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About our Hotel

Location: Suburban

  • Location: Suburban
  • Closest City: FORT MYERS
  • Distance From Hotel: 11.0MI
  • Local time zone: GMT-04:00

Check In: 3:00 PM Check Out: 12:00 PM

  • Check In: 3:00 PM
  • Check Out: 12:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age: 21
  • Late checkout available

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  • American Express
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  • Visa

Accessibility

Accessibility

  • Number of Rooms:7
  • Parking
  • Service Animals Allowed

Languages

Languages

  1. English
  2. Spanish

Pet Policy

Pet Policy

Seventy five dollar one time non refundable pet fee required up to seven days, eight days or longer is one hundred fifty dollars one time non refundable pet fee.
Pet deposit amount  75.00  USD  per stay

What's Nearby

What's Nearby

Attraction:
The Butterfly Estates
Distance From Hotel:0.2MI
Attraction:
Tanger Factory Outlet Stores
Distance From Hotel:2.0MI
Attraction:
San Carlos Bay- Bunche Beach Preserve
Distance From Hotel:3.0MI
Attraction:
Key West Express
Distance From Hotel:3.5MI

Parking

Parking

  • Number of parking spaces:130
  • Car Parking Available
  • Complimentary on-site ample parking with a well lit parking lot.

Internet

Standard Internet Service

Standard Internet service is free for all guests
Wireless Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas
Wired Internet available in Standard Rooms,Executive Rooms,Suites,Business Center,Public Areas

Facility

Facility

  • Hotel renovated inFebruary 01, 2009
  • Total number of rooms:120
  • Total number of suites:120
  • Total number of rooms with only one bed:64
  • Total number of rooms with only double beds:56
  • Total number of non-smoking rooms:120
  • Total number of rooms for the physically challenged:7
  • Executive rooms
  • Interior corridor
  • Total number of floors:4

Choose Hotel's Prime Location in Fort Myers, Florida

Situated along the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers is a peaceful coastal town full of history, pristine beaches and outdoor activities. Come discover all there is to see and do in the "City of Palms" from the comfortable accommodations at the Candlewood Suites® Hotel Fort Myers - Sanibel Gateway.

As our hotel's guest, you'll have access to the tools you need to be productive, including free Wi-Fi access and a Business Center.
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Choose Hotel's Prime Location in Fort Myers, Florida

Situated along the Caloosahatchee River, Fort Myers is a peaceful coastal town full of history, pristine beaches and outdoor activities. Come discover all there is to see and do in the "City of Palms" from the comfortable accommodations at the Candlewood Suites® Hotel Fort Myers - Sanibel Gateway.

As our hotel's guest, you'll have access to the tools you need to be productive, including free Wi-Fi access and a Business Center. Need to host a business meeting while on an extended stay? Our hotel's Fort Myers, Florida boardroom can accommodate up to 10 people. We're near Lee Memorial Healthcare System and Chico's FAS, Inc.

This extended stay hotel's location in Fort Myers, Florida is perfect for your vacation. Located in a quiet, suburban area, we're just eight minutes from some of the world's best beaches! Don't miss popular sites like Lover's Key State Park and Sanibel and Captiva Islands. If you're a sports fan we offer easy access to both the Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox Spring Training facilities. The hotel is also minutes from the Wakahatchee Recreation Center and Lee County Sports Center Complex.

When it comes to Fort Myers hotels, we have some of the best perks around, including free guest laundry facilities, a 24-hour Fitness Center and a heated, outdoor pool. We also have a 24-hour Candlewood Cupboard, where you can buy meals, snacks and drinks. Reserve your suite today!

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Features
Each spacious suite has a kitchen, complete with full-size appliances and utensils, to save time and money. Also, the Candlewood Cupboard offers a number of value-priced meals, snacks and beverages.

Guest Reviews

Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 269 reviewers.
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Unfriendly staff I booked the hotel in September for the November stay. I didn't realize that it was a motel type with cars parked in front of the rooms until we arrived there. The website certainly did not reveal that. Since we arrived an hour earlier than the check in time, I asked the lady at the front desk if she could put us on the second floor because I was a very light sleeper. She rejected the request claiming that all rooms were booked. However, when another clerk looked at the room availability, she noticed that there was one available. Yet, Claudia (the first clerk) refused to accommodate making a big deal that she was the one making decisions and she would not do it. If we weren't disturbed by kids running on the second floor late at night, our stay would have been more enjoyable because the hotel did have direct access to the beach I think the staff at this Holiday Inn can use some extra training in customer relations. November 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Surprisingly wonderful With the Manager's Special, we were able to stay for a very reasonable rate. The setting was perfect for us. Loved the little heated pool, which was never crowded. Really enjoyed the cabanas. Enchanted by the tropical setting of palms, hammocks, and then the sparkling ocean. Rooms were classier than I expected with tiled floors and island décor and very comfy beds and pillows. Maid service was excellent. One night my husband had a diabetic crash and the thoughtful man at the front desk gave us his glucose tablets. Wow. That's beyond the call of duty. Also, the front desk folks helped me find out about the Midwest storms to see if our area in Illinois was hit. The Starfish Grille was very fancy. The only issue was the 18 percent gratuity "clause." The word "gratuity" means "free" and people should have the choice of what to tip. But all and all, we look forward to returning. November 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by A great vacation I had a great vacation and my stay at the Holiday Inn was a big part of it. The room was an ample size, comfortable and clean. All of the staff was friendly. The Holiday Inn is right on the beach, which is great. This is the second time I've stayed there and I would stay again. November 17, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Great Location, Poor Management and Outdated Rooms We have stayed in Sanibel every year for the last 15 years. Unfortunately over the last 3 years, downhill has been the direction of this facility. We like to getaway and do some shelling and will be looking for a new place in Sanibel unless this hotel is updated and becomes under new management. November 16, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Obstructed gulf views for full view price This hotel was pretty nice even though it's older. The restaurant staff and food were wonderful. The outside bartenders were rude. Inside bartenders will access to the full bar were much more pleasant and accommodating. The full gulf views I paid for were obstructed with people, the pool, and palm trees since our room was on the first floor. Nothing could be done to move us to the second floor and no discount was made. Other than that, this hotel is conveniently located to access all of Sanibel. I would not go here again just because of the front desk staff not helping us out with what we originally paid for. November 15, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Relaxing...but expected more I love this property & the laid back Island feel you get as soon as you pull in. The location is wonderful & we will be back for sure. The rooms were comfortable & clean. I do have a few issues. I hate to complain, and I may be totally off base, but in some ways, I expected a little more from this property. I booked 4 rooms for a mini family reunion & requested that our rooms be next to each other. As a platinum member, you would think that that request would have been accommodated, but no luck, we were pretty spread out. Also, we were all in rooms without a view...again, probably just me expecting just a little more, but no luck there either. In addition, I tried to have some wine & cheese/crackers delivered to my parents room for their anniversary, but I was told by the person I talked to that she "was too busy right now & to come back later" - sorry, but I have plans "later." So much for going above & beyond. My last issue is around the beach chairs/umbrellas. The sign says that they will be brought out to the beach by 9am daily. They weren't there until 10:30 or so, so don't rush down to get one. Island time I guess :-) November 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Holiday Inn, Sanibel Our stay at the Holiday Inn Sanibel was wonderful. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. The grounds are beautiful, and the beach is just steps away from the hotel. The room was very clean , and decorated with tropical colors. Next door is the Starfish Grille which was excellent too. November 13, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by perfect vacation!!! If you want a really relaxing vacation in a great location the Holiday Inn in Sanibel, Florida is the place to go. My husband and teenage daughter and I just came back from vacationing with my best friend and her husband and daughter. We had so much fun. The beach was beautiful and clean and the shells were wonderful! The pool was perfect. We rode bikes every day-provided at the hotel. The beds were comfortable and the pillows were great. All the people who worked at the hotel were very island friendly and helpful, especially at the front desk. The hammocks were heavenly. We can't wait to return back to the Holiday Inn, Sanibel. This was one of the best vacations we ever had! We loved every minute of it. November 13, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by the outside aligator pond My Daughter and I were spending a couple of days together for here 48th birthday.2 days at the Holiday Inn One at Room 240 which was an up grade that we paid for and Another Room! Because room 240 was taking the nexy day We had a fantastic dinner at the restaurant On the way back to our room the smell was over powering and made my Daughter sick! The wind must have changed because we smell it in our room too (That pond Should be CHECK!! November 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Problem Too much noise with the air cooling system. All the others things were good November 3, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Not the best bang for the buck. Quiet and peaceful, great proximity to the beach. Had a Shell cleaning sink with no light for use after a day's shell collecting. Bar in back by the pool closed really early. Bathroom was teeny-tiny in our room. It all looks the same once your eyes are closed, but the accommodations were on Par with a budget hotel. On-site restaurant had limited dinner menu and what was there was priced like a 5-star. Counter staff was kind and helpful. November 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Casual but Nice Beachy Decor The staff was very friendly. Room was always very neat and clean after maid service. Location was convenient to the entire island. I liked that it was not an extremely large complex. Easy to get to the beach. October 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sanibel's Best Another great stay! Staff at front desk the best! Paulette, Courtney, and Claudia always pleasant and ready to make your stay the best. Shelling seems to be the best here too. Always a relaxing and enjoyable visit. Thank you! October 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anniversary weekend This was our first stay at Sanibel Holiday Inn. We were right behind the pool Tiki Bar and still had a quiet, pleasant, and wonderful experience. My husband asked for something not on the Star Grill menu and the chef made him the perfect dish, no questions, no refusal, customer satisfaction 100%. We are planning another trip there in 2 months. October 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Another Perfect Stay My husband and I have been visiting this Holiday Inn every weekend for the past few months, and each stay is better than the last! Still the BEST staff at the front desk (Paulette, Claudia, and Courtney). Always a smile, friendly, pleasant, and willing to go the extra mile! Thank you to each person working there that makes this Holiday Inn simply the BEST!! October 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Overall a good trip This was our first trip to Sanibel, and the Holiday Inn is usually our first choice. We are platinum members, and upon arrival we asked if we could check in early at 2, and we couldn't as our room wasn't available. We asked if we could upgrade, and the desk attendant told us we had only paid for a standard room........I mentioned we were platinum members and were usually upgraded if it was available....We were given a free one hour bike rental for being a member. We were placed in the building close to the beach, with a side view, which turned out to be fine. The room was clean, nice and the bed comfortable. There was a fridge and microwave and table which were very helpful. The beach was nice, and I was pleased that umbrellas, chairs and beach towels were at no additional cost. The no see ums were terrible around 5 p.m., even if you were covered in bug spray..So after 5, it was best to stay inside. I was unaware the bugs were so bad on the island. Overall a nice hotel, and would recommend. October 22, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Just an average motel A good motel for a beach person No comfortable seating outside, except around the pool area Spent a lot of time on the wood benches. Computer hard wire connection would not work. RM 140 Wi-Fi not protected I normally use Hilton brand motels and never had a hold put on my credit. For a three night stay, Holiday Inn put almost $1300 hold on my Visa. Why?? Spent the night before at Best Western, Ft Myers Beach with no hold on credit. Front desk people were very helpful. October 21, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Staff was accommodating and very friendly. Room small...There should be a door to separate the sink/mirror area from other sleeping family members. October 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Very pleasant surprise My wife and I really enjoyed our long weekend at the Sanibel Holiday Inn. The room was spotless and smelled fresh and clean. Our only quibble is a small one concerning the attached restaurant. We had to ask them to turn down the annoying music at breakfast so we could carry on a conversation. We will definitely be staying here again. October 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Love this Holiday Inn the Best Repeat customer, and plan on many more visits! Beautiful landscaping, close to the beach, love the FREE lounge chairs and beach towels, and Paulette at front desk is absolutely the BEST. Always a smile, and a genuine attitude to make your stay the best. Thanks Paulette! October 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great Service Very pleased with their friendly service overall although wish their cleaning staff to finish up in timely matter while we were out for short while.. even we only stayed for two nights - weekend it has meet our basic needs overall October 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent Beach-Front room We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The beach was just steps away from our room and the accommodations were excellent. September 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Russi Love this place.. I go at least once a year. I went for my 25 year anniversary. Great location, great beach love it!!!!!!!!!! September 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent service Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. This was my 4th time at the holiday inn resort in Sanibel. Jesus, Claudia, all the front desk crew as well as the cleaning crew who work so had to keep our room clean and neat when we are at the beach are all to be commended!!! We look forward to visiting next year. Like the old motto of Holiday Inn the "best surprise was no surprise"!! Lech September 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Nice Weekend Getaway We opted for a hotel right on Sanibel. The hotel is very pretty, tastefully decorated and well maintained. The grounds were constantly being cleaned and room service was punctual. A very short walk to the beach is lined with little activities such as Ping-Pong and a ring toss of sorts. There is a Tiki type snack bar at the pool which can easily be visited from the beach and of course they accommodate the kiddies in the group. Our room, which was just what you would expect, bed, TV table/desk and a luggage rack, was clean fresh and up to date. The hotel owned and provided beach towels along with a complimentary small beach tote were a pleasant surprise. We were located on the first floor right by the office and there was no disruptive noise whatsoever. Very peaceful and relaxing. If you are going to take advantage of the Starfish Bar and Starfish Grille on the premises, be prepared to dig a little deep for your meal. It is more of a dining experience which we tried once. The food is very good and the staff couldn't be more attentive. We plan to make this a regular visit. September 22, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great weekend get away I stayed here with a girlfriend to celebrate my birthday in September. The location was fantastic- right on the beach and close to many things on the isalnd. The property was very relaxing. We really enjoyed the tiki bar, sitting in the adirondack chairs, and sitting in the pool cabanas. The staff was always pleasant and more than helpful. The only thing I wasnt happy about was paying extra for a gulfview room that did not have a gulf view. The only thing we could see from our room was the pool. I don't know what the view was on the second floor, but first floor rooms should not be considered gulfview by any means. September 19, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Unhelpful staff I thought the staff at the Sanibel hotel were most unhelpful, no late check outs available to Platinum Priority Club members, the room was cleaned on the last day before we had even checked out (we were on the beach). No balcony or patio chairs available. No safe key made available. September 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great girl's getaway. This was our third annual girl's getaway to Sanibel's Holiday Inn. We have always had a good experience here and I can't believe it has been "luck" each time. We have not run into any of the problems that other guests have talked about. The rooms are decorated nicely and the bedding is very comfortable. We enjoy having the refrigerator and microwave for nights when we just don't feel like going out for a meal. The safe is nice extra touch also. The staff has been very friendly and courteous. We stay here for about two weeks each year just to kick back and relax. We like to sleep in in the mornings and the staff are very nice about not bothering us. The chairs and umbrellas are great and the gentleman that works down on the beach is very friendly and helpful in answering any questions we ask about the island. The only "con" I have is that the two weeks go by way too fast, but we are already planning our fourth annual trip back next year. Thanks to the entire staff for a great visit! September 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Beautiful place to relax My friend and I decided on Sanibel Island for our annual Thelma and Louise roadtrip. I was fortunate to find the Holiday Inn. The property was exactly as appeared on your website. The hotel staff made our stay very comfortable and relaxing. We did so enjoy the Tiki Bar located near the pool. I will definitely travel to Sanibel Island again. September 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Clean and confortable suite Was incredible, good price and clean hotel... I want to come back again!!! September 16, 2013
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