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“nOTHING GOLDEN ABOUT THIS HOTEL” 2 of 5 stars
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Golden Host Resort
2.0 of 5 Hotel   |   4675 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234   |  
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Ranked #42 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Sarasota
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“nOTHING GOLDEN ABOUT THIS HOTEL”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

The hotel itself does not look like it has been remodeled since the 1960s. The pool was green with algae. In our first room, the air conditioner did not work, and the TV would turn on but would not change channels. I asked to be switched to another room - this took a while as the desk clerk had to contact the owner to get permission to move us. When we finally got a new room, the AC and TV worked but the toilet ran constantly and would not flush. The entire place had the air of having been maintained by Sanford and Son. The continental breakfast consisted of sliced bread, miniature danish, orange juice (not fresh) and coffee. The vending machines were empty. The only saving grace was the adjacent Bahi Hut bar, where they make the best Mai Tai that I have ever tried. Stay somewhere else but definite visit the Bahi Hut.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Rating summary
  • Location
    3 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Midvale, Utah
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We stayed on 3-14-2014. The exterior of the hotel looked okay so we decided to take a chance on it. I will NEVER EVER rent a room without first checking with tripadvisor. The room has never been updated since it was built (probably sometime in the early 1900's). Same plumbing, electrical, carpet & paint. When we walked in the room it had a bad smell which we tried to air out by opening the sliding glass door. It did not help at all! This hotel is way over priced.

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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Had a confirmed reservation for a busy weekend. I show up and the manager has "lost" it. She gives some half-baked story how her system crashed, so she sold the rooms my friend and I reserved; and there were no rooms left. Strongly suspect the rooms were resold at a much higher rate than my reservation. She was completely unhelpful after that.

Will not recommend such an establishment. Take your business elsewhere.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Usa
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

FILTHY - nothing golden about this dump. SHOCKED to read other favorable posting; based our reservation for this property on TripAdvisor reviews.
All furniture badly stained along with ground in dirt. Worn, thread bear, dirty carpet. Window drapery worn, torn, and hanging off hooks. Walls dirty and in need of painting. Critters in room and running through walls. Room had odor of urine. Bed linens stained. Towels thin and small. Seedy location. Wanted to leave, but clerk on duty had no authority to refund my prepaid reservation (1 night paid in full). Clerk provided clean bed linens, but had to change them myself. Took only very basics into room for the night because considered this unsanitary conditions. Breakfast buffet was less than basic and not replenished through breakfast hours; crumbs were every where. Pool had floating debris, dirty at bottom, and green mold along sides. This place is old and very neglected...paint peeling off buildings; rooted/rotting wood; unkept landscaping; etc.
No management or clerk on duty after 11 p.m. No management with any authority on duty in the A.M. Clerk would not provide name or contact info. for owner or head manager. Clerk stated she would send manager an email complaint. Phoned for the next two days and was told manager has no set schedule. Chamber of Commerce has no listing or owner/manager contacts for this property.

Room Tip: Stay away - filthy/unsanitary/undesirable location
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Lakeland, Florida, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

If you're looking for a brand new hotel, this isn't for you. However, if you are looking for a clean room at a reasonable price then this place is for you. The room was comfortable but I think it could be time for a new bed or two. The resort offers a free breakfast and free WIFI. The staff was very friendly and bent over backwards to accommodate us.

Room Tip: Check the bed out before you finish checking in. They tend to be rather on the hard side.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Miami, Florida
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I have to make trips every three weeks to Sarasota due to family visits and this last trip found ourselves tempted to stay at this hotel because of their good rates. Not only did we find a great rate, we got comfortable and clean room. We have a toddler and a baby and our room was comfortable and clean to be in with our children. Our toddler loved the breakfast and we will definitely be coming back. I win win for our pockets and comfort!!!

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

As a frequent visitor to Sarasota, my go-to hotel in the area is the Golden Host Resort. It's consistently clean, comfortable and convenient to all of my favorite places including the Ringling Museum and downtown. Checked in and found out I was upgraded to a pool side room! Great rate, pool side room and sunny Florida weather - what's not to love?

Room Tip: Ringling Museum is just down the street. John Ringling's beautiful oceanside mansion is a beaut...
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  • Stayed November 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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Additional Information about Golden Host Resort

Address: 4675 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Golden Host Resort 2*
Number of rooms: 80
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Also Known As:
Golden Host Hotel Sarasota
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