Arriving from rural central Florida to Marco Island, one’s first impression is how built up Marco Island is. The small Club Regency resort is 2-storey low-rise, but it is surrounded by much taller buildings, which dominate the Gulf beach. Marco Island is regarded as a highly desirable location, especially for snowbirds. Although very comfortable with excellent facilities, it was much too built-up for us. Horses for courses. Although we arrived early, the friendly and helpful front-desk staff checked us in early and swiftly, which was great as we gained a half-day in our 2-week Florida holiday. Our 2-bedroom unit in the C building, like all the units at the Club, was fairly large and well appointed, especially the splendid, lounge and lanai. However, both the bedrooms – both the king and the 2 single-bed – were small; there was barely room to move around. Apart from the shower, the bathroom was typically Hilton and small. In the quad containing the wonderful heated pool – one of the best we have experienced – there is the Club House, but HGVC members should not expect breakfast or hors d’oeuvres to be served there. The Club House has tables and chairs, a kitchen albeit with a missing stove (apparently the space is now to be filled with an ice machine), drinks machine, and a computer that, according to fellow guests, had not worked for some time (Apparently, waiting on Hilton staff to turn up from other facilities on the island). The grills outside are excellent, although since an overhead light has been out for a while, it was very difficult to see the controls – and whether food was cooked. Nonetheless, this area is one of the nicest on the property, and enjoyable for evening meals. The Club provides a list of activities at check in, but – perhaps predictably – they appear to be primarily selling exercises. One of these activities was the potentially attractive “Thank God it’s Wednesday”, which is curiously advertised as an “end of the week drink concoction at the Club House.” Wednesday – end of the week!
Beyond the property is a white sandy beach with all the usual facilities, where you watch the sun go down over the Gulf. It can be pretty treacherous under foot, however, because of very sharp broken shells. In MI itself, don’t miss the excellent farmer’s market on Wednesdays. (If only it was earlier in the week, we might have bought some of the sometimes-exotic produce on sale.) There are also lots of restaurants, including some good ones, like Marek’s. (We dined there twice in a week.) We also took advantage of MI’s location near to the Everglades National Park and drove down to Everglades City (not a city really), where we enjoyed a great ride with Everglades City Airboat Tours on Dupont, followed by a nice lunch at City Seafood on Begonia, by the canal. Also, the lovely little town of Naples is nearby, where you should spend an afternoon or a day, with excellent restaurants.
The four of us had a really lovely time at Club Regency, although we would have preferred a resort with larger grounds, and one not surrounded by tall hotel complexes. Unless you walked along the beach, you could not help feeling a tad closed in. While the front desk staff were really friendly and could not have been more helpful addressing our queries, we had several (albeit small) maintenance issues and missing items in the unit (condiments, insufficient shirt hangers, no instructions for the coffee machine, no lids for the trash bins, and a flickering light in the bedroom).
- Also Known As:
- Club Regency Of Marco Island Hotel Marco Island
- Regency Marco Island
- Club Regency Of Marco Island Florida