We stayed here on the extremely busy July Fourth weekend in the Sarasota area, not realizing that it was the annual power boat show, parade and races. Most of the beach front hotels were sold out and the ones that were not were too expensive for our needs.
It's located across from the tower side of Sarasota airport and you definitely will need a car to get to the beach areas and other sites of interest. It's only a few miles, but since you are not at the beach you should get an early start, by about 9 or 10 am to find a parking spot at Lido Beach or Anna Maria Island, etc.
This hotel has a strikingly lovely decor which you do not expect from looking at the outside.
The soaring six story atrium with large skylight and the glass elevator that stops behind a waterfall on the lobby level all contribute. There is a comfortable bar and restaurant area hidden from view of the atrium center and a small but nice Seattle's Best coffee bar just inside the far end of the atrium.
The rooms were nicer than expected, especially for the very reasonable pricing.
One minor drawback is that, probably due to the open atrium, sound can carry to the upper floors from activity in the atrium lobby level. I'd recommend more sound proof room doors in the future. You could also request a room on one of the two narrow ends of each floor that are not directly on the atrium hall.
I would definitely stay here again.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport Hotel Sarasota