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“Quaint hotel in idyllic setting” 5 of 5 stars
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Seaside Inn
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   541 E. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #16 of 28 hotels in Sanibel Island
UK
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Quaint hotel in idyllic setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

This small hotel complex is perfect for a relaxing getaway. Its location is superb, nestling right on the beach. It has its own sun loungers on the beach (which is never too crowded) as well as others around the pool. There are several small touches which really make the stay more enjoyable. These include: free bike hire (definitely the best way to see Sanibel), a breakfast basket each day, a pool with a decent deep end and extremely helpful staff. The bathroom was a little dated and the kitchen is good enough for lunch and sandwiches but certainly too small to try to cook a dinner so don't expect to self cater. These really are minor quibbles and when you can wake up and go for a walk on such a perfect beach surrounded by birdlife and fantastic views you can easily forget about them!

  • Stayed October 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

I think we went at an awesome time. We got the special of staying 3 nights and one free. I really didn't know what to expect but it was nice. The kitchen was quite small but served its purpose. We stayed in the 3 bedroom and one bathroom. That was the only downer, one bathroom. I was expecting a master bath in the master bedroom and possibly a guest bathroom. But we made the best of it. The unit was very clean. It had recycling bin and regular trash cans as well inside the unit. I was very surprised they had daily housekeeping. They would also bring to your room breakfast baskets, which the kids loved. It has a pool which we really didn't make much use of it. The beach was just at your doorsteps, a major plus. We enjoyed the free use of the bicycles although they were very old. Free internet. I think this was the best time to come, end of Sept. Very quiet and you feel like you are in a small paradise with no notion of what is going on inland. I know my family and I would return here again. It is nice and very cozy.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sanibel Island, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

The Seaside Inn is a great place for a break away from day to day life. We stayed in a gulf front room and woke every morning to the sounds of the Gulf. Staff are very friendly and approachable, sun beds set out every morning, rooms serviced once a day, complimentary breakfast baskets and use of the bikes on site. Great place for exploring the island - take a walk up to the lighthouse or simply soak up the sunshine. For a meal out try the Sea Star Cafe on the sister site Sanibel Inn - about a mile up the beach, good menu and friendly staff, Great service from the manager Phillip and his team. Really enjoyed our stay at the Seaside Inn.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

The Seaside Inn is right on the beach, they have free bikes for guests use which was nice but the biles were quite old and could do with updating but they didn't spoil our stay. There is use of beach chairs and umbrellas set out each day, The beach is lovely and quiet. The pool was really nice as well.

Our room was clean and there was free breakfast which consisited of bagels, cream cheese, some pots of fruit, small cartons of orange juice, coffee and pastries. This was left in a bsket in the room fridge each afternoon for the following morning.

We had a lovely stay and would return.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Longwood, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

We've stayed here many times - the location cannot be beat! Clean room, great staff, wonderful service. Beautiful pool area and chairs with umbrellas set up every day for guest's use. Truly a vacation!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We stayed at the Seaside Inn for one night. The room was clean and spacious. It had a microwave, fridge, nice size sink, coffee make and toaster. The staff was very accomodating. We were right off the beach. They had lounge chairs and umbrellas already set up. Great beach and found some awesome shells. The stay included breakfast which was a basket with an assortment of bagels, danishes, juice, fruit and more. At first I thought it was kind of strange but it made for a relaxing morning. We ate breakfast at our leisure rather than the traditional continental breakfast served in a hotel lobby! We have already decided we're going back next year and really looking forward to it!!! Thanks Seaside Inn for a memorable stay in Sanibel!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Loved the beach and the location of the inn to the beach. They had beach loungers and umbrellas for use which was great. The little breakfast baskets were a nice touch but most were things I would not eat especially after not knowing how long they sat in our room until we got back to put it in the fridge. The beds were very comfortable. No alarm clock or DVD player as indicated in our booking. Be mindful that if you end up poolside those rooms have thin walls and you can hear your neighbors, the worst was the patio sliders being slammed open/closed. They advertise a reception with Sangria and that did not happen, when we asked they said they were short staffed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Seaside Inn

Also Known As:
Seaside Hotel
Seaside Hotel Sanibel Island
Seaside Inn Sanibel Island
Seaside Sanibel Island
Address: 541 E. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Seaside Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seaside Inn invites you to rediscover the charm of a quaint beachfront inn on beautiful Sanibel Island where life’s pace is slower. Unwind by the pool or enjoy a day at the beach looking for shells or soaking up the sun. Seaside Inn offers personalized service along with 32 newly renovated guestrooms, suites and cottages with interiors inspired by the sun bleached sand beyond the dune. Each guestroom and suite is furnished with a comfortable king or queen beds with views of the pool or beach. The cottages offer a separate living area with a new sleeper sofa, full kitchen and one bedroom with a king bed. Each cottage has a deck just off the living area to enjoy the Florida sun with family while overlooking the pool. Each day a complimentary continental breakfast basket is delivered to the rooms for the next morning’s enjoyment. While on Sanibel enjoy the wide variety of outdoor adventures. Spend time exploring the 23 miles of paved nature trails that wind through the wetlands with one of the bikes provided by Seaside Inn. Visit the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to view a wide variety of migratory birds and explore an unspoiled mangrove ecosystem. For more active play, Sanibel Island offers 18 holes of golf on 75 acres of natural lake view fairways and Audubon Cooperative Society wetlands at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. For play and relaxation, let Seaside Inn welcome you to the pace of island living. ... more   less 
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