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Not really keen on forced reviews, when I was happy to give it great ratings overall. So this is me saying piss off to Orbitz and their forced reviews. The place is great.

We had a nice stay. The property is close to water and that was nice. Carol is very sweet and kind and was helpful in knowing great things to do on the island. The room was ok and clean enough. The kitchen had the essentials for making meals if desired. We had a nice stay.

Only stayed one night. Couldn't enter room till 3 and out by 11. Basically spent $500.00 to sleep there

Nice property and staff was very friendly and informative.

We stayed at the Pineapple lodge building. It’s steps from the beach. Amazing location! When we first walked in we noticed the room had sand on the floor and on the sheets. Did not feel clean. Housekeeping doesn’t enter room once you check in (COVID protocol). You have to leave the trash and dirty towels outside and clean towels are left in a bag

The resort has a great location. I very much enjoyed the free bikes. However, the rooms were very outdated and ours smelled musty. The pool is incredibly small so that was disappointing as well.

The inn was steps away from the beach, which is so nice in Sanibel so you don’t have to deal with the public beaches. The rooms were nice, and everyone we met staying at the inn was super friendly!! The staff was very friendly too. Also - I think you can rent bikes directly from the inn, which is so helpful in Sanibel!!

Everyone is very friendly and it is right on the beach! The beach is incredible!!! The facilities are simple but quite and clean. I keep coming back!

Very low-key, but a simply beautiful place. The rooms were clean and had everything we needed. The grounds are kept nicely and there are many tropical plants on premises. The beach was steps away from our door. The chairs and towels for the beach were provided by the hotel for free. The beach was pristine. Even though the beaches on Sanibel are small, due to erosion, we never felt as though we were sitting on top of other hotel guests; there was still plenty of space to spread out. The pool was a decent size, but could get crowded if many families were using it at once. The water was warm and clean. The hotel also has free bike rentals for guests, which is a nice bonus considering all of the bike trails around the island. One tip for staying in Sanibel in general (if you are not familiar): stock up on water, snacks/food, and alcohol before arriving. There are no stores in walking distance to the hotel and places close early at night. The kitchens in the hotel rooms have adequate space to store (and cook) what you need.

Very nice and friendly staff Beach just steps away Assigned parking spot was great

It was a beautiful place. Welcoming staff, peaceful atmosphere. Loved it!! I will definitely go there again.

Waterside Inn is a great spot on the beach of Sanibel Island. Beautiful property tucked in off the road with easy access to the private beach. Close to great dining and shopping. Staff was very knowledgeable about the island and helpful when we had questions. Definitely a great spot for a quiet beach vacation.

Would have liked breakfast or coffee area. Other than that, beautiful and peaceful accommodations and perfect location.

We stayed in the Lime cottage facing the gulf. It was perfect for us and our 2 pomeranians. Loved the quietness and the seclusion of the area,and yet we were minutes from all the shops.

West Gulf Drive Sanibel FL

Hotel highlights

  • Free WiFi in rooms and public areas
  • Free parking
  • Private beach
  • Outdoor pool

Waterside Inn on the Beach places you within a short walk of J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and within a mile (2 km) of Sanibel Island Southern Beach. This 27-room hotel welcomes guests with conveniences like a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free in-room WiFi.


Rooms

The 27 air-conditioned rooms feature kitchens with refrigerators and microwaves. Flat-screen TVs come with cable channels, and free WiFi keeps guests connected. Coffee makers, free local calls, and ironing boards are also standard.


Property features

Guests staying at Waterside Inn on the Beach enjoy access to a private beach, an outdoor pool, and free WiFi in public areas. Free parking is available if you drive. Other amenities at this beach hotel include free newspapers, laundry facilities, and a picnic area.

Room options

Studio, 2 Queen Beds, Kitchen (No Pets Allowed)

2 Queen Beds | Sleeps 4

Studio, Kitchen, Oceanfront (No Pets Allowed)

1 King Bed | Sleeps 3

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom, Poolside (No Pets Allowed)

1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Sofa Bed | Sleeps 2

Cottage, Poolside (Pets Allowed, Must be under 30lbs)

1 Queen Bed and 1 Queen Sofa Bed | Sleeps 4

Guest reviews for Waterside Inn on the Beach

Everyone (31) Couples (7) Family (6)
5
Family with small children

Not really keen on forced reviews, when I was happy to give it great ratings overall. So this is me saying piss off to Orbitz and their forced reviews. The place is great.

By , from Cape Coral on May 9, 2022

Review comment responded on May 11, 2022

Thank you so much! Were glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again!!!

5
Family

We had a nice stay. The property is close to water and that was nice. Carol is very sweet and kind and was helpful in knowing great things to do on the island. The room was ok and clean enough. The kitchen had the essentials for making meals if desired. We had a nice stay.

By on Apr 13, 2022

Review comment responded on Apr 14, 2022

Thank you for the review. Were so glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit.

2
Friends

Only stayed one night. Couldn't enter room till 3 and out by 11. Basically spent $500.00 to sleep there

By on Feb 18, 2022

Review comment responded on Feb 18, 2022

We are a small resort with limited parking available on site. The hotel check in and out times are clearly posted on the websites when booking. We do allow guests to arrive to park at 1 pm and say parked until they check into their room at 3 pm. Upon your check out at 11 am you can stay parked till 1 pm so you can enjoy the beach and pool a little longer. We have a small changing cottage available for guest who arrive early to change into your suits or for guests who wish to stay parked until 1pm after their rom check out check out.

5
Partner Couples

Nice property and staff was very friendly and informative.

By on Jan 28, 2022

Review comment responded on Jan 28, 2022

Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again.

4
Everyone

By on Nov 8, 2021

5
Everyone

By on May 5, 2021

Review comment responded on May 15, 2021

Thank you for the review. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again soon.

3
Family with small children

We stayed at the Pineapple lodge building. It’s steps from the beach. Amazing location! When we first walked in we noticed the room had sand on the floor and on the sheets. Did not feel clean. Housekeeping doesn’t enter room once you check in (COVID protocol). You have to leave the trash and dirty towels outside and clean towels are left in a bag

By on May 3, 2021

Review comment responded on May 3, 2021

Thank you for the feed back. We will review directly with housekeeping.

3
Family

The resort has a great location. I very much enjoyed the free bikes. However, the rooms were very outdated and ours smelled musty. The pool is incredibly small so that was disappointing as well.

By on Apr 26, 2021

Review comment responded on Apr 26, 2021

Thank you for your feedback.

5
Partner Couples

The inn was steps away from the beach, which is so nice in Sanibel so you don’t have to deal with the public beaches. The rooms were nice, and everyone we met staying at the inn was super friendly!! The staff was very friendly too. Also - I think you can rent bikes directly from the inn, which is so helpful in Sanibel!!

By on Apr 16, 2021

Review comment responded on Apr 16, 2021

Thank you for the review. We are glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your return.

5
Everyone

Everyone is very friendly and it is right on the beach! The beach is incredible!!! The facilities are simple but quite and clean. I keep coming back!

By on Mar 30, 2021

Review comment responded on Mar 30, 2021

Thank you. Were glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you again.

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