Olde Marco Inn and Suites
Steeped in history, rich in the ambiance of old Florida style architecture and set in a quiet tropical locale, the Olde Marco Island Inn and Suites makes for a beautiful getaway. The tranquil waters and sun-washed beaches of Marco Island provide the perfect backdrop for the Olde Marco Inn and Suites where you will find the emphasis is very much on friendliness and old-fashioned quality service.
The inn, founded by Captain Bill Collier in 1883, was built on Calusa Indian grounds and is considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Southwest Florida. The Inn recently opened a museum that houses artifacts found during various phases of construction on the property. The famous Marco Cat was discovered in 1886 along with many other important pieces. These Calusa artifacts are now on display at the Smithsonian Institute and are considered to be one of the most significant archaeological finds in North America.
Listed on the historic register, the Inn has evolved over the years. Originally it was built as a hunting and fishing lodge with 20 sleeping rooms and a one-of-a-kind, two-story outhouse that was mentioned in Ripleys Believe It Or Not column. Among the most interesting antiques are tarpon scales dating back to the early 1900’s. For many years, proud anglers made a habit of signing, dating and marking the weight and length of prize fish on the scales. They were then hung on the walls. The Inn has been authentically maintained with the cases of tarpon scales, antiques and art from the 19th century, and a magnificent glass chandelier that was once the property of the big band leader Guy Lombardo. In 1999 the Inn became the property of a Minnesota partnership and under their direction the Inn was meticulously restored and renovated. Three new wings housing 51 one and two bedroom suites blend splendidly with the original architecture. Each suite is exquisitely decorated with a spacious living and dining area, large screened lanai, kitchenette, master bedroom with bath and or second bedroom with an additional bath.
If you would really like to indulge yourself you can choose to rent one of seven opulent penthouses that range in size from 1,300 to 6,500 square feet and offer the most lavish accommodations in Southwest Florida.
Amenities at the Inn are abundant, with a heated pool and sun deck, village shops, fitness center, “FunCierge” activity planning services and two award winning restaurants. In addition, their full service day spa offers relaxing, massages, facials, manicures and pedicures. The Spa’s tropical design is grounded in Feng Shiu principles with the sound of gently falling water, live plants and traditional colors.
Dining at the Inn is a four star affair. Their award-winning chef’s create a tempting array of island favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch is a favorite for visitors and islanders alike. During “season” reservations are recommended well in advance to avoid disappointment.
One of the Inn’s most unique amenities is the option to board their private 38-foot catamaran for a daily sail to nearby-unspoiled beaches. The trip is complimentary and provides a one of a kind opportunity to spot dolphins, manatees and tropical birds. Paradise is found! Sun on the secluded sugary-white sand beaches, swim in the brilliant blue waters of the Gulf, or gather your own special shell treasures. This excursion will prove to be one of your most memorable experiences while staying at the Inn.
The Olde Marco Inn and Suites, while sophisticated and elegant, welcomes families and offers many activities for all ages. Take in a tour of the Everglades, golf at any of 24 nearby courses, go backwater fishing with their experienced captain in the breathtaking Ten Thousand Islands or book a sunset sail. The Inn’s reputation for individualized service, its award winning dining and tropical locale, is the recipe for the perfect getaway.
For more information on the Olde Marco Island Inn visit www.oldemarcoinn.com