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Naples' Best Hotels: From Nautical to So Nice



Naples has no shortage of hotels and resorts in all shapes and forms. Many take the form of high-end, full-service beach enclaves where no whim is left unattended. They regularly make it to best-of lists all over the place.

This list, however, expands beyond just the brand-name Naples resorts to let you in on a few of the lesser known gems, some of them away from the beach. For instance, you will of course find the beachfront Ritz-Carlton Naples, one of the most lauded in the brand, but also Park Shore Resort, which resides in a lovely Naples neighborhood and provides shuttles to the beach.

Two of the listings - Cove Inn and Naples Bay Resort - reflect the destination's maritime reputation with marinas and other amenities for boaters. Another puts you up in the midst of downtown Old Naples actions, while yet another provides comfortable accommodations and easy access to the Florida Everglades.

The listings' locations range from Bonita Springs to Marco Island, from beach side to downtown and bay side. You have your choice of the best in each location and setting. No matter if your vacation is a twosome getaway or a family destination gathering, the hotels and resorts of the Naples area fit your needs.

 


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Cove Inn on Naples Bay
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A throwback to Naples' early resort days, when fishing trumped luxury, this is a friendly place next to the Naples Dock. It resides in the town's original community, Crayton Cove, circa 1915, and retains that neighborly feel. The units - most individually owned - range from motel rooms to efficiencies and one- and two-bedroom accommodations with full kitchens. Each unit is decorated in individual style. Because it has its own marina, Cove Inn welcomes boat-in arrivals. Everyone gathers at the chickee bar for happy hour then disperses to the property's and nearby Crayton Cove restaurants - all with salty flavor. Its old-fashioned coffee house is a local favorite for breakfast.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This place preserves the nautical, easy-going spirit of old Naples.

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Park Shore Resort
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You feel as though you are part of the local population when you stay at this lovely property, tucked into a pretty Naples neighborhood north of the downtown area. The Park Shore Resort offers self-catering condominiums with full kitchens surrounded by beautiful grounds and is only a short distance from the closest beach. The pool and its craggy waterfall, a hot tub and a sunning area occupy an island set in the midst of a fountained lake that the condo buildings surround. You will also find the property's popular Hogfish Harry's Restaurant & Bar there. Leisure facilities include tennis courts, racquetball, volleyball and basketball.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is somewhat of a secret hideaway whose neighborhood feel puts it in a class by itself.

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Trianon Old Naples
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For visitors looking for convenience to Naples' downtown but also neighborhood quietness, Trianon lies a couple of blocks from Fifth Avenue South. Modeled after the famous Trianons on the grounds of Versailles, it exudes European style from its marble lobby and its fireplace to the outdoor pool courtyard and its selection of spacious accommodations. Elegant furnishings and appointments decorate the rooms and one-bedroom suites, each with their own private patio or balcony. All beds are fitted with Tempurpedic mattresses. In the lobby's library, guests can take advantage of morning continental breakfast, which many enjoy around the lushly landscaped pool, and evening beer or wine.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Close to downtown's shopping and dining scene, it is just far enough removed to feel privileged and pampered.

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The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples
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Naples' second Ritz-Carlton resort operates amid 36 holes of lush, Greg Norman-designed greens. A putting course and practice area, and a clubhouse with pro shop make this a complete golf resort. In 2021, the resort opened a new water park with slides, a lazy river and other splashy features including Ria, an upscale pool bar and grill, and private cabanas. Its symbiotic relationship with its elder sister on the beach offers both properties the most complete menu of leisure activities possible. Guests at the golf resort have access via shuttle to the beach resort's spa, beachfront, kids' programs and restaurants. Its own Lemonia restaurant serves breakfast and brunch overlooking the greens, plus Ria, the lobby lounge and a coffee shop complete the food and beverage scene. The golf resort also has an on-property fitness center and four lighted tennis courses. Overlooking the greens with private balconies, 295 rooms and suites have it all, from cuddly robes and over-sized marble bathrooms to plush beds and furniture.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The golf resort, combined with the beach resort, leaves guests wanting for nothing.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Naples
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The Ritz-Carlton changed the face of the Naples resort scene when it came to town in 1985. Now there are actually two Ritz-Carltons in Naples, the only town that can make that claim. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort shares amenities with the original beach property, meaning guests can take advantage of 36 holes of elite golf and a new water park. The list of amenities ranges long and wins the resort all the kudos and awards the industry affords. An estuary boardwalk leads to its gorgeous white-sand beach. Its spa is extraordinary, with its own juice bar/healthy cafe. Service, fine dining, outstanding family programming, the highest quality room appointments and amenities and a feel of privilege put the "ritzy" in the experience.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For the money-is-no-object vacationer, the Ritz-Carlton is the gold standard.

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Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
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Rising along bay waters in the north Bonita Springs area, it offers full-service golf, spa and recreational amenities in a beautifully appointed and landscaped package. Guests take a quick ferry ride to reach the beach on a private island. There's plenty of water to play in besides the sea, however, as the resort boasts a number of lovely pools including one with a corkscrew slide and another with a lazy river. Its many restaurants and bars provide a wide array of food and beverage options. Families especially like the pool bar, the kids club, the s'more fire pits, the climbing wall and a number of water sports rentals and tours.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: It offers everything families, couples and business vacationers need in a hotel.

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Edgewater Beach Hotel
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Suites with top of the line stainless steel kitchen appliances, glass mosaics and a soothing color palate mimic their views of sea and sand. Naples' only all-suites resort, its 125 units contain full refrigerators, microwaves and dining ware in their kitchenettes. The renovation also brings quartz countertops, state-of-the-art refrigerators and other modern touches. The small details make the difference here: a complimentary electric trolley to Fifth Avenue South, a 2 p.m. cookies-and-milk buffet, ensuite bathrobes and a beachside s'more fire pit. Date palms flank the pretty boutique hotel's lap and family pools. Coast restaurant serves fresh, new American cuisine in the suave lobby, poolside and beachside.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: It is Naples' only all-suites property on the beach.

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The Inn on Fifth
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In the thick of all the hip action downtown on Fifth Avenue South, Inn on Fifth proves an attractive alternative for nightlifers and metro-types. Located next to the Sugden Community Theatre and in the midst of bars, restaurants and shops, it keeps its guests blissfully sequestered in luxurious, sound-proofed accommodations decorated in a chic contemporary style. Lining both sides of the street, the original facade feels boutique, while a concierge-level, all-suite component creates a different experience. A newly upgraded rooftop pool deck with a bar in the inn and hot tub in the all-suite club create quiet retreats. Two on-site restaurants reflect the upscale level of accommodations. Plus there's an intimate spa in the original hotel.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: With its convenient downtown location, great restaurants and sophistication it makes the perfect city getaway.

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Naples Bay Resort
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Naples's newest resort, swank and boating-oriented,opened in 2008. By combining private yacht and recreation club settings with an Italian-motif boutique property, Naples Bay Resort can offer guests incredible amenities that include boat docking (also rentals) and a playtime complex. Said complex, a short walk away from the main resort, contains a lush lazy river and four pools - lap, zero-entry for family, waterfall and adults-only - plus an intimate spa, high-tech fitness center and friendly pool bar and grill. The yacht club is part of the main hotel and includes a handsome, private waterside lounge that is open to guests for buffet breakfast. Harbor-side, Nosh will open this season for fine dining. Plushly appointed accommodations range from hotel rooms to one- and two-bedroom suites to cottages. A free shuttle makes the short distance to the recreation club and also drives (stocked with beach towels and bottled water) to the beach.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Naples' newest resort is also one of its nicest and offers a good alternative to the beach.

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JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
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The biggest resort on Marco Island, which grew in 2019 with a new adult wing and 94 more rooms, also happens to be its best in many ways. It spans a long spread of wide, sugar-sand beach. It has the best swimming pool features, the most full-service spa, some of the island's best shops, a full range of water sports options and great dining. It also offers two off-site golf courses. The new wing also added a video game experience and bar known as 10K Alley, Tesoro restaurant and terrace lounge, and an adults-only rooftop pool. Guests feel the glam the minute they walk into the marble lobby with its sweeping staircases down to the pool and beach level. (Guests staying in the adult wing have their own concierge entry.) Families enjoy the slide pool, a pizza parlor, a game room with table tennis and a remarkable kids' program.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The biggest resort on Marco Island also happens to be its best in many ways.

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