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“Where's the beach?” 3 of 5 stars
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Marco Beach Ocean Resort
4.0 of 5 Resort   |   480 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145   |  
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Ranked #3 of 13 hotels in Marco Island
Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Where's the beach?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

I don't think I have ever stayed at a place with a weirder layout than this resort. I can't imagine why they designed the buildings the way they did. It seems they forgot the fact that there is an ocean out there and people want to see it. Unless you are on the top floors you wont see a thing and even then you have to look over buildings to see the ocean front. The condo I was in was on the 5th floor and it had no view of anything. The condo is cramped and so poorly lit I felt like I was living in the dark. No sun comes into the 5th floor condos and there are no screens on the doors so you can't even hear the ocean for fear of a lizard will come in. It has some nice features but they are all in the wrong place. The long dark walk to the beach that starts at the parking ramp and goes around the restaurant is a long haul for people with kids or those who have trouble walking. It's a shame with such nice ocean front that the place was so poorly designed. My advice is keep looking and find something with a view and a pool by the ocean.

Room Tip: Only stay on the top floors if you want a view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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sparta,nj
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

We stayed here 2 yrs ago and loved loved it. It is peaceful and very private. You can walk almost across the street to go eat pick up a few beach items etc.We stayed in the first floor 1 bedroom which was so nice because you basically get a little grassy backyard and can continue out onto the beach. As our family grew we did not stay there again...but will go back again for a couples get away.

Room Tip: first floor towards the south end! great back yard.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer N, Front Office Manager at Marco Beach Ocean Resort, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for your recent visit to the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. We were so delighted to hear you came back to visit again. We are a family friendly resort so please, feel free to bring the entire family along with you, we are here to cater to any needs you may have. We look forward to serving you again.
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Very nice and quite hotel. Would recommend to any body. The service was very good. Room service was fast. Rooms clean. We were upgraded to a suite. The hotel is located back a little further than the other hotels because they have a wedding facility and restaurant near the beach. It is a short walk past two bars to get to the beach. Nice warm pool.

Room Tip: All the rooms are good.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jennifer N, Front Office Manager at Marco Beach Ocean Resort, responded to this review, February 24, 2013
Thank you for your recent visit to the Marco Beach Ocean Resort and for taking the time to provide us with valuable feedback. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
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Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

This was our first trip to the other side of Florida. We moved to the Atlantic side several months ago, and wanted to see the Gulf. The hotel was fine. That's it - just fine, not spectacular (considering the cost). We picked it because it came up clean on bedbugregistry.com. We were first given a one bedroom suite, but it was so tiny and so overstuffed with massive furniture that we did not envision ourselves spending four days in it. The bathroom was miniscule. We were upgraded to a two bedroom suite, and that was perfect. This really should be the size of a one bedroom suite (and is, at many hotels I have stayed at). We were on the 11th floor, and as mentioned by previous reviews, the higher floor, the better. But if you are on your balcony, and your neighbor is smoking a stinking cigar, the pleasure of sitting on the balcony is definitely non-existent.

The beach was strewn with shells and was very hard, not soft sand. The shells were mostly inhabited by their marine life, and thus uncollectable. We did find a few of the prized sand dollars and empty conchs, but after two days on the table on our balcony, they started to smell terribly and we had to throw them out. Not like the shells on the Atlantic, which are buffeted and cleaned by the rough waters. The Gulf is mostly limp. The pool was nice, but the heater was broken on our first day and the water was icy, which somehow escaped the maintenance crew. I mean, really? The beach lounge area was also acceptable, but as at the pool, it is filled - like every place these days - with people yakking on the phone, smoking cigars, and being just insufferable. And no, I was not impressed with the attendants.

Altogether not a repeater. Go to Marco Island to attend a convention, if you must, but for a vacation destination, stay on the East coast.

The highlight of our stay were the dinners (and breakfasts) at Sale e Pepe. More on that at my restaurant review.

Room Tip: Get a room on the South side, and on a high floor. Try to get upgraded to a 2 BR suite.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We booked with my husbands points from United. We had a wonderful suite with a kitchen, balcony and front gulf view. The service was amazing. Umbrellas, lounge chair, beach towels and lemon flavored water are all provided at no cost.

The next day we moved to the Marriott for a room using my points. Definitely would have preferred to stay at Marco Beach Ocean Resort for another night instead!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Putney, London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We really enjoyed the Marco Beach Ocean Resort. We stayed for 5 nights in September 2012, following 9 days of frenetic activity in Orlando. We booked and paid several months in advance, which meant we got a discount off the list price. We chose a a "full Gulf view"suite.

The suite had a small kitchen area - we didn't have a kettle at first, but one arrived 30 minutes later after we phoned to ask - it was brand new in its box, so I think someone had been sent out to buy one.

The room had a comfortable balcony, and we would often order room service and eat outside. We spent most of the time on the beach - with flying fish and dolphins coming close to the shore. The pool area was nice and we are able to take advantage of of happy hour in the cocktail bar.

There are a couple of restaurants and shops within walking distance. We also drove to a newer development called The Esplanande (I think) and found a nice restaurant for brunch.

It's a small hotel by US standards, but that suited us and service was excellent. And as a Brit, I could definitely get used to the idea of valet parking :-)

Room Tip: Ask for a full Gulf View
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Delray Beach, Florida
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

We've been coming back to Marco Beach Ocean Resort for the last few years. The service standard is high, the staff is friendly, as the food top notch. It's location cannot be beat and as the island is so small it is easy to get around by bike. Great place!

Room Tip: Read my other reviews for the simplest of advice regarding booking a room....same applies here!
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 480 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island, FL 34145
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Marco Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Marco Island
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Marco Island
#2 Luxury Hotel in Marco Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Marco Beach Ocean Resort 4*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort epitomizes the AAA Five-Diamond standards. Marco Beach Ocean Resort features casual and elegant dining, a spa and fitness center, pool and hot tub, rooftop gardens, four miles of white sand beach and nearby golf, tennis and shopping. Complimentary smoothies on the beach and pool offered daily at 3pm. Wireless internet available complimentary to guests. ... more   less 
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