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Sanibel Arms West Condominium
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   827 E. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews 79 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Family business”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Excellent value. The pool was amazing. Nicely landscaped. Good location. Excellent staff. Nice ammenities in the condo. Not right on the beach in condos in A but an easy walk. Give it a try.!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    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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15 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We rented a unit just off the beach in March for 4 nights. The proximity to the beach was fine however, the unit(first floor) was advertised as oceanview. It wasn't The view from the back lanai was bushed a few feet away and the front view was the driveway. The unit was very clean and had all the amenities needed and up to date. Short drive to activities on main street and about 3/4 mile from the lighthouse. Office only open Mon-Fri for business hours but they were very helpful and friendly. .

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  • Stayed March 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Vergennes, Vermont
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5 hotel reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Sanibel Arms West is one of the most relaxing, pleasant stays I have had. We stayed there several years in a row and cannot wait to get back there. The staff is efficient, prompt and so friendly. The units are obviously well cared for and the owners and staff show their pride in the property by the way they care for it.
The residents we met were so nice, and I can imagine they have lots of transients coming and going throughout their stays there. But always a smile for the kids and humorous of their kid antics.
The beach area is well cared for and the highlight of our stay there. Best shelling around. Sunrise on the beach in Sanibel is my happy place!

Room Tip: obviously the beachfront are optimum with kids as they can run in and out easily without fuss and im...
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  • Stayed November 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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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

First time on Sanibel. Condo was perfect for our family of 6 - two adults, 4 kids (18,16,13,10). All units are individually owned so go to their website and view photos of the unit before you book. Ours was good for our family as it had a large sectional sofa sleeper so two kids could sleep there without sharing a bed (that just doesn't happen in our family!). Other two were in second bedroom twin beds. Master had a king.

Condo was updated with open kitchen with counter seating, new white cabinets, tile flooring, three flat screen tvs and surround sound. Perfect for watching NCAA basketball in the evening! Had the basics for cooking and was given kitchen towels, detergent and dish soap. Two bathrooms are great - master had walk-in shower and jet tub in kids bath. Patio area off master that we didn't use - very shaded. Patio area off kitchen/dining was very nice with table and chairs. Screened so you can have doors wide open and bring the outside in. Washer and dryer in condo was very nice. WIFI for each unit.

Grounds are beautiful and feel very safe - kids were out and about without parents but it wasn't chaos. Very family friendly. Short walk to beach from any of the condos. Beach chairs are available to use and we were able to get chairs anytime we went to beach; there seemed to be plenty. No beach towels provided. Pool was warm and the area was nice, it was a bit small though. Laundry available but we had HE washer and dryer in unit so we didn't need to use. Also a business center with printer for boarding passes, etc. Good location as traffic on Sanibel can be a bit much but on this side of island there is the option to take the "back road" and save some headache. Although we rented bikes for the week and usually biked if we could.

Tennis courts and a basketball hoop were located across the street near the rental office. One problem during our stay is people had checked out tennis rackets and basketball and kept them at their condo so they were not available for others to use. Maybe this doesn't happen much, but it might be an idea for the office to make note of who has what so it can be retrieved. Only had use of basketball on the last night of our vacation as someone else kept it the rest of the time. Not the condos fault but bad manners on the part of one family. Basketball hoop needs to be replaced, bent rim and no net - but I guess most people vacationing on Sanibel aren't there to play hoops!! Anyway that would be a inexpensive investment for them.

Office staff was very friendly and helpful although we didn't need much during our stay - things were close to perfect! We will definitely be back!

Room Tip: go to their website and look at the photos for the condos - what you see is what you get! Also I pr...
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  • Stayed March 2014, 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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Wausau, Wisconsin
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5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Our first stay at this property - stayed in condo I1. Pluses: nicely decorated condo, Florida chic without kitsch. Pride of ownership shows, with every little thing one needed, including washer/dryer, wifi internet, cable for rainy days, great furnishings/decor and a nice lanai. Good location to get around, as one can use the back roads and avoid the insane March break traffic on Periwinkle Drive! Office staff at check-in very helpful. Grounds are verging botanical, well-kept with different kinds of plants & trees that were lovely. The paved driveways and parking lots are nothing short of amazing. Two big gas grills to do some of your own cooking. Beach chairs are available to help yourself, and we liked that they have a central location for recycling...more resorts need to be this responsible! Downside: the room with twin beds have true twin beds - very narrow. Also, this condo is in the building furthest from the beach, so it's about 250 steps to the beach. The bedrooms are at the street side of the condo and for light(er) sleepers, traffic noise may be an issue. Also, the pool - which was extensively used as there were many families with children staying in the complex - makes it almost impossible to leave the doors to the lanai open because the noise bounces off the wall of the adjacent community center and right back into the condo. Also, the pool temperature is kept far too warm, and with all of the kids using it, the walls of the pool seemed to have just a hint of a green sheen (and you KNOW what I mean!). It may have been "heel walkers" above us but it seemed at times like we had a circus that had moved into the condo above us - annoying. Of note: the doors to the condos are the still the traditional key-on-a-fob...make sure you keep track of your key(s) or there is a $100 charge if not turned in at checkout. Overall, enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Take a look at their website and try to book an oceanfront condo for view, location, and the least a...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

This was a very well-maintained property. The condo has two screened-in porches so you can leave the patio doors open all the time. Everything was very clean and pleasant. The beach is a short walk from any of the buildings. The pool is heated and screened in. Grounds are nicely-landscaped. Reserving and checking in was easy and the office staff was friendly and helpful. The property is a short walk, bicycle ride or drive to the main commercial area. Overall the island was quiet and low-key, perfect for a family vacation. Would definitely stay at this property again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Absolutely loved our stay in Unit J1! Unit was clean, well laid out, and with nice amenities. Washer/dryer, free wifi, cable in 3 rooms, dishwasher and disposal. Unit is located with MBR lanai facing the pool. The location of the property is nicely out of the Periwinkle traffic and easy access to on/off island activities. Beach was beautiful and staff was helpful. 5*!

  • Stayed March 2014, 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
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Additional Information about Sanibel Arms West Condominium

Address: 827 E. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sanibel Arms West Condominium 3*
Number of rooms: 104
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