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Sanibel Inn
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   937 E. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #12 of 27 hotels in Sanibel Island
Hartford, Connecticut
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“Sanibel Charm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

We've been going to the Sanibel Inn for years and are looking forward to many many more. This is a quite resort with rooms that over look the ocean all of which have recently been renovated. Any time we've made a special request the staff has been quick to make it happen. Each morning we walk the beach as the sun rises over Ft. Myers beach then a bike ride to the light house and back all before 10am.
There aren't a lot of activities on Sanibel but if you're for a safe, enjoyable quick stay Snaibel is the right place to be and the Sanibel Inn is the right place to stay.

Room Tip: We prefer the Dune Daisy block of rooms as you get the best view of the sun rise.
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  • Stayed December 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

Just spent a lovely 4 days at Sanibel Inn. It felt safe, friendly, comfortable beds and fantastic views. The staff was helpful and receptive. So glad I took the trip. The memories will stay with me a long time of the sunrises, sunsets, beach, swimming pool and riding a bike around the island.

  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pensacola, Florida
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012

We traveled with with our 4 and 5 year old and they loved it. When we opened the door to our beach side room, the kids went crazy. They were so excited. The first thing we did was run down to the beach and pick up shells. The water was very pretty. They had bikes we could ride anytime we wanted and they had a bike with the kids trailer behind it. So we could take our kids for bikes rides. I would suggest this hotel, it is kid friendly and everyone is so nice.

  • 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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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

My boyfriend and I decided to take a quick getaway for a few days. Based on internet reviews I took a chance and decided to stay at this resort. Boy was I very happy that I selected this quaint resort. The suite we got was exactly as described on the website. It was clean and had a nice pool side view. Every staff member I encountered was very friendly and accomodating. We spent most of our time out and about the island, and since this resort is very close to the main road, Periwinkle, it made getting around very easy. The resort has bikes you can use, which we took advantage of, and was great to have access to. The pool and little tiki bar area were nice as well. I don't have a negative thing to say about our stay and the price was very reasonable. I definitely recommend and can't wait to return.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dusseldorf, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

A year since our last stay and Sanibel Inn is still working well. The restaurant is now affiliated to the hotel and the breakfasts there were the best value and quality overall that we experienced in Florida (thanks Tracy for your attention to detail and memory for our preferences - see you next time!). Booking was a long process as we were walk-in guests and it was still around Thanksgiving weekend. The receptionist tried long and hard to get us a good deal but the final package, while good, was not very transparent in prices until we checked out. No really bad shocks all the same, but we like to know exactly what the final expected price will be. Nonetheless, all facilities are still good - some, like the pool bar, are starting to show their age in a big way. Staff are really friendly and keen to help - that is a real plus point. We'll most likely come again.

Room Tip: A good view of the water and the sunrise is a great thing here - so if you can, check to make sure y...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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NYC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

My sister and I stayed at the Sanibel Inn for a long weekend and had an amazing experience. Even prior to check-in, the staff was friendly and helpful (I had a few requests/questions). Upon arrival, we were upgraded to an ocean view room and given a complimentary bottle of wine for my sister's birthday. The beds are super comfortable and the bathroom is very spacious, with excellent storage space for toiletries, makeup, etc. We took full advantage of the free bike rentals and spent lots of time on the beach and by the pool (though the water was freezing). We ate lunch at the poolside bar twice and was impressed with everything we ordered (except the guacamole which had a bit too much cumin in it).

If you're looking for a comfortable, quiet place to stay, this is the spot! We will definitely be returning.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

My husband and I stayed for 4 days ( November 9-12) and all I can say is this is one of the most relaxing places to visit. This was our third time. We had a very nice beachfront suite. My only complaint is that I walked out to the beach at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning and there were no chairs available. It was very obvious to me that people get out there early and save chairs because quite a few had towels on them and no people in sight! I was told by the office that there is some kind of ordinance limiting the number of beach chairs! I get it but for the money that you pay one should be able to relax on the beach comfortably! We chose to hang by the pool until later in the day when chairs were available. In spite of that the Sanibel Inn is well maintained nothing fancy but just a great place to relax and we will definitely go back!!!!!

Room Tip: Daisy Dunes beachfront suite
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Address: 937 E. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
#8 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sanibel Inn 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immerse yourself in nature at Sanibel Inn. The Inn offers a wide variety of accommodations and amenities surrounded by beautiful gardens and tropical palms. Come to Sanibel Inn to discover why Sanibel Island was just ranked #1 Favorite Worldwide Destination by Arthur Frommer and #5 Top US Beach by Trip Advisor. Just like the tropical flowers in the gardens, Sanibel Inn reflects the colors of the island. From the brightly painted exteriors to the warm soothing interiors of the guestrooms and suites, Sanibel Inn provides a relaxing and comfortable beach hideaway in one of the newly renovated guestrooms and one bedroom suites. Sanibel Inn also offers two-bedroom condominiums that are perfect for families or larger group of friends who wish to stay together. The Sea Star Café is located at the Inn and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with traditional café fare with an island twist. Sanibel Island is all about nature. Discover nature up close by bike via the 22 miles of paved bike and walking trails. Visit J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to see a variety of migratory birds and explore an undeveloped mangrove ecosystem. Take a walk on the beaches and find rare shells such as the Junonia or 200 other species of shells. Take to the waters of the Gulf by kayak for a different point of view. Feel like a friendly tennis match, Sanibel Inn has a newly refurbished court on the grounds of the Inn or visit The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Sanibel Inn guests are also invited to golf at The Dunes where the greens wind through 75 acres of natural lake view fairways and Audubon Cooperative Society wetlands. After a morning of exploration, unwind by the pool and bathe in the warm Florida sun. Just steps away, the Beach Bar offers cool libations and poolside snacks. Sanibel Inn offers a gateway to the various activities on Sanibel and the perfect spot for a relaxing day in the sun. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Sanibel Hotel Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island Hotel
Sanibel Island Resort
Sanibel Inn Beach Resort
Sanibel Bed Breakfast

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