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“Just What the Doctor Ordered” 4 of 5 stars
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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
Chicago, Illinois
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13 hotel reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Just What the Doctor Ordered”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We wanted a place that was relaxing, non-fussy, had pool, and pool bar, and was on the beach. Sanibel Inn was a perfect fit for our needs. Very popular pool bar. Nice pool. And great shelling on the beach itself. The folks at the front desk were super, and the cleaning staff did a great job. The unit itself (2 BR) was among the nicest we have stayed in the last 6-7 years. Reasonably roomy, with a comfortable living room area. Very nice, large, screened in veranda/balcony. Good breakfast at the restaurant. You will like it here.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

My daughter and I stayed here in October of 2012 and had a simply wonderful time! Although the outside of the inn is dated and older looking, the rooms are stunning! I loved the tile floors, the view was wonderful and the bed so comfortable that we slept like babies. The staff was very helpful and kind. I would stay there again in a heartbeat. Good location too.

  • Stayed October 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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Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We've spent some days at Sanibel Inn during this winter break with my family. It was really awesome! Nice apartment, clean, beach front with great dimensions for a family of 5 as we are, with 2 rooms and 2 whole baths.
The beach is really nice, and the inn provides you with everything there. It's closed to great restaurants and shops. Definitely a very good choice!!!!!

Room Tip: Ask for rooms in the second or third floors, you'll get the best view!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Just spent 5 days at the Sanibel Inn (pool & palm suite) and thoroughly enjoyed every day. All staff that we encountered were very friendly and professional. What a great location with the pool, pool bar and the ocean. Nicely equipped kitchenette that served our purpose for eating breakfast and lunch in. The only suggestion for improvement is a mirror in the bedroom and a more comfortable sofa. Plan to return again.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Orlando, FL
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

The Sanibel Inn reminds me of a Hampton Inn.

Pros:
Beautiful location on the beach
Friendly staff

Cons:
Housekeeping

When I pulled back the comforter, it was obvious that the sheets hadn't been changed from the previous occupant. How? Because they were smooth on the side of the bed on which the previous visitor did not sleep, and completely rumpled and somewhat dirty on the side of the bed that was used. The bathroom had remnants of the previous occupant, and there was a lot of dust on the mirror, toilet paper holder, etc. The room was not clean. It was tidy, but not clean.

It seems that this is the way it is these days. It isn't just the Sanibel Inn that suffers from non-existent housekeeping. I deal with it by travelling with my own sheets, and a canister of disinfectant wipes.

I did not give the resort a chance to remedy this problem. However, based on how nice and accommodating they were when I checked in, there is no doubt in my mind that someone would have been immediately dispatched to address these issues. But, it had been a long day, I was tired, and did not want to deal with waiting for someone. That is why I have learned to travel with my own things.

The rooms are actually quite nice. Simple, but nice. If they got their housekeeping situation under control, for the money, this place would be amazing.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Yorktown
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We booked this property for the last night of a 4 day stay in Florida based upon the online reviews only. I knew the moment we arrived we had chosen wisely. Property is well designed, with several two story units. We were on the Gulf, first floor - a room which could have been better only if it had been on the 2nd floor. While the furniture is not shabby, it is practical and minimally worn. Beds were fantastically comfortable. Room was pristine in cleanliness. Patio overlooking the beach is fully screened protecting you from the "no-see-ums" or small gnats that tend to plague these areas. There's a heated pool, on site bicycles, tennis - the list goes on. Beach chairs, umbrellas are available. Restaurant is beautiful and the food was great. Go see Joe the bartender from Boston when you're there!! Bar at poolside was a big plus as well. All the staff were extremely nice and the Inn itself is perfectly positioned on the island for exploring other activities and such. I can easily see myself spending a week here, wandering the beaches at dawn and gathering shells. The only downside to this trip was that I chose a time when the water temp was too cool for swimming for my taste. But I'll be back.

Room Tip: 2nd floor facing the beach is obviously best unless you hate the sound of soft surf.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Webster, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

My husband and I just spent five nights at the Sanibel Inn celebrating our 25th anniversary and it could not have been better! We had a second floor Beachfront Suite on the end of the building. We really felt we had the best location on the property and the island. The room was in very good condition and well appointed. We watched the sun rise everyday from our balcony, except the day we went down to the beach for some early shelling. They even had a card and a bottle of wine for us on our arrival. Everyone working at the property was very helpful and seemed happy to be there. The restaurant and pool bar were very good and reasonable. We enjoyed the day we took our bike ride (bikes provided by the property) and the days we used the beach lounge chairs and umbrellas already set up for us. I would highly recommend this property. Thank you all VERY much for making our 25th so memorable!!

Room Tip: 2nd floor units have the best view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, 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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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 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#8 On the Beach 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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