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Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages

4819 Tradewinds Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2605
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#13 of 45 Speciality lodging in Sanibel Island
Come experience Sanibel with the charm of Old Style Florida! Located on the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, on the west end of the island, Tropical Winds is tucked away in a very secluded, private setting within a small residential neighborhood. Enjoy one of our beachfront or nearby cottages in our own tropical paradise!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bicycle rental
Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly)
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
BBQ facilities
Pool / beach towels
Outdoor pool
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun umbrellas
Self-serve laundry
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Air conditioning
Private beach
Flatscreen TV
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Becky K wrote a review Aug. 2021
Killen, Alabama149 contributions34 helpful votes
We stayed in one of the bungalows close to the beach. We arrived late and checked in in time for the sunset. It was the perfect spot on the beach. Sunset was undescribeable. The yellows, reds and blues all in one picture. The beach was secluded and wonderful. Lots of turtle nest, marked off of course. Lots and lots of shells. The bungalow we stayed in had a kitchen, bedroom with 2 queens, a living space, and screened in porch. I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting peace and quite on the beach. The Managers were husband and wife, very friendly and helpful. This is the place to stay if going to Sanibel Island.
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Date of stay: August 2021
lhesenius wrote a review Jun. 2021
Hollywood, Florida16 contributions1 helpful vote
For years we have raved about Tropical Winds, but no more! This was our 6th annual long weekend stay with friends. In fact, we book the same two bedroom unit, one year in advance. This year, 2 weeks before our arrival, I emailed Tropical Winds to remind them that we would be there soon. A couple of days later, I received a confirmation email. All appeared good! The day of our arrival, I called at 1 PM, from a local restaurant to inquire if we could possibly check in early. I was told no and we would have to wait until the normal check in time of 3 pm. We arrived at 2:40 pm to find our room, still occupied. That is when the fun began! We were told that the room would be available in a few minutes, which was not acceptable, especially with COVID-19 precautions so prevalent. By 3:35 pm we were finally in our unit and started to realize that things had changed at Tropical Winds. The couple, with a small child, who were still in our room were very apologetic and explained that they had been there for one week and wanted to stay one more night and requested to move to another unit, only to find the unit they were to stay in that night was double booked. They ended up moving into an efficiency next to us for the night! Meanwhile, they had told the managers to please let them know what time they needed to move out so we could move in and they were never updated, until we arrived. We were left 2 bath towels, for 4 adults and had to request more linens. There were only 3 forks in the drawer, so we had to borrow a fork from an adjoining unit. There were no bowls in the unit and we had to use an old frying pan as a bowl to hold the veggies for our dinners. The bathroom was in need of repair. It was evident that there had been water damage in the tub area as rust was evident and the gap between the floor and tub was not even sealed. There were ants everywhere. We happened to meet other guests in the pool area who told us they were one and done staying at Tropical Winds. There were new managers on site and they were not on their game. In summary, we are totally disappointed in Tropical Winds and will now have to find a new location for our annual getaway, with friends. We will not be back!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Room Tip: Unit #6 is the only 2 bedroom cottage adjacent to the beach
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Response from Local Getaway, General Manager at Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages
Responded Jul. 1, 2021
We are sorry you were disappointed.
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Irina2013-1 wrote a review Jan. 2021
Cleveland, Ohio40 contributions20 helpful votes
We stayed there for the last 3 days of 2020. The location is excellent, secluded beach we enjoyed a lot, dog friendly place. Our dog loved the beach. Great shelling. But there are some issues as well, the cottages need updating badly, all the old furniture, beds were very uncomfortable. My son had to sleep on pull out coach and he could not enjoy his sleep. it was 4 of us and the cottage is really designed for 2 people. The cottages are very close to each other, so you can hear what your neighbors are saying, leaving you wit no privacy. Also, we were overcharged for the last night there, contacted the owner a few times and Mike promised to refund it, but it has been over a week and nothing happened. If you enjoy private quite beach this would be an excellent place for your family and dog but be prepared for rooms to be in the very average shape for the $$$ spent on it.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: we stayed in the efficiency number 10, the closest one to the beach and neighbors only on one side.
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Curt Reichstetter wrote a review Jan. 2021
Richmond, Virginia172 contributions84 helpful votes
My wife Heather, Phoebe our Golden Retriever, and the week leading up to Chirstmas at this fabulous place on Spaniel Island. Sharon and Mike, who run the place, could not have been anymore nicer or accomondating. We rented #9 which was the second from the end closet to the beach path and the place was spotlessly clean, great beds, full updated bath and little kitchen and had a great little screened in porch/this was shared with #8 but we barely ever saw the people in that unit. The porch allowed us hang space in the morning having coffee or after beach time drinking a cold one. The place has a pool but the water was pretty chilly as it's the end of December. The beach is fabulous and just a short walk out the door with very few people/mostly families from the single family homes in the neighborhoods around the motel. This place is really one of a kind and we would go back in a minute.
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Date of stay: December 2020
Room Tip: #10 is the end unit closet to the beach
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2 Helpful votes
Response from Local Getaway, General Manager at Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages
Responded Jan. 3, 2021
Thank you so much, Curt, for your kind words and great review..! We really enjoyed having you guys, and of course Phoebe as well, here with us. Many of our guests come back to Tropical Winds year after year for just those reasons you've cited, and we hope that we will see you all again soon! We think that our beach is second to none on Sanibel for quiet, solitude, and of course awesome shelling..! Have a great New Year..! Mike and Sharon Innkeepers
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Traveler wrote a review Sep. 2020
Miami, Florida1 contribution2 helpful votes
stayed in cottage # 6. Very tight and small for a family of 5, even if they advertise that more can fit. Not well cleaned, I found trash on the bottom floor of the bed; dust and things other travelers have left behind. One of the walls of the room even had accumulated dirt on the corner that clearly has not been cleaned. When we first checked in the fridge was not working and after I complained it was switched out for a new one. Which the process took about 4 hrs; so I could not relax until this was done (opposite of what a vacation should be). The kitchen floor was dirty when I arrived and I had to clean it myself. There is a small stove which as soon as we turned it on to make breakfast; it triggers the smoke alarm, so you cannot even cook on it. We had to order takeout breakfast from a restaurant instead, which we were not counting on doing so. After my trip I emailed the hotel to get my deposit back because after what we experienced; it was not fair to pay the full amount; they never even emailed back nor called me to follow-up or even apologize. I do not recommend this place; the reviews that state that cottages are not cleaned are very true.
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Date of stay: September 2020
Sleep Quality
2 Helpful votes
Response from Local Getaway, General Manager at Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages
Responded Nov. 15, 2020
We are so sorry that your stay was not up to standards. At the time of your stay, the on-site managers had already left the position and our new management team had not yet arrived, leaving the housekeeping staff short-handed and, more importantly, without much supervision. And as Murphy's Law would have it, the fridge decided to expire as well. These things do happen, and to lessen our replacement time, we now have back-up units on-site for just such an event. No excuses though, we definitely dropped the ball during this time period. We also apologize that you were not contacted back, this is not our normal procedure. We would love for you to come back for another visit to give our new management a chance to show you why we have great reviews and repeat guests! We would like to offer you a free night if you book one night with us to earn your future business. No restrictions, other than availability. Please come during the week or the weekend, your choice. Once again... sorry for your sub-standard stay, we would love to make it up to you! Mike and Sharon Inkeepers
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US$190 - US$438 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages
Which popular attractions are close to Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages?
Nearby attractions include Sanibel Island Farmer's Market (6.9 km), Bailey's General Store (6.4 km), and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages?
Conveniently located restaurants include Joey's Custard, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille Sanibel Island, and Bleu Rendezvous French Bistro.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Are there any historical sites close to Tropical Winds Beachfront Motel and Cottages?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Sanibel Historical Museum and Village (6.7 km) and USS Mohawk CGC Veterans Memorial Reef (4.8 km).