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3.0 of 5 Resort   |   3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Overpriced - rooms nothing special. Office closes at 8pm. Pool so small it's as hot as a bathtub by the afternoon. No shade at the pool. If you want shade on the beach they will RENT you an umbrella that is wrapped in a canvas tube, weighs a ton, that you have to drag to the beach yourself. After dragging... More

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and for sharing your feedback. We are sorry your experience did not meet your expectations and hope you find a more favorable establishment if visiting Sanibel Island again in the future. More

Westerville Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was our first time visiting Sanibel and I was there for the shells. I'm only an amateur sheller but had heard for years about how great it is to shell there, and I was NOT disappointed. I chose the Island Inn based on location, charm, the fact that it had a pool, and because we weren't staying a whole... More

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at the Island Inn in March and for taking the time to write such a thorough review of your experience on Sanibel Island. We hope you will be able to make it back to the Island Inn and Sanibel Island again this winter. More

Secaucus, NJ
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79 reviews 79 reviews
17 hotel reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We went dowen to Sanibel Island to meet my daughter's future in-laws ( she just got engaged). I read the reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to go with it. It is charming! We had a room in hte Kimball building and our screen enclosed patio opened right ont the sand. Room had a nice size fridge as well as... More

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing the Island Inn for such a special visit and we are so glad you enjoyed your time with us. We hope your travels back to NJ were safe and will look forward to seeing you again soon! :-) More

Miami
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

There were definitely good things like friendly staff and nice accommodations. This doesn't make up for the some of the major setbacks. Firstly, we're tourists. We need to be warned of sand flies/fleas that WILL swarm to bite us. Front desk throws all these brochures of activities at you and doesn't even mention or offer to sell the much needed... More

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at the Island and for leaving a review of your experience. It sounds like you enjoyed the Inn’s accommodations, amenities and guest services, but struggled with Sanibel Island’s no see um population. Some folks seem to be very allergic to these little pest's bites, while others are not affected. As stated in your review, we do... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maybe my expectations were too high after reading all these excellent reviews here or I just travel too much and have been to too many nicer places or I excepted more for the given high room rates!? I think it is a combination of all. The Island Inn is in my humble opinion a nice little standard motel style place... More

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at the Island Inn, but based on your review, we wish you had chosen a different accommodation option in order to better meet your expectations. We urge all prospective guests to use tools such as the Island Inn's website, Tripadvisor and, best of all, calling the Inn directly via telephone in order to learn about the... More

Liberty Township, Indiana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Originally our Sanibel plans had us staying at another location for this Florida trip. I needed to cancel our May reservations elsewhere because my dad passed away. While I was looking to re-book, I found information on Island Inn and I am SOOO glad that we decided to try it. I would definitely stay here again. The rooms have that... More

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and we are so glad you enjoyed your overall experience. We hope your travels home to Indiana were safe and you are able to visit the Island Inn again soon! :-) More

Prophetstown
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My sisters and I spent 3 nights at this Inn. It was perfect. The room was spacious with a screened balcony and a view of the ocean. We had a small, well-equipped kitchenette. The ocean/beach was a short walk away. Which also meant that shelling was nearby. (And we found lots!) Other amenities included a pool, shuffleboard, horseshoes, and a... More

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and for leaving a review of your experience. We are so glad you enjoyed your time on Sanibel Island with your sisters and hope you all can return to the Island Inn again soon! :-) More

Dayton
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A variety of accommodations to pick from, always in the process of updating. Grounds kept in pristine condition. Right on the ocean. Fabulous restaurant on the grounds. Very private but quick bike ride to shopping, attractions, and other restaurants. After staying here several times have no desire to go anywhere else.

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for being such a loyal guest of the Island Inn and for taking the time to share your experiences. We are honored to have you as a return guest and will look forward to your next visit soon! :-) More

Soest, The Netherlands
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed early august 3 nights in the Island Inn on Sanibel, this is a lovely place, very relaxed, great rooms and beautiful surroundings. Part of the hotel is the Traditions restaurant where we had a very good dinner the first night. We regret that we did not book longer and it is therefore we come back.

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments concerning your recent stay at the Island Inn. We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and we will look forward to your return! :-) More

Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came from some less expensive accommodations to the Island Inn on Sanibel. Although we were told the Inn was 100% booked, we never felt overwhelmed by people; on the contrary, we saw other guests but never felt crowded. Beautiful beach-front setting. Water was a bit cloudier than I expected, but then again, I'd only ever seen the Emerald Coast... More

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review

Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and for taking the time to share your feedback. We are so glad the Inn's low density location, accommodations, amenities and guest services were the perfect backdrop to your husbands birthday celebration. We hope you are able to return soon! :-) More

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Address: 3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Island Inn 3*
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Voted "Best Inn on the Island," the Island Inn, with its combination of old Florida cottages and modern lodges, sits on 10 beautiful Gulf front acres, offering 550 feet of beach with some of the best shelling in the area. ... more   less 
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