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Sanibel Inn
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Reviewed February 12, 2007

My husband and 2 kids (ages 2 and 5) and I stayed 5 nights in early February. It was our first time on Sanibel Island. We booked a spacious 2 bedroom/2 bath condo with full kitchen. We cooked dinner 2 nights and the kitchen was well equipped. We were self sufficient, but found the staff friendly and attentive when we needed them. The hotel had a small to mid-sized heated pool, direct access to a beautiful beach, pool and sand toys (although we did buy some at the Super Target after arriving in Ft. Meyers), complimentary bikes complete with child seats, trailer bikes, etc, and beach chairs and towels.

Some folks had negative comments about the complimentary continental breakfast. However, I found it worked well for us - 3 different kinds cereal (the kids loved the Lucky Charms), bagels, waffles, danish, instant oatmeal, hard boiled eggs. Apples and oranges to take as snacks. Perfectly adequate, not luxurious, and not a problem.

The Sanibel Inn did offer some children's programs throughout the day and each had a separate charge. (e.g. make a shell picture frame for $12.00). The kids weren't interested and basically went back and forth between building sand castles and playing in the pool - it was hard to motivate them to explore the other beautiful parts of Sanibel Island! Overall, a terrific vacation and we plan to stay at the Sanibel Inn next year.

2  Thank Jennifer35
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Reviewed February 12, 2007

Just returned from Sanibel and a short stay (4nts) at the Sanibel Inn. The web site does a good job of describing the property. We stayed in a pool and palms guest room on the second floor. We had a beautiful view of the ocean, even though they don't advertise it. Worked for us! The view was lovely. The room was comfortable, but I don't think I would call the bedding plush. The furnishings were above average, but the carpet has some spots and the room had a really musty smell. It was still nice, but I thought the room was a bit pricey. The free cont. breakfast (average) and bikes were a bonus. I would stay there again.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 18, 2007

This hotel is just beautiful! The grounds are well kept, including a few butterfly gardens and lots of colorful flowers and interesting palm trees. You can rent a bike for free. It's right on the beach so you can go and pick up shells. Just watch out for attacking seaguls - my husband and I tried to walk onto the beach and the birds kept flying right on top of our heads. On the third try we had to just run through and then they eventually stopped following us - I guess they get fed alot. I wouldn't suggest swimming in the water as it does smell very very fishy. But you can get lots of little shells, go for a walk or a jog, or just sit on one of the free lounge chairs. We got a room overlooking the water and got to see the sunrise each morning. The rooms were very spacious and clean. The beds very comfy and the bathrooms well kept. The service was great. Ellington's is really neat, though room service VERY expensive. we took advantage of the continental breakfast each morning to save money but there's not much there to eat. Two restaurants we highly recommend - the Lighthouse Cafe (great breakfast and great prices, really cool atmosphere) and Traders (awesome food, great ambiance and reasonably priced. Sanibel is a great place to just relax - not much else to do around there, however.

Stayed: December 2006
6  Thank amp1234
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Reviewed January 16, 2007

My wife & enjoyed the stay even though it was too short. The outside Tiki Bar was awesome and made some fantastic Pina Colada's. Room was great, clean & big. Our only gripe was the restaurant on the property which was a Jazz Bar at night. In the morning however they serve a complimentary continental breakfast for guests of the property. The nazi hostest at the entrance to the restaurant made a HUGE scene when my wife walked up to get her cup of coffee, accusing my wife of being somebody off the street.(oh yeah, a lot of street walkers with a $7 toll just to get on the island) Anyhow, everybody in the restaurant stopped eating to see who the hostest was yelling at. I took the opportunity to further escalate the comedy by claiming "I've never seen that woman before" after she showed the hostest where we were sitting. Everybody had a good laugh except for the hostess who stated she "Hated her job and was only there because the hotel required it."

We'll stay here again but take the short drive to Cracker Barrel on the mainland next time.

Stayed: October 2006
1  Thank indyken
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Reviewed January 8, 2007

Checked in on 12/21/2006. Reserved a ocean view suite.
When we went to our room, there was a large palm tree blocking our view, went to the front desk and they moved us to a beach front suite. Get the suite, it has a living room and a bedroom, small fridge, microwave, toaster and coffee maker. It's was nice to have two seperate rooms, you can have a privacy when with people. We were just steps away from the beach. It was a quiet hotel, we missed the season by a week.
The staff was friendly and eager to help. We decieded not to rent a car, caught a cab from the airport ($56 plus tip) and rode bikes everywhere. There are bikes paths that will get you anywhere on the island.
It was nice not having to drive. It makes you slow down even more. If you are looking for action, don't go. If you want to slow down and relax, GO!
We would go back to the Sanibel Inn.

  • Stayed: December 2006, traveled as a couple
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