We were in a room in the Dune Daisy building, which is as close to the beach as any building on the property. There are dunes between the beach and the buildings, connected by a boardwalk. It's much nicer than having the buildings situated directly on the beach.
The check-in process was easy, and the front desk clerk was friendly. Our room was clean, although a little musty. We had to open the sliding door to let it air out a bit. The view of the balcony was of the dunes and water. The room could not have been positioned more perfectly. We had a small refrigerator which worked well.
The grounds were immaculate, and the pool was clean and nice. When we went to the beach, we stopped by the beach attendant's kiosk, and he brought out and set up an umbrella for us. We didn't use the "free" bicycles (you pay a fee), but only because it was too hot and shadeless. We definitely would ride over the whole island in the cooler months.
One night, at about midnight, we went out on the beach to look for shells. We eventually had to flee inside from the relentless no-see-ums. They don't hurt, but there are so many biting you at one time that it feels like your skin is tingling. After a while the little critters wear you down, and have to go inside. As it turned out, one of us had a big reaction to the no-see-ums, and several days later hundreds of raised welts appeared. The itchiness was worse than chiggers and didn't go away for a week. The other of us had no reaction whatsoever. We imagine that if there were a breeze that night, it wouldn't have been as bad, because there was little breeze. The no-see-ums are present throughout the island, of course, and there is little the hotel or anyone else can do about them. They are simply something you have to deal with if you are visiting Sanibel.
Our only complaint about the room itself was the lack of wi-fi. At first, it wouldn't connect at all. We let the front desk know, and they sent someone out to check the router. They "replaced a weak wire," in their words. After that, we could connect, but the connection would drop after one to three minutes. We let the front desk know a second time, and they said they would have to call AT&T. The front desk also mentioned that the router was in the center of the building, and the rooms to either side had weaker reception. That wasn't the case for us, however, since we were in the center of the building. We never had wi-fi during our two night stay. We tested the wi-fi at the reception desk, and it worked perfectly there.
The beach had shells so thick in places that you would have to dig through them. In some places, the shells were more than six inches thick. The shells shifted with the tide. The majority of them, probably 99%, were bivalves; spiral or conical shells were much more difficult to find. There were so many sand dollars in the water that it seemed the sea floor was paved with them. There were Osprey, Brown Pelicans, Royal Terns, Laughing Gulls, and Ring-billed Gulls all over. There was usually a Willet or two on the beach, and once we saw a Magnificent Frigatebird overhead when we were swimming in the pool.
There were a number of nice restaurants nearby, and no lack of things to do. We might give it another chance, but we certainly wouldn't go out on the beach at night, if we did. A week's worth of itching and lack of wi-fi would make us think twice about a place which is otherwise wonderful, clean, and friendly.
- 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