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Waterside Inn on the Beach
Ranked #6 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
Certificate of Excellence
Virginia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very nice and relaxing stay”
Reviewed 24 April 2006

We just returned from a weeks stay at the Waterside Inn.Overall we were very happy with our stay..We stayed in the Pinnapple #120.The room was very nice and had plenty of room for 2 adults and 2 children.The only items I feel could use some improvement are the location of the wall mounted A/C units.They are mounted on the wall that all the balconies are on overlooking the beach.The noise from these units is distracting and make it very difficult to enjoy sitting outside the room on the balconies.Also the TV was a little small for the size of the room and the coffee maker was a only a 4 cup.These are very small inconvienences and as I said overall our stay was very enjoyable. We had no problem accessing beach chairs each day as a previous review stated allthough we did stay near the end of the busy season and I don't know if the Inn was at full capacity.Bikes are a must on the island and make for easy transportation as everything is within riding distance.The beach was nice and uncrowded only disapoinment was the red seaweed in the water seemed to get worse as the week went on.Fished from the beach each day with OK results,caught Whiting,Hard head catfish and Gulf Kingfish each day.Beach was not crowded at all,some days it seemed as we had the beach all to ourselves.I would recommend the Waterside Inn for a relaxing family vacation.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Reviewed 4 April 2006

Just got back from a long weekend stay at the Waterside Inn. We stayed in the Pineapple Building on the second floor. The room was very nice and appeared to be real clean. A nice bonus was the size of the bathroom and it had plenty of counter space and two sinks. The grounds were also very nice and well maintained. My only complaint was the lack of available beach chairs. We found out on our first morning that due to this unfortunate situation that guests wake up early and go outside first thing to put their beach towels on the lounge chairs to mark them as taken. I found this to be a bit ridiculous that the Waterside didn't have the foresight to at least have available for their guests ample beach chairs! I see no reason why there shouldn't be at least two chairs for every room and cottage. The anxiety of getting up to claim a chair and not knowing whether you'll even get one is totally uncalled for when you're trying to relax on your vacation.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Orlando, FL
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Reviewed 20 March 2006

Vintage and charm are the two words that come to mind when I think of the Waterside Inn.

We arrived at 10am - way too early for the 3pm check-in. The friendly clerk rented us bikes and we were off exploring the island. When we returned at 4pm, they handed us our keys, and in no time, we were showered joining the sunset party by the shuffleboard court.

The rooms are simple and clean. From what I understand, the rooms were renovated in 2000. No, they're not fancy 5-star rooms, but they are nice.

I admit, there was some rust on the door of the refrigerator that was in our room. There was also some rust on a fixture in the bath. I don't know why, but it didn't really bother me.

While visiting Sanibel, I made a point to visit some of the other locations that I'd found before booking at the Waterside Inn. They were all pretty enough, but none of them match the charm of this location. This place feels so tropical and removed. It's unlike any other ocean front lodging on Sanible (or Captiva).

They put us in Pineapple Lodge 119. After reading the reviews of the cottages, I might book one next time. We're already planning our next visit.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed 18 March 2006

I did research for weeks on line and this place was my choice, it was perfect, you must stay here, we stayed in a cottage the yellow pineapple it had a screened in porch, which was perfect for keeping all of our sandy beach towels, shoes, they have a place to hang up wet towels. You park right next to your door, a step to your car! It was the best, no waiting for elevators! As we opened the door the room was huge, sofa-chair-wicker very tastefully decorated, a kitchen with a table, fully equipped, the bedroom was large with a king size bed- the mattress was not great had a lumpy spot but, that was the only complaint better than our previous mattress at fort myers beach it was hard as a rock, so this one was better. It was nice we paid $203 I believe. We were only staying 3 nights and driving back to tampa airport to catch our flight but we decided to stay at the waterside another night instead of driving to tampa for a room, we just got up early that morning at 5:00 to catch our 11:00 flight, since we loved the place but, we did have to move to another cottage next door our last night. I will go back. We stayed at fort myers beach our first four nights at the best western on the beach, it was nice, the beach sand was like powdered sugar and very busy with alot of action and music, and all of the young spring breakers alot of night life-bands playing-people everywhere it was great but, we wanted to split our trip up and we both liked the waterside better if we had to pick of the two. They have free chairs which were great because at the best western we had to pay 20.00 a day to rent them, which was a rip! We really appreciated the free chairs. Can't wait to go back to the waterside, take my advice and don't hesitate to stay in a cottage. Our last night was in the green kiwi, it was all in one room and it would have been ok our entire stay, it was less money and fine. Enjoy your stay at the waterside. High school principal and wife in Iowa

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed 9 February 2006

My husband and I stayed at the Waterside Inn on the Beach from 1/12 for thru 1/15/06. We stayed in the Mango cottage # 102. It was a perfect location for a cottage. Right on the beach....a view of the gulf from our front window and a view of the sunset everynight from our couch or our screened in porch. The staff was wonderful and we loved our cottage. Clean, comfortable and for the earlier review about the rough sheets...well, they were just fine, not rough at all(although a newer bedspread would be nice):). The kitchen was a great plus, and the refrigerator was not rusty as was stated in a previous review. Yes, the bathroom was small, but clean, and fresh towels were supplied every morning. The Friday night sunset get together was very nice. We will definetly be back and hopefully staying at the same cottage. However, we would be happy trying some of the other cottages or their efficiency units.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Reviewed 26 January 2006

My husband and I stayed at the Waterside 1/13-1/17. It was our second visit and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. When we checked in, the staff told us about the sunset cocktail get together that evening which was a nice way to meet other guests and the staff of the inn. The staff were all very accomodating, our room cleaned early each day and the beach was wonderful. We love the location on the west end of the island. We ate at Doc Ford's, Gramma Dots and had pizza delivered from Island Pizza. All were great. We've made reservations to return next year.

  • Stayed January 2006
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Reviewed 13 January 2006

I was wary of the hotel after initial booking problems. They charged the deposit to my credit card twice and despite 2 e-mails and a phone call, ignored my request to retain the money rather then refund my credit card. Due to exchange rate shifts their error and unwillingness to listen to me left me out of pocket by around $20. Not a good start.

We have visited Sanibel many times and know exactly what standards to expect from our hotel. On this occasion very few of our expectations were met -

One of the beds in the room was broken. It had a "V" in the centre where the mattress had folded in completely and could not be used.

The second bed was the most uncomfortable bed I have ever slept in. My partner and I required painkillers each morning as we were barely able to move after a night in this bed.

The room was damp - I'm well used to the beach side hotels and I know what to expect but clothes placed in drawers in the room were damp when we took them out.

The carpet was not clean and did not apear to be vacuumed at any point during our stay.

The closet doors were rusty, as were a number of other fixtures within the room.

The bedside lamp had a bare wire hanging from it.

We were unable to obtain towels for use by the pool - guests are expected to bring their own pool towels - not made clear on the website.

The information contained in the room relating to the costs for guest laundry is incorrect and does not reflect the actual charge

There were several extremely ill mannered and rowdy children staying at the Inn which made relaxing quietly impossible - this I accept is not the fault of the Inn, rather the inability of their parents to control them.

Whilst the staff were friendly and seemed accomodating I was bitterly disapointed in the standard of this establishment. although the grounds were nice on initial arrival once inside the rooms it had a somewhat shabby motel feel . Not somewhere I will return to or recommend to others.

  • Stayed January 2005
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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:
#4 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#6 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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