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Waterside Inn on the Beach

3033 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Ranked #8 of 27 hotels in Sanibel Island
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Mid Florida, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stayed in the Breakers West building, room B3. The unit itself was very large and roomy, very comfortable for our group of four adults and two babies. The kitchen was very large and allowed us to prepare meals comfortably. A roll of paper towels, dish soap, and all of the utensils, dishes, and pans we needed to cook were... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed Nov 2012 in Pineapple Bldg 2nd floor. Enjoyed morning coffee on balcony watching sunrise, spectacular evening sunsets on beach. Very clean, spacious, nicely decorated and landscaped. Pool cozy and heated. Free beach chairs, tiki hut, wine & cheese party, beach grass and dunes gave old Florida feel. Rented bikes for week at hotel and rode all over island including... More

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

Wow, sounds like you had the time of your life! That's what vacations are made of - good times, great location, and super customer service. So glad you got to experience Sanibel Island and Waterside Inn. We appreciate you choosing us to help with your vacation. Hope to see you again soon! More

New York City
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54 reviews 54 reviews
46 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall, we had a pleasant experience at Waterside Inn. The front desk staff was friendly, helpful, professional and welcoming. The setting and location were ideal, right on the beach. That said, we felt the rooms and accommodations left much to be desired. I’m down for “old-time Florida” but the rooms weren’t nice enough to justify the price. We were in... More

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

Thank you for sharing your experience here at the Waterside Inn. While the property is a throwback to simpler times, we do try to keep everything clean, comfortable and updated. We are not a chain, not fancy or upscale, just a great family owned fairy tale get away on one of the most beautiful beaches in the good ole USA.... More

Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These are cutest cottages ever!! I was very appreciative that they allowed my husband and I and my three teen daughters to stay in one cottage and not force us into two rooms/cottages...they only requested we bring an air mattress, which worked out perfectly...the location and distance to beach was perfect, not too far away. Wasn't able to see ocean... More

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

We appreciate your feedback on Trip Advisor and best of all, your great review of Waterside Inn on the Beach. Our cottages are really a throwback to simpler times and the location of Waterside Inn is excellent as well as we are tucked away a little from the busier parts of the island. There is something about staying here that... More

Lake Mary, Florida
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105 reviews 105 reviews
15 hotel reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sadly due to an issue at home we had to leave this morning - one day early. Front desk - Jean - was super understanding, and actually sold our room for our last day in 10 minutes. We loved Waterside. This is our second time in Sanibel but first time here and would not hesitate one moment to book here... More

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

Thank you for choosing Waterside Inn for your recent stay on Sanibel. We hear quite often that Waterside Inn ends up being our guest's favorite destination when visiting our island. Our main goal is to bring you back again and again. I hope your rush home was a safe one and that everything turned out OK. Thank you again for... More

seattle, washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was our 2nd visit to Sanibel and won't be our last. We loved Waterside Inn because it was just so comfortable for our family. It isn't fancy or luxurious, but when you have kids going in and out with sandy feet, who wants fancy? We would have loved a cottage, but they were all full. The lodge room was... More

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

What a great review! Thank you for all your kind words and the "thumbs up". We're so glad you had such a wonderful time here and look forward to year #3. Hurry back :) More

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed in the Blueberry Cottage with our 3 kids and two dogs. It is a very nice quiet place to stay. I love that it is not full of people partying and the owners keep it that way. We were given an abundant amount of towels every day, I never had to ask for more pillows or blankets as... More

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

Thanks for the kind review. Sounds like you had a super vacation with your family. We're so glad we were able to serve you and look forward to your return soon. Until then,remember Waterside Inn as your "happy place". More

Sarasota, Florida
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Waterside Inn on West Gulf drive is a comfortable and relaxing location! The condos where we stayed a number of times in different units(based on availability) have all provided amenities needed to enjoy a few days away! Full kitchens with washer and dryer, 2B/2B enough for a family! Nice to have the salt water pool in addition to the... More

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

Low key and comfortable is a perfect description of our properties. We appreciate your informative and kind review of the Breakers West Condos. They are wonderful for our bigger parties and families. The big screened in patio porches that over look the pool and garden area are perfect for relaxing and cooling off in the shade. For all the sun... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

My family comes from far and wide every year for a 4 night stay. We all rent different units depending on our own situations and needs, so the options are perfect. We have 2 parties in the condos, 1 in the Blueberry, 1 in the mango, and this trip we added more family in the Pineapple lodge. The rooms are... More

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

Thanks for your support and business! Yes,you are a fun crowd, and we love seeing you every year...may the tradition live on! More

West Palm Beach, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

My family and I come here every Father's Day for the past 10 years. We love it here. The grounds are extremely clean and well cared for. We always stay In the Breakers condos. It is like a home away from home. The kitchen is well stocked of cooking utensils all you need to bring is the food. There are... More

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

Thank you not only for taking the time to review our little slice of paradise, but for also recognizing our dedicated staff and their continued effort to provide excellent customer service. We are only here to make your vacation the best ever! Glad we came through. See you again soon! More

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Address: 3033 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
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Waterside Inn On The Beach Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Hotel Sanibel Island
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Amenities

Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island #5 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
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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