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Known as the Paradise Coast, Naples, Florida is where tourists come to partake in high-class revelry, eat upscale seafood dishes, play several rounds of golf (hence its second title: the Golf Capital of the World), and lounge on pearly white beaches next to gleaming waters. As befits such a luxurious spot, there are several glamorous oceanfront hotels and ritzy resorts in the area to choose from, along with a smattering of historic boutiques and B&Bs. Below you'll find some of the best seaside properties that Naples has to offer.
Best Overall: Edgewater Beach Hotel
Though there are many great places to stay in Naples, the Edgewater Beach Hotel easily takes the cake. Nestled directly on the powdery white sands of the Gulf, this charming all-suite hotel is a relaxed oasis that offers showstopping views of the sunset and an Art Deco-inspired style all its own. The rooms and lobby have been recently renovated, and the hotel’s general ambiance is a winning combo of laid-back elegance and oceanside exclusivity.
Featuring 125 gorgeously-appointed suites (you have your pick between one or two bedrooms), all of which are decorated in soothing neutral and jewel tones and equipped with luxurious touches and original artwork, the Edgewater also has a wide array of premium amenities: namely, direct beach access with an activity hut offering kayak and paddleboard rentals, a sleek gym, welcoming and friendly concierge services, two heated outdoor pools at the Gulf’s edge, bike rentals, and more. Guests adore dining at the casually chic Coast which offers delicious, seafood-centric fare, including fresh fish tacos, sauteed Gulf shrimp, and blackened grouper.
Best Budget: The Inn at Pelican Bay
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more affordable oceanfront hotel in Naples than The Inn at Pelican Bay. Though not exactly a cheap motel (you won’t find any on the waterfront here), this beloved inn offers fantastic value. In addition to the ocean, the Inn at Pelican Bay is near some of the main attractions in Naples, including The Baker Museum and Naples Marina.
In the lobby, the inn’s lovely tiled floors, gleaming chandelier, and contemporary design give way to spacious guest rooms and suites, all of which feature comfy pillowtop bedding, private balconies, Keurig coffee makers, complimentary Wi-Fi, designer toiletries, flat-screen TVs, and other basic amenities. Guests love using the outdoor pool, spa tub, and fitness center in addition to the complimentary beach shuttle which offers a fast and convenient way to get to and from the shore each day. When it comes to style, cleanliness, location, and affordability, it’s near-impossible to find another hotel of the same caliber as the Inn at the Beach.
Best Boutique: Vanderbilt Beach Resort
Small, intimate and sunnily decorated, the Vanderbilt Beach Resort is the perfect choice for travelers who’d prefer an oceanfront boutique hotel to a mega resort. Here, there are just 32 guestrooms — both traditional rooms and junior suites — in addition to a four-story, resort-style condominium building with two-bedroom and two-bath units. Regardless of which room type you opt for, amenities include a microwave, coffee maker, 32-inch flat-screen TV, and free Wi-Fi; plus, some rooms have an ocean view.
At the Vanderbilt, guests love relaxing in the property’s lush orchid garden, swimming in the heated pool, renting bikes (for free!) to take to the beach and playing tennis on the court that overlooks Vanderbilt Lagoon. The award-winning on-site restaurant, Turtle Club, is the picture-perfect spot to indulge in fine coastal cuisine and sip wine as the sun sets over the Gulf. Serious beach-goers may want to take advantage of the personalized beach service that the Vanderbilt offers, which includes beach towels, chairs, umbrellas and drink service.
Best Family: The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club
The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club has a little something for everyone, which is why this stunning resort is our go-to family pick. Situated on 125 picturesque Gulf acres, the beachfront hotel has on-site golf and tennis, a high-quality spa, award-winning dining, four retail shops and much more.
Children will love splashing around in the beachfront pool complex which includes two whirlpools, a family-style pool, an open-air snack bar, and an adult-only pool. In addition to the pool, children can opt to attend the Kids Club (for ages 5 to 12), a complimentary supervised program that offers daily activities and interactive outings including swimming, crafts, face painting, and themed games. Rooms at the Naples Beach Hotel are bright and airy, and some come equipped with full kitchens and partitioned sleeping areas for those families with multiple kiddos who need a little extra space.
Best Romance: The Escalante
For the vacationing beaus out there, The Escalante is brimming with romantic charm and replete with lavish amenities. Whether you’re on your honeymoon, babymoon, or just fitting in a much-needed weekend away for two, you’ll adore hotel's Mediterranean ambiance, immaculately maintained gardens, and thoughtful attention to detail. Though the hotel is located just steps away from the beach, you’d be forgiven for wanting to hole up here and never leave as you indulge in the hotel’s delectable French-inspired Asian fusion cuisine for dinner, get a deep-tissue massage or organic facial, relax on cozy lounge chairs next to the tropical-flower-edged pool, and soak up the sun on your own private veranda. The rooms here feature divine Frette linens, mahogany plantation-style furniture, and supremely comfortable king size beds as well as sprawling views of the lush courtyard, gardens, and pool area. Other basic in-room amenities include a flat-screen TV, Gilchrist & Soames bath amenities, and a mini-fridge for chilling your preferred variety of wine. Plus, all Escalante guests get a complimentary continental breakfast that’s served on the sun-drenched patio every morning.
Best Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton Naples
When it comes to sheer luxury, it doesn’t get much more A-list than the Ritz-Carlton. This breathtaking Mediterranean-inspired property is just steps away from Naples' pristine white sand and sparkling Gulf waters, but it’s the hotel itself that commands your attention. Offering 450 opulent guest rooms and suites, the Ritz-Carlton isn’t exactly short on grand amenities — the hotel boasts a 51,000-square-foot-spa featuring more than 30 treatment rooms that combine body therapies and wellness programs, two different heated outdoor pools overlooking the ocean, seven top-notch restaurants, a high-tech entertainment lounge, and access to the famed Tiburon Golf Club.
Rooms at the hotel are decorated in fresh, Gulf-inspired blues and yellows, gleaming hardwood floors, and elegant fabrics, and come equipped with plush feather bedding, marble baths, a 42-inch Smart TV with premium movie channels, and complimentary gourmet coffee and tea. Many suites also have a private balcony with expansive views of the water below so guests can catch Naples' famed sunset from the comfort of their own room.
Best Nightlife: The Inn on Fifth
Single travelers and those in the mood to explore the Naples nightlife scene will find The Inn on Fifth an ideal home base. The bustling hotel is conveniently situated in the heart of the city (while also remaining just a few blocks away from the beach), right next to some of the top bars, shops, and foodie spots in town — including Ocean Prime, Truluck’s, and virtually dozens of other quality eateries.
The hotel boasts a lengthy list of in-house amenities as well, including a sizeable rooftop pool and hot tub, state-of-the-art spa with sauna and steam rooms, 24-hour concierge service and fitness center, complimentary Tesla rentals for guests, and access to adjacent tennis and golf courses. Rooms are spacious and outfitted with all the essentials, AKA complimentary Wi-Fi, in-suite safes, plush robes, luxury bedding, iPod docking stations, and coffee makers — the last of which will really come in handy after a late night out.
Best Business: Charter Club Resort of Naples Bay
Just because you’re traveling on business doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style or luxury. Bedding down at the Charter Club Resort of Naples Bay ensures you’ll have both a pleasant work trip and a fun, leisurely lodging experience. Situated in Naples' historic district — just a short walk away from the beach — the resort is near a wide variety of downtown restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and shops.
The resort has plenty of amenities to accommodate business travelers in particular, including a stately business center, on-site concierge services, complimentary Wi-Fi, laundry services, and a heated outdoor pool and hot tub area for unwinding after a day of remote work. Accommodations at the Charter Club are roomy, so you’re guaranteed to get a good night’s sleep; in-room amenities include high-quality furnishings and linens, flat-screen TVs, wet bars, entertainment centers with stereos, kitchenettes, and a private, 30-foot screened-in lanai — the perfect place to retire at the end of a long day.
Best B&B: Cove Inn on Naples Bay
Quaint, cozy, and everything else you’d want in a B&B, the Cove Inn on Naples Bay has been a beloved fixture on the local boutique scene for over 50 years. One of the few waterfront B&Bs in town, the stay prides itself on providing friendly, personalized service, comfy accommodations, and a variety of thoughtful amenities. Regardless of whether you’re headed to Naples for a relaxing getaway or you’d prefer to keep your days action-packed, the Cove Inn is the ultimate place to stay.
Spend your morning swimming laps at the peaceful bayside swimming pool, enjoy pre-dinner cocktails at Chickee, the adorable on-site bar, or relax on the sun-splashed deck with a book in hand. Apart from the pool, bar, and well-stocked on-site library, other property amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, a business center, laundry facilities, and free parking for guests. Each room is individually decorated and offers its own special touches as well as basic essentials like a microwave, flat-screen TV, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, mini-fridge and private balcony.