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Best Marco Island Hotels for Families

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Dreaming of a Hawaiian getaway, but can”t ignore the screams of laughter coming from your wallet? If watching dolphins, stunning sunsets and over 200 species of birds — all in a balmy climate with warm turquoise waters — is your thing, we have great news: just off Florida”s southwest coast is an island that”s both affordable and tropical. The gorgeous Marco Island is the largest of Florida”s Ten Thousand islands and hums with luxury resorts and budget-friendly hotels, plus restaurants and eco adventures. (Ten Thousand islands? Not really, it”s just a fun name for a couple of hundred keys.) Consider one of these Marco Island family hotels for your next vacation.

Written by Wendy Irvine


Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort

One of the best hotels on Marco Island, the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa sits just steps from the property"s spectacular private beach and is an all-suite hotel offering junior, one-bedroom, and penthouse suites. The Hilton keeps the beach and heated outdoor pool loaded in complimentary towels, water toys, and luxurious chaise lounges with umbrellas. For a little “us” time, park the kids in the happening kids" club.

The Hilton serves up four dining spots that include a piano bar. The property"s opulent 10,000-square-foot destination spa impresses with arched marble hallways, beautiful fountains, and a lovely vibe. The full spa menu includes a Jet Lag Treatment, Pre-Natal Indulgence, and a Couple"s Bliss Package. The secluded outdoor terrace provides elegant chaise lounges and an adults-only whirlpool.

Holiday Inn Club Vacations Sunset Cove Resort

Large Family Alert! Located on Marco Island"s Smokehouse Bay and less than 2 miles from the sparkling Tigertail Beach is the beautiful Holiday Inn Club Vacation Villas that offers three-bedroom villas all with a screened lanai, rockin" full kitchen and a full-sized washer and dryer. The enormous airy villas also sport a television in each room and a DVD player in the main room. A fabulous grocery sits immediately next door making stocking the fridge a snap. The property is also a quick walk to waterfront dining and a 10-minute walk to fun shopping.

The Holiday Inn"s complimentary shuttle chauffeurs guests to three beaches. (Cool shuttles mean no parking hassles!) The hotel also hands out complimentary beach chairs and bikes. The property has a small - but artfully designed -- zero-entry outdoor pool, whirlpool and sundeck and a dedicated concierge is on hand for coordinating excursions.

Marco Beach Ocean Resort

If you happen to live in an elegant penthouse (or wish you did), you"ll feel right at home at this Four Diamond all-suites property. The Marco Beach Ocean Resort is replete in full kitchens, extravagant furnishings, balconies with the ultimate in views, and palm tree dotted grounds. When you first enter the resort"s marbled lobby with glittering chandeliers overhead, you"ll know that you"ve just embarked on a Lamborghini-like vacation.

The outdoor heated pool is wreathed in rolled towels sitting atop chaise lounges all overlooking the white sand and sapphire waters. The stunning beach comes with helpful guys who set up complimentary umbrellas and chaise lounges. The flagship restaurant, Sale e Pepe, is a high-end dining experience that delivers jaw-dropping Marco sunsets. The property also has several casual restaurants better suited to kids. In honor of the sea turtles nesting on Marco in the summer, kids are treated to Turtle Turndown that includes a brief education into the lives of turtles along with a stuffed turtle keepsake. The property also has a high-end spa with a full treatment menu. And every evening at sunset, a captain"s bell is rung on the terrace just as the sun melts into the water.

Marriott's Crystal Shores

Say pool slide to the kids and dazzling view in a towering Marriott hotel to the adults and everyone is onboard at this Marco Island hotel. Marriott"s Crystal Shores sits right on the ocean with a short boardwalk stroll to the sand. The popular property is currently expanding from 67 rooms to a total of 219 rooms, to be completed in November 2017. The property will always boast two- and three-bedroom villas that brim with full kitchens, washer and dryer, balcony, and separate living and dining rooms. All master suites have a king-size bed, oversized soaking tub, and separate shower.

The Marriott offers a load of fun with a family pool paired with a twisty slide and a quiet pool. Along with villas, new additions to the property include a third quiet pool and a poolside grill. A kids" activity center is stocked in TVs, computers, arts and crafts activities, oversized chess and more. A Ping-Pong and a pool table are also both available. Stilts Bar and Grill is located beachside for casual dining and a colorful Gulf view.

Marco Island Lakeside Inn

This value-gem located in an upscale residential area delivers units decked in pure white wicker and palm tree décor and overlooks a pretty lake. This inn"s offerings are impressive, with full kitchens including full-sized ovens and dishwashers, free Wi-Fi, free parking, a small heated pool -- and wondrous sunsets. The meticulously clean 19-suite inn offers two-bedroom suites, one-bedroom suites and studios. The two bedroom suite sleeps six and has a hammock on the enormous deck overlooking the peaceful lake. Great complimentary extras include a DVD and book lending library, pool and beach towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, coolers, boogie boards, sand toys, board games -- and lemonade in the lobby!

A stay at the Lakeside Inn means you"re a short drive to one of Marco"s two public beaches, but word to the wise: Tigertail Beach is a stunner with great parking, yet also delivers a trek to the sand. The Southside Beach has less parking, but is easily accessible.

Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa

The decadent Marco Island Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa is currently under renovation and will transform -- by January 2017 -- into the only JW Marriott to front a beach in the U.S. This sprawling resort sits smack on a ginormous, bone-white private beach and offers over 700 rooms and 63 jaw-dropping suites many with insane Gulf views. The property boasts a huge family pool with slide, a giant quiet pool, day camps for the kids, a fabulous pizza parlor, many casual dining spots along with, Ario, the Marriott"s high end dining restaurant.

Fitness classes, beach towels and chaise lounges and umbrellas are all rolled into the $25-per-day resort fee. A handy motorized bar cart drives up and down the beach meeting your every cocktail need. Parents will love the resort"s two off-campus 18-hole golf courses (that sit an easy 15 minutes from the resort using the complimentary Marriott shuttle; ask about the Kids-Golf-4-Free program), and a full-service spa offers a wide range of experiences including spa treatments and salon services, plunge pools, a steam room, and a fitness center that brims in classes and machines.

Olde Marco Island Inn and Suites

Built as a guesthouse in 1883, this fantastic value property offers two-bedroom, two-bath units with kitchens, patios, flat-screen TVs, free parking and free Wi-Fi, and sits just 3 miles from the Tigertail Beach. Lush tropical gardens surround the outdoor heated pool and whirlpool and guests are invited to borrow beach toys, chairs and umbrellas. A café is on property and walking to local dining is a breeze.

The Olde Marco Inn"s units are each individually owned, but guests can reserve a room as easily as any hotel room. Visitors can choose between the two-bedroom suite and the deluxe two-bedroom suite, but make note that the deluxe suites have been recently renovated and their new beauty shows. Also good to know: the inn"s units don"t receive daily cleaning service, but if you stay seven nights or longer, your unit will receive a mid-week sprucing. If you stay at the inn two nights or longer, a $50 fee, plus tax will be added to your bill. Reduced cleaning service - in the end -- equals a lower bill at the end of your trip.

Boat House Motel

Could your boat use a vacation? Look no further than the family-owned and budget-friendly Boat House Motel that delivers pristine motel rooms and spacious condos with full kitchens and boat slips. The charming pearl-white, two-story property known for its fabulous price is trimmed in turquoise and is nestled far from the hub-and-bub of the south side of Marco Island. Chill on the Boat House"s private docks with coffee in the mornings and cocktails in the evenings and bring the camera for getting shots of the dolphins and manatee moseying by. The Boat House is also a quick drive to quaint shopping and dining in Olde Marco Historic Village.

The property has several room configurations and every room boasts free Wi-Fi, refrigerators, Keurig coffee machines, microwaves and free parking. Charcoal grills are also onsite to meet your barbeque needs. The Boathouse also has a small heated pool, coin-operated laundry, and specific rooms set aside for families traveling with a pup.

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