Most convenient for road trippers, it lies close to the Interstate 75 exit and accommodates overnight stays and longer with a swimming pool, a 24-hour exercise room, business services and complimentary continental breakfast. The property has some artistic touches, such as classic-style statuary in the parking lot area, a pretty gazebo poolside and sculptures in the lobby. The exterior, however, looks like it could use a good makeover, having fallen a bit into disrepair. Inside, the 60 rooms are clean and comfortably sized with tropical accents and modern bathroom decor. The hotel is next to a popular flea market, close to downtown Bonita and about a 10 minute drive to the beach, with plenty of good restaurants on the way.
Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Its rates are low and it is convenient to major roadways.
Comfortable and contemporary, this chain motel's rooms and suites offer everything you need to feel at home, and it has a free pet friendly policy. Its location just off of Tamiami Trail and a short drive from Fifth Avenue South and the beach makes it ideal for long term visitors. (Weekly rates are available.) An IHOP restaurant shares the hotel's parking lot, plus other restaurants, shops and attractions are nearby. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a coin laundry, free coffee in the lobby, a picnic area and free Wi-Fi access. Kids ages 17 and younger stay free with parents.
Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Not far from downtown and convenient to Highway 41, it is one of Naples' nicer budget chains.
For those looking for an affordable wilderness experience on their Naples holiday - without having to hit a campground - this is a good, centrally located option. Red barrel tiles, stucco and a faux bell tower give it a Mediterranean look, and the atrium lobby feels luxury lodge-like. The rooms, however, serve the purpose of sleeping in modest comfort. They are especially plain and motel-like in the two-story main building, with shared balconies and mini-fridges. Others encircle the pool and line a canal in a one-story configuration with their own screened porch and a kitchenette. The condo hotel complex's rooms are in a rental program. They are snatched up in season by fishermen, hunters and explorers who take advantage of the resort's tour concession partners, which operate out of the property's marina. Adventure packages are available.
Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Its simple accommodations and rural location mean affordable rates close to the Everglades.
Steeped in history and outdoorsmanship, this circa-1864 lodge crowns a modest town that serves as Naples' gateway to the Everglades. The club's main building was built as luxury pioneer-era housing. The Old South--style mansion came under the ownership of the county's developer and namesake, Barron Collier, who turned it into a fishermen's and hunters' haven during the 1920s. A sportsman's lodge in the finest sense, its cypress walls still display mounted fish, animal heads, a gator hide and tools of the fishing trade. Seventeen rooms in tin-roofed cottages scatter around the clapboard lodge with its wraparound veranda and yellow-striped awnings. The rooms are furnished for function rather than pampering - TV, paddle fan, fridge and air-conditioning are the extent of luxury. The club's restaurant specializes in local delicacies and will cook your catch for a nominal fee. Rock waterfalls decorate the swimming pool deck off the dining room.
Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Historic and significantly representative of Everglades ambiance, its cottages are plain and affordable.
Those on a tight budget stay in the dorm-like Ivey House Lodge, a born-again boardinghouse from the 1920s with 11 simple, wood-paneled rooms and shared baths. The 17-room Ivey House Inn opened in 2001, plus there's the Ivey House Cottage, which has two small bedrooms. The newer inn's rooms, which encircle the courtyard swimming pool, have private baths and offer added style and comforts, including TVs, phones and free Wi-Fi. The family-run Ivey House is tailor-made for outdoor enthusiasts. Breakfast (hot buffet in winter, cold buffet in summer) is included in all room rates. Ivey's main attraction is its proximity to Everglades waterways and its partnership with Everglades Adventures. In fact, you could call this a BB&B: bed, breakfast and backcountry. EvergladesAdventures.com leads tours into the Ten Thousand Islands by canoe, kayak or boat; rents equipment; and provides shuttle service to launching and landing sites.
Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Designed for the paddling crowd, its accommodations are a good value for any visitor.
Moderately priced, Marco Island Lakeside Inn hides away in an old part of the island away from the madhouse traffic and high rises along the beach. A Superior Small Lodging gem on Marco Lake, its 10 suites afford either lakeside views from screened porches (or, on the second floor, from balconies) or poolside ground-level accommodations with a shared patio. The lake view rooms have full kitchens and one or two bedrooms, while those around the pool have kitchenettes and no separate sleeping quarters. In all accommodations, deluxe amenities such as pillow-top mattresses, French doors, screened balconies and white spic-and-span tiled bathrooms lend a boutique feel. A small sand beach with a chickee structure that edges the lake and nicely maintained landscaping have elevated the former motel-like structure into something soothing and special.
Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Moderately priced, it is something of a secret on Marco Island.
If you're searching for alternatives to chain motels in Naples and hoping to find an affordable and independently owned hotel instead, Lemon Tree Inn fits the bill. The other good news is it's within easy walking distance of Fifth Avenue South, where all the action and shopping happens, and accommodations charge up to three times as much. The charming, Old Florida-style accommodations boast a tropical theme, and each room is clean, simple and well appointed. Cottage style in decor, they are individually decorated and outfitted with a microwave, coffeemaker and mini fridge. Around the pool and a gazebo in the courtyard, thick foliage, a butterfly garden and stylish globe streetlamps create character. At the poolside breakfast nook, help yourself to continental goodies.
Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Besides affordable rates downtown, it has free continental breakfast and kitchen facilities to save guests cash.
One of the best lodging deals in Naples, Gulfcoast Inn is also famous for its poolside Harold's Place chickee bar, where the burgers win awards and the atmosphere is as casual as Naples gets. Centrally located on Tamiami Trail (Highway 41), it is a short drive away from downtown, shopping and the beach. Its 86 pleasant, tropically decorated rooms come conveniently equipped with refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, safes and free wi-fi. They stack up two floors high around the heated pool, where most of the action takes place. Check out the web site for seasonal packages and manager's specials for the best rates.
Recommended for Budget Hotels because: Besides being one of the best deals in Naples, its chickee bar is a popular poolside hangout.
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 neighborhood, 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 Budget Hotels because: The motel rooms here are especially inexpensive, but even the kitchen-equipped condos are good for the budget-minded.
Away and in a wholly different state of mine from Marco Island's famed and towering beach resorts, The Boat House quietly maintains the island's nautical heritage at the Old Marco northern end. Its boating docks, simple accommodations with convenient facilities and easy-on-the-wallet rates attract guests who only want to fish all day long or are looking for beach alternatives. Its small swimming pool cools guests down as the canal at its back door is not particularly swimmer-friendly. Twenty rooms, studios, condos, plus a two-bedroom gazebo house run perpendicular to the boat docks in a two-story strip. The rooms are nicely appointed, outfitted with kitchen appliances and designed for easy, breezy waterfront living.
Recommended for Budget Hotels because: The antithesis of Marco Island's luxury beachfront resorts, it caters to fishermen and modest budgets.