We stayed at Diamondhead beach resort early August, 2011, Fort Myers off season. We had mixed reviews.
First the pro's - Very friendly staff, especially (((STEVE))) the bellman. He went out of his way to make our stay enjoyable. The pool & beach were nice. The place was clean / well kept, we loved the room & screened in balcony. Beautiful views of the gulf.
Now the con's - There was very little entertainment, the bar closed 10 pm Sunday, 11pm during the week. It rained one morning till early afternoon. When it cleared up, the pool & pool bar never re-opened. The resort has no beach chairs; you could rent them for $25 per day. There's no in room safe, you need to ask at the front desk for a security box, if there's any left. The touch screen computer in the room never worked. The location of the hotel was ok, not great.
The hotel offered no tours. If you don't rent a car, the taxis are very expensive, from airport $50 + $5 surcharge, $38 to Fort Myers River District, $30 to Sanibel + $6 to go over the causeway, $68 to Naples. We found Beach Taxi --------- the cheapest to the airport at $45, no surcharge.
There is a trolley that stops in front of the Hotel for 50 cents per person. One day we went south bound (right of hotel) to Bonita Springs. But the trolley stops in a Kmart Plaza, what a waste of time, there are small retail shops / restaurants / ECT…
So…………on the way back we decided to stop at Lovers key State Park. (make sure you get an all day bus pass for $1.50 per person, to get off and on as much as you want). Where the trolley drops you off, it is about ½ mile walk (in 90-95 % heat) to the tram shelter that takes you to the beach. There’s a $2 pp charge, walk in entrance fee. The beach was ok for shelling. We liked the beach at the hotel better. North bound on the trolley takes you to Times Square, which has a number of restaurants, not much shopping. (10 minute walk from hotel)
We found a couple good restaurants: For breakfast a must see, a couple blocks to the right, Heavenly Biscuit, 110 Mango Street, they sell homemade cinnamon buns. Terra Nostra (Italian food) just to the left of hotel & Mantanzas Inn, 414 Crescent Street, not far from Times Square, we walked here also, the seafood combo was excellent. We had a late dinner @ Yucaton Beach Stand on 250 Old San Carlos Blvd next to Times Square, just about the only place open after 10pm, the food was very good & reasonable.
For lunch to the left of hotel at Burgers on the Beach, looking out at the beach / ocean, very nice. Across the street we ate at the Beach Whale (on the rooftop), it was just ok. Near Mantanzas Inn we had lunch (2) times at Nervous Nellie’s, 1131 First Street, viewing the bay while dining, we loved it.
We felt there was so more to do in Treasure Island, FL just north. The Treasure Island Trolley’s took us to St. Petersburg, Gulf Port, Clearwater, Pass-A-Grill (St Pete’s beach) & Johns Pass, a village of shops & restaurants.
One day it rained & we checked out a time share of the hotel. It lasted about 1½ hours & we received a voucher for $100 resort credit.
Overall, our trip was very relaxing, but we probably would not return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- DiamondHead Beach Resort is a landmark beach resort in the entertainment district of Fort Myers Beach, featuring spacious 1-bedroom suites, Cabañas Beach Bar & Grille, Chloës Seafood & Steaks, spa services, beachfront pool, guest bicycles, fitness centers, and endless recreation. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Diamondhead Beach Hotel Fort Myers Beach
- Diamondhead Resort In Fort Myers Fl
- Diamond Head Beach Resort