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Waterside Inn on the Beach
Ranked #7 of 20 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 8 March 2014

If you want to stay at a soulless resort with all the amenities, this place is not for you. If you want a wonderful few days at a relaxed, friendly 1950s style hotel right on the beach, this is your place. We stayed in Pineapple (the small "hotel" part of the complex, as opposed to the cottages, which were all booked by the time we made reservations), and it was great. Nice balcony, efficient, new kitchen, gas grill (so you can take advantage of the wonderful seafood available in Florida, but avoid the islands MANY comically bad restaurants), and a sixty-second walk to the beach. The beach by the hotel is spectacular and is the best shelling beach and birding beach we found. The staff is very nice and really helpful, and let us take showers and keep a beach umbrella many hours after checkout time on our last day. During our stay, every time we left the Waterside Inn, and drove by Sanibel's all-to-common resort-style places, we thanked our lucky stars we stayed where we did. A couple of suggestions. For groceries go to Bailey's not Jerries. Avoid Periwinkle (one of the main drags) like the plague. It has the traffic jam from hell 12 hours a day. Go to Bowman's Beach. Spectacularly beautiful!

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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5  Thank 81RLF
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2014

OMG! Many thanks for that fantastic review! We try so hard to make everyone's stay here a great one and it sounds like we succeeded with you. You really hit the nail on the head as to what we are all about...I love your description of our competitors: "soulless". Our staff has such big hearts and they love our property as much as our Guests. We really try to make everyone’s stay here like what WE would expect on OUR vacations. Thanks for the tips too...yeah, traffic is quite heavy during season and you really have to plan what times you are out and about on Periwinkle Way, that's why biking is so popular here. You can bike just about anywhere to do just about anything on our small island. We truly appreciate all your kind words and are looking forward to your return visit soon.

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Reviewed 7 March 2014

We stayed in Pineapple 123 for 4 nights. The view from the balcony is lovely, it is only steps to the beach, and you can listen to the ocean while you sleep-- exactly what we were looking for! The staff was very friendly, and you can rent bikes at the front desk (highly recommended, it's the best way to get around the island). We had a relaxing, wonderful time and will definitely be back!

Room Tip: great views from all 2nd floor rooms in the Pineapple Lodge.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with friends
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2  Thank nerobb12
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2014

Thank you for taking the time to share your great experience here at the Waterside Inn on the Beach. We're so pleased that we could help you have that perfect vacation with the perfect view. We look forward to many more visits from you. Thank you once again for choosing us for your vacation destination.

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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
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5  Thank justsueNewark
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 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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Reviewed 15 February 2014

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
3  Thank Car0l12
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Sanibelblondie, Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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!

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4  Thank lesliebrown
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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this reviewResponded 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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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:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Sanibel Island
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range: £106 - £141 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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