Well Well Well - what a wonderful and suprisingly still existant old Fla. charm Inn right on the beach. 7 of us came down all the way from Michigan (1 from Seattle) to experience sanibel and we were delighted. Check in was smooth (ladies at the front desk always helpful and pleasant), grounds nicely kept, buildings on the outside look recently painted and looked like old Florida (one of the days there were 3 gentlemen cleaning, raking and removing the seaweed and beach gunk the entire day - it looked so much nicer after they were done - it was a lot of work - didnt notice any other motels, resorts or places along the beach doing this kind of clean-up), Traditions Restaurant was a nice place to eat (after breakfast the open back up at 5 for dinner no lunches - you can order take out for dinner as well, although the atmosphere is nice in the restaurant), pool incredibly warm and seemed very clean (noticed pool cleaning going on a few of the mornings during our stay) and housekeeping an absolute pleasure to see every day (I hope they get told that by visitors-smiles on faces and a pleasure to talk to). I am eating gluten free and the breakfast had options like hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit and yogart to get me started for the day since I was unable to eat the pastry foods (looked good though). Our room in the Kimball Lodge was nice with a queen bed, full kitchen and a sleeper sofa (my 8 year old son complained of the feeling of springs as he slept during the 7 days we were there, but in order to have a room with a full kitchen he had to sleep on the pull out). Our room had an easy to work quiet air conditioner/heating unit and 2 fan lights in the room. Others in our group were in the rooms with 2 double beds that had a small fridge, micro and coffee maker (no oven/stove). There is an elevator in this bldg. also. There is a nice, big ice machine in the building that seemed pretty new and cranked out the ice to fill your ice bucket. There is shuffle board, and horseshoes that can be played free of charge. Bikes, kayaks and paddleboards incur a charge and can be rented as little as 2 hours and as long as the whole day (we rented for 4 hours and rode them up through the Ding Darling Refuge - $1 to get in and bumpy roads, but a nice ride and had lunch at Doc Fords on the way back). They have a laundry facility and if you need soap or fabric softener it is available for purchase at the front desk for $2. Out on the beach we witnessed the sunrise, moon set and the sunset- shelling was incredible. At night the grounds were nice and quiet. Can't think of anything negative to say about this place really. If you like a small quiet nicely kept inns this is the place for you. Very relaxing atmosphere and close to enough to Baileys grocery and CVS if you need an item or two. We visited the farmers market on Saturday and bought fresh fruit and some fresh seafood which can be cooked on grills that are on the property (buy foil at grocery). If you are a shopper - shopping is always fun on Sanibel. We ate at the Island Cow for lunch and Over Easy for breakfast - both had good food. Thank you for keeping the Island Inn looking nice.
- 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