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Shalimar Cottages and Motel

2.5 out of 5.0

Recent guest reviews

This is 2nd time we have stayed here and despite the drawbacks we had a wonderful tine - you just have to go with the flow and realize you are there for the beach, not the rooms themselves. We had to stay upstairs in the efficiency rooms (no, they are NOT cottages ) the first 2 nights, then moved into the best cottage (#7) in the whole place. There for a week. The view, beach access, screened porch in the cottage were wonderful but the place itself (both) were dated, shabby, worn with old old appliances and fixtures that didnt work all the time. The coffee pots were disgusting and bitter, no starter filters provided....the pool towels were rags....our bedding was fine. The kitchen provisions are only for 2..on the good side you can go pick up more towels or soaps (since it only lasts 1 shower) anytime....there are bikes, umbrellas etc on site for rent if you fly in. I'm an old Florida girl so I am there for the beach and atmosphere but the rooms and cottages need ALOT of updating.......

We found the 2nd floor motel room quite shabby. Housekeeping seemed ok, but room was extremely dated. Tired cracked tile in bathroom, mildew looking grout, broken flush handle on toilet, stained carpets, saggy mattresses, broken cabinets doors in bath and kitchen. Clerk at check in asked if I wanted to look at room before registration and I sure wish I had taken him up on the offer. The location is very nice, but we were happy to see the sun come up and skeedattle.

We stayed the second floor of the motel looking at the beach. Rooms are well equipped for home cooking and washing up, there is plenty of room to put things and lovely to have our own private balcony. Yes, you can hear others if you are out on the balcony but this is fine and no different than you would get anywhere else. Linen was available for change when ever we needed it and it suited us not to have housekeeping. Reception staff were friendly and helpful, we hired dvds and a parasol. Beach is fantastic for early morning walks, evening sunset walks and for shells.

Booked a 2 bedroom cottage via Upon arrival, the manager tried to put us in an upstairs apartment. I showed him my confirmation for a cottage. He said the apartment WAS a cottage. On his own website, this building is referred to as an apartment. He said he had a cottage but it was a 1 bedroom and he refused to consider a refund of the difference. We felt like a bait and switch had occurred. We were stuck and had to take it which I'm sure he was counting on. We paid thru the nose and felt like chumps which ruined our time there. Be very careful when booking. And no, we will never go there again.

Would definitely visit again! We made last minute arrangements for a road trip for one night. Got their last room, it was in the motel, first floor. Great view of the Gulf! Even though they were fully occupied we saw very few people, nice and quiet sitting on the beach which was just steps from the room. They do provide chairs you can use, bring your own beach towel. Room has little kitchenette, bring your own coffee and food (no restaurant on site). I would give them 5 stars except for the noise in the room. Hard to sleep when you could hear every footstep above and voices from the room next door. Staff were very friendly.

Perfection! Great cottages that are just steps from the pristine beaches. They are even equipped with outdoor stations to clean your shells. Chairs for the beach and grills available to guests. The pool looked nice but we headed to the beach every chance we got!! Everything was very clean and neat. The desk staff was lovely. And the resort is slightly removed from the busy part of town which makes it even more wonderful.

This is an updated review. I originally gave them a great review, but this time the overall experience was less favorable. The location of Shalimar is beautiful, directly on the Gulf of Mexico, and views are great, even from the "motel" rooms. The cottages are much better for privacy, as the motel rooms have thin walls. We had boisterous neighbors who kept us awake, and we could hear the conversation. The rooms are clean and pleasant, beds comfortable. The one consistently negative thing about this place is the manager (owner?). We encountered unpleasantness in him in the past, but this time he was downright rude on the phone when we called ahead of time to ask if he would match a lower rate advertised here on TripAdvisor. We paid $239/day and the advertised rate was $179, a significant difference. He refused, said our booking was nonrefundable (you have to cancel more than 45 days in advance), and if we canceled and rebooked we would be charged the full 3-day fee. He initially denied that the lower rate was even available. Then he checked the online sites that showed it clearly. His comment: "I can't have people running around looking for lower rates". Really? Isn't that what most people do? It would have been nice if he had matched the rate, or even offered anything at all. Instead he responded with anger and accusatory tone that was more than off-putting. The motel rooms are nice, with a small kitchen. There is no daily maid service. There is Wifi that works reasonably well. Overall, I gave it 3 stars because the experience was good other than the above issues.

You can't beat the Shalimar for its beach location, lovely grounds and sparkling pool and famous sunsets. Don't miss the Friday in season social hour . Easy access to the bike path, dining etc but off the beaten path enough to provide solitude . We will be back !

We stayed in Cottage #4: Unbelievable location. The setting is idyllic and we were so content to hang out and dine on our porch a few times. The sunsets are priceless and it is very quiet! Pros: location, 20 yards to beach, cleanliness, gorgeous pool, TV in both living and bedrooms, very adequate kitchenette, large refrigerator, 2 bathrobes provided, hairdryer provided, each cottage has a clothesline, parking spot at cottage, moments away from great restaurants, food "happy hour" on Friday evening at the pool. Con: Pool towels are very small and are like sandpaper. Tips: Bring beach towels, coffee filters/coffee for cottage coffee pot, for extended stays suggest bringing own hair products/bar soap (it is provided, but not a high end product).

We stayed in one of the motel efficiencies on the second floor. The room had everything we needed, the bed was comfortable, shower had hot water and good water pressure, and the screened in balcony had amazing views, so close to the ocean! The staff was friendly and helpful. We were able to rent bicycles on site one day, as well as a beach umbrella. There are books, movies, board games and puzzles available as well. The shelling on the beach was fantastic. There is no housekeeping, which is fine by us, and it is easy enough to get new towels when needed. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. I would definitely return.

2823 West Gulf Drive Sanibel FL

Hotel highlights

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

Located in Sanibel Captiva Island, Shalimar Cottages and Motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of sights such as 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 326 reviews