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“Great location, great view, worth a stay” 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 #26 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
London
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great location, great view, worth a stay”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Another return trip to St Armands and the Holiday Inn.

Beautiful views again from the Gulf view room. Our room was ok, clean and quiet. There was a wedding at the hotel when we stayed, but we didn't notice them. Staff are good especially around the pool and the bar.

The contractors were moving in when we stayed in Oct 2013 so hopefully the rooms will be a little better if we return again later this year.

Bar menu is good with a BBQ during the day, restaurant views great for breakfast. Worth having a Holiday Inn buffet breakfast at least once during your stay just for the view of the beach as the sun comes up.

Once again I fully recommend this hotel, even if it is a little dated it's still one of my favourites!

Room Tip: Gulf view, a few floors up. Check out the sunset time and stand on the balcony before going out in S...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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, February 25, 2014
Thank you. We have made progress since the fall, and are working to make the property as special as its team and location. We look forward to seeing you again.
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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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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We spent our last 3 nights in Florida at this hotel mainly for its location close to the beach and St Armand's square. There were no rooms with sea views available so we were at the back of hotel which meant we never had any sun in our room. The room size was ok but in bad need of updating( the hotel is going through renovations), it was clean but dull. The pool was great and the staff were all very nice and helpful.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
We regret that we have not completed all renovations as of yet. We are working hard to make this a great hotel for you! We do look forward to seeing you again.
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Lakeville, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

The staff at this location are truly wonderful, it is like coming home each March. At the front desk there is a wonderful lady by the name of Jean Ade who has taken excellent care of us for years. We absolutely love her!!

The Sunday Brunch is marvelous - with a terrific wait staff who carters to all your needs.The negative about this resturant is the morning buffet never changes its menu - this needs to be addressed. Over all this restaurant is very good with a staff that are truly the best - warm, caring and very efficient!!

Also we must mention the people who took care of our rooms; they did a wonderful job - we were very pleased with all of them.

Over the years we have seen many things change - we lost the gift shop as well as, the van that used to drive us short distances - a wonderful plus for everyone. However we do have a love for this lovely little hotel and its warm, welcoming staff!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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Scarsdale, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

The staff was wonderful, hotel was very clean--however the bathroom was so small you had to side step in there. We had an end room so maybe it was smaller than the others. View of the ocean is magnificent .

Room Tip: Do not get an end room and not sure if it's worth the extra charge for an ocean view since in th...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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, February 7, 2014
Great! Thank you!
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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82 reviews 82 reviews
45 hotel reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

We were at the Holiday Inn for three nights at the end of January. The reason we chose to stay at this hotel again was ONLY for the location. I reviewed this hotel after staying over Christmas in 2010 and I’m sorry to say that it has just gotten worse. The hotel is supposedly undergoing a renovation, but that doesn’t excuse the room they gave us; the room simply should not have been in the rotation.

The bed was comfortable enough but everything else about the room was grungy and dirty with old beat-up furniture. The bathroom was the worst. The vanity appeared to be held together by layers of caulk. Broken tiles on the baseboards, moldy shower stall. Just not good. The lobby was fine; the lobby bar never seemed open. Since we were visiting family we didn’t use the restaurant or the pool facilities.

The location of the hotel is still great – a short walk to St. Armand’s Circle and across the street from beautiful Lido beach. Our unfortunate room did have a spectacular view of the gulf – but we had opted for the gulf view and paid extra for this. If you choose to stay, make sure you ask for, and get, a renovated room!

Room Tip: As for a renovated room overlooking the Gulf.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 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, February 7, 2014
We are working hard to improve our hotel for our guests. This includes updating our guest bathrooms as well. We know that you will see a difference upon your next visit.
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Sarasota, Florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

This Holiday Inn is located just across the street from what I think is the best beach in Sarasota: Lido Beach. It is also only a few blocks walk from St. Armands Circle, a charming and unique shopping district with a variety of excellent eatery options.

The hotel is clean, nicely decorated, and the two front desk staff we encountered were very kind and helpful. Our room was clean and spacious, as was the bathroom. We did have a corner room and could hear some noise in the hallway, but overall, it wasn't too disturbing.

I would definitely stay at this hotel again! For the price, quality, and location, it's a win-win-win.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, February 7, 2014
Wow! Thank you! We look forward to seeing you again.
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Washington, D.C.
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112 reviews 112 reviews
27 hotel reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Location is fabulous, rooms are large, but musty and dated, the luggage drop-off is challenging (drive to the back door, walk to front lobby to get cart, wheel down ramp....) and the hall lighting is inadequate. The hall ceilings are low, making it feel very tight and creepy. One night was more than enough.

Room Tip: "City view" is code for parking lot.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 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, January 31, 2014
Thank you for your comments. We are working now to update our hotel, including full renovation of all guest rooms. We know you will see a difference upon your next visit to our great location.
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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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