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“Perfect spot in the Everglades”

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Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort
Ranked #34 of 59 Hotels in Naples
Reviewed May 5, 2012

We had read some reviews both good and bad about this resort but we booked several days there to find out for ouselves. The grounds are very well kept and it was nice to walk to the dock and just take some time to enjoy the day. Some people commented about it being so far from a town but it is the Everglades - you can pick between the comfort of the hotel in the middle of town or being in the outdoors. We loved it! It was close to the things we wanted to do - like the air boat tour and just seeing the area. You can book tours right at the resort which makes it very convenient. Although there is no one at the front desk after 5pm the owners live on the property and provided a phone number to contact them at any time. The kitchen area in the room we stayed in was limited and the room was rustic but we planned on being out of the room much of the time so it was fine for us. There is a screened porch area that makes sitting outside nice but we were not bothered by any bugs during our stay there. It was a rainy few days and quite windy so they said this kept the bugs at a minimum. These were not first class rooms but comfortable and clean and a very nice stay in the Everglades.

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  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

We arrived very early in the morning without reservation. The receptionist was extremely friendly, made the booking online for me for a very convenient rate and agreed to a early check-in at 9 am! Great after a long drive during night! We relaxed at their nice pool area, which is clean, and the pool rather big!
They also booked the Everglades tour for us, which we enjoyed. The lobby is big and clean, the rooms are fine, spacious, but not the newest! To Naples it takes around 15-20 min by car! So the area is a bit isolated, but perfect for Everglades tour!
I would stay there again, and would like to mention again the friendly service of the Reception!

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed March 19, 2012

We arrived late on the 1st night and we have been allocated a room with 2 queen size bed in the main building overlooking the parking lot. The room and bathroom were spacious and clean.

Next day we asked for a room with a view and been relocated to one the other buildings. That room had a small kitchen and a little porch with metal netting along the whole building – felt like a bird cage.

We can’t complain about the rooms both were nice but if not fussed about cooking than choose room with view in the main building as it’s much more pleasant.

NB – there is no restaurant on site. The nearest breakfast place is 10 min drive and Naples about 30 min away. Good for extended stay in Everglades area.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 23, 2012

We stopped at the Port of the Islands Marina for a couple of nights and ran into a strange business environment. The marina is a separate entity from the hotel and it would appear there are political issues that keep the two units from working together.

We could get a slip in the marina but there was no access to showers as the hotel controlled the only showers folks at the marina could access. They had a policy that you had to sign up for a months "membership" to access the showers. The folks at the marina felt bad and indeed went out of their way to help us. There was even a boater that offered us access to the shower on her boat - Great Folks.

We solved our shower problem by cruising into the mangroves and using our "Sun Shower".

With the state of the economy you would think that the hotel and marina would work together to maximize business to the benefit of each unit.

Thus, unless you want to work around the strange relationship at this resort area you may want to pass on this place.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed February 18, 2012

Arriving in the wee hours of the night only after searching for several hours to find an available room within 150 miles of civilization. Traveling down a long winding road into the dark Florida everglades we arrived at a hotel half lit. Stepping up to check in with the toothless wonder at the front desk wearing a worn out fubu shirt from the early 80's I realized that the place I had read on line was not the same as described. I took a tour of 4 rooms and decided to stay in one of their best options for the night. I entered into the room next door because the door didn't work on the room they were suggesting but the room I had to walk through had no air conditioning. My wife and I stayed a period of 5 hours from 2am-7am sleeping with one eye open. Of course that was after her begging me to just sleep in the car. Also, please be aware that there is a nonrefundable deposit. I don't suggest this place to anyone.
Lastly, I was informed by the front desk the next morning that the hotel had been closed for the last 10 years due to a drug bust from the government. It turns out that the cartel had functioned their operations there for many years. If you plan on staying here...you do at your own risk but is not recommended.

Signed,
Very unhappy customer (with nightmares)

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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9  Thank Fran A
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

We stayed here for 3 days in November 2011 and having read the reviews were not sure what to expect, but this was the ideal location for our short visit to the everglade nation park so booked it, along with 3 trips.
The hotel is very quiet and its a shame that the restaurant and bar are no longer open but don't let this put you off, it didn't us. The room we had was within the hotel itself, access is by a balcony which goes round the main lobby area, which I have to say, is huge.
The staff were very friendly and helpful and our room was excellent, well equipped and clean. The maids attended every day and kept everything well stocked.
Wifi was free and fast, although wasn't working on our first day there.
For those of you that are into fitness in a big way, just off the upper balcony in a large room is a fitness suite with equipment you wouldn't normally see outside of a David Lloyd gym, they had some really top end stuff and it was all free to use. Just across the landing from the fitness suite was a Guys den ! but the girls could use it as well :-)
This was kitted out with large leather settees and chairs all facing an enormous plasma screen TV. Also in the room were 2 full sized american pool tables and 2 poker tables. Bookcases contained a variety of books, DVD's and games. Did I mention ! their was also a DVD player. This was all free to use by the guests.
So yes it is a quiet hotel but all the facility's are there that you would find in a good class hotel.
We used the hotel to explore the everglades area so only returned to sleep and relax in the evenings.
In the main lobby and open most days, is a small local tours company that can arrange, manatee, air-boat, swamp buggy trip etc.
If the bar had been open for an evening drink and chill I would have given this a 5 star review. I have also post some pictures so that you can see for yourself. I notice that someone has posted a few pictures of bad electrical fittings ? not really sure where these were taken because I certainly didn't see anything like this in the hotel ??

  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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SunStreamMgmt, Manager at Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2012

Dear Joe,

I appreciate very much your recent review of Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort! It sounds like you enjoyed Port of the Islands and the surrounding area just as it was intended! We hope the next time you stay with us you will be able to give us 5-stars as we do intend to open the restaurant and bar again in the future!

Hope to see you again soon!

Sincerely,
Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort Management Team

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Reviewed January 31, 2012

We took this trip primary for birding, and it was a fantastic location to go out and see the waterbirds of the area. The resort does not have a restaurant, but has a kitchenette so that you can either do some shopping in Naples and home cooking, or you can go into Everglades City for many dining opportunities. There were several tours offered from the marina and we took two, one was an islands tour, complete with dolphin and manatee sitings. My son and husband also took a kayak river trip and saw much wildlife including alligators. Even in December the mosquitoes on trails and near any standing water were annoying, but in the harbor no mosquito problem. The fish are unbelievable and plentiful. The price is right for an extended stay here. There is a gym and game room which we enjoyed.

Room Tip: Closer to the main building, or in the main building probably preferable, but it is all quiet and co...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, traveled with family
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SunStreamMgmt, Manager at Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort, responded to this reviewResponded February 2, 2012

Dear rita2seahorse,

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your recent stay at Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort! It sounds like you and your family enjoyed your exploration into the Everglades!

We hope to have you as our guest again in the near future as there is so much more to explore!

Sincerely,
Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort Management Team

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Additional Information about Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort

Address: 25000 Tamiami Trl E, Naples, FL 34114-9602
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Naples
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #34 of 59 Hotels in Naples
Price Range: $98 - $199 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the heart of the 10,000 Islands, Port of the Islands Everglades Adventure Resort features 42 cottage suites and studios, full service marina with boat slips, game room, Angler’s Cove Restaurant & Bar, outdoor swimming pool, barbecue grills, and more. ... more   less 
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