The Island inn is a nice enough hotel. Room, bathroom, and kitchen area were definitely adequate and clean. And basically on the beach, with also a nice-sized pool on the grounds. The room also had a screened in balcony facing the ocean from where we could watch the sunset. The sunsets were consistently amazing, and we ventured on the roof for a better view. While the view was fantastic, we were attacked by no see ums (sand flies) and received over 100 bites each. From that moment on, our vacation was basically ruined. The bites were itchy, painful, would not let us rest, made taking showers or even being in the chlorinated pool a torture. Not to mention wearing clothes. I should say that by the front desk there is a note that mentions the issue and they do sell a no see ums all natural spray, which we bought, sprayed and proceeded to be eaten alive by the bugs. It definitely did not work for us. We felt so uncomfortable from the bites that we asked the front desk, on three separate occasions, for advice. Each time we were met with a different lady, who either giggled at our arms and legs full of bites and offered no advice, or told us to buy the 'all natural spray' on sale there, or told us to go ask someone else, somewhere else. Which we did. We went to CVS and asked the pharmacist, who recommended witch hazel and benadryl cream both of which we had to use 24 hours a day, for several days, and OFF-deep woods. As uncomfortable as we were with using a chemical bug repellent, we tried it and it worked. However, it was too late and the we spent the rest of our vacation, including the times spent in Miami, feeling extremely uncomfortable from the bites. While the bugs are inevitable, from the Island Inn staff we would have expected a little more interest in our problem and some degree of effort in helping us solve it. Friends staying at other hotels told us that their front desk had been extremely helpful in similar situations. And in case you're thinking we're just wimpy New Yorkers who can't take a bug or two, I can tell you that now, 3 months later, some of the bites are still active and itchy. For this reason alone, I sadly cannot recommend the Island Inn to anyone, and while Sanibel is a pretty island, with many lovely places to visit, if you plan a trip there I would recommend arming yourselves with 'Off-deep woods'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted "Best Inn on the Island," the Island Inn, with its combination of old Florida cottages and modern lodges, sits on 10 beautiful Gulf front acres, offering 550 feet of beach with some of the best shelling in the area. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Island Hotel Sanibel Island
- Island Sanibel
- Island Resort Sanibel
- Is Sanibel