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Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Tween Waters Versus South Seas Plantation”
Reviewed April 13, 2010

A lot has been written on this site about the Tween so I thought I would do a comparison here between the South Seas Plantation and the Tween Waters. After hearing that we had stayed at both places, almost everyone we met asked us to rank and compare.
We love Captiva and have stayed at SSP many times, while this was our first visit to Tween. Whether you prefer one over the other depends on what you are looking for.

South Seas is a huge property - you can literally take shuttle busses around it - and there are many different kinds of accomodation throughout, from regular hotel rooms to many BR condos. It is a kind of "all in" resort, with something for everyone. I would imagine that there is some variation between the rooms and condos, since many are privately owned but everyplace we have stayed there was nice and well appointed. It is nice, but has a somewhat "corporate" feel.

Tween has a different vibe entirely. As other reviewers have noted, it's a collection of buildings and also has a range of accomodation from regular hotel rooms to suites with kitchens, to little cottages. It still has the feel of a fishing village that grew up. It is very very laid back, everyone is friendly and accomodating but it's more of "oh, sure" rather than "yes m'am". We had a one bedroom suite which was perfect for us. Nothing spectacular, but comfortable and clean. We could walk everywhere and the beautiful beach was across the street. We were lucky to have great weather - which certainly makes everything seem better.

The pool is huge and had plenty of chairs and good burgers, sandwiches and drinks. Service is pleasant and available but again, not "hop to it" - everything is very, very laid back. It was very relaxing and enjoyable.

The food at Old Captiva House is very good. One night we had a problem with one dish, which was corrected. There was plenty of choice and I enjoyed everything but I have already forgotten what I had so obviously not memorable in any sense. The Crow's Nest is more casual and basically just OK. Forget the crab races, even my kids thought it was dumb and I wouldn't want to go to the adults-only version. The breakfast, which was included, was perfect for me but others in the group wanted a cooked breakfast and they obliged and only charged something like five bucks for it. The dining room is a bit overly busy and chaotic in the morning and the front entry way gets too crowded, but once inside it's ok.

The spa is a pretty space but not very good. I had a couple of services there and although the prices were resort standard the services were not. The service on the beach with chairs, etc, is just OK, again, casual and relaxed and not "hop to it". I also hate the nickel and dime feeling of paying for beach chairs - but you do this at SSP also.

So, getting back to the SSP versus Tween comparison - I really enjoyed the Tween and preferred it for this trip as I was in the mood to just chill out completely, and this is a great place to do it. It felt like you were visiting a friend's house whereas SSP has a more slick and high end feel. You'll pay a lot more at SSP for most accomodation, plus a lot of resort fees etc, so I think Tween is kind of a bargain. I would definitely return to Tween but if I were dealing with someone who only likes high end hotels that are more polished then I would recommend SSP. No matter where you stay, Captiva is a beautiful spot.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled on business
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East Lansing, MI
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Reviewed March 23, 2010

We recently finished our seventh stay at the Tween Waters Inn. Each stay seems better than the last. What makes Tween Waters remarkable, aside from its superb location and comprehensive facilities, is its staff. Year after year, we are welcomed back and helped by the same staff of front desk, restaurant, gift shop, marina and pool bar staff. They make it a point to greet you by name and go out of their way to ensure that your stay is comfortable and pleasurable. It's the sign of a resort that treats its staff well and they, in turn, seem genuinely concerned that we have a good time. On this last visit, when I mentioned the number of times we had stayed at Tween Waters, one staff person remarked that that made us "part of our family".
You can find many fine resorts on Sanibel and Captiva Islands, but Tween Waters excels at hospitality and service.

  • Stayed March 2010
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Reviewed March 22, 2010

The one bedroom suite was old and run-down. Huge chunks of formica missing from the kitchen and bar. Front door was blue with a big splash of brown paint. Everything looked old and unkempt. Cigarette butts everywhere. OUr room was non smoking but smokers next to us sat on their porch cahin smoking so we could not use our porch without smoke. Workmen began hammering on dock right outside our room at 8:00 a.m. Service was absolutely terrible everywhere we went. Restaurant was slow and people rude in general. Rental places add on fees after you return. Fold out couch very uncomfrotable. Free breakfast is fruit, cold cereal and pastries.
Generally awful experience for $330 a night plus, plus! There are MUCH nicer places to go for the price.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with friends
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Key West
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Reviewed March 18, 2010

We can't wait to go back! The location was perfect and it was very romantic. The hotel room was very spacios and we had an unbelievable view of the ocean. The kitchette was an unexpected bonus. We were actually able to cook a nice dinner in our room one night. We thoroughly enjoyed the tiki pool bar and drank way too many frozen drinks. We had lunch a couple times by the pool and the food was great. Between the beach, pool, and restaurant we really had no reason to leave the resort. The service was wonderful and the staff was super friendly, pleasant and very accomoding. We both work in the Key West hotel/service industry and I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone that wants to get away and turn off their cell phone for a couple days!!!

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 17, 2010

Our family of 5 stayed in a 2 bedroom cottage which was clean and modern. The fold-out couch that our 15 y.o. slept on was very uncomfortable. Food was very poor quality. Service in the Crow's Nest was very slow. Food was atrocious for any price and it was not inexpensive. Buffet (continental) breakfast was no better than any hotel off the interstate. The dining area in Captiva House is quite nice. If only the food quality matched.
Tennis courts were very nice. Pool area is very old and tired including the two whirlpools. The entire pool area closes too early in the evening. Lounges and towels are of poor quality. Beach across the road is typical for the region. Lounges can be had at an extra charge. The resort's main buildings are quite dated and tired looking and there are many roads in the complex. The complex has WiFi but service is spotty at best. Could not get on the network from our cottage.
Reception staff was very helpful and pleasant. Allowed us to checkout 2 days early which was very nice. At this price, we have stayed at some amazing places in the past. 'Tween Waters will not be joining that list. Two other tips if coming to Captiva would be to bring lots of your own food if you are bringing a family as things on the island are expensive and the pickings are sparse. The second is that traffic on the island is bad. Think about 30+ minutes to get off the island at almost any time of day.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
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Media, PA
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

Being able to walk across the street o the beach was a big rason we selected Tweeen Waters. We did not expect the level of service we reeived at breakfast, by the pool, or at the gym. The service level from everyone on staff was similar to a Hyatt or Hilton staff, but with a more "down home" feel.
Dinner at the Old Captiva House was excellent, and the Crab Races were a lot of fun on Monday night. The location was very convenient to get to the north end of Captiva and day trips to Sanibel.

We are already making plans to return next winter.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saddle River NJ
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Reviewed February 6, 2010

The weather outside was nasty, but our time there was comprehensive to say the least.
Thanks to your wonderful reviews we manged to enjoy our three day stay.
Our studio/kitchenette was recently renovated with a modern tile bath and shower, however, I felt the carpets had so much sand in them I wore socks in the room. The screened in porch was lovely.It was lovely having a sink and small refrigerator.
The resort reminded me of old florida the little apartments are quaint. The history of this place is well known and the proximity to the beach is lovely for shelling and sunset viewing. .What we did not like was the fact to spend additionally $20.00 a day to sit in a wooden chaise, on their beach, while the cabana covering is extra. This we felt was a bit much after paying a lot for the room.
When the rain came the area was flooded, and the water could not compete with the drainage pipes. Our neighbors above us constantly opened and closed the doors, it sounded like a freight train . We counted ten times in 20 minutes, they need to address this perhaps with better insulation.
Customer service needs to be addressed as well, ;this was our first time there, when we were leaving , my husband asked for a copy of the bill to review. The young woman handed it to him and says you are good to go, no thank you, no please come again, no how did you enjoy our resort, we welcome your thoughts etc.I find that appalling especially in this economy, everyone has a choice where to spend their money.
The highly publicized Adult Nascrab race turned into a disaster , the director ordered two women to leave the table as he was running the show. Calling in his restaurant security to assist. Things really got out of hand with people yelling and screaming.One gentelman actually stated he would settle it with his gun.This left a very bad taste in our visit and I would definitely not recommend supporting this type of event. We could care less that he has been doing this event for a number of years, it was totally not something we wished to experience again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa
Address: 15951 Captiva Road, Captiva Island, FL 33924-6014
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Captiva Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
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Hotel Class:3 star — Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 137
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the legendary 'Tween Waters Inn on beautiful Captiva Island. Shouldn't every day be this good? Here, across 13 gorgeous Gulf-tween-bay acres, you can enjoy 137 quality accommodations including historic one, two and three bedroom seaside cottages, suites, studios and guest rooms. Miles of sugar-sand beaches. Olympic-size pool, hot tubs and children's wading pool. Day spa. Marina for launch, dock or rental. Fitness center, tennis, kayak and eco-adventures. Award-winning dining and nightly entertainment. Plus ballroom, boardroom and banquet facilities, indoors and out, for business, weddings and special events. ... more   less 
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