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Dolphin Inn
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6555 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931   |  
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Ranked #19 of 46 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
Sonora, California
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20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Dolphins outside our window!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

This hotel was just too cool, especially for someone from the mountains in California. I would refer to it as a "boatel" because, as I recall, it had accommodations for personal boat docking. The inn is located at the end of a canal, where I saw three dolphins chase down their meal - I'd never been so close to dolphins (in the wild) before & it was an amazing experience - they were right there, a mere 10 to 15 feet away from where I was sitting! Even owners of neighboring homes came out into their backyards to watch the show.

The inn has a large swimming pool, which is located in front of the building, and is across the street, after a brief walk, from the Gulf. The inn was full when we arrived, without a reservation, with just one room left, ours. It was a bit tight, space-wise, but had a kitchen area and would have been perfect for someone looking for an efficiency - we were just looking for a room for the night near the ocean. Wow, did we get lucky - the entire stay was quite an experience and the staff was outstanding and extremely friendly. We could tell that they appreciated their location as much as their guests did!

We are planning to return to Florida this spring and will be driving from Ft Lauderdale to New Orleans, and then back again - we plan to stay at the Dolphin Inn either coming or going. Do consider this delightful inn - you can't beat the price, location, or ambience!

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Miami, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Travis makes you feel like home in this small but cozy inn at Ft. Myers Beach.
Rooms need upgrade badly but the bay view one bedroom apartments are spacious and fully equipped. Very good location at walking distance to the beach and short drives to Times Square.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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naples, florida
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25 hotel reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Our room had a king bed and queen and twin on porch, large living and dining room and full kitchen. Travis was wonderful and I would stay at The Dolphin Inn again. Walking distance to Villa Santani Plaza for food and fun.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vantaa, Finland
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

This was our 4th visit on this hotel and there is very likely to be 5th and 6th ones too. Ok, so the hotel isn't in the heat of Ft. Myers Beach so if you want action, you might want to get a hotel near the pier. But the beach is only 100 yards away from the hotel. The beach is huge, wide, long and just white powdery sand as far as you can see. We've seen dolphins swim near the beach at least 15 times. There's usually 2–3 dolphins that swim along the beach from south to north.

Ok the hotel. The owner is originally from Germany and is very nice and funny too. Rooms are big enough and for a little extra you'll get bigger rooms. I suggest you spend a bit more to your accomodation to get a bigger room than their standard room is. Parking is free of course and with a car you'll get anywhere fast enough.

A good hotel for the money.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

What a wonderful location in Ft. Myers Beach. Travis and Lynn were very helpful. We enjoyed watching the sun rise outside our room overlooking the Canal. Took a short stroll that evening to enjoy the sunset overlooking the gulf. Loved the super large warm pool. Visit was way to short. Can't wait to go back to spend more time. Nice that they offer bike rentals as this would definitely be the best way to get around town.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Looking over a small harbour, this was a pleasant spacious apartment for four. Easy parking, good warm pool and 50 yards from the beach. Reasonable kitchen facilities, comfortable if a little worn furniture and a great shower. Excellent family value... recommended.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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FORT WAYNE
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27 hotel reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Travis & staff were great. Very helpful & accommodating. If you go, strongly suggest upper lanai bay view,as it has a large screened lanai overlooking a canal. Close to beach & shopping, but away from the madness that is Fort Myers Beach.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6555 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#19 Family Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#20 Romantic Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Dolphin Inn 2*
Number of rooms: 19
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