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4227 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5199
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A truly refreshing vacation awaits you at the Blue Dolphin Cottages. We are a family owned, intimate and charming motel situated directly on a tranquil, white sandy beach on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. The Blue Dolphin Cottages offers a selection of accommodations in its 9 units, either bright and airy efficiencies or spacious one bedroom suites, all with completely equipped kitchens, phones and cable television. Each unit has a comfortable sun deck surrounded by lush tropical landscaping. With our compliments, you will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast every morning. Other free amenities include wifi, parking, beach chairs, umbrellas, and bicycles. No resort fees.
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Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycles available
Non-smoking hotel
Sun umbrellas
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Self-serve laundry
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Ocean view
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My husband and I look forward to returning each winter for a two-week stay at the Blue Dolphin. The small size of the hotel creates a special feeling among the guests and we often get to know a little about them. Some we see each year. The grounds are planted beautifully with tropical plants and it is a pleasure to eat breakfast and/or lunch on the tables topped with umbrellas in the midst of this garden. The beach in front is always peaceful with only a few people sunbathing, walking dogs or picking up shells. The rooms vary in size and and have small kitchens. They are always clean and neat. The laundry facillities on the property are convenient. And there are umbrellas amd comfortable chaise lounges to use on the beach. And bicycles and all sorts of equipment for shelling and a barbecue. So many features to make our stay pleasant!
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If you are looking for a laid back beach cottage experience with a mid 60's vibe, this is the spot! Parking is onsite and is easily accessible to the beach. The rooms are simply appointed with tile floors, and a furnished kitchenette with fridge, microwave and cooktop. The bathroom is small with a regular tub and shower. Nothing fancy so don't expect amenities like shampoo, conditioner and body cream though there is a shower soap dispenser. Handy shelf and water faucet/hose outside to rinse your feet and the plentiful shells you will collect on your beach strolls! Or sit and chill on one of the numerous beach chairs or garden tables. You can even drag chairs to the beach if you return them. This is more in the realm of a quiet, secluded and reflective retreat than a spring break party venue, with no activities for kids other than the natural ones nearby, so it is great for adult time. The continental breakfast includes essentials like coffee and fruit in baskets (to try and foil the resident crows!) kept on one of the garden patio tables. The pastries are mostly prepackaged, but provide a good jump start for your morning walks! There is a laundry room with extra towels- guarded by two cockatiels! The only downside from my point of view was the soft mattress. While OK for some people, we both much prefer a much firm mattress, so we did not sleep all that well. So would recommend an update for the management in that regard anyway. The owner, manager, and in fact all of the guests are friendly and helpful. One can only hope that this little jewel can withstand the pressure of development from being surrounded by multimillion dollar edifices and continue to provide an oasis for the rest of us for generations to come..
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There are so many wonderful things to say about the Blue Dolphin Cottages...quiet, private, great staff who are happy to help if you need ANYTHING, but are equally unobtrusive and will never disturb you. I'm a super private person, and really appreciate this. The location is the best on Sanibel Island, nestled in the midst of multi million $ winter vacation homes for the rich & semi-famous. It's so peaceful and so quiet...the loudest thing you'll hear are the birds. The grounds are tropical and exquisite, the sunsets are the best on the island and the rooms are spotless. The owners take great love and care with this amazing place. If the Blue Dolphin were no longer there, I don't know what I'd do, tbh. So grateful to have found this wonderful place many moons ago.
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We had wait until check in time. The Lady at desk said "your Early" and yes we were but she was a bit abrupt about it. After driving all over Sanibel we returned to finally get our small room. The same lady showed us the room and made us sign all sorts of waiver forms. We did not get one with a kitchen and the room we were given seems like it was an on. Once we got used to it we had a nice time.
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First timers at this place and four time visitors to Sanibel Island. Located at West end of Sanibel Island on low traffic dead end road. The grounds are impeccable and I don't think it matters what cottage you stay in--you are right there next to beach heaven. The people that we met here---whether customers or employees were very friendly, accomodating and helpful. It is so nice to have your cottage within easy stride of beach digs. All of the other attractions, stores, restaurants, etc...are within easy reach of this place. There is a central room where you can get beach or bath towels, umbrellas and many other items. There are many chairs and loungers you can take the short distance to the beach. You must clear the beach of all items before nightfall because this is critical sea turtle nesting area. The shelling is exceptional--you must give this time--at first walk you may think this is not great--however you will soon change your mind when you settle in to your vacation. I would highly recommend this place for couples. My wife and I booked for October while we were there--that will be visit five to the island. Shout out to Helma! (hope I spelled your name right) We appreciate your hard work and welcoming disposition!
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United StatesFloridaSouthwest Gulf CoastSanibel Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
9
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Frequently Asked Questions about Blue Dolphin Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Blue Dolphin Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Sanibel Island Farmer's Market (3.2 miles), Sanibel Historical Museum and Village (3.1 miles), and J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge (2.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Blue Dolphin Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Blue Dolphin Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Blue Dolphin Cottages?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Blue Dolphin Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Blue Dolphin Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Joey's Custard, Mad Hatter Restaurant, and Bleu Rendezvous Bistro.
Are any cleaning services offered at Blue Dolphin Cottages?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Are there any historical sites close to Blue Dolphin Cottages?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Sanibel Historical Museum and Village (3.1 miles) and USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef (1.7 miles).
Does Blue Dolphin Cottages have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.