We've visited this hotel quite a lot in the past and have always loved it. However on this trip we had already stayed at 3 other Holiday Inns prior to arriving here, and quickly realised that this was the worst of the four.
At all three other hotels we were treated like minor Royalty due to my husband's Priority Club Platinum status. We were given room upgrades, coupons for breakfast, a toiletries kit in addition to the ones already provided, and just generally pampered and made to feel very special!
We arrived here and were given the standard city view rooms - we had booked 2 rooms. My husband went down to reception and asked if they had any upgrades available, so we were then given two ocean view rooms. He shouldn't have had to ask though, everywhere else we stayed we were allocated them without asking. Our room was fine, no problems, but my sister and brother in law's room was small, and the bathroom was grotty with a really nasty looking stained toilet, several cracks here and there and some black mould.
To sum up, we now feel that what we thought of as one of our favourite hotels isn't that special after all - yes, it's in a great location but so were all the others we stayed at - and we are now unsure whether we'll return again. We've already booked to go somewhere else in April, and it's looking unlikely that we'll return in November as we'd expected to.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach Hotel Sarasota
- Holiday Inn Lido Beach
- Sarasota Holiday Inn