Ideally set right before the causeway to Sanibel and Captiva Island, Florida, this hotel stands as an alternative to the ultra expensive cottages and villas on the islands. Although there were some dog friendly accommodations in these islands, most were on a “call ahead” basis. Having stayed at another La Quinta property in Naples, this seems like a safe bet.
The hotel is a three story U-shaped property with full liquor bar in the lobby and a pool in the middle. The lobby also houses a small fitness center. There are elevators, soda, and ice machines throughout the property. Most of the lawn is covered in mulch but there is a little grassy patch by the pool and in front of the hotel for our furry friends who prefer grass to do their business.
The check in process was effortless and welcoming. It is nice to see front desk agents working together without one requesting a task from the other. One agent check me in on the computer, the other got the key package ready. Good teamwork. The agent was kind enough to point out main hotel amenities and offered to suggest dining options. I deferred dining options to later after we settled into the room. Upon return there was a crowd. We conferred with social media once again and made up our minds on a particular place.
There are ample parking spaces around the hotel. The rooms either face the pool or parking lot. Our room had a big king size bed, with chaise lounge, large shower bath, and enormous vanity space. All expected amenities were present. It appeared very clean until next morning when we noticed flea on our dog and parts of the carpet. We notified the front desk upon check out. Being a dog owner, I am not alarmed by this incident. This infestation is so hidden it could come without anyone knowing. One moment that room is bug free, the next a dog checked in carrying eggs, next day infestation. No big deal. The front desk radioed housekeeping immediately while I was still there and I am sure they fumigated the room.
As we walked out of our room in the morning there was a nice housekeeper who said “Good Morning” with a smile. That was a nice touch. Happens we forgot something in the room and she had to reopen the door. The service in this hotel was very friendly and accommodating. The location was perfect if visiting Sanibel or Captiva Island. I would stay here again if my adventures led me back to these parts.
I booked this hotel because it was close to beaches but much less expensive than the hotels right on the beach. Within two miles of the hotel, I was able to sit on the beach, rent a kayak and paddle around the bay, and browse an outlet mall. A little farther and I was over the causeway to Sanibel Island, where I sat on an even nicer beach. Back at the hotel, I swam in the really huge heated pool and read a book in the hot tub. Breakfast (waffles, juice, coffee, and breads) was free and there is even a bar selling drinks in the lobby several days a week. The only downside for me was that the room smelled a little musty, and the carpet and chair were a bit stained and worn. Not a big deal for me, but if you like your hotel rooms to look brand new this might not be the place for you. It was a fabulous reasonably priced escape from New England winter for me, though.
My husband and I recently stayed here for a weekend getaway. The room was clean ut the carpet could probably use a cleaning. The overall experience was good and we will more than likely return. The location is ideal, close to the causeway leading to Sanibel Island.
This hotel was the worst I have EVER stayed in! The hotel is run down and old. Our room (#112) had roaches, dirty floors (Paper, dirt and golf tee), and smelled musky. The Tub had a large crack/hole in the bottom of it and was very unstable. The baseboards were so dirty, I got a damp cloth and wiped them down because I couldn't believe that they were so dirty...they were! The water in the shower would go from hot to cold contantly. The bathroom fixtures were outdated. The bed was ok, but the pillows were old and lumpy. I didn't know that the phone was unplugged until I went to call the front desk to have them send over a couple extra towels because housekeeping only left two towels....that's when the lady told me thay I would have to come to the front office to get them. Out by the pool, there was a shower that had a huge hole rusted out in the drain (very unsafe). The front desk area was worn and smelled. The complimentary breakfast had NO meat, No muffins and NO danishes. When I checked out, I mentioned to the lady at the front desk about the unsafe tub and hole and also about the roaches.......all she said was "awww". She wasn't able to give me a receipt for my stay either. Go figure.