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Sandpiper Gulf Resort
Ranked #8 of 47 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 30, 2012

I had the opportunity to stay at the Sandpiper for the first time last week with my two boys, ages 10 and 7. We had a wonderful stay. The room was clean and nicely decorated, with a large balcony overlooking the beach. There were 2 queen sized beds, a small sleeper sofa and chair with a coffee table, and a kitchen table with 4 chairs in the kitchenette. The furniture appeared in new condition and so did the carpeting. The room is much like a small studio apartment. The grounds are beautifully landscaped and meticulously clean. Because it is a smaller resort, it is much less crowded than other places we've stayed on Ft. Myers Beach. I loved the kitchenette which has a full sized refrigerator, a sink, a microwave that appeared to have other cooking functions, and a 2 burner cook top. All the pots and pans, silverware, cooking utensils, glassware, and plates, etc. are provided. There is a small coffeemaker in the room, but the resort has free coffee at the main building, so I would just bring my small coffeepot down there in the morning and fill it with coffee compliments of the resort. There is dish soap, a dishcloth and hand towel in the kitchen, but they don't supply paper towels, napkins, or any condiments of any kind. This is standard for all of the condo type places we have stayed in the past. There is a Publix grocery store just north of the Sandpiper. We popped in there and stocked up on all of the extra food, snacks and necessities. Mid Island Watersports is right on the beach and from there you can rent jetskis, set up to go parasailing, do dolphin tours, and rent nicer beach chairs and umbrellas. The pool is not extremely large (we only used the family pool), but it was very rarely crowded and I never had a problem finding a lounger while the boys were swimming. Everyone on the staff at the Sandpiper was extremely helpful and accommodating.

The property is a sister resort to the Pink Shell which is about 4-5 miles north on Ft. Myers Beach. When you stay at the Sandpiper, you get to use all of the amenities at the Pink Shell, and your parking pass at the Sandpiper allows you to park as well. We went up to the Pink Shell and used their dock on the intercoastal waterway to fish, but didn't take advantage of the pool, restaurant, spa, etc. We have stayed at the Pink Shell a few times in the past. It has many amenities to offer, but we were happy with our beach stay at the Sandpiper.

I would love to see them add a small gift/convenience shop so that if you forgot something, you could pick it up at the resort.

All in all I would be happy to recommend the Sandpiper to anyone looking for a place to stay on Ft. Myers Beach. It is an excellent value on a beautiful beach.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Love this place and have stayed here probably 10 times in the last 10 years. There is not another place to watch the sunset like here.
They need BIGGER tvs!! And better channel selection!! AC can get hot in the summer - it is not sufficient for someone who likes it frigid, especially in the summer. Publix is down the street and we always stock up and eat in the room as there are not many good take outs or deliveries available and Estero Blvd can be very crowded at times.

Room Tip: Specify BEACH FRONT to get one of buildings on the beach.
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

we recently returned from our annual family holiday to the hotel and i must say i am dissapointed in the treatment of long term renters at this hotel (10 years). Our reservation was bothched and after much discussion we reserved our room that we wanted . The new management was very unaccomodating and there seemed to be a stategy to refer guests to another hotel managed by the same group. We were also informed that there will be a substantial price increase for next years reservation if we were to reserve the same room . All in all very dissaponting considering the amount of years and family vacations we have spent here.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 20, 2012

We just returned from a five day stay at the Sandpiper. the hotel is very nice, the grounds were immaculate. Didnt like that there were very few ammenities, such as no coffee in the room. Having the kitchen facilities is nice, but not even napkins or paper towels are provided. Make a trip to Publix before checking in. We did not have maid service for 2 days, despite putting our service flag out. other than that, the place is great. Staff at front desk are very polite and friendly, beach is beautiful, pools are kept very clean. A good place to stay for the rate they charge.

Room Tip: Book a gulf front room. the views are amazing and the sunsets are beautiful from the third floor...
  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with family
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2  Thank msBeadle
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Reviewed March 3, 2012

Absolutely as advertised. I'm typing this on our last morning of our stay sitting on the lanai enjoying the view and sounds of the ocean. We stayed in room 200, known as the Penthouse. It is located above the lobby and is the largest of the units. The view overlooks the courtyard with the ocean as a backdrop. The view of the ocean is slightly restricted but the quality of this unit had us asking if we could purchase it. It is newly refurnished and tastefully decorated. The entire resort is spotlessly clean as the staff is on top of everything.
Our last two stays in Florida where the Ritz Caralton in Naples and the Breakers in Palm Beach. We expected excellence there. Here, for the price, it was a pleasant surprise. I think we will be back.

Room Tip: Room 200 is has just been redecorated as of March 2012.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank James V
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Reviewed February 12, 2012

It was our first visit to Fort Myers Beach, FL. The Sandpiper was just under new management and literally everyday you could see new things being instituted to "step up their game" in such a competitive environment. The management and staff were VERY accommodating. Addressing each concern/need with expediency and courtesy. It definitely felt like we were in a place like the Bahamas or West Indies as advertised. The decor was advertised as such and lived up to the description. And the sunsets. WOW! I can't imagine them looking any better anywhere on the beach. Optimum viewing!

Room Tip: We asked for King accomodations which seemed to put us in a building that had the best views of the...
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank ElaineCanfield_Ohio
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

pool was great the beach was too,but rooms are not arranged to take full advantage of view and had to be in bed to see the television.chanels avalable very limited.carpet was so dirty it made my feet black.to use the beach chairs [which aren't allowed to be on beach because they want you to rent their cabanas] you have to sit behind the waveriders and sailboat they also rent,which spoils your view of the gulf.

  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 5550 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-4196
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#11 Romantic Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range: $132 - $317 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandpiper Gulf Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to a truly charming and intimate Gulf front oasis on the white sands of beautiful Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Sandpiper Gulf Resort is a seaside escape set on the softest 315 feet of sand in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. With just 63 suites, newly remodeled in classic British West Indies style, the Sandpiper sits on a breathtaking stretch of beach in the heart of Estero Island. Stroll the perfect white sands. Grab a wave runner and fly across the calm Gulf waters. Take a refreshing dip in our Gulf front pool. Wake up each morning and sip your coffee on a private balcony or lanai overlooking the turquoise waters. The Sandpiper is your tranquil paradise. Yet, we're also just minutes from all sorts of activities including championship golf, fishing and boating charters, tennis clubs, shopping centers and movie theaters. You enjoy the best of both worlds - a Florida vacation that truly feels like an escape with all the conveniences you desire right around the corner. ... more   less 
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