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2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
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Updated 12/10/21

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#15 of 20 hotels in Sanibel Island
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.3
Service
4.0
Value
3.7
Natural, secluded and exclusive, historic Casa Ybel Resort epitomizes the sanctuary, old-island spirit of Sanibel. Occupying 23 acres of beach front property isolated from commercial enterprise, the resort forms a sheltered getaway where romantic surroundings and outdoor recreation attract couples and families alike. Travelers have found respite and hospitality here since the 1890's.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Bar / lounge
Beach
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Wifi
Hot tub
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Restaurant
Poolside bar
Tennis court
Fishing
Banquet room
Massage
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Additional bathroom
Private balcony
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Ocean view
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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pahtiger wrote a review Jul 2022
Yorba Linda, California10 contributions9 helpful votes
I am writing about our very disappointing stay at Casa Ybel. What was billed as a luxury resort turned out to be much less than expected. For the price of the room during off season, I expected an extremely nice and upscale hotel experience. Your website is misleading and a few well place photos hide a myriad of details that would have led us to not book a stay at your hotel. We did not receive anything close to expectations. We knew when we checked in, we could not stay in the same room for the three days. We were booked into a two bedroom for one night and had to move to a one bedroom for the next two nights. We checked into the two bedroom and were disappointed right away with the cleanliness of the villa. It was run down and was not very clean. When we walked out onto the patio, we were surprised to see how dirty the sliding door was and there were various other elements that made us feel like this resort was going to be far less stellar than what we thought, based on your website and previous ratings. For $489/night for the room, I would have expected much better! We had a coffee pot that was totally non-intuitive and we could not figure out how to use it. We called the front desk and they said there should be instructions in the room, there were none. We then went to the front desk and were told they had no idea how to use it, then proceeded to tell us to walk to Jerry’s and find coffee. Then my sister walked the coffee pot to the front desk for an explanation and finally a maintenance person was sent to the room to demonstrate how to use. The sheets were of low quality and the floors were stained with dirt. We received a phone call that evening saying we needed to move the next day and we should have our bags packed and someone would move our bags. We had a day of outings planned so when we got a call about 2 pm about moving, we told them to go ahead and move our bags. When we returned to the resort, I went to the front desk and was met with a puzzled gazed by the woman at the front desk who proceeded to take 20 minutes to locate our new room assignment and give us keys. When we got to the new room, a one bedroom oceanfront, I was surprised to see the continued drab and somewhat dirty feel of the room. It also had a totally different feel also than the two bedroom, different coffee pot, different bath amenities leading me to conclude this was not a well-run cohesive resort but rather a hodgepodge of various rental units. Not at all what was advertised. When I opened the refrigerator door, I was disgusted to see dirt and crumbs on the top shelf which had not been cleaned. The next morning when we looked for plates and could not find any in the cupboard, we realized the dishwasher had not been emptied and we could not actually tell if it was run. For $418/night, this was a disgrace. We own a Marriott time share and the cleanliness and attention to detail are so much more than what we experienced at Casa Ybel! Additionally, I work for a company that operates hotels and entertainment and know what customer service and clean rooms look like, and your resort had neither. When I went to voice my concerns and ask for a discounted rate on the room for all of the above reasons, I was told to write to the front desk manager. Despite writing several times, I have never received a reply..you. The only bright spot in the entire stay were our dinners at the Thistle Lodge. Amy our waitress was friendly and caring, as well as the bartenders and other staff.
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Date of stay: June 2022
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I rate great places wrote a review Jun 2022
61 contributions16 helpful votes
Casa Ybel is an amazing place with a good pool and a great location with a beach close bye and has a perfect location to get anywhere else in Sanibel, the rooms are also very spacious and clean. Would definitely recommend!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Morlaism wrote a review Jun 2022
Cowbridge, United Kingdom170 contributions65 helpful votes
Yes the rooms need updating and the service is not good but it is the view from the room balcony that keeps me returning again and again .I have already booked for later this year .Perhaps management would like to give staff more support so that the experience can be improved .A few smiling faces would help .
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Date of stay: May 2022
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astrid p wrote a review Jun 2022
West Palm Beach, Florida2 contributions1 helpful vote
the hotel has very beautiful facilities, beautiful hotel, you pay $500 per night when you arrive at the hotel they charge you everything apart from the sun lounger, the umbrella, the house kepping, the towels, then they do not give you new towels if you call or soap . they say that the service is given by hilton that is not through the hotel even if you buy through the hotel. the hotel and how beautiful it is does not match the service. very bad service not friendly. they have to organize if it is hilton or the hotel I buy or book through the hotel they told me every time I called for help or service. I feel really disappointed for the price I pay and the service we received . Better hotel and services in sanibel .
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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rachael7183 wrote a review Apr 2022
Carmel, New York30 contributions11 helpful votes
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Grounds are beautiful; room was outdated and smelled very strongly of bug spray. Access to beach was great, pool area was ok but pool staff wasn’t super friendly. Saw lots of cool Little animals too. All in all a really nice weekend! Sanibel is gorgeous.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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michwitt wrote a review Apr 2022
Boston13 contributions30 helpful votes
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I don’t typically write reviews but after our week’s stay at Casa Ybel I felt compelled. While the property itself is beautiful (being right on the ocean), the resort is tired and needs major upgrades. At $1,000 a night, the conditions were not acceptable, and service is lacking. When arriving at the resort, it would have been nice to have someone bring our bags to our room (especially since we had to schlep up stairs), but this was not the case, which was fine. The room itself was a bit disappointing for the price. The bedroom rug was filthy with stains everywhere and just plain old and dirty. The tub was in need of repair—no plug for tub and rusted drain and curtain rod. There were bugs in the light fixture and the bath faucet wouldn’t shut off—we had to jiggle the handle back and forth to get it to stop each time. The closet door that housed the air conditioner was off the hinges and resting in the casing, not to mention that the air conditioner was so loud when it kicked on that it woke us from our sleep each night. The screened porch was a nice amenity however the screens had holes in in them so we couldn’t sit out at night due to bugs. Also the porch railings were full of dirt and debris. I gave the review a 2 because the beach is beautiful, but otherwise, not worth the high price! The pool is small and crowded, as well. Definitely did not measure up to $1,000 a night property. Go to South Seas in Captiva instead—much cleaner and better service! See pics below!
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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tinanyc2016 wrote a review Apr 2022
New York City, New York5 contributions5 helpful votes
You can't beat the location of the property - it's conveniently located to most attractions in Sanibel and the direct access to the beach, the size of the pool, and the overall grounds are spectacular. The property is great for families as there are a lot of options for kids and it's also great for couples looking for a romantic getaway without feeling like you're in a crowded hotel. The unit we stayed in was great in terms of size and layout and having the extra space with the kitchen, living room, and screened in porch gave it more spacious feel as opposed to staying in a small hotel room. HOWEVER, and this is where you need to pay attention folks, our unit was literally falling apart. The paint on the bathroom ceiling was peeling, the bedroom carpet was dirty, the 'wood'paneling on the doors was chipping, the A/C unit was inefficient and very loud, the bath towels were low quality, the tub and shower area was small and awkward and felt 'motel-like', and the exterior handle of the porch screen door was broken off, exposing jagged metal that could cause injury. Don't get me wrong, we had a fantastic time in Sanibel as the nature and restaurants were fantastic, including Thistle Lodge on the property which has stunning views and great food, however for the price we paid per night I was expecting the room to be more updated. I'd read the reviews ahead of time and knew that our room may not be as modern or upgraded as it could be, but was never expecting it to be as in disrepair as it was. I really don't like giving negative feedback especially since we had such a terrific time, however thought I'd provide an honest review based on my own experience.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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flyfishingattorney wrote a review Apr 2022
Grand Haven, Michigan694 contributions169 helpful votes
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The best pool on Sanibel. Great stay. Yes, the condo isn’t the fanciest but we loved the pool and they have an exquisite stretch of beach. Sadly we won’t return next year because nightly rates have been increased 50 pct and we found a VRBO at Sundial for much less than $1,000 a night for a 1 BR at Casa Ybel. Highly recommended if you don’t mind paying $1,000 a night.
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Date of stay: April 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Gina F wrote a review Mar 2022
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I do not know how this "resort" has an overall rating of a 4 on tripadvisor?? As a traveler looking at different websites to choose a place to go on vacation, Casa Ybel seems to be the perfect place. This can not be further from the truth. I arrived after 9:00 pm with my daughter. As many other reviews point out, we had to schlep our luggage's up three flights of stairs. After a full day of traveling, we enter our one-bedroom "suite", which was dingy, dark and looked liked it had never been cleaned. The floors were dirty, it smelled awful, sheets had hair on them, rug in bedroom had stains in it and ground in dirt that would never come out, bathrooms had several inches of dust and ground in dirt, the air conditioning unit sounded like a 747 jet engine in your room, the kitchen had a few old decrepit appliances that I would never use without cleaning them myself and the over-all room was dilapidated and run-down. Even though we were exhausted, we called front desk and asked for another room. Since there was only one-person on staff, we had to go searching in the dark to find the three other rooms he gave us to look at. All three rooms were exactly like the original room we entered into with varying degrees of cleanliness. We finally choose a room that wasn't as disgusting as the original but not that much better and then proceeded to schlep our bags down from the first room then back up another three flights of stairs. I spoke to the manager the next day, she seemed not to grasp the disappointment nor the conditions they were asking their patrons to endure. I explained the rooms to be of a higher caliber given the price I was paying for the room. Her response was that I was paying less than many of the other guests because I booked in advance. Her remedy was to have the cleaning people clean the original room we were given and said that lunch was on the "resort." She later changed her pathetic offer and gave us a $100 credit instead. I could go on and tell you that the "resort" has little to no staff and that even though you pay for the beach chairs and umbrella's, they did not have enough, so we had to go buy our own umbrella in order to stay on the beach. I could also tell you that I personally killed 3 bugs that could have been either a cockroach or a water bug....not sure? But disgusted either way....
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Jangreen16 wrote a review Mar 2022
Stamford, Connecticut8 contributions5 helpful votes
The location and grounds of the hotel are beautiful and the fact that it's steps from the beautiful Sanibel beach were a big draw. However, after calling to make sure that the rooms were upgraded and was told they were, the inside of the condo was disappointing especially considering what we paid per night. The kitchen and bathroom were dated and needed repairs and renovation. Staff were somewhat helpful but lacked a concern for customer service. Not worth the price!!!
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Date of stay: February 2022
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$401 - $534 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
United StatesFloridaSouthwest Gulf CoastSanibel Island
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Frequently Asked Questions about Casa Ybel Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Casa Ybel Resort?
Nearby attractions include Sanibel Island Farmer's Market (1.2 miles), Bailey's General Store (0.9 miles), and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village (1.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Casa Ybel Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Casa Ybel Resort?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Casa Ybel Resort?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and a poolside bar during their stay.
Is parking available at Casa Ybel Resort?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Casa Ybel Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Joey's Custard, Cielo, and Bleu Rendez Vous French Bistro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Casa Ybel Resort?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Is Casa Ybel Resort located near the city center?
Yes, it is 1.0 miles away from the center of Sanibel Island.
Are any cleaning services offered at Casa Ybel Resort?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Casa Ybel Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Spanish.
Are there any historical sites close to Casa Ybel Resort?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Sanibel Historical Museum and Village (1.2 miles) and USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef (1.8 miles).