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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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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
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“Why so many very good/4 star reviews? Here's why...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

First of all here is and why I (and presumably others) can't give this place a full excellent/5 star rating: fantastic location and views, but with very old appointments. However I feel like this also keeps the costs down! If this was updated and modern throughout, you'd easily pay $250/night for this place.

Pros: gulf view is phenomenal with large sliding glass doors and windows to enjoy the view, literally steps from the beach and 5 min walk to St. Armand's, room is large, bed is comfy (nothing special), restaurant and bar on site, room service, free wifi, nice tv, free parking in an area where parking can be tough, 10 min drive to downtown sarasota and Mote Marine.

Cons: All decor and furnishings are very old school, wifi is too slow for netflix etc (2-3mbps) and not apple tv compatible, bathroom small and needs to be redone, must do gulf view, I imagine city view would be ok on 5/6 floor but its a parking lot view on lower floors.

Bottom line, we'll be returning soon and if you don't expect a swanky Manhattan hotel, you'll be thrilled with your stay!

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Thank you - we are working to improve our guest rooms, so that the hotel experience is as good as our staff and location. And we greatly appreciate your compliments!
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Located on Lido Key just a few steps from St. Armand's Circle which is made up of dozens of shops and restaurants to please even the most discriminate taste. The Hotel staff was superb and took care of every need. The beach is directly across the street with crystal white sand and beach chairs for rent by the day. The pool was refreshing, perfect for a hot afternoon dip. Pool side bar offered great libations at a reasonable price. A short cab ride from downtown Sarasota to see a play or dine at Marina Jacks. I recommend this hotel to everyone, families, groups, couples. If you can, upgrade to a suite on the 7th floor, the extra room and private elevator are worth every penny. Will certainly return!

Room Tip: 7th Floor Ocean Front Suite if you can! Private elevator and amazing view!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 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, July 22, 2013
Wow! Thank you so much - we love to know we get it right.
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Wonderful location in walking distance to many restaurants and shops and across the street from the beach. Staff very friendly. Not updated so take that into account when looking at prices. Very clean. They have chairs and beach toys in the lobby to borrow for the day so you don't need to bring your own. There are no corner stores or groceries on the island so be prepared to drive a distance to get anything.

Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Thank you! We are working now to upgrade our guest rooms, and know you will see improvements on your next visit.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013 via mobile

You can't beat the price especially with the gorgeous view of Lido Key beach. The hotel is in walking distance of St. Armands Circle, which is great. Hotel is clean, but rooms are nothing real special. They offer free beach chairs and toys....first come first serve. My hubby ordered room service one evening during a storm; however, received the wrong food. The hotel staff isn't real friendly either.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 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, July 22, 2013
We are so very sorry that you did not find our staff friendly - we work hard to be a warm and welcoming team for all of our guests, and are usually very successful. Sorry about the bad weather.
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Hollywood, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

We were there for the weekend following the 4th of July festivities, so were also in the perfect spot to get a great view of the boat races. The hotel is a bit older, but very clean and comfortable, and the view on our balcony overlooking the ocean could not be better!

Ideally located a short walk away from St Armand's, which provided a few nice hours of browsing quaint shops and people watching. Lots of great restaurants here too.

The best thing about our stay would have to be the service we experienced from the staff, especially Adam at the front desk, who gave us a lengthy insider's list of great restaurants in the area. They were so accommodating in every way, and made our stay so fun and enjoyable!

Room Tip: Gulf view is worth the extra cost
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  • Stayed July 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
    • 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, July 22, 2013
Wonderful! Thank you so much. We really do care that we get it right for our guests
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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Sometimes staying at older hotels is not so bad even when there are plumbing issues etc. This hotel was very expensive (over $200) a night and severely needs a facelift in rooms and plumbing as tub stayed clogged all day after first shower and there was mold and water under linoleum in bathtub. Also the hair dryer didn't work.

What bothered me more than anything and the reason for this review is when all of this was brought to the attention of the front desk clerk she was condescending and rude to me about the problem. We are platinum elite members with IHG hotels and go out of our way to stay with this hotel chain and never have we been given such rude and poor customer sevice.

Because I never give reviews I must also say that the restaurant at the top of the hotel did serve a wonderful breakfast (free to myself, spouse and child) and Chuck who was our waiter, did a phenomenal job with his service. This was important as we called for room service the previous night at 5-7 minutes before they were supposed to close at 9pm and were denied service.

I wish that I would have read previous reviews on this hotel and stayed at the Hotel Indigo which is also in the IHG group.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, July 22, 2013
Thank you for your very honest comments. First - there is no excuse on our part to deny you service from the dining room. We strive to say Yes to all our guests - and extend service that is above and beyond. We are very sorry that you did not experience that. Thank you for your compliments of Chuck - he is an asset to our team, and we will make sure he knows he made a difference in your stay.
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Valrico, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Keep mind, I'm writing this at Sunrise with no coffee! Lol! Coffee is available in the lobby beginning at 7:00. For a hotel ~ it's very nice. Very clean and well kept for the price point. Staff has been great. I suppose I should have dug farther to learn it was across the street from the beach; this definitely affected my viewpoint. Also, we did not bring beach chairs or umbrellas since we were staying at a hotel "on the beach" ~~~ bring your own or be prepared to rent them. Last night I was looking for a quiet place to read, there isn't one (family was watching tv). Oh, and coffee is available in the rooms, but as an early riser, I didn't want to wake them.

We did have a gulf front balcony that we enjoyed. The buffet breakfast was ~$13 and standard buffet fare.

Overall, if you know what you're getting I can see where it's a decent value but I doubt I would stay here again. My daughter disagreed with me, tho, she was quite content. Probably a matter of expectations.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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, July 22, 2013
Thank you for your comments, even before your morning coffee! We are working on improvements to our guest rooms at this time, and will do our best to keep you posted on our progress. Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions.
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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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