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Waterside Inn on the Beach

3033 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Ranked #7 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 3 days ago
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    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the quiet, clean beach - not commerical. It has a variety of options to stay - hotel, cottage, condo, pools bikes, fishing and shelling. Took our 2 daughters and had quality family time. Great place for families or couples. Can't wait to go back!

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

Thank you for the high praise! One of the best places on Earth is quite a compliment! I'm glad to hear that we were able help make your family vacation special. More 

Olney
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Booked late for coming to Sanibel this time of the year but they were helpful in getting us a place to stay. Had to move once but they even helped us move. Staff here was very helpful. Stayed in kiwi 109 the 1st two days and it was ok. Little older. If your real picky you won't like 109. Been... More 

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

Thank you for your review and the compliments on our staff. It’s great to hear that you and your family enjoyed your vacation here. Although we work hard to keep up with property maintenance, we are planning some improvements to the Kiwi in the near future. Give us a call when you’re ready to come back and our staff will... More 

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We found this location using Google earth to find a place right on the beach with palm trees! Beautiful location, clean heated pool, very friendly staff, they rent bikes ( highly recommend biking the island ). There is a 6 dollar toll to get onto the island. We stayed in pineapple, the rooms are small and average but we where... More 

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

Thank you for your review. I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed our location and amenities, and that our staff was able to make your stay more enjoyable. Renting bikes is definitely a great way to see the island, so any future guests that are reading this be sure to ask about them. The Pineapple Lodge guest rooms are our... More 

Blue Mounds, Wisconsin
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20 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're looking for a place that is blemish-free and includes a "free" hot breakfast, then keep looking. But, if you're looking for a nice, family place with a full kitchen, very friendly staff and a place that feels safe enough to leave the doors unlocked, then this is the place to stay! The soundproofing is better than most places... More 

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

I’m glad that you’ve made the Waterside Inn your hotel of choice on Sanibel. We would love to have you back! Our staff prides itself on being helpful and making your stay comfortable. I would like to mention that we plan on doing some upgrades in the near future, so hopefully your next stay will be even better than the... More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I arrived on Sanibel with no reservations a couple days before Christmas. We looked online for hotels and picked Waterside Inn, The website did not list an available room on the date of our arrival on the island, but we called and found out a room was available. Not only that, but we were given the "walk-in"... More 

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

Thank you for your great review. I’m so glad that you stumbled upon our quaint little spot on the beach. We do pride ourselves on being an “Old Florida” style hotel, and are happy to hear you enjoyed yourselves here. As far as the internet in concerned, we recently upgraded our bandwidth to improve our guest internet service. It seems... More 

McMinnville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

The location is wonderful. Can see the beach and ocean from rooms. Not a complete open view, dunes & greenery block some - but I thought it was pretty awesome. The beach was wonderful & the shells were awesome!!!! Check for those low tide times!!! The Inn itself was ok. Not luxury for sure, but had some of the lowest... More 

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

Thanks for the great review of the Pineapple Lodge! It sounds like you really took advantage of everything we have to offer and I'm happy to hear that our amenities helped you to really kick back and enjoy your stay! We are in a beautiful location and one of the better shelling spots on the island. I'm sorry to hear... 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
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 27
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Waterside Inn On The Beach Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Resort Sanibel Island
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