Crystal shores offers a great location, right on beach in Marco Island.
Shame it is not up to the usual Marriott standards. Check in, located in a portacabin, with in experienced staff member.
We had requested gulf view, thinking we would have a sea view from inside the apartment.
We were allocated a room on the 8th floor, the lounge area was spacious, with floor to ceiling windows, looking out onto the neighboring Hilton hotel. We did have views of the sea, from the huge balcony.
We questioned the description of views from apartments, front desk have a colored chart showing what apartments are classed as side views- lower floors, and those classed as gulf view. Apparently anything described as view- with Marriott, is partial, and not full on. I think if the chart showing different views was displayed on web site it would aid guests in deciding which room to book.
Bedrooms seemed small and cramped, with little storage, compared to other Marriott properties.
The noise from the air conditioning unit, meant we had disturbed nights, also the ice box in freezer churning out ice during the night.
We could not turn off air con, as there was no fan in the bedroom. Maybe we should have taken ear-plugs!!
The gym was well equipped, located on the 14th floor, with great views over the ocean. But why locate on the top floor, when you have complaints from the apartment below, with noise from the treadmills etc, is beyond me!!
The preview units are located in a building in between the 2 small pools, surely the gym would be better in this location??
We ate at Stilts when we arrived, good burgers, lovely views over beach.
We wondered down to beach, and enquired about the 10'000 island jet ski tour, priced at 185$, seemed a little expensive. We walked along to regency watersports, in front of Marco Island resort. Same tour offered for 165$, our group of 4 took 2 jet skis and spent a fantastic 2 hours, with Matt, our guide.
Saw turtles, manatees, dolphins and eagles, highlight of our trip!
All in all, had an enjoyable stay, but will not return to this property, there are better Marriott's in Florida.
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- Marriotts Marco Island
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