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“Loved the Tarpon Tale Inn!” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tarpon Tale Inn
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rochester nh
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Loved the Tarpon Tale Inn!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2007

As past reviews have stated Tarpon Tale Inn is a lovely place to stay. The owners were friendly, yet unobtrusive and the inn is charming and immaculate. The breakfast basket each morning was just right. The owners are trusting and very helpful. It is a very small and quiet place, perfect for relaxing. It's in Old Sanibel, which is a quiet part of the island. We really enjoyed having the Lighthouse restaurant, Pinnochio's ice cream, East End Deli, Rosie's Deli and market and a few quaint stores right across the street/ next door to us. The beach is just a short walk away. Sanibel is a wonderful island and we will definitely stay at the Tarpon Tale Inn if we visit Sanibel again.

  • Liked — Comfortable, clean, quiet, quaint
  • Disliked — no pool, not on ocean
  • Stayed February 2007
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank sanborn1
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Cleanliness
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cleveland
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8 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2006

We just returned from 6 days at the Tarpon Tale. Everything about our stay was lovely- the room was spotless, the inn keepers were kind and hospitable without being bossy or intrusive, and the location perfect. I highlyt reccomend the inn and look forward to returning next winter.
The Tarpon is steps from the beach, a great icecream parlor and the fishing piers. It is quiet and low key. The efficiency comes stocked with everything you would need to cook and did I mention it was SPOTLESS!

  • Stayed December 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank runnergrl
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Gainesville, Florida
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117 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2006

My husband and I visited Tarpon Tale for our one year anniversary, and it was the perfect spot to do so. The inn was so cozy and welcoming at all times of the day. The room was nice and cozy with a tv., dvd player and a fridge for our snacks. Every morning we had a basket of fruit, juices, and muffins left for us. We usually went out for breakfast and kept the basket of goodies for snacks. The video library in the office was great, along with the computer free to all guests. There were also drinks and fruit available in the office if we needed any (including beer one afternoon.) There were also beach chairs and towels available for guests. We truly felt at home and never felt like we were intruding. The island felt like a place time forgot, in a good way. We rode our complimentary bikes all over the island, even right onto the beach. It really made us feel like kids again! I can't wait to go back to Sanibel Island with kids! It is, however a great place to go even without kids. Very, very relaxing and fun vacation!

  • Stayed January 2006
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank wheninroam05
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Sterling Heights, MI
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25 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2006

A nice place, but there are some cosmetic problems. I stayed in the Island Sunset Room- the bedroom and bath were nicely decorated and clean. The kitchen/ sitting area needed a bit of work- the blinds were broken, there was a large stain on the loveseat slipcover, the refrigerator had surface damage, the hot tub took 24 hours to warm up, that sort of thing. These are actually tiny issues-don't expect something perfect.

On the plus side, there are bikes for the patrons to use free of charge, as well as chairs and umbrellas for the beach, which is in walking distance. There's also a great area to clean your shells. The owners are extremely nice and will go out of their way for you. The location is across the street from an ice cream parlor, deli and restaurant, and the daily in room breakfast basket is great as well. There is computer access, but with no printer. Overall, I would recommend the property with the undestanding that it is older and does need some minor maintenance work.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank shibumi13
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Amelia Island, Florida
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2006

The Tarpon Tale Inn gives you all the benefits of a small family owned inn. We loved our stay here! We stayed in the Sanibel Sea Shell room and the whole experience was very pleasant from the minute we pulled in until we left. We were unfortunate to have stayed right after the red tide happened, so we didn't actually get much beach time in as a result. However, we did manage to do a little shelling. The best thing though is that there was still plenty to do on the island without the beach. Sanibel is truely gorgeous, and it was wonderful to have hosts at the Tarpon Tale who could recommend activities and provided us with bikes to use and a lovely breakfast basket each morning. The inn is in a great location that is close to many things, but also quiet and laid back. The rooms are a little older by the looks of it, but very well maintained and very clean. The landscaping on their grounds was gorgeous! We just loved everything about this inn and our stay there. We will definitely be back, probably in the spring when we can get out on the beach!

  • Stayed September 2005
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank TrvlLoverFlorida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2005

We stayed at the tarpon Tale Inn two years ago for our anniversary, (we did not get to go last year due to the hurricanes.) We are going again in August. It is the most relaxing quaint Inn we have ever stayed at. It is so tranquil. We rode bikes along the beach. Visited the ice cream shop across the street, explored the island etc. I recommend it to anyone who needs r&r. The owners are very nice and helpful.

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Bay Head, New Jersey
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2005

My boyfriend and I stayed at the Tarpon Tale Inn 5 years ago for my birthday in 2000. It was everything we could have wished for. At the desk we were greeted with homemade cookies and lemonade. The owners and their toddler son couldn't have been sweeter. They told us they had always wanted a small inn of their own and it allows them the time to spend with their son, and you could really tell they put their hearts into that place. I wish I remembered the owner's names... but either way they were perfect hosts. We always waved hello whenever we saw eachother coming and going, and they were on hand to accomodate our every question or request, but for the most part, we were left to our own devices (which was exactly how we wanted it).

We were able to park right in front (where our car stayed the entire time) and were given a short tour of the grounds. We took advantage of all amenities, including a shell cleaning station, jacuzzi enclosed in palms for privacy, hammock, video library, and 2 bicycles (which we took to the beach, the lighthouse, dairy queen, the movies, all the way to captiva). The bikes came in handy, especially when the traffic became pretty bad after 4:30. It seemed like the entire island was backed up, and we just breezed by on our way to whatever restaurant we were going to. Once we even saw an alligator.

One day we rented a boat at Jensen's Marina in captiva for a half day and went to a small island with towels and a cooler. We searched for shells, explored, and relaxed all afternoon.

Each morning there was a basket of muffins, yogurt and fruit in our little fridge. I still don't know how they got them in there without us seeing them. It was as if it magically appeared there each day. We originally were going to stay for a couple days, but decided to tack on a couple more, which luckily worked out.

Our room was just right, with a pretty spacious bathroom. Our little breakfast table was elaborately set each day and everything was spotlessly clean.

We had such a nice time and would go back in a second. I'll admit we booked it because it was the cheapest we could find, but now that we can afford more, I still wouldn't stay anywhere else but the Tarpon Tale Inn.

  • Stayed March 2000
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank VDeJianne
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Property: Tarpon Tale Inn
Address: 367 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7431
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Tarpon Tale Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 6
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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