I've stayed at the Holiday Inn Lido Beach hotel several times now. If you are expecting the quality of the higher end hotels, you will be disappointed. However, if you are looking for fantastic views of the Gulf of Mexico, a beautiful and uncrowded beach, comfortable/clean lodging, and the ability to park your car and leave it for the weekend then this is a great hotel. I have travelled here at different times of the year and have always had the same experience. My most recent trip was in March for Spring training baseball games. There are two clubs very close by (Sarasota and Bradenton) as well as several others within an hour drive. And those in the family who weren't up for baseball, spent the day at the BEAUTIFUL beach and pool. In the evening you can walk to St. Armand's Circle where you will find a ton of eating options, as well as shopping.
And as mentioned above, I wouldn't put the hotel on the level of the high end hotels, but I would also say it is on par with other Holiday Inns I've stayed at. Keep in mind, this is an older hotel. That being said, in all of my stays it has always been clean and the staff has always been friendly and accommodating.
The restaurant on the top floor has a great view to enjoy breakfast. I've never had dinner there, but I imagine the sunset views would be amazing. If you are a person who enjoys sunsets, you must spend at least one evening on the beach to see it. The hotel also provides beach towels and chairs for the beach. The chairs are a bit worn, but there is also someone at the beach who rents chairs for $7/day and umbrellas for $10/day.
Looking forward to another trip back to Sarasota next year!
- 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