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1 room, 2 adults

Waterside Inn on the Beach

2-star2 stars
3033 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, FL, 33957, United States of America

Beachfront hotel with outdoor pool, near Sanibel Island Southern Beach
  • Free WiFi and free parking
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  • Awesome time! Great location!Jul. 20, 2020
  • Arrived on Friday the 3rd and was told the two cottages I reserved were not available.…Jul. 8, 2020

Waterside Inn on the Beach

from A$279
  • Studio, 2 Queen Beds, Kitchen (No Pets Allowed)
  • Room, 2 Queen Beds (No Pets Allowed)
  • Cottage, 1 Bedroom (Pets Allowed, Must be under 30lbs)
  • Cottage, 1 Bedroom, Resort View (Pets Allowed, Must be under 30lbs)
  • Bungalow, 1 Bedroom, Poolside (No Pets Allowed)
  • Cottage, Poolside (Pets Allowed, Must be under 30lbs)
  • Studio, Kitchen, Oceanfront (No Pets Allowed)
  • Cottage, 1 Bedroom, Oceanfront (Pets Allowed, Must be under 30lbs)

What’s around Waterside Inn on the Beach


  • On the waterfront
  • Sanibel Island Southern Beach - 19 min walk
  • Periwinkle Way - 26 min walk
  • Sanibel Historical Museum and Village - 37 min walk
  • Sanibel Historical Village and Museum - 37 min walk
  • BIG Arts Center - 38 min walk
  • Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater - 39 min walk
  • Gulfside City Park - 41 min walk

Getting around

  • Southwest Florida Intl. Airport (RSW) - 44 min drive

At a glance

Key facts

Hotel size

  • This hotel has 27 rooms
  • This hotel is arranged over 2 floors


  • Check-in time 3 PM-7 PM
  • Check-out time is 11 AM
The front desk is open during the following times:
  • Monday - Saturday: 8 AM - 8 PM
  • Sunday - Sunday: 8 AM - 7 PM
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property ahead of time using the information on the booking confirmation. If you are planning to arrive after 7 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation. Guests planning to arrive outside of normal check-in hours must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions. Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Required at check-in

  • Credit card required for incidental charges

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required

  • Minimum check-in age is 21
  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 21

Travelling with others


  • Children stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding

  • No cribs (infant beds)


  • Pets allowed (dogs and cats only) *

  • Specific rooms only *

  • Up to 30 lbs


  • Free WiFi in public areas

  • Free WiFi in rooms



  • Free self parking

Payment types at the property

Other information

  • No alcohol served onsite
* See small print for additional details or extra charges

In the hotel

Food and drink
  • Barbecue grills
Things to do
  • On private beach
  • Beach sunloungers
  • Outdoor pool
  • Pool sunloungers
  • Bicycle rentals on site
  • Fishing on site
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Pool umbrellas
  • Beach towels
  • Laundry facilities
  • Free newspapers in lobby
  • Number of buildings/towers - 8
  • Designated smoking areas (fines apply)
  • Picnic area
Languages Spoken
  • English

In the room

Home comforts
  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
Freshen up
  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Free toiletries
Be entertained
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Premium TV channels
Stay connected
  • Free WiFi
  • Phone
Food and drink
  • Microwave
  • Daily housekeeping

Waterside Inn on the Beach’s small print

Also known as

  • Waterside Inn Beach Sanibel
  • Waterside Inn on the Beach Sanibel
  • Waterside Inn on the Beach Hotel Sanibel
  • Waterside Inn Beach
  • Waterside Beach Sanibel
  • Waterside Beach
  • Waterside Inn On The Beach Hotel Sanibel Island
  • Waterside Resort Sanibel Island
  • Waterside Hotel Sanibel Island
  • Waterside On The Beach Sanibel
  • Waterside Inn on the Beach Hotel


Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation.

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties.

Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms.

Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the swimming pool without adult supervision.

This property does not have elevators.

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Social distancing measures are in place and staff at the property wear personal protective equipment.

Contactless check-in is available.

The name on the credit card used at check-in to pay for incidentals must be the primary name on the guestroom reservation.

Mandatory fees

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

  • Resort fee: USD 20 per accommodation, per night

Resort fee inclusions:

  • Pool access
  • Beach access
  • Beach loungers
  • Beach towels
  • Internet access (may be limited)
  • In-room coffee
  • Parking

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

Optional extras

Late check-out can be arranged for an extra charge of USD 50.00 (subject to availability)

Pets are allowed for an extra charge of USD 20.00 per pet, per night

Service animals exempt from fees

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

FAQs for Waterside Inn on the Beach

  • Does Waterside Inn on the Beach offer free cancellation for a full refund?
    Yes, Waterside Inn on the Beach does have fully refundable rooms available to book on our site, which can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in. Just make sure to check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
  • Is parking offered at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
    Yes, there's free self parking.
  • Is there a pool at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
    Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
  • Are pets allowed at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
    Yes, cats and dogs are welcome, with a maximum weight of 30 lbs per pet. There's a charge of USD 20.00 per pet, per night. Service animals are exempt from fees.
  • What are the check-in and check-out times at Waterside Inn on the Beach?
    You can check in from 3 PM to 7 PM. Check-out time is 11 AM. Late check-out is available for a charge of USD 50.00 (subject to availability).
  • Are there restaurants at or near Waterside Inn on the Beach?
    Yes. Nearby restaurants include Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille (1.7 mi), George and Wendy's Seafood Grill (1.7 mi), and The Mad Hatter (1.8 mi).

Recent reviews

Fabulous 8.6 From 484 reviews

Very good 8.0
A great stay in Sanibel
Staff was friendly and helpful. The location right on the beach was excellent. Easy drive to restaurants and other shops in twn.
Edward, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Excellent location and beautiful beach
This was our second stay at the Waterside Inn and my parents stayed the week before us. We love the tropical garden palm trees around the hotel and pool. Location is excellent and beach beautiful with just steps to the beach and free loungers. Rooms are very clean and staff is friendly. I gave it 4 stars this time because we paid the resort fee that includes beach/pool towels but when we arrived at 5pm were told sorry they are out. Since towels are included we didnt bring any and first day no beach or pool after driving. Second day we went at 10am and were told sorry no pool towels they have to do laundry first. Luckily the girl was very nice at the reception which was a different girl as the day before and after explaining that this is our second day she went and got us 2 towels. These 2 towels we kept for the whole rest of our stay because they closed the office due to social distancing. If charged a resort fee in addition to the high rates we expect these things that are included in that fee or waive the fee. This is just a recommendation to the office and not a bad review. The hotel is awesome and we will stay there again. We love it there. To be honest this is the first hotel we look for availability when going to Sanibel. It may be a bit older but you cant beat the feeling you get there which is a tropical relaxed feeling with a beautiful private beach.
Sascha, us4 night trip
Very good 8.0
Two day beach break!
Had a nice 2 days there, very close to beach. Room was quite large, clean and full kitchen. Beds wrong side of room for comfort in my opinion. One bed your head is 3 to 4 feet from a rather noisy wall AC unit? Not good idea at all. (See photo) Head of beds should be on opposite wall which along with AC issue it would make it a lot easier to access the bathroom.
Sandra, us2 night trip
Very good 8.0
Peasant stay
Overall a lovely place to stay, our daughter enjoyed the outdoor pool and your right on the beach.
MARK, us1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Loved the place it is a great little gem. The beach was great and looking for shells was a lot of fun. I will be back. Had a family of 5 and it had plenty of space for all. Very clean the only draw back was the sofa bed was horrible it really needs to be replaced, but other then that this place can't be beat for a get away. Can't wait to go back.
Cathy, us2 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
I love this place!
Great location, staff is wonderful. Room was perfect. Love that its right on the beach, chairs and towel available, I really loved being here.
Pamela, us1 night trip
Exceptional 10.0
Mary Ann, us1 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
Friendly staff and clean hotel with private beach
My son and daughter in law stayed at the Waterside Inn before and recommended it to us. This time it was our turn and it was such a wonderful stay. The hotel is close to everything and at a wonderful private beach. The pool with palms trees is beautiful. Everything is clean and staff very friendly and welcoming. We will return soon and my son just booked again for next week.
Roman, us4 night trip
Good 6.0
Beautiful grounds we were right on beach. The room was very dated old furniture and all trash and laundry was mandated you remove from room and leave outside the door. There was no cleaning done the entire stay. We lost use of pool for most of the first full day due to repair. We made best of situation
matthew, us3 night family trip
Exceptional 10.0
We enjoyed staying here. Staff was friendly and most importantly a private access to beach. I will be staying here again.
Pamela, us1 night family trip

Waterside Inn on the Beach

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