The newly opened Staybridge Suites Naples-Marco Island welcomed its first guests just as Hurricane Dorian threatened the east coast of Florida, providing comfort to travelers escaping from the storm.
“Our team members rose to the occasion as our newly constructed hotel quickly filled up with people evacuating from the east coast of Florida, providing guests with the warm hospitality Staybridge is known for,” says Bruce Sonnenberg, general manager of Staybridge Suites Naples-Marco Island.
The friendly staff welcomed weary travelers with smiles and the calming effect of a 450-gallon aquarium with tropical fish in the lobby. Guests appreciated the fact that everything’s included in the price of a suite: high-speed internet, laundry machines, a resort-style pool, daily hot breakfast buffet and a great room/poolside social hour Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Pets are welcome, too.
The suites are designed so that guests feel like they are at home. For example, each suite has a full set of dishes, cutlery and cooking utensils. There’s a full-sized coffee maker and a bag of microwave popcorn ready for snacking. Each suite is equipped with IHG Studio connection, allowing guests stream their favorite shows and movies on the big-screen TVs.
September is usually the slowest month of the year for Southwest Florida hoteliers, when as few as 50% of the rooms fill up. But Staybridge Suites Naples-Marco Island quickly filled most of its 103 suites within days of Hurricane Dorian’s approach. “We can accommodate people in need of shelter and keep them safe during this very difficult time for them,” says Fred Hirschovits, founder and CEO of Twenty/Twenty Worldwide Hospitality, the Naples-based management company.
The hotel is owned by Stacey Development LLC of Rochester Hills, Mich., whose principals have been longtime supporters of the Naples community. “Their investment in the Staybridge Suites near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Collier Boulevard at Lely Resort will introduce guests to Naples and Marco Island, helping boost the area’s appeal as a vibrant and growing community,” says Hirschovits.
Built by EnviroStruct of Bonita Springs, Staybridge Suites was designed to include the latest technology for energy conservation. For example, key cards are used to automatically turn the lights on and off in the guest suites. “Stacey Development’s commitment to environmental sustainability recognizes the fact that we are located in a unique ecosystem so close to the Everglades,” says Hirschovits.
To reserve a suite, visit www.staybridge.com, or call 800-225-1237.