|Hotel Punta Gorda|
Opened in early 1887 for the winter season, the management brought staff from resorts in Maine to operate the new hotel. Initially a success, over the course of time the Hotel Punta Gorda had its ups and downs. Promoting its stunning location on Charlotte Harbor, tropical ambiance, warm weather and first-class facilities, the hotel initially appealed to wealthy yachtsmen and fishermen. Some of its early guests included W.K. Vandervilt, John Wannamaker and Andrew Mellon. However, over time, it lost its appeal as other newer Florida resorts competed with the Punta Gorda hotel with their beaches and more attractive amenties.
|Hotel Charlotte Harbor|
|Howard Johnson's Motor Lodge|
Shortly thereafter, Fred Babcock built a Holiday Inn west of the Howard Johnsons. The original property there had been the home of Perry and Marion McAdow in the late 1890s and was converted into a 12-room Inn - The Bayview Lodge - in the 1940s. The Holiday Inn opened in the summer of 1968 had 102 rooms, a 200-seat dining room, a cocktail lounge, two banquet rooms and a coffee shop. (Photo below depicts it under construction.)
|Babcock's Holiday Inn under construction|
In the late 1990s, the Holiday Inn was changed to a Best Western (where the PG Waterfont Hotel and Hurricane Charley's is today) and the Holiday Inn franchise was transferred to the Howard Johnson's near the new Barron Collier bridge. (41 North). The Best Western was badly damaged during Hurricane Charley in 2004, and soon afterwards was remodeled somewhat and became the PG Waterfront Hotel. The Holiday Inn destroyed by the Hurricane was torn down.
Today closest to the location of the original hotel the Four Points Sheraton sits nearest the harbor with the new Springhill Suites right behind it.