I contacted the property directly in January to enquire about a small (~30 people) May wedding. After viewing the website I was very exciting about the property and the restaurant, and a family friend and the mayor of Naples had recommended the venue.
I spoke with George and it was the most disappointing conversation. The first words out of his mouth were, "We discourage people from having weddings here." I asked him why, and was essentially told that the staff was not competent enough. I politely reminded him that I was talking about 30 guests, and was once again told that they could not handle that capacity, were not a full service resort, did not have any service in the rooms after 2 p.m., etc. I asked him what made think we would need all of these things, and he simply replied, "We are not set up for this sort of thing." As a last stitch resort, I asked him if the resort, which has 18 apartment/efficiencies and 16 condos, and according to the website numbers, the ability to have at least 120 people, if not more, was really unable to host 30 people, to which he once again replied, "We discourage this type of thing and will not be able to serve you."
Although the beaches are beautiful, I would think twice about interacting with the resort if you are looking for hospitality or welcoming accommodations for your family and friends.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Vanderbilt Beach Hotel Naples