Hotels in Fort Myers, Florida

by Don Amerman Google
Sanibel Island, famous for its shells, lies just west of Fort Myers.

Sanibel Island, famous for its shells, lies just west of Fort Myers.

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Located on the southwest coast of Florida, Fort Myers presents vacationers and business travelers with a broad selection of hotel accommodations in three main areas. Business travelers may prefer downtown accommodations, while vacationers will probably opt for hotels west of downtown, closer to the beaches. Hotels are also available near Southwest Florida International Airport, southeast of town. You can find something to fit almost any taste or budget in all three areas.

Crowne Plaza Fort Myers

Close to downtown and within walking distance of the upscale Bell Tower shopping area, this five-story, 226-unit hotel is popular with business travelers because it offers extensive facilities for meetings, including nearly 12,000 square feet of meeting space. A well-equipped business center is available for those who need to put the finishing touches on a business proposal or project. However, the Crowne Plaza also has plenty of amenities to entice vacationers, including a lagoon-style pool with waterfall, hot tubs, a fitness center and in-room refrigerators. Shoeless Joe’s Sports Cafe, the on-site restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual setting. Nearby restaurants include Bistro 41, Blue Pointe Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill, Cru and Cantina Laredo.

Homewood Suites Fort Myers Airpot

Only a mile from the airport and also close to the campus of Florida Gulf Coast University, this all-suites hotel is a good choice for family groups and visitors planning an extended stay. Accommodations include studio and one- and two-bedroom units, all of which have full kitchen facilities, as well as spacious desk/work areas. Recreational facilities include a free-form outdoor swimming pool and fitness center. The hotel has no on-site restaurant but serves a hot breakfast buffet each morning and hosts an evening reception that features complimentary drinks and a light meal. Nearby restaurants include Blu Sushi, Fire Pit City Grill, Carrabba’s and Miller’s Ale House.

Hyatt Place Fort Myers

This five-story, 148-unit hotel lies close to downtown Fort Myers and about 20 minutes from the airport. Convenient to the regional corporate offices of Chico’s, Sony Electronics and Wal-Mart, the hotel is a good choice for business travelers and others who are on the go. The self-service check-in/check-out kiosk allows guests to bypass lines at the front desk, while the e-room, off the lobby, has computers with Internet access, printers, faxes and other business equipment. All rooms feature a compact refrigerator and wireless Internet access. Recreational facilities include an outdoor swimming pool and fitness center. Hyatt Place has no formal sit-down restaurant but does offer the 24-hour Guest Kitchen, which sells ready-made sandwiches, salads and beverages.

Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa

Close to the causeway that leads to Sanibel and Captiva islands, this sprawling 400-unit resort hotel gives vacationers an upscale base from which to explore the many beaches of the Fort Myers area. Part of the Marriott family of hotel brands, this resort property sits on a secluded 85-acre peninsula overlooking San Carlos Bay. For those who need to recover from the stress and strain of 21st-century life, the on-site spa offers more than 60 treatments. Ideal for families, the hotel provides a program of supervised activities for children, as well as programs for family groups. Recreational facilities include five outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, water sports equipment rentals, discounted access to nearby golf courses, a fishing pier and fitness center. On-site restaurant options include Courtside Steakhouse, Tarpon House, Palm Court Bakery and the Cove for light fare in a casual setting.

About the Author

Don Amerman has spent his entire professional career in the editorial field. For many years he was an editor and writer for The Journal of Commerce. Since 1996 he has been freelancing full-time, writing for a large number of print and online publishers including Gale Group, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Greenwood Publishing, Rock Hill Works and others.

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