I stayed at the BWP Siesta Key and the keyword is 'gateway.' It is nowhere near Siesta Key and you pretty much have to drive if you want to get there. The Siesta Key Beach is nice and the town is not exactly charming but worth a visit. (The food there is overpriced and rather mediocre, but there are plenty of places to buy ice cream if that is your thing,) Parking is difficult.
The hotel has a serviceable breakfast- even whole wheat bread!!. And you can come down before 9:30 am load up on a bunch of fruit and bring it back to your room to eat it after you go back to sleep. Oh- speaking of sleep- you will be awakened every morning by a very loud garbage truck that does its' thing right across from the parking lot at about 7:15 am or so. But it does leave quicky enough. The front desk is hit and miss. They are absent alot and so if you need something you might have to come back a few times until they show up. But they are generally professional when they are there. I found the rooms clean and the housekeeping staff efficient. In short, this hotel is basic, but if you want to be near the Siesta Beach and town there are worse places to be. If you want to be closer to Sarasota- it is quite a quaint, interesting place- there is a BW a few miles from the city also on 41.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Sarasota-Siesta Key Area Hotel Sarasota
- Holiday Inn Sarasota
- Holiday Inn Express Siesta Key