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“Good for families--all about the location” 4 of 5 stars
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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 #25 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
California
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92 reviews
25 hotel reviews
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“Good for families--all about the location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We had 2 Gulf View rooms here for 3 nights. The location is what makes this property. Staff were friendly. So nice to be able to walk across the street and be on the wide sand beach. Beach chairs are available in the lobby, but they do run out. We rented an umbrella and beach lounge chairs right on the beach which was fine for us. Too much sun isn't a great thing for my fair husband and kids. It was also nice to be able to do laundry while we were staying here. I thought it was nice that they provide the laundry detergent and dryer sheets for free. The rooms are clean, and the beds were very, very comfortable. The bathrooms just need and update which I believe is going to happen. So nice to watch the sunset from our balcony.

Room Tip: Higher floor, gulf view. Spend the extra money and go with the Gulf View.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, April 17, 2013
Thank you! Very nice to know that your family enjoyed their vacation time with us.
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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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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I reserved a block of rooms for a wedding. A few weeks before the date they gave us to release the rooms, they took all the remaining rooms from our group rate. The excuse was "because we can." What's the point of a contract?
I wouldn't trust the group sales department.
Otherwise, hotel was a good Holiday Inn. Great location and great views.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
We regret your frustration regarding your wedding block. Please know that the terms and condtions of sales contracts and events are honored and upheld by the hotel and its staff. We do go out of our way to be fair with all our clients. Should you wish more specific feedback on your particular concerns, I encourage you to contact us directly.
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Alfred, New York
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13 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We have stayed at the Lido Beach Hotel Inn for years in March. The location is superb: directly across the street from the beach and a mere block from St. Armand's Circle. The Inn itself is nothing special. The rooms are smaller than those of a roadside motel and the furnishings are adequate. We will continue to use this hotel because of its location, but our expectations for comfort and service have been adjusted downward over the years.

Room Tip: Try to stay on the Southern end of the hotel. The view is better.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you for your comments. We are working this summer to overcome some of our "age" challenges, and be the more exceptional property you visited in the past. Keep us in mind for your next visit.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

I have been going to the Longboat Key/Sarasota area for Xmas and Spring break vacations for over 15 years and previously stayed in rented condos on Longboat, big enough for me and my three kids. For the past two years I have been going during non-vacation times, without my kids, and just needed a place convenient to Longboat and Sarasota -- Lido Beach! The Holiday Inn is literally a short three block walk to St. Armand's Circle. I have family at the southern end of Longboat and in Sarasota and both are within 10 minutes by car.
The hotel could use updating (I stayed in some updated Holiday Inn Express rooms in NJ and MA which were excellent) and initially had to request another room and request a refrigerator. Once settled in with a king size bed and a gulf view we were satisfied. Older yes, but over $100.00 per night less than nearby hotels. It's not the Ritz Carlton, but it cost half as much.

Room Tip: Insist on a gulf view.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, April 11, 2013
Thank you! We are the best value on Lido Beach!
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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We are local residents and wanted a get awaY but stay close to home for our anniversary. This hotel is good. Beach is directly across the street. Beautiful sunset. The best for us was the location to St Armand's circle. We walked to it and had dinner at Crab and Fin. Nice restaurant but I would recommend driving to Chart House just a few miles away. Hotel service was very friendly. Room was clean and no loud noises. Older building but we would stay again. Has restaurant on top floor with all glass to view the ocean. We had a breakfast buffet and it was good. The bed was nice and they have extra pillows!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, April 9, 2013
What a great idea! A beach getaway in your own backyard! We are a special spot for a short escape.
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Silver Spring, MD
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We ventured into Sarasota for two nights and were thrilled to find the Holiday right across the street from the beach for such a low price ($169/night) at the top of the season in mid-March. The room was extremely clean, updated, balcony view, and my only "minor" complaint would be that the bed was not that comfortable. You were given a choice of soft or firm pillows which I have never seen before in any hotel -- and we travel a lot. The staff was over-the-top helpful and courteous from the front desk to the restaurant. The breakfasts were great and their roof top restaurant has a great view and their Sunday brunch is well known in the area. We found it so convenient to St. Armand's shopping district (without having to go over the causeway), but even going over the causeway to visit other areas was a piece of cake. One extraordinary attraction was the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Museum and Mansion. It is a must to visit the museum as the miniature-sized recreation of an entire circus from moving from city to city to the three ring circus tents and everything else imaginable that goes on to put on an event of this magnitude. Loved it, loved it, loved it. I would return to this hotel and area without giving it a second thought.

Room Tip: The balcony view rooms are very nice. The hotel is on the main street, but we heard no traffic nois...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, April 9, 2013
Wow! Thank you. We are happy to know that you enjoyed your short visit with us.
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Orlando, Florida
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16 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

We recently stayed at this property and I felt good enough about it to give them a thumbs up rating. This is an older building which shows. But, boy, if they aren't doing their best with what they have. We found all of the staff to be very friendly and accommodating. It is being kept clean and minor updates were seen. I would definitely return.

Room Tip: If ocean view isn't important, select view of Sarasota for lower price.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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, April 8, 2013
We deeply appreciate the recognition that we are making the most of what we have in this property for our guests. And will share your kind words with our team. Thank you.
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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:
#5 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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