I have been going to the Longboat Key/Sarasota area for Xmas and Spring break vacations for over 15 years and previously stayed in rented condos on Longboat, big enough for me and my three kids. For the past two years I have been going during non-vacation times, without my kids, and just needed a place convenient to Longboat and Sarasota -- Lido Beach! The Holiday Inn is literally a short three block walk to St. Armand's Circle. I have family at the southern end of Longboat and in Sarasota and both are within 10 minutes by car.
The hotel could use updating (I stayed in some updated Holiday Inn Express rooms in NJ and MA which were excellent) and initially had to request another room and request a refrigerator. Once settled in with a king size bed and a gulf view we were satisfied. Older yes, but over $100.00 per night less than nearby hotels. It's not the Ritz Carlton, but it cost half as much.
- 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