A Hidden Jewel
This place came better than advertised, which is always a pleasant surprise. I was on a trip to Florida driving from Vero Beach to Fort Myers to catch a Red Sox spring training game. I initially looked at hotels in the Fort Myers area and got some sticker shock. Then I decided to look for hotels outside Fort Myers. There wasn't much to choose from. Then I discovered the Port La Belle Inn in La Belle, FL.
La Belle is 30 minutes east of Fort Myers and the Port La Belle Inn is just outside of town along Highway 80. At $59 for the night, I was not expecting much, but when I got there I was surprised at how nice this place is, complete with a restaurant and a bar. I'm told the new management is working on the guest rooms to update them. I was happy with my room; it was clean and comfortable and the place has wireless internet, which is a bonus.
I drove in when it was dark, so I didn't know what the area around the hotel looked like until I woke up the next morning and opened the curtains on my picture window to reveal a beautiful natural setting with a water way and a pastoral, country-type setting. Since the hotel is set in the country but near the town, it feels like you are in a remote, quiet setting. I opened the sliding door to the balcony and just watched and listened to the sounds of nature for several minutes.
I took a stroll around the grounds and the place is well maintained and landscaped and there is a pathway in back of the hotel to allow you to enjoy the water way in back and that leads to the outdoor pool area. The front of the hotel is off Ox Bow road with is a service road for the hotel and the condos/housing across the street and provides a great place to take a walk in the morning and enjoy the peaceful area.
This hotel just lacks exposure, but sure is a nice place, and definitely a great value for the price. If you thought about staying in Fort Myers and were turned off by the high prices, consider taking the 30 minute drive to La Belle to the Port La Belle Inn. You'll be glad you did. I really was pleasantly surpised. Thanks and good luck!
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