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Situated on a stretch of beach in Sanibel, West Wind Inn is within easy reach of Bailey - Matthews Shell Museum, Sanibel Historical Museum and Village, and Sanibel Historical Village and Museum. Also nearby are Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater and Sanibel Public Library.
Spend the day at the beach and work on your tan with sun loungers or relax in the shade with umbrellas. After a day at the beach, enjoy amenities at West Wind Inn like an outdoor pool and a children's pool.
Dining options at the hotel include a restaurant and a coffee shop/café. High-speed (wired) Internet access is complimentary in public areas. Guest parking is complimentary.
Rooms open to balconies. The 102 air-conditioned guestrooms at West Wind Inn include safes and complimentary newspapers. Complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access is provided. Televisions are equipped with cable channels and DVD players. Bathrooms offer shower/tub combinations, hair dryers, and complimentary toiletries. All units feature microwaves, refrigerators, and coffee/tea makers. Additional amenities include irons/ironing boards and windows that open. Housekeeping is offered daily.
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The beacon at Lighthouse Beach is one of Sanibel Island’s the most photographed landmarks. Nearby, artsy Old Town Sanibel retains its low-slung buildings. The island has strict rules on development; here, palm trees are the tallest things. The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge takes up nearly half of the island. The park is home to 220 bird species, including the iconic pink flamingo.see all hotels in Sanibel
"Nice holiday stay"
Hotel worked very well for my purposesGenuine Hotels.com guest review
My husband and I loved our weekend stay here! Great location, very clean,friendly staff. The gentleman who sang Friday evening was an added bonus! Would definitely stay again!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very nice place. Pool and beach area was very nice...They have a beautiful butterfly garden to walk through. Computer room was very nice, you can check in with your airline and print your boarding passes if you need to. They have a daily happy hour 5-630 pm. One thing to remember, if you put your drinks on your room charge, you are charged 17% gratuity […] , and I found out after we put a tip in the jar....the room seemed clean! only issue we had was very small ants on the bathroom counter. Front desk workers were all nice, esp Lorre, she was very patient and helpful during check in. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"great location with small rooms"
This is the 2nd time we have stayed here and we do like the property a lot. Right on the beach and the grounds are well kept along with the pool area. The rooms are clean but a bit small as is par for a 60's built hotel. I tried to negotiate a better rate as i want to book 6 rooms during Thanksgiving. The manager was not willing to negotiate nor did […] i find them to be very accommodating. Other than that, it certainly is a pleasant no frills experience. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice hotel on the beach"
Nice room. Staff was friendly. Kitchen had everything I needed to cook. Room was clean and comfortable.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Only a few steps to pool and the beach."
Enjoyed the quiet convenience of this little inn. Super convenient to the pool and the beach! Asked front desk for two umbrellas and four chairs and they were awaiting us on the beach at 9am each day! Good food service at pool bar and very helpful front desk. We stayed a total of four nights and ventured off premise for biking, shopping and lunch/d […] inner. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Decent place to stay on Sanibel"
We were making a last-minute type trip for a quick get-away to Sanibel, and this was our first time at the West Wind Inn. This was at the height of the tourist season and we paid a premium rate. That said, we did not have premium accommodations. They were decent, clean and pleasant. The bathroom was very cramped although it clearly had been recently […] updated (but not enlarged). The room was comfortable but not luxurious. The overall facility is a little tired-looking. We ended up feeling ok about our stay, but have to say that the West Wind Inn would not be at the top of our list for the next trip to Sanibel. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
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"Nice spot for a weekend getaway"
Very much enjoyed our stay - room is basic but clean. Beach access was wonderful, enjoyed the pool, and very much enjoyed our weekend getaway!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Needed A Break"
Room was clean and the staff was very pleasant, just spent the weekend, would do it again.Genuine Expedia guest review
loved my stay, walked out my room onto the beach, loved location , close to all restaurants as well as not far from captiva. service at hotel was very good. Everyone was very helpful.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice secluded get away"
Great location ,very comfortable to off load your vehicle .the inn is very clean and cozy what A great get away.the room was nice and the bathroom had marble sinks and was superb,hay also rent bikes on site ...and the beach was very secluded not to many people .Genuine Expedia guest review
"Beautiful Gulf View Property"
This is by all means a beautiful hotel on the Gulf of Mexico with a crystal clear swimming pool, and a pool bar for drinks and light meals. A beautiful property! The rooms could use some careful detail cleaning(dust on lamp shades) and the bathroom fixtures were old and painted over but the rust was still visible. The towels are very thin and not of […] luxury grade. The staff was pleasant but not very helpful with problems in the room. The kitchenette was lovely and the refrigerator was perfectly clean. Room service was minimal,trash was emptied and the bed remade with the same sheets but the ironing board was left up and standing in the middle of the kitchenette where I had left it to cool when leaving the room. The trash can under the sink in the kitchen was not emptied until I left it out and then it was not put back where it belonged. Small niceties such as this are important when paying a high rate for a hotel. In general I would go back without hesitation and would recommend it to friends and family. I think children would do well here although I did not have any with me. The shells on the beach and the cleaning hut would be a great activity for the children. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Recommended Sanibel location"
We rented a unit with a kitchenette so we wouldn't have to eat out as often to save money. The appliances were older but were functional. The location and beach access were very good. Onsite pool and tennis courts were also nice. The grounds were well kept and staff were friendly.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Nice vacation destination"
This hotel was beautifully landscaped. Excellent breakfast at the hotel restaurant.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Good for families"
This is the nicest motel I've ever stayed in. I spent 5 days here with my 6 year old daughter; there were lots of other children around so that was good for her. While there I was trying to think why some have commented that it seems "dated"; the only obvious things are that the bedspread pattern was garish, and the chairs in the room weren't particularly […] stylish. The only negatives were that the bathroom was a little cramped, and they ran out of dry towels by the pool one evening. The bathroom had been recently updated, and the grounds and heated pool are beautiful and well-maintained. Breakfast at the on-site restaurant was delicious, with good service. Would definitely stay here again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great spot for a getaway"
The location of this hotel couldn't be better - right on a beautiful beach without a lot of people. Rooms were nice and kitchenettes were updated and convenient. If you go during high season and know that you want to rent bikes, beach umbrellas, etc., make sure you reserve them in advance because they will run out.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Excellent choice for singles, couples or families."
Very well-located and well-maintained hotel. Our room and bath were clean and spacious and the screened porch on each unit is a wonderful bonus. The staff could not be more pleasant or accommodating. Lovely pool/pool bar area. On-site bike rentals, tennis, shell-cleaning area. Everything we were looking for and more.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great find on Cedar Key"
Very comfortable-great view from our deck overlooking the marsh. Really appreciated the washer/dryer in our unit. This would be a great place to settle into for a week-full eat-in kitchen, deck, pool-all the amenities for a comfortable stay.Genuine Expedia guest review
"You can't beat the location"
This hotel is well run and located right on the beach. One can use the pool or enjoy the beach. The sun sets right there, over the Gulf of Mexico. Bikes can be rented for $15 a day and can be used to tour the Nature Preserve nearby, a few flat miles away, all connected by bike paths. Everyone seems to bike everywhere--all ages on all types of bikes. […] (The nature preserve also has a section for renting kayaks to tour a mangrove swamp which is also one of the highlights of the visit.) There is a good restaurant at the hotel for breakfast, but it only serves dinner on the weekends. Many people--mostly retired seniors--stay there for two, three or four weeks, year after year and know each other from their vacation here. The staff was very helpful all the time. In fact, I discovered that I left something in the room and called them when I got home. They graciously volunteered to mail it off to me at once. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"A great anniversary get away!"
My wife and I celebrated our 35th anniversary and our 6 day stay at the West Wind Inn was great! The staff was helpful and courteous. We were given excellent ideas for places to eat. Our room was very clean and we loved the screened in porch. The only downside to our room was the small bathroom, but then we did have an efficiency room. We were so close […] to the beach and the sunsets were beautiful each evening. We enjoyed the pool area as well. We were able to rent bikes from the Inn and that saved us going to the bike shop in town. We were close to the grocery store which was great. The biking on the Island was superb. There wasn't anything about our stay that disappointed us. I highly recommend The West Wind Inn. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Very happy with this choice!"
We really liked this hotel. We liked being away from the crowded road and businesses. There are bicycle rentals right at the hotel, although they had already been rented out for the day by the time we went to rent in late morning. The rental rate seemed very reasonable. Since the island is flat, everything was convenient to get to. Everyone has a screened […] in porch that looks at the gulf. There is a nice size pool. The bar there offers lunch at reasonable prices. The bathrooms are a bit tight, but updated, and much was made of the space that they did have. Modern glassed in shower. An additional long shelf the above the counter, below the mirror. Full size closet with good hangers. A safe that we didn't use. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
The A C blew directly on the bed. Has to turn off to sleepGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Convenience and Relaxation"
The location was wonderful. We spent much time on the beach. Shells were plentiful. It was conveniently located to the wildlife refuge for birding and hiking. Accommodating Staff, convenient microwave and frig. They even supplied the popcorn!!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Great location on West Gulf Drive. Service was good. The room had a very musty odor--the pillows were lumpy and need to be retired!Genuine Hotels.com guest review
This is a well run Inn, but Sanibel Island is not a place I will retrun to visit. Lots of shells on the beach, but mostly old, walked on rejects. 30 mph speed limit even when there are no houses makes going out to eat or shop an ordeal. No problems with the hotel, the people there are great, but it is a boring island.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Run by the Crabist Clan"
Front desk was not friendly and even rude. I think we will stay down the street next time we are on Sanibel Island.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Great hotel for an Anniversary Getaway"
My husband and I went away for our 10th Anniversary. We loved the West Wind Inn. Our room had a beautiful view of the Gulf and the huge pool, and we found having a refrigeraor and microwave very convenient.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great location and amenities"
Beachfront is everything... and the beach is great, like a private beach. The Hotel installations are fair, but could have some improvements / updates. Overall I had a great time.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Very pleasant experience. The bed was uncomfortable and could use some sort of padded cover. The bath and beach towels could be replaced. Pillows need replacing. The staff was very nice and the room was quiet and access to the pool and beach was wonderful! Would return in the future.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Weekend Get Away"
The Inn was comfy and folksy. My wife and I enjoyed ourselves: the pool, the poolside lounge, and closiness of the gulf, all of which were in very, very short waliking distance. The restaurant where we had breakfast each morning, we found also very satisfactory. Plenty of great places to eat closeby.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
nice quiet hotel, right on the beach. enjoyed our stay.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Not a good choice if wheelchair bound"
We were in a handicapped room by necessity. We found the bed mattress hard and too low. The pool was accessible, but the Tiki bar was not. The paths to the beach was soft sand and impossible for me to access the beach in my wheelchair.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Great hotel for a family"
Very nice hotel, clean rooms, the only complain I have is that they have a tiny, tiny, bathroom. Besides from that, the hotel is very good and clean. I strongly recommend it. I will return, no dubt about it.Genuine Expedia guest review
"A Nice Place to Stay"
Everything was very good about our stay, except that the bed was very hard; like sleeping on a table. It was very nicely situated on the Island. Everything we wanted to see and do was close. We enjoyed the beach behind the motel.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
Stay was great. Best part of hotel is location. Beach access from pool area. Pool a bit small and crowded with kids. Was able to be in the pool a bit after sunset. Bar at the pool serves lunch from about 11 to 2PM, pizza after lunch. Decent prices, happy hour from 5-6:30.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
West Wind was a nice hotel. Location on Sanibel is good and the room was nice. A little dated but it was clean and well kept + the view of the pool and Gulf was excellent. I thought they could have done a better job of keeping up the grounds (grass, shrubs, landscaping) but I guess for the price it is what it is. The grass was mostly weeds and it seemed […] there was little effort/desire to improve it. Resoding with St. Augistine grass would improve the looks of the grounds 100%. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great beach location"
The location of the room in relation to the beach was terrific. The staff in the front office were not very friendly. Both bartender"s at the pool were very friendly. Rooms were not swept daily and front office claims they are a motel and did not know what the cleaning standard should be, as they outsource the service. Cleaning staff was responsive […] if you had a request. The location to the beach would make this a good choice and we would return. Read moreGenuine Hotels.com guest review
"Pleasant place to stay"
The staff were pleasant and helpful. I liked that they had someone on duty at the front desk 24/7. It was nice to have restaurant on premises for breakfast and lunch. We loved the screened in balcony with a view of the water. The beach was literally 2 minutes from our door.Genuine Expedia guest review
We just came back from our trip. The hotel was very nice, clean, and quiet. The beach was just a few steps from our room. The pool was incredible. Very clean and not crowded. We took advantage of the beach chairs and umbrella one day and it was great. We ate lunch at the pool bar area and the food was very good. Staff were polite and friendly. We went […] out to eat at Doc Ford, Bubble Room, and took advantage of Baileys a local grocery store. We opted to rent a car and glad we did! All places were family friendly...have an 11 yr old and 8 yr old. We really had a great time. Did some local shopping, Shell Museum, Captiva Dolphin Cruise, and a trip to the Everglades. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
Very close to the beach and restaurantsGenuine Hotels.com guest review
very nice was there over the 4th of July too bad the place did not do anything special for the holiday. they have a lot of families and they could plan something special that will bring people back ( something for the kids ) overall this hotel was niceGenuine Expedia guest review
This is a great hotel. It is isolated, away from the business end of Sanibel. I have one complaint, and that concerns the east-facing doors on the rooms. Due to the glass on the doors, sunlight comes flooding into the rooms around 6:30 AM, which may wake up the light sleeper.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Nice place to stay"
Everything was very nice and I would stay here again. My only complaints are that the bathroom is very small and tight and the WIFI was in and out.....mostly out. But the staff was very friendly and the rooms were clean. Although I though $20 per day for the beach set-up was high, it was a great convenience. I wish the pool bar and/or restaurant bar […] was open at night. All in all it was a pleasant stay. I would recommend the West Wind Inn. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Great Hotel for relaxing"
Great hotel if you prefer to just relax, you need to rent a car however as most of the restaurants are not near enough to walk to.Genuine Expedia guest review
"Lovely Tropical Destination"
Beautiful location on lovely, quaint Sanibel Island. A private, tropical beach is steps from your room and a nice pool area with a bar is also centrally located just steps from your room. It is not a "luxury" 5 star resort, but a quaint, quiet, older but well managed Florida beach hotel. Rooms were very clean and nicely furnished. The small refrigerator […] and microwave in the room were nice additions. We also enjoyed the screened in porch area. Sanibel Island may be the most beautiful destination in Florida with tropical landscape and old Sanibel charm. There are bike paths everywhere and plenty of small shops and non chain restaurants. Not a McDonalds or Burger King anywhere on the island. It feels like paradise! For the money, the West Wind Inn is a great deal and I would happily stay here again. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
All rooms need to be updated and stairwells cleaned.Genuine Hotels.com guest review
"Exceptional beach location"
This hotel is not fancy, but it makes up for it by the exceptional location on the beach. We found huge shells and had a great time enjoying the proximity to the bike path also.Genuine Expedia guest review
Room was very nice. The bathroom looked like it had just been redone. The bathroom was however very small (which didn't bother us). Didn't really interact with the staff much. We were only here for a few days and we didn't have any problems, so I only talked to the front desk at check in and check out. Nice beach and pool. My review of the sanibel […] area wouldn't get as high of a review. I had high hopes, but I thought that everything on the island was overpriced. For the same amount of money spent I could have stayed in the keys for a few days longer. It was okay, but I would go to key largo next time. Read moreGenuine Expedia guest review
"Nice enough to keep on our list"
Location was great and the hotel was recently renovated. However, the rooms are small, the balcony cramped and there were few amenities included in the price. Other stays have included breakfast, bicycles beach lounges and the like...I would return to West Wind, but not if other hotels had packages that were roughly equal...Genuine Expedia guest review
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