Naples beach hotel will receive new look

Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club

851 Gulf Shore Boulevard North, Naples, FL

— A Naples destination is getting a face-lift.

The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club, 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., will tentatively begin renovations on its beach side pool area this summer. Those renovations — which were approved Wednesday by Naples’ design review board — are meant to expand the outdoor area, said Daniel Summers, the project’s principal architect.

“I think this is the prize property in all of Naples because of its size and its location,” said board member Thomas Scangarello.

This summer’s renovations are part of an ongoing plan to spruce up the hotel.

“This is a project that is in a long list of projects the hotel has overtaken in the last 10 years to enhance the property,” Summers said.

According to a memo to the design review board by city planner Erica Goodwin, the renovations will include two new pools, spas and a new chickee hut. Goodwin also said in her memo that the hotel is planning to add eight cabanas.

Summers said the hotel plans to remove the existing pool. While hotel guests will be the only people with access to the pools and spas, Summers said both the Sunset Beach Bar, the hotel’s pool bar, and HB’s on the Gulf, the hotel’s beachfront restaurant, will still be open to the public and accessible from the beach.

That came as good news to board members, who said they thought the hotel’s pool has become a Naples beach destination.

“That’s just where you go,” Scangarello said. “It’s a very busy place, and if people are congregating there like they do, (the pool area) is like your main selling point.”

Scangarello said he was concerned about the safety of the public access area, which now features wooden stairs leading from the beach. He called it “three little risers that you take your life in your hands to try and get up” to the bar.

Summers said hotel owners were aware of the issues, and would most likely make changes to the area surrounding the bar and restaurant during the next phase of renovations.

The renovations are expected to be completed before the beginning of next season, Summers said.

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