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Island Inn
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   3111 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #6 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Perfect Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

If your in Sanibel for the shelling, the Island Inn is the place to stay. It's directly on a great shelling beach, with its own sandy frontage with a pool and beach games. We stayed on the second floor of Mathews Lodge and had great views of the ocean. The room was large and clean with a screened balcony. Reception staff were very helpful with advice on things to do whilst on the Island, and there is onsite bike hire. The traditions restaurant is not cheap but the food and service were very good, and the complimentary continental breakfast is a nice touch. Overall if your looking for a reasonably priced hotel, on the beach. With the Island Inn you can't go wrong.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, December 17, 2013
Thank you for sharing your Island Inn experience. I am so glad our location, accommodations, amenities and guest services enhanced your over Sanibel stay! I hope your travels home were safe and you are able to visit the Island Inn and Sanibel Island again soon! :-)
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

We stayed for 3 nights and could have easily stayed another 3. The room was very nicely (We stayed in the Kimball lodge) renovated, clean.. had all updated appliances. Loved the amount of space the grounds had, and how nice it was maintained... could pretty much be by yourself almost anywhere you went. Staff was super friendly... we arrived late, but the staff made a point to leave a key in a lock box even though we hadn't contacted them. (Thanks steve!) "Traditions" restraunts' food is phenomenal. Have to have the lump crab meat maincotti... incredible. Would have been nice to have had a little bar maybe near the pool or somewhere in the courtyard but,..stock the fridge :) Well worth every penny considering we walked the beach and saw what way more would have cost us and what they were missing in the other resorts... SPACE. Overall: Great time, great staff.. great food. We will be back for sure.

Room Tip: IF staying in the Kimball lodge (which i suggest you do) be sure to request one on the west side if...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, December 17, 2013
Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and for taking the time to share your experience. It sounds like the Inn’s low density and “Old Florida” feel, combined with its modern accommodations and amenities were a good fit to your needs and expectations. We will look forward to your return soon! 
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pittsburgh, pa
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We stayed at the Island Inn for 2 nights. We booked the room through expedia(hotels.com), and were very pleased. The room was recently renovated, clean and fully equipped. The view was outstanding, west view, lower level, and we are very satisfied.
I will stay there again, the next time we visit the beautiful island of Sanibel!!
Thank you.

Room Tip: Ask for Kimball building, with the west view(Sunsets!!)
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, December 10, 2013
Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and I am so happy you enjoyed our location, accommodations and guest services.

An important note for prospective guests - we strongly urge to call the hotel directly to book your accommodations. 3rd party online travel agencies, such as Expedia, Hotels.com, Booking.com, etc., do not offer all 11 of our accommodation types nor have the knowledge of our property to help you choose the accommodation option/location that best fits your needs and meets your expectations.

Again, thank you for your patronage and we will certainly be looking forward to your return! Great pictures, too! :-)
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

Looking for a relaxing, beautiful. friendly place to stay? The Island Inn is centrally located on the south beach of Sanibel Island with immediate access to the beach and all major attractions. We stayed in the newly renovated Kimball Lodge in a suite (with full kitchen) overlooking the ocean. This was the best five day getaway we've had in years thanks to the cleanliness of the facility and the peaceful, well-groomed atmosphere. After this stay we have decided to make this an annual vacation destination.

Room Tip: Accomodations vary according to your needs; ask for information about room types in terms of ameniti...
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Green Features: Very environmentally friendly in terms of cleaning crew and practices.
  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, December 10, 2013
Thank you so much for choosing the Island Inn for your Sanibel Island stay. I am so glad our “old Florida” charm and unparalleled beach proximity combined with our modern accommodations and amenities were a perfect fit to your needs and expectations. We are honored to have you as a loyal guest and we will look forward to your next annual visit! :-)
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I've stayed at Island Inn before and always look forward to a return visit. The staff is very friemdly, Diane took great care of us at check in when we arrived earlier than expected, They go the room ready quickly and it was as nice and spotless as I remember. The grounds were immaculate as always and the heated pool was great because of the unexpected nip in the air. Looking forward to our next trip! Island Inn is a throwback to the great old Florida hotels of years past....


Do try Traditions On The Beach an independently-owned restaurant on their grounds, but as a guest you get a 15% discount.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 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, December 5, 2013
Thank you being such a loyal guest of the Island Inn and for sharing your experiences. I am so glad you enjoyed yet another wonderful stay and we will be anxiously awaiting you next arrival! :-)
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Winnipeg
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We are staying at Island Inn on Sanibel Island for a couple of days. It is early December. The inn has totally refurbished its rooms(Kimball Lodge), but has maintained its historic feel. It is situated right on the water. The service has been excellent. We rented bikes right at the hotel and saw the whole Island. The bird sanctuary was very cool to see, especially by bike. So many different birds close up.

I enjoyed sitting out on in the lanai in the evenings. Two different but perfect sunsets. You really cannot go wrong choosing this place.

Tip: we figured out that the couch pullout is really an air mattress (with a control) after the first uncomfortable night.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, December 3, 2013
Thank you for leaving a review of your stay at the Island Inn. I am so glad our historic roots combined with our modern accommodations and amenities were a good fit to your needs and expectations.

For prospective guests, all of our pullout sofas have automatically inflatable air mattresses and they really comfortable!!! :-)
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Durham, NC
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

I have stayed elsewhere before at Sanibel. This was my first stay at Island Inn and Iwill stay here on any return to Sanibel! My room was in the Matthews Lodge. The room was quiet, clean, bright and sunny. All of the staff was nice. The grounds were very clean. The landscaping is pretty with lots of flowers.

Room Tip: I would suggest not getting ground floor if a view of the ocean is desired.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled solo
    • 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, December 3, 2013
Thank you for choosing the Island Inn for your recent Sanibel vacation. We are glad our low density, beachfront location combined with our modern accommodations and amenities were a good fit to your needs and expectations. We hope you can return to the Island Inn again soon! :-)
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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
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
#5 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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