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“great place for shelling” 5 of 5 stars
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3951 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #4 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Orlando, Florida
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“great place for shelling”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

we went there right after thanksgiving .kids dog had our thanksgiving there .everything was great had everything we needed there in the cabin .weather was great my son and daughter had a great time getting shells . and swimming .and at the beach .our dog had a great time to .also we liked that it was very quiet there also very relaxing we stayed there for 3 days great place to go with your dog . all you need is your food and drinks and clothes . thats pretty much it .loved it .

Room Tip: pretty much all the cabins are good it depends what you need and how many guests you bring along
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  • Stayed December 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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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Stow, Ohio
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2013

We have been to Sanibel several times a year for the past several years and what a gem to fall upon. We decided to take our pet this time and could not have been more pleased with the accommodations. They are booked months in advance so if you are planning a trip, make sure you call early to reserve your place.

We are planning on going back for sure within a few months. Great time! We were in need for nothing while we were there! I rated the restaurant and fitness center as average as there is not restaurant there as they provide a full kitchen in your suite, and we did not utilize the fitness center while we were there.... Walked the beach several times per day!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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Olmsted Falls, Ohio
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

We looked at a lot of places on Sanibel Island for our vacation and we were glad we found Mitchell's Sandcastles. We stayed at Sea Spray, the closest house to the ocean.

Pro's - awesome staff, location, quiet, two pools, free kayaks/bikes, great shelling, saw dolphins everyday, free beach chairs, grill outside our house, porch, price

Con's - cockroaches or something looking just like them in our house (we noticed them on our last night)

We would return to Mitchel's, great little place.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

The cabin was wonderful everything is provided . Would suggest a cookie sheet for oven use. All other pots and pans provided the beach was great for shelling I was lucky enough to find a sea horse horse conchs nutmegs and even a small wentletraps . The staff was helpful and they even have backhoes to use in shelling. They had a dishpan at the front porch door to rinse your sandy feet. What a great idea kept the sand down. They even provide charcoal and fluid. Will definitely come back. The beach is as advertised

Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Roanoke, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We spent a long weekend at Mitchell's and it was hard to leave. Shelling was phenomenal. They have two pools, free use of kayaks, bikes, beach toys, chairs and umbrellas. Perfect for us since we flew in from out of state and didn't have all that with us. The house was clean inside, but the windows were filthy. Internet was spotty, and the cable TV was not working on a couple of TV's, and not at all for awhile on the TV in the living room. Cable guy came next day to fix it, but still, the TV situation is not ideal. We are spoiled with HD TV's, and their cable signal in regular definition, and the aspect ratio is off. But, I don't go to the beach to watch TV, right? We saw dolphins playing just off shore our first day there. House is comfortable, and staff friendly. Cottages are old, but kept up fairly well. To get a five "star" rating from me, there has to be better internet access, fast enough and strong enough to stream shows, especially if the TV's don't work. Did I mention the retro feel of the place? It's quiet, it feels like the kind of place my parents would have taken me when I was a kid in the seventies (if they could have afforded it), but with air conditioning and better plumbing. I'm trying to figure out a way to get back again...

Room Tip: We stayed in Breakers, a three bedroom house. Very spacious, and would not hesitate to visit again.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Montreux, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We spent a week there with our two sons and the place is beautiful. Everything is clean, the staff is very helpful and friendly. If you are looking for a relaxing beach holiday it's the place to go. The beach is great, lots of birds and seashells.

Stayed October 2013
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This was our 3rd visit to Sanibel and the 3rd time we stayed at Mitchell's Sandcastles.
We are global fly fishing travellers (we travel the world for fly fishing) and Sanibel is an amazing place for catch big snooks from the beach or from the shore.
Moreover, if we had choosen Mitchell's Sandcastles all those times, it is just because all good things we and everybody says in the reviews are all true!
And important: In May, 2014, we will be there again, to catch the big one that broke the line!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mitchell's Sandcastles

Address: 3951 W. Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 27 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Number of rooms: 15
Also Known As:
Mitchell`s Sandcastles Hotel Sanibel Island
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Mitchells Sandcastles Hotel Sanibel Island

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