This hotel is at an awesome location for other purposes than the beach experience. Don't get me wrong, the beach is absolutely gorgeous; however, you are within walking distance to St. Armands Circle. St. Armands Circle is full of quaint boutiques and restaurants. It is a nice break from the hot Florida sun. As for the beach, it has the soft sugar type sand and the water is clear for several feet. There is a gentleman across from the hotel that rents umbrellas and beach chairs if you decide to travel light. The hotel also has a restaurant on the top floor. I did not dine there since St. Armands Circle has more entertainment. The hotel has a heated pool and I did not check it out since I wanted to enjoy the beach more than a pool. The customer service at the hotel was phenomenal from the front desk clerk to maintenance personnel. They were very kind and eager to help with all your needs. My main complaints were that the room was outdated and not as clean. There were extra holes in the shower walls from the shower curtain rod being reinstalled more than once. The bottom of the bathtub was turning black. The carpet within the room needs to be steamed clean since the bottom of your feet turned black from walking around. Other than those complaints, I definitely recommend an ocean view room so you can watch the beautiful sunset.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach Hotel Sarasota
- Holiday Inn Lido Beach
- Sarasota Holiday Inn