Sweet and Intimate: The Best Boutique Hotels in Naples, Florida



Sometimes you just want to stay in a small hotel or resort that offers great amenities but does not feel bustled or crowded. The answer: a boutique hotel, of which Naples, Florida, boasts an intriguing and varied collection.

For instance, on this list you will find exclusive 10-room historic Hotel Escalante on the fringes of downtown Naples. You will also find humble little Vanderbilt Beach Resort with 34 units and a spread of beautiful white sand at its doorstep.

The selections range geographically from Bonita Springs in the north to Marco Island in the south. Some are on the beach, many others are tucked into areas convenient to shopping, dining and nightlife.

For the most part, these properties charge substantially for the privacy, superb service, quality accommodations and fine amenities they provide their limited number of guests, who often get to know the staff on a first name basis.

The intimacy adds a quality of comfort and profound sense of place to the vacationing experience. In the end the time and effort an attentive staff can save you is worth the high room rates, if you can afford it.

This list curates the best of the small, intimate, exclusive hotels, inns and resorts in the Naples area to give you the finest options available. 



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Inn at Pelican Bay
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Part of one of Naples' most exclusive neighborhood developments, it maintains the same high standard of Mediterranean architecture and mature landscaping as Pelican Bay itself. Its 100 rooms and suites offer spaciousness, mini refrigerators, green standards and fine, modern décor – some with balconies and lake views. Its resort fee covers shuttle transport to Vanderbilt Beach, in-room WiFi, extended continental breakfast served lakeside, afternoon coffee and tea, beach towels and access to the business center and fitness facilities. A lounge, lakeside swimming pool and whirlpool spa complete the amenities. It is convenient to Waterside Shops, restaurants, the Artis--Naples complex and golf.


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Olde Marco Island Inn and Suites
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On the grounds of Marco Island's earliest outpost of hospitality, Old Marco Island Inn continues a tradition of gracious hospitality. French inspired Bistro Soleil occupies the original 1883 historic landmark. The newer block of two-bedroom suites attach to it, part of a larger shopping and dining complex. Large screened lanais, modern tiled kitchens, a master bedroom, a guest bedroom and two private baths give guests plenty of space to spread out. Besides the restaurants of adjacent The Collection of Olde Marco mall, the inn is easy walking distance to a number of other restaurants, shops and marinas. The property has its own swimming pool and provides a beach shuttle for $6 a trip.


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Trianon Old Naples
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For visitors looking for convenience to Naples' downtown but neighborhood quietness besides, 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 spacious selection of 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 Tempur-pedic mattresses. In the lobby's library, guests can purchase beer and wine and morning continental breakfast, which many enjoy around the lushly landscaped pool.


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This longtime, family-operated fixture on the barefoot, casual Vanderbilt Beach scene comes in two parts: There is a two-story, Old Florida beach motel with a small swimming pool in the shadow of next door's towering high rise and, across the street, a four-story bay-side condo building. The efficiencies and apartments in the older beach building have an easygoing feel, while the condos sport a bit more elegance. All 34 units come with fully equipped kitchens (no stoves in the beach efficiencies), but plan on at least one dinner at the inimitable and highly hailed Turtle Club restaurant on site. It serves lunch and dinner inside or outside on the patio or in the sand. A private fishing dock and a tennis court add to the convenience of the compact property.


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Bonita Springs


 

The name means "a special place" in the spirit of the Grand Trianon and Petit Trianon on the grounds of Versailles near Paris. Heavy on European influence, the hotel's lobby exudes elegance and intimacy, with polished marble and high-arched ceilings. The dramatic entryway segues into a cozy nook, where there is a fireplace and a patio with a view of green lawn and a small lake. In its 100 spacious guest rooms and suites you'll find the same refinement previewed in the lobby: dark-wood armoires, sliding French doors to a balcony, gourmet European coffee service, roomy all-white baths, and lots of space. A small pool lies in the backyard of the four-story, chateau-like structure, and the Lake House Bar & Grill overlooks it. Shoppers will like Trianon's walking-distance proximity to The Promenade.


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Bellasera Resort
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Feel the warmth of Tuscany as you splash in the tiled fountain pool and dine on Italian specialties at Zizi, the poolside restaurant. Inside the lobby, a sweeping staircase and rich Tuscan tones introduce a motif that carries through the hotel's 100 studios and one- to three-bedroom suites. The spacious suites include all the comforts and modern conveniences of home including full kitchens and screened porches and balconies with views of the lushly landscaped courtyard and grounds. A small fitness center occupies a second-story room on one side of the pool with the spa on the other. Location-wise, the hotel sits steps away from the action and smart social scene of downtown Naples, but is tucked away enough to ensure peace and romance. A free shuttle whisks guests to the beach, minutes away.


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LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort - A Noble House Resort
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LaPlaya's gracious Southern-style lobby, Thai spa, exercise room, rocky waterfall pool, pool bar and trendy restaurant menu put it on par with Miami Beach's boutique hotels. Rooms show a meticulous attention to detail; some have Jacuzzis with sea views, and all are luxurious with four-poster beds, fine bed linens, goose-down pillows, private balconies and marble baths. Of its 189 units, 141 face beachfront with private balconies. The "golf" part of the name refers to privileges on a course 15 minutes away. The "beach" part is obvious--a delicious slice of sands that gives way to the property's lush tropical pool and gardens.


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Edgewater Beach Hotel
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Edgewater recently underwent a rebranding and face-lift that upgraded its suites with top of the line stainless steel kitchen appliances, glass mosaics and a soothing color palate that mimics 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 complementary 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.


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OLDE NAPLES
The Escalante
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Built on a historic property a short walk from both of downtown Naples' main shopping and entertainment hubs – Fifth Avenue South and Third Street South – as well as the beach, this luxury boutique hotel maintains 10 intimate rooms. They surround a pool, Jacuzzi and fountain framed with lush, flowery, sweet smelling vegetation. Subtitled "A Naples Hideaway," The Escalante is certainly that. The rooms and suites (one to two bedrooms) have private patios facing the pool or courtyard and mahogany plantation-style furniture with armoires and king-size beds dressed with European style linens. Veranda E restaurant serves contemporary, Asian style cuisine with a French flair. The spa and beach fitness classes inject a wellness element.


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Club Level Suites at Inn On Fifth
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In the thick of all the hip action downtown on Fifth Avenue South, Inn on Fifth provides 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 chic contemporary style. Late 2012, the fashionable inn took another step up with the addition of a concierge-level, all-suite component across the street from the original hotel. A rooftop pool 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.


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