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“Location is the highlight” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sanibel Island Beach Resort

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Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Ranked #16 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Boston, MA
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Location is the highlight”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is an average hotel in a great location on the beach. The beach bar is okay but nothing special. Rooms are standard hotels rooms, we had two double beds and found it crowded with two teenagers and two adults. The grounds are well kept and the pool is clean. There is just nothing outstanding about the place, so hence the 3 star rating.

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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank melrumphius
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Danny A, Director of Sales at Sanibel Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 8, 2012
Yes, location is great, but nothing special about the hotel; sorry to hear that! We failed to make your stay remarkable, and I hate when that happens. Thank you for your remarks. I promise we will re-focus on the hospitality you deserve and we expect of ourselves.
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

When looking for a hotel on Sanible there was not a lot of choice so went for the Holiday Inn because of its name and thought that a around £140 a night it should be alright.It was not,what a dissappointment,its no more than a motel and not a very good one at that. Our room (137?) was a diabled room ,we are not disabled, it looked as though it had not been decorated since the 1970's,the shower did not work properly and the bed sheets although they had been washed had funny brown stains. The Hotel has two large pond where there are alligators which does not seem like a good idea with children around and to us just seemed like beeding grounds for mosquitoes,everybody was covered in bites.Booked a rate including breakfast,when we booked in we were told to call at reception for a voucher before we went for breakfast,this we did and were told by a different person that we did not need one.Went for breakfast and at the end told them the cost was inclued to which they asked for the voucher.Said we were told we did not need one to which they then phone reception, had a few words then went to reception and collected the voucher. Why so much hassel ?Anyway,one night was enough so packed up and went back to Miami.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Chris E
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Danny A, Director of Sales at Sanibel Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Sorry you were not satisfied with your stay at our hotel. I do hope you called us and reported that your sheets were stained. We would replace them and apologize they should not have been put on the bed in that condition. As far as the alligators in the lagoons; that was the case before hotels were ever built on Sanibel, a natural part of the island. We did NOT put them there. They are naturally afraid of people which is why the signs say not to feed them as we want to keep them that way. It is extremely rare that there are any problems with alligators on Sanibel island. Yes, there are mosquitoes in south Florida. Lee County Mosquito Control does a very good job controlling them in our area. Thank you for your comments.
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Fort Myers, Florida
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2012

What a great place to stay on Sanibel Island Fl. Easy to find, right on a beautiful pristine beach. The atmosphere was very relaxed and tranquil and the prices are great. The rooms and grounds are beautifuly tended. The food in the restaunt is gourmet without being over priced. We hope to return someday soon.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Edward V
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Danny A, Director of Sales at Sanibel Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thank you for being our guest and taking the time to share your comments!
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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2012

We've been to this hotel 3 times now, and enjoyed each time! The staff is super friendly - to the point of remembering your breakfast order or doing special things for the kids. We've been for business and pleasure and it's a perfect location for either - right on the beach, close to great restaurants and shopping, and has everything you'd need - fun or relaxation. We are already trying to plan a trip back in the future!

Room Tip: we've stayed on both sides and both were great. I think poolside is best because it's so cl...
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  • Stayed October 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Shawn W
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Danny A, Director of Sales at Sanibel Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thanks for your kind words! We would love to see you again.
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Ft. Myers, FL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

My husband and I have stayed at this hotel numerous times, and have never been disappointed. The service is excellent, and the location is beautiful. It is a perfect getaway for a relaxing vacation, right on the water, with all the amenities. The rooms are clean and well-decorated and only a few steps from the water. Also, the hotel is near many Sanibel attractions. We will definitely continue to return yearly.

  • Stayed October 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank dthomas278
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Danny A, Director of Sales at Sanibel Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, November 5, 2012
Thanks for staying with us. I must agree; it sure is a relaxing getaway! We'll look for you next year. Thanks!
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Fort Myers, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2012

We love this Holiday Inn -- a beach walk begins the day. The restort is perfect for relaxation -- our reason for hitting Sanibel yearly! The hotel staff accommodate every request. The Island offers options for visiting the Ding Darling nature reserve -- love the birding photo ops. Finding a spot to eat includes the great restaurant at the HI -- and all the island's best along the length of Sanibel and Captiva. A faforite moment by the pool and rec area is the hammock which provides lazy day reading. Bring your sun hat and skin-so-soft (beat the no-see-ums). Sleep the day away. The shell collecting will be best if you have a bag over your arm to allow both hands for the Sanibel Stoop! Barefoot wading in the water will give you early morning shells -- enough to fill your crystal lamp base or glass top coffee table at home! Choose the islands many opportunities to bike or hike the trails, golf the best rounds over water holes and white sand traps, find the hide-a-way stops in the coves to shop or eat, cruise the island shores at sunset and get the best photo shots of your life, make the visit your best memory of the year, with the great people who host you at this family owned home-away-from-home. Our guests with us are treated like our family. We see the great care of this beautiful spot on the Gulf and love the care they give us at this lovely hide-a-way a few miles from our home which we escape to each year! Thanks to all of you who gave us such a great experience again this year. Our staff had a fabulous time together. Thank you for making it a super experience for us all. We are overwhelmed by your amazing hospitality! Save a place for us next year again! Hopefully, we will count on your extravagant kindness to us all. Blessings. The Betzers

Room Tip: Although we chose a larger suite, the rooms by the Gulf would be my choice if I were not going to be...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Darlene B
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Danny A, Director of Sales at Sanibel Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Thanks for your kind words! I appreciate that you recognize the great effort by our staff to help folks relax. You have said it best and we appreciate it.
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Phillipburg
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83 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

Headed to Sanibel in August so my daughter could get to the island before she started high school. We own a timeshare on the island and come down every November. The place was well kept, clean and quiet, which is impressive considering the possible number of people who could stay there. The rooms were small, but we only needed to shower and sleep in them. The rest of the time was on the beach, fishing, or watching sunsets in Captiva. I especially liked the beach access, chairs are provided, and the fishing was excellent from the beach. My son caught his first snook on a fly the first full day we were there. If you are looking for luxury, not the place. But it worked for us and I would recommend for a nice two or three day weekend getaway.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Plague4
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Danny A, Director of Sales at Sanibel Island Beach Resort, responded to this review, October 30, 2012
Thank you for your comments. I have lived this story; my parents brought me to the island back in the '70's for vacation and I loved it so much some years later I've made this area my home. Never was lucky enough to hook a snook yet! I hope your kids will cherish their memories of these fun times together. Thanks for sharing!
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Property: Sanibel Island Beach Resort
Address: 1231 Middle Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6729 (Formerly Holiday Inn Sanibel Island)
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sanibel Island Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 98
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A tranquil boutique hotel nestled amid swaying palms and sandy beaches Sanibel Island Beach Resort is a cherished gulf-front retreat for nature lovers - shell collectors and those who enjoy outdoor recreation mixed with great shopping and dining. Guests enjoy private beach access as well as an outdoor pool and sundeck bike rentals tennis courts hammocks and lounge chairs. ... more   less 
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