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“Beach Hotel” 3 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
Orlando, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Beach Hotel”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

The Hotel is tired but clean, but it is about to go through renovations. Great location across the street from the beach, and walking distance to great restaurants and shopping. Try to get a gulf view room for the beautiful sunsets. Looking forward to staying there again, after renovations are completed - Hope the price does not go up :-)

Room Tip: gulf view rooms fills quickly, so book way in advance
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  • Stayed May 2014, 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
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, June 4, 2014
Thank you - we are working hard to improve our hotel, and make it a true beach gem! 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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Minden, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This hotel needs some work, but is currently undergoing some necessary upgrades. However, it is very clean and the location to the ocean is amazing! Great location for walking to a little area with lots of neat shops and restaurants. The drinks and food on site are excellent as well!

Room Tip: Definitely worth the price to have a balcony overlooking the ocean!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
    • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you for your comments
We are working to improve our hotel - and make it just as special as our wonderful location.
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I stayed here the first time I came to Sarasota to check out the area for retirement. Great location, would definitely come back! Two minutes to St. Armand's Circle and its' great shops and restaurants. Five minutes back to the city and all it has to offer.

Room Tip: Make sure you are facing the Gulf ~
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
    • 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, May 29, 2014
Thank you! Sarasota and her islands are a wonderful place to retire. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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Kansas City
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Just spent three days at this hotel during a family reunion. Hotel was OK but way overpriced. Cost us $517.00 for two nights. Hotel is showing it's age but they are remodeling it. We had Gulf view room that did have a great view.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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, May 25, 2014
Thank you for you comments. We are working hard to improve the condition of our hotel, knowing a face lift is needed! We are doing our best to keep all of our guests informed of our progress, and please feel free to contact us directly prior to your next visit.
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Stockholm, Sweden
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Stayed here for one night while visiting family in an other part of Florida. I've been to Sarasota several times, but never experiensed it like this.

This is a great hotel to stay at if you don't want to or can't spend a fortune at a hotel. It's beautifully located at Lido beach with walking distans to charming S:t Armand's Circle.

Read some reviews indicating that it's old and not clean. Yes - it's not built yesterday, but the don't state they are. The bathroom isn't dirty, but old. The rooms are quite spacious and air condition, curtains and everything works as it should. They have simple plastic chairs and tables at the balcony, but they will do fine for a drink in the sunset, I promise you. It's a good hotel that gives you what you pay for.

The view from the balcony, facing the beach, is absolutley stunning! And we were on the third floor (so you don't need a high level room). The other hotels at any of the beaches will cost you at least twice as much but won't give twice the comfort and absolutley not a better view.

Room Tip: Pay a little extra to get a room with sea view. It's so beautiful!
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 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, May 25, 2014
Wow! Thank you for pointing out all the positives of our hotel and location. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Bloomfield, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Spent four nights at this establishment. The beach makes it worth staying here, but the guest services could largely be improved. Clean room with slow shower drain. Missed change of linens request and sub par laundry accommodations. Front desk interactions were average to above average. That being said, we would probably stay here again just for the beach location unless traveling south to Siesta Key.

Stayed May 2014
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Thank you for your remarks, and we will certainly be responding to the linen requests you brought to our attention. We are working at this time to improve the condition of the hotel, and look forward to welcoming you back very soon.
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Bloomfield, IN
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

My family of four spent several days here in May using rewards points. We had no problem getting a gulf view room on the fourth floor. The location of this property could not be better: the beach is the best non-Hawaiian beach I've been to, hands down. (We loved Siesta Key also, a 20 minute drive from this hotel.) St. Armand's is a couple blocks away, and it's a shopper's paradise of eclectic stores, restaurants, and cafés. So fun to stroll around in the evenings after a day in the sun.

The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The 7th floor restaurant was fine, not great, but did have a gorgeous view; and for guests of the hotel kids eat free. The room was fine for what we needed, which was time on the beach! The decor looked recently updated but the tub drained slowly and the bathroom sink looked pretty aged. Cleaning staff did a good job except when we left the "please change linens" sign on the bed and the linens were not changed. Linens were promptly changed after we notified the front desk. The pool was clean and fairly large. The shallow end was 4.5 feet, which was over my 8 year old's head. I have good little swimmers but a place to stand up in the pool would have been nice. They loved it and didn't complain about the depth.

The beauty of this beach and the breathtaking sunsets cannot be overstated! This is not luxury accommodation, but we had an awesome vacation and the price was right! We would definitely stay here again and hope to next year.

Stayed May 2014
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, May 21, 2014
Thank you for your kind remarks. Lido Beach is definitely a special place, and views from our hotel can not be beat. We look forward to seeing you again.
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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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