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The property is literally on the beach. They have beach chairs for use. There is a beautifully maintained pool, but you are right on the ocean. They have bikes and paddle boards for rent right at the desk. They staff was helpful and friendly. I cannot wait to come back. We came as a couple and have all intentions of returning with our children. It was perfect

Rooms need to be updated. Everything is very worn and old. Location on the beach is excellent.

The location of this hotel is absolutely fabulous.

I liked that the property was conveniently located near the gulf. The motel room was very unclean, and there was no daily cleaning service.

The motel staff are polite, friendly, and helpful.

Room was very noisy i.e could hear guests movements above our room=terrible especially in the evening trying to sleep. Rooms on either side of ours we could hear on going conversations thru out the night. We will not return to this so called "resort".

What a sweet little place right on the beach. THE BEDS WERE AMAZING...and I'm picky. I slept like a baby every night. I was so happy to be just a few steps from the beach. The chairs were available outside to drag off to the beach and a nice umbrella could be rented for as many days as you'd like. I'll have to redecorate a room at home since I found so many great shells...most right in front of the motel. We were in the motel unit middle of the first floor, which was very nice. We did not hear any noises through the walls but the floors are old and you can hear people upstairs walking and even next door. It just made you conscience to your own heavy footfalls. No daily room cleaning but replacement towels are available any time the laundry room is open. The cabins looked very inviting too and I think we may try to stay in one of those next time. I hope to make my reservation for next year very soon! Staff was very pleasant and helpful. The parking lot pavers make the place look really inviting and well taken care of.

This was a perfect choice for just my husband and I for our brief four night stay on Sanibel. The hotel room units at Shalimar provide a beautiful up close view of the ocean. Nothing fancy but all you need including a very comfy bed, full size fridge and nice patio furniture. The walls are thin - so request a second floor room both for less noise and a better view!

very quiet and peaceful. The rooms are great and the bed is comfy. we stayed in a motel room and the patio is real nice. good size refrigerator. we didn't cook much but they have enough supplies there that you only need to stock the frig. This is our 3rd time there and definitely will be back again. I have recommended it to several people!

Great location just steps from the beach, nicely furnished with plenty of old Florida charm. The cottage was also immaculately clean. The only improvement I would recommend is in the kitchen. I had to go out and buy a sponge and dish soap to wash the dishes. Overall, however, it was great. We would definitely stay there again.

We had a great first trip to Shalimar. The hotel is located right on a quiet, beautiful section of beach. Our hotel room was spacious, well decorated, and very clean. Having a well stocked kitchenette in our room made it easy to maximize our time on the beach. The hotel provides beach chairs, gas grills, a large pool, and rents bikes through the office. The staff was friendly and helpful. Overall, a great experience! We will definitely go back.

The location of the cottages/motel is Gulf side with Gulf access. You cannot see the sunset from this angle on the Gulf but a beautiful location. All cottages are not on the Gulf but a short walk. They have a pool all cottages are poolside the Motel has Gulf views. Each cottage has its own lani which is very nice but for HOT summer Florida could use a ceiling fan for sitting out their there is NO breeze since each cottage blocks the ocean breeze completely. The grounds are kept up and the office staff very helpful and friendly and prompt with anything you ask for, however the cleanliness of the insides of the cottages was horrible. When we arrived we checked in and my wife had to wipe down the the kitchen counters there was dried ketchup stuck on counters, front of fridg, the floors look they have not been mopped in ages, my wife wiped the table off and the rag was black, opened the refrig and there was dried egg and milk all over the bottom of fridg, the press on nails on the end tables in the living room area was pretty gross to have someoone elses nails laying there. I went to the front office to get some rags so my wife could clean out the fridg and they did send a woman who came quickly to clean fridg stating she forgot to do that....um NO you forgot to clean the entire cottage. Maid service is on a request only but when someone is checking the cottage should be cleaned after each customer leaves. Our was not. We had friends who stayed in the motel and their room also the floor had not been washed in ages, the fridg and micro was dirty and greasy handles and dried food on the counter tops and dirty dishes in the cupboards. Clean sheets and towels are provided. The location is great and the grounds are very well kept. I would recommend to a friend but would warn them on the cleanliness of the cottages interior

We visited Shalimar in August 2013 and were delighted with the motel efficiency room and its accomodations!! This is a quiet, beautiful place to spend a couple of days. Wake up to a beautiful (sunrise on the beach) view right from your bed. Watch the sunsets from your screened in balcony or walk a few steps right out onto the white sand beach and enjoy the very fine soft sand between your toes. A large private beach within steps from your room. Full size appliances and all the equipment you need to prepare gourmet dinners or delicious snacks and beverages. Restaurants within walking distance and shopping and entertainment close by. Management was friendly, professional and helpful. We would highly recommend this resort for romantic stays, family vacations, or friends and family re-unions.

Everything I was expecting. Right on the beach. Comfortable beds, very clean, motel efficiencies perfect for a weekend trip. Would choose a cottage for a week, preferably one of the 5 nearest the beach. Very nice.

West Gulf Drive Sanibel FL

Hotel highlights

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

Located within a 5-minute walk of J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Shalimar Cottages and Motel is within a 15-minute stroll of Sanibel Island Southern Beach. This 33-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like an outdoor pool, free in-room WiFi, and free self parking.


Dining

Order from room service to satisfy your hunger without leaving your room.


Rooms

The 33 rooms feature kitchens and patios. Guests can expect to find free WiFi and cable TV. Washers/dryers and phones are other standard amenities.


Property features

Guests of Shalimar Cottages and Motel enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and a library. If you drive, put free parking to good use. The 24-hour front desk has staff standing by to help secure valuables, and answer any questions about the accommodations. Other amenities at this beach hotel include laundry facilities, a picnic area, and barbecue grills.

Room options

Gulf View Motel Efficiency

1 King Bed | 2 Queen Beds | Sleeps 4

Cottage, 1 Bedroom, Pool View

1 King Bed and 1 Double Sofa Bed | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Shalimar Cottages and Motel

Everyone (7) Couples (5) Family (3) Other (1)
5
Partner Couples

The property is literally on the beach. They have beach chairs for use. There is a beautifully maintained pool, but you are right on the ocean. They have bikes and paddle boards for rent right at the desk. They staff was helpful and friendly. I cannot wait to come back. We came as a couple and have all intentions of returning with our children. It was perfect

By on Aug 10, 2021

Review comment responded on Aug 11, 2021

Thank you for choosing our resort and the great review! We welcome you back in the near future k

3
Everyone

Rooms need to be updated. Everything is very worn and old. Location on the beach is excellent.

By , from Florida on Sep 11, 2020

Review comment responded on Sep 28, 2020

We appreciate your feedback and are happy you were satisfied with the closeness to the Gulf of Mexico. Hope to see you again.

5
Partner Couples Family

The location of this hotel is absolutely fabulous.

By , from Orlando on Aug 16, 2020

Review comment responded on Aug 18, 2020

Thank you for taking the time to write your reivew. Hope to see you again.

5
Everyone

By , from Fort Myers Florida on Aug 11, 2020

Review comment responded on Aug 18, 2020

Thank you for the great review. Hope to see you again.

3
Partner Couples

I liked that the property was conveniently located near the gulf. The motel room was very unclean, and there was no daily cleaning service.

By on Jan 12, 2020

Review comment responded on Jan 13, 2020

Thanks for staying with us. We appreciate your feedback! As a valued guest we would have addressed this matter if it was brought to our attention. We have received the White Glove Award since 2012 consecutively and your comfort is our priority. Maid service is available upon request.

5

quiet, clean, and on the beach!

Everyone

The motel staff are polite, friendly, and helpful.

By , from Tulsa, OK on Dec 14, 2017

Review comment responded on Jul 13, 2018

Thank you

1

beach location is good

Everyone

Room was very noisy i.e could hear guests movements above our room=terrible especially in the evening trying to sleep. Rooms on either side of ours we could hear on going conversations thru out the night. We will not return to this so called "resort".

By on Jul 21, 2017

5

i'll definitely be back!

Everyone

What a sweet little place right on the beach. THE BEDS WERE AMAZING...and I'm picky. I slept like a baby every night. I was so happy to be just a few steps from the beach. The chairs were available outside to drag off to the beach and a nice umbrella could be rented for as many days as you'd like. I'll have to redecorate a room at home since I found so many great shells...most right in front of the motel. We were in the motel unit middle of the first floor, which was very nice. We did not hear any noises through the walls but the floors are old and you can hear people upstairs walking and even next door. It just made you conscience to your own heavy footfalls. No daily room cleaning but replacement towels are available any time the laundry room is open. The cabins looked very inviting too and I think we may try to stay in one of those next time. I hope to make my reservation for next year very soon! Staff was very pleasant and helpful. The parking lot pavers make the place look really inviting and well taken care of.

By , from Southern Illinois on May 8, 2017

5

beautiful beachside on sanibel!

Everyone

This was a perfect choice for just my husband and I for our brief four night stay on Sanibel. The hotel room units at Shalimar provide a beautiful up close view of the ocean. Nothing fancy but all you need including a very comfy bed, full size fridge and nice patio furniture. The walls are thin - so request a second floor room both for less noise and a better view!

By , from IL on Apr 6, 2017

Review comment responded on Aug 8, 2018

Thank you for the great review. We are happy you enjoyed your stay here at Shalimar on Sanibel. We hope to see you soon.

5

birthday getaway

Everyone

very quiet and peaceful. The rooms are great and the bed is comfy. we stayed in a motel room and the patio is real nice. good size refrigerator. we didn't cook much but they have enough supplies there that you only need to stock the frig. This is our 3rd time there and definitely will be back again. I have recommended it to several people!

By , from North Lauderdale, FL on Nov 8, 2016

Shalimar Cottages and Motel

2823 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957
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