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“Great little beach resort” 4 of 5 stars
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Shalimar Cottages and Motel
2.5 of 5 Motel   |   2823 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #14 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
St. Petersburg, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great little beach resort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We loved this place and it will probably be our go-to place from now on. We stayed in the big building but will probably do the cottage from now on. The reason is sort of a selfish one in that we had to deal with children above us running back and forth for long periods of time which became annoying. The only complaint we had was the A/C was not that great. The staff members were very nice. The beach was quiet and the resort had chairs and umbrellas if you needed them. The pool was refreshing and very clean. It is a cute, quaint little place!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShalimarCottages, Manager at Shalimar Cottages and Motel, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
Thank you for your time and this great feedback! It is great to hear that you had a great time during your stay with us! We hope the AC issue didn't ruin your stay and for the next time, any issues/abnormalities with AC or anything else, please report to the front desk. We will be more than happy to help you and work with you! Give us a call for your next visit and see what we can offer you! Thanks again! Shalimar Management and Staff!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Greensboro
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The location by beach was nice but bottom floor way to noisy and floors were gross and sheets were gross but pool was nice
It was all worth it for the beach going for a week i would not have made it but the cottages were nice

  • Stayed July 2014
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShalimarCottages, Manager at Shalimar Cottages and Motel, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
We value each and every one of our guests feedback and thank you for sharing yours with us! We are sorry that your time spent with us was not a 5 star one! We do renovations every year, each year we do something different. We hope to see you come back and give us another chance to improve and show you what we really have to offer. On the other hand, we also would like to have a chance to improve during your stay and correct any issues on the spot such as replacing the sheets or offering you different accommodations.
Thanks again! Shalimar Management and Staff.
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Sarasota, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We booked a 2 night stay at the last minute so unfortunately we couldn't get a cottage, but we did stay in an upstairs room. We quickly realized why upstairs is a must with how squeaky the floors are and we were trying to be quite for the people below us. We were on the end so thankfully only had to contend with one neighbor's noise. It wasn't something that ruined our stay (we have a noise machine for sleeping), but was noticeable. The man at the front desk was very friendly and the location can't be beat. The room was clean and well decorated but I will agree with other reviewers that the bathroom and kitchen areas could use upgrading. Additionally, you aren't allowed (signs posted) to lower your a/c past 72 degrees. For us that made nighttime a bit stuffy but not a deal breaker. Everything was in working order and sufficient though. The pool was clean and the grounds were very pretty. Overall I would recommend the Shalimar, especially if you can book a cottage!

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShalimarCottages, Manager at Shalimar Cottages and Motel, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
Thank You for staying with us and the time you took to leave this feedback! We try our best to reduce the noise, but we are very limited to what we can do to the building since it is so close to the beach. Bathrooms and kitchens are next on our renovation list so hopefully, by your next visit, we will have something to show off! Thanks again for your great comments and tips! We hope to see you come back! Shalimar Management and Staff
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We stayed for the weekend and had a great time - we stayed in the seahorse area - had a ocean view room was nice - pool was beautiful - they had bikes to ride - only a few steps and your on the beach to find awesome shells.

Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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ShalimarCottages, Manager at Shalimar Cottages and Motel, responded to this review, August 1, 2014
We are glad to hear about your great time at Shalimar! Thank you for the wonderful comments about our accommodations! Hope to hear from you about what we could do to improve your stay from a 4 star to a 5 star! Thank you again! Shalimar Management and Staff!
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Orange park
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Arrived at the welcome center in Sanibel Island, 3 places were recommended based on what we were looking for, chose Shalimar Cottages and Motel.We got a cottage, with a bedroom, living room, bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen, including a screened in Patio, great decor, got a great deal on it too, it was everything and more than we expected, right in front of the beach, and the pool out in front of the cottage. It was a fantastic experience, The staff were very friendly, the place extremely clean, plenty of towels. They even gave us coffee for us to make in the mornings. Every morning we walked a few feet onto the beach to drink our coffee, and yes we picked shells every morning, very colorful. Thank you Shalimar for a wonderful time. From Cottage #1. Will definitely stay here again. We highly recommend this place.

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  • Stayed June 2014, 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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ShalimarCottages, Manager at Shalimar Cottages and Motel, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
We appreciate the time you took to share your feedback with us and our future guests! We are glad to read that you had a great time staying with us! Hope you found some big, colorful shells on your morning walks! Hope to see you come back soon!
Thanks again!
Shalimar management and staff
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The location is great, the room in the main building is fine but it shows it's age in the appliances and bathroom but not that big of a deal. The staff was very friendly. The problem is you can hear the people above walking EXTREMELY loudly. We were in room 7 and the people in room 17 above us walked back and forth all hours of the night and it sounded like they were walking on sticks and leaves in the wood just 8 feet above our head. I grew up in an old 2 story house and am used to the creaks you hear but this was 10 times worse. Even with ear plugs in it woke me up. I would stay here again but I would make sure I was on the second floor or in a cottage. BEWARE!!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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ShalimarCottages, Manager at Shalimar Cottages and Motel, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thank you for your honest feedback regarding your recent stay with us! Glad to hear the staff was friendly! We apologize for the noise from above, but we are very limited to what we can do to the building since it is so close to the beach. As for the aging appliances and bathroom, we are planning on redoing the kitchens and the bathrooms. Hope to see you visit us again! Thank You again! Shalimar Management and Staff
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Weston, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

All I have to say is that I have NO COMPLAINTS what so ever. Charming place, very clean most important relaxing and quiet. The room was clean, with the convenience of a kitchenet. You can't ge much closer to the beach. Staff was friendly and courteous. I will definitely be back soon!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Shalimar Cottages and Motel

Address: 2823 West Gulf Drive, 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 Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shalimar Cottages and Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shalimar is an Old Florida-style resort of 33 units located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Blending in with the natural beauty of the island, Shalimar offers many features without spoiling the natural atmosphere. ... more   less 
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