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Waterside Inn on the Beach

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3.0 of 5
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3033 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Waterside Inn on the Beach
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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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Eaton, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stayed in Raspberry Cottage #105, a one bedroom cottage that was everything we needed for a great week of rest and relaxation along Sanibel Island beach. The staff was great and we were able to rent bikes right at Waterside Inn and ride around the Island (better in the morning when it is cooler). Plenty of good and fun... More 

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Sarasota FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We just returned from a six night stay and really loved the property - we have stayed on Captiva for years and opted to try somewhere new and so glad we did! Our accommodations were wonderful, comfortable, well furnished and PLENTY of towels! The staff is so friendly and a huge shout out to John who was always so pleasant... More 

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

We are so happy you and Cassie enjoyed your stay with us! If you are looking for a laid back getaway under the palms and on the water, we have what you need. As you discovered, the staff here is very friendly and does all they can to help our guests get the most out of their stay. Come back... More 

Metropolis, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 hotel reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had stayed at another facility for years but switched to Waterside and are SO glad we did. Old Florida Style accommodations are the only thing we are interested in and Raspberry 105 delivered. All the way from the inviting screened front porch to the excellent AC, we found the unit as well as the whole facility and grounds just... More 

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

Thanks for giving us a try, we are glad you enjoy our resort as much as we do!. The Beach Cottages are really cozy and we really enjoy having small pets stay with us as they really add to the "home like" atmosphere here at the Waterside. The new owners have been frequent guests here over the past years so... More 

London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely location, and lovely cottage. Not the newest but cant complain with the helpfulness of the fron desk and cleanliness of the cottage. We stayed in Raspberry 107 and would give very serious consideration to returning to Waterside Inn.

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay! We work very hard to maintain that small inn charm that has made us so popular over the years. If your looking for a relaxing experience on the beach under the palms, we are sure to please! Look forward to seeing you again! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I just stayed at their raspberry cottage for mother's day 2015. We all really loved it! The beach is your backyard. You're actually only a few steps from the beach itself. The environment is gorgeous. The cottage was extremely clean and comfortable. There was a flat screen TV with netflix and hulu included. From the first moment... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words. We somehow seem to attract only the finest pets here at the Waterside and they are all truly a great addition to our property. Hey, why not...those lucky dogs deserve a great vacation too! We will look forward to having you (and your dog) back again soon. More 

Tucson, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and myself were looking for a quaint & nice place to stay on Sanibel. I am sorry to say that we would not call Waterside Inn quaint nor did it have a clean refreshing feel to it. It has an old and tiresome feel to it. We like old, however not like this. This place needs some serious... More 

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

We are so sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us. It was an extremely busy season here and the Pineapple Lodge is by far one of the most popular room choices with our guests due to it's close proximity to the beach and water. Unfortunatley this close proximity also make it subject to an unusual amount of wear... More 

Scotland
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

5th stay on Sanibel and 3rd straight year at The Waterside. We really wouldn't consider staying anywhere else! Helpful and welcoming staff. Excellent accommodation footsteps from the beach. Close to all the Island life attractions, but oh so peaceful. And always seems to attract really lovely vacationers. A consistent memory maker for us that see's us through the cold winters... More 

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

We agree with you that our guests are some of the most pleasant and happy people we could meet. The Waterside Inn is a very peaceful place and serves as a great basecamp for all of your island adventures. We hope you will become one of our faithful followers and look forward to your next visit with us. More 

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

Absolutely loved this place. We stayed in the Pineapple villa. The staff is so friendly and helpful. The room was clean, beds are comfy, plenty of towels and wonderful views. Great price and defiantly worth the money! Thanks for having us! We will definitely be back!

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

Glad you enjoyed your stay with us! The Pineapple Lodge is a great spot and the best compliment we could receive from any of our guests is to see you again in the future. We have many new upgrades planned for the summer so we look forward to seeing again in the near future. The waterside Inn Staff More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

My family and I recently stayed at Waterside Inn for the second time. We loved it so much the first time that we came back another year. It is quiet, relaxing, and right on the water. We spent our time going from our cottage to the ocean to the pool and back. How bad can that be, right? The management... More 

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

Thanks so much for your kind words! We all agree that the Waterside is a truly special place. Seeing guests come back year after year is really the best compliment we could ever receive. We will look forward to seeing you again! Waterside Inn Staff More 

Valhalla, New York
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25 hotel reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

My husband and I recently stayed at the Waterside Inn on the Beach and could not have been more pleased with this hotel. We were in Pineapple Lodge, top floor, with a direct view and balcony of the beach and gulf. The room was perfect! It had a full efficiency with microwave, range and oven, and full refrigerator. Plates and... More 

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us! I must agree with you that the view from your room is indeed spectacular and is about as close to the Gulf of Mexico that you can get without actually getting wet! We understand that the beach lounges were in high demand as the weather during your stay was just... More 

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