Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort
This resort is in an absolutely spectacular location. The beach is wide and gorgeous. In the early morning you can find more beautiful sea shells than you can count (get out very early for the best shells). Now look out over the ocean and follow the sea birds—if they are flocking right over the water you will probably be able to spot a pod of dolphins feeding (the birds come out to scoop up the scraps). Marcela spotted a small pod on our first morning a few hundred yards from shore—just incredible!
Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort-Fantastic New Rooms and More on the Way
I loved this hotel! That being said the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is currently a construction zone (which is fully disclosed on the Marriott website). They are building a third tower and renovating rooms in the Islands Tower. We stayed in one of those renovated rooms on the 9th floor (Room 915). The room was the nicest I have ever seen in any Marriott period. Lots of space, beautifully decorated with gorgeous feaux wood floors in the bathroom and the shower. The balcony had an absolutely wonderful view of the Gulf of Mexico and, unfortunately, the construction cranes for the new tower. As I said, we were in the Islands Tower where rooms are currently under renovation. This did not become an issue until Sunday afternoon when I was trying to get some work done and the construction crews were working on an adjacent room. I highly suggest the beautiful new rooms in the Islands Tower, but ask for one out of the main stream of the construction. Ask for a room in the Palm Tower if you want to be further from the construction.
Great Pools and Beachside Dining
The pool areas are also wonderful. We liked the main pool area over the Tiki pool because it is more adult oriented and gets quite a bit more sun in the afternoon when the shadow of the Islands Tower hovers over the Tiki pool. You can dine poolside where the service was excellent and not overbearing. Quinn’s on the Beach is another poolside option. We had dinner at Quinn’s on the Beach on our first night at the Marriott. The beachside location and the atmosphere are great. The food at Quinn’s on the Beach is very good and also pretty expensive. The Grouper Sandwich ($19), which is touted by the staff, is tasty and served with a hefty side of excellent fries. Marcela had the Fish Tacos which she enjoyed. The drinks were expensive and a pretty weak pour. I travel a lot and this really pisses me off. Note to restaurant/bar owners—pour a decent drink if you want people to come back. I suggest Quinn’s on the Beach for happy hour when the prices are more inline with value. For dinner we preferred Little Bar Restaurant in nearby Goodland for outstanding fresh fish, generous drinks, excellent deserts and an outstanding live band in the bar area (for after dinner entertainment).
Breakfast at Maia was also over the top. The breakfast choices run the gamut from Lox and Bagels to fresh fruits to hand made omelets/pancakes to pastries to breakfast meats to cheese plates to fruits juices…all of very high quality. The breakfast buffet here is four stars all of the way. Our server, Dolly, from Guyana, was both personable and professional. We loved her! Remember, you get all this for $27 a person and, if you are a Marriott guest, you get a buy one/get one free breakfast with your resort fee. A spectacular deal!! Maia is a not to be missed experience whether you are staying at the Marriott or not.
Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Deals
We got a spectacular deal on our room during the fantastic Marriott Cyber Monday sale. That deal knocked down the room rate from $269/night to $188/night. Add in the resort fee of $25 a night and $12 a night for parking. We also got an upgraded room with Marcela’s Marriott Rewards Gold status. Marriott Rewards Gold and Platinum members should be advised that the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort does not have a Concierge lounge and does not offer free breakfast as part of
your status (a $5 per person discount is applied to your bill). The Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort also pops up on Skyauction.com for a starting bid of $228 a night (which should include the resort fee). You can also try book the hotel on Topcashback.com which is currently offering 7% cash back on Marriott bookings through their site (they just link you to the Marriott website). If you just like to get down to it, click on the Marriott link here or on my banner ad and book right now. Also try promotion code 22H for a $50 to $100 nightly resort credit at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.
Special thanks to the wonderful Doppelt family for their hospitality and for taking us on a fantastic cruise from Marco Island to Naples. Along the way they introduced us to the awesome Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland and the delicious Three60 Market in Naples.