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“Great Value in Sanibel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of West Wind Inn

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West Wind Inn
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
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66 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great Value in Sanibel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014 via mobile

No, this isn't the fanciest accommodation in Sanibel, but the hotel is right on the pristine, sugar sand beach, the rooms are clean and adequately appointed, the large, heated, immaculate pool is a pleasure and the on-site restaurant is EXCELLENT. Seriously, even if you are staying somewhere else, stop by the Normandie for lunch or dinner. They have the best chef in Sanibel. Housekeeping in the hotel was inconsistent. Some days we got shampoo/bathroom amenities, and some days we didn't. As a family of four, we had to ask for extra towels every day. One afternoon, my daughter and I returned to the room from the beach and immediately changed into our robes so that we wouldn't track sand all over the room. We then noticed that there were no clean towels in the bathroom. When my daughter called the front desk and asked them to bring us some towels, she was told we would have to come to the front desk to get some. Seriously, the front desk was not even in the same building that we were in. I called the front desk with a firmer message, and they brought the towels to the room. I've never stayed in a hotel where a simple request like clean towels was refused. Also, it irked me that they didn't clean the coffeepot. But, aside from some additional training for employees, this was a great vacation. We have stayed at Casa Ybel, which is a higher caliber establishment, but the extras at Casa were disproportionate to the additional cost. I would choose West Wind over Casa Ybel.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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Houma, Louisiana
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

a very nice and clean place to stay,the staff were very friendly,and the price was reasonable.Right on the beach, nice pool and pool bar they had a BBQ the week we were there it was great,its located about the middle of the island so everything is within a short drive or bike ride. Willk stay here again next time we go to sanibel thanks west wind inn.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Akron, Ohio
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Very nice place to stay right on the beach. Pool was clean and beautiful. Plenty of chairs and tables around the pool. Unlimited beach towels available, a huge plus. We had a pool view room on the first floor. Small frig and microwave. King size bed. Room was a little small, but you are not in your room very much anyway, so we made it work. Small coffee maker, made great coffee and we had 2 white coffee mugs to use in the room. Also, there is a glass bowl to use for the free micorwave popcorn that the maid leaves everyday. How nice! Free coffee all day long in the office and also a free daily paper. For $20 a day, you can have 2 loungers and an umbrella set up for you right on the beach by 9am every morning. The hotel removes the chairs and umbrella at 5pm. We loved this service . Housekeeping was very friendly and always did their best to accomodate any requests. Bathroom was kept clean , towels changed and bed made everyday.
The wonderful people in the hotel office were so nice. Made us feel right at home. Always there 24 hrs a day, I don't think we have ever meant nicer people .
We usually rent a condo when we come to Sanibel. This is the first time in a hotel. I will come back to the West Wind as long as I can. I found it much more comfortable than a condo. I like the personal touches that a hotel staff can offer. I have nothing negative to say about this hotel, only very positive comments. Looking forward to my next visit!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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WWI-Guest-Services, Manager at West Wind Inn, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thanks for the wonderful review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed yourvisit. Our staff enjoys providing warm hospitality and going the extra mile for our guests. We’re glad you liked the special touches like the unlimited beach towels and the microwave popcorn. We look forward to your next
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2014

We booked our room through Travelocity and got a terrific deal. The room was clean with a great porch for all of our sand covered beach gear. The only negatives we had was the lack of wifi in the room, not a good signal at all & the flat pillows, will need to remember to bring our own next time we go. The pool was clean & very spacious. We would definitely stay here again & recommend West Wind to our friends.

Room Tip: To avoid the afternoon heat & sun stay in the rooms with the patio facing south or east.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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WWI-Guest-Services, Manager at West Wind Inn, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thank you for the review. We appreciate your stay with us and are pleased to hear that you were impressed with the cleanliness of our property and the convenience of our porches. We are currently working on upgrades and increasing the wireless signal is one of them. Hope to see you next season!
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arlington, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2014

Clean comfortable and everything you need for a quiet visit to Sanibel Island. We were only there overnight, but we had time to swim a little in the gulf, walk on the beach, gather shells, swim a little in the pool and then bike up to Captiva the next morning. The front desk was welcoming, with lots of good information and details about where to find everything, even providing bags for collecting shells. We always like when they provide something special in the room and they had a bag of popcorn for us. My only complaint might be that the towels could be larger, but at least they provided 4 bath towels so we could have clean ones for showers at night and the next day as well. When we arrived there were very few open parking spaces but even though we thought that might be a concern later that night, we had no problem finding one when we returned from dinner at 9:30. We were very pleased and would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Very nice place to stay and right on the beach. You can literally walk out of your room and be on the beach! I have reservations to stay again in August, 2014. The hotel personnel are very helpful about recommending local restaurants, etc.

Room Tip: Reserve a gulf front room on the second floor.
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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Zürich
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24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

My partner has been 5 times on Sanibel and in West Wind Inn, for me it was the 3rd time and after looking through all the other Hotels and Motels that offer rooms for a bit less or a bit more money we always come back to West Wind Inn as there we know what is offered for the money and we know what expects us to get.

This time it was special as we got a bigger and obviously refurbished room - this makes us like WWI even more and convinces us to go back there again when returning on Sanibel Island.

We once tried to get a coffee at the Normandie restaurant. They had an espresso machine, but unfortunately they were not quite familiar on how to use it. So we continued to go to the Lighthouse Cafe for breakfast as we did in earlier years.

The pool area and beach were as good as ever and we enjoyed the piece and quiet as we arrived just after a bank holiday when most people left the location. Value for money is good at West Wind Inn and it is good located to go to the most interesting sites on the island as well as to the islands best (for us at least) restaurant Doc Ford's rum bar and grille.

We will come back and highly recommend the West Wind Inn for a stay on Sanibel Island.

Room Tip: I don't quite remember, I guess we had 217 or 218.
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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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WWI-Guest-Services, Manager at West Wind Inn, responded to this review, 9 July 2014
Thank you for returning to the West Wind Inn. It means a lot to our staff that you can rely on our hospitality and the quality of our amenities again and again. It was our pleasure to make your trip more comfortable with a more spacious room. We appreciate the high recommendation.
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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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