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Waterside Inn on the Beach

3033 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Ranked #11 of 28 hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We actually stayed here April 07, but made reservations to go back this June. This place left such a beautiful, peaceful feeling with us, we decided to return. We are not able to take many vacations, so they are rare and precious to us. After looking at many possibilities, we chose to return to Waterside. We stayed in a cozy... More

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Watertown, Massachusetts, United States
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are not an easy to please couple; we own a beachfront property, which is it's own slice of heaven. We piggybacked on friends' vacation and stayed a happy week here the last week of March. We stayed in Grapefruit 108, one of the one bedroom cottages, while our friends stayed on the second floor of Pineapple. It's an adorable... More

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

What a fantastic review. Sounds like you really experienced the "flavor" of our laid back resort. It's definitely got tons of charm and plenty of great Guests that visit year after year to experience “Island Style" at its best. We're hoping to add you both to that long growing list. We appreciate all your kind words and look forward to... More

Västerås
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were her back in 2004 the last time and decided to visit again. This place is located directly on the beach which is really nice. Our room was really nice with a small balcony where we could sit in the evenings, the staff was really nice and helpful. Overall we really like this place, the only thing was that... More

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Now what took you so long to return? Ten years is WAY too long to be away. Hopefully your next vist here will be sooner! To answer your question about the darkness...yes, Sanibel is has adopted a "Dark Skies" ordinance. The purpose of the law is to protect the natural beauty of Sanibel's night skies as well as the habitat... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old Florida charm....... modern, updated convenience. Quiet, secluded and yet on the beach and a great place for families. Overall, it is a perfect combination, in a perfect location, making for a perfect vacation.

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your comments about The Waterside Inn. So happy you had a great experience here at our little island paradise. Visit again when you need that one of a kind stress free vacation spot. More

Toronto
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Stayed at Breakers Condos A4 for just one night before flying home. Condo was clean, roomy, tiling in kitchen and living room, the king size bed very comfortable and the unit full of interesting décor. Equipped with everything one would need for a longer stay. Only problem, the bathroom off master bedroom has seen better days - there was rust... More

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback on Trip Advisor. Although you enjoyed your stay and our property, I regret that the Breakers West unit you stayed in had some issues. As you know, these are privately owned units that we manage. The owners try to keep them nicely furnished and up to date but sometimes they cannot do all the updating... More

Cambridge, Massachusetts
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

If you want to stay at a soulless resort with all the amenities, this place is not for you. If you want a wonderful few days at a relaxed, friendly 1950s style hotel right on the beach, this is your place. We stayed in Pineapple (the small "hotel" part of the complex, as opposed to the cottages, which were all... More

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

OMG! Many thanks for that fantastic review! We try so hard to make everyone's stay here a great one and it sounds like we succeeded with you. You really hit the nail on the head as to what we are all about...I love your description of our competitors: "soulless". Our staff has such big hearts and they love our property... More

North Reading, Massachusetts
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We stayed in Pineapple 123 for 4 nights. The view from the balcony is lovely, it is only steps to the beach, and you can listen to the ocean while you sleep-- exactly what we were looking for! The staff was very friendly, and you can rent bikes at the front desk (highly recommended, it's the best way to get... More

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your great experience here at the Waterside Inn on the Beach. We're so pleased that we could help you have that perfect vacation with the perfect view. We look forward to many more visits from you. Thank you once again for choosing us for your vacation destination. More

Newark
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5 reviews 5 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

We have stayed at the Waterside Inn many times and loved it. Nothing fancy, but clean and on the beach. However, they have changed their smoking policy. You can no longer smoke outside on your deck; you must go at least 15 feet away from any building. Also, we were there for 3 nites, and the internet was down the... More

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of your recent stay here at the Waterside Inn on the Beach. We are sorry that your smoking habit has caused you to no longer stay at our resort. This day and age, there are numerous establishments that require that you stand 15-25 feet away from any building while smoking in order to minimize exposure... More

Haddonfield, Nj
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014 via mobile

Breakers B7 corner condo with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths was a good choice for us and another couple. Quiet and clean, nice screened in balcony. A few hundred years from the beach. Short ride by car or bikes to restaurants, kayaking, and nature preserve. Appreciated the Friday night happy hour, great for viewing the sunset! Heated pool and rental... More

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

We were so happy that you were able to come to our Friday night Sunset Party. I remember meeting you and thank you for your review of B-7. That is such a beautiful unit and I know you had a wonderful time staying there. Hopefully you’ll be back here before you know it! We’ll be looking for you :) More

Sarasota, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

Stayed one night with another couple in 2 BR / 2 bath condo with full kitchen and screened lanai. Very clean and comfortable unit. Short walk and distant view of gulf. Very friendly staff, which held the last condo available until we could come by to take a look. Older cottages are also available , but I did not see... More

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Sanibelblondie, Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your review of a Breakers West Condo here at Waterside Inn on the Beach. Each condo is freshly decorated and spacious enough for two families to rent. Each condo is fully furnished right down to beach toys! Thank you for choosing us for your vacation stay. Hope your travels home were safe and we look forward... More

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Additional Information about Waterside Inn on the Beach

Also Known As:
Waterside Inn On The Beach Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Inn On The Beach Hotel
Waterside Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Resort Sanibel Island
Address: 3033 W. Gulf Dr., 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 ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An intimate Olde Sanibel beachfront hideaway. All units recently refurbished including our romantic honeymoon cottage. Small pets welcome in selected units. Lush landscaping, two heated pools and stunning sunsets. Paradise awaits... just for you! ... more   less 
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