The property is gated, so upon arrival you have to provide your name/reservation info to get in. Self-park is $10 and Valet was $15. We parked and proceeded to the front desk. When checking in we were told we were upgraded from our "king garden view" to a "gulf view." Yay for us! We headed up to the 6th floor and entered our room. Everything was clean, fresh, and welcoming. There was a souvenir bag of shells on the desk from the hotel to us. I immediately noticed that there were two queens rather than a king room. I called the desk and they gave us the option of moving to a king room which would be back to garden view, or stay in the current gulf view and they would provide us with breakfast vouchers. We chose the latter option as we figured the complimentary breakfast would be worth the money. It proved to be well worth the queen beds!
After hanging by the pool for a bit we migrated over to the beach. Gulf beaches are different than Atlantic beaches. I really liked the wide spread of sand. There were minimal waves. We commented that we'd love to come back with our son in the future because the beach would be much more tolerable for him compared to the rough waves back on our coast. The hotel partners with Marco Island Water Sports to provide beach chairs and umbrellas. I believe umbrellas are an additional charge, but the chairs can be used for free as a hotel guest.
Overall I was impressed with our short stay. I would definitely consider coming back in the future as either a family or with my husband again. I would not hesitate to book my clients here either. The hotel was very nice without the stuffy/snobbish feel that some hotels have.