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Shalimar Cottages and Motel
Ranked #14 of 20 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 April 2014

We stayed here for one night whilst on a tour through Florida, and hadn't pre booked. Our room was on the ground floor, and we could hear some noise as people walked around upstairs, but it didn't disturb us very much. The location is great - right on the beach, with chairs available should you wish. I cant imagine there is any better location to stay.Our room appeared to have been recently refurbished, and there was a small kitchenette as well. Outside there was a pool, free parking, and a bar b q for use. We would consider returning here if we return to Sanibel,

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

Shalimar is on a nice part of Sanibel, and is literally just steps from the beach. We stayed in the motel and had great sunset views and ocean views from our room. You can hear the waves at night. I expected it to be a little noisy, but it was really quiet when we there. We rented bikes on site (Finnemores) and used them everyday. The bike path is right across the street and runs for miles. There's a restaurant two doors down you can walk to. Shelling on the beach was great. The beach is pretty flat in front of Shalimar, but I noticed big drop offs from sand erosion further down, where you would have to jump down to get near the water.
The cottages and motel have clothes lines, grills and shell washing tables. There are two washers and two dryers in the laundry room behind the office. Bring quarters for laundry, and the laundry detergent pods are easy to pack.
Baileys store is a short bike ride away, Tarpon Bay is close by.
Our room was clean and roomier than I expected. I liked the screened in porch. Our floor squeeked a bit. Parking is very convenient right next to motel. You can hose the sand off as you leave the beach. Never a problem getting a chair. Bring a lanyard for your room keys. Pool area was nice, they hosted a Friday night happy hour. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank whitefish
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Reviewed 23 March 2014

We've been staying at The Shalimar each year for more than 15 years, with our most recent visit early March, 2014. We absolutely love this place. It is "old Florida." It is attractive, clean, very friendly ... and right smack dab on the beach. In fact, we stay in Unit #1 of the motel building which is touted as the closest to the water you can get on the entire island--and it is. We walk out our door and we're on the beach. We've gotten to know some very wonderful people there over the years and one friend says, "This is a special place with many special people." The management is very friendly; in fact, they host a poolside reception each Friday for the guests. We look forward to our visit every year--and would stay no place other than The Shalimar on West Gulf.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are good rooms, but we opt for #1 because it is the closest to the beach ...
  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 March 2014

Was able to get an efficiency at the last minute here. Office staff friendly and helpful. While the bedroom was spacious and clean, the bath and kitchen areas were very worn. Both the bathroom sink & toilet tank lid had cracks...tiles worn. Biggest problem however, was that walls are not well insulated and coughs and conversations durng the night from the units on either side of us were audible. That being said, the location is prime, the view magnificent, but a cottage would eliminate listening your neighbors during the night. .

Room Tip: Try to get a cottage...
  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank 869JAM26
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Reviewed 30 January 2014

While the Shalimar looks great and is clean and close to the beach, the motel area has walls so thin you have to listen to the conversations on both sides of your unit. If you get loud neighbors, this noise is unacceptable. The rooms are ok with clean beds, tiny kitchenette, good refrigerator and freezer, but the noise factor would keep me from staying there again. They also have cottages which should be better as you'd not share walls, but the prices are pretty high, as we paid $1,700 for a week in January 2014. Other places that would be for a month! The pool looks good, all linens were clean and plentiful, and there are beach chairs for no charge, but the thin walls and ceiling (we were downstairs) noise of others' walking over us was just terrible. The beds were comfy and the screened porch was a plus, facing the sunset. They need to do remodeling and put insulation on the walls and ceiling/floors.

Room Tip: Shalimar is close to the Sandbar restaurant which we found to be excellent. Also go to Rabbit Rd. an...
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

My husband and I vacationed on Sanibel Island for a week in mid August, 2013. I was worried about booking a reservation online without any personal recommendations and without ever being on the island before, but took the chance and picked Shalimar for several reasons...
#1 It was the closest resort to the beach Sanibel Island
#2 It offered individual cottages at a very affordable rate
#3 It got great overall reviews on Tripadvisor for price, location, and cleanliness
Needless to say, Shalimar exceeded my expectations. My husband and I had the time of our lives. The staff was so friendly and helpful. The guests were nice. The cottage was PERFECT. (We were in the corner cottage, either 7 or 8) It was clean and well air conditioned. We stayed there the week school started in Florida so it was amazingly quiet...no crowds at all. I highly recommend Shalimar. This will be the only place I will consider if we go to Sanibel again.

Room Tip: Cottage on the corner (7 or 8) near the motel was close to the water, the perfect size for a couple...
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 January 2014

Stayed for a fortnight in the motel section. Simple and straight forward with two king size double beds and a simply equipped kitchen. Beautiful view of the Gulf. Friendly staff. Would recommend and will almost certainly go again..

Room Tip: Upstairs in the motel section might be quieter. These rooms all have great views of the Gulf.
  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled as a couple
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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: £114 - £272 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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