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BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway
2.5 of 5 Hotel   |   6600 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 (Formerly Holiday Inn Express)   |  
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Ranked #12 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
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Stuart, Florida
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“wow.....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

the first thing i must say if anyone reads my review is to disregard any review written before or during the renovation from the old holiday inn to the new bestwestern gateway hotel.....

my wife and i stayed there for 3 nights labor day week and we thought it was a new hotel.....
our room was first floor/poolside.....
it was immaculate with a 42 inch flat screen tv.....
with a oversize bathroom.....
the lobby was spacious and the complementary breakfast was the best i've seen.....
and the dining area was huge.....
one table they had stuck out.....
it was a large table that sat 8 people.....
great for a family.....
the pool was larger than most and crystal clear.....
with plenty of comfortable lounge chairs.....
beautiful landscaping and everything you need within walking distance.....
from shopping to dining.....
all this complimented by a great staff.....
we will definitely stay there again.....
and the freshly popped popcorn in the lobby was a nice touch.....

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I have already shared this review with the staff and we all genuinely appreciate your input. We truly hope that we have the opportunity to host you and your family again if you are ever in our area in the future.
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  • Location
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

Visited 3 times this summer!
Best value near Siesta Key
The hotel front desk staff were amazing.
Breakfast was hot and plentiful. Loved the popcorn in the afternoon too
The restaurant next door is also worth a visit..Bogeys

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this review, September 14, 2012
It is always helpful for our staff to read that they are doing a good job and we appreciate you taking the time to compliment them. Thank you for your positive feedback and hope that you will choose us again if you return to the area.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2012

We travel to Siesta Key often and all but a few places let you rent for less than a week. we were visiting family that was staying on the Key but for us; only for a few days, this is the perfect place. Minutes from the most beautiful beach in the country!
Just had a major renovation, not the Ritz but it was fine. We opted for the king Suite and it was great, 2 rooms and more importantly 2 baths!!
I wouldn't choose this hotel for a vacation resort, just a clean, well kept place to rest my head at night...

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kingston, Jamaica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

My father and I stayed here while passing through Sarasota and were pleased with the accommodation. The room was clean and the beds comfortable. They serve complimentary popcorn in the lobby throughout the day and served freshly baked chocolate chip cookies at 4:00 pm. We paid a little extra to stay on the swimming pool side for less noise. Our room cost for the night, including tax, wax around $115. The continental breakfast was above average, with omelettes, fruit and cereals, and other breakfast foods served in a spacious dining area.

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Greenville, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

When we booked this hotel it was a Holiday Inn Express, but has recently changed ownership and is now a Best Western. Even though this hotel is not located on the Siesta Key beach, it is only a quick drive away. I usually don't like to stay in hotels where the rooms open directly to the outside, but this turned out to be no big deal. The room was big and had a large flat screen TV, along with a microwave, fridge and safe. While the bathroom was a bit small, it was not an issue. I used the gym several mornings and the equipment is new and met my needs. The hotel staff was very professional and accommodating. The complimentary hot breakfast was hands-down, the best we have had at any hotel, with lots of variety each morning. They have several computer stations in the lobby for use along with complimentary fruit and popcorn in the evenings. My favorite part was the swimming pool. It was such a surprise - very large and had no deep end. It went from 3.5 feet to 5 feet deep, which meant that the entire pool can be enjoyed by everyone. Great for swimming laps or for children of all ages. They also have a really nice hot tub. There is a shopping complex across Tamiami Trail that has a grocery store, restaurants and some other shops. Over all, we were very pleased and felt that this was a great stay for our money. If you can't stay right on the beach, this is a great compromise.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2012 via mobile

I was concerned about our recent two night stay here after reading some of the negative reviews. However, it turned out to be better than expected. The room was small, but clean. Lobby was nice. Breakfast was just ok, but it was free so.can't really complain about that. Beds were not great. Thin, lumpy mattresses. It is very close to siesta key beach. There are no major chain hotels on the beach strip. The beach is beautiful and the five minute drive over the bridge was really no big deal. I found it funny that the maid would not make one of the beds in our room because of 'personal belongings' on the bed. The personal belonging consisted of about two inches of the end of a phone charger which was plugged in on the nightstand next to the bed. I don't need the bed made, just found it a touch overboard. Never had that issue at any hotel I have ever stayed at. Lastly, management was very helpful in shipping a left behind item to our next destination. I really appreciated that. Would I stay here again? Probably not but it really is not nearly as bad as some of the reviews suggest.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012

Alot of the reviews I read appear to be complaints about the renovation being done, which, when construction is being done, may cause an inconvenience. We were there after the renovation and no construction was going on. I found the hotel to be neat, clean, with no problems with the room, everything that I expect when travelling at a Best Western, which is the new chain this hotel is operating under. The room was clean, breakfast was hot with alot of space for seating. About the only warning I can give is to watch out for the snails on the sidewalks outside at night, there are alot and easy to step on, so watch the bottoms of your shoes. Overall, a very nice night, with no problem on extending a late check-out time.

  • Stayed July 2012, 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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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this review, July 24, 2012
Thank you for writing a review and for your positive comments . The property has recently finished major guest room and public space renovations and re-branded to a Best Western Plus. We hope your review will encourage others to see the wonderful changes and improvements we've made to both the guestrooms and the property.
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Address: 6600 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231 (Formerly Holiday Inn Express)
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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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway 2.5*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the newly renovated Best Western Plus-Gateway Siesta Key located at the south bridge to the #1 beach in the US. This hotel is 1 mile from public beach access on Siesta Key and surrounded by restaurants, shopping and many points of interest. Your stay includes hot breakfast everyday and every guestroom includes microwave, fridge and 42" flat screen with HDTV channel lineup. We look forward to seeing you here in paradise. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Express Sarasota-Siesta Key Area Hotel Sarasota
Holiday Inn Sarasota
Holiday Inn Express Siesta Key

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