Tarpon Tale Inn is a good choice for a Florida getaway vacation. For us, Sanibel is a place to escape the busyness of touristy locations and to soak up the beauty of peace and quiet in an unspoiled natural setting.
Don't be put off by the outside appearance of this inn. It's a simple wooden building that looks slightly shabby on the outside, but the rooms are modern, updated, clean and comfortable. I was reminded of the classic Florida inns that I stayed in decades ago -- family-friendly -- but with modern bathroom, microwave and coffee pot.
Reasons to stay here: friendly owners, convenient location, ice cream and breakfast pastry shop across the street, free bikes to use on the excellent bike bath along the whole island, value.
Amy was especially accommodating to us when we arrived. The board in the office clearly says that the owners are available by phone at all times. We incorrectly assumed that the envelope on the board was for us and went to the designated room. In fact we were assigned to a different room. Amy came and at first tried to do a room assignment switch so we could stay where we were, but reservations made that unworkable. We gladly moved into the correct room next door (which we liked better). Amy apologized for the mix-up even though it was our fault.
The sitting area outside our door was nothing special, but it was a pleasant place to sit, eat breakfast, have a late afternoon glass of wine and read a book. The area is screened off from the adjacent rooms.
The room is well equipped for simple food prep/microwave heating/refrigeration, but I wouldn't try to cook a whole meal because the bathroom sink is the only available cleanup area. The bathroom was very clean, including the shower curtain, with the usual small soaps and shampoo. There was a hair dryer stored in the bathroom cabinet.
I would suggest that the outside, including the lattice screens and sign, be given a fresh coat of paint to attract walk-in guests. On the other hand, Tarpon Tale could remain a hidden getaway for those who have read the reviews.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Tarpon Tale Inn is a charming, family run property on the east end of Sanibel, a short walk from the island's famous shelling beaches, the lighthouse and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Each of our cottage style accommodations has its own distinct character, and range from cozy efficiencies to spacious one bedroom suites. We hope you'll choose the Tarpon Tale Inn as your home on Sanibel. You'll find the Florida you're looking for! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tarpon Tale Hotel Sanibel Island