Just got back from a 3-day conference at this hotel. Nice place, but I likely would not return on my own dime. The rooms (mine was the cheapest at $240 per night, shoulder season) are reasonably large, clean, bright, nicely appointed and have walk-out balconies with ocean views. Good toiletry amenities, too.
Room service breakfast was timely and good. The expensive restaurant, Kurrents, was surprisingly good for a Florida resort. Largely Asian-themed food, but also first-rate steaks cooked to order. As well, the beach/poolside watering holes were fun and the food was decent.
The golf course is very attractive. Green fees were $70 per person and the golf carts had GPS to tell you how far you were from the hole. Beware, if you don't have your own equipment, by the time you get done with rentals, buying balls, etc., you may well be spending over $150 for your round.
When crowded, as this place was for the last two days of my stay, service becomes quite slipshod. Several routine service requests went unaddressed, including one where I ended up waiting around my room for over an hour when I was told a staff member would be there within 5 minutes. Check-out time is 11 a.m., which is a bit on the early side and they are not very accommodating about extending checkout much beyond noon. Additionally, I observed a couple at check-out arguing that they were being charged for an upgraded room that they claimed they were told that they were being given for no additional charge. Be sure to get things in writing if you are going into a higher quality room than you booked originally.
Although it is a nice family resort, I would not likely take my own family there. Everything is a la carte and adds up quickly. If you want to do anything besides going to the pool or the beach, you will pay through the nose. Same thing with hotel dining. For what you would end up spending for activities and meals, plus the room(s), you could probably take a family of 4 or 5 to an all inclusive resort in the Bahamas or the Caribbean complete with airfare. But if someone else is paying, by all means enjoy yourself.
One final observation: There seems to be very little diversity at this resort. Save for cleaning staff and valets, I do not recall seeing any persons of color working at the front desk, and only one working as wait staff at one of the restaurants.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and SpaCome kick off your shoes and explore paradise found at this one-of-a-kind Florida resort, now celebrating the completion of a $225 million renovation and redesign that has infused every moment here with the spirit of Balinese beauty, hospitality and well-being - and added even more wondrous experiences to this already acclaimed destination. Nestled on three miles of pristine Southwest Florida beaches, the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and Spa is the perfect destination for a family vacation, a romantic retreat, a memorable meeting or an unforgettable wedding. With several renowned restaurants, championship golf, a world-class spa and a wide range of activities and amenities, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and Spa now offers even more - including upscale shops for men and women, a free-form fantasy pool with views of the Florida Gulf, new dining options and completely redesigned and redecorated guest rooms. ... more less
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