Matanzas Inn is close to reopening on Fort Myers Beach after Hurricane Ian

Reporter: Jolena Esperto Writer: Matthew Seaver
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A once-popular hotel on Fort Myers Beach is getting ready to welcome guests back, but there are some major changes in store for those guests.

Their post on Wednesday morning got lots of attention. It said the Matanzas Inn would soon be open to displaced Fort Myers Beach residents and contractors only. It turns out that is wrong. The inn will soon be open to almost anyone.

This comes after five months of repairs and a lot of hard work. There will be no amenities, so no cable, wifi, phones, pool, housekeeping, or restaurant. There is a three-night minimum stay and a non-refundable payment for the first two nights. The age restriction is 25 and older for all guests staying in the unit.

Manager Patricia Szatanski says the Matanzas Inn has come a long way since Ian ripped through Fort Myers Beach.

“We have eight units available to go now. And we’re doing a three-night minimum because we have limited housekeeping facilities and stuff, but yeah, we just want to get people back to the beach and have fun. You know, I just haven’t been enjoying it back here because it’s been, so you know, five months of a long time not being able to come in and spend time on Fort Myers Beach,” said Szatanski.

There will be parking with a restriction of one car per room. There is no parking available for large trucks, RVs, boats, or trailers.

The Inn hopes to open up more rooms as soon as possible.

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