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“Great Location And Great Service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach

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Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236   |  
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Ranked #28 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
UK
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great Location And Great Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

This is the 3rd year in a row we, as a family, have stayed at this superbly located hotel in Lido Beach. The location can simply not be beaten, only a few hundred yards from the tremendous shops & restaurants in Armand Circle, and, literally, yards from the beach itself. Upgrades to the Hotel are always ongoing, so it's just going to get even better over time. The senior management team are aware certain aspects of the hotel need to be addressed and are actively working on doing this. We have always found the management & staff polite, helpful and keen to please. Free parking & wifi are standard, as is the use of a PC in reception to print off airlines tickets etc. We have every intention of returning next year. Thank you Kym for a great stay.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
We are all so pleased that you enjoyed your visit! And thank you for sharing such kind words. Looking forward to seeing you in 2012!
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Rating summary
  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Howell, Michigan
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

My family was down for a wedding, and we didn't want to stay at the wedding hotel because of the higher cost, so we chose this Holiday Inn. We were pleased with the room; beds were comfortable, air conditioning worked well! Also, the hotel was located close to the beach. Some of my siblings stayed here, as well, and I think they were very satisfied, too.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Wow! Thank you for the compliments! Remember us when that first anniversary gala rolls around!
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tampa, florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011 via mobile

First off it is directly across from lido beach, super easy to get to!! Maybe 40 feet from front door to the sand! The hotel was clean. Many made comments about it being old, well it is a holiday inn and not a hyatt. We found it perfect. The staff is friendly. The best part its its 1/4 mile to st armands circle with great shops , resturnats and bars! They have beach towels, chairs, umbrellas for check out which is nice. The pool is nice and it has a bar. The best part is u walk to

  • Stayed August 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 29, 2011
Thank you, Thank you! We love to know when we get it right for our guests. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Ft Myers Fl
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

A few years ago we stayed there and had a really great experience and was a little concerned since i hadn't had a chance or reason to get back there since. As we drove up I was again impressed as the property still looked great and clean. The greeting from the front desk was quite pleasant. She asked if I had ever been there before. I told her the dates. Within a minute she had confirmed it and gave us an unexpected discount from the reservation price I had already made. Our room was clean and quiet even though the hotel was nearly full being beach front and on a weekend. We unpacked and walked a few blocks to St Armand's circle for a few hours. Great time shopping combined with a few tasty frozen drinks on a hot day.
Later we returned to the hotel to get showered and head out to dinner. The hotel restaurant on the top floor really seemed inviting with both it's beautiful sunset view of the Gulf and and tempting menu. My wife and I had a drink before we had to leave to meet some friends back at St Armand's. It was nice to have a few drinks during dinner and not worry about driving back to the hotel. Easy walking distance. Not that we at all felt unsafe but it was nice to see the security guard in the parking lot as we approached when returning from dinner. Beds were comfy room was quiet and we slept like a rock.
A good time was had by all even my teenage daughter. Now she wants to go back every month! Hotel was great but I can't afford to let my wife and daughter loose in St Armand's again for a while.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
We so appreicate knowing when we get it right! Thank you for these glowing compliments!
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york
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

My my my ,this place is disgusting,we booked a vacation to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.
I booked a suite which on entering reminded me of a foisty pool hall with two tables in it ( these doubled as the beds)
Black fungus creeping up the walls, skirtings all scuffed and in general a trash can.
The elevator was no better,grffitti skrawled into the panelling a sticky carpet and it stank,it would have been at home on a construction site.
Reception was dated and tatty and also had an overiding cold feeling about it and not at all welcoming.
Whilst sat waiting for our room there were numerous folks complaining about all manner of things and i literally felt embarrassed for the staff who attempted to justify this dumps suitability.( the parkin lot was cleaner than the hotel)
This place really is an ecoli outbreak waiting to happen) STAY AWAY
The best thing about our stay here was the refund of our money which was repaid without questioning why. we felt this way,i guess they refund on a regular basis .
A 2 hour stay was more than enough

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
Lots of changes here since September of 2010! We would love to see you again.
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Pelham, New Hampshire
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2011

I was lucky enough to have to take a business trip and visit Mote Marine at their laboratory. This hotel was an extreme value and right on the beach of Lido Key. Not only that, you could walk to the little town center. I highly recommend it if staying in Lido.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
We love Mote Marine! So glad that you picked us! We hope to see you again very soon.
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Sherrill, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

During our recent trip to Florida we drove to the Sarasota area and found this hotel on Priceline. The rate was good and the hotel has a great location on Lido Beach. The staff was welcoming and the room was ok. The bed was comfortable, but the rooms need a bit of upgrading. There was a damp smell when you first walk in, but my wife travels with Fabreeze and quickly sprayed to neutralize! The a/c did not work too good but it was ok for the stay. If they upgrade and spend a bit on the property it is well worth returning to.

Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 11, 2011
We are so happy you found our location and our team so pleasing! We work hard to take care of our guests, and we have a spot that can not be beat! Working towards a "facelift"!
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Address: 233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on a barrier island, off the coast of Sarasota, The Holiday Inn Lido Beach is just steps from the powder white sand of Lido Beach and only two blocks from over 140 upscale restaurants, shops and galleries on St. Armands Circle. Featuring a sophisticated, yet 'Florida Casual' decor, The Holiday Inn Lido Beach combines the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort with the amenities and services of a full service hotel. ... more   less 
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