This is a nice, beachfront hotel in a great location just minutes walk from the shops and restaurants in St Armand's Circle. However, this is no getting away from the fact that it's a fairly ugly concrete building from the outside. Inside, however, it has been refurbished, though our bathroom still looked rather dated compared to the rest of the room.
Initially I was disappointed to be allocated a gulf view room at the end of the floor. They are clearly much smaller than other rooms on each floor but reception informed me that they had no other room available after checking in at 6pm having booked and prepaid several months in advance. Looking on the positive side, with these rooms you only have neighbours on one side and the balcony view is more open on one side too. Fine as were only staying two nights but I couldn't help feeling that the end rooms should be advertised as such and sold at a lower rate.
Staff at reception were pleasant and we received drinks coupons on check-in as a welcome for being a HI Priority Club member, which was a nice touch. On our first evening, after a long drive, we decided to eat at the hotel's Sandollar restaurant on the top floor. The food was very good and was excellent value for money but the place was empty so had no atmosphere which was a shame.
I enjoyed the short stay at the hotel but I thought it was expensive for what we got compared to similar hotels. You are paying for the location, right on the beach, and the views from the rooms, which can't be beaten.
- 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
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