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Superior Small Lodging: Because bigger doesn’t mean better

By Staff | Sep 2, 2009

Representatives of the Florida Superior Small Lodging Association (SSL) recently announced 22 Lee County hoteliers have successfully qualified for the distinguished SSL designation. The SSL certification is a statewide hospitality recognition program.

In addition, 11 of the 22 total SSL properties (50 percent) inspected by the Property Review Program (PRP) qualified to receive the coveted Donal A. Dermody White Glove Award for best practices in housekeeping. Properties must receive a score of 100 percent for all components of the housekeeping inspection to be eligible to receive the White Glove Award.

Eligibility for participation in the Lee County SSL program is restricted to accommodations with 50 room units or less. Properties must hold a valid hotel, motel, inn or bed and breakfast license and pay all applicable state and local taxes related to the operations of an accommodation.

The SSL inspection program and designation is designed to provide travelers with an easily identifiable symbol to demonstrate that the accommodation is a “clean, safe and well managed small lodging establishment, offering friendly ambiance and personal service.” All property review inspections are conducted unannounced and can be repeated periodically and randomly to ensure that SSL program standards are being maintained.

The passing grade for participation in the program is 82 percent and is based on a comprehensive review process of six different property attributes:

Registration/operations/public places

Guests accommodations


Bathroom supplies


Property exterior.

These six categories are further delineated with numerical scoring to create the 343 total point inspection system.

Sanibel and Captiva islands properties recognized by the SSL hospitality recognition program include Anchor Inn, Blue Dolphin (White Glove Award), Gulf Breeze Cottages, Mitchell’s Sand Castles, Palms of Sanibel (White Glove Award), The Palm View (White Glove Award), Sandpiper Inn (White Glove Award), Shalimar Resort, Signal Inn, Sunshine Island Inn (White Glove Award), Tropical Winds Motel & Cottages and Waterside Inn on the Beach.

Fort Myers Beach properties include Beach Shell Inn (White Glove Award), Manatee Bay Bed & Breakfast (White Glove Award), Matanzas Inn, Shipwreck Hotel and Silver Sands Villas (White Glove Award).

Lee County properties (in Bokeelia, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Matlacha and St. James City) include Bokeelia Tarpon Inn (White Glove Award), Casa Loma (White Glove Award), Fountain Motel (White Glove Award), Matlacha Island Cottages and Two Fish Inn.

For more information on the Superior Small Lodging program, contact Nancy MacPhee, program manager of the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau at 239-338-3500. For destination information, visit www.FortMyersSanibel.com.