Well-Appointed Suites with Kitchens near Naples’s Upscale Shopping Centers
Naples has a reputation for sophistication: ritzy shops and restaurants line the streets in town, private golf courses host professional tournaments year-round, and its white-sand beaches are edged by grand homes. The coastal town has a wild side too, though—it sits just north of the Ten Thousand Islands, a chain of rugged islets, and the world-famous Everglades, where 12-foot alligators wade through mangroves and hardwood hammocks. Hawthorn Suites of Naples, winner of Wyndham's 2010 Hotel of the Year award, is located on one of the city's main thoroughfares. It’s a great base camp for taking in the various facets of southwest Florida.
The hotel is primarily designed for extended stays; as such, there are homey amenities in the studio suites, like spacious kitchens with refrigerators and dishwashers and family dining areas. The property centers on a tropical courtyard area with a heated pool and a jacuzzi. Kids can keep occupied with a putting green and basketball court.
Hawthorn Suites offers a few complimentary dining options throughout the week. There’s a hot breakfast buffet every morning with eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, and muffins. You can also head down to the evening social hour Monday through Thursday for hors d'oeuvres, beer, and wine or fill up on hamburgers and hot dogs at the poolside barbecue on Wednesdays. There are also a handful of restaurants within walking distance, including an Italian spot next door that makes fresh pasta every day.
Naples, Florida: Upscale Retreat on Pristine West Coast
Located along the southwest edge of Florida on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Naples is a small city set among wandering waterways and scenic estuaries. Everything in Naples seems impeccably clean, from the bleached sand of its 10-mile-long pristine beaches to the bathwater-warm water that’s as clear as glass. One of the prettiest spots is Naples Pier. This dock extends 1,000 feet into the Gulf of Mexico, leaving plenty of room for a crowd of anglers to cast their lines for pompano, a plump silver fish that makes for good eating.
Inland from the pier you can find Old Naples, where luxury cars are parked outside art galleries, upscale restaurants, and bars with outdoor patios. Walk along the brick sidewalks of Third Street South and you’ll find open plazas with antique bronze fountains as well as turn-of-the century cottages and striking Mediterranean Revival homes.
More than 80 championship golf courses are located throughout Naples, and the city bills itself as the Golf Capital of the World. It's a lofty claim, to be sure, but Naples has warm, tropical weather year-round and the second-most golf holes per capita in the country, according to World Golf.