My family and I went for Sunday brunch last weekend after hearing that this was "the" place to go for brunch.
Well, it sure didn't live up to the billing. I'd call the selection and quality disappointing at best.
The service staff tried their hardest to make the meal pleasurable, but it was clear they knew they were handicapped by the quality of the buffet.
Prime Rib was clearly not a good cut of meat. It was dry and over done. The selection of breakfast foods was minimal. Bacon was plentiful but they had cheap sausage patties rather than links. There were no Belgium waffles or pancakes or french toast.
All in all, our party of 5 when asked afterwards for impressions were hard pressed to come up with any description other than "Very average" and "I've had much better".
I guess our first clue should have been how empty the facility was when we arrived, but we were already there and went ahead and gave it a shot. In hindsight, we ought to have turned around and went elsewhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Beachfront location on Lido Key, an island in the Gulf of Mexico with easy access to downtown Sarasota. Featuring 222 suites, kitchenettes and deluxe guest rooms. Short stroll from the renowned shops and cafes of St. Armand's Circle. Beachfront pools - one for families and one for adults 18+ - hot tubs and oceanfront Tiki bar. Two restaurants - one on top of the hotel with panoramic views of Sarasota and the ocean - fitness room and 6,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lido Beach Hotel Sarasota
- Lido Beach Sarasota
- Lido Beach Resort Florida
- Lido Beach Resort Sarasota