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“Great Cottages, great Beach and great swimming” 5 of 5 stars
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Beachview Cottages
3.0 of 5 Resort   |   3325 W. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #7 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Alger, Michigan
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Cottages, great Beach and great swimming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I was able to see three cottages due to my parents coming and then we switched together into a third cottage. All were cute, clean and number 12 was quite beautiful. 6 and 3 were also great. We swam everyday and the water and beach were great. The pool was also very clean and quiet. We are definitely coming back. As for the bugs on the beach-that only come out at night get skin so soft.

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  • Stayed October 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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Lisa H, Manager at Beachview Cottages, responded to this review, November 26, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family! We look forward to your next visit, to our little island paradise. In the meantime, you can watch the waves dance or catch the sunset via our webcam!
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Helsinki, Finland
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The cottage was a promised by the beach, but that was about it. The cottages itself was quite worn out and you could see that there has gone a while from the last renovation.
The beach experience was a big disappointment because there was no blue clear waters. There was only a dark murky water where no one was swimming. This is not this hotels fault (as Florida is dumping excess water reservoirs right in front of Sanibel Island), but to pay 285dollars a night for a cottage with beach access, but you cant swim in the sea, it is not worth it.
Another minus is the small mosquitos that were everywere. We were both totally eaten inside our cottage.
Location of the hotel was nice as you could see the sunset and it was not too far from restaurants by car.

  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lisa H, Manager at Beachview Cottages, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
The cottages are remodeled every 5 years on a rotating schedule. This is an industry standard. The individual beachfront cottages are by far the highest in demand. They are literally reserved 365/366 days a year. The beachfront cottage #1, which you reserved, was remodeled in October 2009 and is scheduled for remodel in the fall of 2014. Remodeling has to be carefully planned in advance. Many of our guests stay every year and have their favorite cottage. They will rebook there magical week(s) for the following year prior to their departure.

I recall speaking with you in regards to the water release from Lake Okeechobee. This is an extremely sensitive matter, in which many residents, industry leaders and politicians are trying to combat. The water releases are intermittent, but at those times necessary. Unfortunately, your experience was for only one night. The following day the Gulf was sparkling and pristine.

The beauty of Sanibel Island is the preservation. The Island offers Ecotourism that is out of this world. A nature lover’s dream! We have lush vegetation, outstanding birding opportunities, a wide variety of land mammals and sea life. The weather conditions are favorable for all to enjoy, year round. Unfortunately, this includes no-see-ums. We try to educate our guests in regards to these small biting gnats (Leptoconops torrens). There is a guest book in each cottage with an entire page dedicated to the No-see-ums and how to prevent being bitten.

We are happy to hear you did enjoy our prime location and the unforgettable sunset!
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Atlanta, Georgia
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

This is our 13th year staying at Beachview Cottages and have come to think of #1 and #10, both beachfront, as our own. All of the cottages are in different pastel colors and named after shells. They would remind you of the beachfront cottages of the 1950's, with screened in porches, bead board paneling, but thoroughly modern on the inside with a galley style kitchen/great room, fully fitted, beach style furnishings. Cottages 1 and 10 are closest to the beach and each have a separate bedroom, cottage 1 with a queen sized bed and cottage 10 with a king. Lisa and Bob man the front office and are both warm and friendly, and knowledgeable of the island.

We chose Beachview years ago because they accept pets and we don't go anywhere (well almost anywhere) without our two Pembroke Corgis, who love the beach, the waves, the birds and playing ball with Dad. Beachview is on the quiet end of the Island, but close to everything you need, including Bailey's Center, which has a hardware store, grocery store and movie theater showing first run films

If you want luxury, fitness center, in-house restaurant and bar, this is not the place for you. There's no bling here. But if you want a very clean, quiet, safe place for families and your beloved pet, this is the one. Believe me, if it wasn't "The Thing" we wouldn't keep coming back for 13 years.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013 via mobile

This is a fabulous place to stay, I would recommend this place to anyone! Very quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The young lady (I'm horrible with names) is awesome very helpful and honest. She will guide you in the right direction for food etc. Cottages- very nice and clean, just don't expect that you renting a plush high end cottage. Very nice, clean and has everything you need will be back next year!

  • Stayed October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Frederick, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This is our third stay with Beachview Cottages and once again it was awesome! Lisa, at the front desk, is just a wonderful person and SO helpful!! She is able to answer any questions you may have and makes fantastic suggestions on restaurants and attractions.
With it being directly on the beach you truly only need bring your swimsuit and sunscreen......and plenty of shell bags!! You just can't help but to collect them!
Definitely returning next year!!

Room Tip: We have stayed in rooms 3, 9 and 12. All were fantastic, but from the screened porch in 3 you can s...
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  • Stayed September 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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Miami, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We spend a few days there almost every year. Very cozy and relaxing.
Few steps and you are in the water. Pet friendly and friendly staff.
Miss the free "old" bikes though (they got new ones but now they charge for them).

Stayed September 2013, traveled with family
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Fort Mill, South Carolina
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

we just spent a week at the Beachview and it was the best ever. the cozy cottages are so much better the plain hotel rooms everyone else has. it was amazing old florida feel, beautiful beach, wonderful pool. the staff was so helpful with dinner plans, cruise ideas, maps, and coupons. so relaxing and no crowds. my husband and I were in the pool everyday and there were never more than 4 other people there I ruled the pool ! and they are pet friendly! next time we are staying 2 weeks.

  • Stayed September 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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Address: 3325 W. 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 Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Beachview Cottages 3*
Number of rooms: 22
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