OK -- so my expectations were pretty low when I learned the block of rooms reserved for me and my colleagues was at Tripadvisor's 49th ranked hotel out of 57 hotels in Naples, FL.
From the highway, it really looks like a total dump. I would never choose to stay here from the exterior appearance alone.
However, our room was clean, comfortable and quiet. It had a kitchenette which we didn't use, but I could see it being handy for others. Truthfully, the room had a dated TV, bedding and bathroom fixtures -- but other rooms I saw were nicer. Hotel staff was very courteous.
The best part? The outdoor pool is really nice. But, what really made it for me was having Harold's Restaurant/Bar right there. An outdoor, thatched-roof, tiki-hut kinda place adjacent to the pool. Great flat screen TVs for sports viewing. Attentive and friendly staff. It felt like a throwback. I'm 45 and felt pretty young against the rest of the crowd, but there were plenty of 30ish types, too. This place has character and clearly draws a loyal, local crowd with a Margaritaville kinda vibe. Hysterical (and popular) karaoke on Sunday afternoons (I was dared to partake, but I had to leave for the airport before my name came up).
This place really grew on me over my stay. It's got style and character. Yes, a little rough around the edges (if you don't like your room -- ask to see another one since I saw great variety from room to room) and it's not new or even newer. But if you're looking for budget accommodations in Naples and find the big chain budget hotels lifeless, you might give this place a try. Consider it an adventure.
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- Gulfcoast Motel Naples
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