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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Waterside Inn On The Beach Hotel Sanibel Island
- Waterside Hotel Sanibel Island
- Waterside Resort Sanibel Island
- Waterside Inn On The Beach Sanibel Island, Florida