by Amanda Geronikos
A premier Sanibel Island hotel, Island Inn features six hotel suite variations and five cottage configurations. All units include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and DVD players. They also feature kitchenettes or full kitchens. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast daily, use of the hotel’s game facilities, the outdoor heated swimming pool, free beach chairs, and of course, access to the hotel’s private beach. They also like dining at Traditions on the Beach, an onsite restaurant.
Our Editor Loves
- Private beach
- Outdoor pool
- Free breakfast
- Onsite Dining
We have been to Sanibel a few times, and never have we been as satisfied with our other lodgings as we were at the Island Inn! We have found the place we hope to return to time and again.
The front desk is very friendly and helpful, the atmosphere of the hotel and its property layout makes you believe that you are the only people on Sanibel Island, and the very generous sand chairs, toys, activities, and super clean pool with keep you as busy as you like or, ignore it all and just walk the beach! Your location is pretty much in the middle of the island's beachfront, so you can walk for miles in either direction shelling and find something interesting on each walk, even in October when it isn't prime shelling season!
Our room was in Kimball Lodge, and it was very clean and everything was in working order. We had a great view of the Gulf from our balcony, and the communal balcony and gathering areas in our lodge were also very appreciated. And did I mention how very clean it was? We are still commenting on how surprised we were that a beachfront hotel could be so clean.
The continental breakfast was good, nicely set up, but definitely don't expect anything extravagant as it is just a continental breakfast of pastries, bagels, fruit, yogurt with a surprise of hard-boiled eggs. This was sufficient for my family, and it was really nice to not have to find a place first thing in the morning for breakfast, nor did I have to bother making breakfast for the family! But I overheard someone complaining about the lack of omelettes or at least scrambled eggs and bacon, so don't expect an Embassy Suites style spread. Everything was fresh though, and enough to tide one over until lunch!
While we absolutely loved our stay at Island Inn, and hope to go back again soon, I do have two suggestions. One, it would be really nice to have a removable shower head in the shower, especially for a beach resort. Sand removal is better with a removable shower head. I would really, really appreciate that!
Second, while everything was very clean, there is wear and tear in the room. Tiles are cracked, grout is missing, the coffee maker has seen better days, etc. Do not expect something pristine and looking brand new, as this place is older and it is subject to the harshness of the beach weather. Everything did work as expected, and again was very clean, but perhaps a bit of redo on the grout and such is in order over the next year or two, if management is considering aesthetics.
The toiletries, by the way, smell AMAZING! I need to Google where to buy them. My family really appreciates nice smelling toiletries for our shower!
If you are particular about your pillows, perhaps bring your own. We did all find the pillows a bit too firm for side and stomach sleepers. We managed to sleep, and after biking and shelling for miles we were too tired to complain but for a moment, yet I did miss my pillow in the morning when my neck was stiff. But if you like a good firm pillow, you will really like the ones here!
Bed was firm and we slept fine.
Overall, great place, we will go back, as my search for a perfect hotel on Sanibel is finished. I still need to find a nice Junonia shell, so I must return and stay at Island Inn!
This was our first experience with Sanibel Island and Florida in general. We arrived after check in time and parked in the parking garage. Our instructions and keys were left in a lockbox just outside the front office.
Room amenities were wonderful for us and beyond expectations. Loved having a kitchenette in the room, so handy. The bed was very comfortable and plenty of pillows. TVs were quite up to date, I was able to connect my tablet and play movies I'd downloaded.
Our screened in patio area, off our room was a pleasant surprise, and it was equipped with a table and chairs; a nice touch. We also had a view of the Gulf.
All staff was always helpful and friendly. There are plenty of activities offered at the hotel, if you're interested. We went to one of the daily guided beach walks with a marine biologist from the Bailey Matthews Shell Museum. Sadly the actual museum was closed for renovations.
We came for the shelling and did plenty of it. The guided walk was very informative and Toni was both knowledgeable, personable, and bubbly.
The location of the hotel was very close to local shopping, both gift and grocery. Complimentary breakfast of coffee, croissants, hard boiled eggs, sliced fruit, various juices, and toasting station was just enough to start off on our days of shelling.
We will be visiting again next year for sure. Hopefully we can bring more family next time. I highly recommend The Island Inn, it is a modern facility that is rich in history and charm. Perfect experience, we had a wonderful week.