Serving as both the county seat of Lee County as well as the commercial center, Fort Myers is one of the most popular local destinations in the state of Florida. Dubbed as the “ City of Palms”, it is the entryway to Southwest Florida with Southwest Florida International Airport. People come to visit for its beaches, entertainment, amusement, shopping, and great atmosphere.
The main attraction of Fort Myers is its beaches and water. Spending a day or two at it’s beaches entices visitors of all walks of life and ages. Its waterfront is filled with pier, docks, and marinas, giving birth to more activities like yacht tours, boating, kayaking, and fishing. For those who to skip the water, the downtown area of Fort Myers is a must-place to explore with its architecture and its Historic District also serving as an entertainment debut of Fort Myers.
Sightseeing the the city means checking out the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, namely the Seminole Lodge and the Mangoes Estate
Both Henry Ford and Thomas Edison adored Ft. Myers and made it their winter vacation destination. In the late 19th century Thomas Edison and a friend traveled to St. Augustine in hopes of finding warm temps, but to no avail. Taking carriages, a train, and boats, the two traveled across the state and down the coastline and settled on wintering in Ft. Myers. Seeking land, they purchased a 13-acre tract of land along the Caloosahatchee River. In 1885 to 87, the Seminole Lodge was constructed as a winter home for the Edisons. In the early 1910's, Henry Ford purchased land and a home next to the lodge, which became known as the Mangoes Estate which opened to the public in the 1940's.
For a big and major tourist destination, there are more than plenty when it comes to Fort Myers Florida hotels. There are many lodging opportunities and it may be challenging to select one. First, determine your budget, as hotels in Fort Myers range from budget to luxury accommodations. Then there is the location. Would you like a beachfront hotel in Fort Myers? Or close to the airport and malls? Checking out online reviews of hotels in Fort Myers can also help in streamlining your choice.
One of the top rated hotels in Fort Myers is Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers. For luxury properties, there is Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. A mid-range hotel is Quality Suites Fort Myers- I- 75.
For families, we highly recommend the Hyatt Place Fort Myers at the Forum
The Hampton Inn and Suites - Fort Myers
Hampton Inn & Suites has been known for years as a family-friendly and reliable place to stay and the same holds true for its property in Fort Myers. No-frills hotel with its 120 guest rooms fitted with microwave, coffeemaker, fridge, and premium channel. Perfect for all visitors of varied budget, this hotel offers standard to VIP suites with the most upgraded amenities and large spaces.
Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers is very close to the beach with beach shuttle provided to in-house guests. This hotel also has an outdoor pool, fitness center, computer station, and laundry services. Inclusive of the rates are breakfast, Wi-Fi, and parking. Two golf courses namely Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf and Jungle Golf Fort Myers are walking distances from this hotel.
Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa
For those on a luxury getaway in Fort Myers, the best place to stay is Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa. This 4-star all-suite property offers topnotch amenities and facilities for discerning guests making this hotel their base while in Fort Myers. Rooms can have water or resort views, with luxe in-room amenities. All rooms have balconies to enjoy the scenery. Suites on the other hand have larger spaces and upgraded amenities.
Dining is a feast at this Marriott property near Sanibel Island. There are three restaurants and room service is available 24/7. A bar overlooking the bay and it has its own coffee shop. The whole property is worthy for those travel photos with its elegant furnishing, design, and structure.
Quality Suites Fort Myers
For those looking for hotels that can provide value for money, check-in at Quality Suites Fort Myers- I-95 offering free breakfast, parking, Wi-Fi and has an outdoor pool. Rooms are painted with cool colors for an upbeat ambiance along with basic in-room amenities like fridge and microwave as well as a hair dryer. Its 65 guestrooms are all non-smoking with accessible, connecting rooms available upon request. Quality Suites provides gym,24-hour front desk, laundry services, newspapers at the lobby, and a 24-hour business center. Located at Interstate 95, golf courses are highly accessible from this hotel like Legends Golf and Country Club and Eagle Ridge Club. Or, catch a baseball game during Spring Training for the Boston Red Sox at JetBlue Park at Fenway South.
Due to the high competition between properties, travelers visiting Fort Myers don’t have to worry about sub-par hotels for all of them pass the standards when it comes to clean and safe places to stay in the city. Other Fort Myers Florida hotels worth mentioning are Homewood Suites, Holiday Inn, and Days Inn & Suites. Independent hotels in the area are Fountain Cottages Inn and Legacy Harbour Hotel & Suites.
Hyatt Place Fort Myers at the Forum
You'll love the Hyatt Place Fort Myers at the Forum whether you are a business traveler or a family enjoying a long weekend or a vacation. Great amenities here include free Wi-fi and a free healthy breakfast offering natural bacon, cage-free eggs, yogurts, and a variety of other great food items. Rooms are suites so you'll have plenty of space to spread out with children and can enjoy the cozy sofa which converts to a bed at night. Business executives marvel at the work space areas and there is both a fitness room and sparkling pool in which to relax.
No matter when you are hungry, order from the Gallery 24 hours a day or stop in and pick up a snack. Enjoy Starbucks ® in the morning and beer or wine at night. Plus, Fido can come along as this is one of the pet-friendly hotels in Fort Myers. Pay a $75 refundable fee for 1 to 6 nights and 7+ will set you back $175. Up to two dogs per each room are allowed, provided pets weigh 50 lbs or less and the two total maximum is 75 pounds.
Come explore this attractive city soon and find many fun things to do in Fort Myers. You won't be disappointed and will create memories to last a lifetime. Book now, TravNow.
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