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“Nice resort on the beach”
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Sanibel Inn
Ranked #9 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 22, 2014

The grounds were very nicely landscaped with tropical trees, flowers, etc. Our room was comfortable with good beds. Mini fridge and microwave were nice so we could have breakfast in our room. However, we didn't find out until the end of our visit that we could have requested a toaster also. Pool was nice - water temperature was very nice. Great to have lounge chairs and beach umbrellas! We did see several pigs feet that washed up on shore on 2/14. We were told they are used as bait for the crab pots. In the 10 years we have been visiting the Florida coast in February we have never seen that before. Probably due to the big thunderstorm Wednesday night and high winds all day Thursday. On a positive note, we saw dolphins our first morning there and again on our last morning - kind of like they welcomed us and then said goodbye! All in all, a nice place to stay and we'd go back. Very friendly and helpful staff.

Room Tip: Upper floors have better view of the ocean. We stayed in the Jasmine building.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 21, 2014

enjoyed our stay at sanibel inn. Stayed in Queen Bed Gulf view. Room was clean, had mini frig, microwave and coffee maker. No utensils or plates. Small table with 2 chairs and one other sitting chair, closet with safe. The bathroom was large, our was a handicap accessible room so not sure if all bathrooms were that large. Shower with good water pressure. Small balcony screened in area with 2 chairs and table, we had a ground level room with view of the pool but could also see the sunrise every morning that was beautiful. The weather was a little cool so we didn't use the pool, but it looked nice and well maintained. Bar at pool side was nice with happy hour specials. Didn't get to use the restaurant on site because of so many dining options on the island. We used the free bikes and that was a big plus, plenty bikes available for us but you had to be back by 5pm. No store very close for groceries so bring them with you. There is a nice publix before you cross the bridge. Stock up because the toll is $6.00. The resort is simple and clean but location is very convenient. We booked during high season and I felt it was overpriced for what it was, but evidently for that time of year you can expect to pay significantly higher nightly rates. We enjoyed our short stay and would stay again.

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Reviewed February 20, 2014

Nice resort. Stayed in a Gulf View Suite. Worth the extra money. Great pool and beach. Never saw the "pigs feet" like the other traveller.
Tiki bar nice feature to have. Its not the most luxurious resort as far as the rooms are concerned, BUT they are clean and updated as of 2012. We had all the utensils, cups, etc. you would need. Housekeeping did a great job with new towels and amenities everyday.
Beach chairs never a problem to get one or two.
Highly recommend it, we will be back. You get 10% off on your next stay if you ask about it.
Sanibel Generations it is called.

Room Tip: Gulf view suite. Second Floor to get a view.
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

Loved our 1 bedroom accommodation, pool with bar and other amenities. The room was clean and had plenty of space.

The only negative comment would be about finding pig's feet when we walked on the beach. At first, there was just an occasional foot, but on Feb. 14, after a thunderstorm, dozens and dozens of feet washed onto the beach. It was absolutely disgusting. We heard many walkers saying the same thing. We approached a police officer on the beach and he said the crabbers use them as bait, then discard them into the water and they eventually wash ashore. If the crabbers can't be forced to dispose of them properly, the city of Sanibel needs to constantly clean up the beach. I would not want a child to play in the waves or see these feet.

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Reviewed February 17, 2014

Older hotel but updated nicely. Room was clean and the beds were comfortable. Free bicycles on a first come first serve basis were really nice to have. Pool area was clean and well kept. Nice for a weekend stay but would not recommend for an extended stay.Advertised "happy hour" at the pool bar but it was really just a small discounted price for one beer choice and/or a margarita or rum punch. Valentine's Day dinner special in the restaurant was fabulous. That was the only meal we had there other than breakfast so cannot comment on the regular menu selection, quality, or value.

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Reviewed February 16, 2014

We really liked the location - so close to the entrance to Sanibel. Old style property with dated rooms, but we had a great water view from our Periwinkle room. Our room had a refrigerator, but no utensils or cups. Nice to have free bicycles.

Room Tip: Water view
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Reviewed February 13, 2014

Just returned this past Monday. Very nice, clean, spacious room. Comfy bed, Kuerig coffee maker, refrigerator, flat screen TV. Lovely screened in patio where you can have your breakfast or read a book or whatever. Very peaceful and relaxing. Clean bathroom, large towels, hot showers with a strong flow of water. Nice and accommodating staff. Beautiful view of the grounds, pool and gulf. Private beach very clean. Did not like the fact that we were charged $12/day for use of bikes, beach chairs which we used neither of. I would rather have been charged as used. Nice restaurant and wait staff. Would have liked an included salad or soup along with my pasta meal but that was an extra charge and not inexpensive so I ordered the soup as an extra. Good sized bowl, chicken soup that I was not too fond of and I love chicken soup. It was just ok. the pasta and chicken dish I ordered was delicious and that was priced reasonably. My husband had the "special" filet mignon, mashed potatoes and mixed veggies. Very good, about $25 but, he ordered it "medium" and it was clearly well done. Tiki Bar was outside and was a nice little place to go and have a drink or some appetizers. Brian was a good bartender who mixed very good drinks and didn't skimp on the booze. Wish they stayed open a little later and played some beach music or something, as it was missing that. Every place on the island to eat is extremely expensive and if you want to cross the bridge to go into Ft. Myers then back to the island, it costs $6 ! Sanibel is beautiful but next time, we will stay in Ft. Myers and just go to Sanibel for a one day trip. Besides shopping and beaches there is really nothing else to do there. For the most part, we enjoyed our trip and of course the beautiful weather!

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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: $209 - $522 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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
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