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Sanibel Island Inn Reviews

5 star rating 5 star stay on all points We loved our stay at the Island Inn, the resort is smaller and never seems over crowded. The service we received from all team members was outstanding, from check-in, dinning to the handyman & maids. Everyone was so helpful and always with a smile. Our cottage was so clean I... read more

Tim R 9/21/2018

5 star rating Wonderful Beach Stay My friend and I visited last week for a 2 night stay. I have been coming to Sanibel since I was a kid, and love to return whenever possible. We booked one night and ended up in the Kimball Lodge. Rooms were very comfortable and clean, and... read more

Chiquita433 9/18/2018

5 star rating Excellent Service My wife and I stayed for a 2 night getaway. We travel frequently and work in the hospitality industry (Hotel Management).

Location was great, right on the beach, and service was excellent!

Rooms had a “Island cottage” feel with modern kitchen and bath. Spacious for 2 people with a good size... read more

KGWM 9/11/2018

4 star rating My wife and I loved the Island Inn.  We were upgraded to the new Matthews lodge which faces the gulf and the suite was first class all the way.  The property was also perfect, low key and intimate enough to get along with other guests, relax on the grounds, swim... read more

Ron K. 9/10/2018

5 star rating Adult paradise! The Island Inn completely surpassed all of my expectations! Check in was seamless, with Ken providing us a slew of wonderful information - I felt like we were checking into luxury day camp! The new suites in the Matthew Lodge were incredible. There was tons of space and the screened... read more

Rachel S 9/06/2018

5 star rating We lucked out on this one Booked the Island Inn sight unseen at the last minute and really lucked out! It turned out to be everything we could have hoped to get. Just as the description, a mix of old and new, with an amazing beach and a relaxed feeling. The hotel staff was helpful and... read more

Anton N 9/04/2018

5 star rating Highly Recommended!!! Thanks for sharing your Island Inn experience with us! We appreciate your detailed review and hope you can join us again on your next Sanibel trip!

Danny A 9/02/2018

5 star rating Paradise on earth This place is a small paradise. Staff extremely courteous, we could see the ocean from the room, the outside balcony was just amazing, We loved siting there and looking at the sunset. The only negative is the Breakfast, pretty poor. There is a small swimming pool and you can ring... read more

Turista2103 8/22/2018

5 star rating This place is a small paradise. Staff extremely courteous, we could see the ocean from the room, the outside balcony was just amazing, We loved siting there and looking at the sunset. The only negative is the Breakfast, pretty poor. There is a small swimming pool and you can ring... read more

Daisy V. 8/21/2018

5 star rating A beautiful place We stayed for two nights in a very comfortable, well equipped, two bedroom cottage with great views of the water. We loved it!

The red tide is not much fun, and unfortunately stopped us swimming in the ocean, but we happily went on a couple of beach walks. The daily... read more

HolidayBecky 8/20/2018

4 star rating Our room was amazing ... a kings bed suite in the New Matthews building.  Staff was super nice and they even accepted a FedEx package for me.  This is a rustic unique island and Beach without the crowds and noise.  Pool was ok but quite a ways from the beach.... read more

Julie G. 8/17/2018

5 star rating Location perfect for a relaxing time Great location on the beach. Unfortunately sea / beach difficult to access due to red tide .

Beautiful 2 bedroom villa with large living room and separate kitchen . Large veranda outside and small but very comfortable pool.(toys for kids available ). Every morning a biologist comes by to give... read more

mvandervalk 8/09/2018

5 star rating Beautiful view and a guided shell walk too The Island Inn was the perfect spot for our anniversary trip to Sanibel Island! There are several lodges near the water, and our room had a gorgeous view of the Gulf. The dining building as well as the beach were only a short walk from our room, and the room... read more

jillrdennison 8/07/2018

5 star rating Great Weekend We came down during "Red Tide" and still had a great time. The property is amazing and you will fall in love with it. We stayed in the cottage directly across from the ocean. Ken assisted us in our booking and checking in. He is a... read more

Mvalenzuela 8/06/2018

5 star rating Perfect 40th Anniversary! We brought our children and grandson with us to Island Inn to celebrate our 40th anniversary and renew our vows. I can’t say enough about how nice every one was! We stayed in the Zyreep House- very roomy and comfortable. Yummy pastries on the complimentary continental breakfast. Happy hour- a... read more

Jpaul522 8/04/2018

5 star rating Fantastic- round Two Already looking forward to round 3. Quiet relaxing stay. Really incredible staff. Nice continental breakfast every morning. Fun shelling, sign up for the guided shell walk. Beautiful sunsets. Small island so easy access to everything. Great old Florida feel. Fished from the beach.

Norman S 7/29/2018

5 star rating Wonderful, beautiful, peaceful! We loved our stay at the Island Inn. The room was large with a balcony and ceiling fan. Breakfast and coffee every morning really helped. The restaurant and bar was great too. The staff couldn't have been nicer. We were there in July and are going back again in October.

Shawn K 7/25/2018

5 star rating Beat employees! We booked this place on the spare of the moment, and I love my choice!!! I spoke to Ken when we did our booking and he was so patient and answered all my questions. We booked room 247, it’s a walk out to the beach and if you leave your... read more

LIZA C 7/19/2018

5 star rating Hidden Gem! Absolutely a hidden gem! Perfect location, exceptionally clean. Staff was beyond friendly and helpful. I was blown away to see how all staff, from front desk, to cleaning, to lawn care staff all went way out of their way to anticipate guest needs before we even had them.

Best... read more

Dave P 7/15/2018

5 star rating Absolutely a hidden gem!  Perfect location, exceptionally clean. Staff was beyond friendly and helpful. I was blown away to see how all staff, from front desk, to cleaning, to lawn care staff all went way out of their way to anticipate guest needs before we even had them.

Best run... read more

Dave P. 7/15/2018

5 star rating Fantastic stay despite the weather.

Room and building is brand new.  Expensive: 1660.00 for 4 nights but oh so worth it.

Front desk very accommodating mostly with the A/c. Private screened area is a must.  Can't say enough- go now!

Elizabeth P. 5/21/2018

5 star rating Some lodging at beach areas would seem to have given up years ago and just go through the motions, letting things deteriorate like service, facilities, landscaping and just attitude.  Not here.  All are vibrant, pleasant and inspiring of a memorable stay.  There are three types of lodging here - a... read more

Alan L. 4/28/2018

5 star rating We loved our stay at the Island Inn. It's a chill-out, family-friendly gem of a beachfront resort. It's nice, but not fancy, and it's clean, but not a cookie-cutter corporate hotel. Our room in Kimball had two queen beds (not double!) and a kitchenette with fridge, sink, microwave, dishes, wine... read more

Jennifer C. 2/25/2018

5 star rating Loved this place.  Loved the history, the staff, the beach, the solitude.  What else can I say??  When we arrived in our room, a basket with wine, fruit, cookies and crackers was waiting for us.  The staff provided us with discount cards for several places on the island along with... read more

Kelli A. 1/19/2018

3 star rating THE GOOD: The Island Inn is on a beautiful piece of beachfront property.  It feels less crowded than other places on the Island.  The buildings are in a sort of U-shape, facing the ocean, creating a courtyard type space where children can run around and have some freedom within the... read more

Christina K. 1/16/2018

5 star rating This historic beachfront inn exceeded expectations. From it's delightfully pleasant staff, to the immaculately clean, Gulf facing room we stayed in for three nights. The property is both spacious and chock full of modern ammenities.

You must spend at least one night here, and experience relaxation in historic Sanibel style.

Mark L. 10/25/2017

5 star rating This resort did not disappoint!!!!  

I came with my sister,  for just one night. Wish we could have stayed forever.

I opened the door to our room and was blown away. The immediate view of the gulf,  was breathtaking.

The room was large.  Looks like it had been recently renovated.... read more

Naomi P. 10/17/2017

5 star rating Live music, great food, view of the sunset...doesn't get much better than that. Oh, and the staff was great! We got escargot, it was delicious.

Grace S. 8/26/2017

5 star rating Our favorite family getaway

Quiet inn right on the beach we come every year and always enjoy yourselves  rooms have full kitchens which comes in handy

Jacob G. 8/19/2017

4 star rating The positives: The staff was exceedingly warm and welcoming. Check in was impressively well organized. The room was clean. The beach was lovely. I enjoyed the guided beach walk where I learned all about the shells. We biked to Ding Darling Park, which was a 3 mile flat and scenic... read more

Diana G. 8/02/2017

5 star rating It's really nice to be on the beach and be able to just walk over whenever I please. They have a pool if you're not feeling the ocean water to swim in. They offer wifi in the building as well as on the beach behind the hotel.

The staff are all... read more

Mery Q. 6/16/2017

5 star rating Very clean, loved view and steps to beach. Service was fantastic.

Great choice for right price.

Rmc r. 12/26/2016

5 star rating This hotel/Inn on Sanibel was amazing for us. For being a historical hotel the rooms were very updated and nice. Kitchen was fully stocked with pans, plates, silverware,and cups. The way this place was set up we felt like we were mostly alone the whole time even though hotel was... read more

Jacob F. 11/19/2016

5 star rating Amazing hideaway for couples and adults. Not really an entertaining place for kids (which is what I loved about it).

Immediately I was reminded of the coziness of a bed and breakfast but with the luxury of private cottages or rooms. We went for a studio apartment so that we... read more

Nadine F. 11/18/2016

5 star rating Sanibel is beautiful, and the Island Inn is a friendly, historical Inn that will welcome you.  Located directly on the beach, you can walk a few steps and be in the water.  The rooms are spacious and clean, and the beds very comfortable.  The offer a pool, beach chairs and... read more

Cory K. 10/23/2016

5 star rating Fantastic inn right on Sanibel beach.Cant get much closer.Rooms are clean and our room has a very nice view of the ocean.Room has a kitchen so makes making meals quick to run back to the beach.Will be coming back!!

Patty D. 8/29/2016

5 star rating Just finished a three day stay at Island Inn. This was our second visit and we were in the same room with a cute welcome back note on the bed. This is a quaint, peaceful place with a warm and friendly staff. The rooms are a bit small and crowded... read more

Peter L. 8/27/2016

5 star rating I really enjoyed staying here! The staff was great and the rooms were outstanding.  One of a kind views.  With the room options, it is perfect for a family vacation. The restaurant was convenient but wouldn't eat there more than one night.  I cannot wait to go back again!

Maggie S. 8/25/2016

5 star rating The best anniversary experience my wife  and I have had. Got a GREAT deal on priceline after sifting through the LARGE number of hotels and even looking on airbnb this had exactly what we wanted; pool access and a Gulf view that took only 20 steps right out the back... read more

Chris R. 8/20/2016

5 star rating I just stayed at this inn for my 1st anniversary and I really loved it. From the point of check in I had a good experience. When I first checked in I was helped by a really nice woman, who was very informative in explaining about the inn and what... read more

Dara W. 8/18/2016

4 star rating Pros: On a nice beach, nice continental breakfast, clean and adequately sized rooms, spacious bathrooms, back porches, dual room entrances, friendly staff, bar and restaurant on premises, bicycle and umbrella rental available on premises, lots of restaurants and gifts shops nearby, plenty of shells and sea life, beach chairs available,... read more

Dan C. 8/01/2016

5 star rating Wonderful all around!! My boyfriend and I have never been to Sanibel before and the Island Inn met all of our expectations. We stayed in Matthews Lodge. We could see the beach and ocean from our beautiful screened in porch. The king bed was more comfortable than any other hotel... read more

Alexandra G. 6/21/2016

5 star rating Wife and I came down here for our Anniversary. We are staying in the Kimball area our room is Clean, great kitchen, bathroom and the back porch is Awesome. The double sliding doors that open up wide so you can enjoy the outside sounds of the waves from the Gulf.... read more

Andre D. 5/12/2016

5 star rating The best place we've stayed on Sanibel.   We've stayed multiple places over the last ten years,  this place was the best.   Great service from the front desk,  even better from housekeeping.   Great beach,  amenities were many,  pool was perfect.   Keep up the great work.

Dave F. 3/25/2016

5 star rating My family stayed here this week and everything was perfect.  The staff was very friendly and helpful.  The short walk to beach was perfect. We rented their kayaks and paddle boards and had a blast.  We used the grill for dinner several nights.  I would absolutely recommend this place

Chuck S. 3/18/2016

5 star rating I would highly recommend this resort. My family and I went in mid February and even though the resort was full, it was very quiet. We loved the screened in porch that we could use at night and not deal with bugs. The people are all very nice and the... read more

JamJam T. 2/17/2016

5 star rating We had a wonderful stay here for a big birthday celebration. The grounds and setting are absolutely beautiful - paradise! We had a wonderful view from our room on the ground floor and enjoyed having our coffee on the huge screened porch. The staff was very helpful in making us... read more

Stacy G. 12/14/2015

4 star rating Very nice and clean place with a Florida vibe.  The room was the best room we had on our Florida trip to Clearwater, Siesta Key, and Sanibel.  The room had a huge nice!  Enjoyed collecting seashells on their beach.  Staff very cordial.  Enjoyed the continental breakfast.  Recommend.

Dustin H. 10/11/2015

5 star rating Island Inn was very good and we will definitely recommend to our family and friends. Nice islandy tropical feel with a modern updated room. The staff was very responsive, warm and friendly. Beach was great! Angelica maintained a clean supplied room, she was great! Our next visit to the island... read more

Louis .. 9/07/2015

4 star rating I am writing this review from my gulfview Island Inn room. You might wonder why the heck I am inside on my computer writing a review? It is storming outside but that's ok. The shelling will be amazing once the storms subsize and I am comfortably seated in my room... read more

Colleen Z. 8/01/2015

5 star rating Great hotel.  Old school right on the beach.  The room was clean and was just steps from the beach.  Staff was really friendly.  We will be back!

Corey J. 7/07/2015

5 star rating Based on some previous reviews, I was kind of skeptical about coming here because I do like comfort, cleanliness, good service and nice views (who doesn't) and honestly, this place had all of the above. We stayed at the Kimball lodge and it was very clean, didn't smell musty (as... read more

Josie D. 7/06/2015

5 star rating Amazing stay. Booked 3 nights and added a 4th. Let us check in early. Great folder of info upon check in on the island. Friendly staff. Rooms are totally updated complete with screened in porches. All with a view of the gulf. Best view on the island. No tall buildings... read more

Bri C. 1/03/2015

4 star rating The staff was friendly, accommodations were comfortable, clean and updated. We asked for an early check in, and they called  when our room was ready. The food at traditions was good, the continental breakfast was good.  We did the free seashell beachwalk, offered for no charge. Our guide is a... read more

Niki W. 9/28/2014

3 star rating Once we got over the initial disappointment of the room not living up to the image presented in the photos on the Inn's Website.... I can't say it was the worse place I've ever stayed. But definitely a let down.

The rooms are actually much smaller than they seemed in... read more

Clarissa J. 8/31/2014

5 star rating Just returned from celebrating our anniversary at Sanibel!  We thought our suite looked even better in person & nicer than we expected.  We absolutely loved our stay!!!  The place was clean, homey decor, great on-the-beach location, lovely staff, awesome shelling, yummy breakfast!  I mentioned briefly to the front desk that... read more

Vicki P. 7/11/2014

4 star rating We love the Island Inn and come back every year for Father's Day weekend with our extended family.  The staff are very friendly and attentive, the rooms are nice (the Starkey Lodge where we stay has been newly remodeled) and the property is large with lots of open spaces, picnic... read more

Heather R. 6/14/2014

3 star rating I have mixed reviews about this hotel. The location is great--right on the beach, they have beach lounge chairs for free you can drag onto the beach which is great, and you can rent umbrellas, kayaks, bikes, etc.

My reservations are that we only stayed here one night after having stayed... read more

Caitlin J. 5/22/2014

5 star rating This place was very nice and felt beach-authentic. I stayed in two different types of rooms- and they were both gorgeous! I'd only stay away from the laundry. It's meant for emergencies as it's ancient and rusty.

Jessica J. 1/29/2014

5 star rating We stayed two nights at the Island Inn in October and loved the place.   Beach right in front of the cabin, great shells, clean rooms and friendly staff.  We will be back for sure.  Great meal at Traditions also.

Babs M. 10/16/2013

5 star rating We stayed at the Island Inn from for 5 nights in the middle of June 2013. We had never been to Sanibel Island before, and the resort was quite a welcome to the island.

We were greeted by two very helpful ladies when we checked in. They gave us a map... read more

Jennifer S. 6/30/2013

3 star rating This is a no frills yet clean hotel on the beach.  The beach frontage is one of the best shelling on the island.  You can sleep with your sliders fully open and have no fear of intruders.  A modest roof deck is a good place to sip a drink and... read more

Jamie R. 6/20/2013

4 star rating We had a lovely time, the staff were helpful and very nice. The room was large and very clean and comfortable. The beach was great and the view from our room was wonderful. We are going back but this time we will stay longer.

George B. 6/03/2013

5 star rating We really enjoyed our stay at Island Inn beginning 3/14/2013 for 3 nights. My only complaint is that wasn't nearly enough time to enjoy everything on the island. The staff were friendly and pleasant and the atmosphere relaxing. We ate breakfast each morning and it was just as described. The... read more

Margaret M. 3/29/2013

4 star rating Great for what we was looking for at the time traveling with twin 10-month old babies and needing to escape for a while. Island Inn is comfortable, clean, convenient, but also old timey and not what a 30-something would normally rave about.  It's located to in a pretty central spot... read more

Kevin M. 7/09/2012

3 star rating On the suggestion of a good friend, we decided to look into Sanibel for our wedding'moon location.  After some extensive searching we decided on Island Inn for not only our stay but for the location of the wedding itself.  

We flew in Saturday afternoon and arrived late to the resort,... read more

B. Nicole G. 3/12/2012

4 star rating I chose to vacation on Sanibel with the family over Labor Day weekend after my usual spot on Lido Key wanted waaaaaaay too much money for a room.

After doing a search on, I found Island Inn and was pleasantly surprised by the awesome price, especially booking last minute.

The description... read more

Megan H. 9/07/2010