Maybe my expectations were too high after reading all these excellent reviews here or I just travel too much and have been to too many nicer places or I excepted more for the given high room rates!? I think it is a combination of all.
The Island Inn is in my humble opinion a nice little standard motel style place at the beach offering usual standard rooms that you find these days also at the cheap (entry) price levels. Given the expensive rates of the Island Inn I was astonished. Where was that special service or boutique style hotel I expected!?
The beach itself is nice, but it is the same beach that you find along the whole shore of Sanibel Island. Any other place will offer you the same. The same sand, the same shells and turtles are hatching at many spots.Truth is that you find them either to the right or left from the hotel beach front. Guess why! And I found it very disturbing how the other guests acted during the night. Loud talking at the balconies, using strong flashlights at the beach, touching the turtles that came ashore. But that is another issue.
In objective terms the location of the hotel is very remote. It is quite a drive to all the shops and restaurants. We wanted to use our bikes but that was not really an option.
Yes, the pool has a nice setting. In the middle of the complex. Other than that it is a quite small pool given the high standards that the hotel wants to fulfil. Chairs, no sun beds, for maximum ten people.
The fact that sun beds and umbrellas have to be dragged on and off the beach by everyone selves is understandable because of the potential turtles hatching. But again. A hotel for that price should have somebody around to deal with it. And not the guests.
Speaking about staff: We found them rather unwilling to help you except to guide you to the hotels (overpriced) restaurant. The included breakfast was - unfortunately-even below the standard of cheap motels: no waffles, no pan cakes, no toasts, no ham, no cereals ... the breakfast buffet consisted of one type of tea, coffee, fruit salad and danish. Well, I forgot to mention the hard boiled eggs. That amused me as it didn't fit in at all. Again, for that price one has the right to expect a full breakfast buffet. With helpful staff serving you. But not here. I even felt obliged to leave a tip for the poor waitress. I had the feeling she had more pity with me as she had for sure a better breakfast at home.
Facts are facts. The Island Inn does not offer you value for money, not even what one should be able to expect for the price. And again: the nice beach does not justify great ratings for the hotel.
- 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