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Sandpiper Gulf Resort
Ranked #8 of 47 Hotels in Fort Myers Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Englewood, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Staycation”
Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

My husband and I purchased a staycation through a local radio station last June. We had a year to use it and it was for 3 days, 2 nights at the Sandpiper. Check-in was at 4 pm, so much for day 1. Checkout was at 11 am, day 3!! The room was okay - sitting area, full kitchen, balcony which over looked the pool with screaming kids, and a few small roaches in the dressing area. It had a coffee pot but no coffee. There was no continental breakfast, and no elevator. I asked the desk lady what the usual rate is and was told with tax - $310 per night. REALLY? It is on the beach but you have to pay for chairs and an umbrella on the sand. Parking is limited and tight. There are no restaurants within walking. There is a grocery store about a mile away. Afternoon traffic heading off the island is stop and go, so plan accordingly. It was an experience for us and fortunately our staycation was $170 total. Would have been livid had we paid full price

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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SeniorPSR, Manager at Sandpiper Gulf Resort, responded to this review, 29 April 2014
I'm sorry to read that your experience was not quite what you were expecting. Like many resorts, our rates vary depending on the time of year. The months of February, March, and April are when the Fort Myers Beach area receives the most visitors. The Sandpiper is a quaint and family friendly resort that is loved by many. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back.

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Maredith Rizzo
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Reviewed 7 April 2014

The hotel was very nice. Our room was situated beachfront with lovely views. I do not think I would have felt the same way if we were located next to the pool area. Front desk staff were very helpful and informative. One thing to note is that the property is situated a bit out of the downtown/central ("Times Sq.") area of Ft. Myers Beach and you may need to rely on the Trolley for meals and shopping. There is no food available at this resort.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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SeniorPSR, Manager at Sandpiper Gulf Resort, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Thank you for staying with us on your recent visit to Fort Myers Beach. Your advice and tips are great for future travelers to our resort. We hope to welcome you back sometime soon.

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Maredith Rizzo
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 3 April 2014

We had a great stay at the Sandpiper. It's very low key, no drunk maniacs running around. Family friendly and a good value. No complaints whatsoever, we recommend it. Clean place, great beach access, feels very safe, and well kept.

Room Tip: We stayed in the "Penthouse" suite above the office and it was absolutely awesome!
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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SeniorPSR, Manager at Sandpiper Gulf Resort, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Great choice on the Penthouse suite, we love it too! We are so glad you found our resort to be clean, well kept, family friendly, and of great value. Thank you for your recommending the Sandpiper and we hope to see you again!

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Maredith Rizzo
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Northfield, Minnesota
1 review
Reviewed 2 April 2014

This property offered a nice option with the kitchenettes and the BBQ grills onsite. Even though we were in the height of Spring Break season, we found the resort to be quiet, relaxing and very enjoyable. Great beach views.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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SeniorPSR, Manager at Sandpiper Gulf Resort, responded to this review, 9 April 2014
Thank you for submitting a review of the Sandpiper. We are pleased to read that you had a great time and enjoyed the quaintness of our resort. We would love to welcome you back!

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Maredith Rizzo
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Bloomfield CT
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

It is hard to believe that there could be better buys for your money than the Sandpiper Gulf Resort. While not huge and pretentious, you couldn't ask for a more relaxing, attractive, convenient nest on the beach. And the coffee is always fresh and hot. Two nicely sized pools [one for adults only, one for 'family'] both within 50 yards of the gulf; lovely landscaping around the pool deck with lots of deck loungers. The soft white sand is gorgeous and the sunsets are unbelievable!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
28 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 27 March 2014

The rooms are very clean and the staff do a great job. They've done some updates and it shows. Still some updates for style to go but really is a great place to stay on the beach. Comfortable beds. Parking is limited and one night we return late and had to park down the beach at a friends. The security gating works great but bangs when people are careless. Kitchen does not have an oven but just enough for our vacation - I'd rather not be cooking all the time. Lot's of kids in the pool but there is also an adult pool that's lovely. And you can rent chairs and umbrellas as well as all kinds of sports stuff just out front.

Room Tip: Pool views are a bit exposed but if your kids are playing there it would be great
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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Waunakee, WI
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
14 hotel reviews
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Reviewed 23 March 2014 via mobile

Just stayed here for spring break. The rooms have a full sized refrigerator, microwave, 2 burner stove, and dishes, silverware, & pots and pans. Even though we had a pool view room you could still see the beach/ocean from our balcony. Quiet part of the beach away from the college spring break crowd, but we had our college age son with us so we ventured down to Times Square so he could be among kids his own age. We enjoyed this resort, just hated the slow traffic heading to Times Square - not the resort's fault. Very friendly staff as well.

Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Property: Sandpiper Gulf Resort
Address: 5550 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931-4196
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Fort Myers Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
#11 Romantic Hotel in Fort Myers Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandpiper Gulf Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 63
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to a truly charming and intimate Gulf front oasis on the white sands of beautiful Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Sandpiper Gulf Resort is a seaside escape set on the softest 315 feet of sand in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. With just 63 suites, newly remodeled in classic British West Indies style, the Sandpiper sits on a breathtaking stretch of beach in the heart of Estero Island. Stroll the perfect white sands. Grab a wave runner and fly across the calm Gulf waters. Take a refreshing dip in our Gulf front pool. Wake up each morning and sip your coffee on a private balcony or lanai overlooking the turquoise waters. The Sandpiper is your tranquil paradise. Yet, we're also just minutes from all sorts of activities including championship golf, fishing and boating charters, tennis clubs, shopping centers and movie theaters. You enjoy the best of both worlds - a Florida vacation that truly feels like an escape with all the conveniences you desire right around the corner. ... more   less 
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