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“Song of the Sea”
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Song of the Sea
Ranked #10 of 20 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 11, 2008

Enjoyed 5 nights at Song of the Sea. We appreciated the peacefulness and privacy of the property. You don't even realize there are larger complexes right next door. The employees were all helpful and friendly. We had a beachfront suite that had a living area besides the bedroom. Liked having the separate space. Yes, the bedroom is tight but basically just sleep in there. I'd rather have the living room space. Having a screened in porch to sit on was also a plus. We were not bothered by any of the bugs (noseeums). May be because the weather was beautiful. Low humidity. Having bikes to use made for a nice way to explore the island. We weren't ambitious enough to bike all the way to Ding Wildlife Refuge though. We drove. It's nice seeing preserved space and the wildlife. We saw a LOT of alligators on the golf courses. Had a good dinner at Timbers. The Gulf was too warm and calm for me. I'm used to the Jersey shore. But, it was nice to sit on the beach or walk and look for shells. The pool was quiet, no kids! Water was also quite warm in the pool. Would definitely recommend Song of the Sea for a quiet, relaxing vacation.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2008

After researching several hotels/resorts on Sanibel, we decided on the Song of the Sea. Perfect choice. We asked for, and received a very private second floor beachfront suite. The room was perfect for our needs; clean, updated, balcony with great beach view, very cozy king bed. Yes, the bedroom suffers from poor planning, as a result there is about six to eight inches between the end of the king bed and the wall. We spent more time on the bed than walking around it, not a big deal for us. If you have leg issues, back issues, or overweight this could be a deal breaker. Breakfast was fine. Nothing fancy, but we were not concerned, it's breakfast. The best part is the NY times. The beach was excellent. Easy access, no difficulty, always had a chair and umbrella. This place is very quiet and relaxed. Many times we were the only people in the pool or the hot tub. No kids in sight, just couples reading on the beach. The only bummer on Sanibel is that the food leaves a lot to be desired. Therefore, large portions are everywhere without a ton of flavor. Frankly, over the top with size. Dolce Vita was very good. The Bubble Room is okay. Holy Cow was okay. Nothing that made you say "wow". But, I would go back in a heartbeat as the Island is beautiful and they clearly understand that keeping out big resorts and high rise hotels is the key to keeping this gem intact.

  • Stayed: November 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 29, 2008

We just returned from our week long stay at Song of the Sea and it was wonderful. The property was very well maintained and rooms were as described. It started to get a little chilly so we requested a blanket and softer pillow, both arrived very promptly.
Its nice having free breakfast as well as free bike rental, beach chairs and umbrellas.
The property never felt crowded and was very peaceful. A great place for a 10 year anniversary.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2008

We just returned from our honeymoon trip to Sanibel and our stay at the Song of the Sea.
It was a wonderful, peaceful place with very friendly staff and beautifully kept grounds.
It has the perfect location right on the beach and having the beach chairs and umbrellas out each day was really nice.
The continental breakfast was good and the waffle maker is a nice touch.
We had a room facing the beach and it was so quiet, all we could hear was the sound of the ocean. It is true that there are mostly adults staying there, we saw couples of all ages and no children at all.
The staff was very prompt to assist when needed and was able to accomodate any of the special reqests that we had.
The rooms included everything that we needed and we were able to really relax and enjoy ourselves without a worry.
We are already planning our return trip for our 1st anniversary.
We truly loved our stay at the Song of the Sea.

  • Stayed: October 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2008

My husband and I stayed here this past weekend for our 25th Anniversary (recommended by the Forum) and it was wonderful.

Everything was just special from the grounds, room and staff. Love it so much we are planning another getway here in the next several months.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2008

we really relaxed here, it was just perfect, we highly recommend it. If we ever return to sanibel we will want to stay here.
I can't compere it to any other sanibel hotel because it was our first visit here but I don't think we could have had a better place.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Thank contin2
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Reviewed September 20, 2008

My husband and I stayed at Song of the Sea from September 14-17 and absolutely loved it. It is rare that I am not ready to go home after a few days away, but I did not want to leave Song of the Sea and cannot wait to return.

Yes, we went during hurricane season, and it was very quiet at the hotel and on the island, but I like that, and felt like we had the place to ourselves. For the price, we couldn't do better.

We booked through the hotel website, and got a slightly lower rate for a three night stay. There were two queen beds in our room and it was more than enough space for two. The kitchenette included a full size fridge, stove, microwave, small coffee maker, and a blender - very important!

We had a poolside room on the ground floor, which was perfect. The area is very nicely landscaped, and we could step right out of the room through our screened patio over to the pool. Palm trees swayed, hibiscus bloomed, breezes blew and little lizards scampered around. We appreciated the pool shower after the beach.

The beach was steps away and it seemed this was the only place with complementary chairs and umbrellas. I found it to be one of the prettier properties on the beach. The water was very calm, and you can walk out a long way on the sandy bottom. Lots of shells, as well.

There were little extras that surprised me for the price: a bottle of wine in the room, abundant towels, Rusk toiletries, complementary bikes, a downy duvet on the bed, and DVD player. The breakfast included make-your-own waffles, bagels, boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit, cereal, pastries, etc.

Next door at the Sanibel Inn, a sister property, there was a beach bar for lunch and drinks. Every staff person was friendly.

All in all, a lovely stay. I have no complaints whatsoever!

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Address: 863 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7098
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range: $201 - $456 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Song of the Sea 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Song of the Sea is a romantic Beachfront European style inn located on beautiful Sanibel Island. This intimate inn offers individualized personal service with picturesque views of the beach and the warm Gulf waters on the horizon. To welcome each guest, the Inn offers a complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival. The newly updated guestrooms and suites feature rich combinations of mahogany toned wood and wicker combined with fabrics in shades that mimic the sun-soaked sand just steps away. After a day in the sun, relax by watching the new 42" flat panel television or enjoy a glass of wine on the screened balcony. All of the accommodations feature demi-kitchens to create the perfect vacation home away from home. Greet each morning with a complimentary continental breakfast complete with make your own waffles, an assortment of breakfast breads, fresh fruit, juice and coffee in a beautiful setting on the Inn’s lanai. After breakfast, relax by the pool and spa or take a long bicycle tour of the island’s 23 miles of bike paths. The bicycles are compliments of Song of the Sea. Explore the natural beauty of Sanibel, with two thirds of the island a nature preserve, or find a special treasure in one of the shops on Periwinkle Drive. Whether you chose to relax or explore, Song of the Sea gives each guest the peaceful solitude to reconnect with nature and loved ones. ... more   less 
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