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Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3470 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237   |  
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2x HHonors Points
Ranked #12 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Windermere, Florida, United States
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Needs updating”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights to go to some Oriole's games and the beach. We are a family of 4, with children 3 & 6.

PROS:
1. It was safe, you needed a key to enter every building and while that could be slightly annoying, it made me feel safe
2. The families staying there were all very nice and friendly, it was family friendly
3. The pool/hot tub area was nice, hands down the nicest part of this hotel
4. The staff was friendly and helpful enough
6. The rooms have a full size fridge
7. The location is pretty good if you are there for Oriole's games (it's about 1.5 miles from stadium) and only about a 10 minute drive to St. Armand's Circle & Lido Beach; but it's kind of a shady area around it. The McDonald's across the street was downright scary.

CONS:
1. The room is tiny, like the size of a regular hotel room with a kitchenette. How this can be considered a suite? Not sure
2. The beds are doubles, not sure how I missed that when booking. That's not super family friendly, or adult friendly for that matter. I am just still shocked at how small the beds are.
3. The rooms are "clean enough", but really could use some serious updating
4. Price-we used HHonors points, but our friends payed $200/night for the room, now it was Spring Break, but this room is worth $125 at most!

I doubt I would stay there again, but there really aren't great Hilton choices in Sarasota. The Hilton Longboat Key & this hotel could use some serious renovations.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you for the most detailed review I have seen to date. I appreciated the pros and cons and hope that I can address many:
1. I am so glad that you felt safe!
2. We do promote a family friendly environment for all of our guests, we want you to feel at home.
3. Thank you for the compliment about the pool, we take pride in maintaining the pool in house with two certified pool operators on staff.
4. Thank you for the staff compliment,
As far as location and the other pros we thank you and in response to your McDonald's comment I will talk with the manager over there and see if they can increase security measures.

Cons:
1. Our Studio suite is a economical designed suite that still has many nice features and is larger than a typical hotel room, next time our one bedroom suite might be more suitable to your needs.
2. Our Double/double studio with a pull out sofa are designed with families in mind and can sleep up to six.
3. We are due for a renovation later this year and we will post pictures on our website when updated.
4. we thank you for valuing our hotel.

We hope that you reconsider your last statement and you may contact me directly before you plan a trip to the area.

Sincerely,
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

Average hotel but nice staff. Pete took care of entire breakfast service solo including cleaning up after customers that don't clean up their own dishes while replenishing food at buffet. Nice pool. Smallish rooms.
If your plan is to go to Orioles Spring training, this hotel is very close and even a few minor league players stay there.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you for your review and pointing out some specifics. Our studio suites are an economical option to our larger one bedroom suites and still offer amenities such as a full size fridge, dishwasher, pots, pans, stovetop burner etc. We do hope that you return next year as our hotel will undergo a complete renovation by then. Regards!
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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16 hotel reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the hotel for two weeks. We attended several Baltimore Orioles spring training games at nearby Ed Smith stadium (about 1 mile away). We also drove to Lido beach -an easy 10 minute drive from the Homewood. And, it is a five minute drive to the nice restaurants in downtown Sarasota. The room was clean and quiet. The breakfasts and managers dinners were very nice with a good variety of food options. The swimming pool and spa were very clean and well maintained. And, the staff was friendly and helpful. What more could we ask for? We WILL be back next year!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you for reviewing our hotel and your specific comments about the food and options in the area. You mentioned that you will be back next year and we look forward to your return trip.
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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Not the greatest location, it's about halfway between the beaches and the interstate located near residential and shopping centers. However, it's not that far from the beaches and downtown Sarasota tourist areas and it's seems like a quiet area. Our experience was very good. clean and comfortable hotel. We stayed in a studio type suite with kitchenette and more than enough room for the 2 of us. Comfortable bed and nice sitting area to watch TV and work on the laptop. Very nice hot breakfast included and nice swimming pool. If and when we make it back down, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to write about our hotel. We appreciate you pointing out our hotel features and location. As the Certified pool operator for the hotel it feels good to be recognized for a clean enjoyable pool. Thank you again!
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Eastern Iowa
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013

I absolutely love this hotel and will stay here every time I come to Sarasota! First, the hotel is clean throughout. I am very fussy and I expect a lot. The room price was a little high, but the cost included a huge breakfast, a light dinner ,free parking and internet, and a super clean heated pool.

My husband and I stayed in a queen bedroom suite. The suite was perfect. I could watch my own TV in the bedroom while he watched his TV in the living room. Everything we needed was supplied in the room, refrig, microwave, table, dishes, dishwasher, stove top, and pans. The rooms were spacious and CLEAN! The housekeeping service did a great job all week.

The breakfast and light meal were delicious. Several assistants replenish items and a dining host cleared and cleaned tables. The hotel is run very efficiently. There was always someone cleaning and refilling.

We had a small problem with our room window when we first checked. Within 3 minutes of telling the front desk, maintenance was there to fix it. The repair took a minute. The only problem we encountered were the dryers, it took several cycles to get our clothes dry (we tried all 4 dryers). We informed the front desk so I imagine the problem was corrected.

The icing on the cake were the two tickets the general manager, Ed Carroll, gave us to see the Orioles play!

I highly recommend staying at this hotel!

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thank you for your review and specific comments for future guests. I was glad that we were able to offer you the tickets to the game. The Orioles are a big part of every winter season for us and we look forward to seeing you next year.
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Herndon, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

We are relocating to FL and need a place to stay for about 3 weeks We booked this hotel through the 800 number. Luckily I called the hotel to let them know we have a Cat. The manager then informed me that they don't take cats. Dogs only. Are you kidding me???? We were prepared to spend over $3000.00 for this stay. Forget it. I will never book Homewood Suites.

We had to cancel our reservation. I had to put Feb. 2013 in the "when did you travel section" to post my comment.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, March 19, 2013
Thank you for your review. Although you did not stay at our hotel and only called in I would like to respond to your comments. Unfortunately we have had a very bad experience with a guest with a cat that caused us to change our policy. The expense that we incurred did not outweigh the benefit of allowing future guests with cats. You may think that one rotten apple spoils the bunch and this is how it may seem. The possibilty of this occuring again is too great and therefore we decided to move ahead on this change in policy. Thank you for understanding.
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Lake Ronkonkoma, NY
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

While visiting friends in the Gulf Coast area, we had occasion to stay at this hotel. While we have stayed at Homewood Suites in the past, this one stood out from all the others. From the warm greeting we received at the front desk (followed by a call to our room to assure that we were satisfied with our accommodations) to the time we checked out, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The room was clean, the bed super comfortable and the breakfast buffet, with its many offerings, was simply delicious. We would recommend this hotel to family and friends as a great place to stay while in the Sarasota area.

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  • 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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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, February 25, 2013
Thank you for your positive feedback about our hotel. We truly appreciate your specific comments and hop to see you again in the near future.
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Address: 3470 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota 3*
Number of rooms: 100
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