This was our 2nd visit to Dolphin Inn and we enjoyed it as much as last time.
The Dolphin is on Estero Boulevard, the main (mostly one lane each way) road through Fort Myers Beach and Estero Island area.
Accommodation is self catering, with 3 room options. The Dolphin is situated at the top of a waterway, with its own fishing dock and the ground floor rooms facing the dock are quite small but still have limited cooking facilities. The ground floor rooms facing the pool (on the road side) are larger but the upstairs rooms go the whole width of the building and are well worth the extra. We opted for an upstairs one again. They are reached by an outside staircase and have a wooden verandah, which stretches the whole length of the building and overlooks the fishing dock. Each room has its own outside chairs and table. Inside is firstly a double bedroom with bathroom attached, through to the living/dining/kitchenette area which is a good sized room. The kitchenette is to the side of the dining area and feels separate from the living area. There is then a small room facing the pool which was probably originally a lanai, and has just room for a double bed lengthwise and a single widthways. No room for anything else but would be great for a family with 3 or 4 children. Not really suitable for 2 couples as the bathroom door is located in the double bedroom,
The apartment is very comfortable, clean and well furnished. The kitchenette has all the necessary pots, pans, cutlery etc needed for self catering with a full cooker and large fridge freezer. When we first went in we were disappointed in the kitchen as it appeared to need refurbishing but during our stay discovered that they were all being done in turn - we saw a finished one and it was very nice indeed - roll on next time when we should get one of those!
The Dolphin is run by the owners, who are very friendly and helpful, as are the rest of the staff. There is car parking outside the building and bicycles can be hired. If you have your own boat there is also moorage on the deck. Outside is nicely planted with barbecues available and the pool is a good size and complete with pool beds - pool towels are available from the front office.
It is little way from Fort Myers centre, which must be visited, and access to the beach is just across the (usually) quiet road. It's a lovely beach, really wide with lovely soft sand and if you like shelling there are plenty available. There is a trolley runs regularly along the road right along the island. A short walk away there is a row of shops, including a pharmacy, and restaurants with a marina just behind.
All in all, a good place to spend a holiday and probably worth 3.5 stars (especially if you get a refurbished kitchenette!)
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- Also Known As:
- Dolphin Hotel Fort Myers Beach
- Dolphin Inn Fort Myers Beach, Florida