Casa Ybel Resort
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
With a stay at Casa Ybel Resort in Sanibel, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Gulfside City Park, and close to Herb Strauss Schoolhouse Theater. This beach resort is within close proximity of BIG Arts Center and Sanibel Public Library.
Make yourself at home in one of the 114 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchens with full-sized refrigerators/freezers and microwaves. Rooms have private furnished lanais. Cable programming and DVD players are provided for your entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include safes and separate sitting areas, as well as phones with free local calls.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax and unwind with massages and facials. If you’re looking for recreational opportunities, you’ll find outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and bicycles to rent. This resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a picnic area.
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at one of the resort’s 2 restaurants. While enjoying a refreshing dip in the resort pool, you can order your favorite drink at the poolside bar.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage, and laundry facilities. This resort has 4 meeting rooms available for events. Free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
This resort , like most on Sanibel Island, is built on stilt like base. The 1st floor requires two flights of stairs up and there are no elevators. This made it impossible for me to leave my room and enjoy anything. I had foot surgery this summer and could have gotten around with an elevator, but having someone carry me up and down the stairs anytime was asking too much. It was also very stressful for carrying bags etc. They have lots of buildings. At least one set could have an elevator built in it for handicapped people! Also, BEWARE the RED TIDE in August. It causes respiratory problems!
The unit we rented (128) was quite dated. The electrical outlet in the master portion of the bathroom wasn't working. The silverware in the cutlery drawer had residual food on it so we used the dish cloth to hand wash the forks and spoons and then run them through the dishwasher again. While this was a non-smoking room, the people renting a unit below us sat outside on the steps and smoked. The furniture was very old. When we reserved the unit there were no 2 BRs open so we booked the one BR with a sleeper sofa. We were told by the reservation person that the sofa was plenty comfortable for our 11 y.o. kids to sleep on. It was a bare boned mattress that the frame pushed through. While the unit supposedly slept 4, the small narrow dining table only had 2 chairs. The poolside bar was a nice convenience but you're not told upfront that the gratuity is automatically added to your check. They also allow smoking at the pool so you've got to be careful which chairs you pick or you may be forced to breathe smoke all day.
One note: while the resort can't control the red tide epidemic, they could certainly let you know ahead of time that the beach has dead fish, eels, etc that continuously washed up on it and smells like death. No one-No one, was in the water. Some of the people that were brave enough to walk on the beach wore masks.
Arrived on Sunday mid afternoon & was pre checked in as room wasn’t quite ready - no big deal, we were happy to wait.
Went to the pool - it was HEAVING. No sun beds available, no space in the pool, everybody was coughing - pool was opaque from so much sunscreen ☹️
So went for a walk on the beach ...... sea was a funny colour and there were dead fish EVERYWHERE. Rotting dead fish.
Go back to reception & ask about the fish ... “oh, we have a Red Tide” at the moment. No further explanation. We google red tide - basically it’s a red algae growth that can make you nauseous if you swim in it, irritate your skin & the gases it gives off make you cough - hence why the pool was so busy with coughing people as nobody can go to the beach (with the dead fish). At no point did anyone tell us that we shouldn’t swim in the sea (with our 3 daughters). Thank goodness for google.
Every time you leave your room you start to cough because of the gases from the red tide.
The red tide had been here for 5 days according to the staff we asked at the pool.
I wish the hotel had contacted us so we could have rearranged our stay - you can’t use the beach & the pool is still opaque 2 days later as it can’t cope with filtering the sunscreen from the water.
If you’re visiting here then make sure you can cancel your booking at the last minute & phone ahead to ask about the red tide & if it’s still there. It’s not an unusual occurrence although doesn’t usually last so long (a week now!) If we had known in advance about the red tide we would have rearranged our travel plans.
And then on Tuesday morning there is water literally raining down into our bathroom through the vent in the ceiling & the light fitting. We call the front desk to report it about 8am. Half an hour later someone comes to look (it’s stopped by now). Hmmmm - they think it’s coming from the room above.
We go out for the morning & come back around lunchtime. About 2pm someone else turns up to look at the leak (they’ve had all morning). We go to the opaque pool for a few hours - we return to find a hole has been cut in the bathroom ceiling, the bathroom is in an unusable state & I have 3 children to shower off & clean up. After talking to the receptionist, facilities manager, the receptionist again and eventually the operations manager (do you sense my frustration here?) they eventually provide a room nearby for us to shower in while they continue with the work (lots of drilling noises etc). About 6pm they remove their items from our bathroom & we’re given clean towels but left with a massive hole in the bathroom ceiling....... at no point has the hotel staff offered to move us to another room or offered anything to compensate us for our inconvenience just a ‘hope it’s all ok now’ - poor poor customer relations - I’d expect better from this type of hotel.
I have to agree with many of the reviews above - the rooms are dated, there are many things that need to be updated, like the tile and grout in the shower (I KNOW there has to be leaking water to the first floor below us). The restaurant was good, service was good, but server had no personality nor wanted to interact with us. Pool bar is great, bartenders are willing to freestyle a drink for you, but VERY expensive. We too had missing light bulbs (what's with that???) but everything else worked for the most part. I do want to mention that I could here the person next to us snoring very loudly every night - like, he needs to go to the hospital snoring - and I wouldn't expect to have to listen to that in a condo resort like this. A hotel, maybe - expensive condo that should be hurricane proof? Nope. There are lots of kids at this time of year too, which didn't interest me very much - I'm at the in-between age where my kids are in college and I don't have to nor want to deal with screaming children.There really are no "ammenities" at this resort, meaning if you want to do anything in the ocean, bring your own stuff. Renting beach chairs is pretty expensive. All rooms face the gulf. There are 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom condos. 2 bedroom condos do NOT get maid service unless you want to pay $50 extra per day.The final thing that is very annoying is when you spend A LOT of money on your vacation,and the resort can't be bothered to tell you there is red tide because they care about their money more than their customers' health. Everyone in the resort was coughing outside for the whole week we were there due to the red tide problem. Really want to give it a 2 for the value/cost ratio, but overall it's a nice place.
Our family or four spent a week here in July. The property has some nice perks like a pool with a pool bar and restaurant. The access to the private beach is great. For an extra $125 a week they will set up 2 chairs and an umbrella for you on the beach every day. The problem was with the customer service. On our second day the TV in the bedroom stopped working. Maintenance came and fixed it but the "fix" only lasted about 5 minutes. It never worked again the rest of the entire week. We tried calling and were told to call back in the morning. So, the next morning my husband walked up to the front desk and explained exactly what he thought the problem with the TV was (it was an outlet issue). They said they would get someone on it. Five days later when we checked out nothing had been done. No one even came to see about it or called to see if it was working. Nothing. They just completely ignored us. Also, the lamp in the living room was missing a light bulb. I asked the maid to please get bulb as the room was dark at night. She told me I would have to call maintenance about it. I was on my way out the door going to the beach as I WAS ON VACATION. The next day I asked a different maid to get a light bulb and got the same answer. You see if I wanted to worry about making calls to have the room maintained I could have stayed home and worked on my own house. I was paying a lot on money to stay here and if you are an employee of the property all I should have to do is inform you of the problem and you as the employee figure out a way to get it fixed.
Their marketing materials state they can help you plan excursions but the person at the desk when I asked about renting a boat was not knowledgeable and I ended up doing it myself. Finally, when I checked out I complained about the TV situation and the desk clerk said there was no manager available but she would leave my name and number and have a manager call me. Guess what? That was five days ago and no one has called.