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“Quiet relaxation”
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West Wind Inn
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Palm Beach Gardens
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“Quiet relaxation”
Reviewed 13 July 2014

The West Wind Inn of Sanibel Island offers clean, comfortable, quiet rooms. If you desire action and nightclubs, choose a different local, however if quiet is what you need, look no further. Vast expanses of deserted beaches offer only the sounds of waves lapping on the shoreline and birds chirping. Be sure to pick up a tide chart to hit the beach at low tide, absolute best shelling.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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WWI-Guest-Services, Guest Relations Manager at West Wind Inn, responded to this review, 27 July 2014
Thank you for your review of West Wind Inn. We are glad you enjoyed our quiet and immaculate accommodations. Our property is perfect for a peaceful island getaway - the serenity of our beach and its bounty of gorgeous shells is hard to beat. Sanibel is considered one of the best shelling beaches in the world. We look forward to your next stay.
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 10 July 2014

We had a wonderful time at the West Wind over the Fourth of July weekend. Set right in the middle of the island, the West Wind was quiet and relaxed and the perfect place for a nice getaway. Two restaurants/bars on campus, bicycles to rent and a gorgeous pool; you never have to leave the resort unless you absolutely must. Our room was spacious and immaculate with a balcony view of the gulf, full size kitchen and large bath. The wifi definitely needs some tweaking; terrible connections all weekend, with a lightning burn-out of their modem that Comcast was having difficulty repairing. We will definitely return to the West Wind!

Room Tip: Room 206 had a view of the Gulf - excellent.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
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NJ
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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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Houma, Louisiana
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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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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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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
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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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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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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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