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Island Inn
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #5 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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“A place to relaxe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

We spent a night here on our south Florida trip. Right on the beautiful beach. We got a very nice room with a view of the sea. We arrived early so our room was not ready but the friendly staff gave us beach towels so we took a walk down the beach. When our room was ready they came looking for us! Great service! We will try to be back! The Traditions restaurant in the hotel is excellent too!

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, February 18, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Island Inn as your Sanibel accommodation during your trip to South Florida. I’m glad you enjoyed our pristine beach and you were able to enjoy our onsite restaurant, bar and lounge, Traditions on the Beach. If you are able to make it back to Southwest Florida I hope you return to the Island Inn! :-)
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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    4 of 5 stars
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Yarmouth, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We love the Island Inn for its low key ambience, its comfortable rooms, its large sand patio as a quiet place to relax other than the beach and hot sun, its excellent dining room (Traditions), its wonderful friendly staff, and the short direct access to the beach. It is centrally located on the Gulf beach shore with quick access (for us, by bicycle) to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Shell Museum, CROW, SCCF, Historical Village, grocery store and shopping. We eagerly anticipate our next visit immediately after finishing our current visit.

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  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, February 15, 2013
Thank you for being such a loyal guest of the Island Inn and for sharing with others the reasons why so many choose the Inn as their favorite Sanibel Island resort. We’re so happy to have you as part of the Island Inn family and will be anticipating your return next year! :-)
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Ajax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We loved every minute of our 3 nights in the Matthews Cottage at the Island Inn. The cottage was beautiful, spacious for 2 couples, comfortable & spotless. We prepared our own lunch & dinner in the renovated kitchen. With a beautiful view from the dining area, why would you want to dine anywhere else? The breakfast offered at Traditions was wholesome & a perfect way to start the day. Every staff member whom we encountered was polite & helpful. The peace & quiet was just lovely. We regretted not booking for longer. We decided to extend our stay in Sanibel & had to go to a different Inn as the Island Inn did not have any vacancy. We stayed in a similar size cottage - there was no comparison whatsoever. The rate was cheaper but still overpriced for the quality of the accommodation. We enjoyed the bike trails & the dolphin cruise. Thank you, Island Inn, for a wonderful reprieve from the Canadian cold!! We'll have to be satisfied now watching our videos.

  • Stayed February 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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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Island Inn to host your escape from the frigid North! I’m so happy you approved of our recent renovations to our Matthews Beachfront Cottage… we strive to provide modern accommodations and amenities in a historic, beachfront setting and the Matthews Beachfront Cottage seems to be a perfect example of that. I’m sorry your experience at another Sanibel establishment was not as enjoyable, but hope that you will be able to return to the Island Inn and Sanibel Island very soon. Until then, enjoy your videos and visit our live beach cam anytime you need a dose of the Island Inn. :-)
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Maumee, Ohio
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

when we first arrived at the island inn the staff was very welcoming and very accomodating and friendly we got to our room loved how quaint it was walked out to the beach to see the water and immediately decided to see if we could stay longer than what our initial plan to stay 3 nights and we were able to get 3 more nights and we were able to stay in our room without having to move which was absolutely wonderful.it was very relaxing and had a cozy cottage feel without all the hussle and bussle the staff for maid service were very friendly beach was not crowded finding sea shells was fun multiple kinds even found a horse conch shell 13 inches long an incredible find at low tide alot of different birds to take photos of beautiful sunsets quiet and peaceful the traditions restaurant was nice with good entertainment and service

  • Stayed February 2013, 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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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, February 20, 2013
Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and for taking the time to leave a review of your experience. I’m glad our low density, old Florida, beach front setting combined with our modern accommodations and amenities met your needs and expectations. I hope your travels home to Canada were safe and you are able to visit the Island Inn and Sanibel Island again soon! :-)
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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

We enjoyed the Island Inn & Sanibel immensely – very relaxing and easy going.

All the staff we met were excellent – thanks to all of you.

Traditions was superb – the entertainment was exceptional – very talented people.

We have already recommended Sanibel & The Island Inn to several friends – no huge condos or hotels – just modest buildings and cottages,
wonderful dining, no traffic lights!!! – It is a very special part of Florida.

Room Tip: Every room or cottage is right on the ocean -- quiet place, wonderful views.
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  • Stayed January 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Island Inn for your Sanibel Island vacation. It sounds like the low density, old Florida feel of Sanibel and the Island Inn was a perfect fit for your needs. We truly appreciate your referrals and hope you can find the time to return to the Island Inn soon! :-)
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We stayed twice in the same week in a deluxe room with kitchenette. We just loved Sanibel, the beach, the shelling, the romantic atmosphere, the gentle staff. We will return if we can. The restaurant is romantic too but the breakfast (complimentary) is very basic. But the place has its own magic - we travel all the time and there were few places, simple as this one, so fit for a romantic escape.

Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and leaving a review of your experience. It is such a compliment that you stayed one night and went out of your way to return later in the week.

The accommodation you chose, the Gulfview Kitchen Suite in our Kimball Lodge, is often recommended for couples and I’m glad it suited your needs and expectations.

I know it is quite a long trip, but I hope you can find the time to return to the Island Inn and Sanibel Island for another romantic getaway! :-)
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Richmond, VA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

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.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
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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Address: 3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Sanibel Island
#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 — Island Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted "Best Inn on the Island," the Island Inn, with its combination of old Florida cottages and modern lodges, sits on 10 beautiful Gulf front acres, offering 550 feet of beach with some of the best shelling in the area. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Island Hotel Sanibel Island
Island Sanibel
Island Resort Sanibel
Is Sanibel

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