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Waterside Inn on the Beach

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3033 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5609
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#11 of 20 hotels in Sanibel Island
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Are you searching for that true Olde Florida charm and style? Look no further than Waterside Inn! You?re just steps away from the beautiful beaches of Sanibel. Amenities include a heated pool, beach loungers, on-site bike rentals, and BBQ grills. Come to relax and unwind in one of our small inns or cottages.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Vending machine
Beach
Bicycle rental
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Wifi
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Heated pool
Fishing
Gift shop
Newspaper
Non-smoking hotel
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Housekeeping
Private balcony
Kitchenette
Microwave
Refrigerator
Kitchenware
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Family Resort
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Languages Spoken
English, Italian
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Samantha Taylor wrote a review Aug 2021
St. Petersburg, Florida2 contributions1 helpful vote
My family has stayed at the Waterside Inn twice now, and we couldn’t give a higher recommendation. The location is great, the staff is super friendly, everything is clean, the beach is very close, and the pool is lovely. Both times we stayed in a beach cottage. They are spacious and have everything our family needs. We had some family stay in the condo’s, and they really enjoyed them as well. Very family friendly. We will be back!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you for the lovely review. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to many more !
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Aida wrote a review Aug 2021
Tampa, Florida1 contribution
We found this gem and absolutely loved everything about it. It is right on the beach and it offers an astonishing view, surrounded by palm trees and tropical trees. The sunset is just like those magazine photos and you can appreciate the starry night sky. The place has an amazing positive atmosphere that helps you feel relaxed and welcomed. We are so thankful for the amazing service. From the housekeeping workers to the wonderful staff in the office, they are truly friendly and accommodating. Special thanks to Carol who made our stay so memorable. We will definitely come back and we already told friends and relatives so they also get to enjoy this beautiful place and all it has to offer!
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Date of stay: August 2021Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Waterside Inn, General Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach
Responded Aug 17, 2021
Thank you for the wonderful review. We all enjoyed meeting and talking with you and cannot wait until you come back with friends. Until then my friend , may you always have a shell in your pocket and sand between your toes!
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FL Mama Bear wrote a review Aug 2021
FL4 contributions1 helpful vote
We took our family to Sanibel Island for the first time and wanted to stay directly on the beach. The Waterside Inn was the perfect place! Being on the beach was exactly what we wanted, along with a pool. The beach chairs, umbrellas and bikes were all included. The property and our room was very clean. We also enjoyed that our beds were made and towels were switched out daily. Carol, Luis and all of the staff were very friendly, helpful and accommodating. The Waterside Inn is a true "old" Florida gem that we were fortunate enough to enjoy.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Response from Waterside Inn, General Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach
Responded Aug 17, 2021
Thank you for the review. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit.
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Waterskibumfl wrote a review Jul 2021
Tampa, Florida29 contributions18 helpful votes
So let me preface this as this was our first time visiting Sanibel Island. Way different from the usual Madeira, St Pete, Treasure Island spots we usually go. Sanibel is way more laid back, and instead of walking to get dinner or drinks, you have to drive to the Main Stip, Periwinkle Way. Not a big deal, but took getting used to. Waterside Inn (WI) is located right on the beach, about half way down Gulf Blvd. All hotels, and across the street are all houses. Nice and quiet and set back from the sreet. WI is an older set of buildings with their own history. Room we staid in was clean and functional. Water pressure in the shower was almost a trickle. A/C unit in the wall was noisy; but after the first night, it lulled you to sleep. Beds were comfortable, albeit a little soft for us. Downside there are no King beds, only queens. Other than that WI fit the bill for a no frills time on the beach. Staff were very polite and friendly. Overall a good trip.
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Responded Aug 17, 2021
Thank you for your review and feedback. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again!
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Harry J wrote a review Jul 2021
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We did not think it was possible to find a place so tropical, peaceful, quaint, and charming as the Waterside Inn. It is a step back in time to the real Florida with sweet private cottages stocked with everything you need for a week at the beach. The coconut palms surround you among beautiful hibiscus and other lush tropical foliage while you can play in the pool or the stunning gulf waters. The staff was more than accommodating with our every need to bike, hike, and turtle watch. They provided maps, helpful hints, how to stay hydrated, and personal assistance to stay out of trouble with local laws like red flashlight covers! We enjoyed the island haunts with the help of Melissa and Carol to plan our adventures and Luis cares for the property and every guest with friendly courtesy and we appreciated his directions and assistance. This was an exceptional find in a sea of average, truly a rare jewel and we have already booked return dates!
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Date of stay: July 2021
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Thank you for the review and feedback. We cannot wait to see you again!!
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PRICE RANGE
$157 - $455 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
waterside inn on the beach hotel sanibel island, waterside hotel sanibel island, waterside resort sanibel island
LOCATION
United StatesFloridaSouthwest Gulf CoastSanibel Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
27
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Frequently Asked Questions about Waterside Inn on the Beach
Which popular attractions are close to Waterside Inn on the Beach?
Nearby attractions include Sanibel Island Farmer's Market (1.7 miles), Bailey's General Store (1.2 miles), and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village (1.6 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Waterside Inn on the Beach?
Conveniently located restaurants include Joey's Custard, Bleu Rendezvous French Bistro, and Cielo.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Waterside Inn on the Beach?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Sanibel Historical Museum and Village (1.6 miles) and USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef (0.4 miles).
Does Waterside Inn on the Beach have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.