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Sanibel Inn
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Akron, Ohio
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7 reviews
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“Perfect place for a mini honeymoon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

My husband and I stayed here on mini honeymoon. We wanted somewhere that wasn't far to fly and wasn't too touristy. It was very easy to get to from the Ft. Myers airport, and upon arriving (early) they didn't mind checking to see if our room was ready early. Our suite was very nice. I chose a gulf side view suite, but honestly, you couldn't see anything past the pool from our room. Maybe from the second floor they could, but we couldn't on the first floor.
The bedding and linens were very clean (always important) and even though we kept our bath towels hung up so they wouldn't give us new ones each day, they still did. We didn't eat at the restaurant so I can't say anything about that, but we did utilize the kitchenette we had. Dish soap was provided, but not anything to wash the dishes with. We had silverware, but all of the spoons were GIANT. Not a big deal though.
Great location and the front desk was very helpful. There was so much shopping and great restaurants in town! It was so hard deciding where to eat. The beaches weren't crowded and an employee (1 very hardworking man) would bring down the beach chairs and umbrellas to the beach for each guest who wanted one. It was 90 degrees at 9 in the morning and he was so nice putting everyone's chairs on the beach. The inn also had bikes which was nice, even though I think the wheel was going to fall off mine ... I survived.
I really hope to go back again. The tiki bar located next to the pool is able to get food from the restaurant which is a nice option. And the bar tender made my husband a very good Bloody Mary.

Room Tip: If they are all similar to my room, I don't think any of them would be bad to stay in.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2013

We were lucky and got upgraded due to the fact they oversold some rooms. We loved the room we ended up in. Very comfortable for a family of 4, with a little kitchenette, screened in balcony, and the pull out was perfect. It was a very rainy week that we were there so even when it was pouring we were able to hang in the room comfortably.
The power went out one late night, but it was due to all the rain coming down. It was just for a bit overnight so it did not effect us too much.
My only complaint is that due to power out of their hands, they can only do a certain amount of chairs and umbrellas on the beach. If you don't go early it will be difficult to grab some for your family. The umbrella guys were really nice and the staff was super.
We would definitely come back and this time we will make sure we book extra days!

Room Tip: Rooms towards the back, Ocean View are the way to go
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2013

While being an older property, our ocean view room was both spacious, clean, and updated. The pool was sparkling clean, with water toys for children, and the umbrella/lounge chair service on the beach was much appreciated. Being the summer, and hot during the afternoons, we were pleasantly surprised to see so many European guests. The staff - from the front desk, grounds men, to the maid - were friendly, thoughtful and considerate - a true plus. The restaurant harks back to the 70's - truly retro, including its carpet (a negative if you're a clean freak like me) but both breakfast and service made up for any shortcomings. We will definitely stay again.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ormond Beach, Florida
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11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

We just returned from our stay at the Sanibel Inn. What a great place. Clean room. Comfy bed. Super Staff. Everyone was so nice, from the tiki hut bartender and the young man that took our beach chairs and umbrealla to the beach to the ladies that served us breakfast in the cafe. Great People. Very laid back. Sadly it does face east so we saw super sunrises from our room but great sunsets from the property. Fridge and Microwave were great to have. Wish I had known the coffeemaker was a Keurig. We are huge coffee drinkers and I brought our regular coffee, not in Kcups. But we made due. Will remember that for next time. We will definitely be doing a return trip. Thanks so much for a wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Second Floor for a view of the beach.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2013 via mobile

This hotel has the basics down: great location, cleanliness, and beach chairs and umbrella service!! Rooms are great, spacious and new. AC blasting so when u come all hot from outside is nice and fresh! This hotel was better than I expected! People that work there are super nice! Will come back!!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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Jacksonville, Florida
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86 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2013

If you're looking for a nice, reasonably priced hotel on the beach, you've found your spot. The rooms have been updated, beds are very comfortable, rooms are clean. Shower pressure and hot water weren't great but acceptable.The buildings themselves are older and have low ceilings. The pool is small and nothing special. There are boogie boards, sand toys, and floats provided by the hotel so that's great for the kids. And there's a tiki bar so that's great for the adults! There are only 2 ice machines on the property (that we could find) so there's a little walk to get ice. Beach front rooms are separated from the beach by sand dunes so you have to walk down to the walkway in front of the pool. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Grounds are very nicely landscaped. Parking is a bit of an issue, especially in the Periwinkle building. Sanibel Inn is not a luxury hotel but is a nice family spot.

Room Tip: Ask for the 2nd floor for view of the Gulf otherwise you'll mostly see just the sand dunes. Park...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Trinity, Florida
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

We read reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to stay for the one day and night that we were in Sanibel. We got in very early, so our room was not yet ready. We were welcomed to use the facilities including the pool and beach. The grounds were very nicely landscaped and maintained. The inn has towels, beach loungers, and umbrellas available. We went to the beautiful and relaxing beach. The front desk called us when our room was ready (which was ready early).
Our two queen bed room was roomy and very nice and clean. The beautiful view we had was of the pool and beach. The beds were comfortable.
Our only complaint is that the A/C unit was noisy at times. As a light sleeper, I was able to fall asleep with the a/c running, but I was aware of it through the night. With that said, it seems most beach hotels in FL we have been to have the same issue. It's very humid, and they need to run a lot!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Sanibel Inn
Address: 937 E. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6994
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sanibel Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immerse yourself in nature at Sanibel Inn. The Inn offers a wide variety of accommodations and amenities surrounded by beautiful gardens and tropical palms. Come to Sanibel Inn to discover why Sanibel Island was just ranked #1 Favorite Worldwide Destination by Arthur Frommer and #5 Top US Beach by Trip Advisor. Just like the tropical flowers in the gardens, Sanibel Inn reflects the colors of the island. From the brightly painted exteriors to the warm soothing interiors of the guestrooms and suites, Sanibel Inn provides a relaxing and comfortable beach hideaway in one of the newly renovated guestrooms and one bedroom suites. Sanibel Inn also offers two-bedroom condominiums that are perfect for families or larger group of friends who wish to stay together. The Sea Star Café is located at the Inn and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with traditional café fare with an island twist. Sanibel Island is all about nature. Discover nature up close by bike via the 22 miles of paved bike and walking trails. Visit J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to see a variety of migratory birds and explore an undeveloped mangrove ecosystem. Take a walk on the beaches and find rare shells such as the Junonia or 200 other species of shells. Take to the waters of the Gulf by kayak for a different point of view. Feel like a friendly tennis match, Sanibel Inn has a newly refurbished court on the grounds of the Inn or visit The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Sanibel Inn guests are also invited to golf at The Dunes where the greens wind through 75 acres of natural lake view fairways and Audubon Cooperative Society wetlands. After a morning of exploration, unwind by the pool and bathe in the warm Florida sun. Just steps away, the Beach Bar offers cool libations and poolside snacks. Sanibel Inn offers a gateway to the various activities on Sanibel and the perfect spot for a relaxing day in the sun. ... more   less 
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Sanibel Hotel Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island Hotel
Sanibel Island Resort
Sanibel Inn Beach Resort
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