazzi and the beach and I would definitely come back to marco island and stay here.