the west wind inn on the beautiful island of sanibel appears to have received a partial refurbishment, particularly the bathrooms. However, the place needs a substantial upgrade in order to make it equal to other newer accommodation, not to mention its spectacular surroundings.
the location of the west wind is excellent in terms of it being right on the shell beach, which is quiet, clean and unspoilt. the rooms are arranged on "landings" motel-style and they are on two storeys. they are basic but the one we stayed in was only averagely clean (fluff behind the beds etc) the balcony mesh screens were dirty. didn't see many people using their balconies. the pool bar closed at eight pm and was nothing special, the bartender got stressed when food orders came back wrongly processed. the reception staff were very friendly as were the staff in the gift shop. beach loungers and umbrellas were available for hire at a cost of $20 per day, however you had to turn them in for 4.30pm! buy your own before getting onto the island and use them instead. the island itself is gorgeous, as long as you are aware that it is difficult to get a meal after 9pm, even though there are plenty of good places to eat. but there are better places to stay than the west wind inn at £86 per night in May 2005.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- West Wind Inn is a peaceful beach-front resort on 500 feet of shelling beach. Choice of rooms includes standard guest rooms with garden or Gulf views; and guest rooms with kitchenettes, with garden or Gulf views. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurant, Normandie ; or go casual with food and drinks at our Upper Deck Poolside Bar. Swim, shell and stroll our endless beach. Do laps in our large heated pool; relax at our poolside bar and umbrella-shaded tables and chairs. Play tennis and shuffleboard or venture off-site. Sanibel Island is home to world-famous Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, outdoor recreation, theatrical venues, shopping, dining and historical attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- West Wind Hotel Sanibel Island
- West Wind Sanibel Island