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Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

We sincerely appreciated the genuine warmth and hospitality the inn and restaurant staff offered us in our all too brief stay overnight stay at Tarpon Lodge. Our king room ( #1) was very comfortable, clean, tastefully furnished, and welcoming. We, of course, enjoyed the beautiful views from both of the balconies of the well groomed grounds and sparkling Pine Island Sound. We spent a relaxing afternoon reading outside under the fan and enjoyed the very pleasant music drifting up from the pool area. The many thoughtful room appointments (nice toiletries, big fluffy white towels, sensible make-up cloth, good reading lamps, in-room refrigerator,great airconditioning) make it evident that Tarpon Lodge is run by a very professional and caring team of folks. The meals and service we enjoyed in the dining room were absolutely top-notch. The musical duo in the lounge playing show tunes complimented a special evening perfectly. The only thing slightly amiss for us was that the pool was not heated, but being Floridians also, we understand the high expense of keeping it heated, especially when the inn is not at full-occupancy. We live across the harbor on the mainland and will definitely return when we want, what feels like, an island get-away.

Room Tip: Room #1 has a king-size bed with two large balconies and , ibeleive the best sunset view.
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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TarponLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2013

We do appreciate the time you took to write a review. The wonderful feedback that you gave the lodge, restaurant and staff at Tarpon Lodge made our day. Reading a good book on one of the balconies in our Island House sounds like the ideal afternoon.

We can't wait to see you for your next island getaway. We just hope that next time you can stay longer!

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We had a family luncheon at the Tarpon Lodge Restaurant and really enjoyed the atmosphere, food and service. The menu was interesting and offered something for all tastes. The service was excellent. This was a gem that you might miss if you don't look carefully.

Room Tip: We did not stay at the Lodge; only ate lunch in the restaurant.
  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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TarponLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 25, 2013

Thank you for choosing Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant for your family luncheon. We appreciate the time you took to write a review. It is "word of mouth" recommendations and reviews like yours that bring people to our hidden "gem" for the first time!

See you again soon!

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Not many women turn 50 and want to go tarpon fishing for their big birthday, but I did! Only problem... tarpon season's pretty much over in October around Boca Grande in FL. The Tarpon Lodge has 3 local guides who keep their boats docked here and we hooked up with Capt. Miles who did a little homework to see what options were available for my tarpon fishing desire. I was the only one in the boat to hook a tarpon that day... But, I digress. The Tarpon Lodge is a wonderful facility. Clean, well kept grounds, a wonderful restaurant. The chef prepared our redfish we had caught in 3 different variations; blackened, grilled, and a brown glaze. All were exquisite! Thank you, Chef! We brought our kayaks along for the trip as well and found the island a great place for paddling. Can you tell I had a great birthday week? Try it for yourself, I dare you;) Oh, by the way, we also found the Tarpon Lodge is owned by the same family who runs the cottages and restaurant on nearby Cabbage Key. Capt. Miles took us there for lunch on my birthday fishing trip which was pretty cool because Cabbage Key is only accessible by boat or floatplane. Cheers!

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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TarponLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2012

Happy Birthday and cheers to you!

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are lucky to have local fishing guides who dock their boats with us and are glad to hear that Captain Miles made your 50th birthday fishing trip memorable! The redfish that you caught and our chefs prepared sounds like a delicious birthday dinner.

We agree that your decision to bring your kayaks to Tarpon Lodge was a wise one! We are conveniently located on The Great Calusa Blueway. This 190-mile network of marked trails in Lee County extends from Pine Island Sound to up the Caloosahatchee River and on to Bonita Springs.

Thanks again for your wonderful review of your birthday week with us. You made our week!

p.s. Love the picture of the tarpon that you hooked that day but there was one thing about the photos that we were confused about. There is no way that the woman in the pictures was 50 years old. Are you sure you got the birthday, right? :)

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

stayed there with wife and kid, on our way to North Captiva. However, did not like it. Mobile airco in the room. Very bad beds. Need to be replaced. And the place is supposed to be free of pets, though we found lot's of dog hairs in our room (my wife is alergic to dogs, she sensed immediately when arriving).
The breakfast is simple, but cosy.
Would stay again, but only after checking room for beds and doghairs. Too expensive however for what it is.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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TarponLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We truly value the comments and suggestions from our guests and we can assure you that our general manager has taken the appropriate steps to prevent future guests from having the same experience.

First, we checked the three beds in the room that you stayed in and have determined that one of the mattresses needs to be replaced. Thank you for pointing this out. We apologize for the uncomfortable sleep that you had a result.

We have a "no pets" policy here at Tarpon Lodge and have directed the housekeeping staff to look into the situation with the chairs in your room as well as the mattresses.

Once again, thank you for your feedback. We apologize that your expectations were not met with your stay. It is our goal for our guests to leave Tarpon Lodge with the best impression each and every time.

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Found the Tarpon Lodge via google. At first no availability, office put me on a waiting list. Within 3 weeks Carol called with multiple room options . Two couples celebrating my husbands Big 50 stayed in "the boathouse" about 30 yards from pier. Amazing view! Fishing guides will pick you up at the marina. Spectacular menu! Chef will cook your catch of the day for fee.
Accommodations clean, cozy with nice art. Walking trail across street or stroll thru neighborhood. Small pool but your near many beaches. Friendly staff. Complimentary contential breakfast, with above average coffee, nice bar and restaurant. Indoor & outdoor dining.

Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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TarponLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2012

We are sure glad to hear that google led you to us. Fishing Pine Island Sound, enjoying the waterfront view and a few days in our "Boathouse" sounds like a wonderful way to spend a weekend!

We can't wait until your husband books with us for your birthday celebration!

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Reviewed September 3, 2012

Superb service, delicious food, charming atmosphere...loved everything about Tarpon Lodge. We travel by boat and stop at many restaurants which offer service to boaters, but this place is our favorite. My family and I dined at Tarpon Lodge two months ago and we're still telling our friends how amazing our experience was here! The sunset was so breathtaking, too! You will completely enjoy your experience at this Tarpon Lodge!

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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TarponLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2012

You know what we completely enjoyed? Reading your review.

We are thankful that you took the time to tell us how you feel about our service, food and atmosphere but we really appreciate you spreading the word about your experience with all your friends.

Thanks for sharing and we hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed August 5, 2012

Tarpon Lodge can be thought of as a superbly-appointed historic resort. The balcony views of our room (on the Island House building) were breathtaking vistas of Pine Island Sound.
The room itself had "double A/C" and an extremely comfortable queen size bed.

The Lodge offers charter boats- skiffs and center consoles- with some of the best capatins around, all this on private docks mere steps from our room. The docks accomodate private boaters who dine at their wonderful Restaurant and Bar.

Each of the days I fished, i enjoyed an excellent complmentary breakfast in the morning and a refreshing dip in the pool when my day was over.

Of additional note is the stupendous amouts of birdlife and eco-tour options at Tarpon Lodge.

This is a must-see, must-stay resort that works wonders from family fun-types to hardcore travelrs.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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TarponLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 11, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review that Trip Advisor members probably find very valuable - one that allows our potential guests to see what they can expect at Tarpon Lodge.

Our guests really appreciate that they can walk out to the docks to meet the fishing captain that they have chosen for the day or spend the day fishing or enjoying the local waters on their own boat.

We are glad that you enjoyed the complimentary light, morning snack for our overnight guests. It is available starting at 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. in the main dining room in the lodge. Our restaurant is open for lunch at 11:30 am and for dinner at 5:00 pm. For boaters who are not guests of the lodge but would like to join us for lunch or dinner, we are happy to provide dock space for them as well.

We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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Additional Information about Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant

Address: 13771 Waterfront Dr, Pineland, FL 33922-3521
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Location: United States > Florida > Pineland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Pineland
Price Range: $110 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 21
Also Known As:
Tarpon Lodge And Restaurant
Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant Hotel Pineland
Tarpon Lodge & Restaurant Florida/Pineland

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