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“Seven of the rooms are not suitable as guest rooms.”
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Sunset Beach Inn
Ranked #16 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Toronto, Canada
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23 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Seven of the rooms are not suitable as guest rooms.”
Reviewed February 6, 2014

We have stayed here several times before and thought it was pleasant and a good deal. We have always booked the cheapest room and always been given a garden view room. There are seven overflow rooms that are described as not ocean view or garden view. What this means is two are located in the service block, which is offset into the parking lot, and five are in the basement with small ground level rooms.
If the hotel were honest about these rooms they would have a difficult time booking them. I have included pictures of these rooms to warn unsuspecting travellers. If you get placed in an ocean view or garden view room you would have a pleasant, well priced stay, but would you want to deal with a company capable of this level of deception? These five overflow rooms are beyond reasonable standards and are only suitable as storage, service or laundry rooms.

Room Tip: Make sure you are not booked in the basement or block in the parking lot.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Toledo, Ohio
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

My boyfriend and I spent some time in this property's sister hotel, Song of the Sea, a couple of years ago. We enjoyed that, so we thought we'd try a different one of LXR's Sanibel properties. I booked this too late to get a beachfront room, but our view was still good...just not panoramic and right on the water (life is so hard!). When we checked out, we were pleasantly surprised to find that they had put us on their "Generations" program for repeat customers - 10% off the room rate.

Our room looked out at the pool, but it never got loud enough to be a problem. The decor was nice and reasonably updated, but carpet/doors/walls could use a thorough cleaning. Some of the small details were off - our bathroom trashcan said Best Western on it (?). Beds were comfortable, and the view from the bed closest to the patio if you open the curtain is really nice...would be even better on 2nd floor.

We liked staying on West Gulf, as it seemed less busy than the other hotels we have stayed at on East Gulf, and you look out at the expansive Gulf, rather than being able to see Fort Myers Beach. The hotel is certainly named appropriately - the sunset is amazing...another reason to get one of the beachfront rooms!

As far as issues we had during our 3 night stay...probably the biggest was that the wifi was out from the time we checked in on Friday night until late Saturday...not a huge thing, but with cooler cloudy weather, it becomes a bit of an issue. When we were checking in, another guest was at the desk reporting the outage, and she said that after talking to the AT&T support hotline, that the desk clerk needed to call. The clerk was very dismissive of the guest, but then when we got to the room, we found that the internet indeed did not work. When we went to the desk the next morning to tell them it still didn't work, a different person at the front desk basically seemed annoyed that ANOTHER person was telling them it didn't work. She did say they were getting a server overnighted and it would be fixed by the end of the day - and it was. We also had some issues with HBO reception in our room, but we found something else to watch and forgot to tell the desk about the problem.

I have VERY low expectations of a continental breakfast, but I walked in and walked out with just a granola bar to keep in case of hunger emergency.

We consider(ed) these "problems" minor. I look for a beautiful view, beach access, and furniture/decor that is reasonably updated in a hotel. Secondarily, I enjoy when things don't feel "busy" - I like when you can't hear kids squawking or drunk/loud people cavorting. This hotel had all these things going for it, so whatever small issues we had were water under the bridge.

We would definitely go back - especially if we got a beachfront room.

Room Tip: Second story is probably better no matter what, and beachfront rooms would be worth the $
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Natick, MA
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Reviewed February 1, 2014

We have stayed at Sunset Beach numerous times. The location is wonderful for us. It is close to Ding Darling, near great restaurants and traffic is avoidable. The beach for shelling is fabulous and not too crowded. At the resort is pool, tennis, shuffleboard, beach chairs and umbrellas on the beach and free bicycles. Parking is very close to room. Our room was 2 bedroom with a kitchen and living area and a nice lanai. The unit was large and quite affordable for Sanibel.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed February 1, 2014

My husband and I stayed here for 10 days in December 2013. The room was very nice, clean and seemed to have been renovated pretty recently with updated furniture and bedding. It had a small kitchen with stove/oven and fridge which allowed us to save money by doing a small amount of cooking/sandwich prep in the room. The bed was very comfortable too. The breakfast that comes with your stay isn't awesome but it's not bad and again allows you to not have to eat out every meal. The beach in front of the hotel is the best.... lots of good shelling right there and plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas. All in all a good value and I would definitely stay here again.

Room Tip: We saw that there are a few rooms in the "basement" that do not appear to have any windows...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2014

The room was comfortable. Loved having the free bikes (some need repairs but we found some good ones to use) to ride around the island. Good location and beach had lots of shelling! Great sunsets too!

Room Tip: Get a room on first or second floor, not basement.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Great location, excellent comfortable rooms with good facilities, friendly staff. Would stay again. Free cycle loan, very large swimming pool, beach location. Situated on south coast, mid-way between Sanibel and Captiva.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Dayton, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 5, 2014

My cousin and I stayed here after Christmas until the day after New Year’s Day. I usually don’t stay at smaller properties since you can never count the room experience. We stayed here just to try something different, and it was a bit cheaper. I’d advice stopping before you get to the Island to get water and snacks due to price. You do have to pay a 6 buck toll to get to the Island.
We checked in late due to our flight being delayed, and that went smooth. Parking was a bit tight for the larger vehicles closer to the front desk. But the other side of the hotel had more space. Our room had a musty smell to it at first, from the carpet being kind of old. The tiles needed mopped a bit more often. The bedding appeared fairly clean, minus a few stains on the comfororter, and small tears on my sheets. The room decor was okay, nothing major either way. The bathroom was clean and had no issues, nicely done. The water got warm enough for a few showers a day. The balcony was really nice. The screen helped out.
The hotel offered small choices of bagels, cereal, apples and oranges. Most the time the coffee was gone by the time I got to it around 8AM. There are coffee pots in the room, but I didn’t trust mine and only had decaf most the time. If you want your cups washed bring some dish soap and paper towels, or paper cups. The microwave needed cleaning and there were no utensils or paper plates to use. Although in a pinch you could get some small cups down at breakfast and plastic spoons.
The beach was really nice, good location and about 73 degrees at the end of December. We found a few small shells, and seen some birds on the beach. Dolphins were playing in the surf most the day. The lawn chairs and umbrellas were very nice. The bikes are alright, and they didn’t get upset we had them a little longer than expected. All and all I’d say here again.
The front desk did help me find a few places to eat, and check out. Most the staff was very friendly.

Room Tip: The higher up second and third floors are the best room choices. Very quiet and peaceful place.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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Property: Sunset Beach Inn
Address: 3287 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5611
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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
Hotel Style:
#7 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sunset Beach Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 46
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sunset Beach Inn includes forty-six guestrooms and suites nestled on 4.5 acres of tropical Sanibel Island. Our 360 feet of beach along the Gulf of Mexico offers beautiful shells, tranquil sunsets and pristine sand. Relax by the pool with the Gulf of Mexico across the horizon.Each morning prepare for an activity filled day with a complimentary Continental breakfast, with an assortment of fresh fruit and breakfast breads. Play a set of tennis or ride a complimentary bicycle and explore the 23 miles of bike paths throughout Sanibel Island. Play a friendly game of volleyball with the beach just within view. Two shuffleboard courts await a challenging game near the picnic area. The resort offers two gas grills and picnic tables-perfect for a family dinner out under the graceful palms. Whether relaxation or fun filled activities are in your vacation plans, The Sunset Beach Inn provides the perfect beach getaway for families and couples. ... more   less 
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Sanibel Island Sunset Beach Resort
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