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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 250 reviewers.
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great facilities and helpful front staff Stayed here a few weeks ago and found the facilities to be great. Beautiful setting. The front staff was very accommodating and friendly. I have family on Sanibel and I will definitely stay here again when visiting. I asked for a gulf side room, which I won't do again. The pool is right in front of the rooms, and there is no privacy if you open your window shades. I'd rather just go to the pool/beach to enjoy the view. December 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by All Around Enjoyable Get-Away! A very pleasant two nights was enjoyed by both of us. It was just what the doctor ordered this time of year. December 21, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great Beach Access but dated rooms This is a great property for getting to the beach. They have a nice system of providing beach loungers right on the beach, and it's easy access to get to the water. Loved the beachfront bar, shell bag provided, and shell rinse station. The rooms are smallish and dated, however, and all have external doors. It is very difficult to find; bring your GPS! No elevators, so pack lightly. Staff was very helpful and pleasant. No pool that we could find. December 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Good location, great staff, fun pool bar. We were there primarily to play golf and the hotel is conveniently located close to both Sanibel courses. The beach is lovely and was a short walk from the room. The pool bar was a lively place and the staff was fun. Only complaint was that the room air conditioner was very loud when it came on. December 15, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Radio and Internet The Internet was painfully slow! The room radio was full of static and poor reception. December 14, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Older hotel but clean This Holiday Inn is an older hotel but the grounds are well kept and the rooms are clean and comfortable. None of the rooms actually have a view of the beach but we didn't spend much time in the room anyway. December 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Clean place, had a good two days. Ok place nice beach area, pool and bar are nice too. Room was clean, and suite our needs fine. All rooms are a very short walk to the beach. Ocean view is not worth the money, all rooms with ocean view face east and west, ocean is to the south about 200 feet from the buildings, want to see the ocean walk to it! They have umbrellas and chairs for you to use. Very relaxing. Only issue was one staff member, but returned 2 hours later and Jesus, yes Jesus took care of the issue. Great guy and helped us out at 9pm when earlier we were told they could not help us, with computer issues. In room and lobby. December 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great,but needs one comfortable chair We have stayed here before and this time was as great as ever. The restaurant and Tiki bar has some of the nicest servers ever! The desk staff was very pleasant and very helpful and the room was cleaned good in a timely manner. Thank You and we will see you next year. Oh yeh,the food was good also. December 11, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sandy beach there was no room available but the staff did their best to make it happen. December 3, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Serivce was great Room was very clean and neat. Staff was great. Mattress was not very comfortable. Room doors are on the outside and at times it was noisy. December 3, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Decent Location, Lousy Facility Even the good rooms are small. The 'beach view' rooms are at least 200 yards from the beach, you can barely see it. The beds are uncomfortable. This is an old and cramped hotel and too expensive for what it offers. November 27, 2013
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
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