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Sanibel Arms Condominiums
Certificate of Excellence
Pipestone, Minnesota, United States
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87 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful vidit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

My daughter, husband and I just spent a week at Sanibel Arms. Was wonderful! Very clean. --- our unit H7 -- was homey and very well furnished. Appreciated the very short walk to the beautiful beach. Also appreciated the clubhouse being open 24/7 for Internet access. Was happy we stayed on the beach side of Sanibel Arms. Would not have found the dock side as convenient as we did not bring a boat.

Room Tip: Next time we will pick a unit with a lanai or beach view . But all units are great.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2013

My family of 4 just returned from a week-long stay at Sanibel Arms in Unit 2A which is on the harbor side. The unit was so clean and beautifully decorated. The Office staff was very helpful and accommodating. Staying on Lighthouse Beach we found to be the best location on the island. Dolphins, clean beaches, great shelling and calmer waters. While our building was across the street, it was no problem to walk across the street to the path to the beach. Our particular unit was really great. Our only complaint was that we had to buy our own toilet paper after we used the 1 roll provided and there were no beach towels. It would have been nice to NOT have to pack bulky beach towels OR have to make an emergency run to the store for toilet paper...When we found no beach umbrella and broken chairs in our unit, we stopped at the office and they gave us what we needed with no hassle. I would definitely stay there again and recommend the establishment to friends.

Room Tip: The corner units on all the buildings are 2 bedroom and have a screened-in porch which looked really...
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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10 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

We had a marvelous week at Sanibel Arms. We stayed in condo unit B3. It was decorated nicely and was equipped with a dishwasher and a washer and dryer. On the Bay side it was fun to see the fish swimming by the mangroves and then go walk across the street to the ocean to see dolphins eating just off the shore. We collected lots of shells and built sandcastles. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Lake Placid, New York, United States
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2013

This coming October will be my fourth time staying here. My parents have stayed here at least 7 times and it has become our favorite place to stay on the island. This island is really slice of heaven on earth.

The staff is great and friendly. All three times my family and I were in need of more beach chairs. Within 24 hours of asking and most time less then 24 hours, they found us beach chairs and did not have to return them till the end of 10 days. I would suggest that Sanibel Arms complex it self invest in some more updated beach chairs.

They have a great little common room with computers if you really need to use them. Off the common room is a great but tiny outdoor pool. The best part is that there are two very nice bathrooms and great changing rooms attached to the common room/pool if your condo is not ready if you are there earlier when you arrive for your vacation.

The condo's I have stayed have been awesome and keep going back to the same one. We have dealt with Ed and Kathy. They are very clean and kept up to date. The only thing that they could use is some updated and less bulky beach chairs. In all the years my parents have gone they also have not had any problems and loved the ones they stayed in. All three times we have arrived earlier then expected and were able to get into the condo right away.

The best part of this to me and my family is it is a small complex so you can walk to the beach within SECONDS no matter where you stay. I highley suggest getting second floor condo and end unit so you have a great screened in porch which you can see the ocean. Beach front is great but much more expensive,

Another great thing is the location of Sanibel Arms. It is close to all the great shops, the main drag, resturants etc. It also is very close to the pier and light house which makes a great morning bike ride! One reason we also love it here is that all units come with bikes with helmets so you do not have to go out and rent bikes. To save money, the complex also has grills to use.

The only two negatives of the whole complex is that some of units could use updated bikes. The second negative is that the complex really really really needs to invest in new grills to cook on.

Overall I highely recommend staying here. We love dealing with Ed and Kathy from who we have rented from for the past three years. I know we will be staying here every time we come back and count down the days till we come back to our home away from home.

Room Tip: An end unit on the second floor. One more thing too is that we have always come in the off-season w...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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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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Thank beachandsunbabe
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Tarpon Springs FL
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2012

It was our 3rd stay in F2 at Sainbal Arms - the condo is so clean and the owners are always keeping things up to date. They are easy to do business with and are always very helpful making sure everyhting you could need or want is available. They were even willing to accomodate our late arrival with lights on and the keys waiting so could not ask for more.
The condo is gulf front so morning coffee watching the water and people on the beach is just the best.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 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 shamr0ck
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San Antonio, Texas
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104 reviews
32 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

Our family stayed here in March and found the staff to be very friendly, the rooms clean and the screened in porch delightful. We were given a free upgrade to an ocean view because one opened up and we had several other family members staying with us. The location is excellent. Easy access from the bridge and close to the lighthouse. Nice beach too. I'd recommend it and return as well.

Room Tip: The beachfront is worth the price if you can get one.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Caraduras
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Twin Lakes
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

Both as a child and an adult, I've been on many beach trips to Florida over the last three decades. I'd have to say that my recent trip to Sanibel with my wife and kids was the best one yet (we arrived at the end of April and left in early May). For one, Sanibel Island is a perfect vacation spot for a family with small children (I have an 18 month old and a 4 year old). The island and beaches are quiet and low key. The beach certainly lives up to the hype...endless variety of shells, dolphins swimming close to shore, and plenty of space to spread out on the beach.

The Sanibel Arms Condominiums were perfect for our trip to Sanibel. The staff was extremely helpful, attentive, and kind throughout our stay. We were thoroughly impressed by how well kept and maintained the entire property was while we stayed. Our condo, H3, was exceptionally clean, cozy, and well decorated. H3 did not have a bathtub, but only a shower...it made things a little difficult with our 18 month old. H3 also has a dishwasher and washer/dryer right in the unit. We also had beach towels, beach chairs, and a beach umbrella in our unit which was nice. There have been several other comments on tripadvisor stating that the wi-fi is poor. My laptop picked it up great from our unit, but our building was also right next to the clubhouse which had the wireless router. Thus plan accordingly if you're in a unit further away.

We hope to visit again in the near future!

A few NOTES:
There are several grills on the premise which was great! We grilled almost every night. They also have A LOT of bikes to rent, if desired. If you rent a unit in building A, B, or C that is dock side, it is still only a short walk to the beach. The pool is very nice, but definitely on the small side. There is no outdoor hot tub on the premise. Not every unit has a private porch that is screened.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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1 Thank WisconsinFamilyFun
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Property: Sanibel Arms Condominiums
Address: 805 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7038
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 42 Specialty Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 64
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sanibel Arms the ultimate vacation hideaway. Offering privately owned condominium rentals in a relaxed tropical environment. Our Island is a peaceful paradise with incredible people and we provide an affordable mix of privacy, and amenities. Located on the Gulf side of the Island, Sanibel Arms is a charming vacation spot. ... more   less 
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