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Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa
Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
Certificate of Excellence
Florida
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84 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Beach and Bay View Resort”
Reviewed 7 November 2012

Tween Waters in a quaint place nestled in between the gulf of Mexico and the Pine Island Sound Bay on Captiva Island. There are a few different types of rooms and views.......cabins....pool side view rooms.. bay side view rooms and also beach view rooms. We stayed in the beach view room where we could watch the sunset from our room and the beach was only a walk across the street. It was the typical hotel room with two double beds, with screened in balcony but it did have a small refrigerator which came in handy. Tween waters has on site a pool, tennis courts, Spa, three restaurants, a bar with live music, boats docks with rentals available, and two gift stores.... You do need a car to get around and explore the entire Captiva and Sanibel Islands...but tons of bicycles around. I was surprised how good the food was at Tween Waters in every outlet... The pool side bar/dining offered a tasty burger and their grouper sandwich proved to be above average. There is also a coffee bar pool side as well. A free continental breakfast was provided from 7 -11 am. There is a rustic bar with good food that provides live entertainment. I have no complaints about tween waters and would stay there again. It is nothing Fancy but very charming

Room Tip: There are many different types... the cabins are good for families.. also cabins don;t have much...
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed 4 November 2012

Great place to unwind. Bakery on site delivers the goods. 2 outdoor hottubs further assist in relaxation. Quite good food inside and poolside. My only requests are for better in room coffee along with liquid creamers and that someone hadn't mistakenly made our room key not work 1 am Saturday then ask me to come to office to fix it.Ultimately a surley security person was dispatched to me with updated and functional keys.

  • Stayed November 2012
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 29 October 2012

There is no other place I would want to stay that here at Tween Waters Inn. Old Florida classical beach elegance...is that even possible? Yes, here at Tween it is possible. Stayed in Redfish Beach Cottage, and had all the amenities that I needed...plus, absolutely the best sunset watching you could ask for. And, the service was spectacular. The room was clean and comfortable. With the amount of guests that this resort has, I would tell anyone that it is kept in excellent shape. Sure, it might be time to upgrade the television in my room to a flat screen...but, really who is watching TV? And, the weekend wedding music was a bit much...not to spoil anyone's wedding but I do think a curfew for the DJ is needed...you come to stay at the Beach to hear the soft sounds of the Gulf...not dull thumping of loud music. But, then again...it's was someone's wedding...I just suggest a compromise that music should stop at 11:00 PM. Loved the Marina...loved the Pool (and thanks Maria for great service poolside!) Can't wait to come back!

Room Tip: The cottages are worth the extra price if you want to get the old feel of Florida. Especially those...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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GeneralManager22, General Manager at Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 1 November 2012
Dear CaptivaMe,

We appreciate your review of our resort and we are glad to hear that “Tween Waters is never disappointing.” Our cottages are very popular with our guests for many of the reasons that you pointed out and our sunsets, which can viewed from the screened lanai of many of them, has been described as “America’s most romantic” by many publications. We do apologize that the TV in your cottage has not been updated to our new 32” flat panel yet. The new TV’s have been purchased and are on property but not all have been installed. I will make sure that we try and finish all the installs by the end of next week. As for the DJ, our policy states that music for functions, such as weddings, cease at 10pm. However, we do have live entertainment in our Crow’s Nest lounge on Friday and Saturday nights that plays until 1am. I will observe the volume of their music over the next several weekends and recommend they turn it down if appropriate. Thank you for letting us know. Finally, I will be sure to let Maria know you enjoyed her pool side service. Thanks again for staying with us and we look forward to your many return visits.
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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Reviewed 28 October 2012

My wife and I recently stayed at Tween Waters for 10 days, from the beginning of October 2012. We ended up coming to Tween Waters with no reservations and luckily were able to get one of the cottages (the Orchid Cottage) for our entire stay.

We had the best time ever. The cottage was relaxing, the pool was great, and of course the beach is beautiful. The staff were great. Our cottage was always promptly taken care of, and Lisa at the pool bar and Tasha in Tween Beans were outstanding!

We've already booked 12 nights for next year in the same cottage.

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We stayed in a cottage. We looked at a room when we first arrived, but after looking at the cottage we selected that. It appeared to me that the cottage was much nicer than the room, but perhaps the room we looked at was having an off day.

The breakfasts are very, very good. On the other hand, I will admit to sneaking off to the Island Cow for their coconut french toast one morning. The pool was busier on the weekend, but not so busy that it was a problem. Lunch at the pool bar was easy and convenient.

The towels in our room were clearly new, and everything else in the rooms looked good.

A couple of not as positive notes:

The WiFi is free, and at least around our cottage, not very good. Now that wouldn't matter so much except we were using Nook eReaders that constantly nattered about the connection coming and going. There was a very good WiFi signal listed, but that was the resort's protected one. Not a big deal.

The TV in the cottage is dated. Not that we watched it more than twice, but they should be on the short list for upgrades.

There are a few spots in the pool that need some TLC. The logo in the middle has seen better days, and at the steps there are a couple of missing chunks of tile. Don't get me wrong - I loved the pool, and it was sparkling clear, warm, and fun to be in.

One more positive note - there is a laundry on site, so empty out half of that suitcase, because you won't need it.

Room Tip: Cottages - go with the cottage, you won't regret it.
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Ossining
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Reviewed 26 October 2012

What a vacation! We drove from airport to Sanibel Chamber of Commerce, having decided to wing it this year for our annual vacation to Sanibel/ Captiva. It was early in day, but not many of offered deals appealed to us. I asked about 'Tween Waters', having received a few emails from them. A call was made and off we were on a Stay 3 days/ 4th day Free. Though the Inn was booked for 2 weekend weddings, Olga, at the reception desk,invited us to preview a room on the Bay side. Preview???? This room which was a Studio suite with kitchen and gorgeous view was perfect...and we got a fabulous deal. Jefferson completed the registration, and was as accomodating as Olga. Their service, attitude and charm was beyond excellent, as was true for every employee we came in contact with from those handling beach service, poolside bar and coffee services, to Daniel at the bar of the Crow's Nest, and everyone at the Captiva House for the wonderful continental breakfasts (included). The beach and the sunsets were perfect,the pool and grounds were great and our room(342) on the 2nd floor of Palmetto ( I believe) could not have been better..pretty, quiet and well cared for. This was a stellar vacation, thanks to a perfect spot and wonderful people who truly go way out of their way to insure that you enjoy their little bit of paradise. This is an extremely well organized and well run resort;all inclusive. We plan to revisit.

Room Tip: Just tell the desk what you are looking for and they will make every effort to accomodate you.
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GeneralManager22, General Manager at Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa, responded to this review, 29 October 2012
Dear her_10

Thank you for staying with us and sharing your experience. We are very glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with us and that you found our staff to very friendly, helpful and accommodating. We pride ourselves in providing excellent customer service and we have developed our mission statement (To deliver a warm, friendly and memorable island resort experience that provides value for all of our guests resulting in a desire to return) to act as a guide in how we interact with our guests. It’s nice to hear that we achieved our mission during your stay. Thanks again for staying with us and sharing your experience. We look forward to your many return visits.
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

From the wonderfully friendly greetings on arrival to the moment you have to leave you are made to feel a part of this lovely resort. With miles of beautiful sandy beach on one side (it is across a road, but with 3 pedestrian crossings, a speed limit of 25 MPH and a dead end at the end of the island this is never a problem) and a small but fairly buisy marina on the other, two restaurants and a large swimming pool (that with its pool bar & coffee shop is more like the best Mediteranean resort pools than the usual American pools) the resort is a self contained paradise on a jewel of an island.
We had a Gulf view studio which was large, clean and very comfortable withy everything we could possibly need including a full kitchen area and an in room safe. The balcony was large with very confortable chairs and a outstanding sunset view (It did get hot in the afternoons as there no shade trees).
The complimemntary buffet breakfast was excellent with the added bonus of being served in the beautiful restaurant where a cooked breakfast could also be ordered. We did not eat in this restaurant in the evenings, but eat in the grill restauraunt also on site which had an extensive meanu.
The small village of Captiva is 20 minutes walk along the road or along the beach. it has a number of restaurants including the wonderful Green Flash and the equally good Key Lime Bistro. (I can also highly recomment the Island Cow on Sanibel for breakfast, lunch of dinner. It is about 30 minutes drive, but is well worth the effort). The village also has a small supermarket (there is a large supermarket in the centre of Sanibel Island about 30 mins drive away)
The J.N "Ding" Darling nature reserve on Sanibel is 20 minutes drive and is a must.
Having previously stayed on Sanibel Island I would recommend anyone wishing to visit Sanibel or Captiva to stay at the 'Tween Waters Inn. I cannot imagine that there is a better place to stay on either of the two islands.

Room Tip: A gulf view studio or a bay view studio for the wonderful sunrises & sunsets
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Punxsutawney
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Reviewed 23 October 2012

We recently vacationed here for a 35th anniversary trip(Oct15-19) and were well pleased with everything that this beautiful resort has to offer! Our pool view room(353) was comfortable, attractive, convenient and kept clean and well serviced by Tonya. The spacious pool and the beautiful beach, just a quick stroll across the road from the hotel, were what we enjoyed the most, but there is certainly plenty more to do there if you like. A bonus to a stay here is that the beach is a perfect spot to view gorgeous sunsets on the Gulf. Bring your camera! The hotel has a great system to ensure that guests always have as many clean beach towels as are needed. We found interesting sea shells on this beach and even more of them on nearby Blind Pass beach, a short drive from this resort. The grounds at Tween Waters are lovely and well kept. As northerners, we appreciated and enjoyed that many palms and plants, had sign markers that told us their names and about them.
As for the restaurants at Tween Waters..it's all good! Our complimentary continental breakfasts included abundant choices of fresh fruit, pastries and bagels. Dinners at Crows Nest and Old Captiva Inn were delicious! Oasis Pool Bar served tasty light food and drinks. Tasha, at Tween Beans Coffee, made great coffee drinks, especially enjoyed the Iced carmel and Kahlua!
We found that employees were friendly, professional, and always helpful. Thanks to every one of the staff at the hotel and restaurants there, whose professional service contributed our great vacation experience there! A special thanks to Liz, Christine, Olga, Brett, Tasha, Tonya, Jarrett, Tammy, Dana, and Vilda, whose names I have remembered because of especially pleasant service that helped make our 35th anniversary stay there one to remember!

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Property: Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa
Address: 15951 Captiva Road, Captiva Island, FL 33924-6014
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Captiva Island
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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 4 Hotels in Captiva Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Tween Waters Inn Island Resort & Spa 3*
Number of rooms: 137
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Welcome to the legendary 'Tween Waters Inn on beautiful Captiva Island. Shouldn't every day be this good? Here, across 13 gorgeous Gulf-tween-bay acres, you can enjoy 137 quality accommodations including historic one, two and three bedroom seaside cottages, suites, studios and guest rooms. Miles of sugar-sand beaches. Olympic-size pool, hot tubs and children's wading pool. Day spa. Marina for launch, dock or rental. Fitness center, tennis, kayak and eco-adventures. Award-winning dining and nightly entertainment. Plus ballroom, boardroom and banquet facilities, indoors and out, for business, weddings and special events. ... more   less 
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