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Best employees!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 19,2018

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 curtains open , you can see dolphins in the am from your bed!!!! They included breakfast, which includes eggs, pastries, bread , fruits , juices and coffee. They provide a discount card for the neighboring store or excursion. The employees are amazing, Ken, Kyle, Angelica who took care of our room , the ladies at the breakfast, who took care of our needs are awesome!!!! Thank you for such a beautiful stay!

Hidden Gem!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 15,2018

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 hospitality business I have ever seen.

Feel was quiet, intimate, and charming. Will definitely be back ASAP. Wish we could have stayed much longer!

Gulf Coast Paradise

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 13,2018

We thoroughly enjoyed staying here! We stayed in the Kimball Lodge in a ground floor room facing the ocean. What a view! Great room which was very clean. Screened porch is awesome. Very helpful staff in the office. They were so organized and gave us a folder of everything we needed when we arrived. Also gave us a shopping bag! Continental breakfast was included and it was so good. The fresh hard boiled eggs were a favorite! Wish we could have stayed here longer. It is in a very handy location. A must stay if you go to Sanibel.

Room Tip: First floor in Kimball Lodge facing ocean – only steps from dunes

Mathews Lodge

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 13,2018

Decided to spend a few days on Sanibel Island – and chose Island Inn. This was our first experience with the Island Inn. Our Mathews Lodge room could not have been more gorgeous. From the comfortable bed to the great screened porch overlooking the beach – it was just right. The kitchen was big enough to actually use. Everything was very clean. And amazingly quiet. The restaurant was closed for a private function so we did not get to eat on property. Next time, we will!

Perfect in every way!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 10,2018

We decided we needed a nice 5 day get away to relax with a water view. We choose the Mathews Lodge Luxury Full Kitchen 1 bedroom. at the Island Inn. It more than met our expectations- the room was gorgeous -new and clean, the kitchen was complete, smart TVs with Netflix, lovely gulf views from our private screened in deck, on the beach with toys on property- kayaks, paddleboards, bikes, and the grounds were immaculate. More than anything though, we have never stayed at a hotel, B&B, Inn, etc with better service. They were helpful, friendly, kind and made us feel like family. We can not wait to go back- NO place we would rather stay.

Simple, Beautiful, Peaceful Escape for ANY occasion

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 10,2018

Though I remembered loving Sanibel Island as a child, I hadn’t been back in nearly 30 years – until we were invited to join friends for a quick weekend getaway.

The property is DIRECTLY on the beach and every room is within easy walking distance of the sand and pool. We stayed in the Kimball Lodge and were impressed with what our room offered for the price. Two queen-size beds (not “full” or “double”), a nice kitchenette with full-size microwave and counter-size refrigerator, cabinets stocked with coffee-cups, dishes, and silverware; TONS of towels, large double-vanity bathroom and a unique sliding door that separates the toilet and shower area for those wishing to get ready separately, ample drawer space, nice-sized TV, and a comfortably sized screened in porch with table and chairs. All updated finishes, granite, etc.

Friends of ours had one of the cottages on property and the finishes and fixtures were equally updated, with full-size appliances in the kitchen, and convenient outdoor showers for rinsing off the beach in addition to bathrooms inside the cottages.

Amenities and staff here were excellent. We arrived early on the day of check in, with the intention of enjoying the beach until our room was ready. The staff very politely checked us in, gave us towels, pointed us towards the ice machines if we wanted them, and told us we could rent umbrellas or bicycles even though our room wasn’t yet ready (it was 10 am – check in is normally 3). They took my cell and called us around 12:30pm when the room was ready and it was impeccably clean and fresh. Staff around the property was also very kind and helpful – always making sure to ask if we needed anything without being in the way.

The on-property restaurant is quite nice. Very fresh food (especially seafood), well prepared and with lovely views of the property (you can’t really see ALL the way to the ocean, but the food more than makes up for that).

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and will definitely be back. It was great for us and the kids in our travel party. No loud celebrations at night – no annoying slamming of doors and noisy people wandering the halls. No rude people with stereos blaring on the beach – just lovely, calm, lazy days… A real escape from the rest of the world.

Room Tip: Kimball Lodge has been recently updated… but the really spectacular views are in the Matthew’s building (also has covered parking)

Beautiful beachside resort!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 10,2018

Beautiful old resort with modern updates also offering bike, umbrella, sup, and kayak rentals. Suggested day itineraries are offered to the left of the check in desk. Fantastic beach for shelling. Resort offers free breakfast, shuffleboard, and horseshoes. Tons to do for a relaxing week or weekend getaway. I would definitely visit again!


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 4,2018

The Island Inn was perfect for our short getaway. We reserved in Matthews Lodge and were amazed at the renovations. It was beautiful, the deck was enclosed and had a door right into the sand. We have stayed at many places in Sanibel over the years, but we found our favorite here! Clean, comfortable and steps to beautiful Sanibel beaches!

Love Island Inn

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 2,2018

We chose to stay another year at Island Inn and per usual our experience was amazing. Rooms are very clean. Staff more than accommodating. The restaurant has amazing food and drinks. I highly recommend this place to anyone considering staying on the island.

Captures Sanibel Perfectly!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 28,2018

Purchased two-night stay at local charity auction for United Way! Thank you Island Inn for donating. Stayed in newly built lodge. Welcome to property was very warm and informative, with welcome cocktails included. Accommodations were spacious and well appointed. Short walk to beach and the quintessential Sanibel shelling. Nice that they provided towels for use on beach and beach chairs/lounges. We forgot to bring our beach umbrella but not outrageous to rent one for the day. Property is sufficiently secluded, but close enough for easy access to island businesses. We did not take advantage of bicycles to see the island but access to bike paths is convenient with on property rentals available. Breakfast was included, not fancy but perfect to start a day at the beach. We had king bed with unique, auto-inflatable sleeper sofa and sliding room divider so sleeping arrangements were good for our family. Lastly, morning talk on Sanibel seashells by docent with the Sanibel Shell museum is not to be missed for visitors. A wonderful stay, recommended and one I’d visit again (even if not purchased through charity auction).

Family Friendly

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 26,2018

We loved the Island Inn! From the beginning their staff were friendly and helpful. They have anything you need to keep your family entertained at the beach. The rooms are a great setup for families with separated sleeping areas. They also have very comfortable beds. The breakfast was a nice addition, though it is a very light continental breakfast. The staff really makes this place though. Wonderful, helpful people. The proximity to the beach cannot be beaten, and the pool was refreshing and very clean. Overall a wonderful experience.

Great Hotel!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 25,2018

This was our first visit to Sanibel Island and the Island Inn was the perfect place to stay! Our room, in Kimball Lodge, was modern and beautifully decorated! It had a kitchenette and a very spacious bathroom. The room had a screened in porch with a table and chairs. The best part was the fact that it was right on the beach!!!!! We were just steps away!!!!
The front desk was friendly and had a huge packet with information and lots of coupons! The continental breakfast was just perfect to start our day. I highly recommend the Island Inn!

Vacation of the year

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 24,2018

Our first visit here was absolutely fantastic! Service was excellent and everyone was so friendly. We stayed at Starky Lodge and I would recommend staying here again. It had everything we needed and more. Shelling was exceptional. We even saw some dolphins! The only bad thing I can say is that we had a hard time turning the key in lock,in the room. However that was fixed in the end! Again I would highly recommend and we will be back!

The shelling was excellent!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 24,2018

This place is fantastic! We stayed in a large suite with a full kitchen and a great view of the ocean. We found lots of beautiful shells on the beach – all within a hundred yards of the resort. The water was so calm, my sons tried kayaking for the first time and it was easy paddling along the shore. They also loved the pool area. Very relaxing – and partially shaded from the sun by palm trees. Highly recommended… we will definitely be back!

The first time was magical, the second time…

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 14,2018

We just returned from our second consecutive stay at the Island Inn on Sanibel Island and it was just as wonderful as the first time. There really is not much more than I can say than I did in my review of our fist visit other than the fact that it really hit me just how much the staff appreciated our return business. As I said in my earlier review, I have no reason whatsoever to look elsewhere when we do go to Sanibel. If you want the ultimate in a relaxing, all out beach side stay, look no further. Heck, now you don’t even have to go an get your own umbrella, just simply tell them you want one, post the little flag that they give you and they will put it in for you along with some great hospitality from either Mike or Keil, Can’t say enough good things about staying here.

Room Tip: We love the western side of the Kimball Lodge for the privacy and the view.

Wonderful place

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 14,2018

We had a wonderful stay at the Island Inn. It is a lovely property. We stayed in the Kimball building on the first floor with a lovely beach view. I loved stepping right out the door and onto the beach. The staff was extremely nice and very helpful at all times. Our room was spacious, charming, and very comfortable. The grounds are very picturesque. I loved that the pool is not only heated but cooled after staying at other resorts with too warm pools. We always take our own beach chairs, but didn’t need to as the Inn allows guest to take their lounge chairs to the beach, as long as you bring them back up during sea turtle nesting and hatching times. We enjoyed the complementary breakfast, loved the shelling, enjoyed the starry nights, and stunning sunsets. A beautiful and vocal osprey sat in one of the Inn trees everyday. We spotted one set of turtle tracks on the beach and knew mom was still nesting so we left her in peace. Sanibel is special and so is this Inn. I can’t wait to come back.

Room Tip: Any room should be great.

Lovely stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 12,2018

My family and I stayed in the Zeeryp Beach House for 7 nights and loved it. The house is so spacious and includes a full kitchen, living area, 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and even a washer and dryer. We also appreciated having the dedicated covered parking since the days could get very hot. The inn is right on a lovely beach and we did the complimentary beach walk one morning. The complimentary continental breakfast was also nice and the staff were all so wonderful and friendly. We had a wonderful, relaxing stay!

Wonderful stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 10,2018

Great condo for a couple. Clean, many amenities, wonderful beach. Parking was not designated, might be a problem during the season, off season no problem. This did not have services of Island Inn, it was vacation rental by owner. That was not a problem.

Amazing in every way

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 8,2018

We get so busy we forget how important it is to write great reviews. I had to join trip advisor so I could tell you how incredibly wonderful this inn is and the people who work there. Glory you are responsible for me booking there, you are kind, honest, caring. Kiele you are there for everyone every step of the way. I went just with my seven year old. I felt safe. The property is gorgeous. The GM was incredible and quick to help. The Matthew lodge suite was more than I ever expected. Beautiful views. Gorgeous lay out. Every detail impeccable. Thank you to the staff for caring for us. We are forever loyal to you. The Truttmanns

Patriotic Paradise

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 7,2018

My wife and I stayed a week for our 25th anniversary and very glad we did. FIRST, I want to thank Island Inn for the American flags they proudly display on the property. I didn’t see this type of patriotism anywhere else on the island. We stayed in the Matthews Lodge Room 225 and were greeted with a kind “Happy Anniversary” note on the table as we walked in. The parking garage for the ML is very nice, but may present a challenge for a truck or larger SUV. The room was new and and perfectly appointed with a great beach view. My only concern with the room was the walk in shower. Though beautifully tiled, water does tend to get all over the bathroom floor when using. Even with the hand rails someone may end up slipping and taking a nasty fall. I appreciated how quiet the building was and the ladies of house keeping were wonderful. The employees of Island Inn are what make this place special. Lynn, at the front desk is like a friend you’ve known for years. There was some sort a problem with the AC in the building the week we were here, but it never became an issue for us. As for the “no see ums” I never saw em – no bites. We used skin so soft and Deep Woods Off, but only in slight amounts. There was a nice breeze all week so that helped keep them away as well. Now…if you are looking for a white sugar sand beach this is NOT that. The beach is a bit narrow and covered with shells (which is why I brought my wife here as she loves shells.) The atmosphere is family friendly and everything is just a few yards away and easily accessible. Thanks for everything and see you next year.

Room Tip: Matthews Lodge is beautiful and very quiet.

First time stay, and can’t wait to come again

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 1,2018

We have been to at least 6 different accomodations on Sanibel over the years. This year at the last minute decided to try Island Inn as we could only come for 4 nights. We were not disappointed, in fact almost overwhelmed in many facets of the stay.
The one bedroom suite in the new Matthews Lodge was well appointed. It is a bit back from the beach but the top level units for sure all had beautiful Gulf views. The lower level is still above ground (ground level is covered parking) so am assuming these still have great views also. While only one bedroom, it is not cramped, with separate areas yet open floor plan. The bathroom is spacious as well as the deck. There is a queen sofa bed in the living area for 2 other guests/children. The kitchen area has a full size refrigerator, stove, sink, microwave and dishwasher.
The housekeeping was great. Granted, new accommodations, but we enjoyed having the same staff everyday. Not only pleasant, but engaging and a person who knew that details mattered.
The property was well kept. Beach umbrellas were able to rent daily at $8, and the maintenance staff installed on the beach for you at your direction. Other amenities included paddleboards and kayaks for rent. Also free shuffleboard. The pool, while smaller in size, was clean,sanitary, and close to the beach.
The staff are great. All our interactions from the office, maintenance, and housekeeping were not only pleasant, but left us feeling that they truly enjoyed working at Island Inn.
We did not eat Dinner at Traditions, the restaurant open for dinner only at the property. Our impression of the menu is it is fine dining and a bit expensive, but I personally didn’t see the food so will leave that to others to review.
Overall, impressed with The Island Inn enough to write a review. Not usually one to write reviews, let alone a lengthy one, I felt the need to because of the exceptional experience we had. We are hoping to be back later this Fall for another stay when it turns winter in Minnesota!

Room Tip: Matthews Lodge has new one bedroom suites. Pricier,but worth it. Ask for rooms farthest from office…

Beautiful Inn steps from a private beach

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 29,2018

The Island Inn is a beautiful inn, right on its own private sea shell covered beach. Paradise. Gorgeous room, modern appliances and flat screen tv’s, wonderful screened-in porch. There were bicycle rentals, kayak and paddle board rentals, lovely swimming pool, shuffle board, volleyball and games. They supply beach chairs and umbrellas (for a small fee) and all the towels you need. The staff was wonderful and helpful. And, to top it all off, there’s a wonderful restaurant right there, with a bar, live music and dancing! But you can’t beat being just a few steps from the beautiful, warm waves of the gulf and the soft, white beach. I’m in love with this place. I can’t wait to go back there. I think I left my heart there!

Room Tip: Every room is wonderful. The duplexes are the very best rooms

Matthews Lodge

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 22,2018

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!

Absolutely amazing place

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 18,2018

Perfect location just on the beach. Had the bungalow in the first row and everything was just perfect. Super friendly and very helpful staff. Possible to rent bikes and get a bike map.
The bungalow is well equipped and lacks nothing
The breakfast was a bit boring but that was the only minor fault
Can only recommend this beautiful place

Third Visit Just As Amazing

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 16,2018

The Island Inn is definitely a repeat visit for us. Last year, we decided to try a new FL destination, Clearwater. While it was nice, we didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as our previous visits to Sanibel and Island Inn. This year, we returned to find Ken at the front desk again, and as friendly and helpful as ever. The relaxed atmosphere begins at check-in, continues through to each employee you encounter (helpful but not overbearing), and of course the beautiful grounds and beach. The guest rooms are very clean and inviting, and Traditions Restaurant is a must. This is Old Florida with an update. Check out the new suites completed early this year. Perfect for families. We requested Room 541 (and were pleasantly surprised to get it). If you want relaxation, peaceful beach days, and awesome sunsets this is your place!

Room Tip: Rooms in Kimball Lodge have a screen porch and best beach access

Exactly as advertised!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 15,2018

We stayed here for only one evening and will definitely return. I called and booked a room, when we arrived we were pleasantly surprised to be told they upgraded us with no additional cost!! Apparently the room we booked would have been too tight for 4 people which for us was ok for one night but clearly management did not agree. Well this upgrade was fabulous… Thank you Management! Cottage was clean and yes lots of room for 4 people.The Light Continental breakfast was more than enough to get your day started. Beautiful location on the beach, rooms as photographed on web site and close to main area of Sanibel and a short drive to Captiva.

Fabulous! Couldn’t have been better!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 13,2018

The island inn is a mix of cottage and condo like rooms. We were lucky enough to get a room in a newly built and opened condo. Our unit was on the 2nd floor with an elevated gorgeous view of the beach and gulf. There was a large screened porch large enough for two lounge chairs and table and chairs for four. There was also a wet bar There were also steps right down to the beach from the porch. Inside the 1 bedroom unit it was spacious and well appointed. The kitchen was equipped with most of what you might need should you decide to cook. Large flat screen in living area and a smaller screen in the bedroom. Good air conditioning and fans keep temp just the way you want it. Sliding doors almost open to width of the porch, so you essentially make the living room and porch seem like one large area. Steps from the beach. Pool, shuffle board and other games available. Even a live webcam you can direct others to see you frolic if you wish. Could not have asked for more for a getaway. Just minutes from shops on Periwinkle and the Ding Darling Reserve. Can’t wait to come back.

Casual, relaxed and everything you need

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 8,2018

We went to Island Inn with no experience in Sanibel. Great accommodations and owners have provided everything that was needed for a weeks stay. There were more formal places but Island Inn was relaxed and casual which is just what we were looking for. Private beach was a big plus.

A great family choice

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 3,2018

I would say all lodging options are good. Mathews Lodge is brand new and the most appointed and expensive. Kimball, especially the West-facing units toward the beach, are great, with views overlooking a small natural growth area in front of the beach. The restaurant on the property is causal but excellent fine-dining that did not disappoint. The entertainment is quite savvy, not trite or the kind that seems embarrassing.

Best visit so far

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 4,2018

Have been to Sanibel 5 times and stayed at the Island Inn for 3 of those trips. Will only stay at the Island Inn for now on. Rooms are always clean and the staff is super friendly. Great shelling and so convenient to all the great restaurants and shopping. Best sunsets. Always such a relaxing trip when we stay here. Kimball lodge rooms are great.

Wow! Best restaurant in Florida

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 25,2018

My husband and I have spent 3 weeks in Florida. We have dined at the best restaurants in the state. This was the most wonderful night we had. The veal was exquisite. The music and atmosphere was beyond comparable. The best of the best! Thank you for a memorable night.

Late March trip from the chilly North.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 18,2018

Just 2 of us. Stayed at new Matthews Lodge. Excellent. Old world Florida inn but with brand new Matthews. Island Inn is chill place. A little shuffle board and laying on the beach. Sanibel good for biking too. Inn has bikes right there. Front desk folks were super nice and there if you need them as well as beach attendant. Restaurant and Bar are a bit of a throw back, not directly connected to Inn. Overall as or more than I expected. The pool area could be expanded, lots of hard san room around buildings, which is cool. And somehow incorporate and open air dining or cocktail area to take advantage of great weather. Sunsets are great there.

Wonderful Place to Stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 12,2018

My husband and I went to the Island Inn to get away for a few days to celebrate my birthday. What a wonderful experience! Our room in the Kimball Lodge was clean, modern, nicely decorated and comfortable and had everything we needed for our stay. Walk out to the beach and pool, we were on the first floor, and had access to all levels to watch the sunset each night.

Room Tip: Kimball Lodge has two floors. Some with ocean view and some ocean front. A easy stroll to the beach and pool areas.

Loved it! (Restaurant?)

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 9,2018

My wife and our adult daughter stayed in a Deluxe Suite on the second floor. Everything brand new and very well kitted out, great view out to sea. We had a great stay, spending all our time either on the beach or on the excellent netted-in porch. Regarding the restaurant & bar – a large sparse room catering primarily to baby-kid-mom/dad-gramps families. They all looked happy enough, but not what we wanted, especially as the bar staff had the air of total boredom and the charisma of a cricket bat. We decided to order to-go and ate on our porch. This turned out to be a great decision as the food really was very good, particularly when enjoyed with our own wine in such a wonderful location. Oh, and our daughter reported that the sofa bed was the best she’s slept on!

Easter Family Festival

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 3,2018

1st we were not guests but came because of the beach Easter egg hunt I found on google. We hit the jackpot for our 6 year old daughter. The staff put on a fantastic Easter festival for the kids.

We did get to walk the grounds which give a perfect beach inn vibe. The decor is new, fresh and very welcoming. We would stay here in the future if given the chance. Purchased drinks from the lobby bar and they fit the bill perfectly. We liked all the history and sea shell information in the lobby.

Second Visit, still pleased!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 1,2018

This year we stayed at the SandpiperSeagrape Beachview Cottage, it has two nice sized bedrooms with a small kitchen and sitting area. It was clean and provided enough dresser/closet space for a weeks stay. The staff were very attentive and friendly, always smiling. My husband and I stayed with our three kids (10, 7, 7) and my in-laws. The kids slept on the pull out sofa (with inflatable air mattress on top). There was adequate space for our two families (enough space to keep the kids away from their grandparents). My youngest are still small enough to have made this work, would not recommend this many people with older/larger children. Wish they would update the bedroom with two twin beds to doubles, or another king. The pool is small/medium but it was never crowded, grounds were well maintained. They provide lounge chairs and chairs on the beach with towels. You can also rent umbrellas (which is well worth it). We love the location as it is easy to bike to either big grocery store and the wildlife refuge.

First visit to Island Inn, but not our last!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 21,2018

We stayed on the 1st floor of Kimball Lodge, and everything was just perfect. We cannot say enough about how kind and helpful the entire staff was especially Dianne, Glory and cheerful Kiel (who rides a golf cart around the resort and beach area; he was a wealth of information). The screened in porch was one of my favorite places to sit, and the slider door locked from the outside so we could exit and enter the beach from the porch. The sand is very fine, and we learned quickly to leave our shoes outside the room. They really thought of everything when they redecorated. Outlets are plentiful, there are pocket doors to separate the toilet/shower area from the double sink, so two people can use the bathroom at once. The toiletries are the best products I’ve ever used. Coffee is provided, paper towels, sponge and dish soap, plenty of plastic hangers (that are not affixed to closet), and even a rechargeable flashlight on the wall – helpful when walking outside at night. Continental breakfast was convenient (bagels and cereal would be a nice addition), and we had a delicious dinner at Traditions (15% off coupon for this on arrival). The views from the shared second floor balcony are spectacular especially at sunset. Highly recommend the daily shell walk. Very peaceful and quiet at night. We cannot wait to return next year with the entire family.

Great place!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 13,2018

When my husband and I first arrived we were greeted by a friendly clerk who gave us a comprehensive packet of information and some useful tips on how to make the most of our stay.
We were in a ground floor Gulf view deluxe room in the Kimball Lodge building. It was very clean and the bathroom was spacious and well-stocked with quality products, along with plenty of towels.
Twice we had dinner and enjoyed live music and dancing at Traditions on the Beach- a wonderful restaurant with great food and killer martinis. A good selection of continental breakfast choices and the best cinnamon scones I’ve ever tasted! (Dinner reservations suggested; it’s popular with locals and other island resort visitors.)
A couple of small suggestions- it would nice if there were portable drying racks provided in the screened porches. Our “next-door-neighbors” draped their towels and kids bathing suits all over the bushes right outside our door; it was rather tacky.
Also, a selection of daily newspapers in the restaurant lounge would have been appreciated.
All in all, a lovely place and we will definitely stay there again.

Another wonderful stay here on the beach.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 11,2018

We booked for 7 nights this year. Each visit seems to be a longer stay which tells you we enjoy it. The hotel continues to improve, this year with a brand new building, but is able to keep just a touch of the “Old Floridian” feel. While everyone at the front desk is great, our go-to person is Ken. This year he was especially helpful in a unique request we had the week before we arrived and we thank him for that!

Room Tip:We have enjoyed the water side view rooms in Kimball Lodge1st Fl Gulfview Dlx Rm.

“BIG” Birthday Celebration! Far exceeded expectations in every way

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 7,2018

My husband and I have looked for years to find a place we want to return to EVERY winter. Priorities: BEACH, ELEGANCE, great management…location location location!
I had always wanted to go to Sanibel/Captiva area so we decided to give it a try.
It was a last minute trip and we had only 4 days. Because of a review I read on the newly renovated Matthews Lodge at Island Inn, I called to inquire about availability. I spoke to Ken and he was able to find us a room for the first night only in Kimball Lodge so I booked it because that was my birthday night and I was willing to find another place to move to.
The next morning I called back to see if there had been any cancellations because we really wanted to stay at that property. Marguerite found a luxury suite for us in Matthews Lodge! We were able to stay in Kimball the first two nights then THEY moved all our things for us to Matthews!
Gail also looked after us.
Our stay at Island Inn was PARADISE… exceptional in all categories. When we opened the door to our (practically on the beach) suite, I was greeted with birthday balloons, a really nice bottle of champagne and a birthday cake made out of towels!
The staff could not have been more responsive to our every request or inquiry from how to operate a hidden light switch to recommendations on local restaurants, sightseeing or shopping.
May be my best birthday EVER!
Matthews Lodge is spectacular.
Google it. You will be blown away just as we were but DON’T take our week

Wonderful stay!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 26,2018

We have stayed at Island Inn four of our six visits to the island. The first three were great and everything with the hotel was perfect. This time, when we arrived in the early evening, the outdoor temperature was in the seventies and the room’s air-conditioning was obviously not working properly. I made the people in the office aware of the situation. They made note of it and told us someone would be called to look at it. The next day a staff member came to the room and confirmed that the unit wasn’t working. It was pretty hot outside and in the room at this point. With record heat being predicted, we knew it was going to be tough to sleep in the room that night. The general manager got involved and offered us the keys to another room with a working air-conditioner to stay in that night. We graciously declined the offer and the general manager in turn, “compt” us for the night. The entire unit thankfully did get replaced the next day and the record heat was not an issue. We were very grateful and pleased at how quickly the problem got resolved and how management handled the issue. Things like that keep you coming back and we have already booked again for next February. Thank you to the General Manager and all of the friendly and helpful staff at the Island Inn!!!

Beautiful spot on Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 18,2018

We just spent a week in the new Matthews Lodge. What a gorgeous place to stay. All the rooms in Matthews look out to the ocean and have screened porches to relax in. The colors and decor are perfect for the beach setting. The kitchen and living room made our stay so comfortable. The staff was all top notch and very friendly. We enjoyed the continental breakfast each morning in the restaurant. The setting of the Island Inn is wonderful: we rolled out of bed in the morning to catch the sunrise over the ocean and then didn’t miss sunset in the evening. And of course hunting for the perfect seashell was such fun while walking the beach. Sanibel is a special place and the Island Inn is the place to stay. Note: prices go up dramatically in February here. We hope to return someday soon.

The only place I’d want to stay at on Sanibel!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 17,2018

I really hate to say how great this place is, because I always want to be able to stay there when I visit Sanibel! Everybody is so accommodating! The place is spotless! The restaurant at the Inn offers a 15% discount, and really just tops off the stay. The Island Inn really makes you feel like you’re staying in paradise! We’ve celebrated my mother in-law’s 81st and 85th birthday there, and she has already said that’s where she wants to go for her 90th!


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 15,2018

This place is wonderful! Spotless with lots of room. Bed was super comfy and the whole resort area was beautifully kept. I can’t wait to go back! The full kitchen was so handy and they even provided a flashlight for roaming around after dark. I can’t recommend this place enough!

Second visit, lots of changes for the better!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 6,2018

It had been a few years since we were able to book the Island Inn, no rooms had been available during our windows of opportunity. This was the earliest in the year we have ever booked and got another good deal off Travelocity. The late check-in is different, our flight didn’t arrive until after 9 PM and the office closes at 8 PM. They leave an outside the door lock box for your paper and keys and give you the combination. The next day you can fill out the paperwork after the free continental breakfast. The breakfast has hard boiled eggs as well as coffee, juices, fruits, yogurts and all kinds of breads and sweet-rolls. More than enough for us. We were surprised at several new buildings including the 3 story one we stayed in. Very interesting design where all the rooms are not square with the building but angled so that the sliding doors on the first floor reveal a triangular screened-in porch with a locking screen door that almost was on the beach. Certainly was fun as the western view had Sanibel sunsets right there. The room had two large beds, large bath, refrigerator, microwave and sink and counter if you’re inclined to eat in. There is WiFi and the cable TV is standard. The restaurant for dinner is somewhat pricey but the music and dance floor are right up our alley. Unfortunately the floor was very slick so true dancing was somewhat precarious. Still all in all the venue is improved and will be highly considered for our next return to Sanibel.

Island Inn, Sanibel’s Peaceful, Joyful Paradise.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 8,2018

Stayed in Kimball Lodge, clean, comfortable, near beach, pool, parking, office. Staff excellent from the moment I arrived; filled me in on everything I needed to know to make my stay trouble-free and offered suggestions for sightseeing, shopping, beach combing. I loved every moment of my stay, felt safe and welcome, can’t wait to return. Pick up a copy of the history of the Island Inn at the front desk and you’ll be happy you are part of the interesting story of the Inn.

Excellent, quiet and beautiful resort right on the gulf

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 7,2018

We can’t say enough great things about the Island Inn! The grounds are well kept, rooms and restaurant were very clean and all staff are so friendly and welcoming. The rooms are also very updated and beautiful. The manager upgraded us to a better room for the first night we stayed there that wasn’t part of our original reservation, which was so generous of him. We definitely will return with our kids. What I really liked about our stay there is the restaurant on site was absolutely wonderful and the music was a lot of fun to have in the evening. No matter which room you stay in, you will have quick access to the beach from the resort. The pool was nice and warm and clean as well. We enjoyed it on cool evenings. There are a lot of great restaurants within a short 5 min drive from the resort as well. It is a great resort for couples and families alike.

Room Tip: All rooms have some sort of ocean view

Winter Escape to Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 5,2018

This was our second visit to the Island Inn. It’s a great inn – the oldest on the island, very laidback with cottages and suites, most overlooking gulf. A great breakfast is included, and we often had the tapas for dinner before watching the sunset. A delightful place. We will return!

Wonderful stay !!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 3,2018

We enjoyed our stay at the Inn very much.The room was very clean ,ocean view ,balcony and the conveince of having a kitchenette and separate bedroom was great !!
The beach is steps away and beautiful,sandy with lots of shells. The pool was clean,warm and oceanfront too.
The friendly welcoming staff will have us coming back next year !!

Florida Charm

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 30,2018

My girlfriends brought me to this charming inn for my birthday and it couldn’t have been more wonderful. The rooms were a great size, the kitchens large and plenty of utensils, the bathrooms large and well appointed. But the balconies-wow. Our Starky Lodge balcony had a connecting door to make it even larger, with a full size table and 4 chairs on each. We overlooked the Gulf and it was terrific. The property itself is nice, like an old style Florida resort, instead of a high rise hotel. A continental breakfast is provided at their restaurant Traditions. Dinner there has music and dancing and excellent service. We also received a calendar at check in with sunrise/sunset times-nice touch. Their signature: Cherished memories, Modern comfort. And that it was.

Brief Winter Respite from NYC

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 24,2018

I stayed at the Island Inn in Room 269 for three nights in January 2018. While it was pretty chilly for January, the stay was lovely. The room itself was quite large, with a large bathroom, full kitchen and small seating area. The bedroom area was it’s own separate room with a screened in porch off to the side. This room is on the second floor so the views of the sunset were stunning every night. The room was very clean, lots of towels and local toiletries in the bathroom. If you are looking for a place with children or you like to have breakfast or lunch in your room this would be perfect. The hotel also has a continental breakfast in their main dining room. The beach was clean, quiet, not crowded. I would add that lots of people comment on the noseeums or bugs. I had some spray with deet for any time I was outside and I was perfectly fine. One other in my party did have a bad reaction — but she’s very allergic to insect bites. I’d stay here if I return to Sanibel for sure. Thank you, Island Inn!

Room Tip:I stayed in the “Kimball 2nd Flr Gulfview Kitch Ste” my parents stayed downstairs and their porch lead right out to the beach! So nice!

One Night’s a Charm

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 24,2018

As a frequent visitor to Sanibel, I was excited to finally stay at the famous Island Inn. I was not disappointed. From the warm reception at check-in, to the spotless room, to the perfect dinner in their onsite restaurant, I cannot complain about a thing. Only stayed one night but will be returning soon with my family. So I look forward to taking advantage to all of the on-site amenities. Thanks again for a wonderful stay!

Love this Place….

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 22,2018

Been to Sanibel Island many times and we always stay at Island Inn. Stated in a different room and building each time. They have all been great. My family has been with me at times and they love it also

TN Snow Birds

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 22,2018

This is our 3rd time at Island Inn. As the previous 2 times – very enjoyable. Nice rooms almost right on the beach. Price is ok. We will be back. Love the sunset views from the deck. Last – always each at least once at Traditions while here.

Lovely and peaceful

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 18,2018

This hotel is right on the beach in Sanibel. It’s one of the older historic inns but has every modern facility you need.
We had a ground floor room with a patio which opened out onto the beach. The weather was gorgeous which added to the pleasure of the visit. The bar served up some great cocktails amongst other drinks and dinner was delightful. Plenty of choice and just the right amount on the plate!!
We just loved the relaxed atmosphere and would return .

Lovely property on Sanibel Island!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 5,2018

We researched many places to stay for our first time visit to Sanibel and we definitely made the right choice!

The hotel/cottages is located on a gorgeous stretch of beach in a central area of the island. The property is large so the buildings, pool, and restaurant aren’t on top of each other-lots of open space. (Thankfully they don’t allow pets)

Our 2nd floor room was very clean, pretty, and large with a small screened balcony which faced West to enjoy the stunning sunsets over the ocean where we could hear the surf!

The bathroom was very large with double sinks and had an awesome shower/tub with great water pressure and lots of fluffy towels.

The room had a very large closet with plenty of hangers and in-room safe.

We had a very comfortable King bed with nice pillows and linens.

The kitchen area was well stocked with new dishes, utensils, coffee maker with free coffee refills, toaster, large stove/oven, and large refrigerator.

There is also access to the 2nd floor outside patio area with new and clean furniture facing the ocean -which is only steps away! We went out there with our wine and snacks several nights to enjoy the sunset.

The pool is very nice and private. They’ve surrounded it with just enough plantings so you’re not on display for the whole complex to watch you!

We had dinner at Traditions on the Beach Restaurant that was on property one night. The food was very good-not pretentious. This is also where we went each morning for the complimentary continental breakfast. Fresh pastries!

They have a shell washing station on site, a very large rec room with books and lounge area, two hammocks, shuffleboard, net for volleyball, horseshoe pit, outdoor grill, bikes to rent,and lounge chairs to bring to the beach.

We were very happy at this property. You will be too!

Amazing beachside hotel!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 18,2017

Amazing, exemplary welcome by a very professional, friendly and attentive staff! Great hotel with spacious, super clean rooms directly on the beach. Large public area with pool, seats and lounge chairs all around. Bicycles available for rent at the property, which we found the best way to explore the island and the nature park close by .
And not to forget, the most beautiful sunset…
Definitely recommend and will be back!

Our new find….

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 9,2017

When we searched here on TA, Island Inn immediately appealed to us because of the beach location on West Gulf Drive, a very short walk into the ocean, the heated pool as the well as the comfortable and close configuration of the buildings.

Our room in the Kimball Lodge on the second floor had a fantastic view. The large communal patio overlooking the beach was a very nice place to relax and also view the sunset.

Our room was immaculate and well appointed. The towels were fluffy and the bath products had a pleasant orange fragrance.

All of the staff members were pleasant and helpful.
We would like to give special acknowledgement to Patty in housekeeping who kindly did our room early as we requested. Also to Fernando who seemed to be everywhere- he was extremely helpful when the birds “baptised” the top of our convertible.

We are planning to return next year since “once you go- you’ll know”.

visiting the Island Inn on Sanibel Island

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 13,2017

first time on Sanibel Island. Absolutely loved the Island Inn. it was a perfect low key get away, calm quiet beach,, newly renovated and clean rooms right on beach to watch the birdlife.. Breakfast was perfect and restaurant had excellent food and piano player. People were so friendly and so much more than we expected! LOVED IT! visit soon

We’re back!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 13,2017

This was our second time staying at the Island Inn. The staff was very friendly and helpful. They had a basket of fruit, snacks and wine in our room welcoming us back. The room was very clean and comfortable. And of course the location is perfect! An amazing and beautiful place!

Charming hotel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 8,2017

Just back from a nights stay in Sanibel and the island inn. Cute little hotel and we stayed in the Kimball Lodge. Beautiful decorated and spacious room with large bathroom, kitchen area and two queen beds. Restaurant and welcome cocktail were nice touch and breakfast was but sufficient. Beach is beautiful and quiet. Saw lots of jelly fish, shells and turtles.
Thanks for a great Stay!

Relaxation & Shell Collecting

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 7,2017

This was our 2nd stay at Island Inn. It is everything you can hope a beach vacation to be. Best location for beach strolling and shell collecting. Very friendly staff, great food, and perfect the accommodations with a beautiful lani with each room.

Never Disappointing

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 5,2017

We’ve been coming to Island Inn in October for 6 consecutive years. We are just married and wanted to spend a relaxing honeymoon week on Sanibel and of course Island Inn was our choice. We were concerned about storm damage and called in advance to be sure that Hurricane Irma had not done too much damage. The staff reassured us the inn was fully operational and not to worry. We arrived the second week of October and upon arrival, a basket was awaiting us thanking us for returning to Island Inn. Sad to see some tree damage and the water was a bit rough and dirty from the storms. The staff that works the continental breakfast always remembers us and is so friendly. Of course our stay is not complete unless we dine at Traditions. Andrea always welcomes us back and makes us feel at home. Exceptional staff and facilities makes returning year after year so easy. Will be returning again!

Great beachfront hotel!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 1,2017

We stayed 2 nights last week and loved our room and the views from the screened in porch. I spent a lot of time on the porch. The Island Inn is quiet and we were able to relax. Unlike others that said the construction will wake you up, we did not have this problem at all. Hardly heard the noise. We stayed in Kimball Lodge 270 and will definitely be staying here again when we return to Sanibel!

October, 2017 Post-Irma Vacation

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 31,2017

initial concerns about possible hurricane damage were quickly set aside. Facilities, staff, and beaches were fantastic. Exceptional service all the way around – including a visit from a maintenance crew member who opened a coconut for my daughter. Rooms were spacious, neat, clean, and quiet. Free internet service and in-room TV which wasn’t needed. Central location between Captive and Ft. Myers. Searching for something to complain about left us with little more than a cloudy ocean (normal after a hurricane) and “no-seeums” (pervasive in Florida). On other beaches my daughter ran into fire ants and a jelly fish sting, but Island Inn was wonderful. We will definitely return.

Hidden Jewel on Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 30,2017

We have been coming to Sanibel for years , and are still discovering new , both good and not so good places, Traditions ranks at the very top, in class, food, and atmosphere, Our waiter Kurt was great , and the music provided by Woody Brubaker is like walking into a classy club in New York, this will become a regular stop, worth checking out 10/25/17

Absolutely wonderful!!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 25,2017

This place is the best! From the moment you check in, you’ll love it! Clean, modern, and classy — with a romantic step back in time. The Island Inn is Sanibel original inn — updated with modern spacious rooms, large bathrooms, kitchenettes, private balconies with Gulf views, and even a deck to watch the sunsets. There’s a complimentary drink waiting for you at night in the bar — and a free beach tour the next morning with a local marine biologist. And after the sun sets, the nights become magical. They’re incredibly dark and serene. Turtle nesting on the nearby beaches, means “lights out” around the Inn and beach. And that means it’s really dark — you can see lots of stars! What a sight when there’s no scattered ground light! Just the sound of the waves breaking and the view of the stars. Romance and magic! This was probably one of our favorite vacations. And the Island Inn was the place to stay. We’ll be back again soon!

Already planning to come back.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 15,2017

After a year of my son watching iloveshelling videos posted to You Tube by Pam Rambo, my family and I finally got the opportunity to visit Sanibel and Island Inn did not disappoint. The accommodations are excellent. The Inn is right on the beach. There is a shell cleaning station (which was key given the very focused vision my 6-year-old had for our trip).There is a restaurant on site–but we did not go as we were able to purchase groceries and prepare meals in our room (we tried both Bailey’s and Jerry’s…prices are higher than what we normally pay for most items at chain stores…but they had what we needed and great customer service at both places). We did one of the Shelling Walks with Rebecca from Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. The walks start at 9am from the Inn lobby…very good and worth every minute. (We visited the museum as well. The Tank Talk was excellent). They do not have a fitness center on site but nearby is Sanibel Health Club—$12 day pass and they had plenty of cardio equipment and a whole separate building as a weight room.
The Staff at the Inn are wonderful from the front office to the housekeeping staff.
We will be back (my son asked to come back as we pulled out) as this is one of the best family vacations we have had.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 9,2017

Stayed 3 nights with my husband on the 1st floor of the Kimball Lodge.

Room is bright and cheery, spotlessly clean and a slice of heaven. Had our own screened in porch overlooking the property but it felt private because of the hedges in front of the porch. Darkened windows on sliding doors gave privacy and reprieve from the sun. Kitchen in room is great as we made coffee and bought groceries for lunches.

Beach is amazing, pool is small but so refreshing. Hotel was booked but we felt we were on a private island as it was not crowded. There is some construction going on sibI’m not sure how that affects guests during the week when workers are around.

Staff at desk is super friendly and the restaurant on site is amazing!

Can’t wait to come back!

Beautiful, Large Beach side Property

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 8,2017

Friendly staff make check in a breeze. Beautiful private beach, heated pool, private beach, shuffle board, horseshoes, volleyball, tennis, outdoor hibachi grills; kayak and bike rentals. Rooms are very large and updated. Lovely Kitchen and food prep space. We had an enjoyable and relaxing stay.

Island Inn a Delightful Slice of Florida!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 3,2017

We visited Sanibel a week after Hurricane Irma, and were delighted to see how little damage the island’s tree canopy suffered. After 40 years of visiting Sanibel, it was our first visit to the Island Inn, but it won’t be our last. It is a delightful respite from over-commercialized vacations. Staff was friendly and most responsive to our requests.

All of the rooms at the Inn have recently been redone, and ours had the feel of a brand new venue. The Inn is located directly on the Gulf, and we sat on our private, screened porch to watch the sunset. The continental breakfast was tasty, and as advertised.

If you visit, be sure to have dinner at Traditions Restaurant, which is on-site. Both food and service were wonderful. On our three night stay, we had dinner there twice. Bar also nice! Would highly recommend the Island Inn if you are looking for a truly relaxing get away. We look forward to our next trip.

Island vacation after hurricane Irma,

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 1,2017

We went to Sanibel Island just week after Irma passed through. Island recovered well and quick. The hotel was great. Rooms were large, clean and airy. There was plenty of parking. Very important mention was hotel’s restaurant, Traditions. The food was expertly prepared, tasty and service was top notch. We’ll visit again.

Absolutely Fantastic Hotel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 4,2017

We were a little early at check in so our room was not ready so we went to the beach and the lady from the front desk came to find us to let us know our room was ready. All the front desk employees were very very friendly,helpful and informative about the area. They informed us about the little no see ums and recommended the spray and sun lotions, which we went back and brought after being bite by the little blighters.
The hotel is beautifully situated on the beach and is spotless. The rooms are enormous and are exceptionally clean. They are very modern and are very well equipped even down to a rechargeable torch for use at night. They have a compact kitchen and a large shower and dressing area, we could not fault the room at all it was beautiful.
There is a bar and site and Chris makes amazing cocktails. The breakfast is a lovely surprise and is set out really well. A great big thank you for all the staff at Sanibel Island Inn for making our stay brilliant.

Room Tip:Kimball Lodge is fantastic, we had a groun floor room and the patio opened onto beach.

A delight!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 20,2017

Stayed for two nights in a really lovely room. Location and hotel was wonderful. Beach was superb and shell hunting is quite addictive. Pool was heated and like a bath. We didn’t want to leave. Would definitely recommend a stay here.

Love, Love, Love this place!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 8,2017

Seriously, we could not have had a better stay. Island Inn was a terrific choice on Sanibel Island! We loved everything about it.

Loved the location. Very quiet area. Easy drive/bike ride to everything on the island. Staff was amazing. Check-in was a breeze.

The Room:
The room was ADORABLE! We stayed in Kimball Lodge. Our room had been completely updated. It was spacious and UBER CLEAN! Easily one of the cleanest hotels we’ve ever stayed in. Bathroom was extra large, and it was so nice to have the additional space. Literally STEPS from the beach. Screened-in porch, so you can sleep with the sliding doors open and hear the ocean. Exactly as pictured on website.

The Beach:
Incredibly clean…the beach and the water. NO SEAWEED or SEAGRASS! Never very crowded. Tons of shells everywhere. We saw lots of starfish, and even found live sand dollars on the bottom of the ocean. Lots of sea turtle nests along beach, which was a great educational opportunity. And we even saw a BABY SEA TURTLE make his run into the ocean! I’m not kidding! How can you top this?

On-site dining, but restaurant/bar is expensive, so we didn’t eat there. Plenty of other options on the island. Breakfast is limited. Pastries, toast, eggs, yogurt, cereal, coffee, and juices. It’s not a full-on breakfast buffet, but it will meet the need.

Pool, bikes, kayaks, tons of free chairs for beach use, coin-operated laundry machines, hammocks, upper-level deck to view the ocean and watch the sun set, large common area with televisions, books, games, etc. Best thing of all is the FREE beach walk each morning. We learned so much and had a great time. I cannot recommend this enough.

We stayed 3 nights, and HATED to leave. I’d absolutely stay here again if we are ever lucky enough to be able to go back to Sanibel.

What a great place

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 4,2017

Second time here in three years,
This is a fantastic place for couples or families.

This time are party was 11.
Age range. 2 to 73 years.
We all think this is the best place to stay on the Island.

Setup. Is large family rooms or villas.
We had both. Very clean and well equipped.
All towels provided for the pool and beach which is 30 MTRS from the accommodation.

Great cocktail bar with happy hour from 5 every eve.

We ate out and self catered.
All very good and friendly staff.

Local supermarket is more expensive then the main land.
But you are supporting a local family company.

Pre cooked chicken available every day.

Rest place.

Amazing stay despite the tropical storm!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 2,2017

Thank you Island Inn for an amazing time. The room was very clean and comfortable for a family of 3 (staying in the Kimball lodge. They have plenty of different room types to choose from).We loved the spacious bathroom with separate bathroom and shower. The patio was a great size and an awesome view of the ocean. The continental breakfast was light but still very fresh and nice dinning area to enjoy it. The top deck was very nice and loved seeing the view of the ocean from there. We came during the tropical storm Emily so it rained the first day, but they have a library room which has 2 big tv’s and is very spacious to hangout and watch the rain from the large windows. The beach was very clean and kept up with. Plenty of seashells during low tide. Traditions restaurant had a very friendly staff. The manager and bartenders were nice and welcoming. Drinks were good and the fireplace in the evening made it a romantic touch for us. The pool was nice and refreshing. Front desk was very friendly and accommodating in finding my lost item and can’t wait to receive it in the mail. The checkin process was nice and easy. Thanks again for a wonderful stay. Can’t wait to return!

Wonderful family stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 26,2017

Everything here is wonderful. From the “old school” key that opens your room door, to the wonderful super clean beach and pool, this place is relaxation at its best. No party atmosphere, no obnoxious music playing at pool, just complete relaxation like you’ve never had at a big hotel. We drove to clearwater to stay at a big resort hotel for the 2nd half of the trip, and as soon as we arrived we were so sorry we ever left Island Inn. Never again will we do that. From now on it’s Island Inn for the whole stay! Loved it!

Room Tip: All rooms are great. Those closest to beach will give quiet nights of listening to waves!

Hours of Research = A Heavenly Choice!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 23,2017

I spent LOTS of time on TripAdvisor looking for our vacation spot on Sanibel and we were thrilled with our choice! We stayed in room 271 in the Matthews Lodge. Our room gave us a view that truly made it feel like we had the whole beach to ourselves. The screened in porch gave us the option of running the A/C (which was excellent) or leaving the sliding door open to hear the ocean. The room seemed small but the way it was setup allowed us to section off the sleeping areas at night. The bathroom can be sectioned off too to allow everyone to do what they needed to do- the wife loved it and that says it all. The kitchen had full appliances along with all of the supplies that you could need. The walk to the beach was so short that a cooler isn’t even really necessary. They have beach chairs and loungers that you can take to the beach. Umbrellas cost $8/day with $1 off for each subsequent day. We rented a kayak for 2 hours for $28?, it was well worth it. Personally, I would rather see people pay extra to use stuff like this when they want instead of raising rates or charging a resort fee. I highly recommend signing up for the beach walk at 9AM, it taught us a lot about beach life that we never knew before and you get 50% off admission to the National Shell Museum which I also highly recommend. We did not eat at the restaurant as we felt that the island was full of better choices. The breakfast is advertised as light continental and they aren’t lying, it is skimpy but just go to the Over Easy Cafe right down the road or load up your fridge with breakfast stuff. Staff hospitality was outstanding! When we do go back to Sanibel, I will not even bother looking at any other places.

Just a Delightful Time

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 17,2017

Just a short overnight impromptu trip to get out of Tampa. What a pleasure. Well run place. The grounds are so pleasant with a mix of Florida native shrubs and some flowering non-natives. The rooms are nice , good A/C . Walkin shower in our room with terrific hot water . good fluffy towels. comfy bed. Quiet room. small kitchen but adequate for coffee etc. Do not expect to be cooking though.The beach is well Sanibel — what can you say !! Pool is not exotic but just fine. Our room (425 in the Kimball lodge) had a lovely screened in porch gulfront.
The traditions/restauarant served us an excellent meal with good service. There was an excellent low profile saxophonist performing during dinner that was again a delight.The continental breakfast is a “tad” spartan but efficient ,clean and simple.
Dr. Mike Reardon took 12-15 of us on a naturalist tour that was an absolute joy. What a font of information.
Efficient booking and checkin
My wife loved leafing through there old photo albums.

Another Great Stay at the Island Inn

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 30,2017

We stay in Kimball Lodge most times. We have never, ever had a bad experience with the Island Inn. My wife’s grandparents and parents all stayed there when they visited. I can’t say enough about the staff, the accommodations, and the service. It is our first and only choice when we go to Sanibel.

Terrific location

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 26,2017

May 2017 was our first visit to Island Inn. We really enjoyed it so much that we are returning in November 2017 for Thanksgiving. The Inn is great and the staff are very friendly and helpful. The restaurant had great food and the service was excellent. Fantastic beach with lots of shells.

Nice location

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 8,2017

The location and outdoor space are perfect. The rooms are nice but the kitchens have limited supplies and you could hear a great deal of noise and people talking outside in our room. There was also a sliding door on the bathroom which did not offer privacy and could not be locked. Overall it’s a great inn but I would try a different unit next time we were in Starkey Lodge.

Very nice place

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 5,2017

We enjoyed our stay at the Island Inn very much. It’s the oldest inn on the island, but the rooms have obviously been updated recently. Very clean and comfortable. Nice granite countertops in kitchen and bathroom. Full kitchen, but no dishwasher. We were in the Starkey lodge with our own screened porch. Could see the water, but not the beach from the room. Best mattresses I’ve had anywhere. Nicely maintained grounds & use of patio chairs for the beach. Light breakfast each day was a nice amenity. Daily maid service was greatly appreciated. Another nice amenity was a fish and shell cleaning area. Laundry facilities on site. Would have been even better if they had been in our room. We would definitely stay again.

Lovely Gulf-front Inn

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 4,2017

Our family stayed for 3 nights over Easter. Weather was great. The Inn is located in a residential area, but very easy to get on bike path and bike around the entire Island. Within walking distance to at least 2 restaurants if you can’t bike after dark. We stayed in a Kimball Lodge Gulfview Deluxe Room. We didn’t have any extra requests from the Inn staff but everyone we encountered was friendly and I would have felt comfortable asking. Beds were comfortable and large enough for 2 people. Good WIFI. Rooms were clean and housekeeping was good. Big bathroom with plenty of hot water and good water pressure. Sink and microwave in room were nice. There were people in the rooms above and beside us, but I didn’t notice it being noisy, and I am a light sleeper. There is a little screened-in porch sitting area off the back of the room, we didn’t actually sit in there, but it was great for leaving bathing suits and beach shoes to dry out without tracking sand into the bedroom. Being able to have family see us on the Beach Cam was fun. The absolute best part was beautiful view out the back porch and walking right out the back door down to the beach! The “campus” that the Inn is set on, is also beautiful (lots of trees and flowering shrubs), with activities to do (shuffle board, volleyball, bicycles, paddle boards, kayaks, etc). The only negative I can think of (and it wasn’t that bad) is we had to pick through a lot of bicycles to find decent ones to ride, but then we were able to keep them for the full time we were there by paying a reasonable fee and locking them up. Overall we had a fabulous stay at the Island Inn Sanibel and can’t wait to come back!

Great resort right on the gulf

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 23,2017

Perfect location on Sanibel. Gulf front rooms with beautiful views of the sunsets. Close to shopping, restaurants. Traditions was a nice bonus with live music. The rooms were clean and the grounds well kept. Would definitely stay again!

Feels like home!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 21,2017

Reviewing again after our fourth stay at this spectacular property.
A wonderful weekend at the Seagrape Cottage!
I can’t say enough about the property, the staff, and the beautiful gulf front location. We were delighted from the moment we arrived until we had to head home. The property is so well attended and we encountered friendly and helpful staff members at every turn. The beachfront is stunning and uncrowded.
The cottage is spacious and spotless with updated beach decor. The water pressure in the shower was excellent. Parking was not a problem.
We planned a weekend stay but wished we could stay longer- this place is a paradise!
The onsite restaurant, Traditions, is a perk and we had a happy hour drink in the “main house”, but didn’t eat at the restaurant.
We received a one year membership to Ding Darling at check in- wow! A free welcome drink at the bar, access to a free beach walk/lecture-
It’s hard to convey the real beauty of this property in words – crushed shells covering the main areas, impeccably groomed- accommodations that are clean and modern but harken back to the “old days”. The property was booked, but it felt like we had the place to ourselves
I love the Island Inn- over and over again!

Our Second Stay and Still Love It

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 16,2017

We were here last year (Oct, ’16 and the first time) and enjoyed our stay so much we booked a room for last night (5/15/17) for a quick overnighter as my wife’s sister was in town. Even though the Island Inn is currently rebuilding Matthews Lodge (btw, we were told it should be done by December and we are SO looking forward to returning!) , the stay was as pleasant as before. The construction is not disruptive right now (however, I did see a pile driver setting up…)

We had dinner in the onsite restaurant last night and all three of us were very happy with our meals. We also appreciated the complimentary ‘arrival’ cocktail! 🙂

The rooms are very nice with excellent patios. Definitely request one facing the Gulf in case of awesome sundowns 😉

One last thing. The shelling is actually pretty good to very good, right on the beach in front. Low tide (check the tide charts) is the best.

Green Features:The Island Inn is definitely eco friendly and water conservative

Great Mini Vacation

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 16,2017

I absolutely loved the resort and staying on sanibel island. My mother lives in Sunny isles beach on the east coast, but I wanted her to have a mini vacation at this west coast resort. I also went with a close friend. The staff is super nice. The room is exceptional with a nice kitchen, bathroom with double sinks, two comfortable queen beds and an enclosed patio with an overhead fan.
We had a nice view with the Gulf in the distance. Although there were plenty of cars in the parking lot, the property never felt crowded.
They provide free chairs and lounges by the beach. And a free hour tour/talk of the shells and marine life given by a marine biologist at 9 am daily. She was very interesting.
The restaurant traditions is excellent also. They actually have a wood burning fireplace by the bar which was lit when we for happy hour. There is a free drink for guests. The three of us split four tapas which were all excellent. We had dinner there one night. And breakfast which is included (could be better – i.e. more options).
Swimming in the Gulf was fabulous ( we never even used the pool)
Plus we drove to Captiva for dinner at the tween hotel’s captiva house. And we went to doc ford’s for lunch. Took the tram tour at ding darling wildlife preserve.
Can’t wait to return.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 13,2017

This place is fabulous! The staff is super nice, friendly and accommodating! It has been quite a long time since I have been able to say that I was MORE than satisfied with my accommodations. This is a really lovely Inn, run by lovely people! We stayed in the Kimball Gulf suite and it was very comfortable! The Island is so much fun to explore with all of it’s bike paths that take you anywhere you want to go! You can rent bikes at the Inn, but we brought our own bikes with us. The Inn is right on the beach, and it is a beautiful beach, with miles of shells. We rented an umbrella and spent hours exploring and relaxing by the Gulf shore! The pool is very clean and refreshing as well! I loved it so much I am going to plan a family reunion there for next year! I would give the Island Inn and Sanibel Island 10 stars if I could!❤️

Best Vacation Ever!!!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 7,2017

I stayed at the Island Inn from 4/24/17 – 4/28/17; I stayed in Kimball Lodge. The screened in balcony was beautiful – I ate breakfast there every morning and had a great view of the ocean and palm trees…….how relaxing! I cannot remember his name, but one of the late night staff guys assisted me with my phone so that my parents could see me on the beach webcam! He was so polite and friendly. What I like most about this vacation was that I learned so much about nature. I signed up for a walk on the beach with Leigh Gay – she works at the Bailey – Matthews Sea Shell museum (which I highly recommend visiting) and she spoke about sea shells and birds for approx. one hour – how interesting! I rented a bike every day that I was here. I rode to the Bailey Grocery Store to buy breakfast foods – this store and various restaurants are very close biking distance to the Island Inn. (I would not recommend walking). I ate dinner at Traditions on 4/25/17 which is the restaurant here……I had the special – pasta with white wine cream sauce, lobster, scallops, mussels, and shrimp – very delicious! Very good waiter! The price that I paid to stay here was appropriate. My room in Kimball Lodge had a nice kitchen / living room combo – every utensil that I needed was in the kitchen…Huge bathroom…Back to the biking – the Island Inn is near the Bailey Tract and Sanibel Gardens Preserve – I saw many baby alligators at the Sanibel Gardens Preserve and met some really friendly people. My favorite two restaurants which were very close biking distance to Island Inn were Doc Ford’s Restaurant and George and Wendy’s Seafood Grill…..I biked the entire Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge – many beautiful birds and fish literally jumping out of the water. When I visited the Bailey – Matthews Seashell Museum I listened to a 30 minute “Tank Talk” – the young man that spoke taught me a great amount of information about shells! Many biking trails here – not your typical beach – I saw turtles, geckos, and birds….I also visited a nice art gallery. I went to the shops at Periwinkle Place and saw some unique pelican decorations. I saw an adult alligator in the water when I went looking at all of the beautiful houses on the island…Nice pool……….I liked how the lobby was decorated with many sea shell displays. Clearwater, Fl and Sanibel, Fl were by best vacations ever……….I will remember Sanibel Island forever!

Room Tip: Kimball Lodge had a great view

Sand and shells galore

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 30,2017

A great place to stay loved the resort, had a home away from home feel if your lucky enough to live at the beach. The shells were plentiful. With a restaurant onsite no need to leave unless you wanted to.

Awesome location right at the beach!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 29,2017

Awesome place to stay – will be back for a repeat visit. Sanibel island is such a relaxing vacation and the beach combing is amazing. We couldn’t have stayed at a better location right at the beach. The property managers are wonderful and the property has a wide variety of accommodation options.

Wonderful hotel, awesome staff

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 16,2017

After a lot of research, I chose Island Inn and I am very happy with the decision.

Our room in the Kimball Lodge with Gulf view & Kitchen Suite was very nice, peaceful and quiet.

We enjoyed the breakfasts and their restaurant for dinner was very good too.

Gail, the lady who works the front desk is super duper awesome sauce. 🙂 Her advise on everything and everything was spot on. Want to know the secret shelling spots, see Gail!

Hope to visit again some day.

Lovely Hotel, Super Clean, Lovely Beach & Awesome Staff

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 14,2017

We stayed in a Gulfview Kitchen Suite (#267) in the Kimball Lodge last week and absolutely LOVED everything about this sweet, laid back hotel. From checking in (Betsy is such a sweetie), to the lovely, clean room, gorgeous view and a fairly well equipped little kitchen – and of course, the 1 minute walk to the beach for great shelling, everything about it was wonderful!! I’m so glad I chose this hotel for our time on Sanibel! If we go back to, I’d definitely stay there!!

Room Tip: Loved Kimball Lodge – SO CLOSE to the gulf – YES, you can certainly hear the waves!!

Just what we needed

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 12,2017

This small, old Florida style hotel is directly on the beach. The rooms are new and clean and very comfortable. A light breakfast is included. Bikes and kayaks and stand up paddle boards available. It’s an easy bike ride to the grocery store or elsewhere.

Perfect beach vacation!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 10,2017

My husband and I, our 6 kids, and mother-in-law, enjoyed a relaxing beach vacation and will definitely return! The beach house was perfect in every way – spacious, clean, bright, and a very short jaunt to the beach. We rented a large beach umbrella for $8 a day. Beach chairs are free. Breakfast was nice, with yogurt and hard-boiled eggs, in addition to pastries. It was within a short drive of Bailey’s for groceries and Pinocchio’s for ice cream. Nice staff all around as well!

Room Tip: Beach houses are the best

Spring Break with my 13 year old

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 8,2017

This was our 4th visit to Sanibel and our first stay at Island Inn. We will definitely return! The staff was very pleasant and we had a room with an amazing view…we could watch the sun set from our patio. (Kimbal Lodge room 271 – King size/ Gulf side). It was spotless with updated appliances (no dishwasher). It’s the perfect size for 2 people.

There’s a sun deck where you can see the whole beach on the third floor.

Traditions is the onsite restaurant and the hotels offers a free continental breakfast there that looked really good.Since we prefer a heartier breakfast, I cooked in our room. With a full sized fridge, there was plenty of room for the food we brought from home or purchased at the general store on Periwinkle. There’s plates, cutlery and glassware for 4 in the room and a few pots and pans. Plenty to make meals when you want to stay in. They don’t provide a blender so bring yours from home.

The hotel is situated at the midpoint of Sanibel which made it convenient to everything the Island has to offer. We rented bicycles and rode to where Captiva and Sanibel meet. It’s 14 miles round trip from the hotel to Captiva so bring your water and be advised that the head winds on the way back are killer! There was some confusion on the pricing of the bikes as we didn’t use keep them for the whole day and we were under the impression there were would be a refund that we didn’t get, but after such a great vacation I opted not to quibble about it.

Since we were arriving after 7pm, we called to let them know and Ken left our key, maps and local info in mailbox for us. He was quite helpful over the phone and when we met him in person the next morning to officially register. Gail was a love as well. I recognized her Long Island accent right away (where we’re from originally) so we had a bonding moment.

Free beach chairs are available. You’ll have to take them out and return them yourself but it’s not far at all. You can also get drinks from Traditions and bring them out to the beach. They’re unable to charge them to your room so be prepared to pay at the bar.

We also enjoyed the pool on one of our days there. It was crystal clear and the area was very clean. It’s a little on the small side and could get noisy with small kids around but still a nice place to lay out or enjoy if you have small children.

We only had a room cleaned once so I didn’t have much of an experience to speak of. We left breakfast dishes in the sink that day sine we were rushing to FMB to parasail, which weren’t washed but since there was dishwashing liquid etc in the room, I handled it myself. The rest was cleaned nicely.

The Island Inn is very quiet and was exactly what we were looking for. I recommend it without hesitation. Enjoy!

Great property right on the beach!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 5,2017

Great location and a quick walk to the beach. I especially liked the screened-in porch and the kitchen in our room. Enjoyed the arranged beach walk with a representative of the local shell museum. Definitely will return to the Island Inn.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 26,2017

Awesome. Right on the beach. Sandy beach with lots of shells. View of Island Inn live cam from our condo. Sweet Melissa’s- favorite dinner. Great lunch at ______ Flamingo. National Wildlife Refuge tram tour is a must with a naturalist guide.

The Kimball Lodge was wonderful!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 16,2017

We were on the first floor of the Kimball Lodge in room 249. We had a screened porch that looked into the Gulf. I think you would have the same views in 247, 251 and I think there was a 253. The other even numbers face the pool area. The beach was a few steps away from our room! We stayed with our two sons (8 and 10) and were pleased with everything about the Island Inn. There are chairs to take down to the beach, umbrellas to rent and beach towels if you need one. There is even a laundry room that came in handy while we were there. The number of shells we found amazed us and the fun we had searching will create memories for a lifetime. We will be returning!

Room Tip: We stayed in 249 and had a gulf view. The screened porches are wonderful.

Very relaxing spot right on Sanibel Island

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 10,2017

This Inn was a great place to stay for a nice quiet get away with or without kids. the rooms are updated and comfortable. Lots to do while there kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming and shelling. The pool is heated for the cooler days and the restaurant was great for dinner.

Love this place! Like on a Cruise!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 5,2017

Even though our stay wasn’t 100% perfect, I’m giving it an Excellent Review. This place gave me a feeling of a cruise but also like a camp on the beach…all in a good way! We were given a map upon arrival so we knew how to get around. Our room was on the second floor of the Starky lodge. We were greeted by a towel on the counter, that looked like a crab. So clever. The room was very roomy. Lots of drawer and closet space. Extremely clean So we did have a few problems. The refrigerator wasn’t working. It was warm. Maintenance arrived immediately. Someone had turned the dials down. By the time we left, it made one thing of ice. Luckily, we had our food on ice in our cooler and ice is plentiful at the resort for the guests. During the night, we realized why the fridge had been turned down…it made loud noises all night long. Additionally, the group of women below us were having a great time, but were too loud. I didn’t get much sleep that night. When I mentioned it in the morning upon checking out, they told me I should have called. We were given a number for emergencies as the staff leaves during the night. I did not know that I could have used the number for this type of thing. I probably wouldn’t have called anyway as I wouldn’t have wanted to ruin the group of ladies good time below us as they were having fun, and we were only there for one night. We ate at the bar and had appetizers and drinks. It was delicious. The breakfast was more than we expected, it was also delicious. I recommend this resort for anyone, any age. Great for families. We never used the pool, but it looked quite nice. I hope to have the opportunity to go back someday for a longer stay.

Room Tip: If you can’t carry your things up a set of stairs, make sure you request ground floor.

Fantastic school break

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 5,2017

The Island Inn found a great room for me and my family with plenty of room for two adults and two children. We stayed for a week and could not have been happier. The staff are very friendly and incredibly helpful for everything from tennis balls to use on their court to renting bikes for the week.

Renting bikes on Sanibel is a must, especially in the high season. Bike paths will take you everywhere you need to go and help avoid some of the traffic coming on or off of the island. We didn’t get into our car for the whole week!

The beach in front of the Inn is great and a good place to look for shells. A staff person from the National Shell Museum is there every day at 9 am to lead natural history tours and id shells. This is a must do doing the stay as it lets you better understand what to look for on the beach (and better find shells!)

Room Tip:If you can, get a room on the ground floor with a lanai for easy access to the beach.

Most Enjoyable

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 4,2017

While there are plenty of places to visit in Sanibel and Captiva, once we arrived at the Island Inn, we were very content to just stay put. Our room in the Lodge was all we needed, very clean, nice view of the grounds and the ocean, and charming comfortable.

Most unexpected was the Traditions Restaurant and Lounge. In making our room reservation, we were not even aware Island Inn had a restaurant. We ate there both nights of our stay. Traditions us sort of a throw-back to a 60s night club. Live music. Dance floor. Mostly oldies music that Babyboomers like us enjoy. Yet, the fun was very family friendly. Plenty of kids dancing with parents. Girlfriends dancing together. Or alone. Didn’t matter. Everyone was having a ball.

Traditions food and service was fantastic.

Everything you need to enjoy the beach (bikes, laundry, umbrellas, …) is available. The staff is more than pleasant, very helpful.

We will definitely return.

Oh ya, excellent location. Been there since 1895.

Another Amazing Stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 26,2017

This was our second time staying here. There’s something very magical about this Inn. It’s very pretty, neat, clean, and quiet. I love the way the lodging is low and scattered throughout the property. It makes for very beautiful views of the gulf. This trip, my hubby and I stayed in a deluxe Kimball Lodge gulfview room. When we arrived, there was a “Welcome Back” basket waiting for us in our room. It was full of yummy treats – fruit, wine, crackers, cookies, along with a coupon for a free one-year pass to the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge. It was a REALLY nice touch and totally unexpected! Going that extra mile to acknowledge returning guests sets this place apart! Our room was really clean and comfortable – roomy with double sinks in the bathroom and an enormous walk-in shower. The room had a long countertop with a sink, small fridge, coffeemaker, and dishes so you could prepare your own meals if you wanted. It also had a walk out screened in porch, with direct access to the beach. The pool is heated and lovely with nice landscaping, so it feels very secluded. The onsite restaurant and tapas lounge are a super-convenient feature – you literally don’t have to leave if you don’t want to and we rarely did the week we were here!!

Room Tip:Kimball Lodge rooms on the first floor have walk out screen porches onto the beach and great views!

No need to leave the property

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 24,2017

Stayed 5 nights at Island Inn. What a great place to relax! You never need to leave the property. They have a great beach, great dinner restaurant, wonderful rooms with kitchenette and patio/balcony–everything you need is right there. This was our second time staying there and it won ‘t be our last. Love it there!

Nice Quiet Spot

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 21,2017

We were looking for a quiet spot on the beach and this was perfect. It is an older property but very nicely updated. Rooms are scattered among a few small buildings and cottages. Everything was very clean and the staff was friendly. This is a good hotel if you want to relax on the beach. It is not a fancy resort style place. There is a small pool, and kayak, paddle board and bicycle rentals. Otherwise very low key. The restaurant is open for dinner, and offers a generous complimentary continental breakfast, but there is no other food service. We had tapas at the restaurant one night which was excellent. We brought our own lunch supplies (most rooms have kitchens) and ate on the beach. There are many good restaurants within a short distance.

Great Place To Stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 20,2017

Great location, right on the beach. Very pretty, nice rooms that were clean and comfortable. Great place for kids to stay. Pool was nice. Breakfast was simple and a good way to start the day. Will definitely be back:)

4 day get away from the northeast chill!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 14,2017

Just left the Island Inn having spent a 4 day weekend here. Stayed on second floor of Matthew’s Lodge. Had a fantastic view of the water. Room had a beachy cottage feel. Very comfortable and clean. Loved that the porch was totally screened in as we left the door open all the time fir fresh air, even at night for the cool breezes. The resort was very quiet and relaxing, just what we were looking for. Only steps to the beach and once there we felt like we had the beach all to ourselves Staff were very friendly. Nice mid island location too. We would definitely return here.

Wonderful five day stay… Can’t wait to return!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 8,2017

Our first time on Sanibel Island. Loved it… quiet, laid back with great restaurants and beautiful beaches. Lots of nature preserves and shelling opportunities. The hotel is spotless with upscale room decor. Plenty of drawers and mirrors, nice furniture and high end hardware in bathroom. All with a beachy feel. We had a full kitchen which allowed us to shop at the Sunday farmers market, and Baileys groceries in town. Ate in two nights on our beautiful screened in porch, with view do the beach and ocean. Sips our own wine watching incredible nightly sunsets. It’s of help from front desssk or in room for things to do. Bike riding is big! Coming from Manhattan it was all a welcome change. Recommended highly.

Beautiful property!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 7,2017

My husband and I stayed here in late Jan. This was our first time staying on Sanibel. I absolutely fell in love with the island. This property is clean and beautiful!! All the staff are very friendly. It is very quiet and laid back. The shelling is absolutely fantastic!! We were in the Matthews Lodge. We were there for only 3 nights, wish it had been more. They have a nice heated pool that is 8ft deep! The food at Traditions is a little pricey but very good. We will be back next year to stay for a week! Hope to get a room with a kitchenette, they get booked up quickly!

Lots of space to spread out in this easy going beach resort.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 5,2017

Lovely older style beach resort with motel style building as well as separate cottages spread out in a large property. Our unit looked like it was recently renovated with a modern beach decor and had a small kitchen with full refrigerator and a screened in porch. The views and sunset were beautiful. The resort was quiet and there was plenty of room to spread out on the beach or the pool area. Simple continental breakfast is included with hard boiled eggs, pastries, fruit salad, juices, coffee, etc. Also, dinner served in restaurant in evenings but we did not have a chance to eat there. Menu looked pretty standard American fare.
Very friendly and helpful front desk staff. Highly recommend.

1st time to the beach ever for my husband

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 1,2017

I had stayed on Sanibel in November and fell in love. Not so much with our previous hotel. The Island Inn was awesome! We stayed at Matthews Lodge and had a 2nd story room. Very friendly staff. Great room. Nice breakfast. If you have dinner you get 15% off but they charge you 18% gratuity. That was kind of odd. I would have tipped more. Also gave you a free drink. I would come back in a heartbeat!!

Great beach location, pool and friendly staff

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 29,2017

We stayed 1 night in new wing of the Inn’s property. There were several cottages and buildings. Very friendly and helpful staff. I loved walking the beach and the shelling was very good. I used the pool twice, the beach chairs were plentiful. A flashlight was provided with the room as the property was dark at night. Continental breakfast was good.

Room Tip:some gulf view

Peaceful beauty

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 26,2017

Our experience with island in was wonderful. The staff and cleaning staff were great. They gave us lots of extra towels. We were told we could take chairs to the beach. Parking was free…Bike rental was $10 for 2 hours. The room was immaculate. We will be back. Oh..And the view from my room was breathtaking

Loved it.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 24,2017

My husband and I stayed here Jan.18-23. We stayed in the Starky lodge and the view was beautiful. The room looked like it had been remodeled not that long ago. Everything up to date. The room and the grounds were very clean and well kept. All of the workers at the Inn and the restaurant were all very friendly and helpful. We would definitely stay here again. We had a very nice time just relaxing on the beach and looking for shells. The sunsets were just gorgeous. Sad we had to leave and come back to reality.
The Traditions restaurant was also a great place to eat. The food was very good. A little pricey but very good.
Included a picture of the view from our room.

Quaint and Lovely Stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 23,2017

I really enjoyed my stay here at the Island Inn! It was wonderful. Check in was quick and easy. There is plenty of free parking for your car. My room was fantastic. It had a porch right to the beach (although I couldnt really see the sea from my room). The room was huge with a kitchen, tons of room by the beds and a very sizable bathroom which had tons of counter space that I loved. The room was clean and well lit. The grounds are nice with grills, chairs, tables, a pool and games. Plenty to do for sure!! I also liked it here as it seemed to be a quiet area of the island without lots of crowds. The staff was very nice and helpful. Only downside was the wifi was awful. I kept having to turn it off and use my LTE. But definitely a fantastic stay and I would easily stay here again!!

Well maintained and beautifully updated historic inn.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 21,2017

They have kept the same layout with only 2 stories in main inn rooms, large beach cottages and 3 stories in the slightly newer Kimball Lodge. They have the old fashion charcoal grills and the pool is on the smaller side (c/w year it was first built) but they have it in perfect working order and it and the grounds are so well maintain it is quite relaxing. The best two features have to be the screened porches with views in most of the units and the beach. It is a gorgeous stretch of Sanibel and it is just steps from all the areas. The area is not as crowded as the more eastern end of the Island.

Spring break

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 20,2017

We had a wonderful stay at the island inn. The room was clean and spacious with a very nice screened in patio. We rented an umbrella for our days at the beach. If you call the office, they will send someone to put it up and take it down. Couldn’t be easier. Our children enjoyed the pool and grounds. Everything is very well maintained. We enjoyed dinner at the onsite restaurant. Wonderful stay. Looking forward to returning!

YES! Stay Here…

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 18,2017

The Island Inn has all the amenities you desire. An exceptional friendly and helpful staff. The rooms are cleaned daily with precision yet at your leisure. The room is spacious and comfortable. The screened porch is large with room to put your beach toys. The breakfast is served in the main restaurant each morning, is simple but not a full breakfast, just continental style. The waiting staff is always pleasant and friendly. You can tell their are many guest that return each year. The outdoor pool is heated year round, a nice refreshing dip during the late fall or early winter months. The laundry room is large, clean and will accommodate a family needs. Expect to pay a premium price for beachfront with all the trimmings, yet exceptional.

Room Tip:The Matthew Cottage is located on the beachfront. All rooms in this cottage are similar with nice views.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 17,2017

A very short stay, only one night, but glad that my husband and I decided on the Island Inn. Our room was bright, clean and beach elegant. The kitchenette would have been great if we had stayed longer but maybe next time. All of the staff that we encountered were very pleasant. Lastly, the shelling was excellent. I had a sore back from bending over so many times. But worth it for sure.

Love! Love! Love It!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 12,2017

This is simply an amazing place to stay. It’s in a wonderful location! You can simply walk out your door and very quickly you are on the beach. The pool was wonderful for the little one to swim. It was very nice to have a naturalist from the Shell Museum provide a nature walk right at the resort. I can’t wait to come back again.

Teriffic place to stay,friendly, helpful service.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 11,2017

Rooms here are lovely and access to the beach easy. Nice educational services providing information about shells and sea creatures. They have a sweet little pool that is not overcrowded and the restaurant is quite good. Just a lovely historic place

Amazing place to stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 10,2017

This was our first visit to Sanibel Island. We didn’t know where to stay but we did our reviews on trip advisor and decided Island Inn was the place for us. It met all our expectations and then some! We were all in desperate need of a calm and relaxing get away. (Our son is in medical school and was in need of a stress free relaxing break and our father/grandfather and pet of 21 years very recently passed away). Island inn and sanibel island did not let us down. We were in Starky Lodge. We loved it. Plenty of space in our room. We had a big kitchenette – microwave, big refrigerator, toaster, etc. it meet all our needs and more. Big bathroom with plenty of space. We totally loved the big screened in patio. The patio gave us so much space for all our beautiful shells we were collecting. We loved the shell washing station. And then we spread our shells out on the spacious screened in patio. It was all so perfect. We loved how close we were to the ocean! It was unbelievable to us! We are from Illinois so it was crazy that in December we were in the ocean! And that it was warm outside!! The continental breakfast was good most of our days. One day we were there around 9 am and there was really not much there. The hostess said they were out of stuff. We were up before sunrise walking along the beach, which was so cool. We would see the sunrise. Not many people out then. It was a very nice surprise that there was a flash lite in the room. We took it on our early morning and late night walks. We also were out walking at 10-11 at night too. It was so much fun to walk along the ocean in the dark and in December! We saw so many crabs on our dark walks. We even saw two with babies!! There is shuffleboard, volleyball, bikes to rent, and a pool. We played shuffleboard which was so much fun but the no see ums got us pretty bad (even with bug spray on) so we quit after a few games. All staff was very friendly and so nice. The office has a candy basket with many different kinds of candy in it. We would go for a candy stop about 3 times a day. My son loved the pineapple candy but there weren’t many of them. One of the wonderful ladies in the office went thru her bag of candy and pulled out all the pineapple ones and gave them to him when we came next. That was so sweet, such a simple little thing made our day. Island Inn was absolutely what we needed. We booked our trip before our dad/grandpa died and our pet died. We were feeling really sad and having a hard time and just needed to get away from everything. Island Inn and Sanibel Island gave us exactly what we needed. We totally relaxed and enjoyed the ocean. We loved shelling so much. We spent majority of our time just walking in the water and on the beach looking for shells. Each shell is more beautiful than the last one. We left with so many shells and so many great memories. We are already planning our trip back! We need more shells! We wouldn’t even consider staying anywhere else. We got exactly what we desperately needed on this get away during such a difficult time in our lives. Thank you all so much!

Room Tip:Green Features: We loved that there were Recycling bins in the room.

Should be number 1

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 9,2017

Historical site with great location and caring staff, what more can you ask for in a vacation spot. Many options from the beach, bike and paddle board rentals and a friendly staff. We had multiple rooms and all were nice and if we come back we will book earlier to get one of their great looking cottages.

Wonderful shelling and Inn!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 8,2017

I brought my two kids to the Island Inn from Dec 19 to Dec 23. We loved it. My kids loved the breakfast and were satisfied with the variety. I would call it continental breakfast plus! The beds were really comfortable. We stayed in a kitchenette room and was nice to have a fridge. We shopped at Jerry’s Foods. Also recommend you bring bug spray. Lots of no see ums!! I had 50 bites when we returned home. The shelling is wonderful and morning walks on the beach were great. The hotel offers lots of towels and great customer service. I would return in a heart beat! Loved Sanibel. It is laid back. The island is dark at night so not a lot of night life and did not feel comfortable walking around at night at is was dark (no street lights to preserve the eco system). So we drove into Fort Meyers and did mini golf and other activities. Also at Bailey’s there is a movie theater which we did not go to but there are other options. Don’t miss the Ding Perserve. Take the tram tour so you will get more out of it. Great tour guides.

Have fun!

Room Tip:Green Features: Loved they had a recycling in the room. Need to have it on the walk ways too.

Shell Shock!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 7,2017

This comfortable, attractive, on-the-beach hotel is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Florida mainland and enjoy lots of sunshine and warmth. An extra bonus: the shelling is phenomenal! The beach is not too crowded, and the waves throw large amounts of different kinds of shells up into the sand, making both avid and rookie collectors happy. Great location, good shopping and restaurants, and close to additional activities on nearby Captiva Island. A welcome drink is included, as well as a large continental breakfast. All levels of rooms and rates are available, and there is even a “beach house” (not on the beach, but nearby) that has 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, and a washer and dryer. The Island Inn is a gem definitely worth investigating!

Room Tip:Great hotel website with photos; there is a live webcam facing the beach. Wave to people back home in real time (about a 10 second delay)!

Great Stay… will return!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 5,2017

My family stayed over Christmas for 4 nights, and loved the Island Inn! We stayed in Starky Lodge, and was perfect for 4 people (2 adults/2 kiddos). They offered a shell tour in the mornings that I highly recommend. Great beach… never busy! Cute shell cleaning station too! Also had pool, shuffle board, bike rentals, etc. The continental breakfast offered at restaurant was nice, but would avoid for dinner, way overpriced. Very nice at front desk. Nothing negative to say about it!

Beautiful Island Inn

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 4, 2017

This was our first time to Sanibel although it had been on my bucket list for years. I wanted a quiet place on the beach and this fit the bill perfectly. The beach, the birds, the ocean, the clouds and all those shells were just a few steps away. The unit was large and spotless and each one even had a table for drying your shells. Breakfast was good and I loved the free session on the beach with an expert from the shell museum. Staff were lovely too. Overall, just perfect!

Relaxing Family Vacation

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 2,2017

We have been to Sanibel several times over the past 20 years. This is the first time we have gone with all 3 of our Boys: ages 21, 19 & 16. We loved the cottage, since we actually had enough room for 5 people. The rooms were nicely decorated and the beds were comfortable. The kitchen space was perfect for storing snacks, drinks and luncheon items. Try feeding 3 Hungry boys on vacation!
Staff was wonderful, always ready to assist or recommend somewhere to eat or an activity. Beach is right on the property and the sunsets were beautiful. We could rent kayaks and bicycles at anytime on property. Breakfast was good. The pastries were excellent. All in all this worked out perfectly.

Room Tip:Cottage looking out on beach

On our way back for 3rd year in a row

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 31,2017

We are returning to The Island Inn this Thursday for our 3rd year in a row. It’s the most perfect spot to get away from it all & relax. The staff is kind, rooms clean and the beach is amazing! We get up & enjoy coffee on the screened in porch with spectacular ocean views. Then head to the continental breakfast before a short walk to the beach for shelling & dolphin watching. This never gets old. Then grab your favorite book and a lounger and hang out on the beach or the pool. We really like hanging out with Carlo, Andreas & Kris at the upscale restaurant Traditions. We are going to their NYE party for the first time this year & are looking forward to that! See you Thursday!

Great place to stay on Sanibel Island

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 31,2016

My wife and I stayed for five nights in mid-December, and we were very happy we chose the Island Inn. Everyone connected to the property was friendly and provided excellent customer service. Our king room was on the second floor of the Kimball building and included a full kitchen. The rooms (bedroom and kitchen/living area) were not overly large, but the screened in porch was very nice with an ocean view…and with the gorgeous weather why spend time inside? Our bed was comfortable, air conditioning functioned well and was quiet. We never heard any noise from other rooms, the hallway was very well lit, and at the end of that hallway was a large deck with lounge chairs overlooking the Gulf. Perfect view of each evening’s sunset…just be aware that you may need bug spray or long sleeves at that time of the day if the noseeums are out.

We really appreciated the Island Inn’s focus on things to do on Sanibel. Their front desk has printed suggested itineraries for shelling, birding, biking, etc. that were very helpful…as were all the front desk folks. Also, the information and links they emailed to me after I made the reservation was excellent. We took advantage of the daily shelling walks the Inn has arranged with the folks at the Shell Museum. Our walk was led by a very knowledgeable museum staff member (marine biologist Becca…she was great) who told us that the Island Inn was the only lodging property on the island that had this arrangement with the museum. No charge, fun and very interesting if you’re at all interested in shells and marine life.

It was nice having a restaurant right on the premises with full bar and frequent musical entertainment. Traditions is not inexpensive, but the service and food were good…and there are plenty of other options on the island as well. The included breakfast was nothing special but it was a nice way to get the day started.

All in all..for us it’s hard to imagine a much better place to stay on the Sanibel.

Key Largo on the Gulf

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 29,2016

Welcomed by a very friendly, hospitable, white haired lady who gave us tons of information, was the 1st good impression. Seeing the room the second. Everything is there. Fridge, china, silverware, microwave, fresh coffee, the works. It was a shame we haven’t used any of it. Beach is wonderful, plenty of chairs. We loved it.

If we were to make a suggestion, the ‘continental’ breakfast (included, but also necessary, since there is nothing else near by) is a bit sub standard compared to the rest of the place. Add some cheese and omelet and it’s more than perfect.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 24, 2016

Sanibel Island is paradise on earth! The surroundings are tropical and lush….Not too commercial! The weather is wonderful, the beaches are clean, the water is clear, and people are friendly for the most part.

Perfect in every way!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 23, 2016

We found Island Inn to be exactly what we were looking for. Very natural, low key, beachfront casual. From the minute we arrived we felt welcome by the gracious and informative front desk staff. On the way to our second floor room in the Kimball Lodge we noticed how well kept the grounds were. Plenty of comfortable chairs ,both upright and lounge, which we were encouraged to use and even bring out to the beach (just steps away)! Several seating areas, both in the sun and undercover. Charcoal grills, picnic tables and outdoor games aplenty. A quaint heated pool in it’s own little oasis is centrally located should you prefer a fresh water dip.

Now to the room-2nd floor, Kimball Lodge (we stayed in room 273 which we loved). These rooms are so well appointed, the kitchen has everything from pots, pans and quite possibly any utensil you could need to prepare a meal, all appliances (including a toaster). The Bathroom is very large with closet space for storage of suitcases, etc. The screened balcony has amazing views of the Gulf and a full size table and chairs (also a table for shell collecting).

I would most certainly recommend The Island Inn to anyone looking for a true Florida casual vacation. The entire staff was efficient, friendly and accommodating. The grounds are very natural and the beach is so close the waves lull you to sleep at night. Perfect!!!!

Room Tip: Choose 2nd Floor rooms for the best Gulf views.

Old Florida Perfection

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 21, 2016

This was my 4th long-term stay at the Island Inn. I can’t imagine being happy going anywhere else. The rooms are nothing fancy (fine by me!), but have everything you really need for a great beach vacation – and they are kept spotless and well-maintained (big shout-out to what is obviously a very hard-working housekeeping (e.g., Angelique) and maintenance staff). The breakfast that is provided for guests is also simple – but perfect (yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, toast and pastries, juices, coffee and tea). And if you’re into shelling – the Island Inn places you at one of the best places on the Island – ’nuff said. Can’t wait to go back next year. Don’t ever change!

Wonderful clean beach and stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 20, 2016

I was a little nervous checking in because my reservation was made over the phone. When we checked into our room I was pleasantly surprised! Apparently, every room has an ocean view! My room was a piece of heaven! Our bed faced the ocean which joined a screened in porch. We had a kitchenette and the room was very clean.

The restaurant on site was excellent. Staff were also pleasant.

The best part about Sanibel, the seashells of course! My husband and I collected shells for the two days we were there. I wished I had stayed longer.

I would definitely go back! You won’t be disappointed.

Simply the Best-Old Florida Experience

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 17, 2016

The Island Inn is one of the oldest hotels on the island (if not the oldest), completely updated though. Located conveniently in the middle of the island you are close to all the activities on both Sanibel and Captiva. The setting is unique in that the cottages and room/condo buildings form a half circle opening up right on the Gulf. There is a large sundeck on the gulf end of Kimball Lodge. Thanks to wonderful designing all the rooms have a gulf view. The beautiful swimming pool and Traditions restaurant are located in the middle. If you are looking for the absolute perfect place to relax and soak in the Sanibel Island serenity and beauty look no further than the Island Inn.

Anniversary StayOver

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 14, 2016

Ray at the front desk was most helpful in getting us settled into our spotless comfortable room with a most beautiful sunset. Shelling on the beach after walking straight out the back of our room has been spectacular too!

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5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 13, 2016

We stayed at the Kimball Cottage, on the 2nd floor, with an ocean view room. Super cute place! Lovely restaurant and bar with friendly staff. Nice, big private lanai, adorable room. We will absolutely stay here again!

Great re-visit after 5 years

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 11, 2016

Visited Sanibel and Island Inn on our first Florida “tour” in 2011. Since then, every year in December, we have visited different hotels and locations in FL. This year, we wanted to re-visit one hotel for one week we remembered as fine, and selected Island Inn. This was a great decision. The hotel has a new host since a few years, and rooms and services have been updated. Almost all rooms have a sea view, and the standard is good including free wifi. Continental Breakfast was included, we enjoyed that fresh fruit salad and eggs were also there. As a European, you don’t go there for the coffee… Staff is very nice at the hotel. The restaurant is open in the evening, it is good and feels like the “block” restaurant for people living nearby. There are live music and dancing opportunities a few nights per week! Downside is the distance to other restaurants (approx. 1000 meter/yards), but that could be turned to an upside: This a very calm and realaxing hotel on the beatiful beach. We will return!

Great Views of Paradise

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 9, 2016

Island Inn is nestled 3 miles into the Gulf of Mexico on Sanibel Island . Incredible staff, friendly, customer oriented, pleasant. Rooms are perfect for your Island stay. Enjoy beautiful beach views, long walks on the beach, amazing sunsets.

Island Inn

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 5, 2016

Stayed here with my sisters and mother, so convenient. Helpful staff, everything simple to do. Beautiful tropical surrounds, the beach is so close by. The town is very fun, lots of different things to do. We went to the Ding Darling Wildlife area, interesting. Took a dolphin cruise which was so great. Just perfect time here.

Stumbled into paradise!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 3, 2016

Stayed just one night on a road trip around Florida. Simply driving on to Sanibel and seeing the quaint stores and tree lined streets relaxes you. Arriving at Island Inn we were blown away by the service at check in. Could not have been more helpful or given more info to ensure you make the most of your stay. Welcome cocktail in hand we then walked to our room which was modern, spacious with full kitchen, private screened veranda and just steps from a beautiful beach. The small resort is just idyllic. Peaceful with access to a pristine beach full of shells, birds, and dolphins splashing in the surf. Free use of loungers and chairs. The restaurant meal we had was gorgeous and the duo singing classic songs were really great too. This historic resort feels modern and clean with all todays amenities, yet still remains simple and charming. Loved it!

Easy walk to the beach

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 23, 2016

Well appointed room with comfortable beds. Screened in patio made watching the gulf easy and bug free. The continental breakfast in the morning was filling. Lots of great shells on the beach. A starfish even washed ashore. For the money this hotel can’t be beat every room seems to look out into the gulf

Wonderful November Getaway

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 20, 2016

My husband and I live just half an hour away and I also work on Sanibel in the hospitality industry. We enjoyed a two-night getaway in mid-November–no crowds, pleasant weather. We were comfortable in our clean room with spacious bathroom/shower on the first floor with screened porch/lanai. We appreciated the friendly staff, great pool, and made use of the complimentary drink coupon at the bar in Traditions restaurant–we stayed to enjoy another drink and delicious tapas, too! We also liked being welcomed by restaurant host Andrea–a personal touch!

Room Tip:All rooms face the ocean.

Retirement Celebration

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 15, 2016

The Island Inn exceeded all our expectations by having: Friendly and knowledgeable staff Excellent accommodations The perfect location on the island Beautiful sunsets Good value for the money and………..being from Ohio-the most perfect weather I have experienced. I would recommend the Island Inn to anyone looking for paradise.

Amazing visit to the Island Inn, Sanibel Island, Florida

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 13, 2016

This was my first visit to Sanibel, but I cannot imagine a nicer place to stay. We had a second floor unit in the Starky lodge, and the room was exquisite. Full kitchen, huge bathroom, comfortable bed, and an awesome screened-in balcony with a view of the gulf. Full-sized refrigerator and oven, microwave, dishes and silverware, and a coffee pot. Could tell that the room was just recently renovated, everything looked new. It was clean as a pin, and the maid service was perfect. Easy walk to the beach, which was beautiful and never crowded. Check-in and check-out was easy and very friendly, even with an early flight out. The restaurant on site was excellent. Live music on Saturday night, and the salmon and key lime pie were the best we had on the island. The grounds were quiet and impeccably maintained, and the pool was warm and spotless. We would recommend this Inn to anyone, and we definitely did not want to leave. Cannot wait to go back next year!

Cute quaint and fantastic

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 10, 2016

Great place to stay. Relaxing, beautiful rooms, especially the Kimball Lodge! Amazing views from all rooms. Because the inn is the oldest on the island, it has been grandfathered into the distance from the beach, in other words, it’s the only inn/ hotel so close to the beach. Some rooms make you feel like you are right on the beach. Restaurant is great! Service really good! The pool is a bit small and the breakfast after staying 9 days got a little boring. Tilts the same food every morning. Other then that, I highly recommend. Not to far away from periwinkle and biking all around the island very doable. They offer bike rentals on the property. A nice touch was the fruit and wine basket on arrival! Steps away from ocean! It’s the original inn in the island and the charm and decor reflect that mainly in the main building. Unfortunately the floor in the main building is the only original structure still remaining but they do a great job with the old Floridian style and charm. Go, you won’t be disappointed. ☺️Love Sanibel!

Great time on Sanibel Island

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 8, 2016

My wife and I stayed at the Kimball Lodge. Great accommodations, excellent stall, outstanding food & service! Wonderful place to get away & totally relax. Close too everything but also very secluded. Outstanding value!

Wonderful stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 5, 2016

This lovely hotel is spaciously positioned on a lovely beach. Everything from rooms to cottages. We had a “deluxe suite” in the Kimball building. The room had 2 queen beds, kitchenette, and screened patio. The bath was perfect for a girls weekend with The tub and toilet separated by a pocket door from the double sink vanity.

They offered an excellent breakfast from 8 to 10. There is an independent attached restaurant open for dinner, which was very good as well.

The staff was wonderful. Would answer any question you might have about the islands of Sanibel and Captiva. They were always courteous and helpful. The hotel was very clean as well with plenty of towels available to you. The beach was gorgeous.

Highly recommend. Well priced.

Didn’t Want to Leave!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 4, 2016

The only thing I didn’t like about the Island Inn was my stay here was too short.

All of the reviews on TA have pretty much covered how wonderful the Island Inn is.I agree with them all. Here is what made my stay one of the best experiences ever and I am picky.

The check in process was the most informative, friendly and efficient. You are given a folder with maps, coupons, tide charts, bags for shelling and a bit more. Everything in the folder was explained down to “lights out” for the nesting turtles.

The view from room 273 in the Kimball Lodge was just beautiful. Sunsets were amazing. The screened in balcony made nighttime star gazing bug free. The beach was just steps away. It was uncrowded, tranquil and had lots of shells.

Our room had plenty of space. There was a full size kitchen, large bathroom, sofa with a coffee table, table and two chairs and two TVs. There was plenty of light, it was clean and beautifully decorated.

I highly recommend the free daily beach walk with a marine naturalist. It was the perfect way to start shelling and was so informative. Sign up early, there are only 15 spots.

The restaurant and bar called Traditions had excellent food and service. The servers and bartender were friendly, fast and helpful.

The Inn is located near shopping, restaurants and Jerry’s Food Market. Everything was convenient.

I wouldn’t stay anywhere else, the Island Inn was PERFECT!

Very Quaint and Romantic

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 26, 2016

Took a chance because we had never been to Sanibel Island. This place was so adorable and cozy. Cottage appeal without that beach high rise hotel look. Very quiet and romantic for couples wanting to relax. Staff was great. Restaurant and bar very nice. Arriving guests get a free cocktail – it was wonderful. Clean bright rooms with screened in porch and plenty of amenities. Grounds well kept and just a few yards from shoreline. Nice.

Hidden gem of the gulf!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 23, 2016

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 complimentary breakfast. The inn is close to everything, and highly recommended!


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 20, 2016

Just returned from a 12 night visit to Island Inn. We love the gulf view location and the old Florida feel. Since this was our 5th consecutive year, we arrived in our room with a basket filled with fruit, crackers, marmalade and a small bottle of wine. The desk said it was just a small token of appreciation. The rooms are always clean and housekeeping is amazing and always leave a few extra towels for the beach. The staff at the front desk are friendly and informative about the island. The continental breakfast in Traditions is perfect and the staff there is great too. Total relaxation. We love Island Inn and will continue to come here for years to come. See you all next year!!

Paradise Perfection

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 15, 2016

I can’t say enough good things about Island Inn and I wish I could give them six stars! We had a fantastic stay. The ladies at the desk were super nice, friendly, and helpful! Breakfast was great and just as described on their website. The entire property was immaculate! We will be back!!

Very Relaxing Stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 11, 2016

We stayed for five nights and had a very restful time that was sorely needed. The staff was cordial and helpful. The light complimentary breakfast served our needs well as the restaurant portions we had for dinner the night before were generous. On one occasion we rented a beach umbrella and when setup was delayed I returned to the office to find out about the delay. The response was apologetic and a staff member beat me back to our beach chairs and was apologizing to my wife as he dug the hole for the umbrella. We stayed in Kimball lodge. The room was clean and served our purposes well. I had a couple of conversations with staff that knew the island well and were eager to help. Overall and we had a great experience and highly recommend Island Inn.

Great Sanibel Retreat

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 8, 2016

Spent four days here. Great oceanfront location and short drive to great restaurants and nice market. Friendly staff. Clean and comfortable. Good wifi. Popular place, but with buildings spread across a large area, was quiet. Plenty of beach chairs; staff set up umbrellas. Small, but nice pool. Great overall value earns the Island Inn five stars from this reviewer


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 5, 2016

We’re back!! Last time I stayed in the Matthew lodge. This time I’m staying in the Kimball lodge #251. I think it seems newer. Just as clean also with microwave, fridge and sink also covered pot, this room is tilted instead of carpet. Smells very new and fresh. As I’m writing this review I’m sitting out here on the screened in lanai listening to the waves PERFECT PARADISE!! The room #251 Kimball lodge is simply breath taking. So clean, and the AC works great. The mattress is so comfortable. We have our own path way straight from room to the beach. Sheilling is great too. This morning we went to, “over easy cafe,” (,see review) best breakfast in town. This is a beautiful inn. The staff are so accommodating. We will definately be back. Everytime we visit here in sanibel, we only come here. I can’t wait to watch the sunset tonight.

Great Beachfront Location

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 2, 2016

This hotel is a historic inn, with photos on display illustrating that point. Upon check-in, you receive a bag with maps of the hotel grounds, the island, and other helpful information. They have itinerary sheets available for shelling, fishing, kids activities, etc.
They have a great shell display, and offer a beach walk in the morning with a naturalist from the island shell museum. We took the walk, it was interesting and informative, and they also gave you a half off coupon for the shell museum. The breakfast was minimal, but the pastries were great, besides we had a full kitchen in our room, so meals were not a problem. The restaurant was closed while we were there. I was there for the shelling, which was fantastic, however the no-see-ums were a problem.
The hotel had many amenities; pool, shuffleboard, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. Our room was clean, comfortable, and well equipped, we even had double sinks in the bathroom. We can’t wait to come back.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 1, 2016

Great hotel, beautiful room, very comfy bed. Beautiful view. Very kind and helpful staff, great breakfast with all fresh items! Great white beach, lots of shells, beach chairs and umbrella’s available.

I hate writing this review

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 30, 2016

I absolutely hate writing this review, because it means more people will find this gem. My husband and I visited for three days in September. He left and my friends joined me for a girls’ weekend.
We stayed in the Kimball Lodge with a view of the Gulf and the courtyard of the Inn. The Inn is tranquil, beautiful, and charming. The room was exceedingly clean (no small feat for being right on the beach) and spacious. The staff was friendly, helpful, and accommodating. We especially appreciated the gentlemen who came and set our beach umbrella everyday.
We had a top notch experience at Island Inn. We are looking forward to our next visit! Jen in OK

Old Florida Charm

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 29, 2016

My sister and I took our mother to Island Inn for an overight to celebrate her 90th birthday. We stayed in a quaint 2 bedroom cottage on the beach. The inn staff were very accommodating in helping us set this up and we were greeted with a bottle of celebratory champagne. All the staff were personable and genuinely excited that we were staying with them. We had drinks at the bar and ate a delicious dinner in Traditions restaurant and again, staff worked to make sure we had a great experience. If you are looking for a old Florida charm visit the Island Inn!


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 27, 2016

Very quiet and tranquil place.Wide beach, cozy rooms with view of the Gulf. Housekeeping were the bomb, (*Betty, Ella, Roy, Junior). and sadly will miss talking to these guys. But the staff as a whole ( housekeepers, ground keepers, waiting staff, and office workers) will be missed. Everyone smiling friendly faces.
Island Inn has been there for more then 100 years and has alot of history behind them, check out their bookcase. It contains photos and articles of the Inn, past to the present. I can’t say enough about this place. I won’t say bye, but I will see you soon again my friend.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 22, 2016

As with most places on the island this is an old place that has been VERY NICELY renovated. We stayed here for a quick adult recharge weekend and was very pleased. Most importantly the place was very clean! Second most important it had an amazingly great, air conditioner. Third most important, the mini fridge was awesome, worked correctly, got cold quickly and stayed cold. Our view was amazing, the grounds were perfect, directly on the beach and staff was great. Pool was small but nice, but who goes to Sanibel for a pool? I will definitely come back to the Island Inn next time I need a quick recharge.

Just what we needed!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 20, 2016

This was our first visit to Sanibel Island, and I would highly recommend!

First, September is considered the off season so our experience may be different from those traveling in a different season.


The staff – I called the inn a few times before our stay with questions, they had prompt responses and we’re happy to help. We also arrived before check in and they were happy to hold our things behind the desk so that we could hang out on the beach. Shout out to Ken for his customer service! He was great.

The shelling tour – Every day (I think) they have a representative from the shelling museum come and provide a 30 min (approx) instructional tour. We had Rebecca – she was very nice! It is not a boring tour, either.

The cottages- We stayed in the Pfister cottage it was BEAUTIFUL! I wish my house looked like that! It was decorated beautifully without being too much. Everything was clean and up to date and they provided dishes, dish soap, extra towels to use for the beach. The A/C worked very well, which was necessary with the humidity. There was Also a screened in porch and an outdoor shower, which I did not see at the other cabins.
FYI: they provide beach chairs but you have to rent umbrellas if you wish to have shade (or bring your own?)

You have to move the beach chairs back where you found them at the end of the night due to sea turtles hatching (NBD it’s not a far walk at all and you help save the turtles!)

I hope you enjoy your stay!

Shelling at Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 15, 2016

We stayed at Island Inn for 3 nights after Labor Day. Great time to go. Crowds are non existent and weather is great. Room at the Kimbel Lodge was excellent and priced well. Screen porch, great proximity to the beach and excellent service with the housekeeping staff. Complimentary continental breakfast in the morning was adequate and tasty. Hotel was clean and well maintained. Beach facilities were very well maintained as were the beach chairs, etc. We had a wonderful time shelling at Sanibel and staying at the Island Inn. We will stay there again.

Great Stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 13, 2016

We were on a family (8) weekend and stayed in the Zeepa beach house. Very nice and plenty of room. 2 refrigerators for storage ( beer, etc…) Grounds are very well kept and a short stroll from our place to the beach. Friendly, accommodating staff. They offer a shelling info session in the mornings that was very interesting. Continental Breakfast was simple but suited our purpose. We were disappointed that the on- site restaurant was closed for a while after Labor Day. All in all we had a great time and would come back again.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 11, 2016

The beach as your backyard, the shelling is fantastic and the history that comes along with it, made the experience even BETTER. Nice pool area, (no hot tub) plenty of showers and complimentary lounge chairs for the beach. HISTORIC (love it) site but completely remodeled rooms, modern bath and kitchen with his/her sinks and screened-in lanai. The property (& grounds) itself are superbly maintained and we couldn’t have asked for nicer accommodations. We were located on the first floor “Starky” room 229. We CANNOT WAIT TO RETURN!! The only qualm we had was BREAKFAST. Grateful to have had SOMETHING included with our rate but for the steep price, it would have been nice to have a FULL breakfast vs self-serve continental, ( a chafing dish or two with some scrambled eggs and bacon would have sufficed). For the property to boast such a WONDERFUL and gourmet restaurant for dinner, (Traditions On The Beach) complete with a beautiful wine selection, one would hope that the breakfast offerings weren’t as slim in comparison.

Nevertheless, we WILL return and will happily eat their boiled eggs (frankly, the croissants nearly compensated and were probably THEE best I’ve ever eaten)! Thanks Island Inn for a wonderful stay!

Great Place to Stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 7, 2016

When we pulled up my husband was a little hesitant because he likes his hotels and his first thought it looked like a motel BUT when we opened the door to our room it was beautiful! They have a volleyball net, shuffle board, swimming pool, you’re able to rent bikes and kayaks. You can take a lounge chair to the beach. I brought a netted laundry bag, I bought a net with a long handle and wish we would’ve bought some swim googles. We had a baby sting ray swim passed us, found a jelly fish on the shore and saw a spotted crab. This was seashell heaven! They offer a light complimentary breakfast which consisted of donuts, danishes, several varieties of bread to toast, hard boiled eggs, yogurt and juices. I would probably recommend this for adults only because I think that the island is so low key that I think kids would be bored. Since we went Labor Day week there were several places closed but we found out that during their peak season the traffic is much heavier and busier so we were happy that we came in September. There is a microwave, refrigerator and safe in the room. Plenty of dresser drawers and closet space. I would recommend bringing bottled water, we didn’t like the taste of their water.

Beautiful Spot

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 6, 2016

We visited for two nights. Great spot on the beach. We hired bikes and cycled out to the lighthouse. Not high season but still stores, cafes and restaurants open. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Great free talk and beach walk with a lady marine biologist. My wife loved combing the beach for sea shells (this is definitely the place for sea shells). The island was a peaceful break from the busy Orlando area and the drive was no problem. Clean, well equipped and friendly. We enjoyed our stay at Island Inn. We hope to return. We couldn’t fault the place. (Excuse my poor sketch of the lighthouse – it doesn’t do the place justice – but it was great sitting on the beach sketching).

Love this place!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 5, 2016

This was our 2nd stay at Island Inn, and I’m happy to report it was just as amazing as the first time. The front desk staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. At check-in, they gave us a ton of information and a discount packet for local businesses. The location is GREAT, right on the beach. First floor rooms can open the sliding glass doors to their screened patio and open the screen door to walk directly out onto the sand. Upper floors have better views of the water (obviously :)) and also have screened balconies. The rooms are beautiful, clean, and have a beach cottage feel to them. Really pretty furniture, flat screen TVs; we had a gulf-view suite with a full kitchen and sleeper sofa. There was plenty of room for our family of 3, however, we only stayed one night so we didn’t use the kitchen, but it would be great for someone staying a little while to save some money by cooking instead of eating out. There is a lovely beachfront pool surrounded by lush tropical plants and palms. It was the perfect temperature (not warm, not cold). We enjoyed the pool several times during our short stay and it was never crowded, even being Labor Day weekend; once we even had the entire pool to ourselves. There is an outdoor shower for rinsing off. The resort rents paddle-boards, kayaks, and bikes (we didn’t use them). You can get beach & pool towels from the front desk. There’s shuffleboard, volleyball, & horseshoes, as well as a fish and shell cleaning station. The beach is really nice with beautiful turquoise water, palm trees, and of course, TONS of shells. We found many conch shells and sand-dollars, as well as plenty of smaller shells. **Please remember, if the sand dollar is alive or if there’s something alive in your shell, THROW IT BACK. The stay at Island Inn was an amazing getaway,completely worth the 7 hour one way drive. We can’t wait to go back when we can stay longer! than a day! 🙂 We ate dinner at the Island Cow and the food was great with something for everyone. They had live music on Sunday night, very family friendly, outdoor games and indoor/outdoor seating (if you want something delicious and different try the fried artichokes!) The Island Inn offers a free continental breakfast. Thank you again to the staff at Island Inn for making our stay such a positive experience! We’ll definitely be back! We wouldn’t stay anywhere else, as this is our go-to spot for Sanibel Island!

Loved It!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 4, 2016

Just returned to UK from a 2 week holiday to Florida – stayed at the Island Inn after a crazy 10 days in Disney and Universal. My family and I loved this place and I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect place to relax. We stayed in the spoonbill cottage which had an unobstructed view of the ocean which was both beautiful in the sun and dramatic in a storm. The cottage was beautifully done and furnished to a high standard. The staff were excellent and very informative about the local area – I honestly cannot fault this place and given the opportunity I’d go back in a heartbeat. Hotel offers a complimentary membership to Ding Darling Nature Reserve and this shouldn’t be missed – we saw a huge alligator which we followed down the river, a manatee and her baby and many varieties of birds – a fabulous afternoon out enjoyed by the whole family.

Relax to the max

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 2, 2016

This is my second time at this beautiful hotel… the rooms are beautiful, lots of room, extra clean and comfortable, they have a little kitchen complete with a full size microwave and refrigerator, the bathroom is so big like another room, also very clean and spacious. The breakfast is plenty and included in the room rate. The beach is right in front of the rooms, spectacular Gulf beach with pristine water and lots of shells if you are a shell collector is a plus. I just love how quiet and beautiful is this Sanibel jewel.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 1, 2016

What a beautiful getaway. Peaceful, charming and relaxing. Steps to the beach…and shells.
Staff was super friendly and our room was clean and comfortable. More than enough space to enjoy ourselves.
While the free breakfast isn’t all that much…it served it’s purpose. Enough choices to enjoy a light breakfast. Breakfast staff was as friendly and helpful as can be. Always greeted with a warm smile and a good morning. A big shout out goes to Marysol..who always had a smile to greet you every mornng.
We will be returning!
Thanks for a great week!

Home Again

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 1, 2016

We discovered the island and Island Inn in 1973 and we’ve been back nearly every year since. It’s a great location, offers a variety of accommodations and has Traditions Restaurant on site but the greatest thing about it is the staff. Through several generations they keep staff at every level who are helpful and attentive and always make you feel like you’ve just come home again.

beautiful, quiet, peaceful retreat

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 27, 2016

The view of the ocean from the compound area and lodging rooms is breath taking. We stayed the first two nights in the Kimble lodge then moved to the starkly lodge because after we got there and saw what a great place it was we wanted to stay more nights and that’s why we stayed in two separate lodges. The rooms are modern, clean and have ample living space. Screen in porches, however did not prevent the ” no seeums” a pesty little nat like bug that bites. You definitely need a preventative spray. My wife and my sister’s husband were ate up all over their legs. The swimming pool is kept at a balmy 104 degrees, so so nice. Shelling on the beaches was great! A continental breakfast was furnished every morning from 8 am to 10 am. Fresh fruit, juices, coffees, bread, sweet rolls, yogurt and hard boiled eggs. Not bad we ate there every morning. The “no seeums” are according to the staff gone during the winter months. We will definitely book here again. It’s a beautiful, quiet, peaceful retreat.

Look forward to our next stay!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 23, 2016

We’ve stayed at the Island Inn numerous times. This was our best trip so far! Great food/drinks,service! Enjoyed the Sanibel sunset cocktail in the restaurant, with the delicious salmon dinner! It’s wonderful that you can step out the door and be on the beach within a one minute walk! Best sunsets anywhere!

Perfect Piece of Paradise

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 20, 2016

My son and I just returned from a 4 night stay at the Island Inn. This resort has done a fantastic job at preserving its historic charm while providing modern amenities for guests. We stayed in Kimball Lodge – a nice and very clean updated one- bedroom kitchen suite (room 271) on the second floor. This room was only steps away from the beach. We enjoyed the large sundeck next to our room and our private screened porch which gave us perfect views of the beach and water. The pull-out sofa sleeper was topped with an air- controlled mattress making it very comfortable. The staff were very helpful and friendly, going the extra mile to make us feel welcome (loved the extra touches such as the towel art folding of swans and elephants). The kichen was well stocked with table service and cooking items. This resort offers everything needed on-site; bikes, umbrellas, beach loungers, paddle boards, beach towels. The pool area was very clean and nice. Perfectly located on the island; steps from the beach but also a short distance to the periwinkle shops and restaurants. I was in much need of a relaxing stress-free and reasonably priced vacation and the Island Inn REALLY DELIVERED. I would recommend this resort to anyone and plan to return in the future.

Romantic birthday

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 16, 2016

OMG…. From the wonderful staff catering to our every need including the best room on the 1St floor, to free birthday champagne. The sunsets were amazing. The beach was quite not too many people to bother you the endless seashells. I want to move in. Our room was breathtaking. We are already planning another visit in a couple months.

A bit of paradise

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 10, 2016

This hotel is a little bit of paradise. The location on the edge of a shell beach is fantastic. The room was clean, well equipped and had a great view of the Gulf of Mexico. Good breakfast. Had a really relaxing break. Nice little pool. One of the oldest hotels on the Island and still has a great traditional character.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 3, 2016

What a beautiful resort, when checking in we were told we had the best room on the resort and she was spot on! The view from our enclosed porch and bedroom was amazing. The efficiency, I would call it, was very clean pretty spacious and perfect for our four night stay. The bathroom was very spacious and they supplied amazing bath products that were replenished every day without having to ask! The staff was friendly and helpful. The beach, peaceful and breathtaking what else can I say. It was a perfect stay and we would certainly return.

Awesome place

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 30, 2016

The staff is fantastic and goes out of there way to make you happy. We stayed in the kimball building and the room was excellent and super clean. Theres plenty to to on site and the sea shells are everywhere. Awesome 2 days.

Once again The Island Inn was fabulous

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 28, 2016

I Just returned from my vacation in Sanibel and stayed at the Island Inn. This was our third time staying there and I want everyone to know that it is still a fabulous place to stay. The room is always very clean and the staff are very nice and accommodating. There is a stunning view of the gulf from the room. We requested the same room that we stayed in last year and they were able to give us that same room this year. We would not stay anywhere else when vacationing in Sanibel. Highly recommend.

Room Tip: Kimball lodge is a great building to stay in at the Island Inn.

Beautiful Wedding …

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 27, 2016

My partner and I decided to elope whilst on our holiday in Florida and we were recommended the Island Inn on Sanibel. Glory was our dedicated wedding planner and she did amazing! Flowers beautiful, ceremony setting was amazing.

The hotel was gorgeous. Really great decor, space, facilities. We opted for starkey lodge or Matthews lodge. Both amazing.

The onsite restaurant traditions on the beach was fantastic. Sublime food (not sure what some reviewers are talking about). Their baker did a super job on my cake!

Now onto the subject of No See Ums. We were very lucky on our wedding day, the wind was high so we were not bothered by the horrid creatures. We also avoided dawn and dusk. Went out in windy or hot conditions. Deet 30% and permethrin on clothes helped! But don’t be complacent some folk are hounded by these critters (up nose, in mouth, eyes).

We didn’t receive any bites!


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Everything about this was great. We had a room overlooking the sea and beach. We went for the kitchen room as after doing a cruise and orlando we wanted some home cooked food. We stayed 3 nights on honeymoon and it was a great way to chill and relax. the beach is about 10m from the room and the sound of the sea comes in. Breakfast was good as was the free shell walk.

Room Tip: Get an upstairs room facing west to get the sunset.

Gotta love it

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 22, 2016

I loved this place. Clean and comfortable with a screened in deck/porch overlooking the beach. Very friendly, helpful staff. Beautiful views, great pool and nice shells to pick up. I am going back soon. A nature lover will love seeing the wildlife preserves and hikes. At some times no-see-ums are really biting so take your bug spray. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

Room Tip: cottages not high rise is my choice


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 18, 2016

First time at the resort beautiful grounds room were very clean pool was excellent. The staff was very friendly and helpful. The on site resturant and bar was great. We had a fabulous view from our room on the second floor. Just booked another stay for August.

Great stay!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 17, 2016

The pictures are true to the resort. Sadly we got a lot of rain and could not use the grills, but the staff were very friendly & our room was very clean. We arrived early and were able to use towels and head out to the beach while we waited for check in. Would certainly return for a longer stay!

Wonderful first visit to Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 15, 2016

Clean, comfy and quiet with friendly, caring staff – probably the nicest hotel staff I have met. We could see and hear the water from our room. The beach was only about 50 feet away and was clean and beautiful with great shelling. We watched the sunset every night and it was stunning. The pool was clean and close to the beach. The free breakfast was great. Can’t wait to go back!

Very nice

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 14, 2016

Very friendly staff, clean rooms. We checked in for only one night wish we could have stayed longer. A+++++++++++ Pool was nice and clean. Very easy beach access. Live Web camera out by the beach so you can see what is going on before you arrive.

A Wedding Vacation

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Our niece picked this place for her wedding destination in June. Although it was real hot at this time of year and not sure of the stormy weather June dishes out down there we had a blast. Everything was perfect for her wedding. The resort provided all the help she needed including the Officient. We had 30 people staying here and really this place was spot on. I understand that this is the oldest resort on the Island dating back to the late 1800’s. There are individual cottages and several larger buildings. Our room was just perfect. The main dining hall is where the reception took place with a bar, dance floor and a DJ. Our dinner was very good. Each morning we had a nice continental breakfast too. The pool was right in front of the resort next to the beach. The beach itself was very wide and clean. We rented bicycles one day and kayaks too. Really a magnificent place for a wonderful wedding.

Beautiful Stay at the Island Inn!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 9, 2016

We really enjoyed our stay at the Island Inn! We opted for Kimball Lodge with an ocean view and we enjoyed our side of the building on the ground floor (if you can requset the odd # room it’s more private on that side) The room was clean and modern with a beach flare. Nice little kitchen area with sink, and frig. Big modern bathroom too. We had a nice porch and table but with turtles around at night we couldn’t use it because they wanted the lights out to not disrupt them. Open the porch door and white sand awaits you. We enjoyed the naturalist in the morning teaching us about the different shells so sign up for that. Turtle volunteers on the beach early so we got to see turtle tracks and them in action as they searched for eggs. Breakfast was good for Continental and Marisol was very friendly and helpful and greeted us each morning. Be sure to enjoy your complimentary check in beverage. They do provide chairs to use on the beach but no cabana boy to set them up so know your on your own, and you need to bring your own umbrella. The water and air was warm from the gulf. We found some shells here but travelled to Bowman Beach and Captiva to find the bigger ones. Great stay on Sanibel Island!

Room Tip: Kimball Lodge, first floor ask for an odd # room to be on the more private side of the building with…

Wonderful stay!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 8, 2016

We spent 2 nights at the Inn and can’t wait to return!! We stayed in the Kimball Lodge (rm. 270).The view was incredible and the room was clean,comfortable and stocked with all the necessities.The grounds were beautiful and well maintained,The staff was great.I would highly recommend this Inn and look forward to another stay.

Repeat Visit and Worth It!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 7, 2016

We returned to Island Inn in late May 2016. It wasn’t long after our visit last year that we booked again asking for the same or similar room. Island Inn doesn’t disappoint on any level. Our room request was honored, and then some….closer to the beach! We had dinner at Seasons our first night. Fantastic! From our check in with Ken, to every person working on the property, the experience is congenial, relaxing, and quintessentially Sanibel. Thanks, Island Inn, for another great vacation.

Room Tip: Kimball Lodge Room 248

Nicest place

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 6, 2016

Every member of the staff was friendly and helpful. Meeting Ken at the front desk was the first sign that we had chosen the right place. He was very kind and gave lots of helpful information about the inn and the area. The bar tender was professional and welcoming. Angelica from housekeeping was very efficient and kind. The breakfast was delicious and nicely setup and tended. The ladies at check out were very nice. We greatly appreciated having the freedom to use the inn’s comfortable chairs on the beach. We brought our own umbrellas instead of renting. Our stay was very comfortable and easy. God willing, we will return soon.

Highly recommend staying at this lovely place

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2016

We spent a total of 4 days here. I cannot say enough out the hospitality demonstrated by the staff. Everyone was wonderful. I stayed in the Kimball Lodge and our room was large, extremely clean, beautiful view, nice screened in porch. I would highly recommend everyone stay here when visiting Sanibel.

Great Place to Stay!!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 28, 2016

We stayed here on our honeymoon and were extremely happy with our stay. We stayed in Kimball lodge and the rooms were very updated and clean. The salt water pool was very nice too, and you are just a short walk from the beach. The staff were very friendly as well! I hope to be back again soon!

Relaxing In Paradise

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 25, 2016

My husband and I stayed at the Island Inn from June 12-16. We stayed at the Kimball Lodge, room 265. The room was beautiful, the decor had a beachy feel and a spectacular view of the gulf. We also had an oven, refrigerator and microwave in the room. The shells in the beach were beautiful and while I was worried about the no’seeums, they didn’t bother us at all. We rented kayaks one morning and saw dolphins swimming close by. Another morning we saw a manatee and a stingray. The staff at Island Inn was welcoming and helpful. The room was beautiful and kept very clean by the cleaning staff. It was a relaxing vacation and we hope to return next year!


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 22, 2016

Paradise is the term for a place of timeless harmony. An ideal or idyllic place. Island Inn is paradise. This hotel is everything you would expect. The perfect place for beach lovers, away from all the crowds at the other end of the island. Very clean with a well trained staff. We will definitely be returning.

Great stay!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 20, 2016

Very clean! The inn does a great job of keeping every part of the property very clean despite being right on the beach. We have stayed at another popular Sanibel location for years and decided to try the Island Inn for something different this time and will definitely be making this our regular Sanibel vacation inn.

Lovely place to stay, great beach, perfect location

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 17, 2016

My husband and I visited the Island Inn the first week of June for an anniversary get away. We were more than pleased with our stay, though we did have quite a bit of rain, a tropical storm, but it never dampened out staff. From the front staff, housekeeping and the wait staff at Traditions, all went above and beyond, extremely great customer service. We especially appreciated the impeccable room. There were an abundance of towels everyday. The room was spotless. The view we had was absolutely breathtaking. We enjoyed a lovely bottle of champagne, courtesy of the front staff. Thank you for making our staff so relaxing. We will definitely be back again.

Room Tip: The Matthew Lodge is a great location, easy access to the beach and restaurant.

The only place to stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 15, 2016

Island Inn has never disappointed us. We had a great time. This was our 2nd time and there will be a third!

Everyone that we encountered during our stay was so nice and helpful. Ken at the front desk is always friendly and really a nice guy. The other ladies in the front office, and I’m sorry I forgot their names, were also very friendly and helpful.

Island Inn just has everything we need in a hotel. Our room was perfect and very clean. The cleaning staff did a great job and they work very hard.
This is why we will be back again, can’t think of why we would ever go anywhere else.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 12, 2016

This is old Florida and it is awesome. The room had a beautiful view of the ocean, a small kitchen area that was adequate for quick meals. The staff very friendly and helpful. Beautiful beach, lots of shells, clear water, and sea shells . We will return next year!!!!

Soothes my soul…

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 9, 2016

My friend and I both enjoyed our stay at the Island Inn last week. The welcome basket was enjoyed by both of us as were the welcome cocktails! Your housekeeping staff does a wonderful job (as they have on all my stays) and are friendly and helpful at all times. The weather cooperated, and we enjoyed the beach at the Island Inn as well as other area attractions and trips (Everglades tour, shelling cruise, tram tour of J.N. Darling wildlife preserve, etc.). Your location is ideal, and the quiet atmosphere “soothes my soul…” My friend had not been to Sanibel for many years and commented that she would enjoy staying at the Island Inn again.

Room Tip: Call directly.

Gordon’s Road Trip

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 7, 2016

My wife Karen and I spent 4 nights here as part of our May/June 2016 road trip. We had a stuttered start that was no one’s fault and the management took care of things for us.

The location is superb for nice walks along the beach and the rooms are very comfortable with all the amenities that you would ever want in them. Altogether an idyllic spot where we totally chilled!

Room Tip: Just make sure that your room is facing the Ocean.

Great family vacation!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 4, 2016

I have nothing but good things to say about The Island Inn. The staff was so friendly and the rooms were great. We stayed in the Kimball Lodge gulfview kitchen suite. The free continental breakfast was great also. We loved Sanibel Island. It’s low key, and a perfect vacation spot to relax on the beach. The restaurants were amazing too.

None of us wanted to leave!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 2, 2016

We love the Island Inn! I came with my husband, mother, and aunt and we stayed in the adorable and historic Matthews Cottage. The cottage is comfortable, nicely decorated and very clean. The beach is a very short walk away. We discovered shelling, which is addicting! We enjoyed the beach and the pool. There are lots of beach chairs. It’s very important to remember to put them back at the end of the day because the sea turtles nest on the beach and any obstacle can impede hatched turtles from making their journey into the water. It’s important to remember to close your blinds at nine pm each night for the sea turtles as well because they will crawl towards the light rather than towards the beach and that is disastrous for them. Anyway- we didn’t get to go on the beach walk led by the naturalist that is held each morning at nine am. We wanted to, but will save that for next time. The continental breakfast was good for what you’d expect from a free continental breakfast. The property gets nice and quiet at night. It is a very relaxing place!. None of us wanted to leave. We will definitely be repeat guests!


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed June 1, 2016

We stayed at this hotel for a week in the Kimball room facing the beach. It was great the room was perfect with everything we needed. We arrived after hours our room keys and hotel information was left in a box with a code provided to us by phone. The next morning I went to officially check in and it was fast and easy the front desk agent was friendly and very informative. We got daily housekeeping the housekeepers were great. We went to the restaurant once because we wanted to try different restaurants in the area it was good but we preferred some of the other restaurants in the area like the sand bar. Breakfast was not that good but is free so can’t complain. Overall a great place right by the beach. We will definitely go back.

Beautiful beach wedding

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 29, 2016

We had a small intimate beach wedding here at the Island Inn. It was everything I had ever dreamed of. The wedding coordinator Glory was so organized and made all my dreams come true. Barefoot on the beach at sundown and a small party afterwards in the Traditions restaurant onsite. Our wedding party truly enjoyed their stay and their rooms. Island Inn offers the best vacation ever. Beautiful beaches and the shelling is out of this world! Will go back every year if not more often!!!!


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 27, 2016

An excellent hotel with rooms within easy walking distance to beach. Lovely sunset from beach around 8:00pm. in May. And just a short distance over the sand to good breakfasts with flakey pastries. My friend and I are elderly and there was no problem moving around as beach, shoreline and restaurant are easily accessible. The staff at the front desk were helpful. I needed explicit directions back to the airport in Ft Meyers. They were explained clearly and printed out for me. I also left a wallet with insurance cards in the room safe. A cleaning staff person found it, I was notified and it was sent to me promptly.

Beautiful overnight stop

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 25, 2016

Wish we had booked longer. We were allocated first floor room with beach access, room very small really, nowhere to sit so suites look a better option although more expensive. Great beach and pool. Chairs available on beach, umbrellas from reception for a small fee! But very hard to put up in the oh so soft sand! Gave up in the end. Stunning beach front inn, beautiful surroundings, lovely bar and restaurant area. Really very upmarket and charming hotel. Free beach walks at 9am every morning!

Highly recommend.

Best beach cottage vacation

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 22, 2016

My husband Neal, my nephew, his wife, daughter and I just spent a fabulous week in your Sandpiper Cottage from May 8-14, ’16. Your resort had good reviews and indeed every word was true. The cottage facilities were nicer and roomier than I’d even anticipated as was the complimentary morning breakfasts and our Mother’s Day dinner & dancing experience was wonderful too! We loved the closeness of the beach and also enjoyed frequent use of the pool. Thank you for the good service – the staff up front and the housekeeping staff were terrific and I have no complaints whatsoever – only compliments! I would recommend the Island Inn to anyone planning a stay on Sanibel:-) Oh…and the shelling – Fabulous fun!!

A little piece of heaven

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 21, 2016

This was our second visit to this hotel in recent years and once again we very much enjoyed our stay. Our room for 3 people was lovely and was plenty big enough for 3 adults to share. The room was exceptionally clean and well appointed with even a small kitchen area with tea and coffee facilities also. Breakfast was a little basic but was absolutely fine and was done in buffet style and we were very satisfied with what we had. We love this little piece of heaven and it will certainly be on our call again list.

Room Tip: Deluxe rooms have sea views


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 19, 2016

The Island Inn turned out to be the BEST on a long Florida sightseeing vacation. We stayed in the Kimbell Lodge in a first floor room as we had requested. It is evident that this room (and I believe the entire building has been renovated. The bathroom had two sinks & all the furnishings were lovely. The screened porch was an added bonus. You immediately step on sand when you step outside. It is just at a few steps to the water and a beach full of shells. They have chairs and loungers you can take down to the water. They only ask that you bring them back when finished. An added bonus is the restaurant just a few steps away. Overall, a top quality inn.

Great Stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 19, 2016

Had a great time. Quiet relaxed resort. Not a part place. Room was clean no bugs except outside of course. A little bit of off solved that problem. Pictures were spot on what you see is what you get. Staff was friendly. Relaxing pool never a ton of people at the pool. Beaches, views beautiful. Other guests were polite no falling down drunks, some kids but well attended by their parents. Only compliant is the bed was not that comfortable, and bed sheet were not changed. Water pressure was not the best but good enough but the shower was always warm. If you want great rest and relaxation this is for you.

Great for a Girl’s Weekend

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 18, 2016

Just stayed 2 nights with a group of 5 women in Matthew’s Cottage. Loved the history of Matthew’s Cottage. Excellent shell information session/walk on Saturday morning. We plan to make this an annual event!

Wonderful Experience

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 16, 2016

A group of 7 friends treated me to this fabulous trip to “The Island Inn” on Sanibel Island. This was a special trip to celebrate the successful end, to a year’s worth, of breast cancer treatments. We booked one of their “early styled Florida” cabins, which was great for our group of “gracefully and beautifully maturing” adults! I’m sure that most of the time the Inn doesn’t have this large of a group crammed into one cabin but we wanted to be all be together. We were amazed at how comfortable all the beds were. That includes the sleeper couch and a roll-away beds!!! The place was spotless and very close to the water, which was good for my still, not so strong, legs. We booked their free, morning walking tour, of the beach’s various shells and other items found in and on the sand. Our guide had a MASTER’S degree in identifying the different shells and other “gifts” Mother Nature left for us. She was amazing and worked for the “National Shell Museum”, located on the Island, and which we later toured. (I highly recommend it if you love shelling.) The beach was covered with shells and very clean! We did not use the pool, shuffleboard courts or restaurant except for their lovely and yummy, free Continental breakfast, due to time constraints. We did use the ” game room” one night to play a few rounds, of several different games. It was very nice as was everything else. We also used one of their grills to fix our hamburgers and hotdogs for dinner one night. We loved our stay so much we plan to try to do it again next year. Thanks, Island Inn, for a perfect place, to stay, for our special celebration!

“30 years later, still a beautiful escape from the real world!”

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 13, 2016

I returned to the Island Inn, on beautiful Sanibel Island, 30 years after my first visit, this time with my wife. Our room was spacious and beautiful, with such a nice view of the well-kept grounds and the Gulf in the distance. Everyone on the staff was genuinely friendly and helpful, the location is great, the food was delicious, and the beach and shelling was wonderful…I enjoyed having the “Sanibel stoop” again. We hope to return much sooner than 30 years and we recommend the Island Inn highly.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the view from the 2nd floor room.

Loved my stay!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 12, 2016

I just spent 6 nights of bliss at the Island Inn. It was absolutely perfect in every way and I will be going back!! I was in the Kimball Lodge with a view of the Gulf and had a great screened in porch. It was clean and the staff is so nice and helpful.

We’ll Be Back!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 9, 2016

We stayed in Kimball Lodge with a view of the Gulf from our screened in porch. We had a suite with a full kitchen which was very nice. The bathroom was wonderful with double sinks and plenty of room in the bathtub area to really enjoy a relaxing bath. The king sized bed filled the bedroom so there was no room at all for an end table on one side and only a tiny ledge table on the other side. A queen bed with tables would have been better. Everything was very comfortable. Although the pool is not large, no one else was using it when we went to swim and the water was warm so we had a great time there. The complimentary breakfast was a step above what hotels usually offer. Although the adjoining restaurant didn’t serve lunch, we went there for the “early bird” dinner one evening and found it quite good. Shelling on the beach by the hotel was lots of fun. There are plenty of amenities like bikes, shell nets, shell cleaning area, laundry facilities, and more. The staff was always friendly and helpful. We will definitely stay here next time we come to Sanibel.

Old Florida still lives

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 7, 2016

Our family had the Matthews Cottage- old yellow pine floors in a nicely updated beach cottage. Good AC (we needed it) and great location- just steps from the beach.

Traditions is a great restaurant with a professional staff (thanks Nick) and nice live music that you can actually dance to!

Our favorite place in Florida and a great antidote to Key West.

Kimball Lodge at The Island Inn Unit 263

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 4, 2016

We stayed in Unit 263 for a week in the middle of April. The condo is great. Right on the beach. The view from the living room window is nice. The condo was clean and updated. They supply beach chairs, beach umbrella, shelling nets, beach towels, tennis rackets and balls among other items. John the manager was great. I must have emailed him a dozen times with questions and he got back to us immediately. The beach out front was much nicer than the other beaches we visited (bowman’s and blind pass). The shelling was great. We would definitely would rent the condo again.

Great family vacation

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 2, 2016

My wife and I were looking for an easy place to take a beach vacation with our 18 month old daughter. The Island Inn (and Sanibel) hit the spot! The spacious rooms of the Starkey Lodge (including full kitchen) allowed us to setup camp for the week. We were able to pop back to the room for nap time and could cook in if we felt that we didn’t want to go out to eat. The beach is amazing and for those who don’t like salt water, the pool is close by. My only critique is they need some sort of outdoor grill/bar by the beach where one could get a beer or lunch. However, I don’t think they are trying to cater to this crowd? I would stay here again with children.

It Gets Better and Better

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed May 1, 2016

We are on our tenth trip to Sanibel and our fourth stop at the Island Inn.

Everyone continues to be very helpful and courteous. We leave early and come back to the Inn early in the afternoon. Every time our room was ready and we were left notes or asked if there was anything else that we needed.

The “Welcome Basket” from Bailey’s with wine, crackers, jelly, oranges etc, is a nice touch and we used the basket fill to pack our sand dollars and shells in for the trip home.

Found out from a women at the front desk that the umbrella was eight dollars the first day, then seven… finally three dollars the seventh day.

Used the grills to fry up a Red fish. Found them to be clean as were the grounds.

Can’t wait to return.

I don’t usually give 5 stars, but this hotel deserves it!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 25, 2016

We are here on our 35th wedding anniversary. Spending 6 nights in Kimball Lodge king suite 2nd floor and it is gulf front. This hotel pays attention to EVERY detail of treating your stay special from fancy folded TP and tissue, to the beautiful swan towel sculpture. This is old Sanibel charm. No plastic keys here they have real ones. King suite has full kitchen. Luxurious without the high price. This is our second stay.

Everything about this room is upscale to stainless steel appliances, to beautiful tile bathtub/shower. Bathroom had double sinks. Shower is spacious with hand bars.

I cannot say enough about this paradise We will return!

In the Middle of all things Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 21, 2016

The Island Inn is a collection of intimate buildings on a large beachfront property. So even when full, the place feels secluded.

The location is excellent, both in terms of being central to Sanibel and right on one of the best beaches for shelling. Everything is literally steps from the beach. The accommodations include suites with kitchenettes, detached cabins and some smaller rooms. The hotel has been recently updated, so although the property is an older one, it is in pretty good shape.

In terms of amenities, there is a small pool, beach chairs, bbq pits, and extra towels readily available. Umbrellas, Kayaks and Bicycles are available for rental. However, do not expect luxury resort amenities like full cabana service, room service or the like.

Most if not all rooms have screened porches, which is a must in Sanibel as the flying insects are a constant problem. Bring some bug spray – both for your skin and for the porch area.

Be aware that in the Kimball Lodge the rooms are not very sound proof and you will hear other guests moving around and moving furniture and so forth.

The staff is very pleasant. There is a complimentary welcome drink as well as a continental breakfast included with the room rate.

There is an excellent restaurant, “Traditions on the Beach”, located on property, but run as a separate business. It has wonderful seafood and Italian dishes, as well as live entertainment in the evenings.

Lunch is on your own, so it is a good idea to visit a grocery store for basic provisions. The kitchenettes include a full oven, so we went for frozen pizza, which turned out to be a good choice (hot pizza on the beach!)

The location is great for shelling. In fact the Shell Museum conducts a free orientation and beach walk daily, which is a must for maximizing your shelling experience.

If you are into shelling then Sanibel is the destination, and if you are in Sanibel the Island Inn is an excellent choice.

Room Tip: The Kimball Lodge is closest to the beach. Get a second or third floor room for the view.

Weekend Getaway

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 18, 2016

We found Sanibel Island to be a very relaxing weekend getaway. The grounds and the staff at the Island Inn are wonderful. We stayed in the Starky Lodge and found accommodations to be perfect for the three of us. The front desk staff are extremely helpful and pleasant. The ground’s staff is quite honest as my husband lost his wallet and it was returned as found. We rented bikes and rode around the island, sunbathed on the beach, gathered shells, and slept like rocks at night on the comfortable beds. We will definitely return to the Island Inn.

Highly recommended

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 15, 2016

We recently stayed for four nights at the Island Inn and were very happy. The location and beach access can’t be beat. We were not able to get four consecutive nights in the same room since we waited too long to book. The first two nights we stayed in the first floor of the Kimball Lodge, and the second two nights we stayed in the first floor of the Starky Lodge. Although both offered nice screened porches and walk out convenience to the beach, the view was better in the Starky Lodge. Actually, everything is better in the Starky Lodge. The Kimball Lodge room included a microwave, but the larger Starky Lodge room included a kitchenette. The Starky Lodge was more expensive, I believe, but well worth it. Access to the Starky Lodge was directly from the parking lot, rather than from a hallway in the Kimball Lodge. This made the Starky Lodge room feel more private. We would stay in either room again, but would definitely prefer staying in the Starky Lodge room. Both rooms had a view towards the ocean, but the Starky Lodge room had a nicer, more direct, view. The deck in the Starky Lodge room was more spacious, the sliding doors more easy to use, and the screens seemed more tight so more effective in keeping no see ums out.

As others have said, the breakfast at the Traditions restaurant could be improved. They provide minimal offerings which are ideal if you are in a rush. If they had a waffle maker like the Song of the Sea, we would probably have had all our breakfasts there. Instead, after the first morning, we went out to one of the wonderful breakfast places nearby (we recommend the Over Easy Cafe on Tarpon Bay Rd.) Having the restaurant on site, however, was a wonderful convenience for dinner.

Room Tip: Go for Starky Lodge if possible.

Lovely, relaxing few days

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 12, 2016

We loved it here, such a charming place. Would definitely come back in the future! We didn’t know shelling was such a popular past time and we got completely hooked on it and had great fun. Watching the dolphins playing and hunting in the sea so close to the beach was fantastic and would definitely recommend hiring a kayak or paddleboard to try and get a closer look. Loved the island and Island Inn, it has a special place in our hearts. One thing we didn’t realise is that you can’t walk to any restaurants in the evening so something to bear in mind if you want somewhere close to the action.

Room Tip: Sea view if you can, the screened balconies offer a fantastic view.

Nice Property & Friendly Staff

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 8, 2016

We stayed here over a Spring Break period (early April), and were looking to avoid the Spring Break crowds. This was a nice room facing the gulf during spring break, so I expected the room rate to be higher. This place delivered. We stayed in the Matthews Bldg with a view of the gulf. Wow; the room was clean, the king bed comfy, the bathroom was adequate (especially liked the roomy walk-in shower, and we were stocked with an ample supply of towels), and the screened in patio was amazing to sit out on at night. The front desk and service staff were incredibly polite and professional.

We went car-less on this trip (Uber’d to and from the FSW airport), and biked our way around the island. Nearly every place closes around 9 PM, so we were most grateful when after walking down to the Sandbar Inn only to be turned away (it was 9:13 PM), that the Island Inn onsite restaurant Traditions graciously served us some delicious dinner. The waitstaff was incredibly polite and attentive.

The beach is gorgeous and well maintained. The Island Inn offers chairs that you can bring down to the beach. Clean nice smelling room, quiet and comfortable atmosphere, nicely located, helpful and friendly staff – we are completely satisfied with our stay at Island Inn and will definitely be returning. Highly recommend!

Great choice when staying on the island

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 6, 2016

The accommodations were clean, modern and very well maintained. The location is perfect since it is away from the busier areas, yet very convenient to anything you’d want to visit on the island. The beach access and view couldn’t have been better. We will look forward to visiting again in the future.

Wonderful four night stay.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed April 2, 2016

We enjoyed four nights here in early March. We had a first floor gulf view delux room in the Kimball Lodge. The room was immaculate and spacious with a microwave and refrigerator. The beach was only a short walk outside our screen-in porch door. The Inn provides a continental breakfast as well as a highly rated dining room for dinner. We enjoyed daily strolls on the beach before settling into lounge chairs provided by the Inn. The Kimball Lodge has a second floor veranda that is a great place to watch the evening sunset.

A Wonderful Night at the Island Inn Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 28, 2016

We were sorry we only had one night to stay at the Island Inn. We has great cozy little room with a killer view of the beach and gulf. Although our suite was small and odd shaped, it had a full kitchen, large bath and updated amenities. I couldn’t wait to see the sunset from our balcony or the beach or the sundeck – so many places at the Island Inn to watch the sunsets! However, it rained so now we have to come back and try again.

We also enjoyed meeting local residents in the bar and the entertainment during dinner was a lovely touch! Everyone on the staff was friendly and helpful – like offering us extra towels when we had to dash out into the downpour get back to our room. I highly recommend this hotel.

Tranquil And Relaxing

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 25, 2016

The Island Inn is simply wonderful! It only takes a few minutes after entering the grounds from Sanibel’s West Gulf Drive to assume the Island Inn vibe: Relaxing, low-key, and unpretentious. We stayed two weeks at the Kimball Lodge through mid-March. Our nicely decorated room had a full, modern kitchen. A vase of fresh flowers greeted us on arrival.

Just about every evening we took our drinks and joined other guests on the beautiful second story deck to watch the sunset. The mood and the company were always excellent. The inn was full during our stay, but there was never a sense of that. Neither the beautifully kept pool nor the Gulf beach at our doorstep ever felt crowded. A light breakfast is offered every morning and the Traditions Restaurant and Bar opens for drinks and dinner each evening.

As the oldest inn on Sanibel, the Island Inn enjoys a long history of welcoming guests escaping northern winters. I spent some time looking through the excellently maintained photo and clipping files – kept on two shelves in the lobby – featuring the stories of so many who were there before us. The fact that the Island Inn continues to honor past guests while gracefully seeing to the comfort and needs of those of us here now, says a lot about this beautiful spot and, perhaps most importantly, those who manage it. Go and enjoy!

Beautiful location, great service and updated accommodations

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 22, 2016

We stayed here for 4 nights in Feb. 2016. Our first night was in the Starky Lodge Bldg which comes with a full kitchen and large screened porch with partial Gulf views. This is a great building with all new appliances, granite counter tops and large bath.

The rest of our stay was in the Kimball Lodge and we LOVED it! We had their Gulfview Deluxe Room which comes with two queen beds, kitchenette (no stove), large bathroom, and gulf facing screened porch. These rooms are on the 1st floor and face West, so you get a gorgeous view of sunsets- plus, the condo building next door is set-back from the Gulf quite a distance, so you have “open” space next to you. Kimball Lodge building is about 3 years old, so everything is “like new” and is at the West end of the property.
The resort also has a nice pool that’s “Gulfront” and out in full sun, unlike many resorts whose pools are often located in the “back”, next to a parking lot, or on the side of a building in the shade.

There’s a party room, guest laundry, sun deck, ice machines in the Kimball Lodge as well.

The resort offers an on-site restaurant (Traditions) which is open for dinner, and I guess is quite popular. We did not eat here as it seemed more “dressy” and “Country Club” like. People come from all over the Island to eat here, so reservations are strongly suggested.
The resort also has bike rentals, tennis, BBQ grills, and a free continental free breakfast. We tried the breakfast one morning and was ok. They advertise it as “Light” and it is; coffee, juice bagels, etc.

We would definitely stay here again as it’s a great location, nice accommodations and a very helpful and attentive staff.

For those so us who don’t want the high-rise experience

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 21, 2016

The Island Inn, established in 1895 and beautifully updated, offers beach-side tranquility and the chance to breathe and relax. Quiet, peaceful, great beach walks. Morning shell walk with a naturalist was outstanding. She found the tiniest shells. Excellent food and company at Traditions restaurant on the grounds. Best room: one of the cottages (loved Spoonbill), which are duplexes. Avoid Matthews building. Updated but no kitchen and bathroom door hits toilet. Cramped. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge is minutes away, offering a four-mile drive to see water birds, attend special lectures. Best time of day is about five p.m. Drive through to tower about two miles in, park, climb the tower and wait for sunset. Birds are flying around and settling in for the evening. Glorious.

Private, Relaxing and Quiet

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 19, 2016

The location is central with a great beach location and shells galore. The staff is first rate and our room included a kitchen, updated bath and a screened in porch. There is a laundry facility and shell washing station on site. We had a fabulous dinner at the on site restaurant. This place is family friendly and we cannot wait to go back.

The Historic Island Inn

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 15, 2016

This property originates from the late 1800’s and has a great history of identification and preservation of sea shells and various local aquatic life. Their internet web site gives a very accurate description of the property and options for a stay. Choices are a basic room, a room with kitchen, and several cottages for larger groups. My wife and I stayed at Matthews Lodge Gulf view with kitchen and were very pleased with the accommodations and property. At first observation as you enter from the street facing rear of the property, the accommodations had an appearance of an older type typical Florida type motel that had lined the coast for years. However that is the only place that will resemble the motel appearance. As one enters the room you are greeted by a modern appliance, efficiency kitchen. Newer refrigerator, microwave and stove. Cups, dishes, glasses and silverware for 4 or 5 people. A coffee maker with packs of regular and decaf coffee and a generous sized sink with modern faucet and even soap, dish cloth and sealed sponge for cleaning dishes. Very nice bathroom with dual sinks, modern toilet, very nice bath tub shower and plenty of cabinets. The floors were tiled in the bath area, and interlocking wood product floors in the bedroom area. Nice size modern TV with a great selection of channels including HBO and Showtime. The beds were in the most comfortable range I have encountered and plenty of drawers for clothing storage. Nice size closet with electronic safe. The nicest feature for us was the Gulf facing side was all glass with double width sliding doors leading into a tightly screened patio the width of the room. There was a table and 4 chairs on the patio. We turned off the air conditioning and sleep with the sliding doors open giving us an excellent sound of waves hitting the beach all night. That is a great advantage of this property in that you are so close to the gulf edge. The housekeeping staff had the accommodations absolutely spotless when we arrived and did a very nice job of making up the room each day. All of the Island Inn staff encountered were very helpful and friendly. The property has an adequate sized heated pool if that is your desire. Beach chairs and lounges are provided free of charge and beach umbrellas were offered at $8 a day or $7 a day if rented for multiple days in a row. The beach is a bit hard for planting an umbrella and the staff will even send a maintenance person to plant it for you. Bicycles were available on site for rental and the island has 21 miles of wide well paved bike paths. The onsite Traditions Restaurant attracted a good crowd each day and food was excellent. Entertainment was also provided at the restaurant and more information can be found on the Island Inn web site. The Island Inn provided a free continental breakfast each morning consisting of coffee, juices, ice water, yogurts, hard boiled eggs, a large selection of cubed fresh fruit, an assortment of pastries, four kinds of bread for toasting, butter and jelly. The guest receive free WiFi internet access and it worked everywhere I tried it even on the beach. There are two main grocery stores on the island, Bailey’s and Jerry’s. Bailey’s had slightly better prices and a coffee bar and is more convenient to Island Inn if you need to run out for something. Jerry’s has a small restaurant and a larger shopping complex for souvenirs. The prices of souvenirs was about the best we found on the island at Jerry’s upstairs shops. Traffic was never a problem although it moves slow and tight. Just avoid the causeway in the morning coming onto the island and the evening going off the island. Lots of places to eat on the island and the average price we paid for a late lunch early dinner meal was $60 for the two of us.

Room Tip: Look at the Island Inn web site for all the info you need.

Just the get-away we needed!!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 12, 2016

We loved our stay at the Island Inn. We are already missing being there so much. One thing that impressed me the most was how immaculate our room was and especially the patio. No cobwebs or bugs or dirt of any kind. And with all that sand right outside the door I was amazed at how clean all the floors are. Your staff is to be commended for that. Loved the larger bathroom area and the higher double sinks. The pool temperature was perfect everyday. And the wonderful beach with all the beautiful shells was perfect for us to enjoy our wine and the sunset each evening. We have already recommended the Island Inn to several of our friends.

We had quite a list of restaurants that had been recommended by friends but after our first night at Traditions, we could not make ourselves go anywhere else. We stopped at Doc Ford’s one afternoon for an early dinner. A mistake was made for our appetizer soup order and the flavor of the rum drink we ordered was not like what we had at Tradition’s. We decided not to order dinner and came back to the Island Inn for another one of those wonderful dinners at Traditions. Douglas was our waiter every single night and he went above and beyond to take wonderful care of us. The entertainment every night was spectacular also. Just the perfect ambiance for a fun, romantic dinner.

We are so hoping to make it there again and would like to stay longer the next time. Keep up the good work!!!

Celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary! Absolutely perfect!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 11, 2016

My husband found the Island Inn through trip advisor & booked a package deal based on previous ++ reviews. Sanibel Island was our honeymoon destination 20 years ago & we’ve returned every 5 years since. This was our first stay at the Island Inn & we fell in love with the ocean front property immediately ! So peaceful, excellent unit with kitchen so it was perfect for us. Private beach, lovely pool, everyone was super friendly! We did have to pay a fee to “rent” a beach umbrella for one day, which seemed a bit ridiculous considering we were there for a week long package stay. Screened deck, ocean view, and the room was perfect! This will be our accommodation choice in the future without a doubt! We won’t be waiting for anniversary 25 to go back!!

Awesome place!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 9, 2016

Nice room with a gulf view. Nice screened in porch. Even had rechargeable flashlight in room so we could could go look for shells in the dark at low tide. We stayed in Mathews Lodge. Room had microwave and small refrigerator. Wifi was a bit spotty, but was ok.

Great Place to Stay on Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 6, 2016

We stayed in a “Kimball Lodge Gulfview Kitchen Suite.” We had a private, screened balcony on the 2nd floor. Our room was quiet, clean, well designed. The kitchen had a refrigerator, stove, oven, sink, and microwave, so we made our own breakfast & lunch.

The hotel has several buildings, so pay attention to reviews of other buildings. One review of the Kimball suites said that the bedroom was too small, with the kingsized bed taking up the whole room. It’s a tight fit, but we had no problem getting in/out of bed. If you have any kind of disability, this might not be the best room for you.

Having the screened balcony right next to the bed was nice. We slept with the window open, so we had fresh air and the sound of the ocean at night.

Kimball also has a sun deck on the 2nd floor, which we enjoyed. It was right down the hall from our room. Great place to catch some rays, watch birds and people on the beach, and watch the amazing sunsets.

There’s a decent restaurant on the premises and several other good restaurants nearby. You can rent bicycles at the inn, and there are nice nature trails right across the street from the inn. The beach is very clean and there are lots of birds to watch.

Friendly and helpful staff!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 4, 2016

We stayed in the Matthews Lodge on a short visit to Saniel. From arrival to departure the staff was helpful and friendly! The room was extremely comfortable with a lovely screened porch with waterview. The addition of the continental breakfast was a plus. It is very quiet here and has a great location. I would highly recommend staying here when visiting Sanibel!

Can’t wait to go back

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed March 1, 2016

We very much enjoyed our two night stay at Island Inn and will return some day, just not sure when at this time. The housekeeping was superb and we were impressed with the staff overall, especially their effort to keep the grounds private for their guests. The location and setting is great. The small table at the front door and the shell cleaning station were nice additional touches. Continental breakfast is included with the room charge.
Dinner at Traditions was one the best meals we’ve had in Florida.

Second stay and loved it again!!!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 24, 2016

I can’t say enough good things about this place. Quiet and peaceful, even when fully booked. Simple but enjoyable complimentary continental breakfast presented by the friendliest staff ever. Charmingly and beautifully updated rooms just steps from the beach. Small but well maintained pool area. Plenty of beach chairs and lounge chairs for your use. Located off of the beaten path (Periwinkle Way) but right smack in the middle of the island, along the gulf shore. Unbelievable sunset views. Good restaurant right on the grounds (Traditions). Pretty hard to beat this place, honestly!

Room Tip: Loved Kimball Lodge, odd number rooms face the gulf (NW).

Peaceful vacation

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 23, 2016

We stayed in a walkout beach front room in the Kimball Lodge. Beautiful view, clean, quiet. The restaurant at the Inn is fantastic. All the staff is very friendly also. Even though the hotel was totally full it was like we had the place to ourselves. The history of the Inn is amazing. We would love to return.

Awesome visit!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 20, 2016

What a wonderful stay! It was my first visit, staying in the Kimball building. The room was so bright and clean with an excellent view.Only stayed one night but enjoyed the beach with great shelling and very nice breakfast. The front desk staff was very nice with easy check-in and out. Would come back again with a longer stay.

Escaping the Red Tide on the Gulf, we came to Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 17, 2016

We appreciated the available naturalist from a local museum who helped us find/understand the shells decorating the beach outside our window. We felt historical reverberations of the hotel. We reveled in proximity of an extraordinary nature reserve–birds, mangroves, vistas at sunsets–named for the founder of the World Wildlife Federation.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 14, 2016

I would highly recommend staying at the Island Inn. The staff was friendly, the grounds beautiful and you are just steps away from the Gulf. It has the facilities to clean your shells, the pool was heated and in great shape. I thought I had stepped back to a time long forgotten. Super quiet and the lighting is downplayed so that the stars shine brightly at night. Traditions on the Beach has great dinners with live music. A continental breakfast is available and was very good. We are definitely planning on going back to this historic Inn.

Room Tip: I would recommend asking for the Kimball Lodge as it was recently renovated and is just steps from the beach.

Amazing trip, great location for this hotel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 6, 2016

The Island Inn is probably one of the best vacations that my husband have been on together. I highly recommend this place. You do you have to rent a car to get here. However, it is well worth the drive. It is right on the beach with some rooms having amazing views of the ocean AND the sun setting in the evening. (Most rooms, it seems, have some view of the ocean.) There is a nice pool, amazing well-maintained grounds and quick beach access for shell collecting. The Island Inn has great reception and house cleaning service. House cleaning kept the sand and dust out for such a close proximity to the ocean.

In our room, there was a small kitchen area and refrigerator to store left overs or cook up a meal of your own. We loved the fact that you can get a bit of both options (eating out or dining in), which makes this hotel unique in the area where it is mainly vacation rentals. Our room was small, but great for just two people.

Make sure to ask about activities and the tides when you check-in. That was very helpful when choosing times to look for shells.

Liked it!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 3, 2016

As a couple of elder frequent travellers we stayed for two nights at the Island Inn in december 2015. We had a room in the building near the parking lot which is not the newest one and we loved it. Quite spacy with a touch of colonial style and with all comfort we needed. Unfortunately for a third night it was not available, but although the front desk offered us an other room in a newer building we did not extend our staying, we simply did not want annother room! The staff at the front desk, especially a young men was extremly kind and helpful. We only had breakfast (quite simple) at the restaurant, so we are not able to review it. The day we checked out they allowed us to stay on the nice beach as long as we wished, we appreciated this very much. Watch out for pins when you go for a swim, we have been told that they are not that unusual on this coast with cloudy weather.. We definitly will return on our next FL road trip!

Really Nice Place on Sanibel

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed February 1, 2016

The Island Inn is a historic property located in the perfect spot on the south Sanibel beach. The beach is wide and commonly covered with shells and other sea creatures. The Island Inn has a naturalist give a short talk on shells each morning at 9A for up to 15 people, then you walk on the beach with them, really a great introduction.

The inn has an on-site dinner restaurant, Traditions On the Beach, with a full bar, and live music for slow dancing every nite.
We recommend staying in the Kimball Lodge. All rooms in the lodge feel like beach front, with the ones on the right (odd numbers) looking west for sunsets, and the ones on the left (even numbers) looking east for sunrises. There is an elevator, and floors 2 & 3 have the best views.
The property is large, and has a very mellow feel. They provide a lite continental breakfast every morning.

Room Tip: Kimball Lodge, floors 2 & 3, odd number rooms, looking west for sunsets

Great Vacation spot

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 27, 2016

The room was very clean and modern and spacious. We had a great Gulf view from our room with a nice screened porch as well. All personnel were very accommodating and helpful. They had bikes there to rent and the breakfast was very good as well. I don’t have a negative thing to say about the Island Inn and would recommend this place to everyone!

This is a little gem

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 16, 2016

Do not judge a book by the cover is how I describe the Island Inn. There are no posh waterfalls or fancy entrances – but drive through the tree lined drive and you will find floridian paradise. Quiet and shy is this property but full of welcome and customer satisfaction. We stayed in the 12 person villa and it is lovely. There is nothing else to want. I love it here. Highly recommend it to any one at any age.

An abundance of shells at our doorstep

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 14, 2016

Wonderful clean room with friendly staff. The best shelling was right outside our door-which was our entire reason for visiting! Staff was very helpful. Lucky us! Easy to get to. All around great experience

What a lovely place … full of old school Florida charm, with a fabulous beach, wonderful bike hire and peace

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 11, 2016

We had a fantastic stay at Island Inn. This is the oldest inn on the island and well worth staying if you want to get away from it all. Everyone was friendly, helpful and kind. We had a wonderful stay.

Toes in the sand!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 9, 2016
We enjoyed our quiet beachfront stay at the Island Inn. Friendly and helpful staff nice room . Walk out your screened porch and onto the beach. Restaurant onsite but other restaurant choices 10 minute drive away. Great shelling, beautiful sunsets and lots of birds

Updated Charm with Oldest Hotel on the Island

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 5, 2016

We stayed at the Island Inn over the New Year’s time frame. I was pleasantly surprised by the updated room and view. We were right on the beach and were able to walk to our favorite restaurant (Traditions, the hotel restaurant). Large rooms, friendly staff, nice large balcony, all made for a lovely vacation. I would definitely stay here again!

Great location, right on the beach

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 2, 2016

When we booked we asked for a second floor room with a kitchenette in the Mathews Building but of course they could not guarantee a second floor room. When we arrived we actually had a second floor room- two thumbs up!! The room was spacious with a kitchenette and a big covered lanai. The staff is very friendly and helpful – I sleep with a C-pap machine and there weren’t any plugs close to the bed, so we asked for an extension cord and when we got back to our room later in the day, the cord was outside our door. The room was clean.
The breakfast was ok, continental style. They even had bicycles you could rent.

Lovely place

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed January 2, 2016

We loved our stay at Island Inn and we will return if we will visit Sanibel again. Great och friendly staff, excellent dinner – our best regards to the chef, quiet and calming surroundings, great shelling and lovely beaches, clean rooms. We will recommend Island Inn to all our friends

Beautiful getaway

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 22, 2015
Monique M

As a gift my sister in law treated myself, husband and other sister in law to an overnight in this quaint resort. It reminded me of the Florida of long ago. The buildings are prettily placed to accentuate this amazing property. Staff were very accommodating right from our early check in to our late check out.

Wonderful Inn with fantastic service

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 15, 2015

Just returned today from another great stay at Island Inn. The room had a great view of the gulf and everything we needed for a wonderful vacation. Everything was exceptionally clean. Everyone greets you with a smile and goes out of the way to make sure you are having a great time. It is in a perfect location. Breakfast is included which is such a nice touch. Would highly recommend and will definitely be back.

Room Tip: Starkly Lodge gulf view studio second floor had a great ocean view. Quiet at nIght.

Quiet Peaceful Change from that Noisy Mega Resort on Captiva

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 15, 2015

Very much a laid back very well maintained low-key quiet and peaceful property. Having just spent our week at South Seas where the quiet was constantly drowned by leaf blowers, lawn mowers and dilapidated noisy maintenance golf carts, we spent our final two days after thanksgiving at the Island Inn. Courteous and happy to accommodate a pre-11am check-in, our room was meticulously clean on arrival and had every amenity we needed as we wound down before flying back home. We enjoyed the beach and the pool and Traditions was an excellent place for dinner, which we only discovered this year. Unfortunately we caught the tail end of the red tide and the fish were not bitting but the water and beach was still beautiful. We rented Kayaks and had a great time. There was a very neat lounge in one of the lodges at the end with SHD 70 inch screens excellent for watching the last weekend of College Football. Wifi had 12 different log-ins so no matter where you were on property (inside or out) wifi reception was excellent. Guests were very friendly. We would definitely return here again and recommend to anyone considering a Sanibel stay.

Room Tip: Kimball Lodge rooms on Ground Floor were roomy and had dinnerware/fridge/microwave

Fantastic, restful Place

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 7, 2015
Linda L

We were greeted not only with a smile, but a whole bagful of island maps, suggestions, coupons and any information we might find useful in our two night stay.
Our room was steps from the beach and a shady arbor was a great place to enjoy the gulf, sounds of the surf while avoiding the direct sun.
Their Traditions restaurant was nothing short of fabulous! We dined there both nights and were very happy with the service, window view of the sunset and amazing selections, all of which we chose were delicious!
We will definitely return to the Island Inn!

Awesome experience

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 7, 2015
Theresa F

The room was unbelieveable and serviced everyday with great detail. Our room view from our balcony was spectacular. The grounds were kept immaculate with easy access to everything. It was peaceful, beautiful and very relaxing. A very easy walk to the beach for shelling which was plentiful. Great access to shops and wildlife preserves. The staff was very freindly. I will definitely be a return visitor.

Room Tip: Corner suites are large and have a great view. Either first or second floor works great
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Green Features: I was very impressed that the hotel was environmentally freindly and had a container in the room so that guests could continue their recycle practices as they may do at home.

Beach combing trip

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 8, 2015

While visiting friends in Tampa we decided to check out Sanibel Island. This looked like a wonderful place to stay and was so excited to find we were above and beyond happy with our stay. We didn’t want to leave before a whole day of shell searching. The friendly staff assured us we could check out of our room but continue to enjoy the property access to beach. They let us use their towels and restrooms located conveniently by the shoreline. We will recommend Island Inn to all our friends who travel to this beautiful area!!

We loved our anniversary stay here

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 7, 2015

There is a lot to be said for the Island Inn. It has a long history, for one thing. Everything is there; beautiful beach, nice rooms with Gulf views, a library/computer room, restaurant and bar (not open until 5 or so), large pool, horseshoes, and more.
It was overcast (perfect for shelling) most of the time we were there, but we loved our stay.

There is a beach walk every morning at nine that meets at the Island Inn. It is conducted by a marine specialist from the shell museum and normally costs $10 a person, but if you are staying at the Island Inn, it is free. On top of that, the marine specialist gives you one half-off pass to the museum for every person taking the walk. It’s a great way to learn about what’s on the beach right in front of the property.
When you check in, they give you coupons for a welcome cocktail of the day in their bar. Wonderful? The restaurant has excellent food in the evenings, as well.

A continental breakfast is included; fresh fruit and juices, coffee and tea, pastries and small donuts, raisin bread and other breads with a toaster. An assortment of yogurts. Hard boiled eggs. It’s not great or anything, but it’s
complimentary and it’s certainly adequate.

When you check in, they give you an Island Inn bag, which contains tide charts, activities, maps, a 15% off coupon for Traditions restaurant (which is right on the property), lots of things to read and consider.
This was a nice place, but since we hadn’t read about calling them direct, and booked through, we got the 1st room downstairs in the Matthews building, right next to the office and restaurant, but we didn’t have any noise issues at all. We would definitely stay here again.

True Flordian Beach Resort

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 5, 2015

This beach resort is laid back but completely updated. The rooms are well furnished with great AC. Mattresses and bedding could be improved. A little soft for me, plus I could have used an additional blanket. Toiletries are top shelf. We rented bikes to cruise around on wonderful biking paths all over the island. Rode from the hotel to Captiva including stopping off at Bowmans Beach all within a 4 hour rental window. Be sure to use the bug spray for noseeums. They are tiny black bugs that look like pepper, almost invisible. We thought we could avoid them without the spray but came home with lots of bites, even in December. Enjoyed the Sunset Menu at Traditions Restaurant on the property. This 3 course meal was great and for a reasonable price at $27 pp. Served 5:00 to 6:30pm. We stayed in the Kimball Lodge first floor that included a screened in porch with table and chairs for 4. We had easy access to the beach outside our door, but next visit, I would like to stay upstairs with a balcony. I would recommend this lodge as it is nearest to the beach and as a bonus, has a large second floor viewing deck with tables and chairs that is great for watching the sunset. The hotel does have a well maintained pool. They also furnish free beach chairs and recliners as well as beach towels. Umbrellas can be rented.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 4, 2015

In 2012 me and my wife stayed here on our honey moon and it was incredible, we enjoyed the place and the people that much we go there every year, we visit Tampa every year and always make sure that we stay at the island inn even just for a couple of days, the couple of hours drive from Tampa to the island inn is well worth it. Our latest visit in May 2015 was even better with newly refurbished rooms the entertainment was better aswell. It’s very clean there is never anything out of place, they have loads of things to do like bicycle hire etc which we did. I’m looking forward to our next visit sadly not in 2016 but the year after we will be back!!!

One of my best stays ever, anywhere.

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed December 1, 2015

Stayed at Island Inn , Sanibel, for three nights and was extremely happy and impressed in my stay in a full kitchen room in the Kimball Lodge building. The room was well appointed and designed so additional persons in a party could enjoy a great deal of privacy. The room was filled with too many thoughtful touches to list them all. This is an older property that is evidently been kept well and when renovated was redone very carefully.
The grounds and beach are great for many activities, including good shelling. The beach walk with a marine biologist that is free for guests was just one more nice feature of this property.
Finally, the included breakfast was very nice, with something that should please everyone.

Room Tip: rooms nearer the beach facing west will give sunset views over the water.

Great Accomodation

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 24, 2015
Jacueline A

Absolutely spotless room. Very well appointed; gorgeous ocean view from screened balcony. Continental breakfast a cut above most. Staff very congenial,very knowledgeable about the history of Sanibel’s oldest inn and the area. We will surely return.

Amazing stay at the Sandpiper Cottage!!!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 24, 2015

Stayed in the Sandpiper cottage for 2 nights in November. What a wonderful place! Its so clean, lots of room for 4 people! Easy check-in & close to the water! We normally stay in the Kimball Lodge, wanted to try something different. This was so worth it!! A little home away from home. Old Florida at its best!! I love this place. Everything about it is amazing!!!! You wont be disappointed, you will comeback time & time again! Its paradise. The beach is quaint, lots of shells. You get a typical continental breakfast, but its enough to get you on your way in the morning. Bring LOTS of bug spray. Those bugs love to bite…especially when there is no wind! We saw dolphins while relaxing on the beach. SO many birds too!! This place is the BEST!!!!

Green Features: love that they are environmentally friendly. That is a plus for me!


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 17, 2015
Stayed 5 days in Matthews Lodge with family. Loved everything about the lodge and Island Inn. It is truly paradise. Beware of the biting no see ums as they leave welts to the unsuspecting. You don’t even realize you are getting bit. That is the only bad thing about our trip. The Island Inn is the best place on Sanibel to stay!!! Will be back!

Nov.4th,2015 anniversary stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 9, 2015
Judy A

Very clean & modern; friendly staff. Enjoyable stay. Shelling on our stay was a little sparse, but our room and total stay on Sanibel Island was great. The staff had an anniversary surprise for us that was very special and memorable.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 7, 2015
Glenn & Tammy

Our stay at the Island Inn was the highlight of our vacation. Rooms were very clean and had the perfect beach decor. Beach was just steps away. Prices are definitely on the high end. If the Inn were not right on the beach the prices would be hard to justify.

A good 2nd trip experience

4 of 5 stars
Reviewed November 1, 2015
C. Dobyns

This was our second trip to Sanibel Island, and second stay at the Island Inn, based on an unequivocally good experience our first trip (March 2014 – A Very Nice First Trip Experience – Tripadvisor Review).

The Island Inn is essentially unchanged since our last visit, with the property located on the beach on Sanibel Island, along West Gulf Drive, and only a short distance from the Fort Myers (RSW) airport.

We were assigned a room on the ground floor this time, and the room, decorations, amenities and the furnishings were almost identical in every way to our experience in 2014 – although my wife hinted that some of the furniture showed a little more wear than what we observed in our room from last year. If that was true, I couldn’t really detect much difference.

So there’s a well-known phrase in real estate that apparently also applies to hotel rooms, which is, location, location, location. While the amenities and views from our first floor room were essentially identical to our experience on the second floor last year – be forewarned that there is the very real risk of noise transferring from the occupants of the room above you (all quiet from rooms on either side). On three of the four days of our stay, there was audible noise from upstairs – either in the late evening or early morning, which disturbed us. And one day, the room above us was apparently getting a “deep cleaning”, which involved moving much of the furniture – although the Front Desk did explain this when we inquired, and the cleaning thankfully, occurred during daylight (waking) hours. I’m not sure my wife and I are in the category of being As Quiet as Church Mice when occupying an upper floor room, but we’re considerate of those below us. Just a suggestion that while getting your luggage upstairs is a one-time hassle (because the departure trip is all downhill . . .), you should do your utmost to get assigned a second floor room, if you’re staying at Matthews Lodge.

The rest of our stay was problem-free. The pool, the grounds, and the weather were all on their best behavior. Similar to our previous trip, the staff can make all the difference for a guest’s experience. The Front Desk staff were friendly (genuinely friendly) and accommodating. Perhaps not surprisingly, we had another good experience with Ana, of the long-time housekeeping staff on the property. Ana greeted us twice, and even said that she remembered us from our last trip. Given the volume of guests she regularly sees, I did wonder how well she remembered us. Whether she did remember us (or not) wasn’t really important. What was important, is that she’s always executing her “guest experience” playbook. Nice job Ana!

A lovely hotel with very good service

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 30, 2015

Friendly service, great amenities, and very clean. Stayed in Kimball Lodge which was excellent in every way except one in room 269: our King “suite” really was a bit small, so when you book ask about the actual size of the room. Loved having the kitchen, the bathroom was well-stocked, and the room has 2 televisions. However, king bed was difficult to navigate (as in not easy to enter from the side so I sort of hopped up on it from the end of the bed), but, oh, what a view from our screened porch. I think they have much larger rooms there, but our’s was not one of them. That said, the quality of our sleep was terrific.

We love Sanibel and very much enjoyed this hotel. For an excellent breakfast grab a bike and head west about 1/3 mile to the Normandie Restaurant at the West Wind Inn .

One word “awesome”!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 29, 2015
cuffy fla

Island Inn is fantastic. My family stayed in the Matthews Cottage and it was like we had our own private beach place. The cottage was equipped with everything we needed in the kitchen to cook 1 – 2 meals a day. There was plenty of room to spread out all of our stuff and an outdoor shower and foot rinse at the back door to prevent tracking in a bunch of sand. The beach was steps away from the cottage and same for the pool. Good TVs in the living room and the bed rooms. It was top of the line. The beach is narrow as others have said, but best thing is to get out at low tide, the shelling is better and there is more beach exposed. We found our best shells at low tide right outside the property. We didn’t get to the complimentary breakfast because it isn’t served until 8am and we were out shelling way before them. The public spaces are nice. You can view the sunset either outside on a 2nd floor deck, or inside (safe from the biting bugs). The biting bugs are the only downside, and not the fault of Island Inn. Just take notice and believe all the comments. The no-see-ums are terrible and will get you if you aren’t heavily sprayed with repellent. We found that Off Deep Woods worked best, but if you miss any little spot, like back of knees or behind early, they’ll get you! Also – be sure to go out about an hour before dawn and look at all the stars. Amazing!

Wonderful hotel for my first visit to Sanibel Island!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 20, 2015
Celeste L.

Our room was on the first floor of the Kimball Lodge, which gave us a lovely view of the Gulf, plus easy access to the beach. We walked along the beach our first evening, watching the sun lower in the sky, took a quick dip in the pool, and ran for cover to escape the no-see-ums! No-see-ums are tiny black flies that target exposed skin, typically at dawn and dusk, when there is no breeze. The hotel sells repellent at the front desk, but I recommend you bring your own! The rooms are very clean, well-appointed, with a small fridge, microwave, dishes and cutlery for fixing your own meals. The hotel also has a light continental breakfast with fresh fruit, hard-boiled eggs, juices, coffee, and the most tasty pastries. Traditions, the restaurant on the property is also recommended.

Just as good 2nd time around!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 10, 2015
June H.

My husband and I stayed at the Island Inn for six nights in early October 2015. This was our second visit; the first, for four nights in September 2014 left us wanting more, so we decided to come back this year. And it didn’t disappoint, everything was as good as we remembered but this time the weather was even better.

We stayed in Kimball Lodge, ground floor, facing the ocean with fantastic sunsets. We even managed to get the same room as last year, bliss. The room was a good size with two queen beds, large flat screen tv, plenty of drawers. There was a kitchen area with large microwave, fridge, coffee maker, sink unit, cutlery, crockery, glasses etc for four people, various cooking utensils, paper towel, dishcloths, washing up liquid and a rechargeable torch (useful for walking across to the hotel restaurant in the evening).

The bathroom was large, separated from the entrance hall by a sliding door. It comprised a double vanity unit with plenty of surface area above and storage areas underneath. The small hair dryer worked well. If wished, the bath (with shower over it) and toilet could be shut off from the vanity area by another sliding door. There was a closet in the vanity area with plenty of hanging space and a safe above. The hotel supplied me with plenty of extra hangers on request. The safe was large but quite high up so a shrimp like me had to stand on a chair to reach to the back of it. But at least it was simple to use and held all of our electronic items and paperwork, unlike some of the tiny safes we have come across on our travels. There were always lots of towels and the bath towels were a decent size. The toiletries comprised nice shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, body lotion, different soaps. No shower caps or bathrobes, so take your own. The room maid, Angelica, was superb. Nothing too much trouble, did an excellent job (no mean feat when sand is continually being continually traipsed into the rooms from the hotel grounds and beach), replaced the toiletries every day. The room was always spotless. In fact all of the staff we came across were very pleasant, cheerful, smiling.

You could access the little path to the beach from the screened-in porch where there was a table and four chairs and a little bench for sorting shells. (The hotel also has a room where you can wash shells, next to the guest laundry room). I loved being able to step out of the screen door almost directly onto the beach and I have a photo of the view from the porch as my screen saver. The porch door is not lockable so you have to make sure that you lock the glass patio door before you leave the room.

The continental style breakfast was OK, a limited selection but not bad quality. Fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, coffee, tea, nice pastries and croissants, bread for toasting, raisin bread, yoghurts, boiled eggs. No cereals, which I mentioned in my review last year, so I bought some muesli and the lovely servers went to the kitchen each morning to get me some fresh milk. I think the breakfast could be improved a bit by the addition of some bananas, oranges, a few cereals, fresh milk, sunflower spread and a wider choice of jams, marmalade.

Last year the hotel restaurant, Traditions, was closed for staff holidays so we were really pleased to find it open this year so we wouldn’t have to drive out to eat every evening. We thought it was very good overall. We ate there four out of the six nights. The fish and seafood dishes were excellent, the key lime pie was to die for (better than any we had subsequently, including Key West), the service was excellent on three of the four nights, and the prices were comparable with the other higher-end restaurants on Sanibel. There was just one poor night, when the service was rushed and the dish we both ate, chicken pasta, was awful. The chicken was stringy and basically inedible, we both left it and no-one asked if we had a problem with it. However, we ate there again two nights later and we had an excellent meal again.

We spent quite a lot of time in the J N (Ding) Darling preserve, a great place for birdwatching and alligator spotting (we saw spotted two alligators but no manatees this time). You can drive around it, stopping and getting out wherever you want, and there are also various walking and cycling trails. We also walked the Bailey tract twice.

If you are interested in shelling, a marine biologist from the Shell Museum gives a free talk, with specimens, at the hotel every morning (you just book beforehand with reception) followed by a walk along the beach to identify shells. She was very informative and totally enthusiastic about her subject. She gives out vouchers for half price entry to the Shell museum (which is $11 I think, so it’s quite a saving). We found the Lighthouse beach quite good for shelling (also for spotting one of Sanibel’s resident Ospreys) but the best beach was Bowmans. You need to turn right when you reach the beach from the car park, walk a good half mile until you come to a sand bank which is uncovered at low tide. Various storms have thrown up masses of interesting shells over time, these have got buried under layers of sand, and are really easy to uncover although many were just lying on the surface.

This is a fantastic beach hotel in a fantastic location. Long may it continue.


5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 9, 2015

From the minute we arrived, in pouring down rain I might mention, we were fretted by a wonderful warm front desk staff, handing me a towel first thing. Rain has stopped. Cottage we’re in is beautiful and so clean with absolutely everything we could need. Awesome continental breakfast included with room. We have a big screened in porch looking directly on the gulf. Beach is beautiful do many pretty shells. Looking forward to exploring the island today.

Island Inn – Couldn’t be better

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 5, 2015

We enjoyed two nights at this perfect lodging on Sanibel. We were looking for a relaxed few days of beach and sun in a comfortable setting and this was it. It’s always hard to find a 3 bed place but Sharky’s Lodge had two full beds and a pull out couch. I didn’t expect the surprise of a blow-up mattress on the couch, complete with the electric motor and a most comfortable result!

The lodge was immaculate, well-appointed, a perfect location on a shell-covered beach, a great salt-water pool, and an excellent restaurant…the Tradewinds…with nice entertainment for listening and dancing. Guests could include a free shell tour in the morning but we live on an East coast beach so are shelled-out. The screened porch gave us a perfect place to relax and enjoy the view. The included breakfast was good, our room was equipped with appliances, kitchen items and coffee, and the extra towels were appreciated. I recommend the Island Inn to those looking for a comfortable, clean, well appointed lodge with nicely kept grounds. Bring your bug spray for the early evening walks and be ready for a relaxing vacation at this lovely place. There are more expensive and luxurious places on Sanibel but we loved our choice.

Room Tip: We had Sharky’s Lodge, second floor and it gave us a great view of the grounds and the Gulf.

Lovely resort

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 3, 2015

My husband and I spent our 41st anniversary at this resort. It’s a beautiful property, very well-kept and clean. Even though we didn’t use them, there are lots of things for families to enjoy for their vacation and the beach is great. We took 2 chairs to the beach and spent an afternoon watching the birds, waves, and people picking up shells. We enjoyed using the screened porch, overlooking the gulf. There are lots of shops around, a good grocery store, and many good restaurants.

Perfect place for a family vacation!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed October 1, 2015

My family has been going to the Island Inn for decades. I’ve been going for over 30 years. Sanibel is a perfect little island located off the coast of Ft. Myers. The Inn has the perfect mix of relaxation and plenty to do for the kids. The pool is fantastic. The shelling is world class. Your kids will spend hours sifting through the shells and having a blast. Ding Darling is amazing and you get to see a plethora of wildlife. The Inn’s staff is outstanding. They key into your needs and make sure your stay is one that is memorable!

No Complaints

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 31, 2015

We’d return to the Island Inn. The Kimbal Lodge where we stayed was very well kept and clean. The room was fine for two people and included a kitchen and screened porch. The beach is convenient. We didn’t use the pool, but it looked fine. The king bed was comfortable, Each of the two rooms had a separate air conditioner with independent controls. Most importantly, these were modern units with the compressors on the roof so there is no noise. Well, there is one complaint. The include continental breakfast should have included cereal.

Room Tip: Kimbal lodge is quiet and recently refurbished.

Our stay at Island Inn Sanibel, FL

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 29, 2015

We stayed at the Island Inn to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a vow renewal on the beach followed by an awesome dinner and dancing at Traditions the Resturant on their property. The staff is wonderful. Everyone is so friendly, helpful, happy, and do willing to do anything to make you comfortable and make your stay wonderful. The rooms are beautiful, clean and comfortable. Every thing you could possibly want or need is there. They think of everything. The grounds are beautiful and so clean. Traditions was amazing and beautiful. The breakfast every morning is great and a wonderful way to start the day. Everyone is so happy and calm! The dinners are so delicious and the atmosphere is relaxing yet so classy. The nightly entertainment is fantastic!! We saw Woody and Barbara!! Phenomenal!! We had so much fun. We can’t wait to go back!

Nice off Season

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 25, 2015

We were just passing through the area since we have never been in this part of Florida before. Found Island Inn on line and made a one night reservation. When we got there and saw our room I went back to the office and extended another night. This is a very nice property. Since we were there during their off season, it was very quite. I don’t know what it is like during the season. Staff were wonderful and room was excellent. You are just a few steps from the gulf and long walks on the beach.
We dined one night at the restaurant, Traditions. We truly enjoyed our experience there. The only “down” (and it is not their fault) is the biting gnats. NoSeeUms! You need a good repellent, and I don’t know if that is a year around problem.
We will defiantly return.

Room Tip: any second floor is a good choice

Amazing place!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 20, 2015

Picked this hotel after doing some research and dont regret staying here!!! The room was perfect and looked brand new! bathroom was huge with double sinks! Screened in porch was nice and had a lovely view of the ocean! The continental breakfast was light but perfect: juice, coffee, yummy fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs, pastries and bread for toasting and yogurt. I would highly recommend this hotel and we will be back!!

nice visit

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 15, 2015

Stayed there just one night. Wished I hade more time. Room was clean and comfortable. Morning walk with marine biologist was fun and there were lots of shells on the beach. Would definitely stay there again.

Def worth a return

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 14, 2015

Stayed for one night and regretted the stay was so short. We checked in after midnight so we’re not able to see the view. But pulling back the curtains in the morning was, WOW! Room is great, (stayed in 246), bathroom has two sinks, a tub and a closet with a safe. Room has kitchen area with a sink and a midsize mini fridge. Balcony is screened in to keep the bugs away and faces the beach. Beautifully done and great location. Def coming back for longer next time!

What a GREAT place!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 13, 2015

We normally stay in the Kimball Lodge. This time we decided to try the Matthews Lodge and it was wonderful! The room was impeccably clean, the cleaning staff was extremely pleasant and helpful – so many smiles! We spent lots of time on the beach and at the pool – even played horse shoes! Again, the entire Island Inn staff are so friendly and helpful! We wish we could stay longer than a week! This is our 4th year and we already made reservations for next year. My favorite is still the Kimball Lodge but the rest of the property is great as well. Also, everything is very clean. The continental breakfast was great — the hardboiled eggs were actually hot, the pastries were fresh as was the different selections of bread and it is all included in the price you pay — can’t get better than that. The breakfast staff were extremely pleasant and friendly! Thank you ISLAND INN. I wholeheartedly recommend this property to anyone visiting Sanibel .. you won’t regret it!

Room Tip: Room away from elevators or entrances.

Wish we could have stayed longer

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 8, 2015

We spent a week traveling through Florida. At the last minute we decided to head south from siesta key rather back towards Tampa where we would fly out of. Not the best decision for direct route but well worth the extra drive. We chose this hotel based on other reviews. We arrived with no reservation and thankfully they could accommodate us at a good last minute rate. Our room wasn’t ready yet but they offered towels and access to the property. Once getting in our rooms we were pleasantly surprised by how nice everything was. Room was spacious, bed was comfy and screen in porch was a great place to get a view of the water. Beach and pool access was easy. Amazed by the number of shells. Unfortunately we could only stay one night but would love to return for longer. Before departing we enjoyed the continental breakfast which was very satisfying. Recommend this property and hope to be back.

Fantastic place to stay

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed September 3, 2015

Great room with a view in the Matthews lodge. Very clean and roomy with a king size bed. The staff was extremely helpful and pleasant as I was able to extend my vacation by 1 day. Great location on the island and the beach allowed for both a sunrise and a more perfect viewing of the sunset. Tons of small shells and the pool area was small but very accommodating. The only negative were the no see ums. Nothing worked for me as I tried 3 different sprays. Love to walk on the beach early mornings and to view sunsets and WOW was it a battle to not get bitten alive even with a spray on. They are everywhere outside at restaurants for outside dining and even poolside. Otherwise my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

Room Tip: Matthews lodge view was fantastic

Great property and service

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 29, 2015

This place takes pride in their property. Very well maintained. I was most impressed with the housekeeping. The room was absolutely spotless and this is coming from a perfectionist. My wife and I had a great time here. My only negative which wasn’t any fault of the hotel was with gnats that come out out night. Being from out of town, we had no idea there are near invisible insects will eat you alive at night if you don’t wear long sleves/pants or spray insect repellent. We discovered after the fact they are called no see ums and the hotel does offer spray at the front desk. I wished they would have mentioned this at check-in so we weren’t itching for days. Regardless, great property. Don’t hesitate to stay here.

Perfect Fit

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 25, 2015

A great experience! I was apprehensive about booking a smaller hotel, but did not want to do a chain. This was perfect. We knew that there was at least heavy rain headed to the area from Erika, but went anyway because we could at least enjoy the screened in porch. And we are glad we did.

It is mellow and quiet. We stayed in an older building and I really liked the charm. The beds are insanely comfortable. The amount of space was pretty standard, but lots of storage room in the closets and dresser.

We loved the screened in porch. We could hear the water from our room! The only complaint was landscapers using leaf blowers for an unusually long time, but the manager helped immediately with the issue.

The restaurant was really good. My partner and I are vegetarian and they worked with us to adapt some offerings to make the meal really great. There have been complaints about the breakfast, but we found it pretty good. It is somewhat of an elaborate continental breakfast.

The complimentary shell tours are quite fun and we met some other nice guests. The sun was out (of course) on our last day and the water was great. All of the outdoor activities were great.

Excelent in every way!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 23, 2015

Amazing vacation stay! The room was clean and comfortable, the facilities were very well maintained, the staff was exceedingly friendly and helpful, and the location leaves little to be desired. The only knock that I have is that, through no fault of Island Inn, the beach has been significantly eroded at their specific location. At low tide this is a non-issue, but at high tide there is little separation between the beach walkers and the chairs you’ve set up for yourself. Again, there is not much the Island Inn can do to control this, but in the spirit of full disclosure it is worth noting. I would/will absolutely recommend this resort to friends and family, and will be booking here for our future visits.

Best spot on the island!

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 20, 2015

Picked this hotel after doing some research and was so glad I chose it. My room was big and beautiful, well appointed, with a screened in porch overlooking the ocean (I think this is a feature of every room). The view was gorgeous. The staff were incredibly friendly, gracious and helpful. Check in includes a tote bag full of info on all the amenities and things to do in the area which was very nice. Rented a bike at the front desk and explored the area. The staff were very helpful here too when my bike got a flat tire! I wanted a place where I could walk out my door and go right to the beach and this fit the bill. From my room on the first floor it was less than 50 steps to beach! The inn sits right in the middle of the island, lots of beach, lots of shells, lounge chairs you could take to the beach with you. It’s a good place for solo travelers, couples, families, and anyone wanting a quiet beach getaway. Lovely place, felt taken care of and would absolutely recommend it and stay here again!

First September Trip

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was our ninth time on Sanibel and our third stay at the Island Inn. Stayed at the newly renovated Spoonbill. WOW The room was perfect. Cleaned early everyday as we are early risers. The staff was very attentive to our needs Everything was really outstanding.