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Family Hotels in Florida - Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL September 2016 First Impression



Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL

Conveniently located in Downtown Naples, Bellasera offered luxury accommodations and easy-access to some of the most desirable amenities Naples had to offer. If you're a shopaholic or a foodie (you're in good company!), this is your dream destination!



If you follow our blog you may have seen our second general update on our trip to Florida where we discussed our time in Naples, but now that we're back we want to go into detail on some of the places we stayed and things we did! We don't like to play favorites, but let's just say that Bellasera was the perfect place to spend a few days while Hurricane Hermine loomed over us (I swear we've hit some of the craziest storms during our travels).




Bellasera Hotel at a Glance:

  • 100 units ranging from studios to 1-, 2- or 3-bedrooms
  • AAA Four Diamond property
  • 24-hour concierge
  • All units included private balconies/patios with courtyard views
  • Heated outdoor pool & whirlpool spa
  • Designated Florida Green Lodge
  • Valet Parking (this is noted on the site, but we only saw self-parking)
  • Room & turndown service
  • Beach rentals
  • Complimentary shuttle service & bicycles
  • Local trolley stop
  • Beach rentals
  • Full kitchen in 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units
  • mini-fridge and microwave in studio and 1-bedroom units
  • In-room safe
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry in 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom units
 You can learn more about Bellasera Hotel or book your stay on their website. 

 Quick tip: You may want to book a 2- or 3-bedroom unit even if it's a bit more expensive as we generally save quite a bit when we have a full-kitchen and in-room laundry! There are a number of grocery stores nearby including Wholefoods, Trader Joe's and Publix. If you book a stay and have children, try to get a ground floor unit as it is more convenient for coming and going as well as accessing the pool!



Location

As we mentioned above, Bellasera was smack dab in the heart of Naples--convenient to shopping, dining, etc. In fact, historic Downtown Naples was only 2 blocks away and had it not been for the weather we easily could have walked there! We were impressed with the variety of shops, restaurants and even grocery stores within minutes of the hotel. We were also impressed that while it was clearly in the middle of it all, our suite felt far removed from any of the busy-ness just outside the gates of Bellasera. We traveled around Naples and nearby Bonita Springs quite a bit and had no difficulty navigating from place to place despite not being from the area.

Keep in mind, Bellasera offers a complimentary shuttle that travels within 3 miles of the hotel, which is more than enough to get you to a number of fabulous spots!


Resort Layout

 You can learn more about Bellasera Hotel or book your stay on their website.
How pretty is the courtyard?

Bellasera Hotel had an interesting layout with multiple guest buildings that framed in the beautiful courtyard and pool area. The lobby, spa and Zizi Naples Kitchen were located in the main building, which was adjacent to the other buildings, but had to be accessed by traveling outside along the sidewalk or through the courtyard. This was actually nice because we didn't get any of the lobby traffic around our suite despite the fact we were in one of the guest buildings closets to the main building.

Having a first-floor suite wouldn't necessarily be our first choice at most destinations, but it really made all the difference for us at Bellasera when it came to unloading/loading our luggage and groceries, visiting the pool, heading out to explore, etc. Definitely get a first floor suite if you can with kids!


2-Bedroom Suite First Impression

We've mentioned it before and we'll say it again--if you can get a suite with separate bedrooms you and your children will enjoy your stay so much more! I swear, kids become 10,000x more sensitive to everything when you travel. You go to the bathroom in the dark--they wake up. You painstakingly tear open a chocolate bar as quietly as possible--the crinkling is an instant eye-opener. You stream a movie on your computer and share one set of earbuds with your spouse because your computer has one jack and you don't have a splitter--the moderate glow from the screen might as well be a searchlight pointed straight into their eyes.

I'm telling you, at least for us, separate bedrooms is the way to go!

Our suite at Bellasera was a fantastic size--on par with some of the larger suites we've stayed in over the years. The bedrooms were a good size, the family room had plenty of room, the kitchen--that kitchen!--was absolutely perfect, the dining area had more than enough room for all 4 of us and our screened-in patio was a great place to dry some shells and enjoy breakfast outside without having to worry about bugs.

While the 2-bedroom had more than enough room for our family of 4, you easily could have fit 1 more small child into the suite without feeling cramped. Also, the suite easily could have fit a couple plus two single adults as well. More than 3 small children and I'd definitely recommend looking at the 3-bedroom if you want to make sure everyone has enough room to relax without tripping over one another.


2-Bedroom Suite Layout

Our suite was laid out much like an open-concept apartment or condo. The main entryway opened up adjacent to the kitchen, which was next to the dining area and family room. The first bedroom (which had two twins) was next to the entryway, a guest bath and the closet with the laundry in it. The master bedroom was off the family room and had its own en suite master bath and master closet. The patio was located through sliding doors off the family room.


The Double Twin Bedroom

The room with the double twins, which the boys stayed in during our stay, was a good size and included two twins, a bedside table, dresser, TV and closet. Their room shared one outside wall that faced the small parking area near the building. We were there during a quieter time of year so I can't say whether or not noise from outside could potentially be a problem during peak season, but it certainly wasn't an issue during our stay.

The boys settled right in and slept well in their room!

Note: If you have inquisitive children that have to touch/check everything personally (like us), make sure you check the curtain in the bedroom sharing an outside wall if you're on the first floor as you can see directly into the bedroom from the sidewalk around the exterior of the building if it's left open. Thanks, boys, for helping us to discover this! ;)

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review
The boys had plenty of storage space in their closet ... it also doubled as a good hiding spot. You've been warned!



Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review
The kids were excited to have their own TV in their room--they caught an episode or two of Full House during our stay! Yes, we let the boys have a little chill-out time and watch TV or movies sometimes before bed when we travel. I think that's okay! ;)

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review
The boys were nice and cozy in their room!




The Master Bedroom 

The master bedroom was a decent size with a king size bed, dresser, TV, bedside tables and a small sitting area. It also had an en suite master bath and walk-in closet with a safe. While I liked everything about our room, it was the ceiling fan that did it for me! Yes, strange I know, but Liam and I run into this constant problem where neither of us can sleep without a fan and not every resort or hotel has them for guests. We've gotten desperate and used fan apps in a pinch (yes, those exist for nuts like us), but this ceiling fan ... it was heaven!

Our bed was super clean and comfortable--this germaphobe approved! The linens were a tiny bit rough, which was kind of ironic given how plush everything else was, but they were by no means uncomfortable. Both Patrick and I enjoyed some super restful sleep there.

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review





Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review
This closet was nice and large and the safe was big enough for my camera, 2 laptops and more to be stored in it.

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review
The shower was super large with a tiled bench inside.


Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review



The Guest Bathroom

Having 2 bathrooms in our suite is always one of our family's favorite features. I know it sounds silly, but it makes showering so much faster and with food allergies in the family ... let's just say 2 bathrooms is best!

The second bathroom had a combination shower/tub, vanity, toilet, etc.

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review
Having a second bathroom is always a plus!


The Kitchen

If you really want to remove any possible stress from a trip, add a full kitchen--as long as it has a dishwasher! Honestly, not having to worry about finding places to eat for every meal that we all like (even our picky youngest) and that we can all enjoy (my food allergies can be a pain) can be hard, but having a full kitchen means we can shop and prepare what we like and what we want. Yes, some might find cooking a chore, but for us it's much easier! We love eating out and exploring local cuisine (which I'm sure you've gathered if you follow us on Instagram), but eating out every meal for over a week? That can be rough!

Our kitchen had all the comforts of home ranging from full-size appliances to flatware, dishes, cooking utensils, pots, pans, etc. We got a lot of use out of our kitchen and especially with the weather we had, it was a much-appreciated feature in our suite!

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review


The Dining Area

Our suite had both a breakfast bar and a full-size dining table. We found that we ate breakfast and snacks at the breakfast bar and dinner at our table. We also organized shells, got some work done and colored at that table!

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review


The Family Room

Having a separate space solely for entertainment and hanging out is fantastic in our book! We had a movie night here, hung out and enjoyed a couple stormy nights--Hurrican Hermine touched down while we were here.

Quick Tip: Bellasera did not have dvd players in the suites and didn't have any for loan at the front desk. I'd suggest bringing a laptop that can play dvds if possible!

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review


The Patio

We love that most resorts in Florida have screened-in porches and patios around the Gulf Coast! It's such an amazing way to enjoy the weather while you have breakfast without having to deal with the bugs.

Just a heads-up, there were cute little frogs and geckos all over and some tried to sneak into our patio and suite! Keep an eye while going in and out if you don't want little stowaways in your room. The boys loved those little guys!

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review
The patio was right off the family room--quite large!

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review
Here's a little peek of the tropical courtyard!


The Laundry

We saved the best (this is life in your 30s, folks) for last! Having laundry in our suite is pretty much the most luxurious feature you can offer us. We tend to go through a lot of clothes when we travel between messes, weather and trying not to pack too heavily. I also love to travel home with as little dirty laundry as possible.

We got plenty of use out of this washer and dryer. We did so many loads--it was amazing!

Bellasera Hotel Naples, FL Family Travel Guide and Review
Hello, old friend!


The Pool

While the beach is always our first choice, between the weather and wanting to relax as much as possible we spent some time with the boys in the pool (we hit up the beach as well, but with Hermine touching down it was a bit touch and go at points). The temperature was great and it wasn't crowded--keep in mind this was not during peak season. There were plenty of lounge chairs and cabanas, which I took advantage of to try to limit my sun exposure at least a little--my dermatologist is going to kill me after all the shelling we did.

The boys had a blast!


Bellasera Hotel Final Thoughts

Bellasera Hotel was as luxurious and restful as we'd hoped! The suite was amazing, the amenities were fabulous and the location was so incredibly convenient. The in-room laundry and full-size kitchen were definitely the icing on the cake for us, making our stay that much better.

We loved having two bedrooms and two bathrooms--everyone got plenty of rest because of it. We had some stormy weather due to Hurricane Hermine and because our suite was so roomy and homey we still enjoyed our time in Naples.

The location of Bellasera was absolutely phenomenal and whether or not you have little kids or big kids, there's plenty nearby to do and see.

Housekeeping and turndown services were great. We also loved that they offered a complimentary shuttle within 3 miles of the hotel--plenty of places within that circumference to visit including Downtown Naples!

The front desk and concierge were very helpful and accommodating. We only had one funny incident at the very end when we received a call 35 minutes before check-out that went something like this...

"Hello, we wanted to make sure you were leaving today."

"Um ... yes, we are."

"Okay, great! If you could leave before noon that would be good because we have to get ready for the holiday weekend."

We were literally finishing lunch and lining up the suite cases to start rolling them out the door when we got the call, but it seemed out of character compared to the rest of our stay and left us feeling a bit hurried despite being prepared. We understood what this individual was saying--the holiday weekend was about to start and they wanted to make sure rooms were ready--but it seemed that the choice of words was a bit off. We never stay past our check-out time, but with 2 kids we generally check-out right on time. We like to take our time to triple-check that nothing has been left behind or taken out last-minute by a little boy. We're sure other families feel the same. We'd like to think this was just a poor choice of words in the moment and not something they habitually do. Given the rest of our experience and the fact that we hadn't spoken with this particular individual before that moment, we'd give them the benefit of the doubt on that!

Overall, our suite and stay were amazing, which made our time in Naples that much more enjoyable. Even a hurricane couldn't ruin our experience! We definitely recommend checking out Bellasera if your family plans to stay in the area.

 You can learn more about Bellasera Hotel or book your stay on their website. 


Note: This stay was hosted by Bellasera Hotel. All opinions are our own based on our experience.

16 comments:

  1. Love that you can get a 2 or 3 bedroom suite! We're getting to were that is a must for our family when we travel.

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    1. Definitely! Even with just the 4 of us we prefer a 2-bedroom or even 1-bedroom over a guest room that isn't separated out--everyone sleeps better ;)

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  2. It looks beautiful! You should do a post on all the storms you've encountered!

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    1. Hahaha! Omg we should! I wish we had video from all of them, that would be hilarious to just do a montage of storms we encountered. I'm totally going to have to remember moving forward lol.

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  3. This sounds perfect for a family trip.

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  4. 2 bedroom suites are where it's at! Separate bedroom for the kiddos is a must. This place looks amazing!

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    1. Right? Definitely our preferred suite style! :D

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  5. What a beautiful place! I love the idea of the separate rooms - it'll be a must for us when our little one is older!

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    1. Right? Yeah, as soon as they're old enough to be trusted at night in a separate room it's awesome!

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  6. Wow! What an awesome hotel and suite! How could you ever want to leave such a beautiful place?

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    1. So true, we were super sad to go!

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  7. Those beds look soooooo comfy! Love the photo of the boys in their beds, so adorable :-)

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    1. Hahaha aw thanks! They were super comfy :)

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