No rooms in the inn: Marco Hilton’s Chambers Shut until March

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Following an electrical fire, accompanied by a flooding incident, caused extensive damage to the building, the Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa shut its doors. The resort will remain closed till Dec. 1, 2017. Wochit

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“We can provide you service on the shore, using the identical menu as in the restaurant,” he explained.

The main restaurant at the Hilton continues to be heralded as “The Twist at 560,” along with all the Bar at 560, together with “560” being the resort’s speech on Collier Blvd., across in the Marco Walk shops. The Hilton also includes a “grab and go” outlet named Market 560, which offers quick and easy, however  chef-prepared, foods including ham, ham, deli sandwiches and wood-fired pizza, perfect for a picnic on the shore or a jaunt in the boat.

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Executive chef Corey Hepburn and food and beverage manager John Belmar have produced a number of tasty and attractive dishes including their take on traditional favorites, including a pressed Cubano sandwich, shrimp or black grouper tacos, and a Mediterranean flatbread with spinach, sun-dried tomato, roasted peppers, Kalamata olives, caramelized onions, mozzarella and feta cheeses using a balsamic reduction.

With parking in a high on Marco Island, it is helpful to know that because there aren’t any overnight guests, the Hilton’s parking lot can readily accommodate restaurant patrons. The Deck at 560 hosted a fashion show benefiting the Marco Patriots, a team that helped so many in the wake of both Hurricane Irma, also is open for Thanksgiving dinner.

Speaking of the storm, Marcil said they were lucky since they had minimal impacts in the storm, and did not lose too much ground in their attempts to acquire the rooms reopened; nevertheless, he has not been holing up at the resort, but rather carrying it on the path to further the goal of longtime owners Olshan Properties to “be a part of the cloth of the commmunity.”

The resort engaged in the new Fire-Rescue Foundation’s chili cookoff and Chamber of Commerce’s craft beer festival at The Esplanade, and is supplying the hors d’oeuvres for the Marco Island Center for the Arts “Second Tuesday” gallery openings both tonight and Dec. 12. It’s also hosting the Chamber of Commerce’s December “After Five” collecting.

Marcil is excited about the foot health spa that is part of the property, in addition to the hotel’s reopening for guests.

“Our service levels will be extraordinary,” he explained.

As GM, Marcil expected to be until mid-November only at the resort, but has been requested to remain into December, he explained. Interviewing for a permanent manager is currently moving, and the new hire will begin around the time that the JW Marriott up the street matches a brand new GM to replace head Rick Medwedeff.

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