It may not be the Ritz, but it was unsurpassed for friendly service. In particular, the lovely lady at the reception desk.
We arrived hours before the 3pm check-in time, but couldn't wait because we had 1pm tickets to a Spring Training game. I had no problem leaving suitcases in the trunk of our rental car, but did not want to leave electronics and other valuables, including fresh flowers, in a very hot car. Instead, we left them with the front desk, stored safely in their closet. It was a very nice gesture which was greatly appreciated.
The room was a fully equipped studio with extra pots, pans, glasses, dishes ... more thoroughly equipped than any VRBO we have ever stayed in. No complaints there.
There was a flat screen tv in the room, with a couple of tilting lounge chairs. Actually, the chairs, while very comfortable, were a bit too large for the room and took up valuable floor space.
The room had been meticulously cleaned, and a slight stuffy smell was eliminated within minutes from the breeze that wafted in from the balcony.
We did find it curious that while they stress it is a non-smoking hotel (Thank You For That!), they do allow smoking on the balconies, just one step outside the room. We did smell the smoke of another guest on an adjacent balcony while we were out there enjoying the view.
There were two queen beds, and a decent bathroom, though the exhaust fan was a trifle loud. We did not use the washer/dryer, but they would have been handy had we stayed more than one night.
The elevator is painfully slow, but we were usually the only ones using it. No problems getting luggage in and out.
Location is perfect for Ft. Myers Beach, as you can walk a short block to the "entertainment district", where there are a number of bars and restaurants, and more than a few t-shirt and souvenir shops. (We did NOT eat there. Please see a separate review for Fresh Catch Bistro, a short drive away.)
There is also a 7-11 store directly across the street, convenient, but costly, for last minute items like fruit, yogurt, etc.
They manicure the beach every morning, and there is a small pool, with lounge chairs, all private and separated from the sand.
One word of advice.. if you approach along Estero Blvd from the south, as we did, prepare to join a conga line. The traffic in season is pretty heavy on the 2-lane road.
Altogether, it's a good value, well located, and friendly little hotel. There are others further down the beach, but this is the closest to town.
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- Also Known As:
- Edison Beach House Hotel Fort Myers Beach
- Edison Beach Hotel
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