We had a wonderful four day weekend; the hotel staff were helpful and friendly; Shout-out to our beach waiter, Dwight. Housekeeping was very good. The hotel was close to other restaurants; Two minor complaints - the pull-out sofa bed was very uncomfortable (the king in the master bedroom was great); Valet parking for $20 a day (no self-parking) and then having to tip the valet each and every time you used the car added up, especially if you used the car a few times a day (and had to tip them to bring the car to you, and when they returned the car to parking).
Traveller from Boston, MA
Located on a barrier island in southwest Florida, this Italian Renaissance–inspired resort is on the edge of the Everglades …More
We had a great experience at the Boat House. Clean facility, family owned and operated, refreshing pool and the best fishing docks on Marco Island. We had a chance to meet and talk with other travelers and we all agreed - this is the best place to stay off the beach on Marco. We have friends on the island and visit multiple times each year - we're very glad to find such a great value. Best of all, Desiree takes personal pride in her business and made us feel like we've been staying there for years!
Wonderful experience , great location, easy access to beach, with gated walkway. Would will definitely like to return.
Loved the fact that there were restaurants/bars to walk to on the beach. Many shops are within walking distance.
We came at a good time, the busy season was over, so not much of a crowd.
"I would recommend this hotel, with reservations. "
Pluses: The cabin has been refurbished and was clean. Staff members were pleasant. The deli that is associated with the cabins offers very good and fresh breakfast sandwiches and other food. The location is excellent.
Minuses: The hot water ran out, and the shower pan pools, due to poor drainage. The cabin has very little surface area on which to put travel items (e.g., cosmetics, purses, paper/pens).
had been to Marco Island once previously on business and stayed at the Marco Beach Island Resort. I chose Crystal Shores based upon location, price and reviews. I was more than a bit concerned when we arrived and construction was in progress. At check-in I also extrapolated that this was a timeshare. However, my fears never materialized. We heard no noise from the parking lot construction and the timeshare rep was pleasant and not pushy. We did not attend the presentation because I was again spending half of day on business. However, we are entertaining the idea.
This was the largest most beautiful condo we have ever rented...bar none! Two large bedrooms at opposite ends and an amazing spacious open kitchen, LR, dining area. Plus two very nice lavatories.
The timeshare runs like a cruise ship with a daily events schedule. Wine, beer and liquor tasting, projected concerts, two nice pools with large hot tub, pool, ping pong, shuffleboard, putting green, floor chess, etc... Also, Stilts(z) restaurant was fun and had amazing views right on beach.
Wave runner, Hobie Cat, paddle boards and parasailing on property and adjacent Hilton.
PS: Weather was tremendous with sunny temp in low to high 80's!
Chokoloskee is off the beaten path. It's a causeway-connected island south of Everglades City, which is itself off the beaten path. The Outdoor Resort is mostly a very nicely maintained RV park, which also has an 8-room motel, where we stayed. This is a rustic, relaxing place. Has a nice pool and spa. Not too far (couple of miles) from a few fun seafood restaurants. Near the funky Smallwood general store/museum. We explored the Everglades for three days from this place. If that's your kind of activity, this is a fine place to hunker down at night,
The rooms are clean, staff is fantastic and the rooms are huge! The furniture/decor is so nicely done. I would definitely stay here and recommend this place again in a heart beat. The staff was so nice and courteous. hats off to management!
Gulf Coast Visitor Center is located in the western section of Everglades National Park. The visitor center acts as a gateway for exploring the Ten Thousand Islands, a collection of mangrove islands and waterways that spreads to Flamingo and Florida Bay. The visitor center itself features displays, films, brochures, and backcountry permits. Canoe trails can be found just past the visitor center.