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Seaside Inn
Ranked #11 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
London, Canada
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26 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Good value at Seaside”
Reviewed 15 January 2014

This unit was basically fine, except for one key thing... there was no sliding screen door on our unit, so we had to keep the main door shut in the evening, when it would have been nice to have let in some air. The unit beside ours did have a screen door. We were only there one night so we didn't really have time to bring this to the attention of the staff. Otherwise the place was fine. The facility is older and somewhat "tired", but the bathroom had apparently been recently renovated, which was nice. View was great. Windows were really ancient and hard to work. Staff was very friendly and helpful. And the price was good too. So all-in-all, a good place, recommended. The loaner bikes were pretty basic (mostly 1-speed), but then this is Florida, and everything is dead-flat, so that isn't a big problem. Besides you can't bike very fast on Sanibel, too many other old folks toddling along the bike paths.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 January 2014

Our visit was in January 2014. We stayed in one of the Gulf ocean front rooms that has a living area and separate bedroom and a screened porch overlooking the ocean. The bedroom has a double bed and there is a pullout sofa bed in the living room. Kitchen stocked with dishes and basic cooking utensils. We received a lovely basket every day, it had bagels, pastries, cream cheese, jam, boiled eggs and coffee and tea. A nice touch! The grounds are very nice, the pool is heated (really appreciated) and has comfortable lounges and tables poolside. Laundry facilities on site.. The staff was really friendly and helpful. Free bikes and kayaks as well as lounge chairs and umbrellas on the beach are bonuses! The location is awesome, just yards from the beach.
Loved being able to hear the ocean and having a wonderful view of the seashore. No complaints.
A good choice for those looking for a simple 'cottage" type of accommodations..

Room Tip: The rooms with the ocean view are the best! Try for a ground floor.
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

We were there the end of Oct. 2013 because I had back surgery and needed to get away and relax. To my surprise they offered us a cottage for the same price due to me not being able to climb the stairs. The rooms were a little out dated but very clean and the service was the BEST if we needed something we got it within minutes. The best part was being so close to the beach and no crowds, no fighting for a chair to sit in or an umbrella. It was so close to the beach I had no trouble walking there even with a bad back. The tranquility of being able to hear the waves instead of people talking loud and overbearing like at some of the other hotels was a awesome surprise for us. I would recomend this hotel to anyone who wants to get away from the crowds and enjoy relaxing or taking a bike ride to the ice cream shop. The bikes were free to use and my hubby used them a lot. Every evening they bring you a basket of danish, eggs, cream cheese and bagels and coffee so you don't have to run out early in the morning for a bite to eat. I have stayed at several hotels in Sanibel and this is hands down the BEST!

Room Tip: The cottage is the best for easy access to the beach and for peace and quiet.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

We liked our stay a lot. Clean room, nothing fancy. Big sliding glass door window with back porch overlooking pool and beach. We did not pay extra for the Gulf view (see photo).

Front desk staff very friendly, pool heated very warm (but no hot tub). Beautiful beach, some beach chairs and umbrellas provided.

If you only stay at the Ritz, this is not the place for you. The place is a little worn, but clean. There is also no restaurant on the property.

This was a good value, good rate for winter break. We liked it, I would not hesitate to come back.

Stayed December 2013
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Monticello, Minnesota
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Reviewed 29 December 2013

This is one terrific place to escape to. Clean and comfortable room and grounds. Filling breakfast included and bicycles available also free ice. Nice beach in a good location with chairs and umbrellas included. I spent a week here and it was a good opportunity to relax and get myself together after a traumatic loss.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled solo
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Wilmington, Delaware
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Reviewed 11 December 2013 via mobile

Thank goodness we found this place! We had the best time, the best care, it rocked! This was a treat for us due to a bad summer (broke ankle) and we just needed to be. The staff so friendly, the grounds so clean, and the beach, right there! We will be back! And I am recruiting friends! Go for the cottages, great little kitchen.

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 December 2013 via mobile

We usually stay after our cruise in a different hotel but it wasn't available this year but we found another amazing hotel. Right on the beach, great continental breakfast and a very nice pool. We may have found our new favorite

Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Seaside Inn
Address: 541 E. Gulf Dr., Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5005
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#11 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Seaside Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seaside Inn invites you to rediscover the charm of a quaint beachfront inn on beautiful Sanibel Island where life’s pace is slower. Unwind by the pool or enjoy a day at the beach looking for shells or soaking up the sun. Seaside Inn offers personalized service along with 32 newly renovated guestrooms, suites and cottages with interiors inspired by the sun bleached sand beyond the dune. Each guestroom and suite is furnished with a comfortable king or queen beds with views of the pool or beach. The cottages offer a separate living area with a new sleeper sofa, full kitchen and one bedroom with a king bed. Each cottage has a deck just off the living area to enjoy the Florida sun with family while overlooking the pool. Each day a complimentary continental breakfast basket is delivered to the rooms for the next morning’s enjoyment. While on Sanibel enjoy the wide variety of outdoor adventures. Spend time exploring the 23 miles of paved nature trails that wind through the wetlands with one of the bikes provided by Seaside Inn. Visit the J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to view a wide variety of migratory birds and explore an unspoiled mangrove ecosystem. For more active play, Sanibel Island offers 18 holes of golf on 75 acres of natural lake view fairways and Audubon Cooperative Society wetlands at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. For play and relaxation, let Seaside Inn welcome you to the pace of island living. ... more   less 
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