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“Excellent Resort for Family with Young Kids” 4 of 5 stars
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Casa Ybel Resort
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957   |  
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Ranked #13 of 18 Hotels in Sanibel Island
new york
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7 hotel reviews
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“Excellent Resort for Family with Young Kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We just returned from a week-long vacation at Casa Ybel Resort. We had a Wonderful time and I highly recommend it for young families. This is coming from someone that can be a tough critic! We have 2 children - 3 and 4. All the 2 BR suites are very nice - right on the beach, great views, updated, clean, wonderful for a young family. There is a large pool, kiddie pool and a fabulous pool bar- food and drinks are great - love the bartenders. Thistle Lodge is excellent for dinner and drinks at night. The only downside is there is no breakfast at the resort and the pool bar stops serving food at 5 (you can still eat in or get take-out from Thistle Lodge but you may be better served going to the local grocery store and stocking your kitchen). So if you want luxury, high-service, this probably is not the place for you. But if you have younger kids and want a nice relaxing vacation, I Highly recommend it. It's the perfect cross between a private condo and a resort. The hotel recommended a babysitter that we used multiple nights and she was fabulous. While in Sanibel, we went to many of the restaurants, went on an amazing boat ride with Captain Jack (Sanibel Island Cruise Line)---I would do it all again in a second and I am sure we will be back next year.

Room Tip: If you have younger kids, I would recommend a first floor suite closer to the pool. The first floor...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Our unit #113 was disappointing. The front door handle didn't work right. The refridgerator had rust all over one side and the front of it looked like rust had been removed, repaired and repainted. The freezer fan ran constantly despite being at the right setting. (we had to set it to a lower setting to get it to shut off) The oven had rust on it also. The bath tub was very odd, the floor flexed when you stood on it and it was very stained. We stayed in another unit (105) in 2013 and were so happy we returned in June of 2014 only to be disappointed. Not sure if we'll go back again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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4 Thank Mark R
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

First time to Sanibel with family of five, Booked Casa Ybel based on reviews and on line pictures. Resort and rooms were actually nicer than expected with great view of Gulf and easy beach access. Family genuinely fell in love with resort. After driving around island we knew we had made the right decision. Forget South Seas, Casa Ybel has better beaches, better staff, live music, no stress atmosphere, and great visiting families. Only complaint is that casual dining by pool ends at five PM and high priced restaurant is only food service available after that. Beautiful grounds, sand volleyball, shuffle board and tennis are available. Children's activities abound. On site gas grills with full kitchens made cooking for the family an enjoyable task.

Room Tip: Ask for cottage close to pool if you have young family.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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1 Thank Tara N
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Newburgh, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Our first stay here was our honeymoon 29 years ago and have returned many times. We have vacationed here in February, June, July, and August. We have family that come here every year. Casa Ybel is beautifully maintained with helpful staff. The grounds and rooms are exceptional. We love to be on the beach, so we rent the lounge chairs and umbrellas. The pool is great for children and land lovers. Volleyball, tennis, and run/walking the beach are some activities. We love to look for shells and build sand castles. Overall, a consistently excellent resort.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

We were married here in July of last year and have to say it was very, very nice! We had a very small wedding and only a few guests. We had a little issue trying to get everyone in rooms that were close enough together, yet the resort is very easy to meet and be with family/friends. The rooms are very clean, spacious and the screened porches are the best! We enjoyed the 4 days were spent here and will be back for one of our anniversaries!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Lindenhurst, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This is our second visit to Casa Ybel and I highly recommend it. The resort is beautiful. It has all the comforts of home and a beautiful view of the gulf. Everyone from check in, to pool assistants, to recreation was cheerful and helpful. The housekeeping staff was magnificent. Our room was always cleaned and refreshed with a helpful staff. Three weddings took place while we were there. If you are looking for a relaxing, romantic vacation go to Casa Ybel.

Room Tip: We only stayed in the one suite, but to our knowledge all suites have a balcony and view of the wate...
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank Mary R
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Casa Ybel Resort is a good spot for younger family vacations. Lots of outdoor games and great pool for kids, also the beach is just beyond the pool which makes the back and forth game very easy. Young families will love it here.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Casa Ybel Resort

Address: 2255 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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:
#5 Top resorts 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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