We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“great COOOL weather” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach

Best prices for -
Enter dates for best prices
Check In mm/dd/yyyy Check Out mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Show Prices
Compare best prices from top travel sites
and 6 more sites!
Save
You added Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach to your Saves list
Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236   |  
Hotel website
  |  
Hotel deals
  |  
  |  
Hotel amenities
Special Offer
Save 10-30%
Ranked #27 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
kenmore ny
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“great COOOL weather”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2010

great locstion and spectacular view of Gulff Mexico. older hotel as noted with the old bathrooms but updated bedroom. Chris at bar was fun and Jodie @front desk was a bright spot . Bar could use some freshening up and maybe a happy hour?? five to eight dollars for a drink is kind of steep in a hotel bar. Hotel is immaculate and bright and very accessible to a beautiful,clean,quiet beach. Close to Armands circle and minutes to main highways to atttactions and restaurants and airport. Nice time but crummy weather.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, March 11, 2010
Great to know that you enjoyed our property in spite of some unusually cool weather! We do have a happy hour in place, and obviously need to promote it better to our guests. We will share your kind words with Chris and Jodie. They add a lot to our team! Hope to see you again very soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

662 reviews from our community

Traveler rating
    166
    276
    133
    59
    28
See reviews for
182
280
20
43
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
Traveler tips help you choose the right room.   Room tips (217)
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Indianapolis, IN
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2010

I just got back from Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach - as a trip with my sister for my birthday. We had an excellent time - not only was it steps away from the beach, it was also the closest hotel to St. Armand's Circle (shopping, dinner) to walk to. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming, in particular Marjorie who is a waitress in the lobby bar. The hotel is overall very clean, but somewhat older in appearance (bathrooms - tub and tile) - but the value was fantastic and the bed was very comfortable (firm and soft pillows available). This hotel is great for the solo traveler all the way to families with kids. The location is a short drive from the Sarasota airport and downtown Sarasota - and has a convenient restaurant on the seventh floor (beautiful Gulf view) and a fun lobby bar to just relax. Would definitely recommend spending the additional money (not much at all) for a Gulf view - WELL WORTH IT!!! Will definitely go back to this hotel!

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, March 6, 2010
Thank you for your great review of our hotel! We will share your compliments with Marjorie. We hope to see you again soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hershey, PA
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
84 hotel reviews
Reviews in 76 cities Reviews in 76 cities
295 helpful votes 295 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2010

Overall it was a pleasant stay and the staff were generally helpful and knowledgable. Avoid the (king-bedded) corner rooms on all floors. Although the view is more panaromic, the rooms are significantly smaller than all other rooms on the floor. It was comparable to a cruise ship cabin. We literally stepped over each other and our belongings to navigate the room. There is no closet and there were no curtains (only sheers). So no chance of blocking the sun for an afternoon siesta. Parking was a problem on two occassions and we had to park in the darkened, perimeter spaces on the outside of the lot (designated for employees?). Overall we had a nice time, but probably would not go back again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, March 5, 2010
Thank you for your comments regarding your recent stay. The corner rooms are cozy, and provide the best views. We are working to improve the condition of our guest rooms, and draperies are in that plan. We do hope you choose us again.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Neenah, WI
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2010

This place is accross the road from a gorgeous Gulf Beach. Both sides of the Hotel have beautiful views. There are walking trails everywhere. The rooms have ample balconies and large windows. The square within walking distance has everything anyone could want. Food is everywhere. This place is a great stop.

We arrived in a cold pounding rain and were made comfortable immediately. Did not leave the hotel that night and did not need to. Loved the whold area.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, March 5, 2010
We are thrilled that we made such an impression on you! Thank you for sharing your praises. This really is a great location for the shops on St. Armands. We look forward to seeing you again soon. (We are working on warmer weather!)
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2010

I stayed at this hotel 40 years ago. I was a little apprehensive about staying here because of the age of the hotel. It was very clean and "up to date." The staff was very friendly. I ordered room service and it was very good. The hotel is located in a wonderful area....across the street from the beach and walking distance to all of the stores. I would definetly stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, January 31, 2010
We are delighted that you returned to our hotel and thrilled that we made such an impression on you! Thank you for sharing your praises. This really is a great location for the shops on St. Armands. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Seattle Washington
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2010

If you want a great view, this has it. We stayed on the second floor and overlooked the gulf and were amazed at the view. Our room was located just outside the elevators, and directly across from the fitness center, so it got a little noisy first thing in the morning. The only thing way it could have been any better would be that you didn't have to step up 8 inches to go out onto the balcony, (tripping hazard) and if the slider was easier to open. (needs lots of muscles) Beach access was great. We are already planning to go back. Thanks for the wonderful stay.

Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, January 27, 2010
Thank you for sharing your comments about our hotel. On your next visit - be sure to request a higher floor, that will save on some of the noise issues. See you again soon!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lawrence, Kansas
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2010

We stayed three nights during a conference that was held in another hotel that was not by the beach. It was freezing the first day, but warm enough by the end that we could walk on the beach, which is just across a lightly traveled street. Our room was very large, larger than most Holiday Inns, with a fantastic beach view and king-size bed. The bathroom was a bit worn, but perfectly acceptable and clean. We enjoyed the buffet breakfast, which seems a reasonable price; the dining room has a nice beach view.
The staff were exceptionally friendly and helpful, particularly the night receptionist, who is very enthusiastic about Sarasota. By the time we left, I was wanting to move there.
The beach itself is very fine white sand, with quite a few shells and gentle waves, far too cold to swim when we were there, but very pleasant for a walk and a wade.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, January 23, 2010
We thank you for sharing your positive experience of our hotel and staff. I know just who you are speaking of at our front desk, and will share your praise with her. We do hope to see you again soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hotels you might also like...
mm/dd/yyyy mm/dd/yyyy
Prices are for 1 room, 2 adults
Price Your Stay

Been to Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach

Address: 233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone Number:
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 
Reservation Options:
TripAdvisor is proud to partner with IHG, Booking.com, Expedia, Orbitz, Priceline, Despegar.com, Odigeo and Hotels.com so you can book your Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach reservations with confidence. We help millions of travelers each month to find the perfect hotel for both vacation and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
Also Known As:
Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach Hotel Sarasota
Holiday Inn Lido Beach
Sarasota Holiday Inn

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.