Pros

  • All rooms have equipped kitchenettes and small screened-in lanais
  • Free continental breakfast
  • Heated outdoor pool with adjacent hot tub
  • Shuffleboard and picnic area with grill
  • On-site laundry
  • Free loaner bikes and beach accessories
  • Free bottle of wine upon arrival
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guests can access tiki bar at sister inn
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Cons

  • No restaurant on-site
  • Facilities showing wear in certain areas
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Bottom Line

The simple grounds here, dotted with pastel pink, two-story stucco buildings, are straight out of the ‘80s. The 30 mid-range guest units with their linoleum countertops are no less so, though there’s still a charming, understated elegance to the rooms. Song of the Sea has direct access to the beach, where staff make kayak and paddle boards available free of charge. Continental breakfast is included in the room price, though there isn't a restaurant on-site. Sanibel Inn, maintained by the same property management and directly next door, has a tiki bar that’s open to all guests. 

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Amenities

  • Internet
  • Jacuzzi
  • Pool

Oyster Hotel Review

Song of the Sea

Scene

Casual atmosphere and grounds with slightly eclectic aesthetics

Terracotta tiles line an understated, somewhat residential-style lobby set with wicker armchairs and a ceiling fan. An adjacent outdoor brick patio is furnished with tables, chairs, and umbrellas and a small stone pool is surrounded by plants. The manicured landscaping has an old Sanibel charm enhanced by the pastel-pink of the administrative building and two-story structures that house the rooms. The grounds are sprinkled with places to sit, including a number of slatted beach chairs set under individual thatched palapas.

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Location

Near the eastern end of Sanibel, along a strip of beach with other hotel properties

Like many of the other hotels on the island, Song of the Sea is situated along Gulf Drive towards the eastern end of the island, a bit more than a mile south of the causeway bridge. It’s about a 15-minute walk to the restaurants and cafes on Periwinkle Way, including Lazy Flamingo and Matzaluna The Italian Kitchen, while Sanibel Lighthouse is a 35- or 45-minute walk northeast by foot, or a few minutes by car. Sanibel Inn, directly next to Song of the Sea and a two-minute walk away, welcomes guests from both properties at its poolside tiki bar. Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers is a 40-minute drive northeast across the causeway.

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Rooms

Multiple room types, all with terracotta tile floors and kitchenettes.

A quaint, eclectic charm characterizes these simple rooms. Each guest unit has some form of a kitchenette which includes a small ‘50s-style stove with coil heaters, microwave, fridge, toaster, and coffeemaker. Most of the rooms however, do not have separate sleeping and food preparation spaces. Decor has a slightly colonial aesthetic, with plantation shutters on floor-to-ceiling windows, imitation teak wood and bamboo furniture, and textiles in greens and khakis with slightly dated elements like white linoleum countertops. A few rooms also have separate bedrooms. All units include free bottles of wine, LCD flat-screen TVs, screened-in lanais with seating, and bathrooms with shower/tub combos.

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Features

Daily free breakfast, beach accessories to borrow, and heated outdoor pool

Amenities at Song of the Sea are on the limited side compared to more luxurious properties, but management does provide an array of thoughtful perks. All guests receive a free bottle of wine upon arrival and the free continental breakfast is served on a terrace. A small souvenir shop sells hats, sunscreen, and a modest selection of outerwear. Also on hand are a coin-operated laundry shack, shuffleboard courts, a small picnic area with a gas grill, and a heated, enclosed outdoor pool with an adjacent hot tub. The hotel maintains a section of private beach with paddle boards, kayaks, chairs, and umbrellas available to borrow for free. Loaner bikes are also included in the room price. Free Wi-Fi is available as well.

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Oyster Hotel Review

Song of the Sea

Scene

Casual atmosphere and grounds with slightly eclectic aesthetics

Terracotta tiles line an understated, somewhat residential-style lobby set with wicker armchairs and a ceiling fan. An adjacent outdoor brick patio is furnished with tables, chairs, and umbrellas and a small stone pool is surrounded by plants. The manicured landscaping has an old Sanibel charm enhanced by the pastel-pink of the administrative building and two-story structures that house the rooms. The grounds are sprinkled with places to sit, including a number of slatted beach chairs set under individual thatched palapas.

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Location

Near the eastern end of Sanibel, along a strip of beach with other hotel properties

Like many of the other hotels on the island, Song of the Sea is situated along Gulf Drive towards the eastern end of the island, a bit more than a mile south of the causeway bridge. It’s about a 15-minute walk to the restaurants and cafes on Periwinkle Way, including Lazy Flamingo and Matzaluna The Italian Kitchen, while Sanibel Lighthouse is a 35- or 45-minute walk northeast by foot, or a few minutes by car. Sanibel Inn, directly next to Song of the Sea and a two-minute walk away, welcomes guests from both properties at its poolside tiki bar. Southwest Florida International Airport in Fort Myers is a 40-minute drive northeast across the causeway.

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Rooms

Multiple room types, all with terracotta tile floors and kitchenettes.

A quaint, eclectic charm characterizes these simple rooms. Each guest unit has some form of a kitchenette which includes a small ‘50s-style stove with coil heaters, microwave, fridge, toaster, and coffeemaker. Most of the rooms however, do not have separate sleeping and food preparation spaces. Decor has a slightly colonial aesthetic, with plantation shutters on floor-to-ceiling windows, imitation teak wood and bamboo furniture, and textiles in greens and khakis with slightly dated elements like white linoleum countertops. A few rooms also have separate bedrooms. All units include free bottles of wine, LCD flat-screen TVs, screened-in lanais with seating, and bathrooms with shower/tub combos.

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Features

Daily free breakfast, beach accessories to borrow, and heated outdoor pool

Amenities at Song of the Sea are on the limited side compared to more luxurious properties, but management does provide an array of thoughtful perks. All guests receive a free bottle of wine upon arrival and the free continental breakfast is served on a terrace. A small souvenir shop sells hats, sunscreen, and a modest selection of outerwear. Also on hand are a coin-operated laundry shack, shuffleboard courts, a small picnic area with a gas grill, and a heated, enclosed outdoor pool with an adjacent hot tub. The hotel maintains a section of private beach with paddle boards, kayaks, chairs, and umbrellas available to borrow for free. Loaner bikes are also included in the room price. Free Wi-Fi is available as well.

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Amenities

  • Beach

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Concierge

  • Free Breakfast

  • Full Kitchen

  • Internet

  • Jacuzzi

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Swim-Up Bar

  • Tennis Court

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