I liked this hotel. We were on an "Everglades Adventure" with airboats and swamp buggies scheduled. After a long drive, checking into this hotel was a welcome relief. The entrance was simple but stately and just blended perfectly with our plans.
Friendly staff, great food, live entertainment in a warm, welcoming environment.
First off, it's the only place I could find on Marco that did a 3 night minimum that was close to the beach and had a pool. Stop looking, this is it. The unit we had was an end unit, so it had windows on the side which was nice. 2 bedroom unit was good size. Other reviewers said beds were uncomfortable, I disagree, ours was fine, even with their plastic mattress cover. The only real knock was the kitchen was TINY and barely stocked with cooking stuff and utensils. If you're driving in from somewhere, bring some of your favorite sharp kitchen knives and utensils.
I stayed recently at this place, we were 6 adults and 2 children in a 3/3. First of all, the service my family and I received from the staff members exceeded our expectations, they were always available to answer our questions and fulfill our needs. Every room in the Room/Apt was very clean and organized. The kitchen was fully equipped with everything you might need to cook a meal, there is even a grill outside the pool area, meant to be used by the guests. The pool and the Jacuzzi are not that big but it was never full of people so my family and I were able to take full advantage of it. The complimentary shuttle service is amazing, we took full advantage of that as well, all you need to do is let them know at what time you will be ready to be dropped off at the beach, and the same can be done for pick up and you wait about 10 minutes. This hotel even offers complimentary umbrellas, chairs, sand toys, boards for you to use at the beach, of course they are on a first come first serve basis so reserve them early in the morning. I will definitely be back, this place was just so great for my family and I.
This is NOT a hotel. It's a vacation cottage and quite a pleasant one. We were right on the water and had a lovely view from the screen porch. It has one bedroom, a living room, a loft, a kitchen, and a bath, all quite small but very comfortable. No maid service, no amenities, no reception but you can easily walk to a good restaurant and to a large National Park Service place.
Although the Marriott charged a daily resort fee we thought it was well worth it. We enjoyed yoga classes indoors and on the beach, lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach (anywhere you want them placed) and at the pools and also used the gym. Dining options onsite and nearby from numerous establishments willing to pickup and drop off guests at the hotel.
This hotel is right on the waterfront and is a great spot for fishing! It is walking distance to some great places to eat which was nice. The rooms were very clean and well-kept. The only reason we did not give this five stars is because the air conditioning was quite loud and the bed was quite soft and the dishes silverwear were 90% missing. BUT, No bugs, great atmosphere, it's the type of hotel where you make friends with other guests and enjoy a few cocktails by the water in the evening. The owner is very accessible even giving out her personal cell. I would definitely stay here again.
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.