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“Coconuts beach bar”
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Casa Ybel Resort
Ranked #13 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Brookfield
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Coconuts beach bar”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

Beautiful property, nice little bar. Wonderful calamari! Drinks a bit overpriced. Nice waitstaff. Great for a quick pick me up drink and appetizers if you are walking the beach and want to stop it.
We would return.

Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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131 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is one of my favorite resorts. I had not been here for ten years -- we returned for a long weekend trip this month. Nothing had changed. The resort is beautiful -- right on the beach. Because the beach curves, we could see both the sunrise and the sunset from the beach -- a plus for photographers (see attached)

The rooms were very clean (FYI -- the single bedroom units have daily maid service, the two bedroom units do not have daily service).

there were several gas grills available -- we cooked out one night.

we rented bikes from casa ybel -- it was a lot of fun to explore Sanibel on the bikes

overall, it was a great vacation -- I am eager to return

note -- not exactly a bargain vacation -- for that reason, I will rate the value as "average" (below)

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
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Upstate NY
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed February 21, 2014 via mobile

We had a very small wedding, followed by a lovely dinner at Casa Ybel. We were thrilled with the level of service we received. Tori was super helpful and flexible with the planning. Jeremy was our waiter at dinner and he went above and beyond our expectations. The setting was gorgeous, the food delicious. The wedding packages and vendor lists allow for stress free planning. Overall a wonderful, simple wedding experience!

Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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HIghland Park, Il
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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Reviewed February 17, 2014

We just returned from a glorious week on Sanibel at Casa Ybel. This beautiful resort on the ocean was recommended to us by a friend who owns a timeshare on the property. When we checked in we were shown a 1 bedroom that we were not excited about because it was a bit small. Amy, the director of resort operations, graciously showed us a 2 bedroom unit that was roomier and updated. She handled our concern in an exceptional way. She truly defines the entire Casa Ybel staff attitude. Our room was ready for us in less than an hour. The view of the ocean was breathtaking, the pool is beautifully warm and inviting (in fact, the pool staff was so accomodating, they removed the rope early or later each day so we could lap swim) though we did not eat at the Thistle Lodge, the lunch food served by Thistle at the pool cafe was outstanding, (especially lobster rolls). The location is centrally perfect on the island, with access to restaurants, shops, Jerry's supermarket and easy access to the bridge. CY also has a sand volley ball court, basketball court, children's pool, shell washing stations and even a playground for little people. Our week was so near perfect, we are returning for 2 weeks next year.

Room Tip: All rooms face the ocean with different views. There is not a fitness center because one can walk on...
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Mississauga
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed February 7, 2014

We were here for a 4 night stay to escape what has been a very long and cold snowy Canadian winter. It was our first time and we had read some good reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. The only downsides were the Thistle Lodge restaurant (average food and too large serving sizes) and the reception staff seemed not happy to be working in a vacation resort (a little smile and some friendly chatter would have helped).

The units are in 8 plexes on two levels with each unit having it's own screened in balcony and a view of the gulf and the beach. It's a good sized screened in balcony with a table and a few chairs as well as a ceiling fan to provide some breeze. We spent most of our time out on the balcony including breakfast (the resturant does not serve breakfast). There is a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, oven, microwave, coffee maker (no kettle though) and fridge and all the plates and pots and pans and utensils, so if you buy groceries locally you can cook your own meals if you like.

Two flat screen TVs (one in the bedroom and one in the living room) and well appointed and upgraded bathrooms and a nice king bed in the bedroom make for a nice casual stay. If you have the lower level units (odd numbers) you can even walk down your own stairs to the beach from your balcony. If on the upper floors you have to use the commmon stairs and older folks may have trouble lugging suitcases up the stairs but I'm sure the staff can assist. There are even laundry room facilities, a pool, tennis courts, shuffle board and stations to wash your shells that you know you will be collecting.

Easy access to a very long beach and the stars at night are incredible, making for a perfect vacation. It's conveniently located just a short drive from Periwinkle Way and very quiet. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed February 6, 2014

This one is a hidden gem. After we had a few not-so-great experiences at various places, we arrived around 10 pm at this property. The unit was nice, but we reserved judgment until the sun came up the next morning. WOW. Beautiful setting right on the ocean with an impecably maintained property, pool, and buildings. We did not eat at the restaurant at the resort, but the menu looked really nice. This resort is a time share property, and as such, many of the visitors know many of the other visitors from their visits over the years. Most of them had 2 or 3 weeks and had been coming for years. It was fun at the pool and the whole resort had a friendly atmosphere.

Sanibel is a very nice, upscale island. The whole island may have about 8 feet of elevation, so everybody rides bikes everywhere. At major intersections, the local police make sure people are able to cross safely. We also enjoyed a couple of nature preserves that are nearby, and if you look over the bridge on the road to the resort, you will see why there is a 'don't feed the alligators' sign!

FWIW, the week before Christmas was very affordable. I guess it goes up considerably after that, but for the combination of weather and cost, we would go back on the same week again and again.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Ellicott City, Maryland, United States
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed February 3, 2014

This resort after the rehab from the storm a few years ago is simply awesome. The beach is the most beautiful area with boundiful shells, birds, and warm water. The reports pool is very nice and heated. There is no fitness center but they have an arrangement with a local gym for a nominal fee. They several nice tennis courts but there are few players. Ten years ago you could almost always find a game as the resort was a "tennis destination" of sorts. The sunsets are "The best"

R Kent
Maryland

Room Tip: All rooms face the golf and are very nice
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Casa Ybel Resort
Address: 2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6104
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#6 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#12 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Casa Ybel Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 114
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Natural, secluded and exclusive, historic Casa Ybel Resort epitomizes the sanctuary, old-island spirit of Sanibel. Occupying 23 acres of beach front property isolated from commercial enterprise, the resort forms a sheltered getaway where romantic surroundings and outdoor recreation attract couples and families alike. Travelers have found respite and hospitality here since the 1890's. ... more   less 
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