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Waterside Inn on the Beach
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

These cottages are cute and retro. Don't expect frills, unless you take the adorable Apricot honeymoon cottage, but the basics are there.Very close to the beach. Pets are allowed for an extra fee. We liked this place alot, though my favorite is still Mitchell's Sandcastles, which is right up the street. Waterside is also pricier than Mitchell's.

Room Tip: Apricot cottage is adorable!
  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon.

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Reviewed April 26, 2013

We really enjoyed our stay at Waterside Inn! Our cottage was great! It had everything you need! We were given fresh towels everyday. The beach was beautiful! We collected so many shells! We stayed in Lime 103.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2013

Thank you for taking the time to review Waterside Inn on the Beach. We're so happy you enjoyed your stay in Lime 103. Please come again soon!

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Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

If you want a cool retro vibe that is laid back, right on the ocean, with full kitchens and with plenty if character- look no further. We were able to ride bikes (available for rent on premesis) to the grocery store to get fresh supplies for lunch and dinner. We grilled right off the beach. The beach is right out front- a very short walk. Check out the pics- if they are the right vibe for you, you won't be disappointed.

  • Stayed: April 2013
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2013

Oh my goodness what a gracious review of Waterside Inn!! We are so pleased that you captured the “Island vibe” and had a relaxing time with us. I do hope we’ll see you again soon! Until then….keep looking at that picture and before you know it, it’ll be vacation time again!

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Reviewed April 9, 2013

We have just returned from our vacation to Florida and I feel compelled to write a short review on the Waterside Inn, Sanibel, where we spent 4 glorious days as part of our trip.

Myself, my wife and our 6 year old daughter had just the best time.

We stayed in Grapefruit 106....... the room has everything you need for a self catering holiday and it's obviously been recently refurbished. It's right on the beach, you can park your car outside your front door. We rented bikes (direct from the on-site office), picked shells and jogged along the beach, jumped in the small pool, made shapes in the sand, watched the sunset...and rise, watched out for all sorts of wildlife, cycled to the Wildlife Parks and various restaurants (Doc Fords and the Island Cow were the winners for us!) which are all within enjoyable cycling distances with information supplied once again by the front office (which is typically open from 8 and hosted by really nice, helpful and friendly people), and sat out reading our books on seats we bought from Baileys for just $15. We had a truly brilliant and super safe time.

Yes the walls are arguably a bit thin and the bathroom furnishings a bit rustic (which for us was realistically the only area for some improvement)....but everything else was terrific and easily compensate for any shortcomings...and to be fair, you have to remember where you are staying and all of the challenges that this brings with it. We also stayed in the 5 star luxury of the Waldorf during this trip and would swap the Waterside Inn on the beach for it every time.

A brilliant vacation, with lots and lots of terrific memories...we very much look forward to our next visit to the Waterside Inn, Sanibel...as we won't be looking anywhere else on the island! 100% recommended...go, you really will not be diassapointed!

Paul, Jacqueline and Jenna

Room Tip: When returning we would really consider trying the Blueberry as it appears to be detached so would limit any cross room noise and is still only 100yds or so from being waters side.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded April 16, 2013

Thank you so much for sharing your memories of Waterside Inn on the Beach. We appreciate all your kind words and information for our fellow guests. Wow, you had a wonderful time here and did so much! That’s the great thing about Sanibel and Waterside Inn. You can relax and do nothing and take in the “Island Vibe,” or get on those bikes and cruise all over the island to see birds, alligators, tropical vegetation, even take in some last minute shopping at some of our quaint shops. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you again in the near future!

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Reviewed April 2, 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Pineapple Lodge (Room 128) at the Waterside Inn last week. We had a great time! The hotel was the perfect beach accommodations: just a few steps from the beach, bike rentals on-sight, and a great overall location on the island. The room itself was very nice: clean and updated bathroom, nice kitchenette, good wifi connection, great view of the ocean from our windows, comfortable bed and nice linens. We would definitely stay there again. Reasonable price (considering it was spring break week and very busy). Found lots of shells and starfish on the nearby beach. Even saw dolphins swimming right off shore. Every staff person we met was friendly and helpful. Thank you Waterside Inn!

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled with family
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2013

Thank you for leaving a review of your stay at the Waterside Inn on the beach. We are so happy you had a wonderful time here on the beach and enjoyed all we had to offer. We look forward to your return and sincerely appreciate your patronage.

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