Just got back last night from a 5 night stay at this resort. I am only giving it a rating of 3 based on several things. At $600/night it was waaaaayyyyyy overpriced--this was for a 1 bedroom unit--and I can't imagine what they were charging for 2 bedrooms. The room was nice enough--full kitchen, two bathroom sinks, screened in porch, comfortable beds -- but for the price I expected a 5 star resort. Actually, everything in Sanibel/Captiva is extremely expensive, so come prepared to spend a lot of money. The entire resort is dated - be aware there are no elevators here, so not sure how someone who could not climb stairs would stay here. There is a pool bar/restaurant (Coconuts), which was nice, and we enjoyed several lunches which were quite good. There is also a charge to "rent" chairs to use on the beach. There were 3 of us and it cost us $40/day to rent 3 lounge chairs. Really?? For $600/night I was shocked we were charged for this.
There are some good things about this resort - all rooms are oceanfront, which was nice, and the location is good. The rooms were cleaned every day, sometimes not until later in the day, but that did not bother us as we did not get back to the room until after 5:00 or 6:00 anyway. There are several grocery stores close by (hotel does not offer any breakfast options) if you'd rather make your own breakfast than go out. There are also several grill areas if you'd rather grill steaks, seafood, etc. I saw several people doing that--probably got tired of spending a small fortune going out to dinner. The resort grounds are very beautiful and well maintained.
The meals we had at Mucky Duck, Jacaranda, Green Flash and Grandma Dots were about the quality of Applebee's/TGIF--maybe a little more. We went to the Bubble Room in Captiva for desert but found they charge $5.50/person fee to sit at a table - so we would have spent $16.50 just to sit at a table inside the restaurant to have desert. Recommend taking it to go if all you are having is desert--they do not charge a fee if you have dinner.
Bottom line is I do not mind spending money if I get quality along with it, which we did not. From the meals to the accommodations, everything was extremely overpriced and we won't be returning to this area again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Natural, secluded and exclusive, historic Casa Ybel Resort epitomizes the sanctuary, old-island spirit of Sanibel. Occupying 23 acres of beach front property isolated from commercial enterprise, the resort forms a sheltered getaway where romantic surroundings and outdoor recreation attract couples and families alike. Travelers have found respite and hospitality here since the 1890's. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Casa Ybel Hotel Sanibel Island
- Casa Ybel Resort Sanibel Island, Florida
- Casa Ybel Sanibel Island
- Sanibel Island Casa Ybel