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“Average, with some disappointments”
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West Wind Inn
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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28 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Average, with some disappointments”
Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed at the West Wind Inn for two nights with a family of four (two small children). The hotel was okay, but nothing more than that. Within our tour of Florida, this hotel received our lowest score. The room we had was dark, and therefore a bit gloomy. The room safe turned out to be unreliable. We had nothing stolen or anything, but it simply did not function correctly. The pool has only a limited number of tables/chairs with shade, leading to guests 'reserving' tables and chairs early in the day, without actually being in the pool. The size of the pool is good, and the hotel is directly on the beach. The one positive feature, unique for our tour, was the kitchenette, enabling us to prepare our own breakfast. All in all, we found the hotel adequate, but not memorable.
Something the hotel cannot help, but is important to know for travelers to Sanibel Island, is that you will most probably encounter lots of biting sandflies (a.k.a. "no-see-ums"). Bring strong insect repellent.

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 August 2013 via mobile

We stayed here for 1 night.
The hotel is situated right on the beach. It is a fantastic beach. Warm ocean water, pristine sand and shells! There is also deck chairs to rent from the hotel on the beach. We thought they were a bit pricey. The beach is the best part of this hotel. They also have a lovely pool, pool bar area which is well maintained.
Our room was facing onto the pool area. The room and bathroom were spacious and extremely clean. The room was a bit dated. The exterior of the hotel could be improved. Reception staff were v friendly.
Wi fi at the hotel was terrible this could be improved.
The hotel is located in a beautiful part of the island but it is a little far away from the downtown sanibel, from the restaurants etc.
Sanibel island was a wonderful experience and we really enjoyed it!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Deltona, Florida
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Reviewed 13 August 2013

My husband and I live extremely hectic lives. Each year we look forward to our Labor Day weekend in Sanibel at The West Wind Inn. The rooms are very comfortable and have been updated since our first visit four years ago. Since then, we would dream of staying anywhere else. The Inn is located on a lovely stretch of beach that isn't too crowed. The proximity of the room to the beach is very close. We love to sit on our screened in porch in the evenings and listen to the sounds of the gulf and the beautiful sunset without the distraction from the bugs.
The pool area is lovely and big and includes a great little tiki bar. They have a restaurant onsite that serves a terrific breakfast with an enthusiastic wait staff. They also rent bikes right there. They would have gotten a five, but last year, they mixed up our reservation. We wanted a king bed gulf side. They tried to put us poolside, so we ended up with double beds gulf side. This year we have been assured that we have our king bed, gulf side room that we love so much! I highly recommend The West Wind Inn for a relaxing, romantic getaway.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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Reviewed 12 August 2013

We've been going to this inn for years. Love the beach, pool, pool bar and restaurant...can't beat the location! However, the rooms are average...some better than others. Always count on little or no Wi-Fi access. For the past few years, have been told that they will "reset it" but obviously the equipment is outdated and/or inadequate. Would visit more often if my spouse had internet so he could work while we play.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Ontario
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2013

Based on the quality and cleanliness, the hotel should be rated 2* instead of 3*! It is overpriced for the quality offered. The room was not perfectly clean when we arrived. The bed and pillows were terrible, the sleep quality was poor. Additionally, the A/C was excessively noisy, we had to turn it off in the middle of the night in order to be able to sleep. We stayed in the room's screened porch and we were attacked by invisible insects. Our bodies are still covered with bites, we are recovering after days of itching and scratching. Although the location is great, we would not consider going back to the same hotel.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 August 2013 via mobile

I have stayed at this property 2-3 times yearly. I have absolutly always loved the west wind inn and the staff. The pool side bar tenders and restaurant staff have stayed consistent for years and bring comfort into the experience of traveling ! The rooms have been kept in good condition. The beach is washing away at an alarmingly fast pace! This scares me !

  • Stayed December 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

My fiance and I recently stayed a couple of nights at West Wind Inn on lovely Sanibel Island. Our room was ready on time, and we received a free upgraded room that was directly gulf front just steps from the beach. The room was perfectly clean and came with everything we could need in the charming updated kitchen. There was a 32" flat screen with wonderful channel selections, and a DVD player. The king bed was comfy, plus there were two nice lounge chairs in the room. The screen porch had excellent views and the landscaping made us feel secluded. The hotel grounds were very well kept, and the staff was quiet and almost unseen. We enjoyed the terrific little pub for breakfast, and there was a nice computer room, which was needed since the wi-fi was a little too weak for our devices. Parking was okay, although assigned spaces may be a good idea. The beach was perfect, however we wish we had been informed about the option to ask for chairs and umbrella. We will definitely consider a return visit to this well located and well-run hotel.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: West Wind Inn
Address: 3345 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5501
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — West Wind Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 103
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
West Wind Inn is a peaceful beach-front resort on 500 feet of shelling beach. Choice of rooms includes standard guest rooms with garden or Gulf views; and guest rooms with kitchenettes, with garden or Gulf views. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at restaurant, Normandie ; or go casual with food and drinks at our Upper Deck Poolside Bar. Swim, shell and stroll our endless beach. Do laps in our large heated pool; relax at our poolside bar and umbrella-shaded tables and chairs. Play tennis and shuffleboard or venture off-site. Sanibel Island is home to world-famous Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, outdoor recreation, theatrical venues, shopping, dining and historical attractions. ... more   less 
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