We have reviewed this hotel twice before and were not planning on a third one, but we could not help ourselves, wanting to express our views about the big renovation that closed the hotel down for many months last year.
On this visit, we stayed in a large beach front room which does not seem as large as listed on the hotel website room description page. The extra space was basically just space with no extra furniture compared to a standard room. There was an alcove area with a chest of drawers which was nice to have, but that was it. The furniture was attractive and the lounge chair comfortable, but the bedding was just okay and lacked any kind of spread or covering. The beds just had white sheets and a white duvet with just one throw pillow. The look was very basic and a little sloppy. The walls were painted a soft blue, the carpet medium blue, and the paintings uninteresting and sparse. There was no pop of color to jazz up the room a little. The bathroom was pretty much the same except for attractive new tiling around a new large mirror. However, the original doors and even the same old tissue boxes are in place. It was all perfectly nice, but kind of bland and did not read ultra-luxurious. However, the hotel gets major points for a very nice mini bar refrigerator that had a separate empty compartment that could be used to store your own personal cold items. It was greatly appreciated and used.
With the renovation there seems to be higher room rates. This in turn has raised our own level of expectation. At the price point this hotel is somehow achieving, we wanted a wow factor in the room and it was not there. The old rooms while aging still had charm, character, and a nice color mix.
On the positive side, we liked most of the other improvements the hotel has made. The dark paneled elevators have been updated with a bright more modern look. The drab hallways are now light and more cheerful. Most of the restaurants have been redone in stylish contemporary designs. It all looks good, but the hotel is a little unbalanced now with modern and old Ritz elegance areas that clash a little.
The rest of the hotel remains the same. The spa is opulent, the gym really good, the pools pretty good, plus a beautiful beach, and wonderful sunsets that still impress after many visits. As a bonus, the golf resort is an easy five minute hotel shuttle ride away and can provide you with a nice change of pace. The staff as always is nice and ready to help.
Overall, this hotel is still a great place to stay but your ultimate enjoyment might depend on what your expectation are when a standard non ocean view room can cost over $800 a night at certain times of the year. For us the room is an important part of our hotel stay, and this room while nice, was just not worth the price.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the pristine white sands of Southwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, The Ritz-Carlton, Naples is a Five Star, Four Diamond beach resort that appeals to today’s sophisticated traveler with an array of pampering amenities. With stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico, the resort offers a variety of innovative dining experiences, a luxurious, 51,000 square-foot world class spa, two heated pools, a high tech entertainment lounge, an interactive environmental children’s program and a wide selection of beach activities and water sports. Only three miles from the beach resort and accessible by a convenient hotel shuttle, the 295-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort is ranked as the #1 golf resort in Florida by Conde Nast Traveler magazine and as one of the 15 best luxury golf resorts in North America by Golf Digest. The golf resort is home to a pair of 18-hole signature Greg Norman golf courses at Tiburon and hosts the annual PGA TOUR Franklin Templeton Shootout. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton, Naples Hotel Naples
- Naples Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Naples
- Ritz-Carlton Naples