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“3rd time here - wouldn't go elsewhere” 5 of 5 stars
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Sandalfoot Condominium
3.0 of 5 Condominium   |   671 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Crofton MD
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“3rd time here - wouldn't go elsewhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Sandalfoot is affordable paradise. The grounds are always impeccably maintained so you can walk around anywhere barefoot (or sandal foot :)). The condo is perfectly situated on the island so that during peak season you can wake up in the morning and look to your left and watch the sunrise, and look to the right at night and watch the sunset. Amazing, nearly every day. If you can swing the extra few bucks, go for a gulf front, first floor unit (buildings 1 or 5). The ultimate in serenity is the outside corner unit on either of those buildings (1A1, e.g.). No one walks by your unit, or in front of it, you have front walk-out access to the beach, and a wonderful view all day long. I've been going to Sanibel/Captiva for nearly 40 years. Sandalfoot is a wonderful spot to be. You're off the beaten track (on East Gulf Drive), and yet you don't have to trudge up the always-crowded main road, so you can get to Sandalfoot quickly (especially useful as you first get on the island and are anxious to start vacation). The lighthouse is a pleasant 1 mi walk down the beach (or down the road) every morning, and the fantastic Lighthouse Cafe and next door ice cream spot are both a quick walk away. The beach is amazing (but that's true almost everywhere on Sanibel, so that's not a unique selling point). Sandalfoot is small enough complex so you don't feel like you're at a complex. Cook outside on the Weber grills. Swim in the pool. Play shuffleboard. Laze on the beach. The buildings aren't new, but not much on Sanibel that's affordable is. Many of the units are remodeled, some better than others. But, really, Sanibel isn't about the inside of your unit; it's about the beach, and the view. Hence my suggestion: get the gulf front view. 1st floor gets you walk out access. Upper floors are good too, but you don't get that same feel like you have your own beachhouse. One caveat about 1A1, where we've stayed twice, intentionally: The kitchen is the most moronic design, with barely room for a single person to move. As soon as you open the fridge or dishwasher, you block access to the entire kitchen. Nevertheless, I've cooked a full Christmas dinner with great success, so it's a fully functional kitchen, if a bit challenging. And I've been there twice, so you can tell it doesn't stop me from choosing 1A1 as one of the most exclusive units on the property. Great folks at the front office. Never had a hitch with my reservation or stay.

Room Tip: Gulf front, first floor, buildings 1 or 5. 4 rooms across in each building. 2BR units are on the out...
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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East Haven, Connecticut
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

I'm not sure where to even begin. From the ease and professionalism over the phone booking a condo at Sandalfoot to arriving and finding a beautiful paradise we were sold. The staff was accommodating, the grounds manicured perfectly, heated awesome pool, close proximity to soft white sandy shelled beaches and last but without a doubt not least an amazing comfortable condo. I would recommend anyone traveling to Sanibel staying here. The price is perfect and when I tell you that you won't be disappointed I promise that statement is true. Unit 4A1 is AWESOME!!!

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  • Stayed December 2012, 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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madison, nj
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012 via mobile

We loved our long weekend at Sandalfoot. Having bikes to rent right on the property was great. It is a fantastic quiet location with constant entertainment from the wildlife on the beach. The staff is friendly and helpful and the kitchen is well equipped. We would come back!

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Preston lancs
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

I cannot think of a better way to spend two weeks. We stayed in unit 5A2 which was right on the gulf and there was nothing to restrict our wonderful view. Sunrise was magnificent, the dolphins could be seen most days and just listening to the sea lapping the shores was extremely relaxing. We settled into the unit immediately because it was very comfortable, well equipped and well maintained. Sandalfoot is a great complex with everything that you could possibly need. We would stay in this complex and this unit again.

Room Tip: Corner units gulf front are the best
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  • Stayed November 2012, 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
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Burlington, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

I have been spending 2 weeks, sometimes more, at Sandalfoot for over 13 years. It is a wonderful complex for so many reasons. It is small enough to be comfortable but large enough to provide all the amenities that I want. I have stayed in Buildings 1, 4 & 5 and all are great. 1A2 and 5C1 are both 2 bedroom units and 4B2 is a one bedroom. All units are well equipped and have great views of the Gulf. The staff is very friendly and the grounds are well maintained. I recommend it as a wonderful get-away for singles, girl friend retreats, and families!!!

  • Stayed November 2012, 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
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Miami, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2012

Great home away from home at unit 3C1,all newly remodeled! Rooms and kitchen were just fabulous. Staff are all so sweet, landscape and scenery just beautiful. The family had such a wonderful time biking, swimming, shelling, and fishing all day.. Most of all its a "Total Paradise".Thanks

  • Stayed November 2012, 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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Coldwater, OH
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

My mother is 62 and had never seen the ocean before since my parents really don't like to travel/fly. They both absolutely loved this place! We wanted to avoid the hustle and bustle and just soak in the sun and the view. That is exactly what we were able to do. We traveled in mid August and it wasn't busy at all - it felt like we had the beach to ourselves. The shelling was awesome. The view was spectacular. The office staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. We checked in after-hours and the check-in information/keys were all waiting for us, easy to get, no troubles. The accommodations looked just like the picture online. We made a trip to the local grocery store and then had everything we needed to stay in and cook all of our meals. The kitchen was well equipped. It was such a convenient walk to the beach - very short. Awesome vacation - couldn't have been better!

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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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sandalfootres, Director of Sales at Sandalfoot Condominium, responded to this review, November 19, 2012
Mission accomplished and we couldn't be happier for you and your family!
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Additional Information about Sandalfoot Condominium

Address: 671 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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandalfoot Condominium 3*
Number of rooms: 59
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sandalfoot Beachfront Condominium is nestled on the East end of Sanibel, beachfront to the Gulf of Mexico and just 1 mile from the ''Historic Lighthouse'' on one of the best shelling beaches of the world. Your choice of either a 1-bedroom/1-bath or 2-bedroom/2-bath Beachfront or Gulf View condominium. Each beautifully and thoughtfully appointed. Enjoy many complimentary amenities such as Beach Chairs & Towels, Laundry Facilities, High-Speed WiFi, Swimming Pool, Parking & more! Our friendly and professional on-site Guest Relations Team members are here to welcome you and assist you during your stay, Mon-Sat, 9AM-5PM. ... more   less 
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