We arrived on 28 August 2010 and were greeted by Valet parking ($20.00 a night) which we took advantage of for the first night. All the hotel staff were extremely helpful and pleasant and really couldn't do enough for us. If you want to take advantage of all the additional extras ie bellboy for luggage, then they are available but all for a price. Our room was lovely and spacious with all mod cons, mini-bar, fridge, coffee maker, TV, hairdryer and a range of showers gels, shampoo etc. The hotel complex is very clean and well looked after. There are two pools and three hot tubs. One pool is aimed for use by children and has fountains and a small water slide (this is staffed). Towels are provided and umbrellas and loungers are free. Each pool has a bar nearby. There's a gym and spa which we didn't use. The beach is cleaned everyday and has pure white sands. We would recommend wearing footwear as the beach is very shelly. The sun loungers are free on the beach but there is a charge for an umbrella ($9.90 per day). The Hawaiian permanent sun huts are not free and for the two weeks we were there, we only saw them used on a couple of occasions. There are watersports - Jet Skis, Parasailing & Sailing, but all at additional costs and quite expensive. Quinns Bar offers beach service for drinks and snacks. There are shops in the hotel, womens & mens clothing, gifts, jewellery and a coffee shop. Breakfast is served daily from 7am to 11am Monday to Friday and 7am to 12 noon on Saturdays and Sundays. Ours was included but normally costs $20.95 each (not including a tip). There is everything available from a full English through to cereal and beyond - too much to list. There are two restaurants available for evening meals both offering a good range of menus. Korals Bar offers Sushi and is open until midnight. The bar staff (Sue & Dano) are great. Don't be put off by the drink costs - they are well made up for by the quantity you receive. I can recommend an English Pina Colada (the American ones are Frozen). There are plenty of places to eat on Marco Island, however most of them require the use of a car. Da Vincis (Italian), Captain Briens (Fish), Rookies (American) are all together in a small shopping complex further along from the hotel and within walking distance.
A couple of dislikes - There is no street parking anywhere on Marco Island. You can self park your car in a safe parking lot across from the hotel. You can come and go as you please with a barcoded parking ticket which operates the barriers. Note that this costs $12.00 per day.
During the week the hotel is quiet (even when there are business conferences going on as there was during our sdtay), however on the weekends the hotel does fill up mostly with people travelling over from the East Coast Florida. There are a lot of children, the majority of them are very well behaved but are left to their own devices especially during breakfast.
Apart from the two niggles above our stay was great and I can't recommend this enough.
Things to do away from the hotel -
Eating - Joeys Pizza, CJ on the Bay, Snook Inn, Da Vincis, Captain Briens - all on Marco Island. The Cheesecake Factory at the Coastland Center in Naples.
Shopping - The Coastland Center in Naples, Miromar Designer Outlets - off I75 on outskirts of Fort Myers, WalMart on outskirts of Marco Island. There are plenty of shops on Marco as well. La Miranda for manicure and pedicure. Well worth the $65.00!!
Sightseeing - All of Marco Island, Naples, Fort Myers, Captains Ricks (For Manatee watching) on US41 towards Miami, Captain Dougs for an air boat ride (on outskirts of Everglades City) off of US41.
Marco Island gets very busy between November and May. We went off peak and it was well worth it. We experienced the Labor Day weekend and although the hotel was very, very busy and noisy, it didn't affect our holiday.
If you want a relaxing holiday, this is the place to go!!
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- Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club Hotel Marco Island
- Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club And Spa
- Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club Hotel
- Marriott Marco Island
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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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