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Sanibel Arms Condominiums
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32 reviews
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“Favorite place to stay on Sanibel”
Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

Sanibel Arms is my favorite place to stay on this island. I have been coming to Sanibel for 40 years (the length of which kind of freaks me out), and have stayed at a few places as well as having owned. Sanibel Arms is my preference to all. It is close to the causeway, at a good point on the gulf shore in terms of the beach and is very clean, quiet and well appointed. The staff are friendly and helpful and there are bikes from Fennimore's bike shop available on the premises to rent (which I recommend over using a car. You can get to any of the groceries or shops via bike very easily from Sanibel Arms and avoid the crazy Periwinkle traffic). Can't recommend it enough. Simple, not fussy, very nice.

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Gaylord, Michigan
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We usually stay in hotels & just for something different tried a condo. So glad we did. The reason we chose Sanibel Arms was because the sales contact was on the ball, responded quickly & had the info we needed. We stayed in an Ocean front unit, only one bedroom w/ a pull out couch. It was small but really all we needed for 3 people. Sand toys for our daughter, the kitchen had everything we needed if we chose to cook.
Best part was that our condo was clean, no funny smells or dingy furnishings. I was worried about this. Just a short walk down a path & we were on beautiful clean beach with tons of shells, lots of walkers & joggers. The water was not pristine blue like Caribbean & this has to do with how much water is let out of lake Okeechobee from what we were told. Still we did go in for swimming & did notice some days the water was clearer than others. We rented bikes from Fininmores & enjoyed getting around that way. The Island seemed very busy, it was Christmas week. All in all a very nice place. I did not do a lot of research choosing our condo, plenty to choose from. I'm sure we could have found something more spacious & luxurious, but this was a very comfortable spot with friendly people.

Room Tip: One thing I would have considered paying a bit extra for would have been fresh towels & bed line...
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Wickliffe, Ohio
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We have never made arrangements to stay in a condo for vacation before our November 2013 trip to Sanibel Island. We selected the Sanibel Arms condo based on pricing, online photos and a few email exchanges with the owner. Not sure what to expect, we were so pleasantly surprised by the entire experience that we have already booked our trip for next year at the same location. The staff at Sanibel Arms is outstanding; so friendly and eager to do whatever they can to make your trip perfect and memorable. The condo owner treated us like family. The complex grounds are beautiful, the condo was clean, comfortable and relaxing. We stayed in a dockside condo and enjoyed the fishing and patio area every day.

Room Tip: Dockside condos are roughly 200 yards from the beach.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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Reviewed November 26, 2013

We have stayed at Sanibel Arms for several years and absolutely love it. Friendly staff, beautiful grounds , comfortable and clean condos and a very peaceful location. We always stay dockside because there is an area to fish and grill and we enjoy watching for manatees and dolphins that sometimes pass through. We look forward to this vacation all year long.

Room Tip: We prefer dockside vs ocean side. If you stay oceanfront you need to stay on the 2nd floor bc you ca...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Indiana
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Reviewed November 11, 2013

We have been spending our vacations at Sanibel Arms for the past 12 years... we feel so at home there, with the beautiful condos, to the friendly and helpful staff, who always treat us like family!! We continue to return to this piece of paradise on Sanibel Island !

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Jersey Shore, New Jersey
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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Stayed in Unit H5 for 5 days with my wife and two kids in early November. There were so many great choices in Sanibel this time of year, but I'm glad we chose this place. Our unit was beachside, which meant it wasn't facing the beach, but it was on the same side of the street as the beach. We had to walk maybe 150 yards through a paver parking lot to get to the beach. Sanibel Arms is on the side of Sanibel closer to the lighthouse and causeway. The unit we stayed in was an upstairs unit (no elevators) with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, large living room and a screened-in patio. The unit was nicely furnished and the master bath and kitchen seem to have been updated recently. The unit included it's own washer/dryer, beach chairs, beach towels, beach toys and bikes, you really don't need to bring anything! We knew ahead of time that we had a full kitchen, so we stopped at Target in Ft. Myers and stocked up on breakfast and lunch items, this can save a good amount of cash over 5 days. The beach near the unit was great, the water was warm and we were able to find some nice shells to bring home (get up early to find the keepers!). The pool on site was clean and for the most part we had the whole thing to ourselves. Next time we go back to Sanibel, I hope this unit is available for us.

Room Tip: Upstairs units have no elevator if you need one.
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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled with family
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Greenville, North Carolina
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Reviewed October 27, 2013

We had 2 great weeks here in November, 2012. Well appointed, close to everything..wonderful beach. We parked at the door, had bike rentals at the condo and nice markets for groceries close by. We rode our bikes many places. We have 3 more weeks booked for 2014!!

Room Tip: Some condos are beach front, beach side or canal side. Canal side is just a couple of minutes from...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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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 #11 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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