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Beach Shell Inn
Ranked #25 of 47 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 12, 2014

I stayed here for a week and had an excellent time. The price was very cheap, which perhaps isn't surprising for August in Florida. But the value received is excellent. The staff bent over backwards to make people happy; the woman at check-in lent me a beach towel when I told her I didn't have one, and also arranged for me to have a full sized coffee maker in the room. My room was very comfortable; it had a large TV and a fridge. The beach is only about 100 feet away, and they have abundant beach chairs to borrow. There's also a small pool. It's about a mile from the Times Square area of Fort Myers Beach, which functions as the downtown, an easy 15 minute walk or a ride on the Trolley. I highly recommend the Beach Shell Inn if you're staying in Fort Myers Beach!

  • Stayed: August 2014, traveled solo
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1  Thank Gabriel B
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Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Found online. Room was clean and reasonably priced. It's a short walk to the beach and nearby shops & restaurants. Beach chairs, umbrellas, etc were available to use on the beach. I would highly recommend the Beach Shell Inn! I know we will return!

Stayed: August 2014
Thank Debbie H
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Reviewed July 29, 2014

The Beach Shell Hotel was like a trip back in time. Little hotel situated not far but far enough from the busy Times Square area. The beach is a short walk away and offers beautiful white sand and quiet surf. They have beach chairs and beach toys available to use if you'd like. The pool area is the place where people congregate and overall other guests are friendly. The price is very reasonable- a steal, really with its location. The rooms and grounds are older, but clean and kept up very well. I highly recommend it and would definitely return if I found myself in Ft. Myers Beach again.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
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1  Thank maps5854
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Reviewed July 27, 2014 via mobile

Had a one-night getaway with my wife for her birthday....


- Clean rooms, good housekeeping
- They offered beach chairs to take to the beach
- It's one the beach-side of the road, but you do have a couple of minute's walk from their property to the sand
- Affordable
- Free coffee and newspaper in the morning
- Friendly check-in


- It's not a smoke-free property, so we couldn't enjoy the pool area because of the smokers there. The pool is surrounded by the building on three sides, so the cigarette smoke permeates and spoils the deck area
- The windows are paper-thin, so you here everyone clearly talking on the pool deck while you're sitting in your room. They, of course, can hear you, too. I awoke before 8am when a man outside my room started talking.
- The window treatments either only block all light (front window), or are missing because the windows are frosted (back windows). You either get too much light in the morning, or not enough natural light without exposing your whole room
- There was a place to wash off sand before entering your room, but the spigot had no water running to it
- The beach chairs were heavy, not made of lightweight aluminum, so although they offered chairs to take to the beach, they were very heavy to carry there
- The whole facility was appointed much like a motel from the 1950s or 60s, which isn't bad if that's what you like (think: very small bathroom). Next time I visit this area, I'd just opt for newer, more spacious accommodations maybe not right on the beach, and just drive here instead. Or, try my luck at another beachside resort.

Stayed: July 2014
3  Thank Famousdavis
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

In looking for an affordable place to stay on the beach I came across this little gem. Although you cannot see the beach you are only steps away. The staff was very helpful and the rooms were nice and clean. Bed very comfortable. A nice pool outside the room. Quiet at night. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Stayed: July 2014, traveled with family
2  Thank CKW65
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Reviewed July 16, 2014

My husband and I wanted to spend some time away from the kids to celebrate our anniversary. However, we didn't want to spend too much money because we had other places planned to go this summer with the kids. When we first arrived there we were a little apprehensive and we thought it was directly ON the beach, but after getting settled in we were very pleased with our decision to stay. The room was incredibly clean, the people were very friendly and it was conveniently located within walking distance to the beach. It is on the same side as the beach, there is just a couple houses between this place and the actual beach. We were very pleased with their "barrowing beach necessities" available for us to use. I used a beach chair, umbrella, and a raft at the beach. I thought that was nice to not have to go buy those things. The pool was right outside our door, so we didn't have to fight for a chair or ride an elevator to go to the pool. It's a small place and pretty quiet. There is a grocery store directly across the street, which was nice and it was very close to many great restaurants. But at the same time not right in the middle of the madness. You must eat at Heavenly Biscuit, Hoosier's in Paradise and rent bikes to rides! There are not fast food restaurants on this beach or any chain stores or restaurants. It's a very unique beach. It's not over crowded and the shells we found were ridiculous. We had to buy another suitcase just to get all of the big shells we found on the airplane. It is a short distance to Sanibel Island (you will have to pay $6 to go over the bridge each time) but it is a must see. Ultimately, I would recommend staying here if you are looking for something low key, close to the beach, and inexpensive. We were glad we didn't spend more on a fancy condo because we go to spend more on other things to enhance our experience.

  • Stayed: July 2014, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank katieandtony
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

every one was great and friendly the room was clean and the pool was just out our door. the beach was just a close walk. we are planing on making this the only place we stay at.they even have beach chairs, mats, umbrellas, some water toys, and ice chests to use at the beach.

  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Mark S
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Additional Information about Beach Shell Inn

Address: 2610 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-3308
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Family Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#14 Romantic Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range: $128 - $252 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Beach Shell Inn 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A warm welcome awaits you at the Beach Shell Inn, a Superior Small Lodging situated on Estero Island in the lively town of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Only steps away from the pristine beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the Inn provides the comfort of home in a small, intimate setting. Choose from a selection of guest rooms with refrigerators and microwaves, efficiencies, and one or two bedroom apartments - by the day, week, or as long as you'd like! All units overlook the heated pool, have cable TV, and reserved parking. ... more   less 
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