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“A Sanibel Island Gem!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Seahorse Cottages

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Seahorse Cottages
Chicago
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“A Sanibel Island Gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2011

Friends and I stayed at these wonderful cottages in July 2011. All three of us desperately needed a vacation and staying at Sea Horse Cottages made our Sanibel experience perfect! I arrived very late during a Florida thunderstorm and was so happy to see a note on the outside of my door welcoming me to my temporary Sanibel home. We enjoyed sitting on the outside porch with our glasses of wine every night, and walked to the ice cream store around the corner several times during our stay. We utilized the complimentary bikes and pool often. We enjoyed swinging on the swing and watching the salamanders scurry up the banyan trees. We have decided that we will make this an annual experience. Do yourself a favor.... Pick up the phone and reserve your spot at Seahorse cottages so you too can feel like you have your very own little island getaway!

K. Osmon (Chicago)

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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13 Thank KOsmonChicago
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Coral, Florida
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13 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2011

We had a one-bedroom unit complete with kitchen, living room, large screen television and extra TV in the bedroom. The WiFi worked great. Lots of bikes were available for use of guests along with wagons to cart all the beach equipment (also provided by Seahorse) to the shore. I don't think we could have made a better choice for our week on Sanibel and would definitely go back.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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9 Thank Joy C
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Longboat Key, Florida
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2011

We arrived at our unit and it seemed a little warm in there. So we turned the temp. down and left to go check things out around the island. When we got back it was 80 degrees in the rooms and the fan was blowing, but it wasn't cool air. So we called and called and finally got someone to call us back. We waited around for a while and I think Shauna called us and said to go do what we needed to do and she would be sure and get it taken care of. So we left to go eat. Thank goodness it was fixed when we got back. She was very nice about it all. The pool is more than small. More the size of a large hot tub. It wasn't really clean, so it was a very quick dip in and out. The cottage was very small, but ok. Not really close to the water and for shelling?????? We live on Longboat Key and Lido Beach has tons bigger shells than down there. Maybe we just didn't go to the right place. It was a nice getaway, but we sure appreciate home a little more.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Silvercat34228
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Fort Myers, Florida
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2011

We stayed over a long weekend at Seahorse Cottages in the deluxe 1 bedroom and had a spectacular time. It's a great little getaway to have peace and quiet and enjoy the beautiful surroundings Sanibel Island has to offer (the beaches, the solitude, the island "feel"). We had friends stay in all of the cottages. This made it feel so private and cozy. If you'd like a getaway that can accommodate your family and friends, I HIGHLY recommend renting out the entire location.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank TheDigiDoc
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Maryland
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17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2011

All my life I had dreamed of going to Sanibel Island and go shelling, as I am a recovering shell-a-holic. For my 2nd Anniversary, Sept. 9-13 2011 that dream came true. We chose to stay at Seahorse Cottages, owned by Peggy Richardson. We couldn't have made a better choice. Everything was delightfully perfect! When we arrived at the cottage we knew we were in heaven. Actually I could tell that as soon as we left Fort Myers for Sanibel Island. The area was even more breathtaking than I imagined. There was beauty everywhere we looked, the gorgeous beaches, amazing trees, great sunny weather, fluffy clouds, pretty tropical plants & flowers, interesting native Florida wildlife, beautiful seashells, eye-catching art for sale in the shops, cute & cozy cottage, we were blown away. We stayed in #2, a one bedroom cottage, which was very cute, cozy, warm & inviting, full of beach decor and well stocked with all the comforts of home. No need to bring: dishes, cups, pots/pans, towels, TP, paper towels, dish soap, bath soap, detergent (there is even a washer/dryer to use- not in each cottage but on the premises), bath soap, just bring food and drinks and what you would bring to a nice hotel. There is a TV and phone in the cottages. THere is also a refridgerator, microwave and coffee maker. The innkeeper (Peggy) is very nice, friendly & helpful. She does her best to accommodate your every need. There is also a perfect sized heated outdoor pool with green lights on at night. Also they provide bicycles and wagons to take on the beach. The pool is wonderful, small and cute, just the kind we like. In the off season you may get it all to yourself like we did. It was very refreshing, we spent lots of time in it. We rode the bikes to the beach at sunset and got some awesome pics. It was like God rolled out the red carpet just for us! The scenery was spectacular. Sunset on the beach at low tide took our breath away. Shells were everywhere. We got to see many live Florida fighting Conchs out looking for food. That was fun! We even found a newly hatched lobster (put him back in the water so he wouldn't dry out). Our first day on the beach there were many box jellyfish (they pack a wallop), so we didn't go in the water. But after that day they were gone and we played in the water. Also there are these adorable little lizards all over the place (green and black anoles). They were fun to play with too. I made a set of earrings with them (just long enough to take a few pics). The babies are only an inch long. Overall, we had an exquisite time and can't wait to return. Words cannot describe the extreme beauty and awesome scenery of South Florida, Sanibel Island in particular. If you want the experience of a lifetime, this is the place to go, and Seahorse Cottages is the place to stay! Affordable too. :)

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank tolbunt5
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winerunner
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23 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2011

We stayed in the 2 bedroom cottage and it had everything we needed. Loved the availability of bicycles and beach umbrellas. The beach was an easy 5 miniute walk and a great place for the guys to practice their fly fishing skills while the girls cruised for shells. Although the pool is small--it was refreshing and just what we needed after a hot day cruisng through town on the bikes. Also loved having the porches/sitting areas to relax with a glas of wine after a hard day of R & R :)
The only negative for us was that there was only one bathroom.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank winerunner
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Tampa, Florida
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40 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2011

The Seahorse Cottages are four connected cottages on the East End of Sanibel Island. We were lucky to find a vacancy, and we were also lucky to find such a great little place to rest for a few days. Highly recommend it.

We had the deluxe one bedroom. The kitchen has everything you can want for an island respite - stove, oven, fridge. What you will really like is that the owners have chosen kitchenware, plates, and glasses that are quite tasteful. The sideboard in the kitchen was lovely - such warmth you won't find in some hotel room.

The whole place is beautifully decorated. Small, but a place for everything. We loved the television room with a comfortable couch, and lovely wood pieces that make it feel like home. The bedroom closet has lots of room, and is packed with extra pillows, beach towels, extra blanket, and lots of shelf and hanger room. The linens are very nice - you can tell that care goes into picking things out for this lovely little place. Having said that, just know that the bed takes up most of the room. It's a narrow walk around the bed, but that didn't bother us at all.

And the wonderful owners give each guest their own beach chairs and a red wagon to cart them down the street (two blocks) to the beautiful beach. And there's bikes for everyone to use - free for guests. Can't beat that. It's all very first-class.

A little advice - the water in Sanibel has a strange after-taste if you're not used to it. Buy bottled water if you're sensitive. While the cottage goes out of its way to provide everything you may want, you may want to bring your favorite pillows. I did because I'm fussy that way. I wish I had also brought some regular sized bath soap, but what the heck - everything else was very, very nice.

And one more thing, be prepared -- these places are small. But how long are you in the cottage? The great thing is that it was CLEAN, BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED, COMPLETE WITH MANY CONVENIENCES, and very reasonably priced for off-season. I want to go back when it's cooler - TOO hot for long bike rides, and a great sun burn.

While the beach close to Seahorse is quite beautiful, make sure you stop at Bowman Beach to - it's also beautiful, it also has a fitness trail, a nature trail and LOADS OF SHELLS!!! Outside showers to wash off before you get in your car!

As for Seahorse, we just loved it. It's extra-special and we hope to be back soon.

  • Stayed July 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Angela R
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Property: Seahorse Cottages
Address: 1223 Buttonwood Ln, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-7433
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Seahorse Cottages 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Seahorse Cottages is tranquil ground-level attached cottages nestled in a lush garden of tropical plants with a heated pool; located just 200 feet from the Bay beach and a block from the Gulf. All suites are comfortably furnished and include living area, bedroom, kitchen, bath and patio. Use of wireless Internet, bicycles and beach equipment is included. The peaceful setting and attention to detail makes Seahorse Cottages an ideal romantic destination. ... more   less 
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