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“A Great Visit to the Island!” 5 of 5 stars
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1223 Buttonwood Lane, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Jackson, Mississippi
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A Great Visit to the Island!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

First off, let me say that we were very happy with the accommodations. I researched many of the places to stay on Sanibel, and I found Seahorse Cottages to be a perfect fit. It is in a great location for accessing the beaches on the Lighthouse side of the island, and it is very quiet. My wife and I have not had a vacation alone in quite a while, and this locale provided the perfect respite. I spoke with the hostess several times during our stay, and she and her husband were most attentive. The amenities are basic, but the room was great. We love Sanibel!

  • Stayed November 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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sblinnkeeper, Owner at Seahorse Cottages, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Thank you very much for taking the time to tell others how much you enjoyed your stay at Seahorse Cottages and on Sanibel. We never get tired of hearing that we have accomplished the goal we set out to do...provide relaxing retreats in paradise! We work hard to make sure that everyone has a wonderful time while here and we enjoy hearing when they did. Please come back and see us again. Once you become our repeat guests...you become like family to us! Peggy and Keith
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We recently stayed for three nights and had a good stay. The location is near the lighthouse and mostly residential. The bed was comfortable and mattress new. The pool is tiny but great for a quick swim. Our room was clean except for the tiny ants in the kitchen which was totally unexpected. We put all our food in the refrigerator and dined on the porch since the weather was good. We would go back.

  • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sblinnkeeper, Owner at Seahorse Cottages, responded to this review, November 13, 2013
Thanks for staying with us at Seahorse Cottages and thanks for taking the time to let others know you enjoyed your stay and will be coming back. Repeat guests are the heart of our business. The majority of our guests have been here before, most many times, returning each year and becoming like family to us. We look forward to greeting you again when you return.

We are sorry about the ants, as we do have a pest control company on call each and every day who will come and treat for any problem that arises. As the end of the rainy season approaches, they apparently found there way into that one cottage. The problem actually was taken care of last week, as soon as I found out about it from the previous review. I called, they came the same day, and the problem has gone. We only wish we could have done that for you while you were here! We always make a point of asking each guest if everything is ok in the unit, or is there anything that needs our attention multiple times during their stay. Next time, treat us like family....if something needs our attention please let us know! We welcome the opportunity to fix anything that we can to make your stay perfect!
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London, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

My husband and I spent 5 nights at Seahorse Cottages in search of some peace and quiet on our final holiday before having our first baby. We were encouraged by the reviews we'd read and confident that Seahorse Cottages offered the best value of Sanibel Island accommodations.

Our stay was ok - the weather was lovely and we swam in the ocean off a different beach every day. However, our experience of Seahorse Cottages wasn't quite what we were expecting.

PROS:
- Small, quiet resort
- Large comfortable living space (we had to take a deluxe one bedroom because the one bedrooms were booked two months before our trip)
- Good A/C
- Free parking
- Complementary beach chairs, umbrellas, carts and bikes
- Quiet location

CONS:
- Non-existent innkeeper or maid service, making this overpriced. We appreciated that it's a small place, but didn't see anyone by way of an innkeeper for the duration of our stay, so couldn't ask advice about how things worked in the cottage, get help with the grill or get local recommendations (though there was an exhaustive binder of local info in the cottage)
- The kitchen was well-equipped in terms of appliances, but there was little by way of pantry staples which one doesn't want to buy for such a short visit - no cooking oil, for example. Also, there was a big ant problem, including in the cupboards, which meant we kept our dry goods stuffed in the microwave. We did our best to keep the surfaces clean but there was only washing up liquid to use. If the ants are a feature of the climate/location, then it'd be a good idea for the kitchen to be equipped with surface spray to keep them at bay.
- thin walls - we could clearly hear our neighbour(s) snoring!
- contrary to the photograph on the front of our welcome back, there are no cushions for the pool furniture - you have to sit on the rubbery slats.
- not a fault of the establishment by any means, but something worth bearing in mind is that Sanibel is rife with sandfleas/'no see ums', making it impossible to take advantage of the nice decking areas if you're prone to getting bitten.

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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sblinnkeeper, Owner at Seahorse Cottages, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
Thanks for taking the time to offer your review of Seahorse Cottages on Sanibel. I'm sorry that your stay was not what most others feel is a wonderful time. I'm glad that you found our accommodations a "large and comfortable living space" and our location "quiet" and enjoyed the complimentary bikes, beach equipment, wagons etc. These are all things that most also find very important during their stay with us.

I do want to address some of your concerns however and wish that I had had the opportunity to discuss them with you in person. You mention a "non existent" innkeeper. We are, in fact, on the property every day mid morning to at least early afternoon and sometimes longer. While there we try to be as unobtrusive as possible so that you can enjoy the quiet atmosphere you mentioned and some private time alone together. We are also available 24 hours via phone, and I did in fact speak to you once regarding your concern for no cushions on the pool chairs. Our pool chairs are high end, strapped lounge and beach chairs. I know you spoke to our manager, Shauna, when she noticed you were using pillows from the cottage for your pregnant wife, and thought perhaps you might want some other ones that she had in the office, but you declined. Both Shauna and I, are long time island residents and could answer any questions you may have had during your stay regarding recommendations, directions, etc at any time during our time on the property each day of your stay or again by phone at anytime. Since you did not do this, we are glad that you found the binder we provided with suggestions and information "exhaustive " We are sorry that you found the lack of "staples" in the kitchen displeasing but unfortunately law prohibits us from leaving any such things. We take these laws as well as those that we are licensed under very seriously and therefore even empty out the ice trays with each guests departure. Ants can be a problem especially at the end of the rainy season when they all seem to want to come inside, and so we have an exterminator who arrives any day we ask for him to treat if guests have told us there is a problem. We are very happy with his results, as they are always immediate. If you had told me when you called, or when Shauna approached you asking if you needed cushions for the pool, or if you had just approached either of us at anytime we could have taken care of that for you in 24 hours.

Again, I am happy you found Seahorse Cottages, large, roomy, and quiet. and hope this clarifies some of your concerns.
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Melbourne, Florida, United States
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

Great location many amenities (bikes, wagon for beach chair, towels and the great pool. Perfect size) price was great, thanks Peggy for the great customer service. Lighthouse cafe had great breakfast within walking distance, gift shop at end of street was great place to shop

  • Stayed August 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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sblinnkeeper, Owner at Seahorse Cottages, responded to this review, September 5, 2013
Thanks again for spending your vacation with us at Seahorse Cottages! Also, thanks for taking the time, to let others know how much you enjoyed your time here. We are always happy to hear when someone enjoys our facilities. We work very hard to ensure that everyone does and never get tired of hearing it! We look forward to seeing you back again at Seahorse Cottages as our repeat guests. That's when you become a true part of the "family". Thanks again and see you soon! Peggy and Keith
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Spring Hill, Florida, United States
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Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

We had the best time while on our Anniversary trip to Sanibel Island. Part of that was because of the accommodations at the Seahorse Cottages. The owner Peggy Richardson was a sweetheart and the place was immaculate. Great location on the Island and was a real Bargain as far as price and amenities. They even include the Bicycles to use and wagon AND CHAIRS AND UMBRELLAS FOR THE BEACH AND SHELL FINDING. Everywhere else all that was extra. Hated to leave would go back again and again !!!

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  • Stayed July 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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sblinnkeeper, Owner at Seahorse Cottages, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thanks so much for not only spending you anniversary with us, but also for taking the time to let others know how much you enjoyed your stay. We love providing a special place for special occasions like anniversaries. birthdays, and weddings, and also for all those other times when the body and soul just needs a dose of Sanibel. We never tire of hearing that our hard work to provide others with a great vacation on this wonderful island are successful. We look forward to having you back again as our return guests for another anniversary, a birthday or just a good for the soul vacation. After one visit....you become family!
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Orlando, Florida, United States
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

My Baby and I just visited Sanibel/Captiva for 4th of July holidays.
We stayed 4 nights at Seahorse Cottages. It's my Baby's favorite and has been for years.
Now it is my favorite. Very quaint and quite were the best ways to describe.
They have all the amenities we needed, nice bedroom, living space, kitchen and bath just right for two.
They furnish everything we needed to have a blast at the beach, umbrella, chairs and even a wagon to carry it all to beach which was a short 3-4 minute walk.
We will be returning in the near future and recommend to all of our friends and family!!

  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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sblinnkeeper, Owner at Seahorse Cottages, responded to this review, August 6, 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to tell others how much you enjoyed your vacation with us at Seahorse Cottages on Sanibel. We are always so happy to hear others enjoy the cottages as much as we enjoy being here owning them and taking care of them! We consider it a labor of love and never get tired of hearing that we are successful in our endeavors to provide quality vacation accommodations at reasonable prices....with a little bit of quaint Sanibel thrown in for good measure. We appreciate all the referrals you will generate both with people here and people you know. Referrals are the heart of our business. We look forward to having you back at Seahorse Cottages as our return guests! After one visit...you are considered family!
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Izmir, Turkey
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

This was our honeymoon and it was a fantastic holiday from start to finish. The hotel was lovely- the pool was huge and we always managed to get sunbed- room was lovely, comfortable and clean with a nice view. The staff was very helpful and really did everything possible to help -from restaurant staff to front office staff... And also many thanks to animation staff. Entertainment laid on every night which was great. We enjoyed a lot especially in karaoke night. We cant wait to go again next summer

  • Stayed June 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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sblinnkeeper, Owner at Seahorse Cottages, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
We are so happy you had a great time on your honeymoon and enjoyed the hotel where you stayed. When we read this review, however, it doesn't sound like you stayed with us. You mention staff, entertainment, and even karaoke. We are a small family owned group of cottages on the beach and we don't have any of those things.....but once again we are glad you enjoyed your honeymoon! If your travel plans ever take you to Southwest Florida and Sanibel Island please look us up. I believe we could provide just as memorable a trip!
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Address: 1223 Buttonwood Lane, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 1
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seahorse Cottages is tranquil ground-level attached cottages nestled in a lush garden of tropical plants with a heated pool; located just 200 feet from the Bay beach and a block from the Gulf. All suites are comfortably furnished and include living area, bedroom, kitchen, bath and patio. Use of wireless Internet, bicycles and beach equipment is included. The peaceful setting and attention to detail makes Seahorse Cottages an ideal romantic destination. ... more   less 
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