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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 #27 of 47 hotels in Sarasota
Windermere, Florida
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“Great Location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We have a 7 years old daughter and a 12 weeks baby. The beach is perfect for us, white and soft sand, warm water, no waves and a lot of calm and nice families. The Hotel is just across the street, perfect location. They need an upgrade for the whole hotel, it is good enough to sleep few days without any luxury.
Walking distance from St. Armands Circle, where you can find nice restaurants, boutiques, ice creams and so on. A must to walk at night.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 26, 2012
Thank you - we do have a special spot on Lido Key. We are working on those upgrades, and know you will see a difference on your next visit.
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  • 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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

Our stay was good, the location was great, and the views were as well. The hotel is nice, but is in need of upgrades. It is one of a few choices on the beach, and as such, we recommend it for beach lovers.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 20, 2012
We have a special spot on Lido Key, with views that can not be beat. Glad to know that you enjoyed your visit. We are addressing the upgrades, and hope to share more with our guests very soon.
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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We are priority club members and most Holiday Inns are more up-to-date than this one. The lobby is nice and the staff was helpful. The room size is fine but my biggest disappointment was our bathroom. It was severely outdated; chipped, old looking tile and just had a "not clean" appearance. Some hotels I'm comfortable walking around in bare feet but I didn't feel it in this room. The location is wonderful being so close to St. Armand's Circle with it's excellent shopping and restaurants but I wouldn't stay here again unless I had a nice bathroom.

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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 18, 2012
We are working to make the rooms and bathrooms more comfortable for our guests. We have something special here, and we are going to take care of it. You will see a difference on your next visit.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We recently stayed 6 nights in a suite on the top floor facing the gulf. Loved it. The bed was comfortable, the view was fantastic, and the floor was quiet. It doesn't matter that the decor is not the latest when you are in beach relax mode. Hotel staff were all friendly and helpful. But the real selling point is that this hotel is the closest to St. Armand's Circle, which we visited mostly for its food. It was nice to walk out the back door and go only a block or two to the restaurants.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 18, 2012
We appreciate your praise of our staff and location. St. Armand's is a gem for this area, and so easy to reach from our hotel. Thank you.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

Travelling from Scotland, we have stayed at this hotel for 4 years running as part of our summer vacation. The location is unbeatable, 100 yards from the beach, and a few minutes walk from the superb shops and restaurants of Armand Circle. We have always found the staff extremely helpful, attentative and friendly. The rooms are always cleaned to a very high standard, and normally done in the morning, which is great if you go to the beach early. Free parking and wi-fi are also included. Upgrades are always being carried out so it's only going to get even better, see you in 2013 Kym !!

Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 15, 2012
Thank you! We love that you choose us each year for your visit. See you in 2013!
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

nice hotel. do try to have a room facing the gulf. nice sunset and morning with sounds from the waves
Hotel a little worn but the location is very nice
Beds are vey comfortable
View from top floor is fantastic

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 15, 2012
We thank you for compliments of our location. Sunsets over Lido Beach are beautiful.
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Leicester, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We tend to defer to the Holiday Inn chain when we need to be sure of quality and are not sure of other hotels in given area, so after a mega drive up from Marathon we needed somewhere quality to stay. We turned up blind and were not hopeful to get a room but thankfully we were able to secure an excellent room in short order. As expected everything was nice and clean and the rooms were a good size with all the usual attachments, which I might add were very welcome! A little something humourous I will say which may sound a little negative (but not meant that way!) was the reaction of the desk person when we asked about the cost of a room. He looked around and calmly wrote the price on a scrap of paper, turning it carefully and proffering it to me. We obviously must have looked a little travel worn and maybe not able to afford the room!!! Funny at the time, I had to bite my lip! Regardless, we took the room and enjoyed our stay, got to watch a gulf coast sunset while lounging in the pool and had a lovely breakfast in the morning. The hotel was ideally placed for us as the beach is directly in front of the hotel, and there is a great shopping and dining area close by (Armand Circle??). All in all recommended!! (please note our trip was a few years back and not last September, though it still warrants a decent review)

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 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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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, August 7, 2012
Thank you for remembering us! Still a great spot, near the beach and St. Armand's Circle. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Address: 233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > 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:
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach 3*
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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