We found this airport hotel "by accident." We rented a car at a different location from Advantage Car Rental. After 3 weeks travelling around southern Florida, we returned the car to the Fort Myers location which is inside this Holiday Inn. So it was totally a matter of convenience that we decided to book our last night there and use the hotel's shuttle to the airport for our pre-dawn flight the next morning.
What a great idea that turned out to be! The cost was comparable to other airport hotels but the accommodations were far superior to others we have stayed in. The room was huge, included a large work area, great TV, lots of fluffy towels, a huge shower, 4 pillows - labelled as to their firmness, lots of good lighting for reading, working, relaxing. As an avid reader, I often find there isn't a good chair and/or adequate lighting for reading in hotel rooms - here we had our choice of several! The password protected WiFi was strong in our 3rd floor room; there was also a wired connection available. The climate control was a wall thermostat that we could set and forget - it kept the room comfortable all night. Even though our room was right across from the elevators that "ding" when they arrive, I slept soundly and didn't hear any hallway noises.
We spent some time in both the swimming pool and the spa (jacuzzi) in the afternoon. The one "downer" was when we turned on the jets and a mass of dead bugs was injected into the spa! (Belatedly we noticed a cover to an access point had been left off.)
There is a delightful firepit and furniture grouping near the pool deck with bar access. We didn't begin to sample all the other amenities (e.g. exercise room, business center) in just one night!
Another treat was the hotel restaurant - the Oasis. The service was great, the food terrific and the prices were very reasonable. In fact, it was one of the cheapest and best meals we had in our 3 weeks in Florida! Several booths in the restaurant, including the one where we were seated, have their own small individual TV's for those who want to keep up with the current sporting events (I guess, since it was on ESPN). My husband and I prefer not to mix TV and meals, so, after checking with the waitress, we turned it off. The manager, Mr. Holly, stopped over to make sure that the unit was functioning and that it was our choice to have it off.
There was a large wedding party that night, in addition to numerous flight crews overnighting there, so they had to be pretty full, but we still received great service at the desk and in the restaurant. The shuttle van was ready for us at 4:20 AM as promised (they run 24/7 every 20 minutes).
I definitely would recommend this hotel to anybody needing an airport location stay - or even just a "get away" - in Fort Myers.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the New Holiday Inn Ft. Myers Airport near the Gulf Coast Town Center Ideally located near Interstate 75 in Ft. Myers, Florida, our hotel is three miles from Southwest Florida International Airport and two miles from Florida Gulf Coast University. The Gulf Coast Town Center is within walking distance. Guests of our new Fort Myers accommodations can enjoy easy access to Ft. Myers' attractions and the area's major businesses.While lodging in Ft. Myers, be sure to shop and dine at the upscale Gulf Coast Town Center or the nearby Miromar Outlet Mall. The Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins spring training facilities, the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall and the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates are 10 miles away, while the Sanibel and Ft. Myers beaches are just a short distance from our hotel.Business travelers appreciate our Fort Myers hotel location because it's near Coca Cola Enterprises and the International Design Center. We offer a 24-hour business center and 6,800 square feet of flexible meeting space to provide added convenience.Our hotel in Fort Myers invites you to enjoy our complimentary high-speed Internet access and airport shuttle service during your stay. An outdoor pool, a well-equipped fitness center, an indoor/outdoor poolside 'Oasis' lounge and a full-service restaurant with room service are some of our deluxe amenities. We invite you to explore our excellent Ft. Myers hotel rates and book your stay today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Ft. Myers Airport-Town Hotel Fort Myers