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“secluded beach and excellent service” 4 of 5 stars
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Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   4819 Trade Winds Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Austin, Texas
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“secluded beach and excellent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Located on a non-public access beach, with excellent service from the new managers, Ray and Susan. These are located 'beach front' but are a generous walk to the beach if you are carrying gear. There are other properties on West Gulf Drive that are beach front and steps away from the beach; depends on whether you want distance or seclusion, as offered by this property. The cottages, located across the street, and not on the beach are a much better value for the money. One of the few places on the island that will let you bring big dogs. Note if you haven't been to Sanibel: all dogs must be on leash at all times per local regulation. The property is close to Bohman's Beach, away from the commercial end of Sanibel. Recommended based on property seclusion and management.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 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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Delray Beach, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

Hi,

I just wanted to let you know that I had a wonderful stay at Tropical Winds September 13-16, 2012.

There are many, many reasons for this. I'll name a few.

• The units are right on the beach. They are clean and roomy. The kitchen is fully equipped.
• Dogs are allowed.
• There's a swimming pool.
• I feel safe and comfortable at Tropical Winds.
• Cable TV and Wi-Fi are included at no extra charge.
• The staff are very friendly and accommodating.

I like it there. I come to Tropical Winds for the peace and quiet of the island. The beach is secluded.
But just a short drive brings me to the shops, restaurants and attractions. I get the best of both worlds
at Tropical Winds. That's why I've been coming here for over 25 years.

Thanks again for a great stay. See you next year!

Caroline Brodersen

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 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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fla
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19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Sue and Joe are the innkeepers really great people..we had a cottage near the ocean and we had our two little dogs they loved the water. I don't want to say anything bad about the cottages because the innkeepers were great and they are new to the property, so my review has nothing to do with then it is the people who own the place.
It is so outdated the furniture is old and looks dirty. the bathroom toilet would not flush without lifting the lid, needs all new parts, and the one thing that was the worst to me was at night I woke up to feel a roach in bed with me, and that was it for me I am from fla and I know about bugs but that was too much for me.. and at night we could not sit on the patio bugs all over.. the place needs a really good updating job and a really good spray job.. sure hope the owners give sue and Joe some help to update and clean up the bug problem.. and also feel the price after I got there was so over priced for what we got..so pretty upset about that..

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Troy, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2012

The best place I have stayed on Sanibel, I wish I would have found this sooner. If you want a nice private , secluded stay this is the place. I cannot say enough of how much I enjoyed my stay here. We stayed in the effciency room 8 and loved it. Perfect get away for two. Pool was also nice as well as beach. I will be comeing back here again . Clean, quiet and private , what more could you want for a vacation.

  • Stayed September 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Orlando, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

My boyfriend and I just got back from our stay here with our dog. Our dog has NEVER had problems with fleas (He is on Frontline Plus, and gets his dosage regularly) but after staying in the dirty beach unit we returned home to find our dog with FLEAS, not to mention my poor boyfriend is COVERED in flea bites! I did not plan on ending my vacation by having to give my dog a flea bath, vacuuming my apt, and washing everything my dog came in contact with in an attempt to make sure any eggs never hatch. For $200/night THERE SHOULD BE NO FLEAS, the furniture should have been clean, the comforters are gross, and our shower curtain and bathroom ceiling had mold on it... They don't clean the units! The units are way further from the beach than you think, absolutely NOT "300 ft" from any unit. Our dog even found a gross, chewed up dog toy left behind... how throughly could they be cleaning these units? We will never be back.

Room Tip: Don't go, and definitely don't bring your dog.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

I had viewed these cottages on line and thought all had screened in porches. Not #5. When we did try to venture outside, our porch was right up against our neighbor's screened in porch and made it uncomfortable to be out there when they were playing board games or eating.
Also, what made this cottage unbearable was a skylight right over the bed. I first thought it was an electrical light and looked all over for the switch. Having started our vacation drive very early that morning we wanted to take an afternoon nap. There was no way to cover the skylight!
Even when it rained it was too bright. No sleeping past 7:00 AM either.
Another issue was that these cottages were a very far walk to the beach.
In the past we had stayed at Blue Dolphin Inn. I expected Tropical Winds to be about the same.
It was not. We won't be back. Also, bring repellant for the sand flies!

Room Tip: Do not choose cottage #5! No screened in porch!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We booked a beach unit for an overnight and were delighted with our room and access to the beach! While I wouldn't call it fancy, it was certainly cozy, clean, and fully met our needs.

We stayed in a 1 bedroom and found it to be perfect for cooking our meals (both indoor and outdoors) and sleeping comfortably. We really enjoyed the screened in porch after a day at the beach and brought board games to play well into the evening.

The beach is lovely and just a few steps away. We also noticed that the property is very dog friendly which could be a deciding factor for folks evaluating. We don't have dogs, but we know people who do and they are always looking for great places to stay with their pets.

Room Tip: Room 10 is closest to the ocean. The cottages are only a short walk away.
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 4819 Trade Winds Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Come experience Sanibel with the charm of Old Style Florida! Located on the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, on the west end of the island, Tropical Winds is tucked away in a very secluded, private setting within a small residential neighborhood. Enjoy one of our beachfront or nearby cottages in our own tropical paradise! ... more   less 
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