Overlooking a small lake with a fountain-like water feature
Classic rooms renovated in 2016, many with balconies and lake views
Lagoon-style pool with lake views
Fitness center with modern cardio and weight-training equipment
Free shuttle to beach
Bike rentals on-site
Hotel-wide Wi-Fi included in resort fee
Extensive continental breakfast buffet included in resort fee
Board room plus 24-hour business center
Not on the beach or on a golf course
Additional resort fee
Some complaints of loud AC units
The Inn at Pelican Bay is a four-pearl boutique property located on a small lake in the popular golf resort town of Naples, Florida, a short free shuttle ride from the beach. The 100 rooms were renovated in 2016 and many have balconies with lakefront views. Property features include a small lake with a fountain feature, a lagoon pool with lounge chairs, and a well-equipped fitness center with cardio and weight-training equipment. There's no restaurant, but the hotel does offer a breakfast buffet that -- along with Wi-Fi -- is included in the daily resort fee. Travelers looking to be right on the beach may want to consider the Edgewater Beach Hotel instead, but bear in mind that past guests have complained about worn furniture in its rooms.
Upscale boutique hotel popular with families and couples
From the outside, the Inn at Pelican Bay doesn't look like the upscale hotel that it is. Its location off a busy road, with its parking lot adjacent to the parking lot of a CVS and supermarket, make it initially feel like a lower-end chain hotel. Inside, though, is more elegant -- the vibe feels authentically Florida, with a dose of "convention hotel" thrown in. During our visit, there was a company getaway being hosted here. The hotel also attracts those visiting family and friends who live in the adjacent planned Pelican Bay community, as well as families and couples in town to hit the beach and golf courses.
The large lobby features polished marble floors, high ceilings, molded walls, and a crystal chandelier suspended above a piano.The lobby leads out to InnCognito's Lounge, which features high-stool seating indoors plus an outdoor patio with tables and chairs. Other exterior features include a lagoon pool surrounded by lounge chairs and a large lake with a fountain feature at its center.
Lakefront location in Naples, a short drive from the beach
The Inn at Pelican Bay is located on the shores of a small lake, a minute's walk to both a Publix Super Market and Pavilion Shopping Center. There are multiple chain restaurants immediately nearby, including a Ruby Tuesday's and Buca di Beppo, and it's a few minutes' drive or 10-minute walk to the Mercato shopping center. The beach is a four-minute drive away, and the hotel offers a free shuttle.
Most visitors will find a car is necessary, especially if they want access to some of the popular golf courses in the area for which Naples is known (there are over 80 in total). It's a five-minute drive to Naples Museum of Art, and a 15-minute drive to Old Marine Marketplace at Tin City (a touristy shopping mall with several restaurants). Both downtown Naples and the Naples Nature Center -- with plenty of hiking trails -- take around 16 minutes to reach by car, while it's just a tad longer a drive to get to the Naples Pier, a great sunset-viewing spot. Naples National Golf Club takes just under half an hour to reach by car. It's a 20-minute drive to Naples Municipal Airport and 38 minutes by car to the Southwest Florida International Airport.
Simple but elegant rooms, many with balconies and lake views
The Inn at Pelican Bay features 100 rooms and suites, all of which were renovated in 2016. Decor is uniform across categories and classic in style, with off-white walls featuring large photographic prints, beige carpeting, and dark-wood beds with poster-style headboards and blue-and-cream floral bed throws. All rooms have either a king-size bed or two doubles and come in Lake View, City View, and Luxury categories. Lake View units add balconies and double-sized sofa beds with gingham upholstery, while the larger Luxury King units have spacious bathrooms with separate walk-in showers and soaking tubs (Luxury Doubles keep to the shower/tub combo format found in lower categories). Features found across room types include 42-inch flat-screen TVs, mini-fridges, terrycloth robes, and Wolfgang Puck-brand coffeemakers. Microwaves are available on request.
Lagoon pool, decent fitness center, and Wi-Fi and breakfast included in resort fee
The Inn at Pelican Bay has a decent assortment of features for a hotel of its size, including a concierge, on-site bike rentals, and a 24-hour business center. A daily resort fee is tacked on, but includes hotel-wide Wi-Fi as well as a continental breakfast served at InnCognito's Lounge, just off the lobby; dishes typically include fresh fruit, breads, cereals, hard-boiled eggs, and waffles (guests can make their own from a waffle maker). Free tea, coffee, and cookies are available in the lobby until mid-afternoon every day.
Other features include a medium-sized fitness center with cardio and weight machines plus free weights plus a large outdoor lagoon-style pool overlooking the lake. The hotel also offers a boardroom and has tie-ups with a nearby banquet hall for larger events. There's no proper restaurant for lunch and dinner, but InnCognito's Lounge does offer cocktails in the afternoons (it's an honor bar system).
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