My adult son Ryan and I just completed a four-night stay at the Pink Shell Resort in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, an expansive beach resort that has just about anything a beach lover could ask for. First and foremost, it has a spectacular location on a beautiful, wide white-sand beach. The main pool is large, and the water temperature is wonderfully warm. There is a tiki bar near the pool, and table seating for standard bar and grill fare. Additionally, there is a kiddie splash pool in front of the Captiva Villas building, with a lot of shooting water to keep the kids cool. (The only thing missing is a hot tub. We would really liked to have had the opportunity to enjoy sitting in a hot tub overlooking the beach as the air cools down late in the day or at night. On the other hand, the pool is so warm it almost makes up for it.)
Every room at the Pink Shell has a screened porch overlooking the beach and Gulf of Mexico, but if you are staying in the main building be sure to ask for one of the larger porches. Unfortunately, we got stuck in a room with a half porch. The half-porch rooms are in the center of the building, and have small uncomfortable wooden chairs, while most porches have much more comfortable wicker furniture and a lot more room to relax. The room itself if very nicely furnished with two modern large screen TVs (on in the bedroom), a large bathroom with a separate toilet room, and a small but well-furnished kitchen area with oven, microwave and dishwasher.
The resort is modern, beautifully designed, well-managed and clean. The staff at both the hotel and restaurant are very friendly and efficient, although they could have been more accommodating. I say that because I had emailed the hotel ahead of time asking for a room with two beds rather than one king bed, and never got a response. When I arrived I again asked for two beds but they told me none were available. They offered me a two-bedroom room for a reduced rate of $50 upgrade per night, but I was not willing to pay the extra charge so we ended up in a room with just one bed. Not a huge deal, but the bottom line is I did not get what I asked for. In fairness, I guess, we had booked through FunJet Vacations, so the type of room was pre-determined, or so they said.
Also, we asked for a late check-out because we had a late flight home, and although the resort was pretty empty on the Tuesday we left, the front desk clerk was only willing to let us stay until noon without an extra charge, which he said would have been $75. We were disappointed that they could not be a little more accommodating. They did allow us to store our bags behind the front desk and to shower and change in the spa before leaving, so I guess we don’t really have much to complain about.
Guests are provided coupons for free continental breakfast for each day of your stay (at least we were), and if you use two coupons you can get the full hot breakfast. The breakfast buffet is good, not great, but the restaurant has wonderful seating overlooking the beach and Gulf, and the staff is outstanding.
Finally, one of the big plusses for the Pink Shell is that it is walking distance – two thirds of a mile – to the downtown Fort Myers Beach Times Square area, which has interesting shops, restaurants and bars. You can walk there along the beach or on a sidewalk along a quiet, recently remodeled street. Or you can take the Fort Myers Beach trolley/shuttle. Or you can rents bike across the streets (November rates were $25 for a day, $10 each extra day). Although the Pink Shell is close to downtown, it is still far enough away to be in a quiet area of the island, so it is the best of both worlds.
This was our second stay at the Pink Shell Resort and although, as I said, I would have been more impressed if the resort could have accommodated my special requests better, overall I still believe this is one of the best beach resorts we have stayed at.
For more reviews, including this one, of the Pink Shell Resort & Marina, visit this TripAdvisor page.