Very happy with our stay at the Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch. Location isn't exactly beach front but it does make for a great jumping off point for all kinds of events in and around Sarasota - everything was about 10 - 15 minute drive away. Staff were fantastic and put us on to some very good local places to enjoy. Room was lovely and large with choice of wi-fi or ethernet internet connection. Alamo Steakhouse in hotel but we didn't try, instead going into town for local seafood, and two different Amish restaurants.
A few curious design choices at this hotel, while feeling reasonably high-end, it lacks any kind of lobby shop / gift shop / market for munchies or whatnot. There are vending machines but they really don't like to take dollar bills so trips to the near by Walgreens were planned. Also, the rooms feature walk-in showers, which you get used to fast - but they didn't put fans in the bathrooms, so I'm guessing in a few years this will come back to haunt them - steam leads mold as you know.
Anyway, that's nitpicking on my part, the room and hotel were great.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Voted #1 Holiday Inn in North America and in the Top Ten for 6 years running. Completely Remodeled In 2008! Step into luxury at Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch hotel. These boutique smoke-free Sarasota lodgings, close to Bradenton Airport, championship golf courses, Sarasota Polo Club, and proximity to I-75 corridor feature fine, upscale amenities and lavish touches. In all of our guestrooms, you ll find new Dynasty beds outfitted with premium sateen sheets. Enjoy complimentary wireless high-speed Internet access, and the ability to send documents to the printer in our hotel s onsite Business Center. When it s time to relax, you have plenty of entertainment options with our pristine lake view pool and spa, miles of walking trails, authentic Alamo Steakhouse and Grill featuring bison steaks, Certified Angus beef, fresh seafood, and enjoy cable and movie channels on your in room 32-inch LCD HDTV. And for your convenience, there are microwave ovens, refrigerators, irons and ironing boards, lighted vanity mirrors, and hair dryers in every guestroom. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch Hotel Sarasota
- Sarasota Holiday Inn