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Tarpon Tale Inn
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Reviewed 2 December 2009

Stayed here last week for 3 nts. Enjoyed the stay very much. Have stayed in two other similar places nearby but this is the best. Very friendly and helpful owners.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank cedartrad
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Reviewed 13 October 2009

A wonderfully relaxed and peaceful place to stay for a few days

Convenient for the beach (make sure you have insect repellent) but very little in terms of restaurants within walking distance

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 7 August 2009

We stayed 2 nights in the Seashell room, which had a full kitchen. Reservations were made online. The room was clean and spacious with a king size bed, a dining room table, and a sofa. Tarpon Tale only has 8 rooms. Amenities include a hot tub, bicycles, and wireless internet in the office and in rooms close to the office (like ours). Across the street are a cafe, a deli, an ice cream shop, and a shell store. Next door is another cafe. It took about 5 minutes to walk to the beach or you can bike there in half the time. On the southern end of Sanibel, so we had to drive to the restaurants, but the island is only about 10 miles long so it was no big deal. No maid service, but fresh towels and sheets are readily available. Each room has a private patio. The shower needed to be recaulked and the air conditioner struggled to keep the room cool. However, the quiet, garden setting was just what we needed. If you're looking for nightlife, don't stay here. If you're looking for a nice, clean, place to relax at a great price, stay here.

  • Stayed: August 2009, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank cztz
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Reviewed 18 July 2009

This was our first trip to Sanibel and we couldn't have asked for anything better!! I read all the reviews before booking a room at the Tarpon Tale Inn and I was not disappointed at all. We stayed in the "Birdhouse", which is small, but not too small for a husband and wife to enjoy it. We loved absolutely everything about the Tarpon Tale from our room, the setting, the quietness, the lack of hassle, the hot tub (which we did use), the seating area outside of our room..basically just EVERYTHING!! The owners are quite perfect! It is definitely a laid back atmosphere. Everything that you could possibly need is there for you at the Inn from beach towels, bikes, shelling equipment, washer/dryer use, hammocks, utensils, dishware, soap, hair dryer, microwave, mini-fridge and well the bed in the "Birdhouse" is the most comfortable bed that I have ever slept on. I actually had to jump up to get into the bed..Just Amazing! I cannot say enough of great things about the Tarpon Tale! We didn't find one down side to the whole place. It's an open door policy and there is no daily housekeeping, which was perfect for us because we don't like to be bothered while on vacation. You just replace your towels and wash rags yourself. So if you feel you need to be pampered while staying somewhere this is not the place for you!! It's about a 5 min. walk to beach, but no major roads to cross, or a 2 min. bike ride to the beach, which we enjoyed doing. Shelling is amazing! My husband even did some fishing on the beach right at the Tarpon Tale. It was just everything we could've asked for and more! Thanks so much Joe and Dawn for a wonderful stay and we will without a doubt come back again!!! P.S: I love Edgar. He was always a delight while sitting out in the evening hours for company, really made me feel at home!!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Dawn R, Owner at Tarpon Tale Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

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Reviewed 24 June 2009

We come here without reservation and walked in the office. No one there but there was a phone with the number from the owner. Called them, inspected the room and took it! That was new for us, very very uncomplicated !!
Room itself (Sanibel Sea Shell 2) was very nice decorated and big enouth for us!
The best is there is a Gas-Grill for everyone. We loved it!!
Next time in Sanibel, next time in Tarpon Tale Inn !!!!

  • Stayed: June 2009, travelled as a couple
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Thank alexusworld
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