A Contemporary Boutique Hotel with a Classic Feel

Even though the Inn on 5th in Naples, Florida, is only 20 years old, it feels as though it has been welcoming leisure travelers for a century or so. A blend of Old World elegance, casual Mediterranean ambience, and striking modern art and design—the privately owned boutique hotel is its own brand, reflecting and serving both classic and contemporary Naples. Guests include everyone from chic ladies of leisure to couples, international families, celebrities, executives on a golf break, private jet owners who fly into Naples airport, and even Palm Beach County twentysomethings who want a quiet beach and spa getaway with their girlfriends, distanced from the pull of work and pressures of dating.

In the heart of the historic district, with scads of shops, cafés, bistros, and dining options, Inn on 5th is the best choice for shoppers, foodies, and art aficionados. Leaning out the balcony, looking over palm fronds and watching the promenade of both residents and vacationers alike, guests are part of the 5th Avenue scene. But close the door and the room is an oasis of peace thanks to soundproofing for guest comfort.

The lobby currently reflects guest room decor, with black and gray mixed with vanilla, gleaming whites, and dramatic pops of crimson. But, owner Phil McCabe is always adding and changing style notes based on his travels and sense of trends. A new lobby design is currently underway by Robb and Stucky to reflect ongoing updating of the image of 5th Avenue as a leisure travel destination. Surprisingly, all guest rooms, no matter the size, have the same theme, colors and furniture, varying by scale, as McCabe believes that every guest should be able to experience the luxury of sophisticated design, no matter the price point. This gives the property a continuity that keeps everyone happy. The beach may be 6 blocks away, but the fabulous rooftop pool is just an elevator ride up. Sparkling blue water is flanked by bright umbrellas and furniture under white cabanas. Birds of Paradise and hibiscus heighten the tropical theme.

The property also offers a sauna and steam room, as well as an exercise studio and a spa with a full menu of massages, facials, scrubs, wraps, and reflexology. But one of the nicest perks is pool food service by Ocean Prime, which provides room service as well.

Given the prestige of the restaurant brand, it is unusual that it would provide such upscale service to Inn on 5th guests. Sampling restaurants along 5th Avenue is part of the fun of a stay in Naples as the small, affluent community is known for its discernment when it comes to dining. But you don’t have to go farther than a few steps from your room to experience Cameron Mitchell’s award winning Ocean Prime, with its impeccably sourced ­fish and sushi and perfectly cooked steaks. To sample, order a craft cocktail and truffle oil popcorn, maybe a crab cake, and enjoy the al fresco people watching. As in Naples, Italy, one of the main focuses of dining is the social aspect of participating in a community ritual. Newly renovated Truluck’s Seafood Steak and Crabhouse is the hotel’s second dining option. Their specialty, stone crab, is delivered daily from an area ­fishery during the season (October 15 to May 14).

Besides the former bank building that is the main hotel, the Inn on 5th expanded directly across the street in 2012, adding 32 club-level suites with a private concierge lounge at your service 24 hours a day. The lounge includes a full bar, with Champagne whenever you want it, a deluxe continental breakfast (which can be enjoyed on the rooftop terrace), snacks all day, and hors d’oeuvres each night—which makes the club suites a perfect choice for private celebrations: birthdays, family reunions, anything to do with weddings, and for girlfriend getaways. The club suites are also popular for corporate events (and the hotel has meeting rooms and a ballroom as well).

Club level guests are permitted access, of course, to the pool and spa in the main hotel, as well as the same amenities of a shuttle to the beach in a golf cart, luxury Cadillac Escalade SUV, or a Tesla with falcon wing doors that open up. If you are picked up at the Naples airport, by the way, your Cadillac ride drives right up on the tarmac to the plane — so no schlepping of bags. A shock to all who patronize luxury hotels, both valet and self parking are FREE! Although a shopping and cultural paradise, do not neglect the simple pleasures of Naples’ famous white sand beach. While the hotel is not on the beach, the designated area for guests is surrounded by residential mansions that give the illusion you are on a private island, especially if you bring a picnic packed by Ocean Prime.

The Inn on 5th is located at 699 5th Ave. S. in Naples. innonfifth.com; 888-403-8777, 239-403-8777.