Let me start by saying, I was very nervous about this trip. We had 3 generations travelling and so the needs and expectations were very different. I was very pleasantly surprised... especially after reading some of the reviews.
We travelled 3/22 thru 3/27. The weather was perfect which helped immensely, of course. Our check-in was a breeze. The staff was courteous and efficient and we were escorted via golf cart to our parking spot and room.
We were in the Coconut building with a bay view. The rooms are perfectly fine. They are not new. Not glamorous. That said, however, they were more than adequate. The kitchen area was cute, and clean. Our room was lacking a dish washer, which I never would have noticed except that my parents' room had one. The couch is old and I wouldn't recommend it for sleeping ( as my back is telling me). The bedroom area is small, but fine. The bathroom had nice toiletries available and an over-sized tub. (No jacouzzi jets... just a regular tub). The fan made a God-awful noise.
The grounds are pretty and the whole place grew on me with each day. The pool area is hopping, with the Oasis bar/restaurant. I found the service AND the food to be really good here. We ate lunch each day and got to know the names and faces of the wait staff. The drinks are strong and the whole ambience is fun.
One of the jacouzzi s was very cold, and the other very hot. I thought initially that this was intentional, but by the third day realized it was just in need of repair, which they did. The pool was crowded, especially on the weekends, but I never had trouble finding a chair and there are plenty of towels. The towels around the pool and in the room are thin, but no big deal.
We tried to get into the Crow's Nest for the crab races but were too late and the wait was TOO long. As an aside, we ended up that night down the street at the Lazy Flamingo and it was HORRIBLE. Too horrible to even discuss. We waited OVER 2 HOURS, and the entire experience really started our vacation off badly. 'Nuff said. Avoid that place at ALL costs.
I didn't have any experience with the tennis, although the courts appeared readily available. My kids loved the shuffleboard courts and they were always available.
Sunsets on this beach are phenomenal. The beach is quiet and gorgeous and we loved it. Very relaxing.
The breakfast buffett was really very nice. Lots of fresh fruits, pastries, cereals, cheese, oatmeal, and if you really want eggs, a big breakfast is available to hotel guests for $5.95. A great deal. Breakfast was a very enjoyable part of our day. It can get a bit crowded, but be patient. It definately comes in waves.
The marina area was great. Very lively. We befriended a few boaters, and Capt Mick of Half Moon cruises was just the Friendliest. He was GREAT to my kids. We saw manatee, otters and dolphins. We took the kayaks out and my kids had a blast. I had never been kayaking before and it was really terrific.
I didn't get to look inside the cottages. I'm not sure if I would book them or not. Some of them have a great view of the gulf, and therefore the sunset, but would be right on the road. Privacy might be an issue for me with the placement of some of the others. But, again.... I didn't get inside one.
To my new friend Kim, who so generously left us so much food and drink..... I have LOST your email. Please respond to this if you read it. We even went thru the trash, but it was on the back of the green breakfast ticket, and got lost.
All in all, I was pleased with the Tween Waters. We had no issues with our bill, although on the few occaisions that I sat in the lobby using the (free) computer, I DID hear some complaints. I would book here again, and probably will. I am an admitted hotel snob, and might not be my first choice for a romantic weekend away, or a girls' weekend but for kids and families this place can't be beat. VERY family friendly and I never worried about the safety of my kids. Next time I would do a MUCH bigger grocery store run, then eat the breakfast buffett, lunch at the pool and happy hour/dinner in my room. The restaurants are very crowded and with small kids that wait can be a real damper.
A thumbs up to the Tween Waters inn. I would go back.
- Also Known As:
- Tween Waters Hotel Captiva Island
- Tween Water Inn
- Tween Waters
- Tween Waters Inn
- Tween Waters Captiva Island
- Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa Captiva Island, Florida
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the legendary 'Tween Waters Inn on beautiful Captiva Island. Shouldn't every day be this good? Here, across 13 gorgeous Gulf-tween-bay acres, you can enjoy 137 quality accommodations including historic one, two and three bedroom seaside cottages, suites, studios and guest rooms. Miles of sugar-sand beaches. Olympic-size pool, hot tubs and children's wading pool. Day spa. Marina for launch, dock or rental. Fitness center, tennis, kayak and eco-adventures. Award-winning dining and nightly entertainment. Plus ballroom, boardroom and banquet facilities, indoors and out, for business, weddings and special events. ... more less
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