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Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Ranked #16 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Orange park
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8 reviews
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“Fantastic Place”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

Arrived at the welcome center in Sanibel Island, 3 places were recommended based on what we were looking for, chose Shalimar Cottages and Motel.We got a cottage, with a bedroom, living room, bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen, including a screened in Patio, great decor, got a great deal on it too, it was everything and more than we expected, right in front of the beach, and the pool out in front of the cottage. It was a fantastic experience, The staff were very friendly, the place extremely clean, plenty of towels. They even gave us coffee for us to make in the mornings. Every morning we walked a few feet onto the beach to drink our coffee, and yes we picked shells every morning, very colorful. Thank you Shalimar for a wonderful time. From Cottage #1. Will definitely stay here again. We highly recommend this place.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled as a couple
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ShalimarCottages, Manager at Shalimar Cottages and Motel, responded to this review, June 12, 2014
We appreciate the time you took to share your feedback with us and our future guests! We are glad to read that you had a great time staying with us! Hope you found some big, colorful shells on your morning walks! Hope to see you come back soon!
Thanks again!
Shalimar management and staff
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Reviewed June 4, 2014

The location is great, the room in the main building is fine but it shows it's age in the appliances and bathroom but not that big of a deal. The staff was very friendly. The problem is you can hear the people above walking EXTREMELY loudly. We were in room 7 and the people in room 17 above us walked back and forth all hours of the night and it sounded like they were walking on sticks and leaves in the wood just 8 feet above our head. I grew up in an old 2 story house and am used to the creaks you hear but this was 10 times worse. Even with ear plugs in it woke me up. I would stay here again but I would make sure I was on the second floor or in a cottage. BEWARE!!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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ShalimarCottages, Manager at Shalimar Cottages and Motel, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
Thank you for your honest feedback regarding your recent stay with us! Glad to hear the staff was friendly! We apologize for the noise from above, but we are very limited to what we can do to the building since it is so close to the beach. As for the aging appliances and bathroom, we are planning on redoing the kitchens and the bathrooms. Hope to see you visit us again! Thank You again! Shalimar Management and Staff
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Weston, Florida
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Reviewed June 2, 2014

All I have to say is that I have NO COMPLAINTS what so ever. Charming place, very clean most important relaxing and quiet. The room was clean, with the convenience of a kitchenet. You can't ge much closer to the beach. Staff was friendly and courteous. I will definitely be back soon!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

My wife and I stayed at the Shalimar Motel for Memorial Day weekend and the experience was less than the romantic getaway we had hoped for. On the plus side, the room was quaint with a usable kitchen, and you are really just a few steps from the beach. On the negative side the bathroom looked old and the faucet only dispensed hot water. The problem with this old building is that the walls are paper thin. If you stay on the bottom floors you will hear everything (I mean everything!) going on upstairs. The first night we barely slept because of the people upstairs, we had to go to CVS and get earplugs to get some sleep. Would stay here again?...maybe in one of the cottages, but the I would stay clear of the Motel....

Room Tip: Anything but the bottom floors of the Motel
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Marathon, Florida
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Reviewed May 13, 2014

We have visited Sanibel and Captiva many times over the years. This was our first time staying at the Shalimar....and it won't be our last!! The grounds are well maintained and the rooms very clean. We stayed in one of the motel rooms and it was more than adequate for myself and my three children. Being located right on the beach was perfect! The resort provides beach chairs free of use. The resort has a nice small, homey feel to it. You will not be disappointed!! The gentleman at the front desk at check-in was so accomodating and helpful.

We can't wait to return!!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 29, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled upon Shalimar by coincidence in december 2007 and have come back every year since. We always stay in a cottage and feel Shalimar suits our purpose just fine. It is clean, quiet, near the beach and staff is friendly. All in all a great place to stay, we will be back. The pool could be warmer though....

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

We stayed here for one night whilst on a tour through Florida, and hadn't pre booked. Our room was on the ground floor, and we could hear some noise as people walked around upstairs, but it didn't disturb us very much. The location is great - right on the beach, with chairs available should you wish. I cant imagine there is any better location to stay.Our room appeared to have been recently refurbished, and there was a small kitchenette as well. Outside there was a pool, free parking, and a bar b q for use. We would consider returning here if we return to Sanibel,

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Property: Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Address: 2823 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5701
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shalimar Cottages and Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shalimar is an Old Florida-style resort of 33 units located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Blending in with the natural beauty of the island, Shalimar offers many features without spoiling the natural atmosphere. ... more   less 
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