THe Island Inn dates back to 1895, though it has clearly been updated and renovated since its origins. The property sits on the beach and includes various buildings, with cottages and single room units. We stayed in Matthews Lodge, which is quite close to the beach and has gulf views. Our room had a king size bed, a spacious bathroom with a stall shower, a screened in porch facing the beach and the amenities of : small coffee maker, iron and ironing board, small fridge, microwave and safe.
The room was tastefully decorated, with a light beach feel to it. THere was ample storage space in the bathroom vanity and in a big dresser. There was a flat screen TV, with a DVD player beside it. The clock had an i pod dock. Unfortunately the clock did not light up so i couldn't use it to tell time at night.
I was disappointed in the bed linens. THe bottom sheet was skimpy and pulled off the bed and was almost scratchy to the touch.
The air conditioning unit was on the side above the bed, and blew strongly to that side of the bed---not very pleasant for my husband.
Breakfast is included in the room rate. I was forewarned by previous reviews as to the limitations of this buffet---mainly pastries ( freshly baked) with hard boiled eggs, yogurt, cut fruit, juice, coffee and tea. It was odd to have the eggs yet no regular bread to eat them with---croissants were the least sweet bread item.
THe Inn provides beach lounges---which you must drag out to the beach. They rent umbrellas for $8 a day. THey gladly give you extra towels for the beach---but they are bath towels. You can rent; kayaks, paddle boards and bikes by the hour or the day. THere is a volley ball net, two shuffleboard mats and a lovely small in ground pool. The Inn's beach is quite nice and has tons of shells!!!
There is a small coin laundry, a ice machine, a soda machine, free WIFI, free parking and a small library with books, puzzles, a computer and printer.
The restaurant is only open for dinner, and during off season only until 9PM. THere is a bar attached but I am not sure how late it stays open.
The place is very kid friendly. The pool was pretty much monopolized by the children---but their parents were very attentive. There are no lifeguards here---at the pool or at the beach.
ALl of the staff were very friendly and helpful. When the maid saw that we had bought coffee to use in the in room coffee pot, she left us a package of coffee filters.
I didn't give this hotel a higher rating because I expected better quality breakfast, sheets and more meal options at the price we paid per night. I did enjoy my stay and since it was our first time in Sanibel, I don't know how this Inn compares to other similariily priced resorts. It does get an excellant for location and for staff helpfulness~~~~
- 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