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Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
Ranked #15 of 50 Hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 24, 2012

Been to this hotel two years in a row, same 4 days in February. Booking on-line saves you money and if you can pay it all up-front you can save even more money. Easy walking distance to shops, restaurants, bars, etc. Steps from the Gulf Coast and easy driving to more than 10 public golf courses. They have full-size rollaway beds so kids are welcome. Quiet, non-smoking facility with good customer service. Easy 5 minute drive to Mote Aquarium and Ringling Brothers Circus Museum. About 50 minutes south of the Tampa Airport and about 20 minutes north of Siesta Key, one of greatest all-white-sand beaches on the west coast of Florida. Nicely done!

Room Tip: Ask for city-view if you don't want/need to see the ocean and save money.
  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled with friends
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this reviewResponded February 27, 2012

Thank you for your kind words on our location and staff. We are so pleased that you continue to visit us year after year. We know we will see you again soon.

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Positve - as everyone has commented...the location is superb- sunsets remarkable. We walked every morning to St. Armands for breakfast, for several dinners and shopping. The beach is a very short walk away, it is clean, not crowded while we were there, safe all hours of the day and night, and the view of the water and beach from our 6th floor balcony was breathtaking. Parking was simple, easy, and safe.

The use of a computer in the lobby to print information was valuable as we were looking at property in the area. Maid service was timely, and done well.

However, I could not recommend this property to my business colleagues, friends or family.

Here's why - while the location is outstanding - it does not make up for severely outdated and worn rooms; think circa 1980's. While the room itself was large and appeared clean (bedding, bathroom) there were water and or mildew stains on the majority of the perimeter of the ceilings - creeping along the faded wallpaper boarder, and blending up into the dirty looking celing tiles. It really did diminished the experience of staying there.

When closing the drapes or the room darkening curtins...I looked up at the track they are attached to. Gee, wish I hadn't. Also stained, old and dirty looking - I kept telling myself it can't possibly be mold as we were not moving and had 7 nights there.

There is no fan in the bathroom.
The walls are thin. We could clearly hear the cell phone alarm in the next room awaken us at 5:30am at least twice; and heard normal conversations in the evenings. I felt we needed to lower our voices when talking out of respect for those who may be on either side.

It seems Holiday Inn has taken the stance of making all the money it can from the location alone, and getting by with investing absolute minimum in the updating of the rooms. Really disappointing. An investment in bringing the rooms into the 21st century would be a prudent business decision - especially for the area. The beach chairs provided was a nice touch. Unfortunately, they were rusted and frayed.

The front desk greeter upon check in was humorless and projected a snobbish attitude. We have traveled all over the world and are open and friendly people. I was surpised at her tone; it wasn't a good way to begin our experience with their hotel. It seems to me there are many people booking here for the purpose of having fun. It does not speak well of Hilton to have a front desk person who so obviously either does not like her job, or does not like people!

All other front desk staff encountered were what one would expect - warm, friendly, and professional. We did not eat there so cannot comment.

  • Stayed: February 2012, traveled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2012

Thank you for your very candid remarks about the hotel and our staff. We are already working to improve the condition of the rooms, and want to assure you that we are moving in that direction. We do regret that any member of our team was snobbish or unwelcoming, as we work hard to deliver outstanding service all the time. Should you wish for updates on the hotel, please feel free to contact me directly.

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Reviewed February 20, 2012

Very conveniently situated on the front.There are towels provided for guests of H.I. to go to the beach,just ask reception.The stay was reasonably priced due to the location,the restaurant also had good views,very friendly staff.

Room Tip: During the quieter months ask to get a sea view.
  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2012

We thank you for your kind words about our property! Hope you make it back for a visit very soon!

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Reviewed February 14, 2012

The Holiday Inn in Sarasota is right across from the beach and a short walk into St. Armands Circle which was just what the doctor ordered for this northerner! The room and bathroom were clean and large enough for two. The hotel isn't brand new, but then again I wasn't there for the room or the hotel, I was there for walking on the beach which is spectacular!!

I didn't use the pool but it looked good with plenty of chairs around it. The staff were so friendly and courteous. I had breakfast both mornings in the sky bar area and it was delicious. I had the yogurt parfait which was large enough for 3 people! And that view!

I would recommend this hotel (I have stayed here in past years as well) for anyone wanting a hotel right on the beach and easy access to shops and restaurants.

Room Tip: If you want a view of the Gulf ask when you make your reservation. I forgot so got the parking lot.
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2012

We thank you so very much for the glowing comments about our very special beach hotel. We hope to see you again very soon.

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Reviewed February 12, 2012

The hotel is perfectly located, just across the road from the beach. After arriving without a prior booking from Orlando the hotel was more than reasonably priced and much more affordable from others located close by. The rooms are clean and a good size. If your wanting beautiful views of the beach and stunning sunsets get a beach view!.

The food was great and the restaurant is located on the top floor (again great for views whilst eating) and the staff are more than friendly. If you are looking at renting the sun loungers or chairs make sure you get there early as there are a few dated ones still lying around!

Overall a great place to stay and perfectly priced.

Room Tip: Corner rooms located on the back of the property are cheaper and you get a sneaky view of the sea!
  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2012

Thank you for sharing insite on our property. New Chairs purchased since May and there are now rentals available at the beach access just across the street.

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Reviewed February 5, 2012

I found this property quite nice. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful. Parking for my Motor Coach was excellent and easy. Rooms Clean and Not a bad view from any room. Gulf Side of course your looking right at the beach. The In Hotel restaurant offered FABULOUS views if the Gulf from the Top Floor, Although nice and well staffed, go forth and explore the local flavor as the Major Dining Area is only a 5 min walk from Hotel and so many offerings. The one down was there was a Wedding reception on the Top Floor Restaurant, and the dissemination of that information was not well done. I heard only by word of Mouth.

Room Tip: Plane ahead for a good long walk on the Gulf, Beach access right out front door
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled on business
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2012

Thanks for the love! We do appologize about the lack of information regarding wedding event - will make some changes regarding. Hope we see you very soon!

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Reviewed February 2, 2012

Right on the beach! Steps to St. Armand's Circle! Great Staff! We would definitly stay here again.

Room Tip: Gulf View w/ Balcony worth the money!
  • Stayed: January 2012, traveled with friends
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2012

Thank you for your kind comments of our staff and location. So nice to know that you enjoyed your visit!

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Address: 233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range: $195 - $406 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on a barrier island, off the coast of Sarasota, The Holiday Inn Lido Beach is just steps from the powder white sand of Lido Beach and only two blocks from over 140 upscale restaurants, shops and galleries on St. Armands Circle. Featuring a sophisticated, yet 'Florida Casual' decor, The Holiday Inn Lido Beach combines the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort with the amenities and services of a full service hotel. ... more   less 
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