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Sanibel Inn
Ranked #8 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 October 2017

We stayed here over the first part of October. We like it a lot. The view is extraordinary and the shelling is so close. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful. We were there 10 years ago and the staff seemed indifferent and rude. What a difference. This is a great staff. The tiki bar was a welcome addition.

The negatives of the property were that they were under construction and it hindered our stay at times and everybody should have received a discount(no this was not hurricane related construction). Also the air condition sounded like a helicopter and was very loud.

We will stay here again.

Room Tip: Top floor for better view but first floor for ease,
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  • Stayed: October 2017, travelled with family
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Bill W, General Manager at Sanibel Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

Dear KevStal,

Thank you for taking the time to share your very nice review of your stay at the Sanibel Inn. I'm so glad you had a great time and found our staff to be so much more friendly and service-oriented than during your last stay. Your appreciation for them and for our new pool bar are very much appreciated.

I'm so sorry that the work being done to enhance the property during your stay and the loud air conditioning unit impacted your overall impression of your visit. Please let me know when you plan to return so that I can make sure to make this up to you and ensure you have nothing but great memories to take with you next time. Also, it will be helpful if you could let me know (via the contact information below) what room you were in so that we can address the air conditioner.

Thanks again, we enjoyed having you with us and look forward to your return.

Sincerely,

Bill Wellman
General Manager
bwellman@theinnsofsanibel.com
239-472-3181

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Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Two things could have made this a 5/5:
1) the beds are quite uncomfortable
2) the air conditioner in the room was adequate but didn’t work very good. Not enough to complain but just enough that it was noticeable.
This resort is right on the beach and we had an unbelievable view. The staff was so friendly. The bartenders and beach attendants we so great. Attentive and nice. I can’t say enough good things about them. They asked how we were and wanted to hear about our day. The room was clean and well appointed with the fridge and microwave. It was a great weekend getaway. We will be back.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Lindsay P
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Bill W, General Manager at Sanibel Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Dear Lindsay,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your impressions of your stay with us at the Sanibel Inn.

I'm so glad you had so many great interactions with our staff - they sincerely love making sure our guests have a great vacation and will love hearing how much you appreciated their service. We appreciate your comments regarding the beds and the AC unit in your room and will look into both if you wouldn't mind letting me know (see my contact information below) which unit you stayed in; both are very unusual situations so that information will be very helpful in resolving those two items.

Your very nice comments regarding the cleanliness of your room and the amenities provided are also very much appreciated.

Thank you for being our guest and for your future loyalty. We can't wait to see you again!

Sincerely,

Bill Wellman
General Manager
bwellman@theinnsofsanibel.com
239-472-3181

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Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

We stayed at a gulf front suite on the top floor of the inn and we booked the "fall escape" deal, which gave us 3 nights with the 4th free. Here's our report:
- we arrived the week after Irma and found minimal storm damage, mostly downed trees and broken limbs.
- Irma brought a lot of shells into the beach, much more than usual.
- Irma stirred the water up a lot so that the water looked like tea rather than aquamarine.
- sanibel inn's pool was closed for maintenance but we were able to use the pool at the sister site - Song of the Sea, a smaller pool.
- other maintenance was going on, such as installation of pavers on all the walkways.
- the on site restaurant was closed for maintenance but food could be had at the outdoor tiki bar.

We learned that a lot of shops and restaurants on Sanibel close up during the month of September and re open in October.

We really like Sanibel Inn but we were surprised by how extensive their maintenance work was. At times it felt like we were staying in a construction zone.

The room was nice and it appeared tired. Some of the seat cushions were worn and stained and the furniture was worn.

Those are the facts. Draw your own conclusions. As I said, we enjoyed our stay and the Fall Escape was a good deal in a beautiful, serene location.

Stayed: October 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank rambomania
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Bill W, General Manager at Sanibel Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 10 October 2017

Dear Rambomania,

Thank you so much for the detailed review of your stay with us. While I'm glad you had a great time overall and enjoyed the beauty and serenity of the property, I'm sorry that a few issues diminished your experience a bit. Please know that what you experienced is highly unusual and based primarily on the delays and complications the storm brought to our property-enhancement projects. That said, although we strive to ensure that our projects minimize any inconvenience to our guests, the items that are entirely under our control - including the items you mentioned pertaining to the furniture in your room - are absolutely in need of our attention. If you would be so kind as to let us know what room you stayed in so we can address these, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks again for the very objective review of Sanibel Inn. We enjoyed having you as our guest and look forward to hosting you again soon! By all means, please know that when you return, our property will be better than ever before!

Sincerely,

Bill Wellman
General Manager
bwellman@theinnsofsanibel.com

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Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised when we entered the condo we rented at Sanibel Inn for our September shelling vacation. Unit 3435 was clean, comfortable, and attractive. There was a full kitchen with coffee maker, ice maker, and blender, a stacked washer & dryer, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. There was a good-sized screened-in ocean view porch with comfortable seating for 4. The front bedroom was really a really lovely Sanibel
Room with king bed and view of the ocean. The back bedroom had two twin beds, not as comfy, but adequate. The couches in the living room were very comfy, there was a "take a book, leave a book" library, and the TV had all the channels. Decent cell phone service.

The last time we stayed in an "inn" room rather than a condo - no elevator, no in-house washer & dryer, basic adequate room. The condo is nicer. We will rent condos in the future. Hopefully this one.

Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
2  Thank Karen H
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Bill W, General Manager at Sanibel Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 30 September 2017

Dear Karen,

I'm so glad you had such a great visit. Indeed, our condo units are the nicest and most well-appointed units we offer at the Inns of Sanibel and I'm glad you had an opportunity to experience one this time.

Please let us know what we can do to make your next stay a perfect one. We appreciate your taking the time to share your impressions and look forward to seeing you again soon!

Sincerely,

Bill Wellman
General Manager
bwellman@theinnsofsanibel.com
239-472-3181

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Reviewed 8 September 2017

My husband and I spent 4 nights at the Sanibel Inn, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Our room was clean, and smelled amazing. We had a gulf view which was beautiful. The staff we encountered were all very friendly. If there weren't any umbrellas available on the beach one of their staff would happily to bring one out for us. There were plenty of bikes available to take out on a ride. The island itself is so beautiful and relaxing. Would definitely come back again and stay at the Sanibel Inn.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled as a couple
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Address: 937 E. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957-6994
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range: AU$257 - AU$772 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sanibel Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 93
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Immerse yourself in nature at Sanibel Inn. The Inn offers a wide variety of accommodations and amenities surrounded by beautiful gardens and tropical palms. Come to Sanibel Inn to discover why Sanibel Island was just ranked #1 Favorite Worldwide Destination by Arthur Frommer and #5 Top US Beach by Trip Advisor. Just like the tropical flowers in the gardens, Sanibel Inn reflects the colors of the island. From the brightly painted exteriors to the warm soothing interiors of the guestrooms and suites, Sanibel Inn provides a relaxing and comfortable beach hideaway in one of the newly renovated guestrooms and one bedroom suites. Sanibel Inn also offers two-bedroom condominiums that are perfect for families or larger group of friends who wish to stay together. The Sea Star Café is located at the Inn and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with traditional café fare with an island twist. Sanibel Island is all about nature. Discover nature up close by bike via the 22 miles of paved bike and walking trails. Visit J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to see a variety of migratory birds and explore an undeveloped mangrove ecosystem. Take a walk on the beaches and find rare shells such as the Junonia or 200 other species of shells. Take to the waters of the Gulf by kayak for a different point of view. Feel like a friendly tennis match, Sanibel Inn has a newly refurbished court on the grounds of the Inn or visit The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Sanibel Inn guests are also invited to golf at The Dunes where the greens wind through 75 acres of natural lake view fairways and Audubon Cooperative Society wetlands. After a morning of exploration, unwind by the pool and bathe in the warm Florida sun. Just steps away, the Beach Bar offers cool libations and poolside snacks. Sanibel Inn offers a gateway to the various activities on Sanibel and the perfect spot for a relaxing day in the sun. ... more   less 
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