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Americas Best Value Inn Downtown Sarasota
Ranked #41 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Orlando, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Will not go back”
Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Stayed at this hotel last weekend with 2 other families for a quick getaway. While the location is outstanding (10 mins from St Armand's and Lido beach), the hotel is not. The front staff is rude and unwelcoming. We decided not to sample the complimentary continental breakfast which consisted of cold cereal and milk. Rooms were decent but wear can be seen throughout. The outside doors to the room hallways are kept propped open so security is a concern. We kept our room door bolted and with the burglar bar engaged. One of the families in our party found bedbugs in their room. Yikes! I guess you get what you pay for. This is nothing but a cheap hotel that is far from being "value". Stay away!

  • Stayed June 2014
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Spring Hill, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 12, 2014

We stayed here and upon checking in I was skeptical because the exterior of the building is dated and needs some work along with the hallways. Once in the room I was very pleased... once again dated but very clean and spacious. I also LOVED the fact that there was title for flooring. I have stayed in many hotels with gross carpeting. We had 2 adults and 3 children. Our girls had one of the double beds and our son was able to use one of the rollaway beds (an extra $10 per night but well worth it). Front desk staff was very helpful bringing the rollaway bed to our room and providing extra towels upon our request. Only comlaint was the noise coming from the Taco Bell next door but definitely not the hotels fault. I also liked the fact that there was a Publix right across the side street. Worth the stay since we were only sleeping and bathing there. Would stay again!!

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 30, 2014 via mobile

Just a quick stop to lay your head. If your wanting higher quality this is not the place. Nice location, but not so good presentation. This is your topical come and go spot. Almost reminds you of a college form.

Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Lake Placid, Florida
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50 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2014

Hall doors were propped open & hallway was hot & humid. Bed was comfortable with new spreads on both beds. Bathroom cabinets needed painting & back of bathroom door needed to be cleaned. Shower water pressure was good. No coffee pot in the room. Highlight of the night was the giant cockroach that kept running across the wall until we killed it (didn't want it running across us in the night). Water damage noted on the ceiling. Being a Florida resident I understand about cockroaches but was not impressed when the check-out clerk tried to tell me that they couldn't help the cockroach because they had too many palm trees around building??????Continental breakfast was the most pathetic offering I've ever encountered.
Even though it was just off main road(Hwy#41) there was no traffic noise. Satisfaction depends on your standards & what you want from a motel room.

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled on business
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Cologne, Germany
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Employees very friendly. Very helpful. Prompt.

Called taxi and arranged time and pickup location.

Close to downtown Sarasota. Good location for food and other services.

Best value close to town.

Clean.

Breakfast good.

Stay on the second floor, pool side. Quiet!

Room Tip: Second floor pool side, quiet and close to laundry.
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  • Stayed April 2014, traveled solo
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manager01339, Manager at Americas Best Value Inn Downtown Sarasota, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
Thank You for taking the time and writing this review. Please feel free to stay with us in the future when visiting Sarasota, Florida.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

We found the receptionist to be very unhelpful. Room very basic but clean corridors smelled a bit musty. It's a 5 minute walk to down town where we met really friendly locals. Cannot remember the name of the bar but they had bands on day and night it was next to the car park may have been Norma jeans. Would stay here again but only for the location

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed February 23, 2014

Sarasota was not part of our original plan.We booked a hotel for 2 nights and for the 2nd time had to cancel the 2nd night because the first hotel sucked! We ended up here. The room was GREAT! Very clean, very spacious. We had our own poolside patio. Everything in the room worked for a change. Free Wi Fi, Free breakfast. They supplied us with a coffee pot, The location is close to the beaches and great restaurants. The islands off the coast of Sarasota are way more interesting than the Florida Keys. The shopping was great, the beaches incredible , expecially on the Siesta Key. Armands circle is a great place to wander and shop. This hotel was a nice place to come home to at night. They work very hard to make sure its clean and comfortable. I will definitely stay here again should I go back to visit Sarasota.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled with friends
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manager01339, Manager at Americas Best Value Inn Downtown Sarasota, responded to this review, May 13, 2014
Thank You for your wonderful review. We hope that when you visit Sarasota, Florida you will stay with us again.

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Additional Information about Americas Best Value Inn Downtown Sarasota

Property: Americas Best Value Inn Downtown Sarasota
Address: 811 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34236-7824
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #41 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:1.5 star — Americas Best Value Inn Downtown Sarasota 1.5*
Number of rooms: 54
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a clean and comfortable hotel in the great location of downtown Sarasota. 4 Miles to the award winning Seasta Key beach, 3 miles to St. Armonds Circle, and 4 miles to Lido Key beach. All local attractions including Ringling Museum of Art, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Mote Aquarium and Hundreds of restaurants are less than 5 miles away. ... more   less 
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