Hotel Progress

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Having received City Council approval for the Old Naples Hotel in May 2018, the Camalier Family began working with hotel and development experts to implement their vision.

The interest in this project has been widespread and enthusiastic, and the family is committed to assembling the best possible team to bring the hotel to life as part of Naples’ unique Third Street District. As the project transitions from the exclusive province of its architects and design professionals to include structural engineers, construction managers, operators, and a broad range of other professionals, this ongoing deliberative process will deliver on the promise of the Old Naples Hotel.

A team of technical consultants has been retained to develop detailed implementation plans that respond to site-specific considerations. Foremost among them, stormwater and groundwater conditions are currently being measured by equipment on site and analyzed in labs by their hydro-geological experts. In turn, studies that thoughtfully respond to these construction requirements are now being formulated. Completely removing the existing underground parking structure and reconstructing a new one to state-of-the-art standards – while minimizing external impacts – is being undertaken with utmost care under the guidance of a team of hydrolytic engineers and technical experts.

The intention remains to minimize both short- and long-term impacts to the Third Street District, its neighbors, and its visitors. This design process includes a plan for demolition of the existing plaza and subsequent construction of the new hotel to occur in succession, once the architectural and engineering plans for the hotel are complete.

To minimize disruption to the neighborhood, the hotel’s design team is currently pre-planning many aspects of the construction effort. In combination with the results of groundwater tests, detailed design drawings will enable demolition to occur in March 2020, with a possible hotel opening at the end of 2021.

As long-time residents and property owners in Old Naples, the Camalier Family remains committed to bringing to life the charming, boutique-style hotel eagerly anticipated by the community. We will continue to post updates to this website as plans unfold.

– Updated October 2018

The History

Naples’ Third Street District is steeped in history. Early visitors to the small town most frequently arrived by steamboat at the T-shaped Naples pier along the pristine shores of the Gulf of Mexico. Just 600 feet from the pier was the charming Naples Hotel, adorned with an iconic cupola topped with the American flag – a sight that would become a familiar hallmark of Naples for the next 150 years.

It was January 1889 when President Grover Cleveland’s sister, Rose, became the first of 20 friends and dignitaries to sign the guest register at the Naples Hotel’s grand opening. Genteel visitors from around the country and the world considered the Naples Hotel a preferred destination. Though the inn evolved throughout its time in the heart of the Third Street District, guests and neighbors alike enjoyed its spacious public areas for catching up on the news of the day and enjoying games, debates and parties.

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The Vision

The Old Naples Hotel seeks to embrace the compelling history of this iconic and intimate inn by creating a hotel with neighborhood gathering spaces immediately south of the historic Olde Naples Building. The meticulous design captures the understated architectural vernacular, recreates the iconic cupola, and seamlessly integrates the hotel’s public spaces into the vibrant Third Street District for all to enjoy.

The vision for the Old Naples Hotel includes 109 luxury rooms and numerous amenities also open to neighbors: a café/bar with outdoor dining, courtyard, hotel sundry shop, spa, and a small retail commercial space on Third Street South.

The existing shopping center on the site will give way to the publicly accessible courtyard, hotel and amenities, with a reconstructed underground parking facility. Complimentary 24-hour valet parking service, coupled with no parking fees for hotel guests and retail patrons, will encourage use of the onsite underground parking facility.

The site plan eliminates numerous common hotel uses such as public ballrooms, banquet halls, full-service restaurants, lounges and meeting rooms, in order to reduce traffic generation and parking demand, and to better ensure neighborhood compatibility.

At the same time, the plan injects a dynamic land use into the Third Street South Shopping District, complementing the economic vitality of the existing, highly successful commercial mix of restaurants and retail uses while enriching the experience of district guests by providing an array of passive recreational opportunities with open spaces, gardens and verandas.

Architectural Renderings by Hart Howerton

Public Benefits

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The public benefits of this approved project include:

Design

  • Commitment to excellence in architectural design and workmanship for a 4-star hotel
  • 34,500 square feet devoted to usable open space – more than 37 percent of the land area
  • Minimum of 50 percent more water quality treatment under proposed storm water management plan than is required by code

Traffic

  • 67+ percent reduction in traffic generation from existing 54,000-square-foot shopping center
  • Design for, and fair share contribution toward, right of way improvements to facilitate vehicular and pedestrian circulation through Gordon Drive/Broad Avenue intersection

Parking

  • Demand calculated for busiest hour of the busiest day of the year, assuming 100 percent hotel occupancy
  • 40 percent excess capacity available through valet parking plan
  • Free onsite valet parking for hotel guests and retail patrons to prevent offsite overflow
  • Net contribution of new parking spaces in the public right of way

Use

  • The internally oriented hotel is the most benign permitted land use for commercially zoned land adjacent to single-family use; it insulates adjacent single-family residences use from the district’s commercial impacts; it transitions architecturally to single-family use; and it eliminates deliveries for a shopping center on Gordon Drive across from single-family residences
  • The project:
    • eliminates traditional ancillary hotel uses (e.g., ballrooms, banquet facilities and full-service restaurants), which adversely impact traffic, parking, and neighborhood compatibility
    • creates customers, rather than competitors, for restaurants and retail on Third Street
    • fits into the fabric of existing operational patterns on the street
    • enriches the visitor experience for those already in the District by providing a diverse array of passive recreational opportunities in usable open space, gardens and verandas on the property
    • reinforces the historical and cultural heritage of Old Naples and the Third Street South Shopping District
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Comments and Questions

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