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Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway
Ranked #9 of 51 Hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 26, 2012

In the grand scheme of things this hotel is nice, but way over priced. It is near Siesta Key beach but it needs more than that to justify the room rates. It has a nice pool area & the breakfast is pretty good too: all the usuals + 3 hot items daily. They have popcorn & fresh baked cookies at 4 pm. Their coffee/cappuccino bar is open all day.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review our hotel property. We are disappointed that you did not feel as that you paid a fair and competitive price for your stay. I am unsure as to what room type you reserved, but room rates for our newly renovated hotel are very competitive with other similar hotel properties in our area and started at $99 during the time you stayed with us. I'm not sure if you took advantage of our extensive hot breakfast, 24 hr. coffee/cappuccino bar, fresh fruit, popcorn or freshly baked cookies during your stay as these are all included. We hope that you will consider our property again in the future if you return to Sarasota and speak with the hotel directly to make sure you are booking our best, available rate for your reservation.

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Reviewed October 25, 2012

This hotel is great, very clean, the renovation is beautiful, the staff is very and very welcoming. They go out of their way to make you feel at home. They serve a great hot breakfast. I was there for four days and they always exceeded my expectations from scramled eggs, french toast, barritos, hot biscuits and gravey, fresh fuit, cheese. bagels, tea, coffee, donuts, muffin well you get the point and it is all included in your rate. I also enoyed the pool, whirlpool and exercise room with new equipment. This is a must stay if you are in the area for work or play.

Room Tip: Ask for a pool view room on the 3rd or fourth floor
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled on business
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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to review our newly, renovated hotel property. We appreciate your detailed description of our hot breakfast over your 4 day stay as it is pretty extensive and of course, as you stated, included with your stay. The room tip is a great one too! We hope to have the opportunity to host you again in the future.

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Reviewed October 21, 2012

Four of us stayed there one night on September 18 in room on a second floor. Price was 109$ with taxes. I've been in a similar hotels all around Florida. In my opinion that room well worth the price. Very clean, nice smell, good impression right from the moment you open the door. Great tv, microwave, fridge. They have a pool, gym but we didn't checked those out. And the best part was a breakfast. We definitely enjoyed it.

  • Stayed: October 2012
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Thank Lezg
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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this reviewResponded October 30, 2012

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review about your stay. We are thrilled that you were satisfied with the value of your stay. We strive to offer amenties to our guests that you will not find in other, simlilarly priced hotel properties in the area. We appreciate your input and hope to have the ability to host you again in the future.

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

We stayed here for two days (Oct 6/7) the hotel is like new and the staff and facilities are really good. The breakfast buffet is extensive and has both hot and cold choices. The pool and spa are really nice with plenty of towels available. The hotel is just a couple of minutes drive from Siesta Key beach (#1 beach in the USA) and a short drive from downtown Sarasota with all it's nightlife and great restaurants. This is a great value hotel and we'll use it again on our next visit.

Stayed: October 2012, traveled as a couple
Thank Ivor L
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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2012

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your stay with us. We share this feedback with our staff weekly as it is very important to all of us. We are thrilled that you were happy with the extensive, complimentary breakfast and the choices we offer to our guests. We hope to be able to host you during your next visit to Sarasota since there is always something to do in this wonderful, Gulf Coast city.

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Reviewed October 11, 2012

the staff was great,the manager's was there to help if you had a problem(which i had none)the people at the breakfast area took great care to display,reservice,and make sure you had everything you needed for a great breakfast....the maid service was on time and fantastic..pleaseant and smiling and eager to take care of your room...also the maintance men on duty was life savers,when my swipe key didnt work they told me to sit tight and they did the leg work to solve the problem,which meant i didnt have to run back and forth to the lobby!!!overall the Best Western team at this hotle worked together to make sure my stay was worry free..i will return:)

Room Tip: stay pool, side a few more dollars to go first class.....
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled solo
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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2012

Thank you for writing a review for our hotel property. I appreciate your kind words and commentary on the room tip. I share these reviews with my staff regularly as it is important for everyone to know if we are providing a good experience for our guests. We hope to be able to host you again in the future.

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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Very friendly staff and the renovations made the room seem quite nice. Breakfast was served conveniently. The room had a coffee maker and flat screen TV. The AC was a window unit so was a bit noticeable as the compressor turned on and off however, we would certainly stay here again.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled as a couple
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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2012

Thank you for your recent review of the Best Western Plus-Siesta Key. We are so glad that you were happy with our completed renovations in our public spaces and guestrooms and our location with proximity to Siesta Key. We hope to be able to host you again in the near future.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Best Western saved our girls' weekend as our other hotel in Siesta Key messed up our reservations. Everyone was so accommodating and super friendly! And the hotel experience was amazing! The new renovations made it feel like you were staying in an expensive hotel....but without having to pay the price! Free popcorn, cookies, cappuccino machine, and fruit 24/7. A HUGE southern continental breakfast in the morning (best I have had anywhere!!). Beautiful landscaping with a cute water fountain. Pool and whirlpool were so relaxing and they provide free pool towels there in the pool area for the guests. And the rooms. WOW!! They looked amazing!! The beds were extremely comfortable and the overall ambiance of the room made us feel like we were in a luxury hotel. It was a great hotel experience for our girls' weekend!! And I definitely recommend this hotel to anyone!! :)

Room Tip: Poolside view rooms offer you a much better view!
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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SiestaHotelMgr, General Manager at Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway, responded to this reviewResponded October 13, 2012

Thank you for your recent review of our hotel property. We are thrilled that we were able to save your weekend and that you were happy with our extensive breakfast offerings. I share these reviews with our staff on a regular basis in order for them to know when they are doing a good job providing our guests with great customer service. We hope to be able to host you again in the near future.

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Address: 6600 S Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34231-4832 (Formerly Holiday Inn Express)
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 51 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range: $123 - $225 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Best Western Plus Siesta Key Gateway 2.5*
Number of rooms: 121
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Welcome to the newly renovated Best Western Plus-Gateway Siesta Key located at the south bridge to the #1 beach in the US. This hotel is 1 mile from public beach access on Siesta Key and surrounded by restaurants, shopping and many points of interest. Your stay includes hot breakfast everyday and every guestroom includes microwave, fridge and 42" flat screen with HDTV channel lineup. We look forward to seeing you here in paradise. ... more   less 
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Holiday Inn Express Sarasota-Siesta Key Area Hotel Sarasota
Holiday Inn Sarasota
Holiday Inn Express Siesta Key

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