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“Still Great after 30 years”
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Sanibel Moorings
Ranked #1 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Alexandria, Virginia
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94 reviews
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“Still Great after 30 years”
Reviewed 21 June 2012

At the Lighthouse end of the island, a small paradise. Have been visiting here for 30 years, and it is still great with improvements every year to keep it up to date. Fully furnished condo with kitchen and screened balcony. Uncrowded beach. Save $ and rent on the canal side; just cross the street to the beach. Lush gardens and friendly helpful staff.

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 18 June 2012

When I was a kid, we used to come here for vacation. I reminisce about those days. Now, as an adult, I have stayed and found it better than I remember. Thank you for keeping the place current, beautiful, and relaxing to visit. I highly recommend it only if you promise to leave it better than you found it (and that includes the beach)!!!

Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
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Parkland, Florida, USA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2012

I am so rarely pleasantly surprised but my family and I (two adults and two kids, 4 & 2) were so happy here. Completely laid back, we were warmly greeted and we never once had to call or visit the office again because our needs were completely met in the unit. We had a second story two BR, two bath. It was spotless upon arrival. Had a perfect completely screened in patio with a great hanging rack for our constantly-wet towels and suits. In building 4 we were seconds from the pool and the spectacular beach. Toys, chairs and umbrella's are available freely for borrowing.

The whole atmosphere here is totally relaxed, exceptionally maintained with gorgeous foliage, and QUIET. This is exactly the tropical escape anyone should be looking for. The units have everything you could possibly need. It is on the east side of the island, which is kind of farther from most dining, etc, but "far" in Sanibel is a few minutes and not more.

Last time we stayed in the Sanibel Holiday Inn, and Sanibel Moorings could not be beat for the value and amenities.

We are South Floridians and will be back for sure!

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Frenchtown, NJ
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63 reviews
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Reviewed 13 June 2012

17 years and counting ... that's how long we've been coming back to the Moorings! We even spent our honeymoon at this wonderful place. Gorgeous grounds - truly a garden. Condos are spacious and always very clean. We stay in Unit 1, Gulf front, upper floor. Beautiful views and quiet location away from the pool. We always visit during the off-season, usually the end of August or beginning of September, and there are no crowds at that time - you'll have the beach nearly to yourself. Good beach furniture and umbrellas are available to rent.

It's true that the prices have gone up substantially, but it's still a solid value - there aren't many places on the island as nicely kept as this. Staff is a bit cool but they do their job well. Send you grocery list to Jerry's or Bailey's in advance and arrive to your fully stocked kitchen!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Osage Beach, Missouri
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Reviewed 11 June 2012

This place was fantastic. Great location, amazing view, wonderful staff, etc. etc. etc! Sanibel Moorings is right on the beach... extremely fast and easy walk to the sand. Beach chairs and umbrellas are provided for free use. The unit we stayed in was extremely clean and well decorated and had everything we needed. We were in a "Gulf Front" room which we highly recommend for the view. Top floor is even better so you can see out further. The staff was extremely accommodating and friendly! We had a special request since we were closing on a house back in Missouri and needed a notary. Karri was able to do this for us for no fee and was extremely nice and helpful in helping us get that done. The staff truly wants you to enjoy your stay and are more than happy and ready with a smile to help make it happen.

The beach was very nice! We found lots of shells and enjoyed walking along the shoreline. If you walk about a mile and half mile to the left you will be at the Sanibel Lighthouse. Other notes: tropical flowers and trees are along the grounds (beautiful), there is a conference room with computers, and we had a good time in the pool as well!

Highly recommend this place for a nice, peaceful, relaxing stay on Sanibel Island.

Room Tip: Top floor (2nd story) has a better view and Gulf Front has the best and unobstructed view!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 June 2012

My boyfriend and I haven't even been back from Sanibel for 24 hours and we are already planning our next trip! We stayed for a week at Sanibel Moorings and decided that next year we will stay for at least 10 days.
This was my third trip to Sanibel and my third time at Sanibel Moorings - it had been about 20 years since my last vacation to Sanibel Moorings and it was just as remarkable (if not more) as I remember as a child.
It has by far the most attractive grounds in all of Sanibel and Captiva - absolutely gorgeous and meticulously taken care of. We were fortunate enough to see vegetation and flowers that are from other parts of the world. The office had ripe mangoes for us to take that were from trees on the property.
We used the free kayaks offered by Sanibel Moorings to explore the canals one morning - it was so peaceful and calm as we paddled down mangrove-lined canals. We saw so much wildlife up close and personal that we cancelled our kayak tour at J Ding Darling Nature Preserve!
Our room was extremely clean and well kept - we had a great view of the gulf. I am already missing my morning coffee on the screened in porch. The office staff was always friendly and willing to help us in anyway that they could, offering great advice and suggestions for our trip

We can't wait to return next year!!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
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Reviewed 25 May 2012

This condo was a perfect getaway to spend time on the beach. Comfortable, cozy, convenient kitchen. I'st just the home away from home. Ideal for spending a week next to the beach. Not too crowded, the complex provides chairs and umbrellas, the sand is superfine, sea is shallow for a long way. You can walk on the beach mornings and evenings when the sun is not too hot, this was our favorite, one day we could see manatees and a dolphin swimming nearby. Restaurants abound, also 2 large grocery stores for snacks or smaller meals at home. Got very sad when had to leave.

  • Stayed May 2012, 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 Best Value Hotel in Sanibel Island
#1 Top resorts 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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