The Beau Lido contains a block of motel suites that include a small kitchenette and a TV with many cable channels. The beds are large and comfortable. The bathrooms adequate, though pinched for space. Located walking distance from Lido Beach and St. Armand's circle (and an easy drive across the causeway to wonderful downtown Sarasota) the Beau Lido is very conveniently located. Carrie, the daytime caretaker, is very helpful and keeps residents with a good supply of towels and anything else she can.
I doubt that one could get an average hotel room as inexpensively as a stay at the Beau Lido. My wife and I found it adequate and would return. However, the place shows many signs of age. Not all jealousy windows open and close; they are stuck closed. Light fixtures in the bathroom are full of dust and dirt. One light in our room had no working switch, though one could turn it on and off with the wall switch. Since I used the same outlet to charge my phone and laptop, the only way to turn off the lamp while leaving power on at the outlet was to loosen the bulb--no big deal; it was a CFL and remained cool to the touch. The coffee makers suck. And there are only a minimum of utensils and pots and pans so bring your own if you prefer.
I was unhappy with the network connection. It was weak in room 6 and barely discernible in room 1. Carrie told us that you often "just have to step outside your room to get a signal" but this did not help me stream Netflix at night--something I'd planned to do.
My favorite thing was the hammock in the middle of the vest pocket grounds. I didn't use it much but it created just the right atmosphere for a March respite from Pennsylvania weather.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Steps away from beautiful and serene Lido Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, Beau Lido Suites offers a relaxed an budget friendly escape. Central to the beach as well as the international shops and restaurants of St. Armand's Circle. Enjoy the sun and sand on beautiful Lido Key. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Beau Lido Hotel Sarasota
- Beau Lido Motel