Inside this Supercharged Luxury Hotel in Naples
Few hoteliers are as hands-on as Phil McCabe, so when it came to selecting a unique amenity for his property, this self-proclaimed “Tesla guy” acquired a Model X, the brand’s roomy, classy sport utility vehicle. This gleaming white jewel sits right on Fifth Avenue South, the hotel logo emblazoned on its front doors.
Guests staying in one of the Inn on Fifth’s Club Level Suites — across Fifth from the main hotel — can contact the concierge to summon the electric-powered Tesla. As you approach, the rear doors open upward, welcoming you into its luxe black-and-white interior. A parking valet will drive you to a nearby restaurant, shop, salon, gallery or the beach. No rides to the airport, though. “We limit it to within a mile, mile-and-a-half of the hotel,” McCabe says. “It’s designed to be a guest experience, and it’s pretty remarkable.”
When McCabe, who now owns three Teslas, saw the Model X in a New York City showroom a year and a half ago, it hit him. “I just knew it would be perfect for my hotel guests,” he says.
The Tesla Model X is not as much about transportation as it is arriving in style. “When we take a guest out in that car, we hear it: all eyes are on the car,” Phil says with a chuckle. “It’s an attention-grabber, for sure. We have some pretty elegant people going out to dinner from the Inn on Fifth, and they look chic getting out of the Model X — but the public is looking at the car.”