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.
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.
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!
Quaint hotel, with good facilities and well maintained rooms of adequate size and comfort. Excellent breakfast, cute little indoor pool, and clean all around. Helpful staff who are knowledgeable about the area. Well located in a quiet corner of the Everglades, which is excellent for mangrove boat trips and great trails in big cypress national preserve. Would recommend this highly to anyone looking to spend a few days off the beaten track close to the Everglades.
Traveller from MD
This Everglades City hotel is a mile from Everglades National Park, 3 miles from Big Cypress Preserve, and 30 miles from …More
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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.
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