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Guest Testimonials

“Perfect girl’s weekend!”

My friend and I booked a reservation with the Island Inn based on the reviews. Needless to say we were NOT disappointed! The Kimball house was perfect. It was updated and quaint (and perfectly clean). We stayed on the 1st floor ocean side. Our “porch” door opened right onto the sand and we were literally steps away from the beach. We could not have been more pleased! My family enjoyed “watching” us from the North on the beachcam!
The staff was very nice. I would definitely stay here again! The only downside were the noseeums (of which we had many itchy bites) but that is not something the hotel can control- it’s mother’s nature’s fault!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 26, 2015

“First and lasting impression … superb!”

Excellent! Not one critical thing to add! Check inn staff called my cell when room was ready. The room was beautifully updated and the enclosed screened patio was an added bonus. The warm cinnamon scones are the best I’ve had anywhere.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 13, 2015

“Breakfast is also good”

Really loved staying at Island Inn. The beach is great for shelling! Kids loved the pool too. Breakfast is also good.
- Expedia Review
Date of review: January 4, 2015

“Perfect in every way!”

Perfect in every way! Rooms updated and simply beautiful! Very clean! We loved the amazing warm cinnamon scones served at breakfast . All staff were very kind , courteous and helpful.
- Expedia Review
Date of review: December 21, 2014

“Clean and updated”

We booked this hotel to attend a wedding on the island. The hotel is very well kept up and has many fun activities. The staff were all very friendly and informative. Bike rentals were offered right on the property.
The hotel room was very clean and updated. It was nice that the room had a mini fridge so we could store water and drinks.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: December 9, 2014

“He proposed and I said yes!”

Quaint , perfect setting. Very comfortable beds. Wonderful beach and old Florida style restaurant. Friendly staff , will definitely go back. Recommend for couples and families alike. Lots of shells on the beach , beautiful sunset , he proposed and I said yes !!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 27, 2014

“Room was extremely comfortable”

We arrived at the hotel earlier than the advertised check in time and were able to check in early. The lady at reception was excellent and took time to talk us through all of the hotel amenities and local activities. The room was extremely comfortable and well equipped for our two night stay. The pool was nicely located right by the beach. I enjoyed the beach walk that was hosted by a marine naturalist from the Bailey Shell museum by the very knowledgeable Becky. Lastly we also enjoyed waving to the grandchildren back home via the live webcam.
- Expedia Review
Date of review: November 2, 2014

“Nice setup provides privacy”

Nice set up provides privacy. Staff was pleasant and helpful. Pool was beautifully clean. Breakfast was good for a complimentary offering. The room had lovely decor and the entire compound was sparkling clean. Out the door and onto the beach!
- Expedia Review
Date of review: October 24, 2014

“Quiet and relaxing!”

My husband and I stayed at the Island Inn for a quiet and relaxing weekend on the beach and we couldn’t have picked a better location. The Inn is beautiful, quiet, clean and the staff is very friendly. The beach in front of the hotel is beautiful with the most breathtaking sunsets! Offers great amenities like bikes, kayaks, paddle boards to rent. Once you arrive, park your car and bike into town. There are bike trails on the whole island. We will definitely be back!!! I would highly recommend.
TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 11, 2014

“Beautiful Secluded Getaway” 

Clean and recently updated rooms in the Kimbal Lodge. Bright, breezy welcoming rooms. Quiet spectacular water view from king size bed suites. Looking forward to our next stay. Very reasonable in the off season, although very hot the beginning of Sept.

TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 11, 2014

“Fantastic stay!”

We just got back from a few days in Sanibel staying at the Island Inn. It was great. The people were great – very friendly, very helpful, the room was clean and comfortable, the continental breakfast had a lot of pastries that were very fresh. Ana from housekeeping put towel art on the bed (an elephant one day and a dog another) – its little touches like that that impress us. There was also an informative talk and walk on the beach from the Sanibel Shell Museum.
TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 11, 2014

“Everything about the Island Inn,Sanibel, is PERFECT!” 

Sanibel Island is overall beautiful, quiet, relaxed and maintains the “old” Florida atmosphere as does the Island Inn. The Inn is a perfect choice for a romantic getaway or a stay with the kids. You will enjoy every minute of your time there. The Gulf, beach , sunrise and sunset simply awesome.


TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 18, 2014

“Great stay!” 

We spent two nights with our grown daughters at the Island Inn. We had a Gulfview studio in Starky Lodge on the 2nd floor. Great accomadations for 4. Such a short walk to the beach and pool. The grounds are very well kept. We rented bikes from the office and biked all around the island. We will stay here again when we return to Sanibel Island.
TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 18,2014

“Perfect in all the right ways.”

The Island Inn, beautiful hotel, excellent beach, awesome pool, good breakfast, convenient laundry, helpful staff, beautiful room, clean comfortable, recently and wonderfully renovated! (Kimball Lodge room 273) perfect view. Listened to the waves all night long. 1.5 miles from town, rent a bike at the front desk and get all your shopping done without ever getting back in your car. Umbrellas and chairs for the beach available. Don’t second guess a well made decision to stay here!
TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 18,2014

“Great Stay at Island Inn”

5 of 5 starsMy wife and I stayed at the Island Inn this past weekend and had a wonderful time. When I booked the room I mentioned that we were celebrating our 25th anniversary. When we checked in and entered our room, we found a pair of swans on the bed made from towels and flowers, a welcome message and a pair of wine glasses with a bottle of Champagne! A very nice way to start the weekend. The staff is friendly, the property is well kept and the rooms are updated and very nice! The ocean view from the 2nd floor of the Mathews lodge is spectacular! The pool is clean and the water a perfect temperature.The hotel restaurant is also very nice. We would recommend Island Inn to all of our family and friends and will be staying there again in the future.
TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 23,2014

“Excellent! Wanted to stay longer.”

Stayed here with my husband for four nights while travelling around Florida earlier this month. Had I known that we were going to enjoy it so much I would have booked a longer break but we had to move on due to other commitments.

The room had two queen beds, a modern mini kitchen and a large bathroom with two wash basins, closet with safe, and a separate toilet and bath/shower. Everything was spotlessly clean, extra towels always provided and the toiletries were replaced every day. The housekeeping staff did an excellent job and we’re always cheerful. In fact we never came across any member of staff here who was not pleasant and helpful.

The continental breakfast consisted of fresh fruit salad, very nice croissants and other pastries, boiled eggs, yogurts, orange and grapefruit juice, coffee and tea. The only additional thing I would have liked would have been some cereal. I must make a special mention of the breakfast staff who were very accommodating, always smiling, nothing was too much trouble.

The main restaurant was closed in the evenings for the duration of our stay so I can’t comment on the food. It would have been nice not to have to drive to a restaurant every evening but the others were all too far away to walk to.

We loved Sanibel Island. On most (every?) morning a member of staff from the Shell Museum gives a talk in the hotel and then guides the group along the beach for about an hour, identifying shells and giving information on the local shore/sea life including turtles. Good fun and worth doing. The Shell Museum is also well worth a visit.

We really liked the Ding Darling wildlife refuge. You can cycle or walk the various trails and there is a one way car drive through it. The highlight of our visit was seeing a manatee playing in the water close to the road for about half an hour or so. If you are interested in birdwatching you will also enjoy this refuge, particularly at low tide when the birds gather on the sandbanks. I want to go back there!

TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 23,2014


“Centrally located – lots to do!”
The Inn is really centrally located especially if you like to bike. We rented cruisers right from the Inn. The bike path is directly across the street and the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge is only 1.5 miles away. A very nice ride! The bike path takes you to the corner of Rabbit and San-Cap Rd (Doc Ford’s Bar and Grille on the corner) and Ding Darling is only a bit further down San-Cap Rd. After your ride I suggest a lunch at Doc Fords . Round trip, including the bike ride through the Wildlife Refuge is approx. 11 miles (the Refuge is 4 miles long but only one way, so you need to ride all the way back to the entrance via the bike on San-Cap Rd) . If you are adventurous you could bike in the opposite direction from the Inn and visit the LightHouse. Bike paths all the way! Roundtrip it was about 13 miles and took us 2.5 hours (round trip). With 1-speed cruisers we had a nice leisurely pace.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 14, 2013

“Favorite place in Sanibel”
We stayed at the Island Inn for the second time in October 2013 for 4 nights; it was just as great as we remembered. This time, we stayed in Matthews Lodge in a double room. The rooms are clean, spacious, and well decorated. There is a small kitchen and screen in balcony with a table and chairs. To save time, we ordered groceries online from Jerry’s and had them delivered to the room before our arrival. The Island Inn provides a satisfying continental breakfast and we used our groceries for lunch; only really leaving the property once a day for dinner. We also ate dinner one night at Traditions which was very good. The atmosphere provided at the Island Inn is relaxing, affordable, and accommodating. We look forward to going back.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 24, 2013

“Unpretentious and laid back”
I recently spent 3 nights in one of the cottages facing the gulf at the Island Inn for a girls getaway long weekend. The unpretentious Island Inn was everything we expected and more. Relaxing, laid back, friendly, welcoming, clean and comfortable.
Great location, staff very informative, beach beautiful and uncrowded. Pool delightful.
Traditions restaurant is a must. Can’t wait to go back to the Island Inn.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 23, 2013

“Old Florida charmer”
I stayed in the Starky building and loved the room. The view was gorgeous, the kitchen had full amenities, the room was spacious with 2 queen beds. Great value.
I loved the continental breakfast, everything I enjoy. Had dinner one night at the restaurant and it was delicious!
There are no screened balconies in the Starky rooms and I didn’t miss it a bit. With the beach so close I never wanted to sit on a patio.
There were so many seashells on the beach right in front of the hotel that I was in heaven!
I definitely would go back to this “old Florida” charmer!!!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 12, 2013

“Rest and Relaxation”
This is a first time for my husband and myself visiting Sanibel Island and staying at the Island Inn. All I we can say is “WOW,” what a beautiful island. What a wonderful Inn. We will stay here again in the future . We are impressed with the “Matthew Lodge Gulf View.” Clean rooms with daily maid service if requested. Continental breakfast is great. Dinner at Traditions,” if we choose. Everyone is so kind and helpful. The view is amazing. The private beach is excellent. Shelling is wonderful. I have too many good things to say. We thank you “Island Inn” staffers. We will be back.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 16, 2013

“A Perfect Getaway”
Island Inn provides a comfortable and relaxed setting to getaway and enjoy some of the best life has to offer. With the beach footsteps from the rooms you have acess to fun in the sun during the day, beautiful sunsets, and moonlit walks at night. The rooms were pleasantly decorated with a new, fresh, and inviting cottage style. The staff was friendly and helpful offering great suggestions for island activities and providing excellent service. Although this trip was a long weekend I left feeling with sense that the easy days on the island made this vacation perfect!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 14, 2013

“Nice place to stay”
We spent 5 days here, they were a great 5 days. The hotel is located in a great place. Bikes rentals were at the front desk. The rooms were always kept clean. Microwave and a mini refrigerator were provided for snacks and a cold one. It was nice to always have a cold one and some dip and chips. Breakfast was provided free in the dining room. Cold cereal, fruit, yogurt and hard boiled eggs were filling to get you going in the morning. The dinner ticket they give you at check-in is a little sketchy, the price for dinner seemed to be cheaper without the coupon. You can hop a bike and pedal the area to see the beautiful homes and hotels. Watch out for the wild life, you will definitely see them in the air and on the ground. The pool was clean refreshing after the bike ride or spending time on the beach. The beach was super. Shells, shells and more shells, we brought back about 5 pounds to share with out family. Dolphins can be seen almost all the time. This is not a 5 star hotel like you would find in the Bahamas or in West Palm Beach, but it fits in with the rest of the hotels and homes in the Sanibel area. We would return again.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 14, 2013

“Great Trip”
My wife and I just returned from a four night stay in the Kimble lodge. The room was very nice and well cared for. Everyone who worked there were great ambassadors and the other guests all seemed to enjoying their stay. We fished from the beach and it was good. We took a fishing charter on Tarpon bay and had agreat time. The last thing we did on the island was to book 4 more nights in august.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 13, 2013

“A Lovely Place to stay”
Many years ago our family spent a spring break in Fort Meyers Beach and visited Sanibel and Captiva very briefly (never made it to the beach). This Spring my husband and I stayed in a second floor, gulf view, kitchen suite in Kimball Lodge for 2 nights to see a bit more of this beautiful island. Our beachfront accomodations were great and Island Inn has a lovely, old Florida feel but very much updated with lots of property, family cottages as well as lodges, a pool, shuffle board, restaurant etc. We really enjoyed our private balcony, the beach just steps away, and the complimentary breakfast (hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, yogurt, pasteries, coffee) which kept us going all morning. It was a great stay! The one thing that did surprise me were the number of “big box” condo buildings that I passed on my long beach walk…I was expecting a more rugged, secluded feel as Sanibel surely was long ago. At the end of April (May 1st begins low season rates) there were still police directing traffic in some spots so I can’t imagine what the island is like during high season!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 9, 2013

“Best vacation ever!!”
My husband and I just returned from our first (of many) vacations to Sanibel Island. We spent 5 nights in Matthew’s Lodge. We loved having the screened porch! It was amazing to sit there in the morning drinking coffee and listening to the waves. It was also great in the evening to not have to deal with bugs. The room was clean and comfortable. We didn’t spend much time in it due to the gorgeous weather. We ate dinner in the restaurant one night. It was wonderful. All the staff at the inn was friendly and helpful. We spent most of our time laying on the beach and looking for shells. My husband found some gorgeous ones. There was nothing about this vacation and inn that I didn’t love. Being able to take our own cooler to the beach cut down the cost considerably. Awesome!!!!!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 9, 2013

“Nice location on Sanibel Island”
The best thing about this hotel is the location, right on the beach with lots of seashells. It’s really an older motel that has been converted into an inn. My deal with hotwire was not honored when I got there because it was made after office hours but after a little negotiation we were able to get a room. The room was clean and updated from the original. There is an italian restaurant that seems to cater to the older crowd though there were people of all ages.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 7, 2013

“What a wonderful place to stay!”
My husband and I returned on April 27 from a 7-night stay (I wrote an earlier review but wanted to do some minor editing and so it had to be deleted). We were in Kimball, with a kitchen and screened-in gulf view balcony. What a wonderful place to stay! The Inn reminded me of the beach resort my parents took me to in the early 1960s. The Inn has lots of charm AND 21st century amenities. When I made our reservation I mentioned we’d be celebrating our anniversary during our stay. When we arrived there was a really nice welcome note and a bottle of sparkling wine in the fridge! It’s rare to find that attention to detail and welcome at other resorts. Every staff member we came into contact with – at the front desk, breakfast, and the housekeeping/grounds crew – was unfailingly pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed the breakfasts. The pastries were very flaky and delicious (I’d love to get the recipe for the raspberry pastry). The eggs and yogurt were good and provided sufficient protein. Overall, the breakfast offerings were excellent. The shelling at the beach was so good we didn’t bother to go anywhere else. We ate at Traditions and were happy with our dinner and the service. We also enjoyed tennis, shuffleboard, and horseshoes at the Inn. We definitely would like to return to the Inn and I’ve already recommended the Inn to friends. Thank you for helping to make our vacation a terrific one.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 7, 2013

Ours was a 4 day, 3 night stay in Kimball Lodge; 2nd floor with kitchen. The weather can’t be controlled but we were blessed with beautiful weather which enhanced an already wonderful destination. We wound up at Island Inn because our first choice (also in top 6 on Trip Advisor) didn’t have online reservations and the other location’s poor communication made it difficult to book with them, but….so glad it worked out that way. Island Inn is now our first choice! The reservation process was flawless and the reminder email prior to our visit was the best I’ve ever received. Our room was very nicely decorated, comfortable and even had a screened balcony facing the beach. We didn’t eat dinner at Traditions, only breakfast, but met a few people who just raved about it. All staff we encountered were extremely friendly and easily identifiable, regardless where they were working. Unlike the other location where we didn’t go, this location’s beach access is free of stickers (little thorny weeds that embed themselves in bare feet) and had foot washing stations.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 5, 2013

“Great location”
Trip Advisor gives you a fair and honest impression of what to expect at the Island Inn. Full of old world charm we stayed in Kimball just 15 seconds walk from the wonderful beach. On our first morning we spotted dolphins a few metres from the shore. The Island was very busy as it was Spring break but once you are on the island, why would you want to leave!? As first timers to Florida we were very impressed with the customer service and the location we chose to spend our first week before heading to Orlando. Yes, the breakfast is predictable but then it is complimentary and the service with a smile from the staff makes the walk to the restaurant worthwhile alone. We hired bikes for 3 days – well worth while and ate at Traditions twice – good if not a little pricey as are most good restaurants on the island. We would certainly return and it would be 5/5 but for the lack of breakfast variety and pricey Traditions.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 4, 2013

“Beautiful Place to stay”
On our trip through Florida we made a stopover on Sanibel Island. The Island Inn is a beautiful place to stay with a private beach. The rooms are clean and the people are very friendly. We liked it!!!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 4, 2013

“Great hotel, laid back atmosphere”
Very pleased with the hotel. We stayed in the Kimball block, room was comfortable and clean. Fridge and microwave but no crockery or utensils.

Breakfast was basic, could have done with a bit more choice, toaster perhaps and give the pastries a miss.

Staff were very friendly, the bloke collecting the sunbeds at the end of the day was always pleasant having a quick chat with you on the beach each evening. I was impressed with their thoughtfulness as they put a bottle of sparkling wine in the room on our arrival as it was our daughter’s 21st birthday.

Grounds are well maintained.

Location is great although slightly disappointed with the beach, quite narrow in places.

Would definately return.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 2, 2013

“Old Florida Charm”
We spent the end of our Florida vacation here and wished we had stayed here longer.
The beach was the shelliest place we found on Sanibel. We covered the blue table on the porch with shells and had a towel on the floor with more! Our 2nd floor Kimball Queen suite was clean and the bed was very comfortable. We enjoyed the screened porch for coffee in the morning, drinks in the afternoon and we watched the sunset on the front 2nd floor porch with our Stone Crab Dinner.
We rented bikes and toured the area, we didnt have a chance to have dinner at Traditions, but there is live music everynight and we stopped in one night for drinks at the bar and danced with the band and other guests. The free breakfast is perfect—pastries, fresh fruit, yougurt, juice and hot beverages.
Bring a flashlight the grounds are dark at night.
The Inn is old fashioned, grounds are beautiful and we felt we were really away from it all. We will be back!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 28, 2013

“Comfortable stay in a lovely spot”
The Island Inn is an old fashioned kind of a resort, with very helpful staff. The block that our room was in looked a bit like a prefab office block when we first went in but our room was fine; very clean and large. There was a large shared balcony and kind of social/games room which was good to have in our block.

We really loved Sanibel and would go back; hiring bikes to go around the nature park was great. It was so relaxing and different to anywhere else I’d been to in the US. Not sure if we’d go back to the Island Inn.

Traditions (the on site restaurant was overpriced with not great food – lovely views slightly hindered by dusty shutters which isn’t so pleasant to be right next to when eating; although I understand the restaurant isn’t run by the Island Inn owners.)

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 22, 2013

“Winter Relief”
My wife and I stayed for 4 Nights. We stayed in the Gulfview Deluxe Room @ Kimball Lodge, Rm 248 it was very clean. The mattress was to hard for us, however I found out later I should of asked for a different mattress because they said they have alternative mattresses(hard, softer, ect.) that is on me I should have known. The porch(lanai) was screened in. I loved sitting there early in the morning (I am up at 5am can’t help it) having my coffee while my wife slept just listening to the waves coming in, fantastic. We had a rent a car so we were able to get around to see all the restaurants and sights. We even went into Fort Myers one day, I’d rather stay on Sanibel Island though to busy. If you like to bicycle it is a fantastic place to be also. You can go all over the Island on a bicycle and you can rent them right there.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 22, 2013

“Relaxing and Low Key”
My husband and I just completed a 4 night stay at the Island Inn in Sanibel, Florida. We were very comfortable there…..very friendly, welcoming office staff, clean and manicured grounds, our room was spotless, which is very important to me. I never saw any kind of bug the entire stay. Loved the large screened in porch which faced the gulf. The full kitchen was great, handy for heating up our restaurant leftovers. Great beach access, it was nice being able to take the chaise lounges onto the beach. We rented bikes right from the office, as well as a beach umbrella. The pool could have been larger, as it was full of families with small children most of the time, but we were more than happy swimming in the 80 degree gulf water. Beds were a bit too firm for my taste, I am used to a pillow-top mattress, but overall, if you don’t need an over the top, upscale type of hotel, the quiet, charming old Florida style Island Inn is for you. Very nice place!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 22, 2013

“Long Weekend Getaway”
We had been to Sanibel for the day a few years ago but wanted to go back to spend some time there. This long weekend has just made us want to go back again! The hotel is clean and well maintained. You would never think this hotel was over 100 years old. The staff is very friendly and the rooms are clean and well appointed. We loved being able to relax in the pool after spending the day shelling or biking. The town of Sanibel is definitely a bikers dream – you can bike pretty much anywhere on the island.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 22, 2013

“First time on Sanibel”
We are not shell collectors. We did not care for the beach, you can’t walk without shoes. While it’s a beautiful view, we preferred the pool. The room was ok. They worked hard to make sure things were clean, but some sort of night crawlers came out overnight and they were on walls and floors in the morning. Staff would have them disappear by afternoon.

Breakfast was typical continental, nothing special thought nice to have. The Inn is not close to much. Bike rentals on site were a big bonus. We did ride quite a bit and the island has good bike paths.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 18, 2013

“Lovely Anniversary Visit”
We so loved, loved our visit to Island Inn. We were there November 2012. The location, the grounds, our cottage and the staff were ever so perfect. We stayed in the Matthews Cottage, 3 couples with plenty of room. The close access to the beach was super. I would never even consider anywhere else and would certainly tell everyone to go there. Charming comes to mine but Perfect is a better description!!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 16, 2013

“Casual and comfortable”
Just spent a long weekend at the Island Inn. First stay on Sanibel. Reminds me of Harbour County Michigan. The resort is a well established spot. We found the accommodations clean, simple and comfortable. The screened in porch on the first floor of Matthews Lodge, room 211, next to the office, made me nervous at first, but was actually lovely. We enjoyed sitting out in the mid afternoon out of the sun or early evening people watching the folks coming to dinner at Traditions, the on site restaurant. Despite the proximity to these areas, it felt private, quiet and relaxed. This is not an elegant, upscale resort. But at this price point, it was perfect. We had originally booked a spot for $100.00 more per night, but as I read disparate reviews, we decided to go for a modest price with lower expectations. Island Inn was perfect. Relaxed, laid back, quiet. Could use more shade umbrellas for beach and pool and some new beach chairs. Pool is small and mostly for the kids. Good old fashioned laid back Floridian charm. Nice beach access to walk and go shelling and take in the sun, surf and sunset. Good access to the main road with restaurants and bike rentals for the many paths. Worked for us. Provided me with a feather pillow on request.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 14, 2013

“Great Spring Break Week!”
We were looking for a relaxing, charming, resort style place with a little “old Florida” charm. We found it! Rooms were very clean and comfortable (we stayed in the Matthews buiding). View was beautiful and the staff was very friendly. Breakfast coffee and pastries were a great way to start the day in the lodge. Location is perfect, sun sets are spectacular.

We hope to visit again.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 13, 2013

“Charming inn”
The Island Inn in Sanibel Island, Florida, is the island’s oldest inn and it is a lovely, well-situated property right on the Gulf. My husband & I have been visiting this inn for years. We stay in Kimball Lodge, one of several buildings at the inn and it is situated overlooking the Gulf. Our room was clean and very spacious. The employees are friendly and helpful. The inn has a heated pool, shuffleboard, volleyball & wonderful beach lounge chairs that one can take on the beach. The shelling is incomparable. It is the only inn that offers a complimentary, continental breakfast. The rates are reasonable compared to other similar properties. One can also rent bicycles at the inn. The restaurant at the inn is one of the better ones on the island. We will return again next year!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 10, 2013

“Wonderful stay at the Island Inn”
Long weekend getaway April 5-8th at the Island Inn, Sanibel, Florida. We arrived early prior to the check-in at 3pm. The front desk personnel took my cell phone number and said she would try to accommodate us for early check-in. We were called at 1:30 stating our room was ready and that we could check in. Overall they were very efficient and willing to help in anyway. We stayed in a Gulfview Studio, Starky Lodge. The rooms are appointed very nicely and are not beat-up. You can tell they have recently been renovated – nice granite counter-tops, appliances, comfortable beds, hardwood floors. There is a window air conditioner and a nice ceiling fan. Housekeeping staff very efficient. There is no balcony but a very large window faces the gulf of mexico. Continental breakfast from 8 to 10 in the a.m. could have more choices (lots of pastries) but hard boiled eggs, fruit and low-fat yogurt were nice healthful choices. Restaurant on premises, Traditions on the Beach, (dinner only) very good food, good service. They have bicycles for rent and chairs for use on the beach are free. Swimming pool is very nice. They do not have a pool-side bar (go to WestWind Inn for that; 1/2 mile away). They do not have a fitness center. Overall very nice place; would definitely go there again. Happy Shelling!!!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 9, 2013

“Second Time’s The Charm”
My wife, two daughters and I stayed at the Island Inn last year and had a great time. In fact, we had such a good time that we made the unprecedented decision to repeat our vacation this year. How would we feel about our stay the second time around?
Surprisingly, we LOVED our stay as much this year as we did the last despite the less than wonderful weather. This year we stayed at another cottage, the Sea Grape and it was wonderful. In some ways it was the polar opposite of the Matthews Cottage in that while the Sea Grape may lack historical charm, it more than made up for it with a number of modern/updated furnishings.
As I mentioned, the weather did not cooperate as well as we would have liked this year. But the Island Inn saved the day. Last year, my family and I did nothing but relax on the private beach front area in front of the Inn. Because of the weather, we needed other options. Since the Island Inn was centrally located (you can literally reach most places by bicycle : restaurants, grocery stores, Ding Darling, C.R.O.W, etc.) we took full advantage of what Sanibel had to offer. Plus, the Inn’s heated pool was a godsend!
The staff were all wonderful, and bent over backwards to assist us, and the complimentary breakfast was just what we needed .
Our stay was just as good as last year, and in some ways, better.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 8, 2013

“Island Inn Grows on You”
Just returned from a 4-night stay at the Island Inn. Myself and my two
adult daughters. The resort is ideally located AWAY from Periwinkle Road
- which was gridlock for most of our stay. Who wants to spend their
vacation stuck in traffic ? Short trips to the market or a couple
excellent restaurants were easy to navigate without going on the main
drag. The resort offers plenty to do – bikes, kayaks and paddle boards
to rent. Beach chairs, volleyball, shuffleboard, horseshoes are free.
Rainy-day game room is a great idea! Lots of common areas for all guests
to enjoy. Our room was clean and tidy. Staff is friendly and helpful.
The resort was booked solid, yet it didn’t feel overly busy and we never
felt crowded. We met some very nice people. Maid service was always
timely everyday. The “Continental breakfast” consists of coffee, juice,
limited choice of yogurt, assortment of bad pastries, and what my
waitress-while-in-college daughters refer to as “bucket” fruit. How hard
could it be to put out some cereal and milk? Maybe plug in a toaster?
Once was enough of that – we bought cereal and bananas etc and had in our
room. The bedsheets were thin and rough – not something you would want
to sleep on with a sunburn! At $350 per night, I expected a better
breakfast and softer sheets. And some of the bikes and paddleboards have
broken seats and half-ripped straps. There are some out-buildings on the
resort that seem to have no purpose. They are rundown and detract from
the resort’s appearance, as does the cache of garbage cans/dumpsters that
I think are supposed to be hidden behind the restaurant but are actually
quite visable. What a contrast to the lush, manicured, landscaped
entrance. And so goes the whole resort – it’s a great big oxymoran,
contrasting most things quite good with other things not so much.
Shortcomings aside, the Island Inn is still a definate thumbs-up for us.
We will be back

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 5, 2013

“First Time At Island Inn”
We have visited Sanibel for the last seven years for our anniversary trip and stayed at a hotel just down the beach from Island Inn for a week . I found my prior location to be in a year after year downward spiral and mentioned it on this forum twice and to the hotel management. I could no longer take the deterioration of this once fine establishment both in the physical appearance and the staff attitude. Last year I did a little looking around and reading up on area hotels on West Gulf Drive and decided to try the Island Inn. I was not disappointed except for the cold weather in any aspect of my stay. I got right into my room in the early afternoon on a very busy day. The rental bikes were cheap, plentiful and easy to ride. The porch was a super additon and we ate lunch at the table several times. Large ice machine, clean laundry room with several machines, plenty of chairs for the beach, the breakfast was open before the announced opening of 8 am, the little library, free computer access the barbeque grills which we used and the general cleanliness of the grounds.
Traditions was a one night event for us during our week long stay because we prefer to dine at various locations. The service and meal was top notch and the waiter gets five stars,
We get up and get out early. This was recognized by the lady who did an outstanding job every day with our rooms. She had our room ready every day when we returned sometimes as early as eleven am.
The entire staff was friendly and there for you. They always asked how we were doing and what we might need.
We couldn’t wait until next March and already booked for the big house on 01/01/2014. Better book this place quick.
Keep up the terrific work.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 2, 2013

“A friendly low key vacation”
The Island Inn is fairly large, lots of rooms and a few cottages, but it was also very peaceful. I kept wondering where all the people were. I loved sitting on our screened in balcony looking out at the ocean. The room was very comfortable, the mattress anesthetic! I have never slept so well. Their long beach front was wonderful and walking the beach an incredible pleasure. I developed the Sanibel stoop as I picked up all kinds of shells. There were two lounges with books, puzzles, and games as well as several shuffleboard courts. The pool is small, but I never saw more than 7 people in it. Continental breakfast which is included was skimpy. The exact same food every day, no toast or other non sweet bread stuff, and no cereal. If you go, bring your own cereal, especially if you have children. You would not want them eating donuts or pastry every day.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 30, 2013

“Island Inn”
Service at the Island Inn was wonderful! We had a room in the Kimball lodge, first floor overlooking the gulf. Very private, but just a quick stroll to the beach. It would have been nice to have a few more choices for the complementary breakfast, but overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 20, 2013

“Truly wonderful!”
We only stayed 1 night….but I thought it was the best night of our 7 day trip to the area. Very friendly staff, our room was near the back of Kimball Lodge, but we had an unobstructed view of the beach and had the patio door open all night to hear the waves crashing on the beach. The room was very cute, nice and clean, comfy beds, a nice bathroom which was recently renovated, very good shower. It was very quiet on the property, not many people around, so it was perfect.

It was wonderful to stay right on the beach and take long walks. The pool is tiny, and luckily no one else was using it. The property is very nicely maintained. The location is also quite nice, the beach wasn’t too busy. Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate, it was mostly overcast the 2 days on Sanibel so we didn’t experience the sunset. Even after we checked out they made us feel welcome to stay on the property.

Also, bad luck for us, was the “red tide” problem the area has been having, lots of dead fish floating in the water and washing up on the beach, but it wasn’t too bad here at the beach at the Island Inn. It didn’t get in the way of enjoying our time at the Island Inn and I would love to return!! The sea shells on the beach are amazing!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 19, 2013

My fiance and I spent a week in March at the Island Inn. It is a beautiful place, the sunset from the Inn are amazing. The staff was very friendly and helpful, we even recruited one of the staff to be our photographer one afternoon. Cant wait to go back next year!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 16, 2013

“Lovely and Low Key”
I just spent five days on vacation here and had a very relaxing time. I stayed in a Gulf View room at Matthews Lodge which came as advertised. There was a wonderful screened-in porch with a view of the property and Gulf. My room had a comfortable sleeping area and a fully equipped kitchen that served my needs. There were also charcoal grills on the property as well as a smallish heated . The beach was a short walk away with lounge chairs and towels available. All of the staff I encountered were professional and friendly. Bikes, kayaks, and paddle boards were available for rental. Close to Ding Darling. I can’t wait to return next year.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 15, 2013

Excellent facility, nice old charm. Friendly helpful staff, great sunset views. Only thing I’d change is waiter “George” at Traditions, the restaurant on site, he was awful. Food was great though! Can’t wait to go back.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 15, 2013

“My Favorite Paradise”
The oldest and most beautiful hotel on sanibel! It has so much charm, it’s incredible. Most of the rooms have balconys or walk out onto the beach. There are only about 50 rooms on this huge property, so you never feel like you’re at a crowded resort. They have a pool, volleyball, kayaks to rent… so fun!

One of my favorite things is the little library they have with all of the old photo albums about the hotel. So fun.

My girlfriends and i stayed in one of the cottages that had french doors opening up to the beach! It was so gorgeous. All the beds were comfortable, and the rooms were perfectly decorated – you knew you were at the beach, but it wasnt tacky or kitchy like some of these places!!!

The staff were super sweet and helpful with restaurant suggestions and attractions. They also have Tradition’s On the Beach restaurant right there on the property! A must-do. It was our favorite dinner when we were there.

I’d definitely say this is the perfect place to go unwind with your friends, spouse or family. BUT if you insist on doing work or checking your facebook, they have free Wifi :) It’s nice to know you wont be charged an extra $10 here and there. The price we were quoted is what we payed! No resort fee!

I love the island inn. i can’t wait to go back!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 14, 2013

“A little piece of paradise!”
We found this gem when researching hotels for an overnight get-a-way and to satisfy a shelling obsession my wife has since we retired to the east coast of Florida last June from Ohio. The Island Inn satisfied both needs of a great deal (October) and an amazing selection of sea shells. Since that first visit, we have longed to return to the Island Inn, what for only one night became our little piece of paradise on the Gulf coast. We can not wait to return next fall to once again enjoy all the Inn has to offer its guests. The Island Inn is not a luxurious resort but rather a small haven that caters to its guests. Initially when we checked in one woman sitting off to the right behind the check-in desk, was not the most cordial, welcoming individual and we though “OH NO”. The young lady who checked us in however, could not be more pleasant and wonderful. As a matter of fact she shared that a young boy the day before we arrived collected a huge shell from their beach and that put my wife in a frenzy to get to the water. The rest of the staff was terrific and went out of their way to provide great customer service. I have read complaints on here about this and that which is hogwash. The facilities were fully renovated and the “free” continental breakfast was filling with donuts, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. Like I shared, the price was great in the fall and we could not return this spring because prices were considerably higher during their “high” season. However, research the other area hotels and resorts, Sanibel is not a cheap place to visit, but the Island Inn’s location and eagerness to please was worth it and you will not get closer to the beach. The nice thing is they allow you to drag the chaise lounges a small distance to the water. We love the Island Inn, my wife especially with all the shells she collected right within a shell’s throw of our door (bad pun). We can’t wait to return to the Island Inn this fall!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 12, 2013

“What’s Not to Like??”
We found Island Inn almost two years ago to the date. Since our initial visit, we have travelled back from Nashviile TN many times to enjoy this laid back, quaint little piece of paradise. I am counting the days impatiently to our next visit in April.

Island Inn is not a new, ultra luxurious resort. It is a small establishment that caters to its guests. The staff is wonderful and goes out of their way to provide really great customer service. As soon as we enter the office, we feel “at home.” The facilities are fully renovated. We have watched this business grow so much in two years. Not by the number of rooms thankfully but, by putting money back into the business and offering more amenities for the guests.

Are the rates expensive? Yes. However, please research the Sanibel/Captiva area. This island area is a touch expensive. The inn’s rates are not out of line, accordingly. If condos are what you like, they are abundant. While they may be seem cost efficient, you will not get closer to the beach on Sanibel than Island Inn. I told my boss about Island Inn but, he opted for a condo. I had to chuckle when I saw his pictures. It looks like we visited two entirely different places. His condo rental complex was crowded, 100+ rental units and he had a lot more distance between the beach and his screened in porch than we do. Sorry but, we like dragging the lounges a short distance to the water and enjoying the beautiful crystal clear water. The beach is just an amazing work of art by Mother Nature.

The breakfast is limited but, we find it nice it’s provided. Sometimes we take advantage of it and other times we cook in the kitchen in our room, provided we have one. Our personal favorite is the Kimball Lodge. We stayed at Matthews Lodge the last visit. We had more room to spread out and a larger screened in porch. However, it is farther from the beach. We like being as close to water as possible. However, every room we’ve had has been very nice. If no rooms are available with a screened in porch, we choose a different time. We LOVE our private screened in porch!! We love Island Inn!! It’s a place we seek shelter, to totally relax and escape the hectic pace of our daily lives. Thank you Island Inn for providing such a great place, and a wonderful staff. We can’t wait to see you April 8th!!

Traditions is an excellent restaurant with fine dining. We reserve the restaurant for special occasions, as it is expensive. We are happy to buy some groceries, and lay on the beach as much as possible. Our favorite place on island to purchase groceries is Jerry’s. They have a wonderful selection of foods. Jerry’s sets in a complex that has beautiful gardens and wonderful exotic birds. Doc Ford’s is a must for lunch … outdoor dining, if you choose and wonderful food!!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 6, 2013

“relaxing girl’s weekend”
My grown daughter and I were at the Island Inn for three nights as a getaway. I chose it because it sounded low-key and quiet. Our room was lovely, two queen beds, lots of comfy pillows, a great kitchen and bath. The only thing I missed was private outdoor space, we had no balcony or porch. But we got Margaritas at the bar and sat on the beach! It was exactly as I hoped it would be. We got lunch stuff at the grocery store. We ate at Traditions our last night and it was a FABULOUS meal. A bit pricey, but everything we had was amazing. The live music was subdued and enjoyable. I am sure that I will return with my husband in the future or perhaps a yearly event with my daughter!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 5, 2013

“Nice Beach Hotel.”
We stayed 6 nights in the end of our 2 weeks’ vacation in South Florida, Feb 2013.
We had a good room with a kitchen and balcony with sea view. Everything was fine and the staff very friendly.The location on the beach is absolutely perfect.

The first morning we had breakfast in the restaurant. We missed some bread and oatmeal, so the next morning’s we enjoyed breakfast in our room with sea view.
We had dinner 3 nights in the restaurant “Tradition in the beach”. The name tells the truth. It is a good classic restaurant with mix of seafood/Italian/American food. I will remember the fresh Oysters, the steak and the Key Lime Pie. The 3 nights we had live music – traditional style.

There is a small heated pool at the hotel, but for a longer swim I preferred the big one – the Gulf. Be prepared! – in February the water is cold, much colder than the pool. But come on – just do it!

At the hotel we rented bikes 4 days. It was a very good experience. We hit every bike route on Sanibel and Captiva. The bike routes on Sanibel are separated from the roads. It is secure and very good.
I did have some trouble with the WI-FI in the room, but actually it was OK on the balcony.

The highlights of Sanibel are the beach and the birds, so remember to take a long walk on the beach. Highly recommended is a visit to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on a bike.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 3, 2013

“Quite/Beautiful Views/Relaxing”
This was my first time staying on Sanibel. I read many Tripadvisor reviews and did a lot of searching online before I made my choice for the Island Inn. After all it had everything I was looking for, views of the beach, room with kitchen,(Kimball) continental breakfast in the morning, pool, rented bicycles, laundry area, shell cleaning area, restaurant on property( Traditions) one of the best on the island. The staff was always pleasant, and easy to speak with, housekeeping very friendly. It was a very quite and relaxing here. The view from the Kimball second floor sundeck was amazing especially sunset. The room was exactly what me and my husband needed. Loved our screened in balcony. The restaurant was perfect, didn’t have to drive around looking for a place to eat, especially when the food was amazing right on property. The only drawback to our trip was the Red Tide while we were staying through the week, but we made the best of it. Great job Island Inn….see you next year.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 2, 2013

“a Great find on Trip Advisor”
I take a couple of trips a year to the “right” coast of Florida (live in Juno Beach). Learned that the best time to go is before the kids get out of school or right after they go back in August. So less crowded! My main reason for going is to enjoy the wonderful bicycle trails on Sanibel/Captiva. I found the Island Inn this past September to be perfect, very quiet, clean pretty rooms with nice screened in balconies/patios and views of the bay. Stayed 3 nights just for some single R&R. Dined in their onsite restaurant one night and had a very good meal. Took advantage of their mid island proximity the other nights and enjoyed some local favorite dining spots. Will definitely go back as I enjoyed my stay very much!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 26, 2013

“A place to relax”
We spent a night here on our south Florida trip. Right on the beautiful beach. We got a very nice room with a view of the sea. We arrived early so our room was not ready but the friendly staff gave us beach towels so we took a walk down the beach. When our room was ready they came looking for us! Great service! We will try to be back! The Traditions restaurant in the hotel is excellent too!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 16, 2013

“A traditional island inn”
We love the Island Inn for its low key ambience, its comfortable rooms, its large sand patio as a quiet place to relax other than the beach and hot sun, its excellent dining room (Traditions), its wonderful friendly staff, and the short direct access to the beach. It is centrally located on the Gulf beach shore with quick access (for us, by bicycle) to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, Shell Museum, CROW, SCCF, Historical Village, grocery store and shopping. We eagerly anticipate our next visit immediately after finishing our current visit.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 14, 2013

We loved every minute of our 3 nights in the Matthews Cottage at the Island Inn. The cottage was beautiful, spacious for 2 couples, comfortable & spotless. We prepared our own lunch & dinner in the renovated kitchen. With a beautiful view from the dining area, why would you want to dine anywhere else? The breakfast offered at Traditions was wholesome & a perfect way to start the day. Every staff member whom we encountered was polite & helpful. The peace & quiet was just lovely. We regretted not booking for longer. We decided to extend our stay in Sanibel & had to go to a different Inn as the Island Inn did not have any vacancy. We stayed in a similar size cottage – there was no comparison whatsoever. The rate was cheaper but still overpriced for the quality of the accommodation. We enjoyed the bike trails & the dolphin cruise. Thank you, Island Inn, for a wonderful reprieve from the Canadian cold!! We’ll have to be satisfied now watching our videos.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 12, 2013

“robert and elizabeth sieber smiling entire time”
when we first arrived at the island inn the staff was very welcoming and very accomodating and friendly we got to our room loved how quaint it was walked out to the beach to see the water and immediately decided to see if we could stay longer than what our initial plan to stay 3 nights and we were able to get 3 more nights and we were able to stay in our room without having to move which was absolutely was very relaxing and had a cozy cottage feel without all the hussle and bussle the staff for maid service were very friendly beach was not crowded finding sea shells was fun multiple kinds even found a horse conch shell 13 inches long an incredible find at low tide alot of different birds to take photos of beautiful sunsets quiet and peaceful the traditions restaurant was nice with good entertainment and service

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 12, 2013

“Island Inn is something special…”
We enjoyed the Island Inn & Sanibel immensely – very relaxing and easy going.

All the staff we met were excellent – thanks to all of you.

Traditions was superb – the entertainment was exceptional – very talented people.

We have already recommended Sanibel & The Island Inn to several friends – no huge condos or hotels – just modest buildings and cottages,
wonderful dining, no traffic lights!!! – It is a very special part of Florida.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 11, 2013

“A Romantic Escape”
We stayed twice in the same week in a deluxe room with kitchenette. We just loved Sanibel, the beach, the shelling, the romantic atmosphere, the gentle staff. We will return if we can. The restaurant is romantic too but the breakfast (complimentary) is very basic. But the place has its own magic – we travel all the time and there were few places, simple as this one, so fit for a romantic escape.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 11, 2013

“A true old Florida Inn – In a VERY good way!”
I’ve been bringing my family to the Island Inn for almost 30 years. In the past, the Inn was modified American Plan in season, with two meals a day included. The food was good, the service railroad-style. As those days drew to a close, the Inn tried a variety of alternatives, all without much success. When they stumbled on Traditions, they had a real winner! A complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning, with the restaurant open for dinner at night. Hotel guests receive a substantial discount for dining there. Live entertainment is provided most nights, and the quality is excellent, both for listening and dancing.

The Inn is owned by a group of private shareholders dedicated to preserving the traditions and style of the first hotel on the island. Many of the guests are repeat customers who return often.

The Inn is conveniently located. The rooms are modern and comfortable, with accomodations a bit like a cabin rather than a hotel. Many of the rooms come with a small but adequate kitchen. Most have outstanding views of the ocean.

The rooms have modern amenities, like big screen TV, cable chanels, A/C, large modern baths, but you are missing the true experience of this hotel if you spend a lot of time in your room.

The public areas generally have a game of cards, or two, and a few puzzles in the works. The conversation is congeanial, and the feeling is almost like being on a cruise ship. At sundown, many guests gather on the balcony at the rear of Kimbel Lodge each night to watch the sun go down. (Put on bug spray for this!)

I have saved the very best for last, however. The beach in from of the Inn is one of the best shelling areas on the entire island!

If you are looking for a glass and chrome high-rise hotel experience, give the Island Inn a pass. If you want a relaxing vacation with the feeling of being on a cruise ship, this would make a great choice.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 11, 2013

“Clean & comfy”
My husband and I spent a week in one of the deluxe rooms with kitchenette. Loved how clean our room was and was maintained all week. Thanks, cleaning staff!

The room itself is nothing fancy, but when your days revolve around beach, sand, biking and kayaking it seemed a fitting place to stay. We slept like babies every night & liked the firm beds.

Having the fully equipped kitchen made our stay comfortable. We picked up groceries at nearby Bailey’s Market & made our own breakfasts and an occasional lunch. (Went to the breakfast buffet the first morning, but preferred simply having cereal in the room over the sweet rolls provided.) A tip: Pack your favorite spices in ziploc bags. The knives are incredibly dull, so may want to bring your own knives (in your checked bag!) if planning to do any serious cooking. I nearly hacked off my finger multiple times just trying to cut limes and mango.

The weather was warm enough for a swim in the pool for 2 of our 7 days on Sanibel. We took a few enjoyable dips to cool off after bike riding.

The rental bikes at Island Inn are basic 1-speeds, but that is all you need on this flat island. No one is racing around at high speeds on the bike paths. We rode our bikes all over the island, and would pick up groceries on bikes too. Loved leaving the car parked as much as possible.

We tried a few appetizers at Traditions. Highly recommend the fresh oysters that are ordered by the dozen. A huge treat for a midwesterner in February. The live music was geared for the retired crowd, but very lively and fun to see lots of couples dancing. What a shame that my generation never learned to dance properly!

Our other dining favorite was small plate dining at Sweet Melissa’s. The chef/owner works elbow to elbow with her staff and you can taste the passion that goes into the food. Call for a reservation, as this place fills fast.

Enjoy the shelling and bird watching. Both are amazing. We forgot our binoculars and bird book, but next time we will be properly “geeked out” to enjoy these activities.

Thanks to all at the Island Inn for a fabulous week! We hope to come back soon.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 5, 2012

“A Wonderful Wedding Weekend!”
My husband and I, along with our families, stayed at the Island Inn the weekend of Jan. 12th. We were married on the beach and had a wedding dinner at Traditions (the resort’s restaurant) that evening. I wasn’t sure what to expect having never been to Sanibel Island before, but I would definately recommend this resort and restaurant, and we hope to someday go back! The entire staff of Island Inn and Traditions were wonderful! They were helpful, friendly and accomodating! The rooms were clean, newely remodeled, but in a charming “old cottage” feel that was repeated throughout the resort and restaurant! There were several comments made that the dinning room reminded them of the finial scene from “Dirty Dancing.” Very cool. We enjoyed the beach, shelling, and stand-up paddel boarding, but would recommend bug spray to anyone who is visiting the area, as the “no-see-um” bites we all got were aweful, and a week later still itch like crazy! The restaurant featured live entertainment and we spent our evenings listening to the piano player and singers while enjoying a cocktail and dancing. Although our vacation included other hotels and accomodations, we all agree this was our favorite part of the trip!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 21, 2013

“A perfect get-away!”
Wow, what a place! I stayed over New Years, meeting family from all over at the Island Inn and I have to say it was perfect! First, the location couldnt be better – the beach was fairly quiet compared to the public beaches, and the Inn is close to shopping and restaurants. We rented bikes one afternoon, riding to the light house – very recommend this!
The staff the Island Inn were first rate! From the front desk to the helpful, sweet and friendly housekeepers – we couldnt have enjoyed the staff more. You all are gifted in the art of hospitality. How could anyone say Thank You enough for making a family reunion better?
The Traditions restaurant was simply off the charts – my mother and I are still talking about how fantastic the food and superb the service was! The cuisine was delectable, tasty, beautifully presented and served with precision service. I felt like I was in Paris again!
Our rooms were wonderful – views, quiet, clean – ideal for the weary traveler in need of haven.
What more could I say than we just loved Island Inn and hope to return over and over again!
Here, Here, Island Inn – I raise a glass in toast of you making a long-in-coming family reunion the best of the best!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 18, 2013

My wife and I stayed at the Island Inn for a portion of our honeymoon from January 1, 2013 until January 6, 2013. I cannot say enough about the professionalism, charm, and cleanliness of this establishment. With reasonably priced bike rentals, kayak rentals, and a gorgeous, shell-filled beach footsteps away, there truly is something for everyone at the Island Inn. We stayed in the Matthews Lodge, room 221, and we had a great view, and a charming, yet chic, room with all of the amenities one would expect from a first class establishment. The front desk staff was courteous, professional, and attentive to detail; there was even a bottle of chilled champagne waiting for the “honeymoon couple” upon our arrival. This place is worth every penny, and the prices were extremely reasonable when compared to other places on Sanibel Island.
For entertainment, and sheer bliss, my wife and I cycled the entire island, including the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, ate at a number of great restaurants nearby, and spent a couple of days kayaking on the ocean and through the wildlife refuge. On Sanibel Island, 60% of the land is protected natural habitat, and there are very few chain-type establishments (even those keep it classy). The beach near the lighthouse has nice, calm, shallow water, and would be a great place for a family beach day. On the Island Inn side of Sanibel, you are exposed to the Gulf, so the water gets deeper more quickly and there are seashells EVERYWHERE. My wife and I are not deep into shelling, but we did collect a few souvenirs for family members on our many beach walks. If you do happen to Love shelling, you want to go to Sanibel. Lots of birds, lots of nature, lots of amazing sunsets.
Regarding the hotel, in particular, some useful notes are that they do have a clean, functional laundry facility which is open during business hours, they have a nice heated pool, and there is a top tier restaurant on the Inn campus called Traditions. Some other great joints to eat include Matzaluna, which is a family Italian (think Independent Olive Garden with better food), Greenhouse Grill, another Italian restaurant (higher end; great for a romantic evening), the Sanibel Cafe, a daytime cafe (great breakfast and brunch), and, if you want to order pizza to your room, consider Island Pizza. The one bad restaurant we encountered was Fresh Taquiera. I have worked in the culinary industry for years, and I have no idea what this place was reaching for; I would, however, be willing to start a money pool on when the place goes under. I am thinking Early Spring, 2013.
At any rate, stay at the Island Inn. The Matthews lodge has a picturesque view that will frame a perfect getaway for any couple or family. Loved it. See ya’ again soon!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 16, 2013

“Old Florida charm with new, updated room/suite”
Steps from the Gulf with shelling as good as any of the other beaches, we enjoyed a studio room with an ocean view, a full kitchen (minus dishwasher), and, thank goodness, NO carpet. The unit (in Starkey Lodge) had all wood and tile flooring, new furniture, cabinets, TV and bathroom. The continental breakfast included fresh fruit, boiled eggs, pastries, juice, yogurt and coffee. We did not eat at the on-site restaurant, Traditions, but the menu looked very good. The photos on their web site are very accurate. I would recommend this new old inn to anyone. We stayed on the 2nd floor which offered a great view of the ocean, but there are no elevators.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: December 10, 2012

“Thanks for the memories!”
Great place to stay, right on the gulf with beautiful views and quiet beaches! Traditions restaurant onsite serves excellent fare (despite our poor waitress) that we thoroughly enjoyed. Music during our meal was a fun two person show that enhanced the dining experience. We are planning our return trip already! Don’t forget to avail yourself of the beachcam to “rub it in a little” to those back home.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: December 1, 2012

“Great Stay”
Our stay at the Island Inn was very nice. We stayed in the Mathews Lodge. The room was very nice with a King Size bed, microwave, coffee pot and refrigerator. Very nice screened in area overlooking the Gulf. From our check in to our check out the staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our Housekeeper was the best! The dining room with live band was nice.

We will definitely stay here again.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 26, 2012

“Pleasantly surprised”
Upon arriving to the Island Inn, I was a little concerned because many of the buildings looked like they were circa the 1960s,but once we entered our room, we were pleasantly surprised with an updated room that had a comfortable bed. (We were in room 268) and added amenities including two flat screen tvs, kitchen, screened balcony and sofa bed. A continental breakfast was included in the rate which provided coffee/tea, pastries, yoghurt, hardboiled eggs and scones. While others have complained, the price was right-free and though it wasn’t a hot breakfast, it was adequate.

The service at the hotel was great with friendly employees who were helpful in answering our questions and the proximity to the beach can’t be beat. The pool is small, but most go to Sanibel for the beach anyway. We would definitely stay there again.

The only suggestion I would make, though just my personal preference is upgrade the sheets and provide a small mat by the sides of the bed.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 13, 2012

“The Best of Sanibel”
Island Inn in Sanbel should be your 1st choice for the best island retreat. The website is well done and provides true info and good photos. I called the office to check and chat about the
reservations – very helpful with info and kindness.
The Inn is well done, clean, very efficient and friendly staff. The rooms are a step away from the fabulous beach. The restaurant is an added plus for breakfast and dinner – no need to drive away for a meal. Music and dance were on certain nights….
Of course the Island bar offers wonderful refreshments with a skilled bar attendant.

Having been to Sanbel on other occassions, the Island Inn is the only place I would consider to return to. Bikes for a nice trip around the island, easy access to Captiva drives, don’t forget the Shell Museum and spots you may find with the various literature.

We stayed 5 days and hated to leave…..the quality and attention by the staff is superior!!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 10, 2012

“Still a Fantastic Place”
My wife & I spent 3 nights at the Island Inn while visiting family in Florida in late October. We came here to see how the Inn and Sanibel Island in general had changed since I was there as a child 40+ years ago. Island Inn is basically the same as it has always been, i.e. a classic resort on a large property at a great south shore Sanibel location. The island has been hugely developed over the years but the Inn still maintains it’s old Florida charm. Unlike the neighboring resorts which all appear to be built right on top of each other, Island Inn has tons of space including lots of beachfront to spread out and there are still plenty of seashells to be found, especially after the recent full moon extra-high tides. We enjoyed our Gulfview deluxe room with a small screened in porch. Also liked the daily continental breakfast included which we typically took out onto the beach. Dinner in the Traditions restaurant was very good too. Overall it is a great place to stay and I hope it won’t be so long before we return.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 9, 2012

“Worth it!”
We made reservations here after caring for my ailing mother for a year. We needed a peaceful retreat and Island Inn delivered! The staff is wonderful – responsive, considerate and thoughtful. I was on a waiting list for a second floor unit and they contacted me when there was a cancellation and made it happen. Check in was a breeze. The facility is a little dated but scrupulously clean and the grounds are well-groomed and tidy. They rent bikes, offer a free breakfast, and provide lounge chairs for the beach. I read complaints about the breakfast but we were happy with it. I can’t eat gluten but there were hard boiled eggs and yogurt available, plus fresh fruit. Better than most hotels that offer a free breakfast! If you want bacon and eggs you’ll have to go elsewhere. It’s a great location with an accommodating staff and a great stretch of beach with plenty of shells. Our only issue is that the beds are HARD! We would still come back here!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 8, 2012

“Old Florida at its best”
Enjoyed a brief stay at the Island Inn. Always a pleasure from the moment you drive up, are greeted by the friendliest staff on the Island, & walk one of the best beach locations on Sanibel. My room had brand new kitchenette & bathroom, but charm was not sacrificed for the update. Love this place!!!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 6, 2012

“relaxing vacation”
the Island Inn was a great place to stay the staff was very good and helpful. We had a great time and would recommend it to anyone. It was a wonderful place to stay I can,t wait until I return.This is a great place for a family vacation. Access to the beach and pool area was very easy. The shelling was alot of fun. The Traditions was a very nice place to was alot of other places on the island everything else was easy to get to.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 5, 2012

“Kudos to the Flagship Destination of Sanibel Island !”
Island Inn of Sanibel is an absolutely wonderful destination. My friend and I stayed in one of their Gulf view cottages. It was immaculate and had every amenity. Comfy beds, crisp A/C, a living room for a libation was foregone since we had a cold front and we enjoyed drinks on the porch before an excellent dinner at their gourmet restaurant, Traditions on the Beach.

Before fishing, we had an excellent complimentary breakfast (at the Inn) of eggs, assorted pastries, and fresh fruit- along with good full-bodied coffee. After our days of fishing, we went shelling and did more fishing as well as photograpgy right behind the Inn…with great results !

The Island Inn is a must-do destination on Sanibel Island, for families all the way to singles. You will not be disappointed !

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 3, 2012

“Great place for a reunion”
Eight college friends celebrated our 70th birthday at the Island Inn. We loved this inn! We rented the Phister and Seagrape cottages. The pool and beach are at the front door. The employees are friendly, very helpful and kind. Everything is in tip-top shape. Traditions on the Beach is a very good restaurant, tho a bit crowded on the Friday night we ate there (rehearsal dinner party going on). The island has many great restaurants, lots of shops, the wonderful Ding Darling Refuge and of course the beaches and shells and more shells. Everything is convenient to the Island Inn.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 30, 2012

“A true beauty”
I went to Sanibel to get away from the stress of work and staying here was the perfect choice. What struck me was the view and how close it was to the beach. It was clean and the service was wonderful. If you want a relaxing getaway stay here. It’s totally worth your money!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 28, 2012

“Our second home”
We have been staying at the Island Inn one sometimes two times a year since 1999. It has become what we call “our second home”. We happened upon it by luck or divine intervention on our first trip …we had been dreaming to go to Sanibel for several years as we had heard it was shelling paradise! Well it truly is!
the Island Inn staff are so friendly and welcoming and the rooms are super clean, beautiful and spacious or at least they are for the 3 of us. They have tables on the deck to lay your ocean treasures, comfy beds, refrigerator and microwave. The bathrooms are a little small, but we can live with that. They tend to the grounds often and keep the courtyard pristine!

Then Matthews lodge is where we’ve stayed the most cause we love the view of the beautiful courtyard, but we have stayed many times in the Kimball lodge too. we love the room at the end on the first floor cause it is close to the “Big Room” as we call it. You can go in there and eat lunch, or my daughter likes to go in there to watch tv when her dad has something on the room tv she doesn’t like. It is very spacious, but there is hardly ever anyone else in there. There are books you can borrow during your stay and puzzles you can work…a great place to spend rainy days when you can’t go on the beach.

They are right on the beach with plenty of good shelling and they even have a shell wash station.

We love the cabana to sit under and nap listening to the waves without having to be in the hot sun. The pool is awesome and most trips we’ve been on, not too crowded.

I would never think of staying anywhere but the Island Inn for my visits to Sanibel.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 20, 2012

“I’m Island Inn Bedazzled”
We were bedazzled at the Matthews Lodge – soft colors in the kitchen-bedroom in fresh lime, soft taupes & cotton whites with accents of gorgeous orchids & rich leafy greens against the sandy smooth flooring — spacious bath popped in “hot island colors” in beachy decor. The view from the spacious patio is lush tropical landscaping all “combed” (as if it had been swept) and then the beautiful rolling surf beyond! It is Wonderful and so relaxing. The continental breakfast is included and generous — really good coffee (a must for me), boiled eggs, croissants, a giddy assortment of pastries (my favorite was the cinnamon scones – homemade), and fresh juices. We had dinner in the lovely restaurant once and it was excellent. The staff was friendly and always helpful and attentive to our needs and questions. Other Special Features: We’d never seen an AC unit like this – cool air flushed from it at the ceiling and then it rotated to throw the air throughout the room! Very effective. There is a small building behind the restaurant with a large, clean, metal sink for washing your shells or cleaning your catch that made everything convenient and easy; next to it was washer-dryer (coin operated) & colossal ice machine with a large scoop for your use. Boxes outside restaurant are also yours to help you organize your shells for crafting — we decorated large oval mirrors, trinket boxes, and also shelled earrings (great finds at thrift stores). The shelling was fantastic at our beach here and also especially good at Turner Beach ($2 an hour to park there, takes credit cards). For shelling bring a mesh bags for collecting (easy to wash shells in it) or a plastic bucket, a small shovel with a long handle (usually available at the grocery stores or Walmart in Ft. Meyers) — the shovel is most valuable for digging down to find shells covered in sand that no one has picked through — and bring a fish net to scoop shells as they come in from the surf ($6 kind Walmart sells)– these items will really save your back from too much bending over. Shelling was FUN and making the crafts was also lots of Fun (get the E6000 glue at Walmart — also consider buying the shelac spray to make your shells treasures lustrous.) I had to be pried out of the door to leave.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 15, 2012

“So close to the beach!”
We loved the Island Inn and Spoonbill Cottage in particular. Great morning and evening ocean views. Loved the islands and lots of good food to be had.
Cannot wait to return. The bar and restaurant are beautiful.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 12, 2012

“beautiful, friendly, quiet!”
The Island Inn is a true gem on Sanibel Island! We stayed in the hotel and our room was lovely- clean, modern, beautiful view of the ocean and beach in the distance. We enjoyed the free continental breakfast each morning and had a delicious dinner in their restaurant at night. We visited during what is considered their “off-season” which was mid-July so it was pretty quiet. If you are into shell collecting, the beach nearest this hotel is perfect!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 11, 2012

I have reservations for 3 nights next week. This trip is a birthday present for my husband but after throwing a big party and company for close to a week,I am looking forward to just relaxing. Thank you for all the great reviews. I’m really excited to stay here now.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 5, 2012

“Perfect stay”
We booked this hotel for a three-night stay in September after getting a fantastic price on airfare from NY. We landed in the morning and decided to call and ask if our room was ready, and it was around 11:30. We stayed in a Gulf view suite in the Kimball Lodge which was just charming. The room was very clean and all the usual hotel amenities provided (even two suit case racks, which seems like nothing, but I have never had a hotel think of this before). The mini-kitchen was great to be able to keep food in the refrigerator – it avoided us having to leave and go out for lunch because we were able to buy groceries. The screened-in balcony is also a great feature and provides a perfect view of the Gulf, and some relief from the bugs in the evening. While at the beach during the day, it seemed like no one else was around except for the birds. Chairs and beach towels are provided also. The staff at the front desk were very helpful and kind in answering any of our questions about getting around the island and the housekeeping staff were very friendly as well.

The resort is located in the middle of the island which makes it an ideal location to get to the Wildlife Refuge and all of the restaurants. We had dinner at Traditions on our first night and it was great. The continental breakfast is also a nice part of the stay. If I had to make only one suggestion about the entire experience, it would be to provide some breads at the breakfast (bagels, english muffins, toaster, etc.). The fruit, pastries, and hardboiled eggs were all fresh and wonderful, though. As it is apparently the only Inn on the island to provide breakfast, it was a great convenience.

The Island Inn made our first experience to Sanibel wonderful and we look forward to returning!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 30, 2012

“No place like Sanibel”
This was my third year at the island Inn ,we stayed 9 days,instead of just 7.
i love Sanibel,there is no place in the world like Sanibel.
And the island inn is the perfect place to stay,
It is so beautiful and peaceful,sits direct on the ocean .
I love the place,love the people that run the place,the girls in the office are not only always helpful, but they are always friendly,but who wouldn’t be, when your job is to work on an island.
The rooms are roomy the beds comfy.
The breakfast is fresh every morning,baked fresh pastries, the only thing i must say I missed this year was my oatmeal,but other than that it was good
I am sure my next trip to Sanibel will be to the island inn again

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 24, 2012

“Old Florida charm”
My sister and I recently stayed at the Island Inn and loved it. We have been going to Sanibel for about 40 years always staying at a different hotel but the charm of the Island Inn will bring us back next year to this same hotel.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 14, 2012

“What a great place to spending your wedding night”
My wife and I got married on Lighthouse Beach on September 1st. We brought some friends and had dinner at the onsite restaurant. Cute resort. Needs more lights outside, but truly a great place to relax. Found some great shells on the beach and property, enjoyed the free breakfast and enjoyed a day at the beach. The rooms are adorable. Clean, roomy and comfortable. Would definitely return.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 10, 2012

“Nice! Beautiful!”
When we first arrived the staff was so pleasant in fact the most pleasant staff I have ever came across. My husband and I went during Hurricane Issac. Since the storm was coming they offered us flash lights. Their staff is so unbelievably sweet the cleaning staff offered to help carry our baggage to our room. We had an ocean view and the room was very clean and cozy. I enjoyed my time there and I would go back!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 5, 2012

The Island Inn was fantastic! My husband and I traveled to Sanibel for our anniversary (8/25-8/28), and when we arrived the front desk staff was so friendly. Our room was ready early, and when we got up to it we realized they had upgraded our room for free. On the dresser was a note with well wishes for our anniversary, along with two champagne glasses for the complimentary champagne they put in our fridge. The room was spacious and clean. The proximity to beach was fanatastic, despite the high winds and rain from Issac. I don’t think I’ve ever had a more pleasant stay at a hotel, and my husband and I are already planning a return trip in the Spring.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 4, 2012

“Relaxing at Island Innisi”
My husband & I just returned home from a second vacation at the Island Inn on Sanibel Island, Fl.We had a great time, despite Tropical Storm Issac. The staff provided us a preparedness checklist and flashlights upon check in. The Inn is very clean and well maintained. The staff is friendly, and Ana, our housekeeper, did an awesome job. The beach is very clean and just loaded with shells. The Inn is located close to shopping and dining. We highly recommend the Island Inn and plan to return in the future.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 2, 2012

This Inn is “Old Florida” charming. The staff was very warm and welcoming. The prices were very reasonable. The cottage was in great condition: very clean, roomy, and the beds were comfortable. Shelling off the beach was superb! I will definitely go back.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 30, 2012

“Great Sanibel location”
We stayed at the island inn from August 18th thru the 24th. We usually stay in a condo on Sanibel but we decided to try something different. We were in the Matthews lodge room with 2 double beds, full kitchen and lanai. Room was very nice and clean. Loved the lanai especially in the morning having coffee. We were not disappointed in the least. Property was beautiful and staff was very helpful and pleasant. We love Sanibel Island and would highly recommend Island Inn.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 27, 2012

“Wonderful Sanibel getaway spot!”
We stayed at the Island Inn this past weekend in the Spoonbill cottage, and we absolutely loved it. The cottage has a small kitchen (cannot fit more than two people in it at the same time), a decent-sized bathroom, a large bedroom with two double beds and a large, comfortable living/dining area. There is a LARGE screened-in porch with a table, chairs, and two chaise lounges. There were five of us (three girls, two guys all in our 20s), and we had plenty of room.

The cottage is right on the water, and the Island Inn offers plenty of activities, like kayaks, paddleboards and bike rentals. Their rental prices were fairly reasonable as well. We didn’t take advantage of the continental breakfast, but it seemed like a really nice setup.
The grounds were really nicely kept, and the staff was friendly.

I’d have to say the only negative about the hotel was the sleeper sofa in the living room and the size of the beds in the bedroom. The sleeper sofa’s mattress was PAPER thin and extremely uncomfortable. The double beds in the bedroom were comfortable, however, doubles are quite small. :)

Other than that, we had a blast, and I can’t wait to return to Island Inn again.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 27, 2012

“Ideal location on Sanibel Island”
Since this is a very nice Island, it is worthwile to make a stop here for a stay at the beach.

The beach is perfect for shelling and sunset. Pool rather small and cottages (we were in sharky cottage) a bit old , little kitchen, little bathroom but nice large beds and comfortable space.
The view is excellent, the staff very friendly and a good location to start and hiring bikes (the hotel does ) . We experienced that their bikes are more comfortable than other bike rentals in town. The natural reserve is not far away and it is better to start from the hotel biking.
Breakfast was fine, we didn’t try the restaurant but It looked quiet charming. It should be a bit less expensive for the older cottages.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 24, 2012

“A gem in paradise!”
Quaint classic Inn! We stayed 2 nights August 10th and 11th. Our room was spacious with many modern upgrades: marble counters in kitchen and bath, hardwood floors, beachy decor, flat screen TV wi dvd player, large screened lanai with view of the gulf. Extremely clean and well-maintained. Staff were very friendly and eager to answer questions and provide information. Horseshoes, shuffleboard and volleyball net. Bike rentals on property. Continental breakfast included besides cereal, yogurt, coffee, tea and juice…hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, delicious pasteries. Perfect menu to your day started. Excellent restaurant and bar on site. Welcome kit provides discount coupons to many local attractions. Close to Doc Fords, Bailey’s general store and Captiva.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 12, 2012

Stay 4 nights in the seagrape cottage and was very impressed. The staff are extremely friendly and very helpful. The views and the shelling at the beach are amazing.
If one was to nitpick the argument could be made that the pool is rather small and the beds could be softer. But this in no way distracted from my enjoyment. I would not hesitate to book a vacation here again.
Traditions is a fun dining experience and is worth trying once, but really there are several excellent restaurants on the island so get out and enjoy!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review:August 10, 2012

“You won’t want to leave!! FANTASTIC View~Charming~Peaceful”
We stayed in the Sandpiper cottage with family and it was EXACTLY what we wanted!! Fanastic beach view, fun & updated decor and perfect location on the island. We spent our time beach combing, swimming and just relaxing in this comfortable cottage. The staff was nice, everything was clean & well kept and the restaurant & office were especially charming!

Great shopping and restaurants are closeby! You won’t want to go back HOME :)

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 30, 2012

“Perfect Family Vacation…didn’t want to leave!”
Stayed in the matthews cottage which was literally steps to the beach and pool. Felt comfortable letting the kids go outside to play since we had panoramic views from the living/dining room. Site pictures don’t do this place justice. The living/dining room was large and airy with comfortable couches to lounge on every evening when we came in from an after dinner walk on the beach. Outdoor shower to shake the sand off before the kids came in from the beach. HUGE closets in each guest room gave us extra dressing space since we had lots of people getting ready at different times. Bedrooms are also spacious. Everything taken care of for us with fully stocked kitchen. Even brought us down a blender so we could make rum runners! Even had a laundry center available on site! I can’t wait to come back!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 30, 2012

“Great Place right on the Beach”
We chose the Island Inn for our 10th anniversary get-away and couldn’t have been more satisfied. The Inn did a fantastic restoration after Hurricane Charlie in 2004, and you’d never know he stopped here for a visit. The Inn has the “Old Sanibel Island Charm” which is just what we were looking for. They have modern up-dated rooms and cottages for those who prefer to have more space. All the amenities (fridge, coffee maker, micro) are at your finger tips. Best of all the Inn is situated on the waters edge on the Gulf of Mexico, a fantastic location. Beach lounges, chairs and towels are provided. This is a great place for a night, a weekend or an entire vacation stay. The Inn has a fantastic restaurant with a great menu. There’s live music and dancing in the evening. The only disappointment was their “continental breakfast”: hard boiled eggs, pastry, yoghurt, fruit and coffee. If you need more for breakfast then you’ll have to head to one of the many breakfast bars on the island.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 28, 2012

“Had a great summer time visit!”
We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a trip to Sanibel and the Island Inn. We have stayed on the island previously, but not at the Island inn. The views were spectacular, the room very comfortable and well kept and the beach, as usual, was fantastic.

The whole facility exuded island style and charm while having very modern facilities and services. We will certainly be back!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 28, 2012

“Best Wedding Ever”
The Island Inn was a perfect spot for our fairly large gathering… had 50 people staying at the Inn, in both guest rooms and cottages…the cottages are FANTASTIC- extremely clean, well decorated, and perfectly located on the grounds, which is right on the beach. I would definately recommend staying in a cottage, although the rooms are lovely too! The staff was extremely helpful and friendly. as were our fellow guests, who were very friendly to our large party. The atmosphere was relaxed, but also great for gathering with all of our friends. Our young children loved the pool, and the beach was perfect for them, too. Overall one of the best hotel stays we’ve had.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 27, 2012

“Nice Stay”
We stayed overnight in this hotel. It isn’t large, but it is all that is needed when most of the time is spent on the beach. This hotel was right on the beach and the location was beautiful. The room was updated and very clean. The outdoor screened in balcony overlooking the beach was an unexpected and awesome surprise. The staff workers were extremely polite and accommodating. There is a free continental breakfast in a beautiful room also overlooking the beach and the food was delicious with such a great variety of healthy foods and pastries. The overall experience was wonderful and I look forward to many more visits at this venue.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 26, 2012

“Great Place”
My sister flew in from Ohio to celebrate her birthday and we wanted to go to Sanibel and picked the Island Inn to stay. We had such a great time and the room we had was in the Kimball Lodge it was extremely clean and very spacious with a great screened in lanai with a table and chairs where we sat every night to catch up on the day. The Inn was very nicely located to everything we wanted to see and do and close to restaurants we had a very enjoyable stay, this is her first visit and she wants to come back next year and stay at the Island Inn she loved it. It sits right on the beach and a very nice large beach we spenta few hours in the morning and in the evening after supper sat there talking until dark so peaceful and relaxing. The staff is so friendly and helpful from the housekeepers to the desk to the grounds workers they all speak and are very friendly. My husband and I come down a few times a year but always stayed in Fort Myers but that will change now that I found the Island Inn this is where we will stay we always spent our days on Sanibel so now we will stay here. I really can’t say anything bad because we had a very nice vacation, just loved it.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 22, 2012

“I loved Matthew’s Beachfront Cottage!”
We recently stayed at the Island Inn in Matthew’s, one of their cottages, for a family wedding. It was a great experience. Steps to the beach and pool, the cottage was roomy and comfortably furnished. It is well air-conditioned, supplied with basics like toilet paper, paper towels, dish washing liquid, coffee filters and the like. Anywhere else I’ve rented beach houses (and often paid more), those things were up to you. The Inn staff were all very friendly and accommodating. We had extended family in and out and they gave us tons of towels so everyone could enjoy the pool. Unlike renting a house, we still had cleaning service each day. The beautiful beach is a shell beach, so unless you are used to that, you need something on your feet. The water is lovely. The pool is very nice, too. I was so sorry to have to leave! I hope to get back to the Island Inn someday soon. The only thing I would say negatively is that the beds were rather firm and the breakfast unthrilling but adequate.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 16, 2012

“Great Place”
Stayed here with party of 4. Room was very clean and new. Gulf view was great. Could see the dolphins swimming in the gulf from our room. Free breakfast was a plus. Staff is great too.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 13, 2012

“what a gem!”
Just got back from our first family stay at Island Inn – what a gem! We stayed in Starky Lodge – second floor with view of Gulf. What I liked the best was the natural surroundings on the property, the expanse of beachfront, it is really a quiet, wonderful place. The rooms were very nice, and homey – attendance by hotel staff to the rooms was fabulous! Everyone is so friendly. We’d love to come back and since they keep costs so reasonable, I know we will try. There is so much history there. I looked at the scrapbooks for hours one day, seeing the vintage photos of the area just added to the depth of the experience for me. Never change! !

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 11, 2012

“The best of Sanibel Island”
This was our 3rd time staying at the Island Inn.We stayed in the Mathews lodge each time,the room was neat and clean with a great view.My wife and I researched other hotels on the Island ,we found the Island Inn a great value.We will continue to spend our wedding anniveries at the Island Inn.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 11, 2012

“Plain and Simple: One of the best places for families”
This was our first trip to Sanibel, and we had struggled with the question of where to stay for months. We wanted a centrally located place, close to the beach, with as many amenities as possible (yes, we wanted it all). However, we also wanted a quiet family friendly place as well since we had 2 young girls. You can see why it took us months to find a place.

After sifting through tripadvisor’s reviews, we settled on Island Inn, and boy, am I glad we did. We stayed at the Matthews Cottage and it was wonderful. Imagine a beautiful quaint home right on the beach. We had daily maid service, and had easy access to the pool and beach.

Stayed April 2012, traveled with family

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 16, 2012

“This place is awesome!!”
The staff is great, rooms are updated and spotless. We are stayed in the kimball lodge. It has a queen bed with a kitchen suite. The room also has two flat screen tv’s, tiled floor, and a very comfortable bed. Having a daily maid service is a huge plus. What i really love about this place is that it is laid back and quiet. My wife and i felt like we were the only people here. We had dinner at the onsite restaurant and it was pretty good. The live music is actually nice and they have a dance floor too. The grounds are open and in good shape and you can tell they are trying to update the place. One recommendation would be to update the main entrance of the kimball lodge, it is not very inviting and looked very dated. Also updating the grills is a must. I get a kick out of some of the other reviews who base their stay on the Continental breakfast. The breakfast is fine and if you don’t like it go out to breakfast. We have stayed at two other places in sanibel and we mark this #1. Overall this place is a great value and has many perks. We will be back! Also if you want a really good dinner go to the Mad Hatter(simply amazing).

Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 12, 2012

“This review is long overdue- What a Steal!!!”
We stayed here last Thanksgiving and just loved it!! Stayed at the Kimball Lodge in a Deluxe Kitchen Suite which was wonderfully appointed. It was a full kitchen plus the room had a large bathroom with two sinks/vanities for added comfort. We had two large queen beds and a huge terrace overlooking the Gulf. Sunsets were amazing. Th ecomplex boasts one of teh bext restaurants on the island, Traditions On The Beach. This place was SPECTACULAR. A throwback to a supper club with fantastic food.

The grounds are well-maintained, the pool was heated although we never got in. They had very comfortable chaise lounges that you just drag out to the beach. Plus, unlike other “cottage”‘ like accomodations in Sanibel, you get daily maid service and daily fresh towels here. For the price, you can’t find a better value in Sanibel.

The front office staff and reservations agents also are very helpful and caring.

We loved it so much we booked Memorial Day and are going back for Thanksgiving as well.

Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: April 7, 2012

“The best beach hotel on Sanibel was a great stay.”
Loved the location, great staff, comfortable rooms & the best beach on Sanibel. The restaurant on site was truly one of the best places to eat. Had a relaxing stay & will go back ASAP. Would recommend this Old Florida inn to anyone.

Stayed February 2012

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 3, 2012

“Great Place!!!”
This was a wonderful place to stay, right on the beach with beutiful views of the sunrise and sunset! We stayed in a cottage that was very clean and spacious with screened in porch and kitchen equipped with everything you need. We had a really wonderful time and we highly reccomend it!

Stayed November 2011, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: March 1, 2012

“Perfect! A Gem!”
Stayed here Christmas vacation ’11. On a crowded island, it was an oasis. Peaceful, beautiful, great bit of beach, well-kept rooms, friendly & responsive staff and nice restaurant with decent food. A true gem. Perfect for us as we escaped the hustle-bustle of a northeast Christmas. Not a big resort place, but has everything you would want for both couples & families who know how to entertain themselves. The island has the rest within easy drive (or bike ride). Stayed in Matthews Lodge, 2nd floor with beautiful sunset views. Found them online and called for rather last-minute reservation in late Nov.; they were friendly & gave great advice. I’d recommend them to anyone (but would actually rather keep this place all to ourselves.)

Stayed December 2011, traveled with family

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 16, 2012

“Recommend the Island Inn on Sanibel very highly.”
We’ve been to Island Inn on Sanibel several times. Its been wonderful each time. The rooms are classy, clean, and kitchen equipped. Its close to so many places we like to go, and now with the Traditions restaurant being re-vamped, the on grounds dinner was amazing.
Can’t beat the Island Inn!

Stayed February 2012, traveled with family

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: February 16, 2012

“Great location with perfect beach”
We spend 1 night in this resort, unfortunately it was only 1 night! The room was really pleasant. The hotel is right on the beach and the property is well maintained. the room was perfect with a beautiful view! The staff was very helpful and great, especially with the information about the resort and the Island given to us, knowing that this was our first stay on the Island. The complementary breakfast was really nice. The next morning we rent directly at the resort bikes, again they explain us where we should go. Great experience. The only regret we had is that we spent only one night!

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 10, 2012

“Great access to the Beach”
When I drove down the drive-way I was impressed by the palm trees & how beautiful the area was set up. The check in was easy & the room was hugh. Two beds, a couch to sleep more, a fully equipped kitchen with table & chairs & the bathroom was neat and clean.
The complimentary breakfast was very nice. In fact when we asked for a bagel they had no problem doing that for us also.
Everyone at the Inn was helpful and great. The beach had shells a plenty and when we were there my only want would have been to have more sunny weather. It was September & there were 2 days of rain. But the stay at the Inn was Great!

Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 5, 2012

“Wonderful vacation spot!”
My husband, 16 month-old son and I stayed here for two nights before Christmas before going to visit family in the area. I chose this hotel based on TripAdvisor reviews and was not sorry, it was wonderful! Our room in Kimball Lodge overlooked the beach and was perfect for us. We loved having a small kitchenette so we could keep snacks and drinks in the fridge and cook simple food for our son. The screened-in porch off of the living area was wonderful; we kept the doors wide open for the fresh ocean air and it made the room feel huge. The grounds were very well-kept and lovely and all staff that we encountered were friendly and helpful. There was plenty of parking and the heated pool was great. And of course the beach was gorgeous!

Stayed December 2011, traveled with family

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 5, 2012

“Loved it!”
I liked the old beach atmosphere of this small resort. The pool was warm–very nice in the chilly weather. The beach wasn’t too crowded. I liked the concern that the staff had about the sea turtles–there are restrictions on what you can do during the summer to protect the sea turtle nests. Since we were here during the winter, those restrictions didn’t apply. Breakfast wasn’t great since I’m a vegan–nothing but instant oatmeal to eat for me. I tried to learn more about the history of the resort since I like staying in places with an historical past. You get some idea of it from the photos in the lobby but it would be nice to have a brochure. Overall, this is my kind of place—great rooms, location, and atmosphere.

Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 5, 2012

“Perfect beach location!”
Loved the location on the island, loved the beach decor and Historic Florida feel, loved being on the beach and the view from our room, loved the heated pool and vegetation around so it blended in, loved the tennis, bikes, kayaks, and activities for kids, loved the beautiful sunsets from our room, loved the personal service, loved the clean rooms, loved having a fully equipped kitchen, nice breakfast buffet, gourmet dinner — we’ll definately make the Island Inn a family tradition!

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: January 4, 2012

“Great Stay !”
My wife and I were able to get away for 1 night (December 10, 2011). The Island Inn is a fantastic piece of property! We arrived early Saturday at noon. Because the room was not ready (OK…check in is at 3:00), we rode our bikes around the island. This is a must if you have never been to Sanibel. At 1:30, the check in staff called to say the room was ready which was a pleasant surprise. We stayed in the Kimball Lodge on the 2nd floor, what a beautiful view! The room was immaculate, we had a king size bed and a kitchen area. The hotel is right on the beach and the property is exceptionally well maintained. The only regret we had was we only had 1 night ! Can’t wait to go back !

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: December 13, 2011

We will be back!”
My husband and I stayed at the Island Inn for 5 nights in October, 2011. We had the end room on the second floor of the Matthews Lodge. The room was great and we loved the screened in balcony. The continental breakfast that was provided was very nice. We did not dine at the Traditions restaurant, but did stop in one evening for a delicious chocolate martini at the Traditions bar!! We visited Florida for 2 weeks and the 5 days at the Island Inn were the most relaxing and enjoyable. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and we enjoyed talking to Todd, the valet, every evening.We may not get back for a few years, but we will stay at the Island Inn when we return.
M & B, Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: November 10, 2011

“Great location, great price, old Florida feel!”
We have been visiting the Island Inn for the last three years and just love it. We like to go in the summer as that is their “off season” which means less people and great prices! We stay in the Kendall lodge rooms as they include full kitchens and have great views. We love the feel of the Island Inn because It doesn’t feel like a hotel or condo, but a quaint historic resort with an “Old Florida” feel. It’s great to not have to bring your own beach chairs because the Inn provides them.

Stayed September 2011, traveled with family

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 20, 2011

“Center of the Beach at Sanibel”
My wife is an avid sheller but had never been able to go to Sanibel before. This long weekend was her birthday present. Found and reserved the Island Inn on Travelocity using their GoodBuys program. We found the facilities clean, beautiful room, lots of improvements including gardens with automatic watering system being installed. Property is ON the beach and very nice pool adjacent. Restaurant called Traditions absolutely fantastic including live music and small dance floor. Continental breakfast included was just OK, but nice. Hotel rooms and private cottages available, local told us it’s the best kept secret since new owners started rennovations. Definitely do it again!

Room Tip: Need to ask which building and east vs. west window if sleeping in an issue. Too many options to cover here.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: October 17, 2011

“Don’t you dare stay here because I want it all to myself!”
I don’t want this place to become so busy I can’t stay here again! Frankly, I’m not sure why it’s not already.
Leslie, at the front desk, and I were on a first name basis. She is very nice and helpful and handled our very minor problems with a smile. (I ran into the dreaded “room key” problem)
Our room was very clean with a large shower and great view of the ocean.
The pool was close to the ocean and super clean.
The grounds were large and spacious and could be used easily for a large event.
My wife and I were here for our “babymoon” and want to come back again after the baby is born so DON’T COME HERE! :)

“Wonderful accommodation in a paradise setting.”
My husband and I have visited Sanibel Island for the last 8 years, staying in condos on the beachfront.This year we decided to stay in a hotel/inn and picked the Island Inn after reading good reviews. It was WONDERFUL! The large bright room with lanai overlooked the beach where we could watch the birds, dolphins and sunsets. The maid service was excellent and our room was cleaned to a high standard each day with clean bedding and an abundance of towels.
The proerty has it’s own restaurant, Traditions on the Beach, which serves very high quality but affordable dining. The owner, manager and staff all made an effort to make us welcome and provided a top quality service.
We would recommend The Island Inn to those looking for a relaxed, beachfront holiday.

Stayed September 2011

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 26, 2011

“Very peaceful…right on the beach”
I stayed at the Island Inn for a weekend at the end of August. The location was perfect. I could hear the waves crashing from my room. The view was absolutely amazing. Watched the sunset right from my screened in porch. I found the kitchenette to be adequately supplied. Everything was clean. I suppose the carpet and loveseat could use an upgrade but all in all it was great. This is not a five star resort. Be prepared to sacrifice the amenities for location and scenery. We did try the continental breakfast. Definitely not anything special so I was surprised when they charged people over $15 for a bagel and some cream cheese. All of the employees I came into contact with were polite and helpful. Hopefully, we can come back next year and stay a bit longer.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Kimball lodge room 369. It is on the second floor 2nd or 3rd from the end. The screened in porch gave a perfect view to watch the sunset.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 17, 2011

“Island Inn will be our Sanibel Destination from now on!”
Our family has been coming to Sanibel every year for the past 7 years to vacation. We obviously love the Island for many reasons, but this year we stayed at Island Inn and we now have one more reason to LOVE coming!!! With a combination of all the modern amenities and quaint, old-world charm, Island Inn was ideal for us. All the lodging options are much closer to the beach than anywhere else we’ve stayed, making the trips down and back very easy and convenient. Our room was not overly elaborate, but beautiful, spacious, and very clean. The ocean view was beyond words. The staff was wonderful–not intrusive of your time or privacy, but very polite, friendly and helpful. The Restaurant was AMAZING! We all traded bites and couldn’t decide who’s we liked best. While there were plenty activities (bike riding, tennis, pool, etc.) to keep busy with, we spent most of our time on the beach, which was beautiful, very clean, and very private. We also really appreciated the beach chairs at no cost. We felt very comfortable letting our girls roam free from the pool, to the beach and to the lounge where they were allowed to borrow books and puzzles or use the television. I can’t say enough–our stay was incredible!! We can’t wait to come back next year!
Stayed June 2011, traveled with family

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: September 3, 20111

We stayed here two nights in June and just loved it! For an “older” hotel, it is extremely well kept. The bathrooms have all been completely redone and are gorgeous for an older property. The rooms are on the smaller side, but are very clean and have everything you need. We reserved a Gulfview deluxe room, which had a screened patio with view of gulf, flat screen tv, fridge, microwave and coffee maker. Continental breakfast was included and was average with pastries, juice, yogurt, etc.

The furnishings are meant to have that “island feel” which I love. Bed was very comfy and the wifi worked perfectly. The beach is only a few steps away and is pure heaven.

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 29, 2011

“Celebrating our 25th Anniversary”
We had a wonderful experience celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary a the Island Inn when we renewed our vows under one of the tiki huts on the beach and invited our friends to join us. We had games on the sand lawn, and dinner in the restaurant that night. We thoroughly enjoyed the hominess and many different areas for gthering and exploring just on the grounds of the hotel. And the long expanse of beach was delightful.

Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 28, 2011

“Loved our Stay at the Island Inn”
My husband and I stayed for a weekend for our 20th wedding anniversary. Upon our arrival we found a beautiful hand-written card from the staff congratulating us on our anniversary, along with two champagne glasses and a bottle of champagne in the fridge! Our room was clean and charming, with a screened balcony and table /chairs, and overlooking the gulf. We had easy access to our car which we loaded up with our bikes and kayaks and enjoyed all of Sanibel and Captiva. A beautiful and low-key inn, with attentive and knowledgeable staff. Great location for biking the island. We had a wonderful anniversary at the Island Inn and will certainly be back!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 15, 2011

“Great Place”
Just got back from Sanibel and the Island Inn on July 26. Stayed at Kimball Lodge facing the Gulf. The staff were great from the start and our room was awesome. Furnishings are perfect for the atmosphere the inn has. The room had a full kitchen, sitting area, bedroom and screened in balcony that was very roomy. The beach was great. Not many people and the shells just come in. We stayed the first part of our trip at a resort in Ft. Myers. Next year we are staying at the Island Inn for the entire time. Thanks for a great stay!!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 9, 2011

“Beautiful and We Will Go Back”
My husband and I celebrated our 21st anniversary at the Island Inn. It was beautiful our room was large clean and had a perfect view of the Gulf of Mexico. There was a private beach with many beautiful seashells. The staff were great and very helpful. The pool was very clean.
Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 6, 2011

“Fabulous Location! Truly Beachfront!”
My husband and i stayed at the Island Inn and this was our first trip to Sanibel. This is a wonderful hotel with lots of history on the Island. Great accommodation, fabulous onsite restaurant, free beach chairs, onsite pool and a very friendly staff. We felt like family while we were there. Housekeeping staff should be commended on their attention to detail too! Highly recommend this small comfortable inn!
Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple

- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: August 1, 2011

“Excellent for Business Trips as Well!”
We were in the Sanibel area for a business trip. We stayed at the Island Inn, what lovely accommodations!! The staff went out of their way to help us in any way. They worked diligently to ensure we had everything we needed. The rooms were pleasant and made you feel like you were at home. This was our third trip to the Island Inn, needless to say, we will be back!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 31, 2011

“Peaceful getaway, beautiful beach, lovely accommodations!”
My favorite website recommended Island Inn on Sanibel Island as a great getaway! It was idyllic! I opened my drapes each morning to a beautiful view of the Gulf of Mexico. Bike rentals are available on the premises, the staff gave great recommendations for restaurants, bike rides, etc. They were always cheerful and made you feel they were happy to see you. Very hospitable!
The beach was expansive and the Inn is private and cozy feeling. A perfect getaway! I will go back soon!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 3, 2011

“Been Coming here for 20 Years!!”
Once again we made a trip to beautiful Sanibel Island! And once again we stayed at the Island Inn!! It is such a low-key, laid back place with no major crowds this time of year. Right on the Gulf with its own beach, great swimming pool, etc. The new “Traditions” bar and restaurant is great!! Loved the environment at the oldest inn on the island! You can’t go wrong in my opinion!!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: June 17, 2011

“Quiet Honeymoon on the Beach”
Beautiful place, so rich with history and so well kept. We were the youngest people there at 21, but didn’t mind because everyone was so friendly. The hotel restaurant was incredible–we ate there twice. And the owner is very personable, you feel like family right away! Our room had a screened in porch and ocean view and the beach was right in our backyard! We rented very affordable bikes and rode the island bike trails at least 5 miles a day.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: June 15, 2011

“LOVE this place – I will Be Back!”
My sister & I stayed here on May 30-31, 2011. We were in the Kimball Lodge. The 2 nights at Island Inn were so relaxing, so perfect! We had an amazing view of the Gulf & the pool. Our enclosed patio & room was spotless! I would & will recommend this place to everyone I know. I have stayed at other resorts, cottages – this place is THE BEST!! Hands down!! We had a wonderful time, cant wait to go back!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: June 12, 2011

My husband and I stayed here for four nights in mid May and wished we’d stayed longer. First impressions are very important and on arrival we were greeted with happy smiling faces, so different to the much fancier hotel we had just left.
TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 31, 2011

“Perfect Getaway”
Excellent location, lovely beach, great restaurant and a gracious staff!
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 27, 2011

“Loved our stay – great room – great view – great hotel staff!”
We are a family with a 2 year old and we try to vacation on a budget. When I booked our room, I saw a good deal on Travelocity, but I actually called the hotel for more details since I’m very nervous about staying in hotels in general. Well, our stay was better than I thought it would be. We stayed in a newly renovated room in the Matthews Lodge. We had a gulf view room with the king size bed, microwave, coffee maker, and refrigerator.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 23, 2011

“Just what I wanted in a vacation”
The resort feels much like it did when it was first built but has been redecorated – I loved the retro vibe. This is the way they built resort for families – before there was digital anything. There are common rooms with pristine white rattan furniture, shelves full of books and games, puzzles (a dictionary on a stand!!), horseshoe, volleyball and bikes for rent and grills for BBQ.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: May 23, 2011

“Prime Location on Sanibel & Great Value”
The Island Inn has a genuine “old Florida” charm and a great location on a fabulous stretch of beach.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: Jan 23, 2011

“Old Florida Charm with Cozy Amenities”
The Island Inn is one of the more traditional resorts on Sanibel. It is lovely, comfortable, and private without a hint of pretentiousness. We stayed at the Starkey Lodge in a studio apartment with a view of a scenic courtyard (limited ocean view) upstairs and found it the perfect accommodation for us.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: Dec 16, 2010

“Great destination for a family reunion!”
Our family spent the Thanksgiving Holiday at the Island Inn. We brought family in from California, Colorado, Arizona and Florida.
Chis Davidson the manager was terrific in every way. He made our famiy reunion an experience we shall never forget.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: Dec 1, 2010

“Just Right for the Site”
Count my husband and myself among those who fell under the spell of the Island Inn. It was our first visit to Sanibel and the Inn contributed greatly to our desire to return. The location is ideal; it’s set on a gorgeous expanse of beach, is close to the J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and handy to dining options.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: Nov 19, 2010

“Historic property/great value”
My first visit to the Island Inn will not be my last. The entire property is well maintained and right on the Gulf of Mexico. I had reserved a room with a king size bed. I was checked in to the Matthews Lodge. The room was extremely clean and the linens were high quality.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: Nov 6, 2010

“Heaven on Earth…Stayed longer than planned”
We discovered this private, heavenly gem after three trips to Sanibel. Stumbled on paradise. Rooms are spacious and nicely decorated. Great porch overlooking the Gulf. Dolphins fifteen feet from the shore. Charming staff, so friendly. Great pool. Wonderful location and the best beach.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: Oct 20, 2010

We have been visiting Island Inn for over 10 years and have always had a fantastic stay. It is our home away from home. We love it so much, we have booked flights to go through Florida so we can end our vacation on a guaranteed high note! The Inn always puts us in the “ZONE.” See you there…………
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: July 4, 2010

The Island Inn was wonderful. We were there Oct. 27 to Oct.31. Rates were very reasonable. The weather was amazing (90 degrees). The staff was wonderful and helpful. The room was perfect. We had a gulf view. At night the waves were so loud that we had to talk louder! That is how close we were.
- TripAdvisor Review
Date of review: Nov 10, 2009