My husband and I were looking for a last minute place to stay at the beach for a couple of nights following a family visit in central Florida. A TA forum member suggested this hotel and it proved to be just what we wanted. We followed the advice of other reviewers and spent the extra for the ocean view and agree that it was worth it----the other side of the hotel looks over the parking lot and we would not have been pleased with the price of the room with that view. We loved getting up in the morning and having our coffee on our balcony while watching the waves, seagulls and occasional dolphins, and then again in the evening watching the sun slowly fade as the ocean darkened. The hotel is across the road from the beach, not directly on it, but on our level we had a great view, and the walk across the road to the beach was very easy.
Our room was very clean and attractive, the bed was comfortable, we were provided with extra towels, including beach towels, without asking, and my request to be on an upper floor away from the elevator was granted. We were on the 4th floor in an end room and except for a loud party at the pool one night, we did not have any issues with noise. The front desk staff was very pleasant and worked to allow us to check in early when we arrived before the regular time.
We enjoyed being able to park the car in the free lot and walk to Armand Circle to eat and browse without having to fight for parking places in that crowded area.
If we returned to Sarasota, I would not hesitate to stay at The Holiday Inn, Lido Beach, again.
- 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