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West Wind Inn, Sanibel

3-star3 stars
3345 West Gulf DriveSanibelFL33957United States of America

Sanibel beachfront hotel with outdoor pool, beach bar
  • Free WiFi and free parking
Very Good8.4
Great location
Beautiful beach
Great pool
More comfort would be nice
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West Wind Inn, Sanibel

from $191
  • Guest Room, 1 King, Gulf or Garden View
  • Studio, 2 Double Beds, Kitchenette, Gulf or Garden View
  • Guest Room, 2 Doubles, Gulf or Garden View
  • Guest Room, 2 Double Beds, Gulf Front
  • Studio, 2 Double Beds, Kitchenette, Gulf Front
  • Studio, 1 King, Kitchenette, Gulf Front
  • Suite, 1 Bedroom, Kitchen

About West Wind Inn, Sanibel

Beachfront hotel on Sanibel Island with seaside pub

Minutes from Shell Museum

West Wind Inn is on the south shore of central Sanibel Island overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, a 4-minute drive from The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. A 4-minute ride will get you to Island Cinema, and Sanibel Historical Museum and Village is a 7-minute drive away.

Darling Wildlife Refuge

Shelling on the beach is one of the most popular activities on Sanibel Island, and nature lovers can admire the 6,400 acres of J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge. For a break from the sun, you can check out art and music performances at BIG ARTS Center.

Drinks by the pool

Normandie Seaside Pub serves breakfast, and meat and seafood dishes for lunch and dinner, while The Upper Deck can provide you with drinks right by the large heated pool. The hotel also has a shuffleboard court and tennis courts, and parking is free for guests.

Scenic views, free WiFi

Summery, light colors fill the 102 guestrooms, each providing a view of the gardens or the Gulf of Mexico from a balcony or patio. You can make snacks using the compact refrigerators and microwaves, and rooms come with free WiFi and flat-screen TVs.

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 104 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-5:30 AM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM

Required at check in

  • Credit card or cash deposit required

  • Government-issued photo ID required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others


  • Pets not allowed

Extra people

  • Roll-away beds available, charges may apply*


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Other information

  • Smoke-free property
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Cooked-to-order breakfast daily (surcharge)
  • 2 restaurants
  • 2 bars/lounges
  • Coffee shop/café
  • Beach bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • Beach sun loungers
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Outdoor pool
  • Children's pool
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
  • Bicycle rentals nearby
  • Beach towels
Working away
  • Conference space
  • Meeting rooms
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Wedding services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Accessible bathroom
  • In-room accessibility
  • Roll-in shower

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Sleep well
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
Things to enjoy
  • Balcony or patio
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower only
  • Free toiletries
  • Hair dryer
Be entertained
  • Cable TV channels
  • DVD player
Stay connected
  • Free newspaper
  • Free WiFi
  • Free local calls
Food and drink
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Daily housekeeping
  • In-room safe
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Access via exterior corridors

Special features


Normandie - This restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

Upper Deck Pool Bar - This poolside café specializes in American cuisine and serves lunch only. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. A children's menu is available. Happy hour is offered.

West Wind Inn, Sanibel’s small print

Also known as

  • West Wind Inn
  • West Wind Inn Sanibel
  • West Wind Sanibel
  • Wind Inn
  • West Wind Hotel Sanibel Island
  • West Wind Sanibel Island


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

Mandatory fees

You’ll be asked to pay the following charges at check in or check out:

  • Resort fee: USD 19.95 per accommodation, per night

Resort fee inclusions:

  • Beach towels
  • Sporting facilities or equipment
  • Business center/computer access
  • Internet access (may be limited)
  • Newspaper
  • Parking
  • Housekeeping

Inclusions may be listed elsewhere on the page as free or for a surcharge.

Optional extras

Breakfast costs between USD 5 and USD 15 per person (approximately)

We have included all charges provided to us by this hotel. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

What’s around West Wind Inn, Sanibel


  • On the beach
  • Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife - 33 min walk
  • Bailey - Matthews Shell Museum - 43 min walk
  • Gulfside City Park - 2.6 mi / 4.2 km
  • Sanibel Historical Museum and Village - 2.7 mi / 4.4 km
  • Sanibel Historical Village and Museum - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km
  • BIG Arts Center - 2.8 mi / 4.5 km
  • Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater - 2.9 mi / 4.6 km

Getting around

  • Fort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.) - 47 min drive
  • Naples, FL (APF-Naples Municipal) - 72 min drive
  • Free self parking

Recent reviews

Very Good 8.4 From 1,078 reviews

West Wind Inn, Sanibel
I want to go back!
We just picked this place from not knowing anything about the area. We booked 2 nights and ended up staying 4!
Judi, us2 night trip
West Wind Inn, Sanibel
Would like to have had beach chairs without an extra charge. They charged $20 to set up two beach chairs with umbrella. When we asked for extra towels for the room, we were asked to come and get them at the office Usually, someone from housekeeping delivers them in my previous experience. Enjoyed having use of bicycles at no charge!
Barbara, us1 night trip
West Wind Inn, Sanibel
Must stay here!
The location, the large beachfront that felt very secluded, the pool area and outdoor bar, the view from our screened-in balcony, the service...all excellent. Our family made great memories here and we will definitely be back!!
Jaclyn, us2 night trip
West Wind Inn, Sanibel
First Time & Will NOT be our Last!
My family stayed at the West Wind Inn for the first time this past week. 3-24-27-2018. Our three nights were perfect. The location of the property is just steps to the beach. We were able to utilize the free bicycles and travel to the local farm market on Sunday. That was so much fun. Our room had a kitchenette so we were able to purchase some food items and keep them in our refrigerator. The Inn’s swimming pool was relaxing and the Upper Deck restaurant was convenient and very good. We ate lunch there twice. Plenty of local restaurants also within driving distance. The most stellar feature of this Inn, were the front desk ladies. It was delightful to go in daily ~ request our room keys, inquire about directions, reserve bikes, utilize the business center and (sadly) checkout. My family was so impressed with the West Wind Inn we are now planning to make this Springtime Getaway an annual tradition! See you next year! Love from Pittsburgh, PA
Megan, us3 night trip
West Wind Inn, Sanibel
Second time staying there. Everything was perfect.
Lowell, us6 night trip

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