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Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Ranked #16 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Marrero, Louisiana
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Right on the Beach!”
Reviewed 6 June 2011

This small motel and cottages are the closest to the beach right on the Gulf of Mexico. We stayed in the motel and only had to step out of our door and onto the beach. A large screened in porch, 2 queen size beds, small kitchen made this a perfect place for the two of us. With only 33 units, the good size pool was never crowded(10 people at the most on Memorial day weekend) and most times we were the only ones in the pool. They provide almost everything you need. Plenty of towels for the pool, a laundry exchange, paper towels, dishwashing liquid, coffee filters, and toilet paper of course. No daily mail service if you are there for 7 days or less, but with the laundry exchange we didn't need it. It is an older place, but clean and perfect. We will stay there again. The staff was very nice and friendly.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2011

Our motel room was very clean, the location is excellent. Literally at the edge of the beach. Management IS NOT VERY FRIENDLY and for me it made a lasting impression. The manager quoted one price, but the brochure from the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE said another. I had to negotiate a little, but did get the suggested price on the brochure.
This motel was definately adequate for the price.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank cmcafee
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Wales
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33 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2011

We stayed here for two nights and were pleased with the location and facilities. The pool was great and we loved being able to walk right out onto the beach. We stayed in a motel room and were more than happy with the size - we had a full size fridge and cooker, etc too, which we weren't expecting!

We loved the screened balcony and the chairs on the beach. Great that you can help yourself to towels and bedding whenever you want. Note: there is no daily maid service here.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank SarahDKHunt
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East Berlin, PA
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2011

We just spent an amazing 5 days at the Shalimar and have not one complaint! The views were spectacular....breathtaking sunsets and the sound of the ocean at night was incredible! The place was clean and the management friendly! The pool was heated and we enjoyed every second we spent there!

  • Stayed February 2011
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4 Thank BillnStacy
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Indiana
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217 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2011

Desiring a getaway from the Indiana cold, we decided to fly into Florida. We had been to Florida numerous times, but we were not familiar with the Ft. Myers area. Using this website as a guide, we decided to find out more about Sanibel. Learning that Ft. Myers can be more of a party area with high rises, and Sanibel was more laid back. We settled on Sanibel. Seeking an oceanfront or ocean view room at a reasonable price I figured would be next to impossible. Again this website came to my assistance. I found an accommodation that had almost all 5 stars from their evaluators. Trusting their opinions, I called and talked to Sara at Shalimar. She was courteous and willing to assist me with my questions. Shalimar is clean, pleasantly furnished, and has beautiful sunsets. It is a great shelling area offering its own private beach. We will be back!!!!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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5 Thank memoryseeker
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biloxi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2010

My sister and I just spent 9 days in the Shalimar cottages. The people were very nice, polite, and helpful. The service was excellent. The location right on the water is just wonderful. We could get linens anytime we wanted...no questions...whatever we needed. Efficiency kitchen...outdoor shower to get that sand off...nice bath, flatscreen, dvd, wireless...complimentary, nice pool. Especially convenient for older or somewhat impaired adults....w/c accessible and right on the water. Thank you Sarah and Alex....and everyone there who made our stay especially enjoyable. I will never stay anywhere else! Families with children may want fast...commercial...busy locations...but, we loved the quiet, extremely clean, beautiful cottages at Shalimar.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with friends
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Pembroke pines
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2010

Just got back from Sanibel and stayed here. What a relaxing place! I would go there again in a heartbeat. A bit old...but I loved it! They have cottages as well as the motel to stay at. My husband and I stayed at the motel, ocean view and my parents had their own room as well. If you are into shelling/sunsets/calm and peaceful beach- this place is for you. We saw dolphins swimming parallel to the beach every day we were there. It was so peaceful and relaxing and makes an excellent little get away. Very family-friendly place. I would describe our room like a little apartment on the ocean. It had a kitchen as well with fridge and small oven-where we cooked our fresh catch of the day...

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank PembrokepinesMicky75
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Additional Information about Shalimar Cottages and Motel

Property: Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Address: 2823 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5701
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#14 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Shalimar Cottages and Motel 2.5*
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shalimar is an Old Florida-style resort of 33 units located directly on the Gulf of Mexico. Blending in with the natural beauty of the island, Shalimar offers many features without spoiling the natural atmosphere. ... more   less 
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