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“Beautiful location” 3 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Resort   |   3033 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #5 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
North, South Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Beautiful grounds. Lovely gardening and lush palm trees. I enjoyed walking on the quiet, peaceful beach in the mornings.
The cottage was cute and brightly furnished and decorated. Lots of towels, beach towels and great coffee all supplied. The king size bed was too firm for me. The pull out couch was horrible. Just an old thin mattress. The couch was comfortable enough to just sleep on as is without pulling the mattress out. Extra sheets etc... were all provided.
Make sure you bring bug spray with deet. I was attacked near sunset and suffered with itchy, red welts all over my legs for days. It unfortunately caused me to have trouble sleeping as well.

The pools were a great distraction. The water temperature in each was perfect.

The walls in the adjoining cottages are thin. I could hear the neighbor and their kids get up at 5 a.m.

Room Tip: pick the ocean front cottages, either the mango or lime.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Sounds like you had a wonderful time, except for that darn hide-a-bed.
I don't think I have ever slept on a hide-a-bed that was comfortable. So sorry about that ,but next time, let someone at the office know so that maybe we can find a solution. Hopefully we will see you again in the near future. We do appreciate your review and will look into solutions for that issue.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Miami, Florida
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013 via mobile

Cozy and a 5 minute walk to the beach! Not a luxury stay but the rooms were clean and had everything we needed for a relaxing getaway. Being teacher of 36 kids... The peace and quiet was priceless. Will definitely be staying here again.

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 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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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
We appreciate your review from your stay here at the Waterside Inn on the Beach. As the name says.....we're on the beach, so I'm a little confused when you said that there was a 5 minute walk to the beach. At any rate, We're glad you had a quiet and relaxing time here with us. I know being a teacher can really be stressful, so we're glad we could help you out to de-stress! Hurry back soon.
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Plainfield, Illinois
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

My family has considered Sanibel our island for 45 years. Going on 4 generations.. This place is heaven on earth; perfect centralized location, great shelling, right on the beach, clean, beautiful and personal. Debbie, Peggy, Lynn and not to mention John (Go Steelers and Penguins – Really??! GO BEARS and HAWKS) They are family! If you like your stay to have people always available, kind and generous, this is the place! There is nothing they wouldn’t do for their guests! One word – Amazing.. If you want to experience Sanibel, as I know it from the 60’s and on.. this is the place.. Nothing like West Gulf Dr. and the Waterside Inn on the Beach! We'll See you every year for our family Thanksgiving!

Room Tip: Cottages are a quaint flavor of the island’s history. Clean and personal. The Breakers West are lar...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, December 16, 2013
Wow, 45 years and 4 generations!! That just about says it all. When you find a place to call your home-away-from-home, you’ve found it all!

We are so blessed to have you as our guests and feel that Waterside Inn is just as much your place as ours. It was great fun having you stay here again this year and such a kick to tell old stories of old times on Sanibel.

To all our future guests, I hope you will become a part of our family as well. We will do our best to make you feel comfortable and right at home! See ya soon!
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Tampa, Florida
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Stayed two nights during Thanksgiving weekend in Mango 102, a perfect home away from home! One bedroom with comfortable pullout sofa in living room, kitchen, and bath. Very clean and looked just like the pictures on their website. Best of all, this unit is beach front! Walk out the screened porch door and take the short path to the beach. Or enjoy sitting in the screened porch and watch the swaying palm trees. Porch is fairly private too due to bordering hedges. We also appreciated it was dog friendly; a few small happy dogs and no problem to anyone. Friendly staff added to our positive experience.

Room Tip: Mango 102, end unit on beachfront
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  • Stayed November 2013, 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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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences here at the Waterside Inn. Some folks say that it’s as close to heaven on earth as you could get. Yet others say that rather than a resort, we are a color-coordinated step into Old Florida via wonderfully simple cottages on a spectacular beach. Whatever your description, we are happy that you made it here to experience it for yourself. Hopefully this will be an annual pilgrimage for you.
Thanks for sharing your wonderful review to our future Guests.
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Florida
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79 reviews 79 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Just got back today from the Waterside Inn. Stayed in The Pineapple Room 123. Was clean and very nicely updated. Large bathroom with double sinks, granite counter tops and plenty of drawer space in bathroom cabinet. Bed was comfy and clean. Property was a very short stroll down to the beach. Could see the gulf from our porch but #123 was not gulf front. No problem.
Had a small refrigerator, coffee pot, wine glasses and toaster. All we needed.

Room Tip: Stayed on the second floor in 123. No elevator, in case that is a problem for anyone.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, December 5, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Waterside Inn and Sanibel Island for your vacation. We’re so happy that you enjoyed yourselves and that your choice of rooms suited your needs. Our main goal is to bring you back again and again so hopefully we will be seeing you again someday soon. Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences here. Happy Holidays!
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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

What an amazing beach front vacation! Really enjoyed our clean room with a full kitchen. The bed was so big and comfy. Nice clean linens. And very spacious cottage. And all personal were very pleasant and friendly! We will be back for another long weekend.

  • Stayed November 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, November 16, 2013
Thank you for your kind review. We appreciate you sharing your comments about your stay here at Waterside Inn. Sounds like you had a wonderful time and got to unwind and relax. Just what you needed! We look forward to seeing you again real soon!
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

We stayed at the Waterside Inn on the Beach for 4 days and really enjoyed the area! We stayed in the Breakers West A2 condo, it had 2-bedrooms and each BR had its own bathroom. One bedroom had a large king size bed and the other room had two twin beds. There was also a fold out sofa. The kitchen was nice and had all items you would need to make meals. The condo also included a washer and dryer which came in very handy. Condo also included free WIFI. You could also rent umbrellas from the front office and they had beach chairs and towels you could use for no charge. The beach is very nice, lots of shells if that is what you are looking for. The area is very quiet and relaxing. This is not a party island! There are lots of great restaurants in the area and lots of small shops to get souvenirs. There is also a small grocery store and liquor store close, but I would suggest stopping in Ft. Myers at Walmart or other larger stores to get groceries and all your needed items before going to Sanibel Island. Overall we had a great time and the weather was wonderful!

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences here at Waterside Inn. You gave everyone reading some valuable information about Sanibel and the surrounding area. As you mentioned, there is a large grocery store (Publix) right before you travel through the toll booth. Many of our guests will stock up on food/liquor/beach toys or tolietries before checking in here at Waterside. Don't worry if you forget anything though as we have two grocery stores on the island as well as drug stores, pharmacies, and liquor stores.

Once again, thank you for your review. We have a wonderful community of people that come back year after year. We look forward to having you join this group as well.
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Address: 3033 W. 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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Waterside Inn on the Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you searching for that true Olde Florida charm and style? Look no further than Waterside Inn! You?re just steps away from the beautiful beaches of Sanibel. Amenities include a heated pool, beach loungers, on-site bike rentals, and BBQ grills. Come to relax and unwind in one of our small inns or cottages. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Waterside Inn On The Beach Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Resort Sanibel Island

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