The Lido Islander is only two blocks from the beach.
It is inexpensive lodging when you consider the location
There is a grill and a patio area. We met some fun people
The wireless internet is fast
You can walk to St Armands circle if you are into that sort of shopping and dining scene
We stayed there 5 days and they never changed the sheets or even made up the room. No new towels, no vacuuming, no emptying the trash. If there are any left, you might find towels in a cabinet outside. Same with tp. We used the last roll.
The complex has central air and heat. You do not have a thermostat. One night when it was chilly outside, the heat came on and stayed on all night. It must have been 80 in our room. Balancing on a chair at 2 am, I tried somewhat unsuccessfully to close the vent in our room. We ended up opening the windows. The next night the a/c came on and froze us all night. The next morning we called the manager (who does not reside on the premises) and asked him to please fix the heat and get us an extra blanket. He did get us an extra blanket, but he took it from one of the other guest's rooms.
There are no grocery stores on Lido. So if you are trying to make a meal for yourself you need to drive to Long Boat Key or back into Sarasota. In season, this can take anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour. One way.
Despite essentially having a kitchenette (the unit has a microwave, fridge, toaster, coffeemaker, and the outdoor grill), there are no supplies other than dishes and utensils. Since you will be held responsible for washing said dishes (in the bathroom sink), under penalty of additional charges if left dirty, you will need to buy staples like dish soap, paper towels, etc.
All things considered, I would probably not stay here again. Admittedly, it is difficult to find anything in season that is reasonably priced (the room we rent out of season on Siesta Key for $125 per night, is $345 in season). But unless you are just going to hole up on Lido and eat all your meals out at local restaurants on the circle, it might make more sense to book a room on the mainland and drive out to Siesta Key for a day at the beach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Delightful studio apartments to 3 bedroom apartments tucked away on exciting Lido Key. The units are steps from the beautiful white sands of Lido beach, with the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico just beyond. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lido Islander Hotel Sarasota