Fort Myers, known widely as the City of Palms, lies along the southwest coast of Florida, near the point where the broad Caloosahatchee River flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Fort Myers and its nearby barrier islands first won national attention as a vacation destination when Thomas Edison and Henry Ford chose the area as their retreat from northern winters. Visitors looking for accommodations in or close to the downtown area have a handful of hotels from which to select.
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers-Colonial Boulevard
Midway between U.S. Highway 41, known locally as the Tamiami Trail, and Interstate 75, this five-story, 102-unit hotel lies on the outer fringes of downtown Fort Myers. In addition to the attractions of downtown, the hotel is within easy driving distance of other points of interest, including the Calusa Nature Center and the upscale Bell Tower Shoppes. All rooms and suites feature microwave ovens and compact refrigerators, as well as high-speed Internet, which is also available in all hotel common areas. Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and fitness room. The hotel serves a complimentary hot breakfast buffet each morning. Restaurants close to the hotel are Applebee’s, Beef O’Brady’s, Cantina Laredo, Chili’s and Fort Myers Ale House.
Holiday Inn Historic Downtown Fort Myers
This four-story, 122-unit hotel lies in the heart of historic Fort Myers and within a mile of such downtown attractions as the Burroughs Home and Gardens, Centennial Park and the Fort Myers Historical Museum. All rooms and suites feature spacious desk/work areas and high-speed Internet; some rooms have microwave ovens and refrigerators. Other hotel facilities and services include business and fitness centers, an outdoor swimming pool, live entertainment and a newsstand. The hotel’s restaurant serves breakfast and dinner but is closed for lunch. Nearby eateries are Char Grillhouse, First Watch and Two Guys Pizza.
Hotel Indigo Fort Myers Downtown River District
This cozy boutique hotel offers 67 rooms and suites close to the historic heart of Fort Myers. Connected by a private walkway to the Post Office Arcade, the hotel provides easy access to nearby shops, banking, a beauty salon and restaurants. All rooms and suites feature sleeper sofas, spacious desk/work areas, in-room safes and high-speed Internet. Recreational facilities include a rooftop swimming pool and a fitness center, also located on the rooftop level. The hotel’s business center offers copying, printing and fax services that business travelers should find useful. The on-site Vino de Notte serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the Rooftop Lounge offers cocktails and spectacular sunset views.
Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites
Located on the banks of the Caloosahatchee River, this hotel is a smart choice for family groups and travelers planning an extended stay. Each of the hotel’s one- and two-bedroom suites features a kitchen with microwave, cooktop and full-size refrigerator, as well as a separate living room and high-speed Internet. The hotel also has a limited number of standard-size hotel rooms. Other hotel amenities include an outdoor swimming pool and a 5,000-square-foot deck overlooking the Legacy Harbour Marina.