My wife and I, along with our two boys (5 and 2) stayed here for 5 nights at the end of our 2 week holiday on the Gulf Coast. I booked a Tropic View room, using Marriott points, with 2 doubles and a rollaway. On check-in, I asked about the possibility of an ocean-view room - of which I think there are about 100 or so (counting the balconies) - but didn't hold out much hope. I was right, and we had our alloctaed room next to the elevator! The room is everything one comes to expect of a Marriott; clean, comfortable and actually quite spacious. The layout wasn't perfect, with some wasted space in the bathroom/closet area but all rather pleasant. Nice balcony with a view over one of the pools and a side-on view of the ocean.
Thanks to the lovely Julia on the front desk, we were upgraded on day 2 and moved at lunchtime to our ocean-view room - and it truly was. Being on the 7th floor, it felt as though you were just opening your door right onto the beach. This room had a better layout and was just great. One minor gripe: I think they could afford to put proper coffee machines in the rooms, rather than the ones that hold a little plastic filter and brew into your plastic cup; less waste too. The fridge is a nice touch though for storing your daily comestibles.
So, great rooms, but what about some of the gripes levelled at the resort with regard to prices etc? All I can say is come over to Europe and then complain!!! OK, so there are no bargains to be had (30 bucks for 2 paninis, couple of coffees and a cake is quite steep!) but you are at a high-end resort on the beach in an exclusive community a stone's throw from Naples. If you expect it to be cheap, you are either an eternal optimist or perhaps a little naive? The 2 restaurants we tried - Quinns on the Beach and 400 Pazzis - were both pretty reasonable and certainly on a par with some of the local restaurants we tried outside of the resort.
For lunch etc there are plenty of options nearby - Subway, McD's, Publix (great subs for $2.50) etc which you can happily eat by the pool. If you're too tired to head out after a day in the pool(s) or on the beach, you can always grab a pizza from Little Caesars for $5.99 (14" pepperoni) - again, a 5 minute drive. For a break from the chains, try Amigo's for proper, home-cooked Mexican food; it's in a strip mall about 10 minutes away - ask the concierge for a 10% discount voucher.
Top tip for the beach: loungers, beach chairs and towels are complimentary, but you pay $18 (+tax) a day for the umbrella. I wasn't sure if you could use your own (just try that on a hotel's beach in France or Italy!!) so paid out for one day. But plenty of people had their own, so I would recommend heading across the bridge to WalMart (15 mins) and using that. Oh, and self-park..it's $8 a day less than valet and is literally right across the street.
In summary, I tend to shy away from big resort-type places (there are some shockers in Europe) but I found the Marco Island Marriott to be a truly relaxing stay. That said, we were off-season and stayed during the week - it was certainly getting busier on the Saturday we left - so perhaps we were lucky. But I think not. All the staff were charming and helpful, the public areas immaculately clean and the rooms comfortable. I would recommend the resort to anyone - and as for the prices, either absorb it as part of your holiday, dine locally, or head out to a HoJo!!!
- Also Known As:
- Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club Hotel
- Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club And Spa
- Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club Hotel Marco Island
- Marriott Marco Island
- Marco Island Marriott Resort
- Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa Florida
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- 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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