Convenient location near Bell Tower Shops and a theater complex
All rooms have flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, microwaves, and coffeemakers
Baseball-themed cafe, and a bistro with a breakfast buffet
Heated outdoor pool surrounded by tropical greenery
Club Lounge serves evening appetizers and free breakfast
Free shuttle to Southwest Florida International Airport
Wine tastings on select weeknights
Modern 24-hour fitness center
10 meeting rooms and a 24-hour business center
Laundry room with coin-operated machines
Snack stand in the lobby
Free self-parking and free Wi-Fi throughout
Member lounge is closed on the weekends
Location is far from the beach -- a 20-minute drive
Breakfast not included in standard rates
The upper-middle-range, 225-room Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops is a nicer-than-average outpost for this chain. There is tons of shopping right outside the front door and lots of perks for business travelers, including a 24-hour business center and free airport shuttle service. The hotel has a baseball-themed cafe, breakfast dining room, with perks for InterContinental Hotels Group members in a club lounge, a lovely heated pool, and a 24-hour gym. Freebies include outdoor parking and Wi-Fi. Rooms are pleasant, with modern furniture and amenities like flat-screen TVS, and Female Travelers rooms offer yoga mats and special toiletries. For a similar option that's closer to the beach, travelers should consider the GullWing Beach Resort.
Modern hotel with bright style, social vibe, and business-friendly perks
The Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops is a five-story, upper-middle-range hotel that caters to a wide range of travelers. That's due in part to the refreshingly colorful style in the hotel's common areas that's bright and a bit funky -- not always a given with the Crowne Plaza brand. The lobby features black-and-white checkered floors, contemporary sculptures, and colorful chairs that create a bright look. With 10,000 square feet of meeting space, this hotel is geared toward corporate travelers. For baseball fans there’s the Shoeless Joe’s Sports Cafe, decorated in MLB memorabilia. Popcorn is often provided in the lobby, and on certain weeknights guests are invited to evening wine tastings in the lobby’s lounge -- which has a piano for live entertainment. All in all there's a nice, social vibe here, which is especially helpful for the many business travelers that pass through and are looking for a way to unwind after their day working. Vacationing families and couples do pass through as well, though this hotel's lack of proximity to the beach is a notable drawback for those on holiday.
In central Fort Myers, located near shopping and dining
The hotel is within walking distance of the Regal Cinemas Belltower 20, and more than a dozen restaurants and 50 stores at the Bell Tower Shops. More chain restaurants are in the surrounding area. Many guests stay here to see the Boston Red Sox spring training games at JetBlue Park, while the Minnesota Twins train at CenturyLink Sports Complex, which are both about 10 to 15 minutes away by car. The drive to downtown Fort Myers and the Thomas Edison/Henry Ford Winter Estates takes 20 minutes. It’s a 25- to 30-minute drive to Sanibel Island and Fort Myers beaches. The hotel provides free shuttle service to Southwest Florida International Airport, which is 20 minutes away.
Pleasant rooms with perks for business travelers or solo female guests
The 225 rooms at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Fort Myers at Bell Tower Shops are pleasant with traditional oak-veneer furniture, red carpeting, green accent walls, and neutral textiles. It's not a memorable look, but makes for a fine-enough short stay. Each room features business-friendly features like ergonomic chairs, desks, and extra outlets. Most rooms also have 32-inch flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, microwaves, air-conditioning, coffeemakers, irons, and some have sofa beds. Club Level Rooms have bathrobes and microwaves, and access to the Club Lounge on the fifth floor, which serves a free breakfast and evening snacks. Executive Rooms also have bathrobes. Female Traveler Rooms come with DVD players, yoga mats, magazines, slippers, makeup removers, and hair flatirons. Bathrooms have colorfully painted walls, hairdryers, wooden vanities with granite countertops, and shower/tub combos. A generous selection of free toiletries is included as well.
Business services, a sports cafe and breakfast lounge, outdoor pool, and 24-hour gym
As the majority of guests here are business travelers, it makes sense that this Crowne Plaza offers a substantial number of business services. There are 10 meeting rooms -- including a 550-person ballroom -- as well as a 24-hour business center with three computers and two printers that's open around the clock. Guests also have 24-hour access to a fitness center, which has free weights, exercise balls, and cardio machines. Outside lounge chairs surround a heated outdoor pool with tropical landscaping and a rock waterfall.
InterContinental Hotels Group members and Club Room guests get access to the fifth-floor Club Lounge, where evening appetizers and a free continental breakfast are served. It also has a TV lounge area. Sports fans can watch games on flat-screen TVs at the Shoeless Joe’s Sports Cafe, which offers terrace seating, indoor video games, and a pool table. Breakfast is served in a dining room -- though not included with standard rates -- and snacks and chilled drinks are sold by the front desk. There is a coin-operated laundry room on-site. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel and parking is also free. The hotel runs a free shuttle to Southwest Florida International Airport as well.
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