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“Nice hotel, great location - would stay again” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #11 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
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“Nice hotel, great location - would stay again”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Nice, clean rooms, comfortable beds and super close to Siesta Key. It's a 2-minute drive to Siesta Key and another couple minutes to Siesta Beach. Breakfast was good and had a lot of options, including pancakes, eggs, french toast, breakfast burritos, cereal, fruit, etc. They also gave us vouchers for two complimentary drinks at the poolside bar. My only complaint is that the air conditioner got a little loud sometimes. I'm a heavy sleeper though, so I didn't hear it once I fell asleep.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 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
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Popped in to this hotel on the off-chance looking to cut short our stay at the Ramada Hotel in Venice as we were disappointed in the Ramada against TP expectations (see separate review), the quietness of the resort off-season and the distance from the main street in Venice in regards to restaurants etc. By contract, we found the Best Western to be conveniently located to most of the branded-chain restaurants, e.g. Red Lobster, Longhorn, etc. a short drive from the beaches (Siesta Key c. 1.5 miles) and close to shops and amenities without being on top of them. We didn't make a reservation in advance and came across the Best Western on a day out to Siesta Key beach. When we went in to enquire about the rooms we found the reception staff to be very helpful and very accommodating in allowing us to inspect a room before making the booking for the following day. The hotel itself is much what you would expect however the air conditioning units appeared quiet and did not create a musty smell in the room, even when at their lowest temperature setting, unlike the Ramada. We stayed on the first floor to the rear of the hotel overlooking the pool area, which we found acceptable for the number of guests looking to use the facility - separate towels are available for pool use, there is a small bar area offering a happy hour, the pool area itself is clean and the pool is a reasonable depth for taking a splash (but forget any serious swimming). The hotel and room were clean, the staff always polite, friendly and attentive and there is always coffee available 24x7 at no charge. The restaurant and dining area is fairly small, which does not pose a problem and any other time but breakfast when the majority of patrons descend on it to make good use of the breakfast included within the room rate. The selection is fairly light but offers more than simply a coffee and a pastry and is adequate for most people's needs. We were generally happy with our stay at the Best Western, bordering on pleasantly surprised, given the hotel rating and would have happily spend the 2 nights here that we spent at the Ramada Venice in addition to those booked subsequently. You get what you pay for but in terms of value for money I think the Best Western is competitive and the staff certainly look to provide a good level of service from what is a basic but clean and friendly hotel.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We just came back from a 5 nights stay at the Best Western PLUS Siesta Key Gateway and really enjoyed our stay. The hotel is well located in walking distance from 2 good restaurants (Carrabas and Longhorn). The beds are comfortable, there is a good size mini-fridge, a safe and a micowave in the room. The hôtel and the pool area are clean, we spent lots of time in the pool. We recommend this hotel and will come back. You need to take the car to go to the beach.

  • Stayed August 2014, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We used the Best Western Plus as a stop gap in our holiday as we had used it in the past and again had a very good stay, in a very clean, well kept, well equipped motel. The pool area was stunning with plenty of seating, loungers, and clean pool towels. I didn't use the gym myself ( i was on holiday ! ) but the equipment looked in great working order :). The staff were very friendly and effecient and we are looking forward to staying again sometime soon.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 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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Cape Coral, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Great location to get to Siesta Key beaches, Ringling Museum, and Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Staff is OK, not too interested in helping, Internet down 2 out of 3 days, room needed to be changed out as A/C very noisy, don't stay near an elevator nor on poolside if you want Quiet.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service

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Sun City West, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We would recommend this hotel, everything was great from check in to departure. The entire facility was clean. Coffee was available anytime and the breakfast was good. Staff was pleasant at check in as well as departure. The lady in the breakfast area was very pleasant and helpful. We would definitely stay at this location again and it is only a mile from Siesta Key Beach.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Nice updated hotel. Clean and comfortable. Friendly staff! Great free breakfast! Close to the beach!! I would definitely stay again if traveling to the Siesta Key area. I read some reviews and was a little concerned but it was all for nothing. In fact, heard a gentleman at breakfast who tried staying at another location and had to leave to come stay at this hotel.

  • Stayed August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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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
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Ranked #11 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
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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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