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Sanibel Inn
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Rochester NY
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7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Fantastic stay at Sanibel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

It was our first time on Sanibel Island, although we have been to Ft. Meyers and Marco Island before. The Sanibel Inn offered great accommodations that offered all of what we were looking for, and not a lot that we didn't need, at a fabulous value. We used some amenities (Dunes Golf, Poolside bar, beach chairs) and didn't use others (bikes, kayaks, tennis, restaurant). HOWEVER, it was nice to have the things we did not use available as options! I have no problem paying a modest resort fee ($12/day), given all of the recreational options provided. The room was also perfect, a fridge for breakfast, Keurig coffee(!) and a balcony with seaside view. Comfortable bedding, flat screen TV, just perfect.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank Jeff B
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orange county, ca
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10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

We arrived at Sanibel Inn late at night, to find the room had not been cleaned (unmade beds, dirty towels on the floor, dirty dishes, etc). We called reception and they were mildly apologetic, and said the housekeeping staff was gone so the receptionist would need to clean the room. We left the room and returned about an hour later. We discovered a pair of underwear still in the bathroom trash. Obviously the receptionist was not the most thorough cleaner. At this point, someone from housekeeping was available and came up and took care of it. By this time, we were so creeped out, that we really didn't want to stay, but it was too late to change.
On top of the sloppy management, there were numerous other problems, stained carpet, super uncomfortable sofa bed mattress and inexplicably missing artwork on the all the walls (just the hooks were left).
The management agreed to refund the full amount of our stay, but still I think the Sanibel Inn has a lot of problems to fix before they measure up to the photos on their site.
The one positive note, was the hotel grounds are attractive and the location is superb- right on the beach and bikes are free to guests.

Room Tip: This was a two bedroom unit, and may have been a condo although I don't know if it is privately...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

The facility was average . My spouse had bug bite staying the room. She had severe allergic reaction to it. Office person responsible for check in was rude.

Enjoyed free bicycle.

We are told that kitchen is fully equipped but range was not functioning adequately.

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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Hemant500
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Shingle Springs, California, United States
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8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2014

My only complaint was the advertised-quoted pricing of Hotels Rooms. Not just this hotel but all hotel chains. They quote you the price of the room but none of the other items you will be charged for. Every city-county-state has different taxes associated with the Hotel Room rate. They vary widely from place to place. In some cases, I have paid $100 more in taxes for a $400 a night room. If I had known how much extra I would be paying I would have looked at a $300 a night room. In one instance there was a "resort fee" of $25 added to the bill. It covered all the things you expect to get with the purchase of a room for a night: shampoo, pillows, etc etc. I feel it is disingenuous of ALL the Hotel Chains not to follow the lead of the Airlines that are now forced to quote the complete cost of renting a room.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Douie
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New City, New York
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

This was our third stay at the Sanibel Inn. As always, we enjoyed our visit thoroughly. Our room was super comfortable. We had a great view of the water. This location has it all...beach, pool, view, tennis, bikes, and great staff. We're looking forward to our next visit to the Sanibel Inn.

Room Tip: Condos are great for families. Kitchen, nice size bedrooms, living room.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank JudyB1018
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New Jersey
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34 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

When we arrived Shahana at the front desk checked us in. She was so friendly and helpful and remained that way for our stay ( 8 days) . The room was very nice with a living room, bedroom and kitchenette. Fantastic view of the pool and beach. The coffee maker and blow dryer were broken. I called down to the front desk and they were replaced, The location and beach are wonderful. We had a great stay here and I would stay here again. One more thing..unlike most hotel beds..this one was very comfy!

Room Tip: Ask for a view!
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank elmfeld
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Buckeye Lake, Ohio
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

We were at Sanibel Inn from Arizona for a week this Christmas. What a beautiful place and the room was so beautiful we are already planning our next trip back. The kids loved the pool and the beach access was close, barefoot walking all week. The shops and restaurants and bikes all day were excellent. We are already planning another week there but not leaving to any other resorts as we had to the day we left and that was in Ft. Lauderdale but Sanibel Inn had already spoiled us.

Room Tip: Beach view every day was the room we had 3rd floor and very beautiful! The room was also all tropic...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank kathy h
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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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Also Known As:
Sanibel Hotel Sanibel Island
Sanibel Island Hotel
Sanibel Island Resort
Sanibel Inn Beach Resort
Sanibel Bed Breakfast

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