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Sanibel Inn
Ranked #8 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 30, 2014

Loved the Sanibel Inn. We stayed for a week and had maybe our best vacation ever. Anything you want is here - beautiful beach with chairs, towels and umbrellas, nice pool with a poolside bar, free bike usage, free kayak usage, fully equipped rooms and a nice, rustic location with easy access. We'll be back!

Room Tip: We had a second floor gulf view room. Every room has a screened porch, but go for the second floor...
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 28, 2014

I stayed at this resort in August with my husband and two little ones. They had a summer special online and the price was hard to beat! We were very excited as Sanibel is one place you really don't have to worry too much about a wavy surf, and the children would love being able to enter the water that feels almost as warm as a bath! First, though, we had to get situated. We got a first floor room, supposedly overlooking the beach. There was too much brush and foliage to see! While the room wasn't as clean as I would have liked and there were papers and garbage littering the walkway and stairs to the room, things got really bad when our niece "witnessed" a "palmetto bug" run out from the closet under the wall to our next door neighbors room! Amid alot tears, we marched to the office and were told that we would be moved the next morning! We were very fortunate because, to our surprise, we were placed into a condo unit! While the room dilemma was solved, I would not let the kids go into the pool as the sidewalls appeared to have some tinge of green on them. Overall, I was not satisfied with the cleanliness of the resort and have not returned.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

We spent 5 nights in the Lantana building on this property that has a total of 7 buildings. Parking, landscaping, and facilities were great. Breakfast in their restaurant was extra, but food and service were very good. Restaurants in town are very close by car, and also walkable or bikeable. Room was clean and well equipped. Our only complaint is that if you put up the Privacy sign while at breakfast or at any time for that matter, your room may not be cleaned at all that day. Apparently housekeeping only checks once and leaves the property early afternoon. Also, although bikes are included, we we told that we could only have them 1/2 day, the reason being that they did not want to run out of bikes for others who only needed 2-3 hours. This made it necessary to rent elsewhere if you plan a longish ride to Captiva, or want to stop for shopping and/or lunch.
As others have noted, the road traffic becomes heavy during rush hour morning and evening, with residents/workers driving to/from employment. Best to avoid these times or stay on biker/walker trails.

Room Tip: Be careful if you use the Privacy Please sign as you may not get housekeeping. Track down housekeepe...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 26, 2014

This complex is in a GREAT location - the beach is not as crowed as other areas and you can walk in either direction for at least a mile on beautiful sand with amazing shells. We had a view of the ocean. The condo was a bit dated in parts but the bathrooms were nice and I liked the fresh towels and cleaning every day. Other POSITIVES: Screened in porch! Daily delivery of the New York Times! Nice staff. Bikes. Beach chairs, umbrellas right there to use. The NEGATIVES: Dirty chair seats and curtains and sharps at carpet edges. Walls had smudge marks and there was a closet door with a layer of dust and handprints in it. One lamp had no bulb. The overhead light in our bedroom didn't work unless you screwed in the bulbs and then unscrewed them to turn it off (while hot!). We only had 3 wine glasses. Nothing to wash dishes with other than a hand cloth. Dilute dish soap?! You have to buy laundry soap but the unit did have a washer/dryer. The sofas had a "musty" , damp smell - they need to be cleaned or replaced
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Despite all that, I WOULD stay here again due to the positives and price but you must decide what you can tolerate. Maybe other rooms are better. We were actually quite comfortable here despite all the things mentioned above!

Room Tip: We had a corner unit that was pretty quiet.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Arrived and was told our room wasn't ready. Waited for 1 1/2 hours just to find out that the room was missing clean linnens, towles and a pillow. Also, when booking we were told to expect 2 queen beds, only to find a king a a foldout... When calling front desk to inform and request the missing items, we had to wait an additional 15 min for them to arrive. When it became time to go to bed we saw the fattest ROACH ever! Called front desk to inform and was met with a horrible response "what do you want me to do about it?"
I brought my mom here to show her this amazing place but after this I'm never coming back! This was my second stay here (last time was actually great) but there is no way this is worth $443!!! Rip off!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed March 23, 2014

Great location and the beach was beautiful. We walked it every day and experienced the "Sanibel stoop"! The room was very clean and comfortable but the shower was a little dated. The check-in area is in desperate need of an update. When we were checking in we thought we might have made a mistake.

The bikes were in excellent condition but make sure you get them early! We got to ride all over the island on great bike paths/trails. We took the bikes downtown for lunch and found it easier to get around on them versus a car! Traffic on the main road is TERRIBLE. Use the bikes it is much easier!

Should we go back to Sanibel Island, we would definitely stay here again. The rates were very good and we think the value was great!

Room Tip: It was definitely worth it to have a room looking out onto the beach. We sat out in our lanai every...
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

This hotel is right on the beach, leave your walk past the pool and onto the sand, very good location as far as that goes. Beach area nice, great shells and hotel provided chairs and umbrellas. Had a 1st floor room which was a little dated and bathroom was worn but decent. The room had a nice screened back porch area that faced the gulf with some obstructions of trees and pool area, so wouldnt quite call it an ocean/gulf view (1st floor). In case you are not aware, from this hotel beach area you can NOT watch the sun go down on the gulf you have to go to other side of island for that view, though you can watch it rise here. Also the water is extremely murky, cant see your hand in front of you. Pool area was nice, with decent food and drinks for purchase but was supposed to be closed at night yet people were out there in it getting loud past 12am, which is fine except for the fact that the pool was right behind our room. Would we stay here again probably not, we found it a little pricey for what it is. Just a heads up there is a $6 toll to get on the island.

  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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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:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range: $201 - $604 (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
Sanibel Island Hotel
Sanibel Island Resort
Sanibel Inn Beach Resort
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