My husband and I stayed in a K suite in the main marina building for 3 nights for an anniversary getaway. This resort is a top notch beautiful facility. We like the marina feel, watching and hearing the boats come in and out. The rooms were lovely with large baths and a nice balcony with outdoor seating.
The resort is a healthy walk to the 5th avenue restaurants and shops (1 mile), and a long walk to the beach (est. 1.5 or 2 miles). It's a short walk to Tin City which is a hodgepodge of touristy boardwalk-style shops and seafood restaurants as well as to the upscale Bayfront Place complex with several nice restaurants.
I would caution visitors with the following:
Know the resort before you get there. At check-in, no one told us about the access to bikes (we found them in the garage on the last day), parking options, how to access the shuttle to downtown/ beach or how to best make reservations at the very busy restaurant on site. Having said that, every staff person we encountered was very gracious, pleasant and courteous. The concierge is very useful - I highly recommend a sit down with her to discuss dining and activities.
Know that due to the November closing of Olio, there is no room service or hot breakfast options. The morning continental breakfast bar is very slim in offerings, but much appreciated all the same. Once they can remedy that problem and fill that space with a cafe or restaurant, that will resolve this issue.
Know that the resort is in the landing path of the nearby airport. Though this isn't a noise issue from your rooms, and the airport isn't extremely busy (1 plane an hour), it is a bit disconcerting as you laze at the marina pool and a plane's engine suddenly roars overhead.
Know that the resort is under-utilized given the empty condos on the opposite side of the marina and the empty shop spaces on the first floor. I personally thought it was a delight to be there now when you have the place all to yourself. However my husband felt it was more of a "ghost-town" experience and a reminder of our struggling economy. I wonder what it would be like with double the amount of people and double the amount of convenient shops and services. We both agreed that there is great potential for this resort once long-term occupancy improves.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of one of Florida's most exclusive beach city destinations on the Southwest coast, this AAA FOUR DIAMOND Tuscany-styled tropical luxury resort is like no other.Nestled in a waterfront setting on Naples Bay, Florida at the gateway to energy and excitement of Naples' famed Fifth Avenue South, white sand beaches and to the Florida Everglades, Naples Bay Resort is a hotel that features an amenity-rich environment that includes chic waterfront shopping, Euro-style spa, an expansive activity center with four crystal-blue resort pools, meandering lazy river, state-of-the-art fitness and tennis facilities, along with a complete Captain's Lounge and 97 slip marina.Come experience why "Life is Different Here" at Naples Bay Resort! ... more less
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