Guests have been enjoying this historic beachfront resort for more than 100 years! Sanibel’s Island Inn is a resort with just 49 rooms and beach cottages, and 550-feet of white sandy beach on its prime 10-acre waterfront site. The Island Inn prides itself on catering to guest’s wants and needs, and as evidence of this commitment, it was voted “Best Hotel & Inn on the Island.”
When the Island Inn opened in 1895, it was the first hotel on Sanibel and Captiva. Recently this historic beachfront resort has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation providing comfortable and updated accommodations while retaining the Old Florida charm its known for. All rooms have a refrigerator, microwave and coffee making facilities, and many have full kitchens.
The Island Inn Beach Cottages
Four of the Island Inn’s two-bedroom Beach Cottages sleep up to six guests, their fifth cottage–Zeeryp Beach House, is a large 1400 sq. ft., three bedroom, two bath, two-story house that can accommodate 12.
Each Beach Cottage offers prime Gulf or beach views with comfortable furniture, gleaming hardwood and tile floors, and screened porches for enjoying the fresh sea air without any bugs. Each cottage also has a fully equipped kitchen including dishwasher making it suitable for more extended stays or those who prefer to prepare an occasional meal to reduce the cost of dining out.
Island Inn Beachfront Resort Guest Rooms and Suites
In the main hotel, you’ll find luxurious, modern guest rooms that can accommodate two persons and spacious studios for up to six providing the perfect place to stay on a Sanibel, Florida vacation.
Depending on the guest room or suite you choose, amenities may include queen or king beds, wet bar, sleeper sofa, a fully equipped kitchen, or micro-fridge, a private screened balcony, porch, or sundeck overlooking the Gulf of Mexico or beach.
All accommodations include daily maid service, complimentary continental breakfast, complimentary parking and no resort fees, beach chairs and towels, Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with cable channels including HBO and Showtime, DVD/CD players, iPod/iPhone docking stations, electronic in-room safe, and more. There is also on-site laundry facilities.
Amenities and Activities at Sanibel’s Island Inn
Island Inn’s southern facing beach offers some of the best shelling on Sanibel. When you stay at the Island Inn, you’ll have the opportunity to partake in a daily guided-beach walk with a marine biologist from the nearby Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum. The Inn even features onsite shell-cleaning stations so you can rinse your treasures before you pack them for home.
Take a refreshing dip in the clear Gulf waters or the beachfront geothermal heated swimming pool (which is cooled in summer!). Play beach volleyball, a game of tennis, horseshoes, or shuffleboard. There is also access to on-site bicycle and beach rentals for getting out and exploring including kayaks and paddleboards. Browse books in the library or keep in touch with family and friends using the guest computers.
Beachfront Dining at Traditions On The Beach Restaurant and Bar
Traditions On The Beach offers waterfront casual fine dining with a spectacular Gulf of Mexico view. Guests of the Inn receive a welcome cocktail upon arrival and a 15% off coupon!
The resorts complimentary continental breakfast is served in the dining room at Traditions On The Beach and features a selection of fresh-squeezed juices, coffee, tea, baked pastries, delicious fresh fruits, toast, jellies, yogurts, and hard-boiled eggs.
Chef Aziz has been delighting diners on Sanibel with his award-winning fresh Italian & Mediterranean cuisine for many years. Watch a stunning sunset over the Gulf with tapas and cocktails at the bar before sitting down to a delicious dinner. Dinner is served nightly from 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Traditions’ full bar and spacious lounge area features live music and dancing nightly. Enjoy Sanibel Island favorite Joe McCormick accompanied by vocalists Marvilla Marzan and Barbara Smith and other artists. Prime Rib Prime Jazz every Wednesday with Father Al and the Congregation and a variety of different themed nights throughout the week.
Weddings at Island Inn on Sanibel
If you’re planning a destination wedding, Southwest Florida has everything that you could possibly wish for and more! Island Inn resort’s team of wedding specialists can create a bride’s dream beach wedding–every detail–the ceremony, photography, flowers, arch, permits, licenses, and reception. The resort offers customizable wedding packages complete with a private beach and indoor reception room with dance floor overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, special room rates for wedding guests, banquet and catering services.