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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 #29 of 47 hotels in Sarasota
New York City, New York
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Great location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

You cant beat the location, right across from Lido Beach and walking distance to St Armands! The room was decent and clean but the ac needs improving. Would def stay here again, for the cost where else can you stay that is beach front. Front desk staff was friendly and Tiki bar staff friendly as well. Great burgers!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 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, October 16, 2012
Wow! Thank you. We will make sure that Chef knows you enjoyed his Tiki Bar Burgers! Weather is great - so come back soon.
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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
    4 of 5 stars
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St.Augustine
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127 reviews 127 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

The view from this hotel is the only attraction. The hotel is a bit tired although I've seen worse. The service is lacking. I arrived late (8pm) after a long day. Checked in with my bags. I was told I would need to put a tag in my windshield for parking. No offer to watch my bags whilst I trailed back to the car. Then headed to my room. The number written on the key folder shows 206. Well 206 is occupied. Back downstairs. It is 226. Hmm funny how the first 2 and second 2 don't look at all alike. No apology. Bill is under the door in the morning with express check out but not with $0 balance so have to stop at front desk to receive receipt with $0. Little things do make a difference.

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
We agree - little things can make a big impression in the delivery of service. We welcome your feedback, and will continue to work to improve.
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Orange County - California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Hotel is nice cleaned up, nice room next to beach, walking distance to a great little small town of boutique shops and restaurants called St. Armand. Get the ocean side, for us in October 2012 an extra $20/night. Avg $155/night. Do not eat dinner in the restaurant, better to go hungry. The newly opened bottle of Pinot Noir was horrible. Food was worst than what I used to get in the army mess hall or any institution. My wife took one byte of her Talapia fresh fish and it tasted fishy and mushy. My chicken Marsala tasted like a chicken breast with grits poured over it. Desert came from a grocery Store but worse. Go in to town 4 blocks and get food from a real restaurant. They did take one dinner off but ruined a sunset dinner.

Room Tip: Get ocean gulf side top floors.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 1 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, October 6, 2012
We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for the compliments of our staff and location. We are disappointed that you did not enjoy your dining experience with us. We work hard to deliver food service as wonderful as the view from the Sand Dollar Restaurant. Your comments will be shared with our team. Thank you.
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Saint Augustine
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

We were able to use Holiday Inn Points to stay at this property. They upgraded us without asking to an gulfview room which was great. You do have to walk across the street to get to the beach but, it was an easy walk. They offered free beach chairs and the room was large enough that we put 2 additional rollaway beds into the room ( $10/each bed). It was walking distance to St Armands circle which our teenagers took advantage of.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 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, October 3, 2012
We appreciate your positive feedback! Thank you for choosing us for you destination in Sarasota. We hope to welcome you back soon.
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Vellinge, Sweden
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

I come to Sarasota a couple of times per year and this is my companys chosen hotel. Price is really good, location is perfect and the rooms are good value for money. You can start the morning walking/jogging at the beach and then have breakfast on the top floor viewing the sea. It is very relaxing! The hotel is a bit worn but the rooms are ok and I always get good service from the friendly staff.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 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, October 1, 2012
Thank you. We greatly appreciate being your company's choice in Sarasota. If you have to travel on business, at least you get to relax at the beach.
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10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We stayed 1 night, room 501, overlooking the car park, and the beach if you peek around the side of the balcony. Bathroom was sub standard (ceiling plaster starting to fall, taps moved away from wall). Beach towels were provided and beach literally across the road. Great location, substandard room. Not what we had expected from Holiday Inn.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 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, September 24, 2012
Thank you for sharing your concerns. We are dilligently working to improve the condition of our property, and bring our guests something special. We have a location that is special, and know that you will see a difference at your next stay.
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Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

We had a great room 610 overlooking beach, great view, great bkfast buffet.
My companion left an expensive pair of Cole Haan shoes behind, we called back within 4 hours
but no one had a clue, cleaning staff, Mgmt. called back each day with no results?
Guess no one has ever left anything behind?
Bathtub did not drain properly or sink.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, September 12, 2012
We are very sorry that we could not find the belongings you left behind. We do our very best to recover items guest leave at the hotel, and return to them. Kind Regards.
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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:
#7 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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