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Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages
Duluth, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“We fell in love with this place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

Tropical Winds was a perfect place for our family. I agree with previous reviews that the place is very basic and a tad run down around the edges. But for us the charm and atmosphere of the place far outweighed these minor concerns. The proprietors are genuine and helpful, but keep a low profile around the place unless you need them. We stayed in a one-bedroom beach cottage. Our unit was clean and comfortable, and met our expectations based on the resort website. The beach units are close together, especially units #8 and #9 which share a porch enclosure. Maybe we just got lucky, but everyone around seemed too peaceful and relaxed to make much noise. The area was perfectly quiet the whole time. (I'm not sure if our neighbors would say the same about our kids, who were pretty thrilled with the whole scene). And as many others have said before - the beach is beautiful and quiet and pretty much right outside your door. Absolute tranquility. We felt so lucky to be removed from the crowded part of the island - we had heard that Sanibel can get very crowded but were still surprised by the degree of traffic congestion in the village. Even biking in that area was challenging at times. Tropical Winds is definitely the place to be if you want to avoid those crowds. With a kitchen in your cottage and Doc Ford's(with it's excellent outdoor patio) just down the road there's really no reason to venture into the gridlock ! The beautiful little swimming pool by the manager's house was also a big hit for us. I think it's the cleanest and cutest resort pool I have ever seen. I just couldn't resist jumping in with the kids. This is a great place !

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Anne R
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  • Location
    5 of 5 bubbles
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Point Pleasant Beach, NJ
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

We stayed at the Tropical Winds for 3 nights last week while visiting family that live in the area. While the amenities met expectations, the beautiful scenery and access to the beach very much exceeded them. We travelled with our toddler son, and 2 small dogs (that require a special diet) so the cottage/efficiency unit was essential in providing them with their needs. The kitchen had pretty much everything that we needed, and the sleeping accomodations were very good. The screened in porch did a good job of sheltering us from the bugs at night. Could it use some updating? Probably. But if you are going to pick away at the little things and critique it against 5 star resorts, this place is not for you. Bottom line: it was clean and comfortable. In terms of easy access to the beach and use of beach necessities...it doesn't get better. In terms of the friendliness and receptiveness of the staff...wonderful. Accomodating to pets...fantastic. And the solitude away from the hustle and bustle of the area....2nd to none. We look forward to coming back!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 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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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank rcleach2
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Winchester, New Hampshire
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17 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2012

Be warned. The rooms are old, amenities absent, neighbors in earshot and almost impossible to avoid. Not the kind of place this old introvert usually likes. I encourage you all to go elsewhere. Because I loved this place and can't wait to return. As other reviewers have said, not an elegant place, but the beach is beautiful, uncrowded, clean, quiet. I felt completely safe and relaxed. Never turned on the TV for five days, leaving only for dinners out and a bike ride. What a find! Our neighbors wereusually long time guests who'd come for years and could offer reviews on various rooms. The prize, #10, books up a year or more in advance. For example, we visited mid February 2012. The prized 10 is already booked late Dec 2012 thru mid March 2013. On the other hand, #5 (I suspect - from the unhappy manager's unsolicited comments - the room of the last unhappy reviewers) is a nice size for a cruise cabin. That's why it rents for less.

Room Tip: See above. We were in #7 and would be more than happy to return. # 8 & 9 share a screened porc...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank JerseyTM
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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2012

Like someone else said: not sure how this place got all those good reviews. It certainly wasn't the case for us! Not all rooms are the same, some of them are not shown on the website and that is for a reason so you think you are getting the room shown and when you arrive is something completely different! Overpriced for what it is. You can book another place on the island and get something much better right on the beach too. The room quality is awful; furniture in very bad condition and the service absolutely the worst! I'm not one to complaint but this was just ridiculous! The lady at the desk was not helpful or friendly at all. When we went to talk to her she got very defensive; not very good guest service! You do not get a blowdryer, iron, coffee, shampoo, nothing and the price you pay is pretty high not to have any of that! Check out which typically is at 11 or 12am; not here, you have to pay additional to be able to leave at 12. I work in this business and let me tell you this is not the place you want to stay in!!!!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank dissapointed1954828
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Montana City, Montana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Tropical Winds and we were very impressed by the beach, rooms and staff. Everyone was super friendly, the room was clean and quaint, and the beach was the best I've seen. Shelling was great and the beach was almost private (we only saw a handful of people the whole time). We will be back again SOON!

  • Stayed January 2012, 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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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank david p
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Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

We just returned from an absolutely wonderful trip to Sanibel. If you stay at Tropical Winds, understand that it's all about the location (perfect) and not the room (a bit run down).

Pros:
+Location, location, location - a 2 minute walk to the water and lovely, almost private beach
+Friendliness - everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful.
+Affordable

Cons: (for #5)
-Our room/efficiency was small, which is fine, but the shower was the smallest I've ever been in. If you're taller than 5'7" or have broad shoulders or a bit of a belly, the shower could be a real problem.
-I've lived in Florida and know how tough it is to keep a beach place clean, but our efficiency just felt and looked a little dirty all around the edges than I would have liked.
-The bed was rather soft and sunk down in the middle

Honestly, I'd go back in a heartbeat, but might try to stay in one of the larger cottages/studios next time.

Room Tip: Avoid room 5, unless you're a short and slender person. The shower (and bathroom) are minuscule.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank xsfritz
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Monticello Illinois USA
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31 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

If you are looking for ultra modern facilities, go somewhere else, if you are looking for food and drink served on the beach go somewhere else, if you are looking for crowded beaches go somewhere else!!! The cottages were as described quaint and old fashioned and clean. Everything you really need. The beach was secluded, the most people I saw on the beach at one time was eight. It was a very quiet and peaceful visit. Less than a 200 foot walk to the beach, in a heighborhood on the west end of the island but close enough to stores and cafes by taking a short drive. The owners took care of anything we needed. Will definitely stay again

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank Steve R
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Property: Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages
Address: 4819 Tradewinds Dr, Sanibel Island, FL 33957-2605
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sanibel Island
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #14 of 42 Speciality Lodging in Sanibel Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2 star — Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages 2*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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! ... more   less 
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