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“My idea of the perfect place to enjoy Sanibel Island” 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
AnnapolisMd
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“My idea of the perfect place to enjoy Sanibel Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2010

My family and I had a wonderful experience at Mitchell's Sand Castles. It was exactly what I was looking for, a small cottage resort with the feel of old Sanibel Island. Its location is as good as anything on the island, attractive grounds, surrounded by high end private homes and on the best beach on the island. We stayed in two different cottages and both were great, newly refurbished, spotless, attractive decorations. The new owners are committed to making everything perfect and were great. The two pools, tennis courts, and shuffleboard, free bikes, fitness center and internet kept us busy when we weren't walking on the beach. We stayed longer than originally planned, 18 days and immediately made reservations for next year.

  • Stayed January 2010, 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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    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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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2010

My partner and I just spent 5 days in the Pelican cottage at Mitchell's and had a marvelous time. It's our first time on the island, and we hope to return soon. We played tennis on their nice semi-shaded court, swam each day in their glistening warm pool, found stunning shells on the beach, apparently the 3rd best shell beach in the world. The cottage was simple, pretty and clean with a nice deck and just a few steps from the Gulf. We pedaled all around the island on Mitchell's free bikes. They also have free kayaks. Sorry to hear about the rough times some people had with the previous owners. Clearly those days are gone and it's a delightful place to stay.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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elk river idaho
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2010

Thank goodness I was not scared away by a recent bad review. This was my second stay at Mitchell's. The location is perfect. The cottages are not in "designer condo" condition so if that is a priority don't even consider this property, and don't whine in a review. The management is helpful and considerate. The pools are spotless. We stayed in the Breakers. All new bathrooms nicely done. After reading the bad reviews I think Tripadvisor should have a way of judging the traveler as well as the property. This is not a place for travel snobs. It is a place for laid back people on a journey.

Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Oak Ridge, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2010

You can believe all the rave reviews about Mitchell's since the new owners took over. We have been going to Mitchell's for 14 years, and now it is better than ever! Our cottage - the Pelican - has been totally renovated and has new furniture, but retains the old style Florida cottage that feels so much like home. The new owners are great, and do everything to ensure that your stay is what you want it to be. Definitely the place to stay if you like spending more time on the beach than in a condo.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2010

I have stayed at Mitchell's since 1995. The old owner was out of state and only cared about profits. The new owners are residents and are always on site. The improvements I have seen are noteworthy. Pay no attention to the old posts, they no longer apply. Ask for Joe or his wife and they will see to it your needs are taken care of.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Vancouver
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2009

We were worried because of several terrible reviews, but decided to book for 3 days in the Sea Breeze house, anyways. We were very pleasantly surprised to find it had been renovated and all the furniture had been replaced. It was clean, Wi-Fi connection worked perfectly and we liked the new owners. We did not understand what the ugly reviews had been about. The only thing we didn't like, because we are birdwatchers, was that the Austrailian pines on the property had been cut way back and were quite ugly. Then we found the woodpeckers liked the new arrangement, so who were we to complain ?

We come every year for 3 or 4 days in November, and this year was the best, so we'll be back next year.

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2009

FOR 38 YRS... NOW ////New owners....awesome...remodeled. I have been going to mitchells for 38 years.I grew up with mr mitchell(for 3 weks every december anyway)....Those people expecting a condo type atmosphere plz stay away...if you want beach,sun,friends,PEACE You stay at mitchells. If you need any fishing tips at the beach you come talk to me around DEC 202009...Ask for JB You want stories I got em! Mitchells was in bad shape ,but that has changed....if you wantthe history of the place you come talk to JB ...OR email me at munkeytofu@gmail.com. JB

  • Stayed December 2008, traveled with friends
    • 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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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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