I stayed at the Sandpiper Inn this past August for several days. I was down visiting family and it worked out perfectly that the inn had a vacancy. Also traveling with me was my dog and the manager was nothing but accommodating and very attentive. The room was very clean and well appointed. The decor was charming and appropriate for the small quaint inn that it is. We enjoyed it so much that we stayed two days longer than planned. Overall I found it to be extremely pleasant visit.
Having been a visitor to Sanibel since my youth I am aware and respectful of the fragility of the island and the unique creatures that inhabit it and its surrounding waters. I also know that Florida outlawed the collecting of live shells, sand dollars, starfish and sea urchins from the islands. Actually, you can’t go anywhere on the islands without seeing something regarding live shell collection. I’ve seen signs at the beaches, read it on websites, restaurant menus. Seashells are important to the islands’ because Sanibel and Captiva are refuge islands where all life is considered precious. I read the review submitted by the individual that states that the manager was rude. That couldn't be further from the truth. Most often rudeness is a reaction to impertinent behavior. The residents of the islands and the majority of visitors are protective and passionate about the fragile state of these beautiful islands and understand the important role every creature on the islands plays, including every single shell. Unfortunately, the islands will always have visitors that have no regard for the environment or respect for local laws and when an islander witnesses any display of that disregard they will certainly let you know…and they should.
In closing, I am upset to see that a negative review can be posted about the inn and its staff because of a guest’s ignorance. I would visit the Sandpiper Inn again and again and I would recommend it to anyone going to Sanibel.
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Thank you for taking the time to write us regarding your pleasant stay at the Sandpiper Inn.
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We apprecaite your kind review. We are happy our Manager was so helpful to you.
I can see by your review you are so appreciate of Sanibel Island and it's beauty. The Island is certainly special.
We hope to see you again, and of course bring your dog.
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