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“Sensational At Sanibel Moorings !”
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Sanibel Moorings
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Florida
Level 6 Contributor
380 reviews
41 hotel reviews
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“Sensational At Sanibel Moorings !”
Reviewed 4 August 2011

We decided on a late Saturday morning to take our children to their first trip to Sanibel Island for a long weekend get away. We have vacationed there by ourselves before.

After a frantic search here on Trip Advisor and combing over many reviews I landed on Sanibel Moorings. The photos of the grounds that I found do not do it justice. I wish I would have remembered to take some.

The unit we stayed in was perfect ( #322) because it was close to the pool, walkways, and beach without paying the big waterfront premium. All of the units are decorated differently because they are independantly owned and ours was in great shape.

Sanibel Moorings is located on the best shelling beach on the island hands down. We left with bags of shells and had a great time finding and diving in the shallow water for them.

You can't go wrong here. Between the heated pool, free canoe / kayaks, beach, grounds, and units it's a wonderful property.

Room Tip: Ask for a room on the south side of Gulf Dr. since the property is situated on both sides of it.
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 25 July 2011

My wife, 3 yr old and I stayed here for 3 nights. We are from St. Petersburg, a 2.5 hour drive away. We lived in Hawaii for a few years, and had the opportunity to stay at some of the nicer condos and hotel resorts in the islands. Sanibel & Sanibel Moorings is the closest we've come to that experience here in FL.

The idea of a "resort" is often lost here in FL. A dusty old motel on the beach with a parking lot and pool with some concrete around it does not a resort make. On the other hand, Sanibel Moorings sprawls over several acres of well manicured gardens. If you are interested in gardening, you will appreciate that fact that most plants are labeled. You'll find everything from plumeria to a nice collection of hybrid hibiscus to a butterfly garden.

We stayed in unit 211 which had a garden view. The unit actually faces a sidewalk, but a good amount of foliage provided privacy and a tropical feel when we enjoyed the spacious screened in lanai. This is a very nice unit, the kitchen and bathroom had been recently updated. Both TV's in the unit were LCDs and the paint and furnishings were all in very good condition. The flooring (tile & carpet) was slightly older but still in perfectly acceptable condition.

The staff is helpful and seems attentive. My wife was actually bitten by a small dog that belonged to one of the condo owners. Apparently the dog had escaped from the condo. The front desk clerk was able to track down the owner (when we realized the skin had was broken we wanted to make sure the dogs shots were up to date.) The dog's owner was upset/concerned and brought us a couple of gift baskets to apologize. The way it was handled by the front desk and owner made us feel better.

The property has kayaks and canoes available dockside for use in the canal at no extra charge. They also provide beach chairs (either lounge chairs or sitting chairs) as well as umbrellas. I think they may be a bit short on umbrellas- either we were looking in the wrong place or they were always out. However, we had brought our own along anyway, so no big deal. They have two pools (one on each side of the road.) The main pool area on the gulf side also has a kiddie pool (2ft deep) which is great for the younger ones.)

There are a few things that make Sanibel unique, which combined with this specific property make this a great getaway. Anna Maria Island is probably the closest second, it is very nice also but it doesn't have large amounts of greenery like Sanibel. This is tropical lushness-think coconut palms- not the scratchy palmettos and scrub that you'll find elsewhere in FL. Also, Anna Maria, to my knowledge, doesn't have a tropical resort like Sanibel Moorings. Sanibel lacks almost any business you will recognize, which is a wonderful thing. (If you want chain restaurants and Wal-Mart, go to any other beach in FL.) Even businesses like banks that you do recognize are no in their standard suburban shells- they're nicely camouflaged in island-style structures. You won't find strip malls here either, much less an indoor shopping mall. Overall it feels a lot like the more rural towns on the outer Hawaiian islands, or the north shore of Oahu. The drive over to the end of Captiva even feels a bit like the trip to Hanalei.

The beach and water quality at Sanibel are fine, but not as nice as some other areas of FL. I think this is just because of the geographic characteristics such as sand bars, the islands orientation relative to the mainland, etc. Areas like Siesta Key, Lido Key, Pass-a-Grille, etc. have clearer water with less of a fishy odor, and the sand is nicer. That is really the only thing slightly negative I can say about the entire place. I've also heard that the water quality can differ a lot depending on when you go.

In summary, Sanibel + Sanibel Moorings = a win.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Sacramento, CA
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 12 July 2011

We stayed here on our first ever trip to Sanibel. We loved every minute of it and we hope to come back soon. I kayaked for the first time with Sanibel Moorings' free equipment and it was a great experience.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with family
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Omaha, Nebraska
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Reviewed 27 June 2011

My family and I had a wonderful time at Sanibel Moorings. The 2-bedroom suite was very spacious, clean and fully equipped for a family. Gardens and landscaping were beautiful. The staff was very friendly and accomodating and made our first time here very enjoyable. We opted for a gulf-view suite with unbeatable views from the screened-in lanai. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quiet getaway. Sanibel Island has a unique, laid-back charm. We rented bikes for the week and never got in a car. The beaches have a very gradual slope, so it's nice for children.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 26 June 2011

Rooms were great and comfortable. Easy access to gulf. Grounds were in great condition. Have returned 6 times over the years

  • Stayed July 2010
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2011

My family and I just returned from our first full family vacation. It was the first time the kids ever saw the ocean, so we had high hopes. Fortunately, the Moorings didn't disappoint. Our condo was steps from the ocean with beautiful views. The unit was spacious, clean, and well appointed. It was nice to have plenty of beach chairs and umbrellas for those hot afternoons on the beach. The pool was always clean and refreshing. The grounds were spectacular; we spent quite a bit of time wandering about and seeing all of the beautiful foliage. We drove through several other properties, but none compared to the beauty of the Moorings. The beach was gorgeous with plenty of wildlife for the kids to discover, dolphins swimming about, and tons of shells to discover. We cannot wait to return to Sanibel and will definitey be back to the Moorings!!

Room Tip: Gulfside room was amazing!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Lapeer, Michigan, USA
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Reviewed 8 June 2011

My extended family and I just stayed at Sanibel Moorings and all I can say is wow! The room was excellent. The Staff was superb especially Dee Dee. She was so helpfull. It was my anniversary and the staff even delivered the flowers to our room. The beach was full of shells and wildlife. We saw dolphins daily at dusk and also saw skates all day long about ten to twenty feet off shore. I loved my stay and will be back soon.

James H. Michigan

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Sanibel Moorings
Address: 845 E Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7096
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#1 Best Value Hotel in Sanibel Island
#1 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Sanibel Moorings 3*
Number of rooms: 122
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sanibel’s only Botanical Garden with six acres of lush, tropical gardens located between the Gulf of Mexico and the canals of the back bay. 1, 2 & 3 bedroom beachfront fully furnished and equipped condominium suite rentals daily, weekly & monthly. 2 heated swimming pools, 2 tennis courts, wireless internet, boat dockage, canoeing & kayaking, DVD and bicycle rentals and more. ... more   less 
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