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“Old school florida - 1 huge problem”
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West Wind Inn
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Illinois
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141 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Old school florida - 1 huge problem”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Wife and I cam from the Marriott Marco which is beautiful and the polar opposite of the West Wind. We chose this spot from the TA reviews. When we first walked in...we weren't sure if we were even going to stay!..LOL Small room, tiny bathroom, motel like setting...but we ended up loving this property...we just had to figure it out and let it happen. The room is very small with two twin beds, so..well we would have preferred a queen. The property is two story and each room has a decent size screened in balcony...NO SMOKING on the balcony..I was looking forward to a cigar on the balcony, but no such luck. Rooms were unremarkable, small, with a fridge and stove....not much room for even the two of us. The hotel surrounds the pool like a "U" and the pool is very nice with a fantastic bar that is slightly elevated above the pool. Great bartenders and the prices are reasonable. Really nice view from the bar. The property has a restaurant on premises called the Normandy, open for Breakfast and lunch every day and for dinner on Friday and Saturday "in season". We ate dinner he one night and it was really lovely. You come to understand that there are a LOT of return guests to this property and that gives it some of its charm..this property really is like an old friend..comfortable and with a few quirks. We ate breakfast at the property twice which was very convenient...prices were reasonable and the food was decent if not slightly above average. The location to the beach is awesome..you are literally just steps from the ocean and our room had a partial ocean view. OK...The HUGE problem...No-see-ums...we both got chewed at this property and we suspect that they little buggers were in our room..my wife is very reactive to them and it really put a spoiler on her time on Sanibel. They pretty much tell you that the screens on the porch wont keep them out...you just have to hose yourself down with DEET to keep them off. We had some wine one night during sunset and didn't realize how bad they were...we of course did this before we had on insect repellant. The location is close to a couple good restaurants..we drove to them, but you could probably bicycle to them. We walked the beaches both days and really enjoyed Sanibel. Don't think we will go back, but we really did quickly appreciate how special the property and the island is. We had no problems/issues with children...Most of the guests were retired or at least slightly on the older side..very quiet.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet F, General Manager at West Wind Inn, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
We're glad you enjoyed the majority of your stay. The 1 problem you speak of, the no-seeums, are part of our natural island ecosystem. We suggest bringing bug spray with you or purchasing specialty repellant that is created and sold here on Sanibel island.
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Reviewed 14 November 2013

Our stay at the West Wind Inn from October 28 - November 9, 2013 was our 19th in as many years. It has always been a pleasurable place to spend a quiet comfortable vacation. The units are very clean and all just a few step to the gulf beach. The screened porches are a wonderful place to watch the sunset before going out to dinner. We love this place and plan to return for our 20th year in 2014.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet F, Guest Relations Manager at West Wind Inn, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
Thank you for your loyalty for the past 20 years! We're happy that you have found our resort and our island your choice vacation getaway. We look forward to seeing you next year!
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Westminster, Colorado
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Reviewed 11 November 2013

We could actually see the Gulf from our 2nd floor room, even though it was technically a pool view room. The hotel is definitely right on the beach, and the beach would keep any kid looking for shells busy for hours. There are sand flies but the Off fan I used kept them 100% off of me so no problem.
The room was just right, complete with microwave, popcorn and bowl as well as a mini fridge with small freezer compartment. No breakfast provided but we enjoyed lunch at the adjacent Seaside Pub (service there the next morning was not as good, however, so can be spotty). We would definitely stay here again.
Give yourself at least a full week here, there is so much to do both on Sanibel and in Ft. Myers, and only 2 hours drive down to Everglades City for an airboat ride. $6 toll each time you drive onto the island, nothing when headed the other direction.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet F, Guest Relations Manager at West Wind Inn, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
"If only we could have stayed longer..." We get that allot... Our area has do much to do that people keep coming back year after year and never seem to have the time to fit it all in. But remember for those just looking to relax at the West Wind Inn, the beautiful Gulf of Mexico is right at your doorstep if you're looking for a short distance between your bed and your beach chair destination.
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Kalmar, Sweden
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

This hotel on Sanibel Island offers a good quality in spacoius rooms. Nice pool area bar, and good pools. Unique nice chairs to sit in pairs watch the sunset or just relax next to ocean. Nice service, clean and well-planned rooms woth balcony.
Will tru to get back soon.
Only negative was the limited open time at reastaurant before main season.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Janet F, Guest Relations Manager at West Wind Inn, responded to this review, 13 February 2014
We're glad you enjoyed our world-class rooms, pool, bar and beaches! Please come back soon!
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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Reviewed 31 October 2013

We just returned from spending 6 days at the West Wind Inn on Sanibel. We have been going to Sanibel for over 15 years but this was the first time we have stayed at the West Wind Inn. What a gem! We loved this resort and will return. At check in I said we would prefer being by the beach. I was given three sets of keys to check out rooms and select the one we liked the best. The beach is lovely, the pool is very nice, the restaurant had great food, every morning we had a paper outside the door, very comfortable room, very friendly staff, super clean.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 29 October 2013

Directly on the beach--I can literally throw a stone into the gulf from my room--this is the perfect place to relax. Room are comfortable and clean with a nice screened in porch. Some rooms have a kitchen. What can you say about the pool except it has a bar right by the pool. Great place. We go every year and have for a decade.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Port Richey, Florida
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

I have been coming to the West Wind Inn since probably 1993. I have looked at other places on Sanibel and there is nothing as quaint and reasonable as here. I just spent 6 days with a long time friend from Colorado. We had a kitchen due to the 6 days and we don't like to eat out every night. The kitchen is stocked well with pans, plates etc. for cooking.The grounds of the WWI are really looking nice. The butterfly garden is a nice little walk with the names of native plants etc. As usual the no-seeums were a bother. I will purchase the $10 spray next visit. Of course none of the resorts have control over mother natures creatures. We loved our room. The view was great and a short walk to the beach. The staff is the best ever and will help in any way they can. The on site restaurant is very convenient and reasonably priced. The rooms have had some updates in the bathrooms and kitchen areas. I have stayed in both kitchen and room only. Both are great. I just cant say enough about this place. It is comfortable for family and get togethers of friends. I would go anytime.

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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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:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#6 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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