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Waterside Inn on the Beach
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Tampa, Florida, USA
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Fabulous!!!”
Reviewed September 13, 2010

My husband and I traveled to Sanibel from Tampa on a whim, with no reservations or plans. We checked Trip Advisor right before we left for the location of a place to stay and came up with the Blue Dolphin. No rooms were available at the Dolphin, but they referred us to the Waterside Inn down the beach. Granted, it's not a Westin (and the window air conditioner was way too loud) you couldn't ask for a better deal. With a walk in rate of $99 we were thrilled. The room was spotless, the beach perfect and less than a minute from the door of our room. Check out was 11:00 am, but they had a simple cottage available for use to shower and change, after check out!!! This proved to be a Godsend for us since we went for a 12 mile bike ride and swim before we hit the road home. Nice, nice place. We will go back.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed September 7, 2010

We went with 2 young kids and this is a great spot! We were right on the water just steps away from the room. Everyone was very nice, they even had gas BBQ grills to use. The rooms were comfortable & very clean! This is now going to be our spot! Great place & can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled with family
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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, USA
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17 reviews
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Reviewed August 11, 2010

My husband and I loved being next to the ocean! we left our windows open and were lullabied to sleep each night by the sound of the waves, and awakened each morning by bird calls - it was the best! We didn't need a "golf package" or "tennis package," so we felt we got a great value - we just wanted a place by the beach! Clean room, clean property, friendly and very helpful staff (Joyce, the property manager, was great!), we couldn't have chosen a better place! We've already booked for next year, and have recommended Waterside Inn to our friends and family! I can hardly wait to return!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2010

This was our second stay at the Waterside Inn. It is located in a very nice portion of the Island, close to shops and restaraunts, with great views of the gulf, and even better surf fishing. Some of the fish we caught were Snook, Whiting, Spanish Mackeral, and shark. Our whole family stayed in an effcientcy with queen beds. The rooms are large with a balcony. Had room for all our beach and fishing gear.. The rooms are cozy and very well kept. Our days consisted of beach fun and great Florida sun! Our nights were long walks on the beautiful white sand and a million stars above. Special thanks to Joyce at the front desk who helped us through our little boys outing!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Plano, Texas
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Reviewed July 20, 2010

I LOVED this place. We had such a wonderful time in Sanibel and really enjoyed our stay at the Waterside Inn. (We were in the Lime cottage and our friends stayed in the Pineapple.) It's low-key, comfortable and the beach access is awesome. We plan on returning to Sanibel soon and will stay at the Waterside Inn again. For those traveling here, make sure you pack plenty of bug spray along with the sunscreen because the locals are exaggerating about the "no see'ums" buzzing around. It's truly a tropical environment. Lovely!

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
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Miami
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed June 26, 2010

This is our 4th year in a row coming to Sanibel and have enjoyed the waterside inn again with our 3 young kids. We caught over 20 fish including snook, makeral, and catfish and a small shark. We stay in the cottages and go to bailey's to buy food because the food in Sanibel and Captiva is not very good. Except for Island Pizza and Matzaluna - both good restaurants. Not much else in Sanibel for food for families. A few upscale steak houses which are excellent but not conducive to a family of 6 with 4 kids under 8. Back to Waterside inn - it's one of the best values and family vacations you can ever have. The maids don't clean the cottage daily but it's not an issue for us. Overall, this place is one of the best for old florida charm with no frills. Just the way we like it. Most people either love or hate this place. It's not a 5 star resort so don't expect it. It's a family friendly place with a great beach and old Florida Charm. The cottage have a full kitchen as well. Very good for families. King Bed and Pull out sleeper couch. Great for a family of 6 at most. Free WIFI...I'm actually using it now. It almost reaches the beach. It's great.

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with family
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Concord, North Carolina
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2010

Let me make this easy...

I have been coming to Sanibel Island every summer since 1972. The island has become our family's second home, and we have stayed at many of the lodging options all along the Gulf coast. We learned over time, trial and error that we prefer the beaches on West Gulf Drive, west of Tarpon Bay Road, so for the last 20 years or so, we have always stayed on that part of the island.

At that time we discovered the Waterside Inn (used to be called the Snook Motel, for you old timers). Every year we would try new spots, but always would come back to the Waterside Inn. We no longer book our stays anywhere else.

It is not the Four Seasons...and it is not meant to be. It is a charming, Old Florida style inn that has a warm and attentive staff, clean rooms and cabins, and a gorgeous, pristine beach steps from every unit. Is it old?...absolutely, but that is what gives this place it's charm. I have stayed in some of the most exclusive and expensive resorts in the world, and I look forward to my time on Sanibel and at the Waterside Inn like no other trip or vacation we have ever planned.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Waterside Inn on the Beach
Address: 3033 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5609
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Waterside Inn on the Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you searching for that true Olde Florida charm and style? Look no further than Waterside Inn! You?re just steps away from the beautiful beaches of Sanibel. Amenities include a heated pool, beach loungers, on-site bike rentals, and BBQ grills. Come to relax and unwind in one of our small inns or cottages. ... more   less 
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