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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
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“always great”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Our family has been going to this hotel for many, many years we absolutely enjoy it. From the service at the hotel, the decorating, the location. The restaurant is amazing, and not just the food but the view. You just walk across the street and you are on one of the most beautiful strech of beach.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 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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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, January 31, 2013
Thank you! We love our loyal guests - and look forward to welcoming you again 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

The people at the front desk were very friendly. The room was very clean, but just what you expect fro a holiday inn. I prefer the condos further down the strip, but nothing beats this view. Perfect location to walk to St. Armands circle a few times each day. Nothing beats the sunset view from the balcony... Decent pool. No hot tub.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, January 30, 2013
Thank you for sharing such lovely words about our staff and our location. We try hard to be special!
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

Second time staying at this beachside hotel and we plan to be back. Clean rooms, comfortable beds, fridge and microwave in room, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a balcony on the gulf...what more could I ask for? A nice pool if you tire of the beach? It's here also! Decent breakfast buffet w/ omelet station on the 7th level and a floor to ceiling view of the Gulf? They've got it!
Besides the beachside location and the excellent weather, the thing that really made our stay here was the staff...especially Adam at the front desk. We had originally booked two nights, but I called the day before our arrival to add a day on the back end. Adam arranged the same type room for us at the same rate. We arrived at the hotel and Adam greeted us at the front desk with great customer service...he remembered me from my call the previous day. When we got to our room and discovered it not to our liking, he arranged a different room without hesitation. My wife and I hope he's still there when we return...he's a real asset to the hotel. The rest of the staff we encountered were very professional and welcoming. We have stayed in 5 star hotels, but we really enjoy coming to this area and this hotel. We don't stay here because we expect a 5 star hotel...and you shouldn't either.
Was it perfect? No, but the things I could point out in this level of hotel would be minor and not worth mentioning. There is, however, one annoyance that I will point out. The sliding glass door onto the balcony has a metal threshold or lip that is about three inches high. I'm sure it's there to keep rainwater out during bad weather. Be careful! I don't care how many times you go through that door, you WILL bang your toes. It hurts if you're barefoot and it is also a trip hazard.

  • Stayed January 2013, 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, January 25, 2013
Wow! And Thank You! We are very fortunate to have Adam and our great team to take care of our guests. Our windows are designed to meet hurricane standards, and those unfortunate lips are part of the design. And yes, we appreciate the purpose but they can be challenging.
We look forward to seeing you again very soon.
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Montreal, Canada
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

This is a hotel that time forgot, and it is really a pity.
The location is great, walking distance from wonderful St-Armand Circle. The superb view from your balcony (on the Gulf side) is certainly worth staying there. The 7th floor restaurant also offers the same view.
But that's it for the plus side. The rooms are small and dated (80's wallpaper border) and the bathroom even smaller and unfortunately mold is easily found around the tub and sink. A big no-no in my book - no excuse for that. Not to mention that the room has no closet, just a rack with a half dozen hanger. Not cozy.
There is no storage in the bathroom. Luxurious, it is not.
So, if you really really really really want to watch glorious sunsets while sipping your favorite cocktail, this hotel has a lovely balcony for you.

Room Tip: Gulf side view a must otherwise parking lot...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 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, January 22, 2013
Thank you for your very honest comments. We work very hard to keep our property clean and comfortable, and are dismayed that you did not find it that way. We have a special location and a wonderful team. We are working hard to update our property.
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Buffalo, NY
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48 hotel reviews
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2013

Holiday Inn Lido beach is located across the street from the beach itself but has easy access and nice views of the ocean and beach. It is very conveniently located to Armand Circle (2 blocks easy walk) where there are tons of nice shops, restaurants and bars. There is a small, older bar, a nice pool and a great view from the upstairs 7th floor restaurant.

Pros:
Great location
Really nice staff
Great views/access to beach
Nice pool
Good food and views from the 7th floor dining area

Cons:
Older rooms, needs updating
Older check-in and bar area

I was going to give this hotel a 3 as a review, but because the price is reasonable and the location is great I bumped it to a 4. I would stay here again regardless of the older rooms. We were here for business for 2 nights and I would return for business.

Room Tip: If you are staying here for a while I would get the ocean side balcony rooms.
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 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, January 22, 2013
Thank you for your compliments of our team and location. We recognize that there is work to do for the property - and plan to provide the full package very soon.
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Lincoln
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121 reviews 121 reviews
39 hotel reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Great location - directly opposite the beach. Make sure you get an ocean view - which gives
spectacular sunsets - the car park at the back is not so attractive! Great local shopping and restaurants in walking distance. Very good for a 3/4 day break.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, January 22, 2013
Thank you for sharing such positive comments about our location and friendly staff. St. Armands is really a gem, so much to do and enjoy there. We do look forward to seeing you again soon.
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I stayed here for two nights in the middle of January on the Gulf side of the hotel. The views are absolutely gorgeous and the hotel is a very short walk to St. Armands Circle that has a lot of neat shops and restaurants. There is a place just off of St. Armands Circle called The Met. They have a great Day Spa. I ate at the Columbia restaurant on the Circle and it was delicious! Back to the hotel.......like a lot of reviewers have said it is a dated hotel and I have to agree. However, it is very clean. The place where you can have breakfast in the hotel is on the top floor overlooking the Gulf with floor to ceiling windows. Very friendly staff. Would go again!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 4 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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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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