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“Paradise Found”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Island Inn

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Island Inn
Ranked #4 of 19 Hotels in Sanibel Island
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Binghamton, New York
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31 reviews
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“Paradise Found”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

Our one week stay was very relaxing and enjoyable. Our room at Kimball was newly remodeled and very clean. Our daughters stayed on the pull out couch which had an inflatable mattress so they found it to be comfortable. The kitchen had new appliances as well as plates, cups etc ....
We had a screened in porch with a view of the water-very nice.
They offered complimentary breakfast every day. It was the same each day coffee, juices , water, yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, pastries, mini doughnuts, and fresh fruit. We were happy with the simple choices ----the servers were very friendly.
The beach was steps away from our room--they had free chairs to borrow--always plenty around. Umbrellas could be rented for a small fee. Beach was great TONS of shells! The water was perfect-calm, warm. We found sanddollars, nine point starfish, and other cool creatures in the water.
The pool was nice, at times the water got really warm.
Laundry machines were available.
We rented bikes which was a lot of fun.
Overall we had a great stay and would return.

Green Features: Towels hung up would remain, towels on floor were replaced.
  • Stayed July 2014, travelled with family
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Thank you for choosing the Island Inn for your Sanibel vacation and we are so glad you enjoyed your time on the Island. It sounds like the Inn's beachfront, old Florida, low density atmosphere combined with its modern accommodations and amenities were a great fit for your family's needs and expectations. We hope you can return to the Island Inn and Sanibel Island again soon! :-)
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2014

As soon as we got in our gulf-side first floor room in Kimball lodge and opened the curtain, I was in paradise. The ocean is steps away and the best shelling is right there. Parking can be an issue on the island, but at Island Inn you can park close by your room and there is no need to go anywhere else. For sunset, I had to walk down the beach a while because the curve of land blocks the sun a little, but its a nice walk. I got fantastic shells and photos. There's a laundry room, shell cleaning room, and feet rinsing station. The ladies in the office were most helpful. There are only 2 negatives: the first one is the breakfast- the pastries were either hard or stale and the fruit was not ripe. Your best bet is yogurt and hard-boiled eggs. The second negative, and this is not the owners' fault, was our whole family did not sleep on our first night. The lady upstairs, who must have had heels or huge clunky sandals, paced back and forth, outside and inside, and moved furniture at 10 pm, 1 am, 3:30 am, and 5:30 am. It was awful. So you could quite possibly hear everything right above you. We even have a white-noise sound machine, but it didn't help at all. If this happens to you, we found that you can call a night watchman on your room phone, but we didn't know at the time. No sleep definitely put a damper on our otherwise great stay. You might consider staying on the second floor but you won't have direct access to the beach by walking out of the screened porch. This is a minor inconvenience for a good night's rest from a long day in paradise. I will be back.

Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, 10 July 2014
Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad you enjoyed your time at the Inn, but apologize for the noise inconvenience you experienced. We are so glad your stay was excellent despite this discomfort and hope you will be able to visit us again soon! :-)
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

The room was small but cozy. We were in the main building on the second floor. This was a family trip and we did not spend much time in the room but our 10 year old loved the divider between the bedroom and living area that, at night, converted to an additional sleeping area with a pull out couch and blow up air mattress. The air mattress was very comfortable and there were separate air conditioning units for each area. We also loved the screened in porch and tables to dry out our numerous shells. The shells at that beach were amazing. We visited several other beaches on the island that were recommended in a guide and "our beach" by far had the best selection. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful with all of our needs. Quiet, peaceful, and relaxing atmosphere. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad you enjoyed your time on Sanibel Island and that our Gulfview Kitchen Suite in our Kimball Lodge seemed to be the perfect accommodation for your family's needs. We hope your travels home to Minnesota were safe and you are able to visit the Island Inn again soon! :-)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Great beach front with free use of lawn chairs. Has grills for use. Even provides pool toys. We stayed in Kimball which was just redone and is beautiful. Had a full counter top with microwave and they even have plates and silverware. Bikes are available for rent and are a little "used", unfortunately we had two flat tires but the do have a rescue number that will come and swap bikes. The staff is top notch: Friendly, professional, and even comp us a bottle of champagne when they heard about our flats. The ospreys also like to perch on one of the trees by the hotel-was able to watch it from my Bed!-Super cool. The cont. breakfast isnt the best in the world but it is nice and you can get a tasty pastry to start the day.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you for staying at the Island Inn and for sharing your Sanibel Island experience. We are so glad you enjoyed your time at the Inn and apologize again for your bicycle troubles. We hope you can find the time to visit Sanibel Island, the Island Inn and Ozzie the Osprey again soon! :-)
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Have been coming here for years and starting to look elsewhere. The beach is narrow with lots of grassy bushes around. Each time the biting seems to be worse than other areas in the island, not just the typical early morn and sunset. And even screens dont stop them. Overspraying is Problem for all the island now and not eliminTing the problem of these pests.The senior front staff are very helpful. However management changes have taken away the relaxing old florida environment. Continental breakfast quality is like average hotel.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you for your past patronage of the Island Inn and we are so sorry you did not enjoy your most recent stay as you have in the past. We hope your travels home to DE were safe and you are able to find a more suitable Sanibel Island vacation experience in the near future.
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Durham, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

We had a wonderful time during our stay. The gulf view from the room was amazing and the staff were very friendly, especially the cleaning crew. Island Inn is kid friendly as we brought our little one along. We will definitely be coming back in the future!

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  • Stayed June 2014
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you for your recent stay and review of the Island Inn. We are so glad you and your family enjoyed your time at the Inn and we will look forward to your return to Sanibel Island soon! :-)
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014 via mobile

We had a wonderful time at our stay at the Island Inn! All of the staff were so friendly and went out of their way to make you feel at home. Very good continental breakfast. Views from our room at Matthews lodge were breathtaking and the beach was only steps away! Loved it and hope to be back!!!

Stayed June 2014
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Fishingflats, Manager at Island Inn, responded to this review, 8 July 2014
Thank you for your review of the Island Inn and we are so glad your time on Sanibel Island was pleasurable. We hope you will be able to visit us again sometime soon! :-)
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Property: Island Inn
Address: 3111 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5697
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Sanibel Island
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Island Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 49
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Voted "Best Inn on the Island," the Island Inn, with its combination of old Florida cottages and modern lodges, sits on 10 beautiful Gulf front acres, offering 550 feet of beach with some of the best shelling in the area. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Island Hotel Sanibel Island
Island Sanibel
Island Resort Sanibel
Is Sanibel
Island Inn Sanibel Island, Florida

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