We stayed at the Captiva Island Inn this past weekend and overall we really enjoyed it. My wife & I stayed in the Birds of Paradise cottage and it was absolutely charming. We usually stay in places such as Hyatts, Omnis, etc... but this was exactly what we expected considering the location and such. Not to mention, you can get a tour of the place at their website.
If you are expecting four or five star accommodations then look elsewhere. If you are looking for a quaint romantic cottage and simplicity, then this is your place.
I see reviewers complaining about "dirt" but I guess they expect miracle workers to constantly clean up from all of the sand, berries from trees and shells surrounding the premises! Good luck with that and if that is a concern, go stay at a Hilton or some other resort in Sanibel. We didn't mind the sandy floors because the purpose of being in Captiva is to enjoy the spectacular beach! Yes, it would have been nice to have a broom in the room but it was not deal breaker.
As I mentioned earlier, the location cannot be beat. It's perfect! The Bubble Room is practically next store, the beach is an easy stroll away, you do not have to worry about parking (which is a chronic problem on Captiva), some great restaurants are right there at your doorstep and in fact, you really don't need to drive anywhere.
We LOVED the fact that breakfast was included and we used the breakfast coupons at both RC Otters & Keylime Bistro. Both restaurants served up an amazing morning meal.
The only problem we experienced here was on our first night.
We finally made it to bed after midnight and when my wife crawled into bed she remarked about how sandy it was between the sheets. We turned on the lights and discovered sand, fresh dirt (not permanent stains) as well as a plethora of body hair. It turns out that the cleaning staff neglected to change the sheets from the previous (apparently hairy) person/people that stayed here before us.
No one was available at that hour to complain to so we had to toss the sheets & deal with it for the evening. The next morning I advised the young guy working the front desk about the issue. He didn't act surprised nor did he offer any words at all except that he would take care of it.
Thankfully when we eventually returned to the room, we had clean sheets on the bed. I hope this is not a chronic problem with this establishment and you may want to check the sheets as soon as you walk into the room. I saw that management responded to one reviewer about calling ahead for additional linens if you have multiple persons in a room so maybe you need to request clean sheets ahead of time as well? I say this because the guy working the front desk didn't even bat an eye lash at the fact that we were supposed to sleep in someone else's filth.
Either way, we didn't let this snafu ruin our trip and in fact, we really enjoyed staying here. As I mentioned before the cottage was really charming, the breakfasts that were included were awesome, the parking issue was great and the location cannot be beat. We cannot wait to be back and we hope the cleaning service issue was only a one time thing.
Last but not least, I would have really given this review 3 and 1/2 stars due to the dirty sheets but since trip adviser wont allow half star ratings, I am edging it up to 4 stars because of the free parking, the location and the free breakfast.
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