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Shalimar Cottages and Motel

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

Nice staff, nice rooms. But the neighbors played loud music all night. And the staff leaves the office at 9pm so there was no one there to do anything about it. Other than that it was a nice place to stay.

Unfortunately, the hurricane cancelled our trip, so I am unable to review the facilities. I am, however, able to review how a wonderful lady named Sara handled the situation. Sara handled the cancellation and was truly more concerned about our safety than anything else. Thank you, Sara, and Shalimar. Definitely 5 star service.

The Shalimar Cottages & Motel was a hidden Gemstone.I thought I was at the Riki Tiki show at Disneyland.The rooms had silverware,stove,A/C,and a brief description of the turtles that come out in the Moonlight.The sound of the ocean was better than the movie beaches.The customer service was excellent the ladies were beautiful,and nice at the front desk. I thought it might be the new clearwater beach for me.The upgrade on the Tv's would be cool,and a sweet feature.I did not have time for the swimming pool,or the walk on the shore next time.Thank you! Fort Myers for providing Allied-Universal with a Luxury visit well we Secured Lee County's Businesses.-Anthony

We rented cabin 10, Sea Urchin. We arrived Sept 4th at 10pm. Our key was left outside the office and we let ourselves in. It was a beautiful little cottage with a screened in porch. A large bedroom, nice size living room, a small kitchenette. There is a place to clean fish and shells right out your back door, and a clothes line. We only got to stay 48 hours due to hurricane Irma but we plan on rebooking. The walk from the front door of this cottage to the beach was 1 min. The walk from the front door to dipping your feet in the water is 2 mins 15 seconds, and I am a slow walker with short legs. So, nice to run back to the room for a cold beer in less than 5 mins. The walk to the pool was maybe 15 seconds or less. We had the pool to ourselves most of the 48 hours we were here. if you want a quiet get away from the world vacation this is the place for you. Shelling here is excellent. Wish we had more time for it. They have bike rental. They have coffee in the office. The kitchenette has no extras, not even salt and pepper so plan accordingly.

We were at Shalimar from 9/5 thru 9/8 (suppose to be there for 3 weeks). We were evacuated due to hurricane Irma on 9/8. We have been going to Shalimar for the past 20 years and it only gets better. Everyone at the front desk was so helpful when we were told we had to evacuate. We were given a list of shelters from Sara and the younger gentleman also was helpful in trying to find us a hotel to evacuate to. Also, Roma the manager is always helpful and pleasant. This is a vacation we look forward to every year. We just hope and pray for everyone in Florida that they be safe and have a quick recovery. The hotel was clean and well kept. We stay in room 3 every year it is just steps from the beach. Fishing and shelling is great. Already planning next years trip. May have to stay a month to make up for this year.

We just left the Shalimar yesterday after being there since Sept 2; we left early due to oncoming storm Irmina and due to the flight cancellation for Saturday and the long flight home. Believe me, we were sad. We stayed in Cottage #3 and just loved it. The place was so excellent and perfect for us. We looked out of our screened porch and the ocean was just at our fingertips. What more could we ask for! They had a daily towel exchange, the pool was nice and the front desk had great customer service. The cottages were just like your own mini-home. We will be back and hoping to make reservations for next July!

Shalimar Cottages and Motel is our go to destination on Sanibel island. It is the only resort directly on the beach, and what a beach! The resort is centrally located on the island and close to Bailey's, Jerry's and all the restaurants. The room is so clean and every unit has a screened in porch to protect from the no-seeums. Please be aware there is no maid service but towel/linen exchange is from 8am-1pm daily, The room has a full kitchenette with coffee maker, 4 burner stove/oven, refrigerator and microwave. The water is tasty and the shower is great.The pool is large and clean and the water was so warm. The bed was soft, like a cloud. We have been to Shalimar twice now and both times have been five stars!

In a few words… We wanted to give Shalimar five stars for our two-night stay, beach, views, convenience, but there are minor maintenance issues, and the second night we found out what some of the comments about noise meant, so we reluctantly stop at four. If you want to read on… Glorious first night. We applaud these people for their determination to preserve the original design of the buildings. There is no question about beach. There are no major roads between the beach and the buildings. There are no roads between the beach and the buildings. There are no condominium complexes blocking the view. The corner of the main building literally sits in the beach daisies a little above high-tide. Walk around the corner, and you are on the wide, clean, sunny, sandy, beach, scattered with shells. Take an extra thirty seconds to drag a chair along if you want. We saw one of the most striking Sanibel sunsets we could possibly imagine, puffy pink and grey clouds in red light in the west over the water, a few bright stars and a crescent moon in the middle, and a big, fat, silvery thunderstorm behind us, lit up like a cosmic salt lamp with constant lightning around the edges and inside. The window and the screened porch of the room have panoramic views of the beach and the plants along the beach. Disney could not landscape a better view with all the gardeners from a fairytale fiction. After messing around on the beach, we slept like Davy Jones. We are the sort of people who prefer to have what we need and be left alone as much as possible otherwise. We don’t need or want daily housekeeping service. If we need more towels or a blanket, we can ask. We like a kitchenette with utensils and supplies. With the exception of no filters for the coffee maker, all that was perfect for us. Bowman Beach is usually our favorite beach on Sanibel, and we did swing by for a couple of hours, but it was unusually crowded, even though the shells were minimal for Bowman, and there was a lot of algae in the water. The beach outside Shalimar is about as nice, and the water was clean. It’s hard to beat hanging out where you can get to AC and your own bathroom in less time than it takes to cross the parking lot at Bowman. Forgot something? Oh, I’ll be back in two minutes. They have installed epic brick paving for parking and driveways at Shalimar, and the general character of the place is charming, but there are some cautions. I’m not too fond of vinyl siding as an aesthetic effect. It’s too hard to trim attractively, and when it starts to age, it warps, bends, fades, and gets brittle. Some of that was evident, but we’re not taking anything off for vinyl siding. This is a preference, and does not affect either overall attractiveness or function. There are some issues having to do with general maintenance and with the upkeep of high-traffic areas. The place was clean and bug-free within the limits of what it is. You can only do so much to clean with cracked tile and missing grout or caulk, and the cleaning that could be done was done. Cracked tile is expensive to replace and doesn’t necessarily lead to further deterioration, but caulk and grout are a little different. Somebody needs to get in there with a caulking gun for an hour and take care of the gaps. There is rust, but fifty feet from the ocean rust happens, and everything was in good working order otherwise. The furniture is well-used, but good quality, comfortable, and thematically appropriate, tropical attitude. The AC units are in the back. Somebody knew what they were doing with that, and the doors to the rooms are also in back along an open porch with stairs at each end. The aluminum stair rail had a couple of loose screws with one leg about to fall out and the spacer between the stair and the porch had terminal splitting. If you are okay with a few loose screws, cracks, and rust spots, you will be happy with the overall condition of the place. Decent pool and wifi. No reason kids should not be entertained here. The general clientele did not seem to be especially friendly, but also not especially hostile, a rather eclectic crowd, maybe tending to red-neck fishermen, but that’s Sanibel, and that doelsn't hurt the rating anyway, unless it has an indirect relationship to behavior, since our only star-killer experience was the disturbance the second night, and that isn’t even really something that can be controlled. The building is what it is, wood-framed, with long spans in the rooms. You are at the mercy of your neighbors’ consideration for you. I slept through most of it, but my wife is kind of a light sleeper, and she got the full effect, which means that eventually I get the full effect too. About midnight, a troop of what must have been obese kangaroos in hiking boots thundered in upstairs and proceeded to leap relentlessly from one end of the room to the other, interrupted by a short interlude of the inevitable quaking bed. Every time the frolic seemed to have finally run down for the night, it would start up again a little while later, with the catastrophic footsteps crashing aimlessly around the floor until about four in the morning. By eight they were up and apparently on their way to the beach. We never did get a look at these semi-nocturnal creatures, just their minivan. The only real evidence we have of their existence is the memory of the merciless concussions. Based mostly on the arrangement, I wouldn’t recommend the three cottages in front (beach) on the side with the main building, although it seems like a few strategic plants could alleviate a lot of the disadvantages. The cottage closest to the water no doubt has the best view, but the traffic pattern for travel to the beach approaches it in proximity to the main building, also overlooked by a lot of units. The cottage closest to the main building has the same problems, with a somewhat more restricted view. The porch of the cottage behind the main building opens directly onto the parking lot, and the parking lot is about the extent of that view. If you love people, and privacy is not an issue, those cottages will be hog heaven for you. If you value seclusion with your view, the cottage on the far side to the west, away from the main building, looks like the best bet. The remaining cottages and the smaller building farther back toward the road are more of a trade-off between view and privacy, except that the upper-floor units at the back might be a pretty good combination if you are okay with stairs, and none of the units are a serious distance from the beach. Otherwise, go for the top floor on the main building. There is still some danger of noise, since the walls are also vulnerable, but at least you have the upper hand, so to speak. For food we did the mild insanity of the Bubble Room as usual, with the usual awkward parking on both sides of the street. I recommend waiting at the bar for your turn at a table. You can get a start on a margarita and the menu at the same time. Things tend to close down early, and we were a little skeptical about Island Pizza as an alternative, but we were pleasantly surprised. They have some unique beer, and something for everybody otherwise. The other new retail experience this time around was supplies for the kitchenette at Bailey’s General Store, which is a serious grocery store, but with the most annoying cashier we have encountered since getting yelled at in Italian to weigh our own damn grapes “Scala.” This one said two things to us, and two things only, “Don’t put your basket there,” when my wife tried to figure out what would be the best place to get it out of the way, and when I tried to follow the instructions on the card reader to slide my card, “Don’t do anything there until I do something here.” Alrighty then. We hit Schnappers on the way out of town, first customers of the day, but no awards. Fine dogs though. Our final observation is that Shalmar may be a touch pricey for what it is, but what it is also has to account for the arguably incomparable location, so we tend to be sympathetic to the price. Keep them going as long as they can maintain a reasonable standard of quality without giving up to another developer for more mega-condo mcboxes. Four stars.

My husband and I absolutely loved staying at Shalimar! We had a room looking right at the ocean! The rooms were clean and super cute. I would definitely stay here again. The front desk staff were so friendly and accommodating. I recommend Shalimar to anyone looking to stay on the island. I can't wait to go back!

This was a last minute "Girls Trip" for the summer. We pleasantly surprised when arriving at Shalimar. The grounds looked clean and very well maintained considering all of the salt in the air. The front desk staff were friendly. We stayed in the motel section on the bottom floor for 2 nights. It has a wonderful view of the beach. It was nice to hear the ocean at sunset. Our room was clean and the beds were comfortable. The A/C worked great and powerful. It was wonderful having a large fridge in the room. House cleaning wasn't available during our stay but it wasn't a problem. We walked to the office for some fresh towels and soap. Our room also had a broom so we could sweep up the sand. Ahhhhh "Beach Life". Colorful Adirondack chairs were provided or you could bring your own beach chairs. You can also rent bikes. The pool was clean and towels were provided. I noticed an ice machine near the pool, but not a drink machine. Two large resident tortoises enjoyed eating plants near the pool. If we had stayed longer we would have used the outside grills. At night, it was very quiet and peaceful; Very dark during turtle season. My only complaint about our stay was the 2nd floor guests above our room. We could hear them walking back and forth at 6:00am!!!! We would love to come back for another stay at Shalimar. Maybe in a cottage next time..

2823 West Gulf Drive Sanibel FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Laundry facilities

Shalimar Cottages and Motel places you within 2 miles (3 km) of Gulfside City Park and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village. This 33-room hotel has an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking. It's on the beach and also near Sanibel Historical Village and Museum and BIG Arts Center.


Savor a meal from the comfort of your room with room service.


The 33 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchens and patios. Guests can enjoy free WiFi and cable TV. Washers/dryers and phones are also standard.

Property features

Guests of Shalimar Cottages and Motel enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and laundry facilities. A stay here includes free parking. Front-desk staff can help secure valuables, and provide local restaurant recommendations. This beach hotel also has barbecue grills.

Room options

Gulf View Motel Efficiency

King 1 | Queen 2 | Sleeps 4

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, Pool View

King 1 | Sleeps 4

Reviews from Trip Advisor

Trip Advisor aggregated rating

83% of guests recommend this hotel

Total of 344 reviews