This is a lovely place with an interesting history. All rooms have a beach view. We were in Matthews Lodge with full kitchen and screened balcony. Nothing special about room but adequately appointed and very clean. The grounds are lovely with old trees and well tended flower beds. Tennis court, shuffle board, pool....but best of all is the lovely CLEAN beach which stretches for miles. We spent every day "shelling" and swimming in the gulf, and evenings on the beach at night star-gazing. The staff of the Island Inn are all friendly and accomodating....from email information to in-person at the resort. Very relaxing atmosphere; not fro-fro; sweet and peaceful. Bikes for rent. Yes, there are "no-seeums" on all the beaches: early morning and evening: take deet spray. "Traditions" restaurant on beach (check it out under its own review). Enjoyed cocktails and "rocking it out" dancing for birthday: what fun! ONLY suggestion I would make is one that others have mentioned: the continental breakfasts really could easily be better. It's a little buffet with coffee/tea, juices, hard-boiled eggs,mixed bowl of fruit and a bunch of pastries. It would be easy to have a varety of cereals, fresh fruits, a toaster with good breads, etc. Also a tacky for there to be a "tip box" for the breakfast staff. Really?!? I have to say that I DO have high and appropriate standards for my lodging and have enjoyed many different types of accomodations (from hostels to 5 star).......if you appreciate history, nature, quiet, and peace this is the place for you. It may be that some 20-30 year olds might find Island Inn too quiet--expecially if they prefer a late night more upbeat atmosphere. Fortunately, there are plenty of those places on this beautiful island for them as well!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Island Hotel Sanibel Island
- Island Sanibel
- Island Resort Sanibel
- Is Sanibel