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“Nice location away from the busy part of Island”
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Seahorse Cottages
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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29 reviews
16 hotel reviews
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“Nice location away from the busy part of Island”
Reviewed 30 March 2013

We recently stayed in Cottage 1A, the smallest unit of the attached four cottages. There are many things to like about Seahorse Cottages: bikes, helmets, beach chairs and umbrellas and a wagon to carry them to the beach, grills and laundry facilities are all provided for the guests free of extra charges. The pool is very small and not really for swimming although we found the garden surrounding it a nice place to sit and read after a trip to the beach. It is located off of but near Sanibel's commercial strip and close to the Causeway. We enjoyed the nearby restaurant, the Lighthouse Cafe as well as the East Side Deli. Our unit was very small and dark but the only one available during the week we were traveling. There are no windows in the bedroom except on the door and only one small window in the kitchen area that opened. Although there are sitting porches on both sides of 1A we still found it much too small. We did not see the other units at Seahorse but would definitely look for something larger if we return to Sanibel.

Room Tip: We do not recommend the small unit unless you are traveling solo.
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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sblinnkeeper, Owner at Seahorse Cottages, responded to this review, 1 May 2013
We are so glad you spent your vacation with us in the busy month of March and still found it to be a quiet relaxing location. We too love the location tucked away on the East End. We are sorry you found the studio too small for you. We find that two room cottage to be our best seller at most times, as most people find it the ideal size for a stay at the beach. We are happy to see you booked your vacation at Seahorse Cottages for next year nearly immediately after leaving us and look forward to having you back next March in one of our larger one bedroom cottages! See you next March!!
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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318 reviews
69 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2012 via mobile

What a charming place in the peaceful end of the island. We had the one bedroom place. There are 4 total rooms, though small. There is a small patio porch overlooking the pool area with palms and shade in the afternoon. Perfect for reading a novel later in the day while unwinding.

I found the walk to the beach to be pleasant along a sandy, dead end road. It is about 2 bolcks in distance and sure beats paying to park at the town access points to the beach. We found the black beans on yellow rice from the East End Deli a delight and about two minutes away. It made for a wonderful Sunday night dinner. We will return.

Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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11 Thank Hobomonty
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Bryan, Ohio
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 November 2012

The place was very nice and roomy but you have to walk a bit to get to the beach. We stayed in the 1 bedroom deluxe and it was very roomy and spacious. Shower was made for someone tiny and could use a new shower head. Parking is also a little cramped with one way in and out, hopefully you do not meet someone coming or going.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank Jon K
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Sun City Peachtree, Georgia
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92 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2012

Thanks to other reviewers on Trip Advisor, we found Seahorse Cottages. What a perfect choice for us! We rented a one bedroom for nine nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Although the kitchen wasn't the easiest to cook in, due to the tiny stove (that took forever for water to boil for our pasta), it was just fine for what we needed. It was nice to prepare several of our own meals, rather than eating out for every meal.

The cottage was comfortable and had everything we needed. There was even a laundry room for the guests to use with laundry soap included. On the counter, there were several bottles of insect repellent, shampoo, sunscreen, and more; just in case you needed.

The "swimming pool" was hysterical; the smallest I had ever seen. As a U.S. Masters swimmer, it became the butt of all sorts of jokes. No worries; I had planned to train at the Sanibel Recreation Center, anyway.

We really appreciated everything they had available to us; extra towels, wagons to carry our stuff to the beach, bicycles, shelling tools, hoses to wash off our kayak gear; they thought of everything.

Seahorse Cottages was a better value than other choices and perfect for us. We are already planning on returning; same time next year!

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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13 Thank ElaineK-SunCity-GA
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Ontario
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166 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2012

We recently spent 8 days at this property. There are four units so this is a small complex but is kept clean and tidy. It is suitable for couples who would like a quiet place to stay. As others have mentioned, it is a walk to the beach but there are wagons to take your items to the beach and the pool is small but very cute. If you collect shells, you will find many along the beach and there is a washing station to clean your treasures in the pool area. The gardens around the units and pool are nicely kept. The units or "cottages" are nicely decorated. We stayed in the smallest unit and there was a great storage system so that we could keep our items in a tidy manner. Although the bathroom is small, once again there was ample storage for products, etc. This unit and the two bedroom unit have a covered front porch and an open back porch. The interiors of the units and the grounds have been well thought out. Bikes and helmets were supplied and the beach towels were of ample size and thick. The area around the cottages is quiet and mostly residential. There are some lovely homes and condos in the area and you can walk to the historic lighthouse along the shore or using the street. There are a few commercial properties nearby so you can buy an ice cream cone, muffin for your morning coffee, breakfast or clothing. We enjoyed the area very much and you can bike to Sanibel's main commercial area along a multiuse pathway or if you like to walk, it is doable. This would be a suitable spot for groups of friends or families who wish to go away together and each couple could have their own cottage. The owners provide a binder with information about the area and their complex. The place has a quiet homey feel and we enjoyed our stay.

Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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11 Thank MiztyOne
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Frederick, Maryland
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153 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2012

I just came for spending 4 nights and here is my problem. This could have been just me but I will let you decide. I saw the word Cottages and assumed that they were little stand alone buildings. Well this is not the case, it is one building divided into different Rooms. It was just a let down for me as I was expecting something else. If you know this going in you will not be disappointed.

That being said, it was clean, quiet and very nice. We enjoyed our stay there. The facilities are everything they said they would be. You will not be sorry if you stay here.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Florida
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17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2012

Stayed in the two-bedroom Cottage this past Labor Day weekend. It had everything a person could need for a home away from home. The cottage was very comfortable and roomy. The cover deck at the front was the best to be able to sit out and relax and share the day/evening with good friends. This place had everything for the beach goer. They had bikes available, beach carts, beach umbrellas, grill, and nets to get all the shells a person could ask for. Keith and Peggy were great hosts and made sure our stay was perfect. This will be a for sure do over.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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8 Thank CBnFL
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Property: Seahorse Cottages
Address: 1223 Buttonwood Ln, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7433
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3 star — Seahorse Cottages 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seahorse Cottages is tranquil ground-level attached cottages nestled in a lush garden of tropical plants with a heated pool; located just 200 feet from the Bay beach and a block from the Gulf. All suites are comfortably furnished and include living area, bedroom, kitchen, bath and patio. Use of wireless Internet, bicycles and beach equipment is included. The peaceful setting and attention to detail makes Seahorse Cottages an ideal romantic destination. ... more   less 
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