by Amanda Geronikos
Waterside Inn on the Beach offers a wealth of accommodations: Visitors stay in guest rooms, efficiencies, cottages and condominiums. Cottages and condos are great for families as they offer fully equipped kitchens, though standard guest rooms still offer compact refrigerators and plenty of space. Coin-operated laundry facilities are located onsite, and cribs are available upon request. Just steps from the beach, the hotel is also situated near area attractions, including Sanibel Lighthouse and biking trails.
Our Editor Loves
- Beachfront location
- Guest rooms, efficiencies, cottages and condos
- Refrigerators in all units
My husband and I were visiting Florida to take care of a relative and decided very last minute to take a side trip to Sanibel Island as we had never visited here before. We were on a very limited budget. We booked Waterside Inn the morning of our arrival through expedia and stayed for 4 nights. We arrived at 2:45 and were pleasantly greeted upon arrival with a smile and an explanation of how the hotel works. Our room was ready when we arrived and we were able to proceed with our unpacking. We were booked in the pineapple lodge in room 120 which had two queen beds, two chairs, a full kitchen, a private bath, and a balcony which had gulf views. The room was dated, but was pleasantly decorated. The floor covering was a tile or laminate and looked to be newer. The kitchen was super clean and had all we needed to cook our breakfast and lunch in the room. We could have done dinner as well, but preferred to try the restaurants in town. The AC was very powerful and not overly noisy. We had a coffeemaker, toaster, and blender at our disposal and were were given coffee for the machine each day. The room was also very quiet and we were not disturbed by neighbors. We were given beach towels everyday and the hotel had lots of well kept chairs for the beach. We were able to rent a beach umbrella from the hotel as well. Based on the price for this hotel and the proximity (gulf front) to a lovely beach, this hotel is a true bargain and I highly recommend it for those traveling on a budget. It is an older hotel and those who choose to book here should recognize that, but is is clean, has plenty of amenities and is located on a beautiful beach with lots of pretty shells.
A few suggestions that would have enhanced our stay: mattresses and pillows in room 120 are older and pillows especially could stand an upgrade. The placement of the toilet paper roll in the bathroom is incredibly inconvenient. If it were raised several inches it would be much easier to use, we were constantly knocking the roll off because it was too tight. Although the landscaping is quite pretty, it is very difficult to see safely around the many turns, a trip of some of the hedges would increase safety.
We had a very pleasant vacation at this hotel and would most definitely return!
by Amelia D
We stayed at the Waterside Inn in the Blueberry Cottage last week. We had a wonderful time! The cottage was very clean and had everything we needed. We were able to take a dog which was great! The people in the office are very nice and helpful! The pool is also very nice and clean! The beach was perfect! Sometimes we had the beach all to ourselves. What I liked most was the peaceful and slow paced atmosphere at this resort. It was exactly what we were looking for! I can’t wait to return next summer!!