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Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota
Ranked #12 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Sterling Heights
2 reviews
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Reviewed May 1, 2013

I had the choice of staying at Residence Inn and this property. If I had my choice of doing this all over again, I would have chosen Residence Inn over this property. This property was OK, but the walk from the parking lot to your room is the longest walk I have ever walked to get to a room before. The rooms need to be updated, because they are very old looking, including the carpet in the hallways. If you stay on the first floor, there is no ice machines on the first floor, and you have to go to the second floor just to get ice. The staff is wonderful, and the property is kept up fairly well. The parking is terrible around the pool, because guest park next to the pool, and because there is no "no parking" signs next to pool, but they end up blocking in all the guests that park in designated parking spots.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled on business
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thank you for your review and taking the time out to inform other guests about what to expect. We are set to renovate the hotel in the fourth quarter of this year and I am sure you will be happy with our new plans. You had spoken to me directly when you were here and I would be happy to forward you photos of the progress we make and I truly hope that you reconsider your statement about returning.
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Jacksonville, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2013

This hotel "treats you like family" from having all the conveniences of home like a 2 burner stove, full size refrigerator with freezer, microwave, pots and pans, wireless internet access, expanded cable television, and complimentary breakfast daily. There was also a business center, outdoor pool, and fitness room. There were many good restaurants and shopping nearby. The staff is what makes this hotel "special" from smiling front office employees to hard working housekeepers who make sure your suite is very clean and comfortable. The maintenance team is eager to help, and does it with a caring smile. The breakfast staff is there to keep relenishing the buffet to make sure your day starts off right with a delicious and complimentary hot breakfast buffet. The front desk is knowledgeable on the local area and excellent with directions. When visiting Sarasota, or here for business, this is the place to "call home"!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thank you for your review and taking the time to mention our staff and other details. I will be sure to mention your comments to our staff and reward them accordingly. We hope to see you again!
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Sarasota, United States
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

Excellent hotel with very helpful staff, being used by us as part of a relocation. Outside Sarasota, but only a 10 minute drive downtown. Room was fine, breakfast good, did not use pool but looked OK aprt from no umbrela's for shade

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, May 15, 2013
Thank you for your reply, we look forward to you returning
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Windermere, Florida, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2013

We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights to go to some Oriole's games and the beach. We are a family of 4, with children 3 & 6.

PROS:
1. It was safe, you needed a key to enter every building and while that could be slightly annoying, it made me feel safe
2. The families staying there were all very nice and friendly, it was family friendly
3. The pool/hot tub area was nice, hands down the nicest part of this hotel
4. The staff was friendly and helpful enough
6. The rooms have a full size fridge
7. The location is pretty good if you are there for Oriole's games (it's about 1.5 miles from stadium) and only about a 10 minute drive to St. Armand's Circle & Lido Beach; but it's kind of a shady area around it. The McDonald's across the street was downright scary.

CONS:
1. The room is tiny, like the size of a regular hotel room with a kitchenette. How this can be considered a suite? Not sure
2. The beds are doubles, not sure how I missed that when booking. That's not super family friendly, or adult friendly for that matter. I am just still shocked at how small the beds are.
3. The rooms are "clean enough", but really could use some serious updating
4. Price-we used HHonors points, but our friends payed $200/night for the room, now it was Spring Break, but this room is worth $125 at most!

I doubt I would stay there again, but there really aren't great Hilton choices in Sarasota. The Hilton Longboat Key & this hotel could use some serious renovations.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you for the most detailed review I have seen to date. I appreciated the pros and cons and hope that I can address many:
1. I am so glad that you felt safe!
2. We do promote a family friendly environment for all of our guests, we want you to feel at home.
3. Thank you for the compliment about the pool, we take pride in maintaining the pool in house with two certified pool operators on staff.
4. Thank you for the staff compliment,
As far as location and the other pros we thank you and in response to your McDonald's comment I will talk with the manager over there and see if they can increase security measures.

Cons:
1. Our Studio suite is a economical designed suite that still has many nice features and is larger than a typical hotel room, next time our one bedroom suite might be more suitable to your needs.
2. Our Double/double studio with a pull out sofa are designed with families in mind and can sleep up to six.
3. We are due for a renovation later this year and we will post pictures on our website when updated.
4. we thank you for valuing our hotel.

We hope that you reconsider your last statement and you may contact me directly before you plan a trip to the area.

Sincerely,
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Average hotel but nice staff. Pete took care of entire breakfast service solo including cleaning up after customers that don't clean up their own dishes while replenishing food at buffet. Nice pool. Smallish rooms.
If your plan is to go to Orioles Spring training, this hotel is very close and even a few minor league players stay there.

  • Stayed March 2013
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you for your review and pointing out some specifics. Our studio suites are an economical option to our larger one bedroom suites and still offer amenities such as a full size fridge, dishwasher, pots, pans, stovetop burner etc. We do hope that you return next year as our hotel will undergo a complete renovation by then. Regards!
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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
267 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2013 via mobile

We stayed in the hotel for two weeks. We attended several Baltimore Orioles spring training games at nearby Ed Smith stadium (about 1 mile away). We also drove to Lido beach -an easy 10 minute drive from the Homewood. And, it is a five minute drive to the nice restaurants in downtown Sarasota. The room was clean and quiet. The breakfasts and managers dinners were very nice with a good variety of food options. The swimming pool and spa were very clean and well maintained. And, the staff was friendly and helpful. What more could we ask for? We WILL be back next year!

Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you for reviewing our hotel and your specific comments about the food and options in the area. You mentioned that you will be back next year and we look forward to your return trip.
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Frederick, Maryland
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Not the greatest location, it's about halfway between the beaches and the interstate located near residential and shopping centers. However, it's not that far from the beaches and downtown Sarasota tourist areas and it's seems like a quiet area. Our experience was very good. clean and comfortable hotel. We stayed in a studio type suite with kitchenette and more than enough room for the 2 of us. Comfortable bed and nice sitting area to watch TV and work on the laptop. Very nice hot breakfast included and nice swimming pool. If and when we make it back down, I would stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Edward C, General Manager at Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Thank you for taking the time out of your schedule to write about our hotel. We appreciate you pointing out our hotel features and location. As the Certified pool operator for the hotel it feels good to be recognized for a clean enjoyable pool. Thank you again!
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Property: Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota
Address: 3470 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34237-9024
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
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Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #12 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
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Hotel Class:3 star — Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota 3*
Number of rooms: 100
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