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Blue Dolphin Cottages

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4227 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Blue Dolphin Cottages
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Durham, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Stayed 3 nights in a comfortable 1 bedroom apartment with the family. Great location. The owner was so friendly and there was yummy breakfast every morning. Had beach equipment and bikes available free. The kids loved the pet birds. Also a laundry, extra towels, tourist info shed that was very convenient. Lovely landscaping. We will look forward to coming again.

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Blue Dolphin lives up to the title of this review....read the other comments from guests. It is quiet and the location, plus natural tropical landscaping, is welcoming. Each unit is treated equally so it is not very important which cottage you rent....there are only 11 units and there is continuity among them. The decor is fresh and the units... More 

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Jerry S, Owner at Blue Dolphin Cottages, responded to this review

We are delighted you had a great time and enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again. More 

Simsbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We look forward to spending two weeks at the Blue Dolphin each February. It is an oasis of peace. Breakfast, with fruit, pastries and coffee served by Beth in the lush garden, is a delight. The owners, Lynn and Jerry, have a wine and cheese party every ten days or so in the beach-front pavilion to mingle with the guests.... More 

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Jerry S, Owner at Blue Dolphin Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for the review and the mention of our amenities. We look forward to your visit next year. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We arrived without a reservation and the inn keeper was kind in offering us a cottage (at a GREAT price, though it was off season). The cottage was very clean and simply decorated. There were (best sellers) books on the bookshelf. The laundry room/shed had more books as well as games, kids sand toys and bug spray. There were complimentary... More 

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Jerry S, Owner at Blue Dolphin Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for the nice review. Maybe if we inch the beach closer we can get a wow. More 

Kissimmee, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I enjoyed a wonderful vacation a few years ago and had been looking to visit again. I had forgotten the lack luster service received and was sadly reminded when I called to inquire about availability. From the abrupt greeting of "Blue Dolphin" and then being interrupted before I could complete my reuest with "We don't have it!" I asked if... More 

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Jerry S, Owner at Blue Dolphin Cottages, responded to this review

We are sorry for your unfortunate conversation. Per previous reviews this is very uncommon at the Blue Dolphin. We are small and at this time of the yeat we are busy with mostly repeat guests. It is recommended to call even a year in advance for "season". More 

Tampa, FL
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80 reviews 80 reviews
25 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I almost don't want to tell you how nice it is here - because then you'll come see - and there will be more vacationers! However, we do love it here and come back every 6 months or so. Love the location, it is beautiful and quiet. Just steps to the beach (seriously). We watch dolphins go by and seabirds... More 

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Jerry S, Owner at Blue Dolphin Cottages, responded to this review

We are glad that you continue to enjoy our amenities, hope to see you again soon. More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

We spent 3 nights at the Blue Dolphin and loved it. It's in a fairly private area of the island, so basically not many motel/condo stayers on that part of the beach. Great shelling as one would expect. The cottage had been upgraded so it was nice, and was clean. The room was comfortable, but kitchen area was small. Bed... More 

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Jerry S, Owner at Blue Dolphin Cottages, responded to this review

We are happy that you enjoyed your stay. Hope to see you again. More 

New York City, New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
7 hotel reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

If you are looking for an extremely pretty, extremely quiet place to stay, a small privately-owned hotel full of charm and right on a beautiful stretch of beach which has superb shelling and fabulous fishing, this is the place to go. My husband and I love it here. Beth, the weekday manager, is a lovely person, very kind, very easy-going... More 

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Jerry S, Owner at Blue Dolphin Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. We appreciate our loyal regulars who really get us. More 

Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

I've vacationed on Sanibel off and on for many years, and have always loved it, but over the years it has grown and grown. With all the (lovely) condos and beach houses that speckle the island, and the many people it attracts, finding a quiet, peaceful place to just breathe the air, unwind, read a book, and walk the beach,... More 

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Jerry S, Owner at Blue Dolphin Cottages, responded to this review

Thank you for this review. I think you have said it all. We are glad you had a great time and hope to see you in the future. More 

boston Ma
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55 reviews 55 reviews
35 hotel reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My oldest friend and I planned on a two day get away on a Monday and Tuesday night in November. I was unable to go because a family member's illness because worse and I had to stay to deal with his admission to hospice. We gave the hotel over a week notice and explained the situation and the response was... More 

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Jerry S, Owner at Blue Dolphin Cottages, responded to this review

Per your review you gave short notice. We uphold our cancellation policy as more and more guests have chosen to do this and feel they should not be penalized. More 

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