4th Stay - Still Our favorite place, some attention to detail needed
This was our 4th stay at The Song . This time for 10 nights which is plenty long for a good evaluation. This is our favorite place on Sanibel and fits right in with the Sanibel atmosphere of simple and quiet. Overall we still love this place. Well manicured grounds. Breakfast, beach chairs and bikes are no fee extras that we use every stay. We always meet very friendly people at The Song. As I stated in previous reviews, The Song is primarily designed for adults because of smaller rooms. This is great for people looking for more solitude and a place for a good book by the pool or on the beach. Most customers tend to be repeat customers.
I must however point out some things that The Song needs to improve on. These are minor items but can be somewhat irritating but whats interesting is that these things are so simple to correct yet we have experienced them on each of 4 stays.
(1) Housekeeping forgets something every day, either beach towels or the washcloth or towel for the kitchen. Beach umbrellas get missed at least one day until a phone call is made.
(2) Bathroom tub is missing caulk which is unslightly and is a mold trap. Caulk is about $5 for a tube !!
(3) Bed sheets not changed unless requested. You would think it would be automatic after 4 days or so.
(4) Life ring at poolside is covered with mildew spoiling an otherwise beautiful landscape.
(5) Question to management....do you do walk arounds and inspections. You would not miss the missing tub caulk, etc. if you did.
These situations always get corrected via a phone call on a case by case basis but continues daily. Others we talked to had the same experience.
Seems that housekeeping could use a check list, etc. It's not that hard but management keeps dropping the ball.
These are minor things and our overall experience is positive enough that we will go back again.
Excellent inn, exactly what we were hoping for
My wife and I just got back from 5 days at Song of the Sea, and we would return in an instant if we could. The beachfront suite was exactly what was promised, comfortable and tranquil, with immediate access to the beach.
A couple things, none of which bothered us, but could bother some people.
*As some other reviews have noted, the king sized bed in the suite bedroom takes up almost the entire length of the room. There is literally 8 inches at the foot of the bed to walk in. Might be a problem for more senior guests.
* Because of the configuration of the rooms, the flushing of the toilet in the unit above was audible.
* Because of the configuration of the island, the sunsets are not visible from the hotel's beach. You have to head farther up Sanibel, or better yet, to Captiva, to see them.
It was the best vacation of my life, and the Song of the Sea was a big part of that.
Just returned from four nights at Song of the Sea and it was delightful. It is a true paradise on the Gulf of Mexico with lush tropical foliage and colorful flowering shrubs everywhere . The resort itself is small, beautiful and well kept. We had a ocean front suite and although it was on the first floor, we had a clear view of the beach. It was nice having a screened porch where we could have lunch or sip coffee. The bedroom and bathroom were tight, but the kitchen/livingroom were a generous size. A continental breakfast was available everyday and included cereals, fruits, yogart, bagels, sweets, waffles, juice, coffee and tea. Beware: They put out only one large bowl of cut up fruit each day, so get there before 9:00 a.m. if you like fruit with your breakfast. If you're looking for decent food and live jazz we recommend "Ellington's" next door. Song of the Sea is serene and quiet, a perfect place for couples who desire R&R. Don't forget that they offer free bicylces and the biking paths on Sanibel are well paved and a great way to see the incredible array of wildlife.
a very nice place
Stayed here in April. This is a small beachfront hotel, three buildings, each two stories tall. When booking a "gulf view room" ask for the upper level as you will have a better view. While the buildings themselves are older, the rooms are indeed renovated. I thought the room was lovely, nicely decorated. The bathroom is small, room for only one person at a time. Completely equipped kitchenette. Continental breakfast consists of coffee, tea, juice, milk, fruit, cereal, danish, bagels, toast, english muffins, and make your own Belgian style waffle. If you want a full breakfast, there are plenty of places to go, such as Sanibel Cafe or Amy's Over Easy (need either a bike or car though). The only place to eat within a short walking distance is Ellington's next door at Sanibel Inn, but we didn't go there so I can't comment.
The beach is nice, unfortunately the red algae bloom was present, and it does spoil the beach- as it decays it really smells bad. Also, you will not be able to see the sunset from this beach. The sunrise (over Ft. Myers) is wonderful.
The hotel has pretty landscaping, and is overall very quiet. Be warned, though the hotel bills itself as "an intimate retreat for couples" (on its website) they do accept families and a few were there. Not really a problem except for the family with three children who completely took over the pool and acted as if it were their own personal backyard. The hotel provides complementary bikes, and Sanibel has miles of bike paths to enjoy.
I would recommend this place if you are looking for a small,uncrowded, beachfront spot. Be sure to visit the wildlife refuge while in Sanibel.
The gulf front rooms were small but well appointed, but the bedroom was tiny with no room to put my suitcase. I got scalding burns in the hot tub and the manager could not have been more unconcerned. I had to call several times just to get her to call me. She promised to meet me on the morning of checked out but never showed. I wouldn't stay here again.