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Vanderbilt Beach Resort
Ranked #27 of 59 Hotels in Naples
Certificate of Excellence
Indianapolis, Indiana
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37 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Hello Old Friends”
Reviewed April 20, 2012

We have been visiting the Vanderbilt Beach Resort and dining at Turtle Club for 20 years. It is always a joy to return. George is the best manager around. Rooms clean, well maintained and the beach. Ahh, the beach. Gorgeous warm water, playful dolphins. Not too crowded. Lounge chairs included in lodging. Once you visit, you will return. Can't beat the value!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Central New York
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Reviewed April 1, 2012

Vanderbilt Beach Resort is a two story hotel located between towering condos. It is a true oasis. The hotel is clean and neat, the rooms show their age but are comfortable and well appointed. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with pool and patios leading to the expansive Gulf waters. The crowning glory of Vanderbilt Beach Resort is the The Turtle Club restaurant with tables situated directly on the beach as well as on a patio or indoors. The food and service at the Turtle Club is outstanding. We plan to return to the Vanderbilt Beach Resort for a longer stay next year.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kharkiv, Ukraine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2012

Our family of 3 stayed there in July 2011 for 4 nights. It is a very good place to stay - nice clean room, where you'd have all necessary necessities; housekeeping was good; very helpful staff. Overall we were very pleased with everything was saw in the room. It was not brand new, but great quality, and very well kept. The hotel is right on the beach - and it was gorgeous!!! Soft sand, calm clean water. The sunsets are amazing. It's not a large hotel, so it was quiet - just what we needed. There is a fabulous sea food restaurant on the first floor to have lunch or dinner. The pool was also good.
We would return.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

This place is fantastic and you will never find better people at a front desk. George is off the charts nice!
We stayed in the main hotel on the beach and the room was great. The kids had a blast and the food was the best around. You can not lose at this place!! Everyone there asked, "how can I help". The answer to most of my questions was, "Ya - sure . . . it's your vacation!" I would go back in a heart beat.
We're looking forward to being there again next year.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Blacksburg, Virginia
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

My husband and I recently traveled from Blacksburg, Virginia to stay here and were delighted with the Vanderbilt. We found the front desk, valet parking, housekeeping and "beach butlers" to be exceptionally friendly and hospitable. The proximity to the Gulf, gorgeous landscaping and pool side peacefulness were our favorite amenities. Our room was very comfortable and clean. The Turtle Club restaurant is excellent (we had dinner there 4 out of 5 nights and the seafood is fabulous).

We have been coming to Naples to visit parents and family for over 40 years and know the area well. This place is a gem.

Room Tip: Wide variety in choice, including condos with washers/dryers for families.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Columbus, OH
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Reviewed March 11, 2012

We stayed in the prize room #51 which overlooks the ocean. It is a beautiful view; we were able to sleep with the windows open each night and the sound of the ocean waves was spa-like. The room was clean and nicely appointed, mattress was lumpy; staff was attentive, especially the doormen. The restaurant did create a lot of noise for our room beginning at 11am until 9:30 each night. Also people stood outside our windows to view the sunset every night which was a little weird; we had to get dressed in the bathroom with all the interior doors closed in case someone was looking in. I would think twice before booking this room again.

We dined one evening at the restaurant, the atmosphere was fantastic and the waiter good, the food was satisfying, nothing outstanding. The view and ability to dine on the beach would bring me back.

The area around the hotel is lovely, lots of beautiful landscaping. The beach is groomed every morning which makes for nice walking. We also found the street a nice place to walk.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ashburnham
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39 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed March 9, 2012

We booked this place VERY last minute, and there was only 1 room left for just the one night we stayed, so I understand fully that we probably got the bottom of the barrel room, however to price gouge us for one night in this filthy of a room was poor on VBR's part! This room should NOT even be available.
Room:
Pros - King Bed comfortable
Cons - Extremely outdated
The carpet is frayed and coming up from the floor, leaving large creases everywhere
Carpet is disgustingly dirty
Outdated kitchen with cheap formica counters, rusty fridge and 80's style tile in baths and kitchen
Cheap Walmart white plastic table and chairs on the lanai
Old super small TV's... expected for this price at least some flat screens and larger
Being right above the parking garage, you will hear all night and day people parking and "chirping" their car to lock then or unlock
Grounds/Resort
Pros - Gulf front property - Turtle Club food very good
Cons -
I booked this place and was told when we checked in that we have "special" cards to get us an umbrella, chairs and towels. The "cabana boy" was super unfriendly, there are only 7 umbrellas, so none available for us or anyone checking in at check-in time, there were no towels, yet we did get 2 lounge chairs placed on beach for us. They have a flag system, next to each umbrella for some kind of service, yet we saw flags up but the staff said they are too busy to serve the beach and to order in the restaurant. VERY bad service all around on the beach.
This place is well known for their Turtle Club restaurant, yet it is so highly overrated. The bar has 7 chairs, and is extremely crowded and outdated. Suggestion is to open up the dark mirrored wall facing the water and lighten up this place. VERY dark, people ordering all over the place because there was no beach service, it was awful!

Yes, this is a gulf front property, but I could only find one room that actually has a gulf front view, the rest overlook gardens, pool, or if you get stuck in the condos across the street, just a view of a small bay area.
Internet is hard to come by, VERY slow and very spotty
Pool is really small, heated but super small.
I agree, we are here "in season" but if the hotel knows it's in season time, step up the service, staff, beach service and get some friendly beach boys. (ours was working 3/8 and he was horribly unfriendly, to all guests... )
I see the resort responded to another complaint about dirty carpets, and they are refurbishing, blah blah blah, but this room should never have been rented at this ungodly rate...
NEVER will stay here again!!

Room Tip: Stay elsewhere
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Vanderbilt Beach Resort
Address: 9225 Gulf Shore Dr, Naples, FL 34108-2098
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Naples
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Naples
#13 Family Hotel in Naples
#24 Romantic Hotel in Naples
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Vanderbilt Beach Resort 2.5*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Vanderbilt Beach Resort has been welcoming guests and their families for over 50 years. Our pristine beachfront location provides a tranquil escape from modern worries. Wake up to the gentle sounds of the Gulf of Mexico in our beachside one-room efficiencies, one bedroom apartments or waterfront condominiums that overlook the Vanderbilt Lagoon. End the day with dinner at our award-winning Turtle Club Restaurant or watch the sun set over the Gulf without ever leaving the Resort. ... more   less 
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