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All 9 Sanibel Island B&Bs / inns

Sunshine Island Inn

642 East Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Sunshine Island Inn
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

My husband and I now understand why Sunshine Island Inn was the only place on Sanibel Island that was charging less than $200 per night. The unit we had (Lighthouse) was in terrible condition: broken small window glass, broken screens that did not fit properly in main living room/bedroom and in bathroom, moldy smell in bathroom, unsanitary chipped counter top... More

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Brighton, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Before coming to Sunshine, I did what my husband insists I do with ALL our travel plans, I investigated the Inn reviews FIRST on this site (and searched for others!).. I've learned after many years of traveling, staying from 5 star and suites to simple and quaint, HOW to read these reviews and read thru the lines. Boy am I... More

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Pickerington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

I'm mostly writing this review for whoever actually owns this property to let them know how difficult it is to reach a live person. I've been trying for three days. Something is wrong with the answering machine/voicemail. It rings forever and twice, I was able to leave only a 3 second message. I resorted to e-mail. Today, I reached my... More

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Mold in the tub/shower. Outdated and dilapidated charcoal grill, a gas grill would have been nice. Small refrigerator that froze our food. No wi-fi internet anywhere on the premises even though we were assured a week before our stay that it worked. Other guest's dogs wondering into our room from poolside. Beach chairs/umbrellas broken and falling apart. The owner's obviously... More

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Boulder, Colorado
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

The Inn is in a nice location, with the beach a short walk away and restaurants and shops accessible with a quick car or bike ride. But the "affordable luxury" that was advertised was quite a misnomer--the place was not particularly reasonable in its rates and it was a far cry from luxury. The room had the convenience of a... More

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Santee, South Carolina
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13 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

While advertised as an inn or cottages, it is really a small motel in a residential neighborhood on Sanibel Island. It has a small pool, Wi-Fi near the office, a canal side dock for kayaks or john boats, and access to the beach via a trail between condos across the street. Good location - quiet and tropical. Exterior is bland... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013 via mobile

We have stayed here, through many owner changes. We love the location and whenever we stay, the owners are friendly and accommodating. It was 15 years ago we first stayed, and have stayed there at least once each year after!!! Just this last July, we rented all the room for our family, so we could spend a weekend celebrating my... More

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New York City, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This property needs to buy a bottle of bleach & learn how to use it on bathroom grout; No Internet during entire stay; Beach access path is downright scary, especially at night, not lit, very narrow, bordering leaning cinder blocks & trash cans; ridiculous 10AM check out is emphasized by big sign on room door; got this via auction for... More

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St. Petersburg, FL
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

Coquina Cottage was quaint, clean and comfortable! My husband and I enjoyed our weekend stay at Sunshine Island Inn October 2013. They take pets and Karen was so accommodating with our three little rescue pups. We had a lovely weekend! Thank you so much! We'll be back!

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Port Charlotte, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

We've come to the Sunshine Island Inn on several occasions over the past several years. The last visit (which really will be our last sad to say) was disappointing. The caretaker Jean was no longer there. Instead there was a woman who was hardly there, and when she was -- at least while we were there -- , lay sunning... More

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Additional Information about Sunshine Island Inn

Also Known As:
Sunshine Island Hotel Sanibel Island
Sunshine Island Hotel
Address: 642 East Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
You'll discover tropical paradise and island charm at the Sunshine Island Inn. Located in Old Town Sanibel, we are surrounded by lush palms and the natural beauty of the sleepy Sanibel River. Stroll on Sanibel's famous shelling beaches directly across the street or laze comfortably at our Inn's beautifully landscaped pool. The Inn has a variety of accommodations for families, as well as, some that are especially charming for couples and honeymooners. ... more   less 

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