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PA
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12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2014 via mobile

Our second trip to Waterside and we're so glad we came back! Clean, comfy rooms right on the beach just can't be beat! Staff was friendly, helpful, and accomodating. Grab some groceries in Ft. Myers before you come over the bridge. There are a couple of stores on Sanibel, but they are a bit pricy, as island stores tend to... More 

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3 Thank AprilDuo
Sanibelblondie, General Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to share your experiences here at the Waterside Inn on the Beach. We're glad you liked the style and feel of our little heaven on earth. It's kinda like a quiet fairy tale get away on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. If you are looking for a casual beachfront experience,... More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2014

I might be a little jaded about Waterside Inn as I came from the COLD climate. We checked in (quick and easy) and hit the beach first thing (86 degrees). My northern skin took on a bit of a pink glow in a short time. Rather than eat out we went to Baily's (they have all you want), and cooked... More 

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3 Thank Warman2011
Sanibelblondie, General Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

I love your review you were so kind in sharing. That little grin happens to a lot of people from the minute you cross the Sanibel Causeway. Kinda infectious in a warm and wonderful way. Hurry back and get that grin on. More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 November 2014

What a great quant place to relax and enjoy the beach on Sanibel Island. Great staff nice pool clean rooms with balconies, very relaxing. We had grills available for our use, lounge chairs you can take to beach to enjoy the sunset and bikes to use on the bikes paths. It had everything we needed to enjoy Thanksgiving week with... More 

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2 Thank Mike B
Sanibelblondie, General Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Hooray...another happy Guest! We appreciate all the helpful information you passed along to our future Guests and most of all, appreciate you and your review. We try so hard to make everyone's visit here to Waterside Inn on the Beach a memorable one. Our White Glove Award for cleanliness, friendly and helpful staff, and a knock down gorgeous piece of... More 

Louisville, Kentucky
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 November 2014

My family and I recently celebrated Thanksgiving in Florida to start what will surely become a new tradition at Waterside Inn. The Waterside Inn at Sanibel Island was the perfect destination. The hotel is located literally on the beach! The Inn is clean, the staff friendly, and the overall experience was wonderful. One of my favorite part we the bike... More 

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1 Thank Patrick B
Sanibelblondie, General Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review of our little waterfront paradise. We are so happy you enjoyed your time here at Waterside Inn on the Beach. Our staff remembers you and wishes you safe travels home and a speedy return. More 

Toronto
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84 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

This is a nice little hotel right on the beach in Sanibel. It isn't the Ritz but it is clean and the place has everything you need. Nice little pool, beautiful beach, shuffle board, fridge and stove in room, BBQ's for your use. We usually travel 5 star but we have been here 3 times, there is just something about... More 

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Sanibelblondie, General Manager at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing your experiences here at the Waterside Inn on the Beach. I agree that there's just something special about this place. The vibe, sunsets, great guests, and beachfront location make it a five star in my book. Looking forward to your return visit. More 

Ottawa, Canada
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84 reviews
77 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 October 2014

I really liked this inn. From the moment we arrived, we felt relaxed. We were only on Sanibel for four days and we were really pleased with our choice of accommodation. It was comfortable, super close to the beach and relaxing. If you're looking for five-star pampering, a spa and a restaurant, don't stay here. If you're looking for posh... More 

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing Waterside Inn on the Beach for your vacation. We're so glad you enjoyed your time here with us. You had some great weather and beautiful sunsets while you were here. We appreciate your review and hope to see you back here soon. More 

Venice,FL
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2014

This very old time place is directly on the beach on Sanibel Island -Just what we wanted! It appeared clean yet worn. But we quickly realized how dirty the upolstered furniture really was. It was nasty. I reported this to the management and was told it is washed regularly.. Really? For nearly $300 per night -off season, I find this... More 

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2 Thank boatervenice
Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your experience here at Waterside Inn. I am sorry that we did not exceed your expectations during your 2 night stay with us. Unfortunately, we had no knowledge of your dissatisfaction until your check out when you mentioned that the sofa looked dirty. If you had notified the staff of this at the time of your... More 

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2 reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2014

We stayed in the Mango Cottage in June 2014, and we had such a wonderful time we just booked it again for October 2014. Repeat business really says it all in the tourist industry. Between my husband and me, we have been to Jamacai, Virgin Islands, Peurto Rico, Key West, Mexico, Japan, Korean, and Kuwait, and we prefer Sanibel Island... More 

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

I couldn't have said it better myself. We appreciate your business and glad we can provide a safe and relaxing environment for you. Looking forward to seeing you again next year! More 

Tampa, Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2014

If you're from Florida and want to stay in a place with old Florida charm, this is the place. The resort is off the beaten path, away from the crowds, and is right on the beach. Perfect place for a short weekend getaway. I loved if even more the second time around. I'll return next year, as well.

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2 Thank whoshebaby
Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Great hearing that you had a super vacation. I love it when our Guests come back year after year. Just goes to show you - "They just don't make em like they used to". Hurry back! More 

Bushnell, Florida
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73 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2014

We stayed in one of the beach cottages, few steps out the door and to the beach!!! How Great!!! We were so happy that we could bring our dog, The cottage was just beautiful! Very clean and a lot of room, everyday housekeeping would drop off clean towels and any extras you may need and would pick up your used... More 

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Sanibelblondie, Owner at Waterside Inn on the Beach, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing you vacation experience with everyone. We appreciate all the good words and most of all, YOU! Hope you come back soon. More 

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Amenities

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  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Beachfront
About the property
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Beachfront
  • Non-Smoking Hotel
  • Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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  • Pool
Room types
  • Kitchenette
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Suites
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator in room
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Free Parking
  • Self-Serve Laundry
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Are you searching for that true Olde Florida charm and style? Look no further than Waterside Inn! You?re just steps away from the beautiful beaches of Sanibel. Amenities include a heated pool, beach loungers, on-site bike rentals, and BBQ grills. Come to relax and unwind in one of our small inns or cottages. ... more   less 

Additional Information about Waterside Inn on the Beach

Address: 3033 W Gulf Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-5609
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Price Range: $190 - $471 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Waterside Inn on the Beach 2*
Number of rooms: 27
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Also Known As:
Waterside Inn On The Beach Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Hotel Sanibel Island
Waterside Resort Sanibel Island
Waterside Inn On The Beach Sanibel Island, Florida
Hotel Style:
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Sanibel Island
#9 On the Beach Hotel in Sanibel Island
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