I've been bringing my family to the Island Inn for almost 30 years. In the past, the Inn was modified American Plan in season, with two meals a day included. The food was good, the service railroad-style. As those days drew to a close, the Inn tried a variety of alternatives, all without much success. When they stumbled on Traditions, they had a real winner! A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning, with the restaurant open for dinner at night. Hotel guests receive a substantial discount for dining there. Live entertainment is provided most nights, and the quality is excellent, both for listening and dancing.
The Inn is owned by a group of private shareholders dedicated to preserving the traditions and style of the first hotel on the island. Many of the guests are repeat customers who return often.
The Inn is conveniently located. The rooms are modern and comfortable, with accomodations a bit like a cabin rather than a hotel. Many of the rooms come with a small but adequate kitchen. Most have outstanding views of the ocean.
The rooms have modern amenities, like big screen TV, cable chanels, A/C, large modern baths, but you are missing the true experience of this hotel if you spend a lot of time in your room.
The public areas generally have a game of cards, or two, and a few puzzles in the works. The conversation is congeanial, and the feeling is almost like being on a cruise ship. At sundown, many guests gather on the balcony at the rear of Kimbel Lodge each night to watch the sun go down. (Put on bug spray for this!)
I have saved the very best for last, however. The beach in from of the Inn is one of the best shelling areas on the entire island!
If you are looking for a glass and chrome high-rise hotel experience, give the Island Inn a pass. If you want a relaxing vacation with the feeling of being on a cruise ship, this would make a great choice.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for being such a loyal member of the Island Inn family and for taking the time to share your experiences at the Inn. Of course, the staff at the Inn remembers you and it is truly our pleasure to host your family’s stay each year. We’re glad you approve of the Inn’s goal to provide modern accommodations and amenities in a historic, beachfront setting. We will be anxiously awaiting your return and you can trust that the Inn will continually reinvest in its facilities, accommodations, amenities and guest service, in an effort to be the most desired accommodation option on Sanibel and Captiva Islands.
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