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“Such a great place! Owners are spectacular.”
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Island Sands Inn
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
“Such a great place! Owners are spectacular.”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

The owners Mike and Jim are such nice people and you can tell very meticulous because every detail has been thought about from a complementary split of wine to the numbering on the doors. I travel a lot and enjoyed this stay just as well as five star hotels I've stayed in. I love that this is a small place (3 or so rooms) and you have your own entrance with push pad entry so no keys to worry about losing. My friend and I traveled from Chicago in april and had lots of issues with flights and even a flat tire on our rental car and didn't get in until very late. Mike and Jim stayed up late waiting for us and called to check and make sure we were ok 3 or 4 times. We had the double queen room since there were two of us and we were not a couple. It was spacious and nice in every detail. The beds were comfortable and flat screens with cable. You have a little card that you mark off what you want for your complementary breakfast and you get to choose either 8,9 or 10 am which is so great. Mike brings it to your room right on time and you can enjoy it in your room or at the AWESOME salt water pool. Only one other room was rented so it felt like we had our own private pool which is very private. Mike came around and asked if we needed anything and offered us complementary beers. He showed me the other rooms which are single queen rooms and very nice. There is no music at the pool fyi. However we had brought a bluetooth speaker and asked if it was ok by Mike and the other guest and they enjoyed the tunes also. So I'm sure you could do the same.
I chose Island sands mainly because of location and also didn't want the clothing optional at the pool and atmosphere that some of the other b&b's in Wilton Manors offer. I definitely made the right decision. We did rent a car but rarely used it. Island Sands is literally in the heart of the bars and restaurants in Wilton Manors. I am adamant about not drinking and driving so being able to go out at night and safely walk back to a comfortable place was great. However, it is a very short drive to the beach and to Las Olas Boulevard. Our flight home was late the day of checkout and it was a beautiful day so Mike was so sweet and let us relax at the pool the entire day until time to go to the airport. Very Gay and Straight friendly. We will definitely be back and I just can't say enough good things about these guys or their place.
Thanks, Josh and Zach from Chicago.

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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Mike C, Owner at Island Sands Inn, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
It has been an absolute pleasure having guest(s) from all states across the US and internationally. Thank you for sharing your experience for our future guests to review when making their travel plans. It was a pleasure to have you as guests and to have meet you! We thank you for sharing the details of our property, your stay and supporting us as small business owners. Thank you!! We hope to see you again in the near future.
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New Orleans
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

I have been traveling to Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors for over 15 years and The Island Sands Resort is BY FAR the best accommodation in which I have ever stayed.
I did not move my rental car for days because of the perfect location of the resort. Every shop, restaurant, & bar was within walking distance within the Wilton Manors Community and the overall convenience is unmatched.
I would also like to thank Jim & Mike for being such gracious hosts as well.
The Island Sands Resort has become my new Wilton Manors home!!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Mike C, Owner at Island Sands Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you! We are pleased we were able to provide accommodations that one might consider a "home away from home". Thanks for considering Island Sands Inn, choosing to stay with us and we hope to see you again in the near future! Thanks again!!
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

What a terrific place to stay !!! The pool was gorgeous. The rooms are impeccable and the owners could not be nicer or more helpful !! The location is right in the heart of great restaurants and bars and the drive to the beach is less than 5 miles !! Definitely a find and I will be returning . I travel intensively and this is securely on my keeper's list !! The piece de resistance is they actually deliver a scrumptious breakfast to you each morning .

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Mike C, Owner at Island Sands Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Bob and Michele - Thank you! Thank you! It was a pleasure having met you both! We hope to see you again very soon. We hope you enjoyed your trip to Key West during Memorial day! If you ever have any questions about the area, accommodations, etc. please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Thank you for sharing your stay with us for our future guest(s) reference.
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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

Convenient, clean, well managed, room was perfect and facilities - the pool amazing, right in the hub of wilton manor- could not get better than this for sure. The value was great too

want to return soon

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mike C, Owner at Island Sands Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for choosing to stay with us at Island Sands Inn. It is great to have locals from neighboring cities have a one or two days "stay-cation" and enjoy Wilton Manors/Ft Lauderdale! Thank you!!
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed March 21, 2013

The Island Sands Inn is a wonderful B&B. The hosts, Mike and Jim take care of everything to make it a great visit. The rooms are spacious and really clean. The pool is perfect and the place is aesthetically very pleasing. To top it off you can walk to wonderful restaurants, bars and the beach isn't very far by car. Thanks Mike and Jim for making it a great vacation. Claudia and Juanita

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mike C, Owner at Island Sands Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
We cant wait to have you back!! It was a pleasure to have met you!! We are very happy that you not only enjoyed Island Sands Inn but also the surrounding areas during your stay with us!! In addition to being able to offer guest(s) beach chairs and umbrellas for the Ft Lauderdale's sunny beach days, we hope to do the same with bicycles in the near future for self guided tours of Wilton Manors/Ft Lauderdale!!!
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

We felt so lucky to have found this place!...and DEFINATELY plan to go back as often as we can.
Mike and Jim are really great hosts and they've thought of everything you could ever need!
The location is perfect- about as close to Wilton Manors as you can get - but not noisy! The beach is quite close too. We loved everthing about it from the welcoming glass of wine or beer to the wonderful 'Breakfast-in-bed'

We will ABSOLUTELY be going back and we've already recommended it to many friends.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Mike C, Owner at Island Sands Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
We appreciate you taking the time sharing Island Sands Inn prime location to nightlife/restaurants, our hospitality and how much we enjoy ensuring guest(s) have a memorable stay!! Thank you!
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Sanford, Florida
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Due to a long overdue trip to Wilton Manor, we had contacted a friend who lives in Fort Lauderdale and asked him to search out a guest house within walking distance of Wilton Drive. He recommended Island Sands Inn and we booked in a long three day weekend. We cannot say enough good things about the place ! While Wilton Manor offers much variety in food, bars and entertainment, our stay at the Island Sands Inn really was the icing on the cake. In going down a list of all superlatives you could mention about lodging ... from cleanliness to convenient to courteous ... all come in with the highest ratings. Mike and Jim were wonderful hosts and have hit a formula that really does set a wonderful high standard in hospitality management. As we left property for our return home, we grabbed a few of their business cards to inform other friends of this great place to stay. We look forward to our next trip to Wilton Manor and the Island Sands Inn.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
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Mike C, Owner at Island Sands Inn, responded to this review, May 29, 2013
Thank you for sharing your experience, details of our property and supporting our new business venture. We hope to provide the same consistent experience to the many guests that come our way in the future! Thanks again!
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Property: Island Sands Inn
Address: 2409 NE 7th Ave, Wilton Manors, FL 33305-1209
Location: United States > Florida > Broward County > Wilton Manors
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Wilton Manors
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Island Sands Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Our Wilton Manors Hotel - Bed and Breakfast is located in the Heart of Wilton Manors Florida just a few steps off of Wilton Drives Art & Entertainment District. Walk to over 18 restaurants & 14 bars. We are directly connected to Ft. Lauderdale. From our luxurious beds, tropical oasis grounds & our prime walking location, we await your arrival. All rooms have private entrances & bathrooms. We offer a large heated pool, complimentary continental breakfast, WiFi & cocktail. ... more   less 
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