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Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   6231 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240   |  
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Ranked #8 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Lexington, Ohio
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Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
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“Referred by a full Fairfield Inn & so glad!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Was hesitant when our usual Marriott brand hotels were all full in the area. Thankfully Fairfield Inn and Suites Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch kindly referred us to this hotel which was nearby and close to I-75. The stunningly beautiful lobby with fountain was a complete surprise. We did not realize that not only are the Holiday Inn Expresses updated and well done, but this "standard" Holiday Inn was equal too or better than the Fairfield Inn and Suites and other Marriott brands we have enjoyed on our travels.It had a very competitive Sr. Rate, and was less expensive than those closer to downtown Sarasota. The room was beautiful, spotless, and the free breakfast was yummy. I have now signed up for the Holiday Inn rewards program, and will be watching for more of these beautifully updated Holiday Inns. The 800-Hol-iday phone assistance was so helpful in making the last minute reservation--I couldn't have been more pleased with this choice to stay at Holiday Inn.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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rferguson, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch, responded to this review, April 2, 2013
Thanks so much for your positive feedback! We really value your business and appreciate you taking the time to write this

Rob Ferguson
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013 via mobile

Standouts are the cleanliness and decor in the rooms, including shelving as well as a bureau, tables, seating, make up mirror and walk in tiled shower. Wi-Fi was very fast and plenty of outlets. Room included microwave and refrigerator. Front desk staff was courteous but not overly welcoming. No concierge. Outdoor minimalist pool. Coffee was available in the lobby in the morning, but not tea and the coffee was not out until 6:30 am when the restaurant opened. People sitting impatiently in lobby waiting for coffee. Breakfast is not included. Lucky pelican restaurant around the corner is excellent seafood restaurant and many restaurants and shopping in immediate area. Close to the interstate. Bar is walled from lobby so not as inviting as in some Holiday Inns. A negative was that the parking was full because of a meeting and hotel guests had to park in the shopping mall nearby. Would suggest the hotel reserve space for guests and have short-term meeting participants park in shopping mall. Overall a clean, pleasant hotel in a convenient location but not as welcoming or accommodating as some.

Stayed February 2013
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rferguson, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch, responded to this review, March 4, 2013
Hello,
Thanks so much for your review. I am truly sorry we did not exceed your expectations and hope you will give us the chance to try again in the near future. February and March are our busiest months and it seems like you were checked in by someone who may have been overwhelmed that day.

We have a multi award winning hotel in as great area so I hope we can win you back one day.

Rob Ferguson
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Eldersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

My Wife's extended Family came for a Reunion at the hotel and could not have been happier with the results. Besides the great rooms, Katie (Catering Director), Rob (Director of sales), and the service staff made our event a magical evening. Great food, great service, and a great atmosphere. I'd recommend this hotel to anybody visiting the Sarasota area.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rferguson, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch, responded to this review, February 14, 2013
OMG,
Your family are the nicest people on this planet! Thanks sooo much for the kind words! We miss having you here already. You allowed our staff to shine and thanks for trying out the Alamo Steakhouse here at the hotel for at least a few meals.

Katie and I will never forget the stories from New York Hotels. Please come to see us soon!

Rob Ferguson
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New York City, New York
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

We were here for an overnight stay. I didn't expect much it being a Holiday Inn - many of my past experiences in Holiday Inn's throughout the USA have been mediocre at best (if anything, I try to avoid them and stay at a Marriott or Hilton). To my delight, the hotel and rooms were immaculate and decor up to date. The check in area and front sitting area had a vibe like a W Hotel. The rooms had nice TV's and toiletries from Body Shop - nice touch. I would definitely stay here again if I happen to be in the area. An added bonus, the Alamo restaurant had great food (4 of us had dinner, delicious prime rib dinners and pinot noir).

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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rferguson, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Thank You for your positive comments. I will be sure to pass them along to the rest of the staff. Not a week goes by without hearing... "WOW this is a Holiday Inn!. With the Holiday Inn brand relaunch a few years ago, many of the older, underperforming Holiday Inns lost their flag as many new Holiday Inns were built.

I hope you will return to see us soon.

Rob Ferguson
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redmond, wa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

We loved the Holiday Inn at Lakewood Ranch. Updated, clean, very nice décor! Great location. Very helpful staff. Very good attached restaurant and right next door to the Lucky Pelican Seafood Restaurant! Kudos!

Room Tip: Could not rate the spa because we didn't use it but I am sure it is wonderful just like everyth...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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rferguson, Director of Sales at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch, responded to this review, January 28, 2013
Hello,
Thas thank you so much for the wonderful review! I hope you will be back soon. I just wanted to point out that many hotels clain to offer a free breakfast as we all no, there is no such thing as a free breakfast!

We offer several rate plans including the lowerst rate, a rate including breakfast, and we have a package that includes dinner. So the choice is yours, not the hotel's.

Please let me know if I can help you find these choices

Rob Ferguson
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Palm Coast, Florida
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The hotel had a very appealing look outside and in. The lobby was spacious and inviting with a waterfall. Early checkin was painless. The room was impeccable. The bathroom had a toilet alcove which I have never seen before. The only slight negative was that there was no complimentary breakfast but the on-site restaurant was great and the price fair. The room price was a slight bit high but not horrible. I would stay here again. There were other restaurants and entertainment in the immediate area, as well.

Room Tip: We stayed on the fifth (top) floor and it was very quiet.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Halifax
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We found the staff very friendly and helpful. It was very convenient to have the restaurant in the hotel and the food was excellent and service outstanding. You are very fortunate to have Brenda the waitress. She is a model for excellence in customer service, very pleasant disposition and quick service. Of particular note was the cleanliness of the exterior and interior of the property. The rooms were a good size and well laid out. The beds were very comfortable. The maids did a very good job of cleaning the room each. Staff at the front desk were very welcoming and helpful.
The location is very convenient, right off the I 75.

Paul & Carolyn Edwards
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 6231 Lake Osprey Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #8 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch 3*
Number of rooms: 128
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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