I must say that I have not stayed at a Holiday Inn in 30 years or more since the last one was run down and worn out. However, this HI was anything but worn out. The check-in was open and bright. The check-in process could have been faster but that was due to a alot of questions from a guest. The atrium was open and had lots of seating for socializing and meetings. There was a coffee bar and drink bar as well as a restaurant. The hotel also has an indoor pool, spa, jacuzzi and sauna.
The room was absolutely amazing (room 517). I think I am so impressed due to the fact it was not at all what I expected. I sent my husband pictures and he thought it was a Hilton, not a Hilton Garden Inn, but a Hilton. I noticed some reviewers said that room was heavily scented, but I did not experience that in my room or corridor. The room had a desk, chair and ottoman, 37 inch LG flat screen and a very comfortable King size bed. I also love the little touch of having the flexible reading lights on each side of the bed. An extra added touch was the firm or soft pillows that were wrapped with a cloth tie and sign identifying each. The room had dark mahogony colored furniture. The bed had a thick and comfortable mattress and bed. For those with kids, the room has a refridgerator for snacks and leftovers, however there was not microwave in the room. You could put a pack and play in the room, but it would be a bit crowded, maybe the rooms with 2 doubles are bigger. The hotel provides you with free Wi-fi in the room. There were a few dings- I found a long hair on my bed, the remote for the television didn't work properly and I can not stand to have the drinking glasses in the bathroom. When you flush the toilet, puffs of nastiness enter the air and get on bathroom items, including the glasses- YUCK!
The bathroom was of a nice size, my room had a shower that two people could fit in. It had 2 seats. The sink was a granite counter with an above counter sink. I really like the open table style of storage in the bathroom. The bathroom also had Bath and Body Works products for skin and hair care. They also provide you with a blowdryer.
I did hear a few planes in the morning but did not hear them at night. It was not so loud as to be disturbing. My a/c worked well in the room. The hotel is convenient to St. Armands Circle, Barnum and Bailey Museum and the harbor.
Definitely eat at the Columbia restaurant in the Circle.
One of my room keys said Stay Impressed and I definitely am. Watch out Hilton!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport is a 135 room premier boutique hotel in the heart of Sarasota and Bradenton. Chic, contemporary decor, and an unsurpassed range of amenities, it is ideal for sophisticated business and leisure travelers.The Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport Restaurant and Lounge features dining al fresco under the blue skies and exquisite cuisine, deliciously created. The rooms and suites are spacious, state-of-the-art amenities such as 36" flat-panel TV and free Wi-Fi. The Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport offers exceptional event facilities for groups of 10 to 200, enjoy convenient access to venues of Sarasota and Bradenton. Relax in our indoor pool or work-out in our fitness facility. Explore the best from golf, shopping at St Armands Circle, restaurants and the beautiful white sandy beaches of Siesta Key, Lido Beach, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. Hotel is adjacent to the Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center and attractions such as: Ringling Museum of Art, Asolo Theatre, VanWezel Performing Arts, & Mote Marine. Located within a few miles of University of South Florida, New College, and Ringling College of Art. Neighboring corporate offices are: Sun Hydraulics, Honeywell, Chris Craft, Pierce Manufacturing, Rectrix Air, Volo Air, Dolphin Aviation, Siemens, and Lockheed Martin. We guarantee you will have an memorable experience, that will meet and exceed your expectations. ... more less
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- Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport Hotel Sarasota