Naples is like Palm Beach’s poorer cousin

Waldorf-Astoria, Naples FL

Waldorf-Astoria, Naples FL

Naples is like Palm Beach’s poorer cousin - a quiet, casual town with wealthy enclaves and a large population of retirees.  Restaurant reservations are not necessary after 7:30 PM.  The Waldorf Astoria Naples is really a Hilton when compared with its sleek, modern sister property in Orlando.  Rooms are spacious with comfortable beds (new pillows and mattresses throughout the property in 2012) but décor is dated.  My bath towels were also worn thin and I was very surprised these passed a housekeeping inspection.  Each room had a coffee maker and tea service.  I am a stickler about security and my room door needed to be physically pulled to close or it remained ajar.   The children enjoyed the pool area with the slide but there are no lifeguards present so you need to keep a vigilant eye on little ones in the water.  You can walk to the beachfront or take a 5-minute tram ride.  The Gulf’s water is brown but clear, warm and calm.  The Waldorf Astoria assesses a $30 per night resort fee that includes Wi-Fi but there is a charge if you want to use one of the white beach umbrellas all set out on the sand near to the loungers.  I thought this was a bit stingy.  I thoroughly enjoyed my organic facial at the Spa, the most modern space on property.  Included in our room rate were complimentary Virtuoso amenities – buffet breakfast for two and a $100 Spa Credit.

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