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“Great Retreat !” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tarpon Tale Inn

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Tarpon Tale Inn
Certificate of Excellence
Florida
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3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great Retreat !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2009

The Inn was so much more than we expected ! We arrived, and found our reservations on the bullentin board. The studio was adorable, when we walked in it felt like we were at a family beach cottage. Everything we needed was there. The walk to the beach was our evening stroll, and the shelling was the best we found. We visited in the "off season" and it was if we had the beaches and the Inn all to ourselves, sooo quiet. Our regular visitor was Edgar, the cat, we all enjoyed laying around on our patio, being lazy.
This was one of our best vacations in awhile, and we will be back. Thanks to Joe and Dawn for their great retreat !

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Muncie
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2009

We went to Tarpon Tale for my wifes birthday. We did some research about places to stay on Sanibel and the great reviews could not have been more accurate. The rooms were not new but well kept and the location was great. We had a short walk to the beach which we both enjoyed very much and we were located just minutes from all of the many things to do on Sanibel. The weather was great while we were there so we were not in the room much but when we were in the room it was very clean and home like. We stayed in Lighthouse #1. (bed was totally comfortable!!) Be sure to eat across the street at the Lighthouse Cafe, and get ice cream at Pinnochios. When we come back we will be staying here again.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JerryandMelissa
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Rockaway Park,NY
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15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2009

My husband and I spent 2 nights in the Historic Lighthouse 2 room. The room like the inn was charming. The bed was comfy, the shower pressure is great, the room clean and full of thoughtful little extras such as a bag of microwave popcorn, sunscreens, beach towels and a real hair dryer. Not one of those typical little hotel room numbers that don't do a thing. The location was great ... a short walk to the beach. We slept with the window open and it was very quiet. The birds did wake me up in the morning but I live in the city and am more used to hearing sirens than nature. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed February 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank petittarte
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Colorado
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18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2008

My daughter and I stayed 3 nights. We enjoyed riding the bikes to the pier and on the beach. It was great to have the laundry facility available. The computer room was very quiet. Although, the computer was very slow. That was ok, we weren't in a hurry. Dawn came by to see how we were doing. She was very gracious. I will most definitely return to this Inn. One of the best places that I have stayed out. Thanks!!!

  • Liked — Very Quiet (off season)
  • Disliked — The computer that was available.
  • Stayed September 2008
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank imusttravel2000
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watch hill, RI
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2008

We just love the Tarpon Tale Inn! Our friends had recommended we try this "great little place”, and now we understand why. The Inn is cozy, clean and relaxing. The location is ideal and Dawn was the perfect hostess. This was our first visit to Sanibel Island and we will definitely be back. After exploring the island thoroughly we realized the Tarpon Tale is the best spot- close to Lighthouse with the most awesome shelling ever. One of the best places we have found!

  • Liked — quiet, close to Lighthouse, clean rooms
  • Disliked — no views of beach
  • Stayed May 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
1 Thank watchhill_RISusan
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Dawn R, Owner at Tarpon Tale Inn, responded to this review, 6 days ago
Thank you for the kind words
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Illinois
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28 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2008

We had a nice stay at the Tarpon Tale July 6-13. We booked the Tropical Bird . The cottage was very clean and cute- king bedroom with french doors to our private patio with tropical flowers and foliage and crushed shell paths around the property. There was a full kitchen with sofa bed in the connected living area, large step in shower in the bathroom. (Towels were yukky though-old and stained and some upkeep issues in the cottage-broken handles on microwave, burned out bulbs in lamps, holes in couch, but nothing too terrible.) We had a small plumbing issue that was taken care of immediately when we called and the owner was friendly. The property had almost everything you would need to enjoy a lazy beach vacation-laundry room with extra linens and towels, and sundries-in case you forgot something. There was a common area (office) with a computer ,snack mix , a closet of DVDs and videos for guest use, and a bottle of wine in case the need hit ya. Outside there was a covered spa-too hot out!!, beach chairs, and umbrellas for beach use and a bike rack with several old bikes- no kid bikes however-you must rent those or bring your own. When we arrived, there was a welcome letter pinned on the bulletin board in the "office" and the owners were available by phone as we had some questions, but as previous reviews had stated, no one is really around which is a little different. You have to look around yourself. We kind of liked the peace and quiet, but I could see where some guests may feel put off by the lack of hospitality. We hit the beach almost immediately, which is a short walk if you just take yourselves, but a long walk to carry all the "stuff" like chairs, etc.Luckily the Inn is located in a quiet part of town and the Buttonwood beach access is only three blocks away.( It really is not worth it to pay to park at the other beach access areas)-we found shelling to be great there. Some words of advice_ Take bottled water!!!! And food!!! There is really no good place to go to the store to get things- the little store across the street is pretty tiny and expensive- we stopped in Ft. Myers before we came and picked up some snacks, produce, and milk. the water tasted terrible to us in Sanibel so it was nice to have our own. The property has a gas grill , so we also brought some steaks and dogs and had a nice dinner on the cheap one night- expect to pay about 30- 70 bucks for each basic meal out for family of three. All the food we had out was delicious- Lighthouse cafe and Sanibel Bean for breakfast, Island pizza Co. was awesome, Lazy Flamingo and Cantina Captiva for lunch, and amazing dinners at Jacaranda and Timbers. Best chowder and dessert at Blue Giraffe. Shell museum was cool and wonderful dolphin cruise at Captiva Tarpon Bay tours. This vacation was nice and the Tarpon Tale is a good value if you like being independent and don't mind a little wear and tear.

  • Liked — location,privacy,beaches
  • Disliked — room needs TLC
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank holymoni
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OKC
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2008

We loved the TTI. We were looking for a quiet, relaxing way to celebrate our first anniversary and we found it! When we arrived we found our key in an envelope in the office and went straight to our room. No hassles with checking in! We stayed in the Birdhouse cottage, it was so cute and just perfect for two people. We were worried that the room would be too small but it was just perfect! The grounds were so nice and it was very quiet. You dont even realize you have neighbors!

We enjoyed the Lighthouse Restaurant (across the street) for breakfast and the shops next door were great too. We also enjoyed the beach in the morning (just a short walk or drive around the corner) and would walk over to the bayside (which also was a short walk) late afternoon for shelling.

We couldnt be more pleased with our stay in Sanibel and would definitely recommend the TTI to our friends.

G&F of OKC

  • Liked — Quietness
  • Disliked — wish it were closer to the beach - although it wasnt a problem
  • Stayed July 2008, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check-in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
Helpful?
Thank ZottOkc
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Dawn R, Owner at Tarpon Tale Inn, responded to this review, 6 days ago
Thank you so much!
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Additional Information about Tarpon Tale Inn

Property: Tarpon Tale Inn
Address: 367 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7431
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Tarpon Tale Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Tarpon Tale Inn is a charming, family run property on the east end of Sanibel, a short walk from the island's famous shelling beaches, the lighthouse and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Each of our cottage style accommodations has its own distinct character, and range from cozy efficiencies to spacious one bedroom suites. We hope you'll choose the Tarpon Tale Inn as your home on Sanibel. You'll find the Florida you're looking for! ... more   less 
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