We just returned from our first stay at Sanibel Moorings. We had an gulf-front view in a 3-bedroom suite. View was perfect, as was the complex's botanical gardens. Such a lovely setting. Our rental condo was well-laid out and suited our party of five (hailing from Cleveland, Akron and Orlando) perfectly size-wise. Great kitchen area, although we did struggle a bit with the refrigerator's ice maker, which consistently jammed. The condo also could use a little updating on carpeting (clean but worn) and the hallway bath needed some caulk work and the faucet was loose.
The free beach umbrellas and lounge chairs are a nice touch. Would be nice if each unit also included beach towels in addition to bath towels. An in-suite washer/dryer would have been nice, too, although there are laundry facilities provided ($2 wash, $1.25 for 45 minutes of drying). We appreciated the fact mixed recycling bins are offered in the suites. Towel exchange was effortless. And the staff was friendly and helpful. Oh, and thanks for offering free wifi. The island has touchy cell service, so the wifi was greatly appreciated.
We wandered across the street to the dockside portion of the complex and felt it was just as lovely as the gulfside. It seemed that it might also be a little bit quieter. The gulf side is pretty lively, which I enjoyed. All staying there seemed to be having a great time.
All and all, Sanibel Moorings provided us with a great place to stay in a beautiful setting, only steps from the beach. As one of the few places on the island that offers 3-bedroom rentals for larger groups, we definitely would consider a future stay here.