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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
Indiana
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“Great balance of price and value:)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

My wife and I were looking for a relaxing, comfortable base from which to hunt sea shells.
Family recommended the Seaside Inn and we couldn't be happier with our decision to
stay here! The rooms were comfortable and clean and though we didn't try the pool, it
really looked inviting. We have already recommended the Seaside Inn to other family members!
The staff was very accommodating as far as giving us a first floor room due to bad knees.

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  • Stayed December 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
    • 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
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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Kansas City, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Spent a wonderful Thanksgiving vacation at the Seaside. The grounds are well tended, steps to white beaches, heated pool, laundry facilities, the staff was very friendly and helpful. The rooms were the old Florida style, appeared newly renovated, they were modern and clean, flat screen tv's, wi-fi, bathroom had granite counters. Our room had an ocean view, the breakfast basket delivered daily was a great touch for enjoying breakfast by the water. Unlimited use of the Inn's bike's was our favorite pass-time. The size of the resort is small, much more personal attention, no crowds, great views; I would definitely go there again,.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

The seaside inn in sanibel is very close to a wonderful white sandy beach. Umbrellas and chairs were set up daily and the heated pool was also close by. Staff let us check in early because the room was ready. We needed a pack-n-play and they had one for us to use. Our 3 bedroom slept 8 including the pull out couch and we had two doors to access the unit (107). They had coffee, Danishes bagels, fruit cups and orange juice for each day. There were plates, bowls,
Glassware, pots, pans and utensils. Coffee pot, small fridge, small stove/oven, microwave and toaster.

They had some bikes but they were a little rusty and definitely used a lot.

Only complaint was that the tile kitchen and bathroom floors could have been cleaned better and overall a deeper cleaning was needed in the whole place. There was some food under the fridge and behind one bed. With a little toddler around, she found it all!!

The best was really the access to the beach --- so close and so nice!

We were minutes from a handful of great restaurants (blue giraffe, sanibel cafe, island cow, and lazy flamingo, and dairy queen) and a food store (Jerry's).

  • Stayed November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

The beach chairs and umbrellas were wonderful for relaxing close to the surf. The hotel breakfast basket allows guests to start their day at their convenience. In addition to pool and ocean, there is plenty to do on the island and the desk staff was extremely helpful. This hotel is an excellent value.

Room Tip: The room in the two story building away from the highway was ideal for me.
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cincinnati, Ohio
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2012

This was also our first visit to Sanibel and we're so happy we chose the Seaside Inn and look forward to staying here again on our next vacation. While the air conditioning unit was rather loud, the room was clean and comfortable, especially the beds with their down comforters and pillows. The beach chairs and umbrellas, along with the beach towels provided were a huge plus. A true home away from home stay with the super-friendly staff, washers and dryers on-site and complimentary books and magazines for reading on the beach. The breakfast basket was also a nice treat. Overall, I would highly recommend the Seaside Inn and cannot wait to visit again.

Room Tip: The value of the poolside room can't be beat with the ocean just a few steps away.
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bloomington, Indiana
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012

A sleepy, earlier time feel, to the hotel. Very relaxing. Not a resort but a hotel that has many things that you can use if you like. The beach seemed less crowded than other beaches that I went to also.
Rooms are medium sized but all the furnishings seemed fairly new. I would return to this hotel.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

This was our first visit to Sanibel and it is a beautiful island– the sea is warm, sand is soft and covered in shells, idyllic!

I hate to say it, but upon arrival The Seaside Inn was a bit of a disappointment. We had booked a beachfront guest room which from the website gave the impression that it had recently been renovated, but I’m not sure that is correct (it may have had a new carpet based on comments by other reviewers about theirs being stained, but the paintwork was scuffed & scratched). Generally it was quite clean. There was just a tiny closet which is only half length so impossible to hang anything longer than a t-shirt so we ended up not bothering unpacking our cases and living out of them instead. The beds are reasonably comfortable (unfortunately this room had 2 queen beds, we would have preferred one king size instead) but the air conditioning unit was so noisy that our sleep kept being interrupted every time it kicked in and despite trying to adjust the temperature control so it didn’t happen, we were unsuccessful. There’s a fridge (rusty with all the door compartments missing), a microwave, coffee-maker but no kettle. The bathroom was small, a bit dated, but ok and plenty of towels were supplied. We had a private screened balcony with two chairs and a table and a fabulous view of the beach & the Gulf beyond - it could have benefited from a ceiling fan though, cos it was very warm out there. Generally the walls are very thin so you can hear your neighbours, especially when the sliding doors to the balcony are opened & closed – luckily our neighbours were not especially noisy, but you could hear every time someone coughed or sneezed. There’s no guest information in the room, so you’re left on your own to find out about the facilities although the guy at reception did give us a leaflet upon arrival detailing local restaurants. Our room was on the first floor and had a direct view of the beautiful beach and Gulf – this is the best thing about the establishment. Umbrellas, beach towels and sun loungers are provided on the beach which was a real bonus.

The outside of this place really needs some love & attention. Maybe it’s meant to be a bit rustic, but a handrail on the wooden staircase that you can’t actually touch because it’s covered in dirt and sticky stuff fallen from the tree above is just unacceptable. Parking is limited and our first night was difficult because the hotel must have been pretty full but the following nights were not a problem.

The breakfast basket alluded to on the hotel website didn’t materialize at all on our first day and then we found a note telling us that due to unforeseen circumstances it wouldn’t be delivered ready for the next day either. We did receive one for our last day, which was helpful and meant we could get straight out onto the beach without having to go out for breakfast first.

Would love to return to Sanibel Island at some time in the future, but probably wouldn’t come back to this hotel, it’s just a bit too basic for us and in our opinion, more akin to a motel which is overpriced for its facilities but it has obviously traded on its spectacular location - which you really can't argue with - for years. With a bit more care & attention, it could be an absolutely brilliant place to stay, and it did grow on us over the few days we were there.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 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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