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Waterside Inn on the Beach

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3033 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Waterside Inn on the Beach
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Ranked #5 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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28 reviews 28 reviews
24 hotel reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just returned from a wonderful 4 night first time stay at the Waterside. It was everything we had hoped it would be. We stayed in the Pineapple Lodge. The room has a full kitchen and everything you need. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms and the grounds were very clean and pretty. It was a quiet... More 

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

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed your first time here at Waterside! It's amazing how calm and quiet things can be here when we're full, but as you found out it's just the atmosphere! More 

Hanover, MA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first trip to Sanibel and Captiva. We enjoyed the beaches, the nature preserve and the quiet, relaxed atmosphere. Wayside Inn was the perfect place to spend the week. It's mid island so far enough away from the traffic on the east end but close enough to easily get to any location on the island. We booked somewhat... More 

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

I'm glad we were able to help make your stay with us comfortable. Thank you for the nice review! More 

New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just returned from a beautiful trip to Sanibel Island. Highly recommend this as a vacation destination. Sanibel is lovely, but as you go further east on the island and into Captiva, you feel more and more like you've somehow wound up in the Caribbean. It's got lush greenery, tropical flowers and serious waves, Hawaii's "mini-me". Sanibel is very bike friendly,... More 

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

Thank you for the great review. It sounds like you really took advantage of our amenities and our quaint little spot on the beach. Because of our location, when it gets warm we have to compete with the humidity in the Pineapple rooms. Most of the air conditioners can keep up, but there are a few we plan on replacing... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came here in the 90's with my young children. This vacation was different with last minute reservations. We were lucky to get a room & spent 2 nights inBreakers West & 1 night in the Pineapple. Both were wonderful. Simple laid back beach style. After all we were there for the beach & it is literally steps away, especially... More 

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

Thanks for coming back to Waterside after all those years! I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed the rooms and the atmosphere. Thank you for all of your great compliments and don't wait too long to come back again! More 

Mentor, Ohio
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

My husband and I are here now until Sunday in the Pineapple lodge. Quiet and clean room, patio door open with a nice breeze and sound of waves. Nice and friendly staff. Old Florida style. The grounds are beautiful and just a few steps to the beach. Nice pool.

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

I am pleased to hear that you and your husband are enjoying your stay. This time of year it's nice and fresh outside and the temperature outside is ideal, so it's a great time to open your windows and doors and let the sea breeze in while you enjoy the sound of the water. Thank you for the great compliments. More 

Wilton Manors, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I live in Ft. Laud. and was celebrating a Milestone I had family come to help (Mom/Step-Dad from Oakland,Ca. Bro. from Los Angeles, and Bro from Va.) We drove over To Sanabel (2-3 Hrs) on Sat. 1/24 We were greeted by a very Cheerful, Proffesional Knowledgable Staff. My Bro's and I had rooms in Pineapple the rooms were Very comfy... More 

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

Thanks for the great compliments! I love the title of your review! It's nice to see that you and your family were able to enjoy your vacation so much. More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 via mobile

my wife and I recently stayed at waterside for a week, and it was Fabulous. We spent the first four nights in a cottage Mango 102 , which was a neat cottage practically on the beach. Very private and quiet. Loved looking at the stars as it was so so dark. Staff is fantastic. Shelling was great , and the... More 

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

It sounds like you really took advantage of the ambiance. The cottages are a great way to experience the feel and charm of beach style living. I'm glad to hear that you took the time to enjoy the view of the stars at night. It's one of the perks of having so few lights around. More 

Northwest Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The Waterside Inn is a great place to stay if you want peace and quiet and shelling right outside your door. We stayed in Pineapple Lodge room 126 and the small fridge, coffee pot, microwave and toaster helped keep our food costs down! I got extra coffee every morning in the office (for free) and they were always gracious and... More 

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

Thank you for all of your great compliments. I remember running up to help you with the A/C remote, and we are always happy to help in any way we can. I'm glad to hear your time here was so enjoyable. More 

New York City, New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Waterside Inn is all about the location. We stayed in Lime 101..open the front door and you are on the beach...perfect. The details in the cottage are another matter. Personally, I like to have percale bedding...ironed, not synthetic...especially at this price. I really think that all hotel bedding should be in a washable cover. This was not the case. The... More 

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

Thank you for the feedback. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed our location; it's hard to find a better one on Sanibel and even harder to find something as close to the beach as the Lime Cottage. I am sorry to hear about your issues with bedding. We do use high thread count sheets, and although our bedspreads are... More 

Sprockhoevel, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We stayed at the Waterside Inn on the Beach at Sanibel at the beginning of our roadtrip trough Florida Jan/Feb14. I can totally recommend this hotel. The "on the beach" is not just a slogan it's real, you step out of your cottage and feel the warm sand of sanibel beach under your feet. We just stayed for one night... More 

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

Thank you for that fantastic review! Thanks for choosing the Waterside Inn as the starting point for your vacation after such a long flight. You are right in that it's hard to get much closer to the beach than we are. Next time you make the trip over from Germany be sure to spend a few extra days relaxing with... More 

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