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Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
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Overview

Location

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.

Rooms

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

Casa Ybel Resort
2255 W. Gulf Dr.
Sanibel, FL 33957 United States

Reviews

4.0 Very Good 746 Reviews
Best resort on Sanibel
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It seems that every year "Best of the Islands" awards gives its "Best Resort" award to Sundial. Don't get me wrong -- I love Sundial: great tennis courts, good restaurant, lovely beach. And maybe Casa Ybel is missing a couple of amenities that Sundial has, like a spa, and a convenience grocery store.

But Casa Ybel occupies maybe the most gorgeous stretch of beach in Sanibel, bordered by perhaps the largest, most beautifully manicured lawn, and with accommodations that are low-rise and tasteful, using natural materials. It's not just another concrete condo.

The restaurant is excellent, set in an historic inn with two turreted rooms overlooking the Gulf. The beach bar has a very good menu by beach-bar standards, and a friendly sun-kissed vibe. Everyone there seems genuinely happy to work there. I've been hanging out there for nearly a decade and most one of the guys at the beach bar and several of the wait staff in the restaurant have been there the longer than I've been a customer, the sign of a place that treats its employees well.

I've stayed there a couple times over the years, and put up overflow friends and family, and everyone has come away in awe of the setting and delighted with the service.

Here's to Casa Ybel, the best resort on Sanibel, in my humble opinion.

Beautiful grounds, but..
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The location on the beach and beautifully maintained grounds that
greet you on arrival make you think it was a great decision to book here. Not so in reality. For $700 a night (including exorbitant taxes) for a one bedroom, you would expect a beautiful condo with luxurious furnishings and appointments. What you get are broken light fixtures and air vents, a filthy furnace filter and the most uncomfortable living/dining furniture imaginable. The beds were fine and housekeeping tried their best, with what they had to work with. A one hundred dollar Comfort Suite is far better furnished. So if you think the location and grounds are worth $600 it’s fine. I don’t plan to be back.

Some ups some downs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Location is fantastic
The resort is quite old. it could really use some updates. The furniture is adequate the pillows are horrible. The mattress is old. overall needs a huge makeover
Everything is either 1 flight up or two flights up. Not handicap friendly. When you add the bedrooms you are actually 3stories up. No elevators
The staff is overall pretty friendly.
The laundry is ridiculous. 8 washers and dryers for all the two bedroom units to share. A long walk to get to them to find out they are all filled up.
The towel situation at pool is odd, the abruptly leave around dinner and you can’t get your towel card back till the next day. So you are forced to bring wet towels back to your room if you hung around too long. Also we just tried to get towels for the hot tub after a morning rain. It’s 10:15. Not towels available
We were told our second week was mostly condo owners, That week people took two or more chairs person- some in the sun some in the shade. The majority of the day no one is these chairs at all. This makes it impossible for most guests to get a seat. If you complain they do nothing. I guess owners don’t really want people renting their units when they aren’t there. Lesson learned
It really is a condo complex no amenities at all
Bar service was great
Restaurant was also very good

Never. Again.
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

People that I dearly love have been coming here for years - they invested in it a long time ago, so I can see why they feel they have to return as timeshares are tough to get out of. We booked here for a weekend with friends. We have been traveling together for 25 years and are a pretty low-key group who just want some good food and kind service to go along with our laughter and connection time. We found none of that at Casa Ybel. And we found a whole lot of rude attitude. Unfortunately almost every - single - request that we made over the weekend was either met with a blank, indifferent stare or a flat "no". Starting at the end of our trip, we asked for a later checkout (from the 11am time) because of a death in the family of one of our travelers (we wanted her to have a quiet place to process and use the phone to make travel arrangements). We were told that they don't do that - but they could "generously" (their words) offer us 11:30. No compassion. No care. No help. We were told she could stay on property and sit in a hammock or by the pool. As she grieves and makes arrangements following a death. Nice. That incident was beyond the pale, but the rest of the trip was unimpressive. Dirty stained towels, housekeeping that, upon arriving as we were dressing and we requested that they return in half an hour, never returned (two days in a row). When we let the front desk know they offered no apology or accommodation (for instance - "we are so sorry you experienced that, let us take a day of beach chair rental off the bill"). Instead we were told "you should have told the front desk sooner". WHAT? A rollaway bed request resulted in a lumpy rickety mess with ill fitting hospital sheets and no blanket. Rude service at the Coconuts bar one day (to be fair Chris was delightful our second day). Weak water pressure in the shower. And to be honest, while the onsite restaurant Thistle is absolutely stunning, the food is not spectacular and the bar waiter seemed very frazzled. Heads up - we had a group of 6+ with divided checks and they added gratuity to each individual check automatically without telling anyone - no issue with adding it, but it is generally ethically appropriate to alert the customer - especially after multiple bottles of wine were consumed. There is just a general tone of curt unaccommodating irritation with almost every staff member that we encountered here. We seven women travel together regularly and tend to book and rebook over and over again when we have a great experience. We have chatted and unanimously agree will NOT be returning to this mediocre, just ok, not at all worth writing home about place. In the hospitality industry there are bound to be times where a guest has to be told "no" - we absolutely understand that. Some of us have professional experience in the hospitality industry. However, there are good ways and bad ways to "disappoint" a guest. There are ways to speak to guests with compassion and warmth, and then there is just being an impatient, irritable, walking attitude. Our experience at Casa Ybel sadly falls into the latter category. I will say, the view is incredible and the location is absolutely stunning. I can see why it is so tempting to stay here amidst the disappointment as the beauty of the place really is breathtaking. It is the reason this review is getting a "poor" rating instead of a "terrible" one. You can be in the most stunning place in the world, but if the service is poor that is when you feel the value of what you have paid for plummet. That is the case at Casa Ybel.

Casa Ybel Resort - Jan 2019
Reviewed 1 month ago

This is a beautifully well maintained property with great amenities. The rooms and kitchen appliances have been updated and show some of their 40 year age but overall they are in great shape. The rooms have screen in porches over looking the beach and Gulf of Mexico. The resort is located right on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico. It's an easy short walk to the beach with sand firm enough (in most parts) for a brisk walk. The beach is full of sea shells.