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Sea Shells of Sanibel
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Reviewed 17 March 2014

I stayed three nights with elder parents, wife and baby. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms. You must walk 200 meters for beach access across the street. All the units are slightly different. We stayed in unit 9 on the ground level.The quality and thoughtfulness of the furnishings and decoration is apparent. The kitchen was fully outfitted. Everything we needed for the beach was included in the rental.

The sheets and bed-pillows are ready for an update; also, the bathroom facets. We liked the place and recommend it, but next time I will spend more money in order to stay directly on the beach.

  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 12 March 2014 via mobile

We have been coming for six years. Unit 22 is the best, close to grills and pool. VERY clean place to stay. Unit has everything you need .. Go to grocery store and you won't have to leave. Office staff is great and very helpful. I travel to Florida twice a year and this is my number one place to stay!

Stayed: March 2014
4  Thank sweet_p1032
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Reviewed 12 March 2014

This is a nice local resort with a nice and quiet swimming pool. There are barbeque grills in the back of the pool - kept very well.
Good location to reach other areas of the island.
Mattress was not good in our room.
Friendly staff.

Room Tip: Not all rooms of the same quality. It is advisable to actually see the room.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank Robert R
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Reviewed 17 February 2014

We booked unit #36 only a few weeks before going on our vacation, we were lucky to get it due to a last minute cancellation. The pictures of the unit on vrbo.com are true to what the unit really looks like. Great living/dining areas and ample sized bedrooms nicely decorated in beachy themes. The main bathroom could use an update but it was clean and had nice fresh towels. The kitchen is small but has everything you could need to feel at home to make meals. The screened in balcony was great to sit in and drink your morning coffee watching the birds fly by. Also love the fact that the owner has a cart with a beach umbrella, lots of beach chairs, toys and shell nets to wheel down to the beach. Came in so handy....there is also a nice cooler to take down or bring with you when you go grocery shopping to keep things cold until you get back. The unit was comfortable and suited our needs, by mid week we felt right at home. The unit is close to the tennis courts and only a 3 minute walk to the office and pool area. The pool is so nice, salt water and heated. It was a great way to relax after a long walk on the beach or go for a quick swim before dinner. Behind the office is the BBQ area with 2 nice Weber bbq's. One was tempermental but I think the issue got dealt with. It was nice to do some grilling, go early to avoid a line, one night there was a line up of 4 people wanting to grill and only one bbq was working. The bbq's are kept in perfect condition, they looked brand new. The office has a ample laundry room and guest bathrooms as well as several local attraction brochures, papers, etc and the computer and printer came in handy to check-in for our return flight before hand and print our boarding passes.
The staff at Sea Shells are amazing, so warm, friendly and super helpful, they went above and beyond to make us feel welcome and help us in any way they could. A lot of residence that live at Sea Shells at least half the year are also great resources for things to see and do and it is so wonderful to talk to people from all over the world!
Lastly the beach...it took asking a few people to figure out where the path to the beach was. It's about a 8-10 minute walk away across the street and through a shady nice path between two other condo units. The beach is well worth the walk, great to go first things in the morning when the sun rises and check out the shells that have washed up. Also you are almost guaranteed to see dolphins fairly close to shore, one came right up almost onto the beach on my first morning, amazing to see. Only downfall is having to walk all the way back to go to the bathroom but worth the sacrafice.
Overall this is a wonderful property, in a very desirable area, short driving distance to shops, restaurants and the grocery stores on Periwinkle Way. Great bike paths too all over to use, although never got to rent a bike on this trip but will be next time I'm down on Sanibel next.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank Coz25
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Reviewed 26 July 2013

I have stayed at Unit #21 four times now and every year something new is done to enhance the beauty and comfort of this lovely two bedroom condo. Every thing you need is provided-games, beach towels, cart, chairs, all kitchen utensils, bath towels, etc. It is on the second floor next to the pool/office location, no elevator however. For those who enjoy nature and a breath of fresh air, I highly recommend Unit #21 at Sea Shells of Sanibel.

Room Tip: Unit #21 is superb!
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  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled with family
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3  Thank Sanibelbev
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Reviewed 10 July 2013

. We loved it! We stayed in unit 30. Seashells of Sanibel is very well kept, clean, quiet and has all the amenities you need for a wonderful beach vacation. The unit had beach chairs, umbrellas, beach toys, beach towels. The bedrooms are comfortable and well appointed and felt like home away from home! The location is great easy to get to Captiva and anywhere else on the island. The grounds are always beautiful and maintained. There really wasn't anything we didn't like! We will be back again and again!!

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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8  Thank JBilling1602
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Reviewed 7 June 2013

Sea Shells is a lovely, quiet little complex. We have stayed here five times. It's a good value, especially in the off season.
One important thing to know is that all the units are individually owned. The upgrades and amenities can vary a LOT, depending on which unit you select. Some units are definitely tired and need upgrading. When choosing your unit, be careful to examine the photos and the descriptions. Also, the higher the unit number, the further your walk to the beach will be. Look at the map before you book.
We stayed in Unit 1, which has been recently remodeled and is absolutely beautiful. Granite countertops, tall maple kitchen cabinets, stainless applianced, hurricane windows, and great bathrooms. This unit is closest to to the beach, which is a short walk to the beach access path.
The pool is very nice, there is on-site laundry, and there are communal gas grills.
Overall, if you want a nice place to stay that is budget friendly, this is it!

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  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank KarinSandyToes
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Address: 2840 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5719
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Kitchenette Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 45 Speciality Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range: £112 - £235 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Sea Shells of Sanibel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 44
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