I went on an end of summer trip with my 10 year old, and this was our first time in Sanibel Island. While the hotel is very close to the beach, it is not as close to anything else. We did walk to the nearest convenience store and to rent bikes, about a 10-15 minute walk. I would suggest either renting a car for larger parties, but biking it was a fun thing to do.
The hotel is average (clean, not too many frills, but that is ok for our needs) but the service was excellent - they even helped me return the bike when we got caught in a storm and had to leave very early the next morning. Our stay was only 3 nights, so we ate at the restaurant for our entire stay - the food selection was good, and the atmosphere was nice. We only visited the pool once in the evening. Free internet connection, which is always a plus! We visited the many shell stores and the shell museum during our short stay. Lots of shells to pick on the beach. DO bring insect repellent - the island does not use pesticide, and you will get bitten by gnats on the beach or mosquitos.
All in all, a great experience (other than the many many insect bites!) and we will come again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A tranquil boutique hotel nestled amid swaying palms and sandy beaches Sanibel Island Beach Resort is a cherished gulf-front retreat for nature lovers - shell collectors and those who enjoy outdoor recreation mixed with great shopping and dining. Guests enjoy private beach access as well as an outdoor pool and sundeck bike rentals tennis courts hammocks and lounge chairs. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Sanibel Island Hotel Sanibel Island
- Sanibel Island Holiday Inn
- Sanibel Island Beach Resort Florida