by Allen J. Sheinman | June 01, 2017

Local Update

 The 319-room Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club has refurbished its 18-hole championship golf course. The hotel also features a seven-mile stretch of white sand beach (with beachside pools), a spa with nine treatment rooms and 34,000 square feet of meeting space.

• Naples and environs are undergoing a restaurant renaissance, with new eateries popping up all over. Among the best of the class of 2017, according to Gulfshore Life magazine, are 1500 South, 21 Spices by Chef Asif, Zen Asian BBQ, Midtown Kitchen + Bar and Tacos & Tequila Cantina.  

Meeting Hotels: Major properties in the greater Naples area include the 474-room Naples Grande Beach Resort; 454-room Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort and Spa; 450-room Ritz-Carlton, Naples; 319-room Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club; 295-room Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort, Naples; 199-room Hilton Naples; 189-room LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, and 119-room Inn on Fifth.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit

Airport Transit: Southwest Florida International Airport, approximately 33 miles northeast of Naples; transfer cost by taxi to downtown Naples, $70

Naples Municipal Airport, three miles from downtown Naples; transfer cost by taxi to downtown, $20

Taxes: Naples and Marco Island: room tax, 4%; sales tax, 6%; total tax on hotel rooms, 10%

Contact: Naples, Marco Island, Everglades Convention & Visitors Bureau, (239) 252-2384 or (800) 688-3600