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“Nice, laid-back location”
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Island Inn
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Charlotte NC
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25 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Nice, laid-back location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

This is a great location, nice beaches, good shelling, and very laid back "Old Florida" feel. The view from the Kimball lodge gulf side is great, especially at sunset. Only negative was the quaility of the breakfast, as so many other reviews have mentioned. But with a little kitchen, you can do your own thing, so plan on that.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Thank you for your stay and feedback.

Our Complimentary light Continental breakfast consists of fresh baked pastries, fresh cut fruit, yogurt assortment, hardboiled eggs, fresh squeezed juices, coffee and tea. As you mentioned, all accommodations at the Island Inn have a refrigerator, coffee maker and microwave and many have full kitchens, so guests can use these facilities for alternate breakfast items or visit one of the local venues that specialize in a full breakfast menu.

Again, thank you for your stay and feedback. I hope you had a safe journey home to Charlotte and you will be able to visit the Island Inn again soon!
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2012

This Inn is "Old Florida" charming. The staff was very warm and welcoming. The prices were very reasonable. The cottage was in great condition: very clean, roomy, and the beds were comfortable. Shelling off the beach was superb! I will definitely go back.

Room Tip: The 3 br cottage in the back doesn't have the Gulf view, but it is very roomy and comfortable an...
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, September 6, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to share you feedback concerning your recent stay at the Island Inn.

I’m glad you enjoyed the Inn's historic charm, low density, modern accommodations and unparalleled beach proximity.

We will be looking forward to your return! :-)
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Old Bridge, NJ
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Island Inn very much this past week (8/20-8/26). Nicely sized kitchen and bathroom. Great walks on the beach. We rented bikes on premise and enjoyed riding into town. The fruit and pastries in the morning were also a plus. Easy access to a variety of restaurants. Especially enjoyed Cip's, Cheeburger Cheeburger, and The Island Cow. Loved that the hotel was centrally located between Captiva and Fort Meyer. We will definitely return but will reserve a cottage next time (more room for a family of four). Thanks to the staff for everything.

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Thank you for taking the time to review your stay at the Island Inn. It sounds like you folks got out and had a true Sanibel experience! I hope you are able to come back soon and stay in one of beautiful cottages! :-)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

We stayed at the island inn from August 18th thru the 24th. We usually stay in a condo on Sanibel but we decided to try something different. We were in the Matthews lodge room with 2 double beds, full kitchen and lanai. Room was very nice and clean. Loved the lanai especially in the morning having coffee. We were not disappointed in the least. Property was beautiful and staff was very helpful and pleasant. We love Sanibel Island and would highly recommend Island Inn.

Room Tip: Matthews lodge or the cottages are very nice
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and for taking the time to share your experience.

We find many guests choose us over a condo experience because of our Complimentary amenities, such as daily maid service, light Continental breakfast, etc., which condos do not offer.

Thank you again for your stay and I hope you will be able to return to the Island Inn soon! :-)
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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

This was our first time staying on Sanibel Island and we chose the Island Inn because of it's small resort charm and wonderfully close proximity to the Gulf. Our room was spacious and clean. The swimming pool over looking the Gulf was a welcome reprieve from the salt and sand at the beach. We enjoyed our stay and would stay here again.

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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Thank you for your stay at the Island Inn.

With our pool being extremely close to the beach, guests enjoy not having to walk a far distance from the beach or their room to take a dip in the pool.

Thank you again for your review and stay. I hope your travels back to MI were safe and you are able to return to Sanibel Island soon! :-)
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

We stayed at the Island Inn this past weekend in the Spoonbill South cottage, and we absolutely loved it. The cottage has a small kitchen (cannot fit more than two people in it at the same time), a decent-sized bathroom, a large bedroom with two double beds and a large, comfortable living/dining area. There is a LARGE screened-in porch with a table, chairs, and two chaise lounges. There were five of us (three girls, two guys all in our 20s), and we had plenty of room.

The cottage is right on the water, and the Island Inn offers plenty of activities, like kayaks, paddleboards and bike rentals. Their rental prices were fairly reasonable as well. We didn't take advantage of the continental breakfast, but it seemed like a really nice setup.
The grounds were really nicely kept, and the staff was friendly.

I'd have to say the only negative about the hotel was the sleeper sofa in the living room and the size of the beds in the bedroom. The sleeper sofa's mattress was PAPER thin and extremely uncomfortable. The double beds in the bedroom were comfortable, however, doubles are quite small. :)

Other than that, we had a blast, and I can't wait to return to Island Inn again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Thanks for your review and stay at the Island Inn. We truly appreciate your patronage and hope you are able to come back to Sanibel Island soon! :-)
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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

Since this is a very nice Island, it is worthwile to make a stop here for a stay at the beach.

The beach is perfect for shelling and sunset. Pool rather small and cottages (we were in sharky cottage) a bit old , little kitchen, little bathroom but nice large beds and comfortable space.
The view is excellent, the staff very friendly and a good location to start and hiring bikes (the hotel does ) . We experienced that their bikes are more comfortable than other bike rentals in town. The natural reserve is not far away and it is better to start from the hotel biking.
Breakfast was fine, we didn't try the restaurant but It looked quiet charming. It should be a bit less expensive for the older cottages.

Room Tip: We were in the older block 'sharky cottage ' apparently there must be newer ones, but we had...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, August 27, 2012
Thank you for your review and stay at the Island Inn.

To clarify, you were in a hotel room in our Starky Lodge, not a one of our cottages. These rooms are undergoing a complete interior remodel starting next week, which will include the expansion of the kitchen and bathroom.

Thank you again for your review and stay. I hope your travels home to France were safe and you are able to visit the Island Inn again soon! :-)
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Property: Island Inn
Address: 3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5697
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Sanibel Island
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Island Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted "Best Inn on the Island," the Island Inn, with its combination of old Florida cottages and modern lodges, sits on 10 beautiful Gulf front acres, offering 550 feet of beach with some of the best shelling in the area. ... more   less 
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