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“Plagued by no see ums”
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Island Inn
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

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'.

Room Tip: Ask for a top floor, the view is fantastic. We were in the Kimball lodge with very good views of the...
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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 January 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review the hotel. It sounds like the accommodations and location was perfect, but the no see ums got the best of you. I have to say that last year was the worst that we can remember. However, November is usually the end of the "buggy" season. The island is now relatively bug-free and as beautiful as ever.

Thank you again for your feedback. Hopefully you'll find a spot to return in FL with less no see ums.

PS - It has been recently discovered that rubbing dryer sheets on your clothes works... go figure!

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Reviewed 21 January 2012

For our 40th anniversary, my wife asked me to "find a place that she would like, on Sanibel Island." It had me worried at first....but I chose the Island Inn for a four-day stay, and I am now the "hero." We both thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff is professional, welcoming and responsive. We booked a Kimball Lodge Gulfview Kitchen Suite. It was a nice-sized suite with a kitchen and a screened-in balcony, overlooking the property and the Gulf. Another nice feature of this particular lodge is that the second and third floors have a large outside deck to sit, relax and watch sunsets.

On arrival, we were truly "wowed" to find a very nice anniversary card and a bottle of champagne. Thank you!

Many resorts don't have on-site restaurants on Sanibel Island. The Island Inn has an onsite restaurant, called "Traditions", with entertainment. It's excellent. The owner is very gracious and personally welcomes each patron....the food and the service are first-rate.

The resort also has a very nice heated pool, lots of outdoor activities and direct access to the beach. While I am not a serious sheller....I did make some very nice shelling finds. Island Inn has done a remarkable job of giving patrons a clean, modern, updated accommodation......and simultaneously giving guests a taste of history that you can feel.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 1 February 2012

Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and writing such a wonderful summarization of what the Island Inn experience is all about! We strive to provide superior guest services and modern amenities in a historic, beachfront setting. We hope you consider returning for your next milestone… we promise to help ensure your “hero” status remains intact. :-)

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Reviewed 20 January 2012

Nice location on beach. We picked the room because it did not have carpeting (which I don't like on beach). Room pretty ordinary however. Kitchenette area has a microwave and a small refrigerator, but totally empty cabinets. Not a plate, utensil or pot in sight. Not very useful. Staff friendly but no one to call after hours. The desk closes at 7 p.m. Don't pick this if you are attracted to "free continental breakfast". We only ate once. That was enough. Stale everything, a bit of yogurt and unripe fruit.

Room Tip: Be sure to look for ocean view rooms.
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2012

Thank you for reviewing your stay at the Island Inn on Sanibel Island, FL. We agree with your statement concerning carpeting, so every accommodation at the Island Inn has either hardwood floors or tile.

It sounds like you were in one of our rooms that have a micro/fridge/coffee maker combo (Gulfview Deluxe Room in Kimball Lodge or Gulfview Room in Matthews Lodge). If a fully stocked kitchen is desired try either the Gulfview Studio in Starky Lodge, Gulfview Kitchen in Matthews Lodge, Gulfview Kitchen Suite in Kimball Lodge, or any of our cottages.

Thank you also for your comments concerning the free Continental breakfast. We are continually striving to improve our free Continental breakfast, while ensuring we do not pass costs down to our guests.

Concerning your room tip, every accommodation at the Island Inn has ocean views except the Gulfside Guest Room. We suggest all guests call the Inn directly so the staff can ensure their accommodation’s amenities and views meet expectations.

Thank you again for your review and stay. We hope you are able to make it back to Sanibel Island soon! :-)

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Reviewed 11 January 2012

We spend 1 night in this resort, unfortunately it was only 1 night! The room was really pleasant. The hotel is right on the beach and the property is well maintained. the room was perfect with a beautiful view! The staff was very helpful and great, especially with the information about the resort and the Island given to us, knowing that this was our first stay on the Island. The complementary breakfast was really nice. The next morning we rent directly at the resort bikes, again they explain us where we should go. Great experience. The only regret we had is that we spent only one night!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2012

Thank you for coming to Sanibel Island and leaving a review of the Island Inn. The staff at the resort remembers you and shares the same regret that you could only stay one night! We hope your travels are safe and you can find the time to make it back to the Inn for an extended stay!

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Reviewed 6 January 2012

When I drove down the drive-way I was impressed by the palm trees & how beautiful the area was set up. The check in was easy & the room was hugh. Two beds, a couch to sleep more, a fully equipped kitchen with table & chairs & the bathroom was neat and clean.
The complimentary breakfast was very nice. In fact when we asked for a bagel they had no problem doing that for us also.
Everyone at the Inn was helpful and great. The beach had shells a plenty and when we were there my only want would have been to have more sunny weather. It was September & there were 2 days of rain. But the stay at the Inn was Great!

Room Tip: I booked thru a travel company & it was a package & we probably would have had a better view...
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  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2012

Thank you for vacationing at the Island Inn and reviewing your stay on Sanibel Island. From your feedback it sounds like the lengths the Inn is taking to upgrade the landscaping is paying off… thank you for noticing! Concerning your room tip, we strongly suggest all guests contact the Inn directly to book their accommodations. We offer a price match guarantee and, by calling the Inn directly, our front desk staff will help ensure you choose an accommodation that best meets your expectations. Thank you again for your stay/feedback and we hope to see you again in the future.

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Additional Information about Island Inn

Address: 3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5697
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Sanibel Island
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range: $218 - $580 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Island Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 49
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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