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“Weekend Getaway” 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 #17 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Winter Park, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Weekend Getaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Seaside Inn from 4/24-4/28/2015 and loved every minute of it. The hotel is very charming and clean. The gentleman that did our check in was great. Directed us to several restaurants, that were all great choices. There was some painting being done on the property when we were there, however the inn was gracious enough to give us a late checkout for the inconvenience. We were only scheduled to stay through Monday, but added an extra day we were enjoying ourselves so much. The hotel is literally on the beach, walked out to the gulf every morning to search for shells. The beach was not at all crowded during our visit. We will definitely return again!

Room Tip: We had a bottom floor room and we were able to hear the people above us moving around quite well. S...
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • 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 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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St Paul, MN, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We loved our stay at the Seaside Inn! The room was about average, nothing fancy, but just perfect for a family of 4. The beds were comfortable for us and the bathroom is "sort of" updated - the vanity looks great. The shower had great water pressure, but there's not a fan in the bathroom? We found that odd for how humid Florida is.

We especially loved the patio outside our room (room 118). We could *just* see the ocean from there, but it was nice to have a space for the adults to go sit together after the kids went to sleep.

We stayed in a double queen room and our room included these things: plates, glasses, silverware, cups, a coffee maker, a sink to wash dishes, a dish drainer, and a small fridge. The "breakfast basket" consisted of bagels, muffins, little boxes of cereal, hard boiled eggs, small cartons of milk, small cups of juice, and coffee. All were heartily eaten by my kids!

The hotel has lots of beach toys (buckets, shovels, etc) as well as pool toys like noodles and floaties for people to use. We bought these things before arriving not knowing they were provided - and left what we bought. So now there are more! :) We loved using the bikes on the property. What a great amenity! And my kids had a great time in the pool, though it is quite deep. My kids are 4yrs old and couldn't touch even in the shallowest part.

You can't beat the beach being 200 steps away! The location of this hotel is perfect. The beach feels private. The shells were amazing. The provided (for free) beach chairs and umbrellas were a nice bonus.

The hotel grounds were nice and quiet at night and in the early morning. This is a perfect place for families!

Room Tip: Pool View rooms have a great balcony or patio and an ocean view
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlie W, Manager at Seaside Inn, responded to this review, 6 days ago
Dear Tracy R,

Thank you for taking a moment to share your kind remarks on your recent stay at Seaside Inn! I am very pleased to know that you and your family were able to fully enjoy your vacation while taking advantage of our complimentary amenities. Being so close to the beach really makes you feel as though you are in paradise!

We look forward to welcoming you back again very soon.

Sincerely,

Charlie Watkins
Assistant General Manager
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hatfield, pa
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My grandaughter had planned a getaway for her and myself to sanibel island. She arranged all the details and selected the seaside inn to stay at. THis was her first experience on the island I had been on the island once before. She did an excellent job in her selection. Our room was on the first floor just a few steps from the pool and the beach. The only thing is the room did not have a closet. The inn supplies a breakfast basket every morning of a good variety of items and varies the items from day to day. THe office is very accomodating and aims to please.
It is withing walking distance to a few very good restaurants and some activities. We did not come by car so we had to rely on taxi service to areas beyond what was not walkable. Very clean rooms and very restful location. Would definitely go back again

Room Tip: Do not take room 118 there is not closet
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Charlie W, Manager at Seaside Inn, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear dotanHatfield_Pa,

Thank you for taking a moment to share your experience at Seaside Inn! I am pleased to know that you and your granddaughter experienced a wonderful vacation at our resort. At Seaside Inn, we absolutely aim to please and we enjoy being able to go the extra mile to enhance the experience of our guests.

I will be sharing your kind remarks with the rest of our staff at Seaside, I know they will surely appreciate that you had such a remarkable experience. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Sincerely,

Charlie Watkins
Assistant General Manager
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing find this place is! We are in the middle of a seven night stay here (we originally booked for three nights, but keep extending our stay as we love it so much).

We cannot recommend this place highly enough: The rooms are clean and comfortable, the views of the gulf idyllic, the pool wonderful, and the staff could not be any friendlier and more helpful. Everything seems to be thought of for you, the little touches that just make a wonderful difference (from the breakfast basket to the beach umbrellas). The Seaside Inn goes that extra mile to ensure your stay is one you'll always rememember.

This really is the island paradise we have been looking for. We are already planning our next trip, and won't hesitate to recommend it to friends and family.

Thank you for making our honeymoon so special.

Stayed April 2015, traveled as a couple
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Charlie W, Manager at Seaside Inn, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Dear JenandPatrick,

Thank you for taking the time to highlight your delightful experience at Seaside Inn! I am so proud that our staff was able to go the extra mile to allow you to have a truly enjoyable experience. I will be sharing your kind words with the rest of the staff and we are sincerely grateful you visited our little slice of paradise!

We look forward to serving you again very soon.

Warm Regards,

Charlie Watkins
Assistant General Manager
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Miami
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

With 2 active kids I needed a place with no hassles, and found it! Perks include a breakfast basket in our room, use of bicycles (adult and child bikes, even a tandem adult/ child bike and bike trailer) that are stored there onsite, pool toys, kayak, plus beach chairs and umbrellas. Lovely location at the seashore, and a heated pool. (Bring your floaties if you have a very young child as the pool is quite deep). The hotel has an old-fashioned atmosphere and is quiet. The employees were all friendly.

Room Tip: Enjoy a nice partial view of the ocean (Gulf of Mexico) from a second floor room.
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  • Stayed April 2015, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlie W, Manager at Seaside Inn, responded to this review, 2 weeks ago
Dear TravelingMomMiami,

Thank you for taking the time to highlight your recent experience at Seaside Inn! I am delighted to know that our staff was able to provide you with an excellent, worry-free vacation for you and your family. We are glad you were able to take advantage of our complimentary amenities as well.

We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

Sincerely,

Charlie Watkins
Assistant General Manager
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MD
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We traveled to Sanibel Island for my husband's birthday for a family vacation and the Seaside is just what we were looking for. It's an adorable, clean and perfectly located hotel. You just wander a few steps to the beach from the door of your room, the staff if wonderful and there are bikes available to borrow if you want to peddle around the island. The one bedroom suite with a pull-out couch was also perfect for our family of four. We can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Charlie W, Manager at Seaside Inn, responded to this review, 3 weeks ago
Dear Ajovanovic,

Thank you for taking a moment to share your experience at Seaside Inn! I am pleased to know that your family experienced a wonderful trip to celebrate your husband's birthday! Thank you for sharing your kind remarks of our resort, we are glad you were able to take advantage of some of our complimentary amenities.

We hope to see you again very soon.

Sincerely,

Charlie Watkins
Assistant General Manager
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Orlando, Florida
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We stayed at the hotel for 3 nights in March 2015 with my two children aged 5 and 8. We had a wonderful vacation and this property has a lot of pros. However, given the overwhelming 5 star rating I was disappointed by the Inn itself and rooms. It sits on a gorgeous beach and that is steps from the hotel. There are beach chairs and umbrellas, and best of all the room rate includes daily use of bikes-adults and kids which was fantastic! The Inn itself though is showing a lot of wear, split and rotted wood beams and balcony. Our sliding glass door was broken, the handle literally came right off when we tried to close the door. Just little things but it made us feel like we were staying in a ramshackle place, that was not really cheap-we paid almost $400 a nite. We also did not get cleaning service one day and had to ask the front desk for blankets. There were only sheets on the bed. We did take advantage of the bikes and loved them. The beach towels and free wifi were also a nice perk. In the end though I would probably seek out a nicer place next time.

  • Stayed March 2015, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Charlie W, Manager at Seaside Inn, responded to this review, March 28, 2015
Dear Orlandolawyer,

Thank you for taking a moment to share your experience at Seaside Inn. I am glad to hear that overall you enjoyed your stay and were able to enjoy the complimentary use of our bicycles and beach chairs/umbrellas. I do apologize for the minor issues you had with your room and the facility, however I am proud to say that we are currently in the process of updating many aspects of our resort in order to better serve our guests.

I look forward to your next visit with us, so that you may notice and enjoy the many positive changes.

Sincerely,

Charlie Watkins
Assistant General Manager
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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*
Number of rooms: 32
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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