We stayed here for a week in June, in a King Executive Suite on the sixth floor of the Sanibel Building. It was a corner suite with two balconies, and the views from both were just great. The suite consisted of a nice, comfortable bedroom and a living room. One improvement I would suggest is a larger coffee table in the living room. The one they had was tiny, and could hold just a single room service tray. We ordered room service a lot and there was no real viable way to eat other than with our plates in our laps.
All of the staff we encountered were extremely friendly and professional. Service at the pools was outstanding. There are two outdoor pools at the Sanibel building, one tended to be quieter, and the other tended to be more rowdy. Like every other resort of its type, some people get up early and stake out their pool chairs by leaving a towel or a magazine on a chair for hours, insuring that nobody else can use it. We did not do this because we try not to be inconsiderate of others.
Despite all the towels and magazines that had their own prime real estate at the pools, it wasn't too challenging finding a spot during the week. Weekends were a little bit tougher. They do rent what they call "cabanas," which are not cabanas, but rather, two chairs with cushions and a dedicated umbrella. These come with some amenities, like free water and a fresh fruit plate. We rented one the first full day there, only because there were no other chairs with umbrellas. I would've rented them again, but the chairs themselves had very limited adjustability (they reclined too much, so I couldn't comfortably sit up and read).
We had dinner at the Tarpon one night, and the food was good and the service was great. We had a light dinner at Charley's Bar one night, and again, food was perfectly fine and the service very good.
They do seem to perform housekeeping quite late in the day. The first couple of days we were there, we'd go out for the day and come back at four or five and the room hadn't been cleaned. After that, we just called the "At Your Service" number on the phone every day, and let them know we were going out for a few hours and asked for our room to be cleaned while we were gone. Worked like a charm.
I'll echo what some other reviewers said that you should know before you go. I can't imagine staying here without a car. Even though the food was fine, you'll get tired of it eventually and want to strike out and try something new. Also, with Sanibel and Captiva just across the bridge, it would be a shame to miss them, especially if you've never been to this area.
One thing I appreciated was having a small dedicated fridge in the suite (in addition to the mini-bar). We stopped at Publix on the way to the hotel, and stocked up on snacks and drinks for the week.
Would I stay there again? Yes. While we were there, I booked the same type of suite for a week at Christmas. In the interest of full disclosure, I come to Fort Myers several times a year to visit my father who is in an assisted living facility there. Nothing against the area, but if it weren't for that, this wouldn't be a place I would choose as a destination resort for my vacation. I live in California so vacationing in places like Cabo or even Hawaii makes a little more sense for me.
Having said all that, I'll be back! I've stayed at a few other places in the area over the years, and this is my favorite so far. They really shine in terms of service, and the views can't be beat.
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