We have vacationed many times on the Gulf Coast of Florida but never had visited Fort Myers Beach. Recently we went there and found out that we had been missing quite a lot.

The Edison Beach House

  It began with an internet search where we discovered The Edison Beach House Hotel. So we decided to give it a try. It possibly was the best decision we have made since we started touring the Sunshine State.

  The shell pink, four story hotel sits directly on Fort Myers Beach and every room is a suite. But what makes this place a gem – more than the outstanding location and reasonable price point, is the owners’ attention to detail.

The Edison Beach House sits right on Fort Myers Beach

  We must say that the photos on the internet do not do this location justice.

Our Room

Ours was a three-room suite and it would be difficult to find any creature comfort that had not been anticipated. Opening the door,  we were amazed at the spaciousness of the room. Immediately we noticed that the couch stationed to view a balcony that provided an unobstructed view to the gulf.

  Behind the couch was a wall with a window that separated the bedroom from the living area. Yet when the blinds were opened one could sit on the king sized (very comfortable) bed and see the beach and the water.

The suites are spacious and well appointed

 The kitchen also had an economy of scale. It had all the large and small appliances anyone would need There was a toaster, refrigerator microwave and even a blender.

The bathroom shower had a removable goose neck head with plenty of hose. There also was the obligatory hair dryer magnifying mirror mounted on the wall. That, so ladies could easily apply makeup and see the back of their head while arranging their hair. There was a full length mirror in the bedroom and a mirror mounted just outside the elevator. Just in the event somebody had to make last minute adjustments.

  There’s a stacked washer and dryer in the bathroom as well (with detergent provided). No need to schlep down to a laundromat, any such items can be done in your own room while you’re watching one of the two flat screen TVs (one in the living room and one in the bedroom), reading the local paper (there’s a new one in front of your door each morning) or perusing the brochures to see where you’d like to visit.

Boats are constantly cruising by

The View

  But who be would be doing that when they could be sitting out on the balcony watching the beach. There is so much to see. From the boat traffic, to the birds cruising by, the melody of the waves on the shores and the oodles of beach goers (who make for perfect people watching) – there is an uninterrupted show that goes on from sunup to sundown.

Sunset from our balcony

  Speaking of which, the sunsets at Fort Myers Beach are just spectacular and the Edison Beach House is in a prime location for visitors to see them from their own balcony.

  For those who don’t  swimming in Gulf waters, the hotel offers a wonderful little pool which is surrounded by its own enclosed sun deck. The owner tractor drags his portion of the beach each morning to make for a nice clean surface for guests to sun.

Within Walking Distance

  One of the nicest features, is that guests at the hotel do not need really to drive anywhere. There are lots of cool little restaurants and shops from one end of Estero Island to the other but the hotel is within easy walking distance to just about anything one might desire.

  Sauntering up Old San Carlos Boulevard there’s The Yucatan, Felipe’s and the Smoked Oyster Bar among others.

Times Square

  We opted for a leisurely stroll down the beach to the area known as Times Square. We were enticed  to the PierSide Grill & Famous Blowfish Bar  for their Gulfside tables and live music. The evening we were there a young man by the name of Anthony Wayne was playing and singing for the crowd. We had great food and a great evening’s entertainment.

  Times Square itself was peppered with restaurants such as Plaka’s and Pete’s Time Out.
  For those who wish to venture out further, driving is simple and the Edison Beach House even has bicycles for rent providing exercise as well as an extended range for exploring.

   Those would include a couple of great breakfast places – The heavenly Biscuit and Reeces Restaurant. Each has been rated in the top five for morning dining in Fort Myers Beach.

  This is a wonderful little place and we already have booked a return stay. There’s so much that we have not seen or done in Fort Myers Beach and nearby Fort Myers, we already anticipate this may become one of our very favorite Florida Fun Zones.