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“Wonderful Experience!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shalimar Cottages and Motel

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Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Ranked #14 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Brooksville, Florida
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2012 via mobile

My family and I visited Shalimar for 3 days, starting July 21st. First of all, their location is simply unbeatable. You are literally steps always from the beach when you walk out of the door to your room. We stayed in the motel, and the view from the porch was gorgeous. The whole place was extraordinarily clean, particularly for a motel at the beach. We will definitely be back to stay at Shalimar in the future!

Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Amissville, Virginia
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17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

You're basically paying for location, since there are virtually no amenities (not even clean sheets). Fresh towels are available if you get them before 1PM. Wi-Fi is a very weak signal in the motel portion. Having said all that -- we had a great time. Adapting to not being on the computer 24/7 and coordinating getting your own towels is not that big a deal.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 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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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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58 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

My wife and I stayed there this month and loved it! The cottages are just steps from the beach and they are just like little apartments. King size bed, kitchenette, large living/dining room, and places out back to hose off your suits and shells. We rented bikes for 2 hours and toured around the whole island! The pool was heated and super clean. They even have gas grills you can wheel over to your cottage for a cook out. Maintenance was always going on and we never saw one piece of stray trash anywhere. They have plastic chairs for your use on the beach too!

Room Tip: Stay in one of the cottages if you can!
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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marblehead, ma
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57 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2012

Sanibel offers quite a variety of accommodations but selecting one you'll be happy with can be tricky. We've visited regularly and have had generally good experiences but care is warranted. In June we stayed at Shalimar's cottage #2. Among the benefits to the cottages here is that all are free-standing with no adjoining wall. They are also reasonably spaced relative to their neighbors, not always the case at other properties. The one-bedroom cottage was comfortably large, well-appointed and had the first bathroom exhaust fan we've noticed in any of our rentals. There was a phone in the room. The parking is next to the cottages and roomy. Although we have stayed in more expensive beach-front cottages, frankly, that novelty isn't the best value or even necessarily worth the view.

All cottage resorts on Sanibel have rules about towel turn-in times and methods. At Shalimar, you exchange between 8 and 1. The only downside we experienced was that printing out boarding passes was incredibly slow. We give the cottages a solid rating.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Tyler, Texas, United States
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14 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

After visiting Sanibel briefly a year and a half ago, I could not wait to bring my 7 year old for three days while spending a week in Florida on a whirlwind trip to Disney then Sanibel. I wanted to stay as close to the beach as possible being her first trip to the ocean. I spent a couple of months checking out every possible place to stay in Sanibel. I chose Shalimar because of the location to the beach along with the “extras” I read about.
I must say, I was nothing but satisfied! We were in the motel, third room from the water. The screened porch was fantastic. We ate all of our meals on the porch. We could see the water from anywhere in our room. The room was very spacious and included two queen-size beds with adorable updated decor. The kitchen was small but plenty big for the two of us. My 7 year old had the best time and did not want to leave!
There are plenty of beach chairs for the private beach, tons of shells and beautiful birds. We even saw a turtle nest right in front of Shalimar Motel waiting for the turtles to hatch. What a treat.
The pool was adequate with towels for the taking. The staff was very friendly and assisted with the remote when my daughter picked out movies, an extra bonus. Plenty of towels and kitchen supplies in the room.
Do be aware if you are on the bottom floor it is quite loud. You can hear the neighbors on top floor, so if there are people above you who stay in the room, it can be annoying. If you are a light sleeper, request a top floor. If you are in the Cottages, you will not have these worries.
I did speak with Romas, the manager upon checkout, and he was more than accommodating. I was very pleased with him and the rest of the staff at Shalimar.
After checking out, I did drive to the other places I had “shopped” online, and am very pleased with my choice just to check out the location. You can’t beat Shalimar Cottages! Certainly, “closest to the beach”. Such a Florida feel along with the extras. It’s like having your own beach! I was very impressed and will return for a much longer stay next year!
Robin Kelly, Texas

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Connecticut
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2012

On a recent trip to Florida, we decided to check out Sanibel Island, after hearing great reviews about it. We went to the Chamber of Commerce and spoke with a man who was able to give us some accomdation options with vacancy and a map of where they were located. We checked out the Shalimar and 3 other places, and it was a no brainer, the Shalimar was by far the best choice!! We stayed in the Motel part, versuses a cottage, and we had a beautiful, big room. The screened in porch is something I still miss sitting out in every morning and every night. We had a direct view of the ocean and could hear the waves and see the sunset from the porch. Really, what else can you ask for?? The beach was literally about a 30 second walk away and it was just gorgeous! They provided colorful beach chairs to sit in and we met SO many lovely people who were staying there as well. The whole atmosphere of the Shalimar is what I really think I fell in love with. The openness of the property, the interior decoration of the beach themed rooms, the location of the beach, everything was just so relaxing and fun. They even have gas grills around the property you can use to cook up anything you would like. The only thing I would say that wasnt a five star rating were that the walls were a little thin, so you could sometimes hear the foot steps of the people above you, or the tv of the people next door, but it really wasnt that bad at all because it was so minimal. Most importantly, it felt like home there and I didnt want to leave!! I am already trying to figure out when I can go back here!!

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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new york
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2012

My husband and I have been enjoying Ft. Myers beach for the past 7 years or more. Our original plan for this year's two week vacation was to take the Autotrain to Sanford and drive to Ft Myers Beach. We had been kicking around the thought of staying on Sanibel but I didn't do my Trip Advisor "homework" and just figured we'd scout out the area for next year.
We started in Ft. Myers at the Best Western with all good intentions (we really do love it there) but on our second night, realized that there were some College kids inhouse for late Spring Break. I wasn't wild about them talking outside our ground floor room to their friends two stories up at 230 in the morning and decided we better split. So, IPad in hand, we did some late homework and wrote down some names of hotels on Sanibel and went exploring.
On our way we saw a "vacancy" sign at the Shalimar. Did a quick U-turn and went in to look.
We looked no further.
This place was exactly what we were looking for. Romas (at the front desk) was extremely accomodating and walked us around. He showed us a one bedroom cottage that would be available the very next day for the remainder of our stay (10 nights). We were already locked in the Best Western for that Tuesday night so that was fine. Again-we love Ft. Myers beach and had a great dinner at Yucatan's but that's a different review, isn't it? LOL!
The one-bedroom was just perfect. Separate bedroom, two TVs (although the TV in the bedroom didn't get many channels), full kitchen (although a small room, had everything we needed). Living room had a table and chairs, easy chair and ottoman and a writing desk. The bathroom was nothing fancy but clean and the shower had good water pressure.
On-sight laundry room was great. Two washers, two dryers. The front desk can make change for you. I believe they sell detergent too. We already purchased some at Publix. The pool was very nice. Chaise lounges and chairs all looked new and the pool was always very clean. Warm too! We brought our own beach towels although there is a bin at the pool for towels. They are not the greatest quality but if you don't have your own, they would work. There was no need to sign them out and give a deposit. there were plenty to go around and the bin seemed to be replenished a couple of times a day.
They don't do maid service. However, because we were staying over a week, they did come in one day to change the sheets and do the bathroom. Other days we just did a towel exchange by the office (8a-1p). that room also had an abundance of bath towels, bath soap, dish soap, tissues, toilet paper, garbage bags, paper towels etc. Also had a great lender's library.
The only grocery store we went to was Bailey's. Prices were a teeny bit high but being from NY-I didn't think they were out of line. Also, the convenience of having it right there was great. We even bought two steaks and barbecued one night. (they had three or four gas grills on sight).
The beach was very nice. Tons upon tons of shells. As a matter of fact, we wound up purchasing rubber beach shoes at CVS for about 10.00 a pair. This way we could walk the beach and walk in the water without the ever-present "OW!"
Nice, plastic, colorful Adirondack chairs were also free for use.
I'll review the various restaurants we went to separatly and can honestly say that in all the years (20 plus) my husband and I have been going to different places in Florida (east coast, west coast, the keys, etc) this is the first time we didn't have a bad meal-anywhere!
All in all, Shalimar and Sanibel was a dream come true. We could NOT have asked for more wonderful accomodations. oh-they have bicycles to rent as well.
I can't wait to plan my next trip.

Room Tip: The cottages were worth it. Not all of them are directly facing the beach but they are all the same...
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  • Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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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:
#13 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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