We were planning a family get-together long-distance. This place looked like the best deal for who we had coming. The owners were very willing to work with us, especially one family member who had a couple of different special needs. We ended up renting two of their cottages, and really enjoyed them. They were spacious, clean, had what we needed (refrigerator, stove, oven, microwave, dishes, pots, pans, etc), and were very pleasant.
The caveat is this: we had six people in one cottage and five in the other. Because two of the people in the 6-person cottage were children who went to bed earlier than the rest of us, we put them into the back room, which was separate from the rest, so quiet and dark. However, that meant that two adults had to sleep on the sofa-bed in the front room. Not a good idea on many counts. They ended up sleeping sideways in the bed because the bars were pretty bad. So if you are going to use a cottage for more than 4 people, keep this in mind--the sofa bed would be okay for kids, but not good for adults.
The other cottage had five people including a baby. The owners had a pak-n-play for the baby to sleep in, which was very helpful.
The owners are not at all intrusive and are very helpful. There are laundry facilities available. The pool was very clean and appeared to be well-kept (though it was cold enough that the kids only used it one day). About a 15 minute walk to the nearest beach and screen tables to use for washing your shells. Also (which is one of the biggest reasons we went with them), they don't have minimum stay requirements (since we were coming from out of the country and didn't have a "standard" vacation stay, it was difficult to find a place on Sanibel that would accomodate our needs).
Overall, we were very pleased. The only negative was the sofa bed. We would definitely recommend them to others.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on beautiful Sanibel Island, Anchor Inn offers affordable accommodations in a lush tropical setting. Private A-frame cottages, standard hotel rooms and fully equipped 1 and 2 room efficiencies are available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anchor Inn & Cottages Hotel Sanibel Island
- Anchor Inn And Cottages