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Casa Ybel Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #9 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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9 hotel reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“great place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2009

we stayed in a one bedroom on the floor where you can walk downstairs directly to the beach. sanibel/captiva is beautiful; the condo rooms are very nice and spacious; very close to the beach; the pool set up is very nice. we would stay there again and would recommend it.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaYbel-Mgr, Manager at Casa Ybel Resort, responded to this review, August 28, 2009
Thank you for your positive review of Casa Ybel Resort. We appreciate your business and look forward to your next visit!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2009

Casa Ybel is a beautiful, well manicured and exceptionally clean resort. I have traveled many places, and found Casa to be one of the best. It has everything you could ask for!! I traveled with a friend and her daughter, who is 13, as well as my daughter who is 10. We had a fabulous girls getaway, leaving our husbands at home! The resort was set up well, our condo was right near the pool and Gulf so we were very fortunate, but nothing was that far to walk, and the property was absolutely breathtaking. We strolled the beach and looked at other resorts, and Casa was by far the most luxuriant and the cleanest. Little things, the personal water hose for use before entering our condo, fully equipped kitchen and very friendly service pool side. Retta braided my daughters hair and gave us a wealth of information regarding the island and just in talking to her, I could tell she loved her job at Casa. All staff was happy to help and the pool was always immaculate. Gorgeous resort and I would reccommend it to anyone!!! I love Sanibel and all it has to offer, but staying at Casa Ybel topped it off! Thanks for our great stay.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaYbel-Mgr, Manager at Casa Ybel Resort, responded to this review, August 21, 2009
The staff at Casa Ybel Resort are thankful for your positive review. We appreciate reading such great comments about your "girls getaway". We look forward to welcoming you again to Casa Ybel Resort.
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Florida
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2009

Our wedding at Casa Ybel Resort could not have been more perfect in every way. When we first began the search, I was a little nervous, with some mixed reviews on Trip Advisor, but once we saw the location and met the staff, we could not have imagine our wedding anywhere else!!

I worked with Jessica in the beginning to book the wedding, and she was very professional and accomidating with all of our requests. She was our first impression of the resort, and after meeting her we could not believe anyone would write anything negative about her or Jennifer! They were awesome, and never too busy to deal with us, or rude. Not sure where those people are coming from!

After we booked, we began working with Jennifer, and she is INCREDIBLE!! She was always there for any questions we had, gave creative and practical advice when needed, guided us whenever we needed guidance, connected us with our awesome vendors, and was just all around a great person!

Planning was a breeze, the all-inclusive packages made selecting everythings so easy, and the vendors they recommended did a fabulous job. They also keep a blog just for the weddings that shows REAL pictures of the weddings, so you can see what everything really looks like, and what other people did...a great source for inspiration!!

OUr wedding was on the lawn between the palm trees, overlooking the water, and was just magical. Our reception was in the Waterfront Dining Room, and was so beautiful-I could not have imagined it any better! The food was DELICIOUS-a far cry away from typical wedding food, 5 star all the way and worth every penny. The staff was friendly and treated us like royalty.

We really cannot say enough about how perfect our day was, from start to finish. The rooms at the resort are beautiful as well-all full sized condos with water views...what more could you ask for??

My advice to brides: don't be thrown off by any negative reviews you might see, because in my humble opinion, they could not be further from the truth, and there are quite a few positive reviews to back me up!!! (check out Project Wedding or Wedding Wire).

Casa Ybel Resort is the best decision we could have ever made for our WEdding on Sanibel Island, and we will have a life full of memories to cherish from our time there.

  • Liked — Wedding Location, Staff Professionalism, Service, Rooms, Food
  • Disliked — NOTHING!
  • Stayed June 2009, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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CasaYbel-Mgr, GM at Casa Ybel Resort, responded to this review, August 7, 2009
Thank you kindly for your positive review of Casa Ybel Resort and the Thistle Lodge Beachfront Restaurant. It is great to read such positive feedback and we are glad you had an enjoyable experience with us. We very much look forward to your return visit. Congratulations on your wedding with best regards from the team at Casa Ybel Resort.
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Murrysville PA
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2009

We've taken many vacations, but this is one of the most memorable.
Casa Ybel resort itself is an awesome getaway! Going over the wooden bridge to the resort felt like coming home. The pond at the entrance has multitude of wildlife and rich colors. The chalet-type condos were clean and had everything you would need. The screened -in porch overlooking the ocean provided hours of relaxation in the early morning and late evening hours; many hours were spent listening to the call of the "uh-oh" birds while sipping coffee (or wine if it's after 11AM, that's not too early when you're on vacation, right?).
The ocean was full of sand dollars, starfish, sea bass, "smelts", dolphins, pelicans, etc. Trying to touch the dolphins, which showed up like clockwork twice a day at 9:30am and 3-4PM, kept us in shape. Tossing the frisbee in the ocean was the best family past-time.
Collecting shells on the beach and listening to the underwater chirping of the dolphins kept the kids busy.
Sanibel Island was the perfect getaway from everything commercialized! If you go, be sure to eat at The Timbers on Tarpon Road and treat yourself to some NASA jewelry at Shiny Objects. And after you return home with all those seashells, get a glue-gun and some magnets for the kids and watch their imaginations fly!
Before you cross the bridge to the island, load up at the Publix on McGregor Road; that way you won't have to leave the island at all. Be sure to load up on SPF 70.
We just returned and are already saving up for next year, and we wouldn't stay anywhere else but Casa Ybel Resort!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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CasaYbel-Mgr, Manager at Casa Ybel Resort, responded to this review, July 27, 2009
Thank you for choosing Casa Ybel Resort and sharing your wonderful experience and travel advice. We appreciate you taking the time to reveal a quick look at your time spent on Sanibel Island and look forward to welcoming you and your family back to Casa Ybel Resort.
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Katy, TX
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2009

I had my wedding at Casa Ybel Resort on Sanibel Island, Florida on June 17, 2009. There were scattered thunder storms that evening and we were assured by our event coordinator that they would have an alternate site available. That "alternate site" ended up being a covered patio used by the restaurant Thistle Lodge (great restaurant by the way). I was OK with the covered patio, but there was no effort to rearrange the tables & chairs from the dining configuration to accomodate our very small party (14 attending). We waited out the storm & managed to have the ceremony on the beach. We were short 2 chairs & they were all wet from the rain and when I tried to ask my event coordinator to help us find more chairs & towels, she had disappeared. A wedding guest had to run back to the resort & track someone down to bring us towels & chairs. I sent a letter to the general manager of the resort & his only response was a promise to "Personally see to your arrangements" if we ever decide to go back to Casa Ybel. WOW - I can hardly wait.

At least the dining experience was a winner - the food was great & the service was impecable. So lesson learned - No on hiring Casa Ybel for a wedding site - Yes on the restaurant.

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CasaYbel-Mgr, manager at Casa Ybel Resort, responded to this review, July 16, 2009
We appreciate you taking the time to contact our resort and provide a follow up review for TripAdvisor. Comments such as yours are appreciated because it gives us the opportunity to improve. We regret that we were not able to meet your expectation with regard to an alternate ceremony location. It was our impression due to rain that your ceremony would take place under the covered terrace followed by a celebratory dinner reception. We will work closely with our team members to better anticipate our clients needs and clarify communication. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your reception dinner at our Thistle Lodge Restaurant and the food and service were impecable. Again, our sincere apology and hopes you will once again choose Casa Ybel Resort to experience the personal service so many have come to expect.
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fort lauderdale, florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2009

Beautiful beach. Billed as a Resort - service does not match that of a resort.
I would recommend and go back b/c I know what to expect now!
Knowing that you are not going to get maid service in a 2 bedroom prior to check in - ...also staff does not go the extra mile to make your stay nice. The staff is not accomodating and have attitudes. But the beach is beautiful and the shelling is outstanding.
The Thistle Lodge restaurant was lovely and the staff there were excellent.
The Coconut bar at the pool was convenient.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Minnesota
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2009

We loved this resort!! The staff is amazing and will do anything to make your stay special and the best. They helped us everytime we needed something and made we had everything that we wanted. I didnt want to leave the resort. The rooms were very clean and nice they had everything you could need in the rooms. I cant wait to go back to Casa Ybel soon. If anyone is looking for an amazing place to stay this is the place!!! I give this place a 5 stars and 100% aproval for a place to stay and 100% to the staff for all their hard work and great job and for being so friendly!!!! Thank you Casa Ybel!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Casa Ybel Resort

Address: 2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Ybel Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Natural, secluded and exclusive, historic Casa Ybel Resort epitomizes the sanctuary, old-island spirit of Sanibel. Occupying 23 acres of beach front property isolated from commercial enterprise, the resort forms a sheltered getaway where romantic surroundings and outdoor recreation attract couples and families alike. Travelers have found respite and hospitality here since the 1890's. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Casa Ybel Hotel Sanibel Island
Casa Ybel Resort Sanibel Island
Casa Ybel Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island Casa Ybel

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