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“Smokers beware” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Waterside Inn on the Beach
Ranked #5 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Newark
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Smokers beware”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2014

We have stayed at the Waterside Inn many times and loved it. Nothing fancy, but clean and on the beach. However, they have changed their smoking policy. You can no longer smoke outside on your deck; you must go at least 15 feet away from any building. Also, we were there for 3 nites, and the internet was down the whole time. Doubt if we go back.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank justsueNewark
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 27 February 2014
Thank you for your review of your recent stay here at the Waterside Inn on the Beach. We are sorry that your smoking habit has caused you to no longer stay at our resort. This day and age, there are numerous establishments that require that you stand 15-25 feet away from any building while smoking in order to minimize exposure to second hand smoke and to ensure compliance with State Laws. We do this to protect and enhance our indoor as well as our outdoor air quality and to contribute to the health and well-being of our guests and employees. We certainly understand that some of our guests still enjoy smoking. We simply ask that you step 15 feet away from any building that is occupied so that children and non-smokers health will not be in jeopardy.

As far as the internet is concerned, we live on a very busy island. At times when our population is up, the internet may be at a snails pace. While you were here, the problem was not only with our hardware (which we fixed promptly), but also with our carrier; Comcast. The entire Island was out of service for an entire day (but we were not). While we usually have excellent coverage, the days you were here, we had spotty reception. We were never without internet for the whole day and as you know, you can always get signal here at our office if you needed to take care of something on your vacation.

I regret that you will not be returning here to enjoy our beautiful property and accommodations. Hopefully you won’t find this policy too hard to comply with and return for another great vacation in the future.
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
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Haddonfield, Nj
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2014 via mobile

Breakers B7 corner condo with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths was a good choice for us and another couple. Quiet and clean, nice screened in balcony. A few hundred years from the beach. Short ride by car or bikes to restaurants, kayaking, and nature preserve. Appreciated the Friday night happy hour, great for viewing the sunset! Heated pool and rental bikes available on site ( although we opted to rent more upscale bikes 10 minutes away).

Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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3 Thank Car0l12
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
We were so happy that you were able to come to our Friday night Sunset Party. I remember meeting you and thank you for your review of B-7. That is such a beautiful unit and I know you had a wonderful time staying there. Hopefully you’ll be back here before you know it! We’ll be looking for you :)
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Sarasota, Florida
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

Stayed one night with another couple in 2 BR / 2 bath condo with full kitchen and screened lanai.
Very clean and comfortable unit. Short walk and distant view of gulf. Very friendly staff, which held the last condo available until we could come by to take a look. Older cottages are also available , but I did not see inside those. Small pool on property. Beach in that area was very nice with great sunset.

Room Tip: Our condo was decorated nicely with tropical feel. All units would be different with different owne...
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 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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1 Thank Linda F
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Sanibelblondie, Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 17 February 2014
Thank you for sharing your review of a Breakers West Condo here at Waterside Inn on the Beach. Each condo is freshly decorated and spacious enough for two families to rent. Each condo is fully furnished right down to beach toys! Thank you for choosing us for your vacation stay. Hope your travels home were safe and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.
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East Troy, Wisconsin
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82 reviews
18 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

Waterside has a lovely staff, wonderful location and nice old Florida ambiance. The beach is very nice and it has a small but nice pool. We stayed in what I'm guessing is one of the cottages that needs the most updating, Kiwi. When upon check out I was asked about our stay I admitted our room was not the best and the clerk said it is scheduled for a remodel. Compared to your standard room in a interstate hotel like La Quinta, this room was comfortable but rusty and some moldy stuff in the shower.

Room Tip: Heard from another guest that the condos where pretty nice.
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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank PatMedart
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
We appreciate your comments concerning the Kiwi cottage. We are in the process of updating all the cottages (Kiwi included). Kiwi is our most economical choice of all our accommodations so if your priority is price, Kiwi should fit the bill. It is a bit smaller than the other cottages and does not have a screened in porch. Also, the best time to visit is between June 1st and December 20th as our rates are at their lowest. We hope you visit us again to see all the updates we have planned.
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Holland, Michigan
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014

Waterside Inn has small cottages, condos or motel type rooms. The property sits on a beautiful wide beach on calm water. There are two small pools in case salt water isn't your thing. The environment is peaceful. Only a few cottages and the motel rooms have ocean views, but the actual property is oceanfront and it is a short walk to the beach. I really liked this place. Simple, quiet. I'd come back again!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with friends
    • 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank lesliebrown
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
I love your review "Simple, Quiet, and I'd come back again". What more could we ask for! So happy that your stay with us met your expectations. We're also glad we could provide some great weather for you. From the weather report in your area, it looks like Waterside Inn was the perfect place to come and thaw out!! Hope to see you again in the future.
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Cold Spring, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

The units are very clean, well appointed and comfortable (good bed) even tho the place has small older motel- like bungalows and a 2-story building. It's located on the nicest part of Sanibel's famous beach (uncrowded and large) but only 2 units that actually face the beach - rest are only steps away. All units have balconies with chairs - a nice touch. The owners are there and very friendly and caring. Very good restaurants are nearby.

Room Tip: Choose the second floor unit with the gulf view (but it's the most expensive).
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank LaRiveraine
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 10 February 2014
Thank you kindly for taking the time to write a review of your stay here at Waterside Inn on the Beach. We're glad you had a nice stay and look forward to seeing you again soon! Stay Warm!
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Alton, Illinois
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78 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2014

Just returned from our 25th Anniversary get-away, and I have to say we made the right decision to stay at Waterside Inn! From check-in to check-out, everything was perfect. Upon arrival we were gifted with a bottle of champagne and a hand-written card from the staff. Housekeeping comes in every day and makes the bed, scrubs floors, vacuums and leaves fresh towels. Very clean unit with a huge king-size bed, double vanity in the bathroom, and a view from our verandah to die for! We watched the sunrises from the verandah every morning and the sunsets from the front door every evening. The maintenance man (didn't get his name, but he's from PA), stopped by every morning while we were having our coffee to chat about our visit there. Nice heated pool, the beach just outside our door, and the sound of the waves crashing made this the best vacation we've ever taken! We're planning a trip to the Tampa area in May, but will be staying at Waterside Inn for a few days before. This resort, and its entire staff, is the gem of Sanibel!

Room Tip: We were in Pineapple 121, right on the beach. There are little cottages on the beach, too, but we w...
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  • Stayed January 2014, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Cathy A
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review, 30 January 2014
What a beautiful description of the perfect stay at Waterside! So happy you found our little slice of heaven right here on Sanibel. We'll always be here whenever you want to get away from the daily grind. Sunsets are no charge!!
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Property: Waterside Inn on the Beach
Address: 3033 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5609
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#5 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:2 star — Waterside Inn on the Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 27
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Are you searching for that true Olde Florida charm and style? Look no further than Waterside Inn! You?re just steps away from the beautiful beaches of Sanibel. Amenities include a heated pool, beach loungers, on-site bike rentals, and BBQ grills. Come to relax and unwind in one of our small inns or cottages. ... more   less 
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Waterside Inn On The Beach Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Resort Sanibel Island
Waterside Inn On The Beach Sanibel Island, Florida

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