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“a new take on the Holiday Inn brand” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport

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Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport
Ranked #13 of 49 Hotels in Sarasota
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Schwaz, Austria
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107 reviews
60 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“a new take on the Holiday Inn brand”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 25, 2013

With a large, open atrium and a spacious sized standard room this hotel set new standards for Holiday Inn. Room included a work desk and a two seat sofa with table. Bathroom was stylishly modern and brightly lit with an attractive glassed covered shower. One major shortcoming was the lack of a door bottom sweep / insulator to provide adequate sound insulation. Hallway noise [even voices speaking at normal conversational levels] was clearly evident in the room. On the other hand exterior noise [such as planes at the airport] was negligible. Additionally the room had "negative air pressure", which meant outside hallway air rushed under the door bottom gap into the room.

Hotel had an indoor pool and exercise area and small outside seating areas for both sun lounging and dining. We did not purchase any meals however the sports bar restaurant appeared well attended for dinner.

With the right rate this hotel offers an excellent option for your area stay, especially for early departures and late arrivals at the Sarasota airport.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Coral, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2013

We booked a room here for the Sarasota Half Marathon through Priceline. My wife called the night before because we wouldn't be getting in until late afternoon. She was told that because we paid for the room in full two months ago, it didn't matter how late we got there, they would have our reserved, paid for room waiting for us.

We arrived at the hotel at 6:00 pm the day before the race and were told by the manager that some guests had decided to extend their stay so he didn't have any rooms for us. He offered to get us a room at the Days Inn Sarasota Airport for no additional cost. The Days Inn is rated #44 of 46 hotels in Sarasota. No thanks.

After we left I got a call from Priceline saying the hotel had called them and said I didn't want my room anymore. I did receive a full refund from Priceline.

If having a room that you paid for two months in advance is important to you, this is not the hotel for you.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport, responded to this review, July 10, 2013
Dear Masreyort,

Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to express your thoughts and concerns. Our goal is to ensure that all our clients leave satisfied and we try our best to fulfill all our guest requests. Please accept our sincere apology for the inconvenience your reservation may have caused you. I assure you that this situation does not happen all the time. Thus, for your future reservation, we will do all the necessary to avoid such a kind of disappointment.

Though I would prefer you had a better experience at our hotel, I would like to thank you for sharing your thoughts and I hope that we have the opportunity to serve you again in the future and show you just how much we care about delivering an above average experience.

Sincerely,

Krysllin G
Case Manager
IHGCare
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013

We stayed here for the destination wedding for my friend. We had a great experience. The staff was great and very courteous. The hotel is newly remodeled and the atrium design is very enticing and modern. The room was very spacious and the bathroom was amazing. No bathtub - just a shower. The outdoor area was very nice.The breakfast was overpriced. The breakfast buffet left much to be desired. Otherwise, we had a great experience. We would definitely stay there again.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Levittown, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2013

From the outside to the inside this hotel, it is a work of art and design in a city of the same. It was a feast to the eyes and the soul.
The indoor pool was the attraction for us to choose this hotel; the only one with an indoor pool in the area. It was also a work of art which had a waterfall fountain and colored tiles artistically applied throughout the space. Included in this area was a hot tub, dry sauna, steam room, shower and lounge area inside with doors that opened to your choice of chaise lounges; umbrella table areas or a lounge area with a fire pit.
The lobby of the hotel was impressive with two guest elevators that had glass walls and ended at the waterfall on the lobby area. Entertainment for passengers and lobby guest alike.
Marvin the maintenance man at the hotel went above and beyond his job description to vacuum all of the soil from an overturned plant and the sand from our trips to the beaches that was in our rental car. He was courteous and professional.
We used the business center to print out maps and our boarding passes. It was open 24 hours a day.
This hotel got an A+ from this retired teacher!
Leah Zenker

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Sarasota, Florida
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47 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

For my daughters wedding we had family coming from all over the country so we needed a hotel that was easy for airport travel. This is it in Sarasota. They will pick you up and drop you off at SRQ in there 12 passenger van.
The hotel is relatively new and beautiful. Very contemporary. Large atrium lobby that opens 5 floors up. Glass elevators and a waterfall in the lobby.
They have a good breakfast bar and you can also order off the menu. The sports restaurant is open from 6am to 11 pm and has a very lively bar in the evening.
There is an indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room along with a well equipped fitness center. They also have a very popular outdoor area with cabanas, couches and a fire pit going every night. Nice place to sit around and have a night cap.
The rooms are kings and doubles with a few suites on each floor plus there are some rooms for kids with bunk beds!
The staff was fantastic. Maria (I think business manager) is a gem. From our first contact about blocking 30 rooms for out of town guest to the last person leaving she was always on top of it. She even gave us a separate web site so that guests could book with the wedding block and pricing.
Hotel beautiful/Staff Outstanding.....what more could you ask for? My daughter and new son in law loved it and so did all of our guests. They made it a memorable event. Enjoy your stay.

Room Tip: If you stay in the even numbered rooms, you will hear less noise from the lobby at night.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Monadnock Region, NH
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26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2013

In terms of rooms, decor, etc. Just read the other reviews. . .

The only things I wanted to say, however, was that while being directly across the street from the airport and not hearing aircraft - due to the atrium style of the hotel, interior hotel noise was horrible. People greeting each other excitedly in the lobby, door slamming on the 5th floor, "tick,tick,tick - Housekeeping!" on the 4th floor, Children laughing and running to the elevator on the 2nd, all clear as day in my room on the 3rd. And unlike another brand with a similar interior layout there was no back bedroom to retreat to, close the door, and shut out the noise. Better doors are clearly needed.

The breakfast buffet is also completely lacking. Virtually the same breakfast as at a Holiday Inn Express (free), but unless you're a Platinum level member (which I am) you have to pay for it. Equally insulting is that the waitstaff points you to the beverage area where you can go get your own coffee, they don't come around with it for you or offer you juice. Seriously?

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pc12drvr
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Dear pc12drvr,

Thank you for writing a review about your recent stay with us. We work very hard to ensure our facilities and service are superior and we strive to be the best Holiday Inn around. It sounds like we fell below your expectations regarding breakfast selection, customer service and noise during your stay. We will look into these points. I assure you the feedback of our hotel will be reviewed and most certainly forwarded to the appropriate departments. We take the confidence our guests place in us very seriously and work diligently to rectify any unsatisfactory experiences. We take all reviews positive and negative very seriously, and your feedback will help us improve for our next guest or your next visit.

Sincerely,

Your Name
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IHGCare
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Orlando, Florida
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31 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 21, 2013

This hotel has spoiled me on pools, now I only want to stay at a place with an indoor pool! The pool is awesome and there is a hot tub as well. Although it's next to an airport, we never heard one plane. Very, very quiet! The breakfast is incredible!!!!! It was a buffet and had tons to choose from. The rooms were large and clean and the shower was amazing! The staff goes out of their way to help out and are super friendly. The atrium of the hotel is glass and all rooms look out on it. It is so beautiful! We are definitely planning another trip to this hotel. It is much cheaper to stay here, have a blast and drive to the beach!

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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport
Address: 8009 15th St E, Sarasota, FL 34243-2713
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge 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 Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport 3.5*
Number of rooms: 135
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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