This is a comfortable hotel with a bright, contemporary look to the rooms and public areas. We really liked the beach themed prints everywhere and the fresh colour scheme of the rooms.
The complimentary breakfast was really impressive with a great range of fresh fruit, breads and pastries and hot choices which were more appealing than usual. There were also more spreads on offer than usual, including marmalade and peanut butter. We liked the small sized cartons of fresh milks and the little trays which made for fewer trips to the counter. Coffee and fresh fruit is available all day.
We appreciated the warm cookies and hot popcorn on check-in as well.
The pool area is attractive and of a good size, with a hot tub on the side.
In terms of its location, the hotel is in easy driving distance of the Ringling Museum and Mansion, Mayakka River State Park, the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, downtown Sarasota and the shopping at St. Armand's Circle. Getting to the great beach at Siesta Key only takes a couple of minutes.
A few minutes easy driving on our first overnight took us to a great restaurant called Turtles at Turtle Key, for some of the best and most reasonably priced seafood we've had in Florida.
We had a wonderful two night stay in this hotel and left wishing we could have stayed longer.
- 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