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Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
Ranked #15 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Haslemere, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
56 hotel reviews
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“Wonderful views”
Reviewed March 21, 2010

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.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, March 24, 2010
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and pictures of our hotel and your recent stay. Our beach location can not be beat! We have plans and will continue to update the property. Kind regards. We hope to see you again soon.
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Reviewed March 10, 2010

great locstion and spectacular view of Gulff Mexico. older hotel as noted with the old bathrooms but updated bedroom. Chris at bar was fun and Jodie @front desk was a bright spot . Bar could use some freshening up and maybe a happy hour?? five to eight dollars for a drink is kind of steep in a hotel bar. Hotel is immaculate and bright and very accessible to a beautiful,clean,quiet beach. Close to Armands circle and minutes to main highways to atttactions and restaurants and airport. Nice time but crummy weather.

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, March 11, 2010
Great to know that you enjoyed our property in spite of some unusually cool weather! We do have a happy hour in place, and obviously need to promote it better to our guests. We will share your kind words with Chris and Jodie. They add a lot to our team! Hope to see you again very soon.
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Indianapolis, IN
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Reviewed March 4, 2010

I just got back from Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach - as a trip with my sister for my birthday. We had an excellent time - not only was it steps away from the beach, it was also the closest hotel to St. Armand's Circle (shopping, dinner) to walk to. The entire staff was friendly and welcoming, in particular Marjorie who is a waitress in the lobby bar. The hotel is overall very clean, but somewhat older in appearance (bathrooms - tub and tile) - but the value was fantastic and the bed was very comfortable (firm and soft pillows available). This hotel is great for the solo traveler all the way to families with kids. The location is a short drive from the Sarasota airport and downtown Sarasota - and has a convenient restaurant on the seventh floor (beautiful Gulf view) and a fun lobby bar to just relax. Would definitely recommend spending the additional money (not much at all) for a Gulf view - WELL WORTH IT!!! Will definitely go back to this hotel!

  • Stayed March 2010
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, March 6, 2010
Thank you for your great review of our hotel! We will share your compliments with Marjorie. We hope to see you again soon.
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Hershey, PA
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

Overall it was a pleasant stay and the staff were generally helpful and knowledgable. Avoid the (king-bedded) corner rooms on all floors. Although the view is more panaromic, the rooms are significantly smaller than all other rooms on the floor. It was comparable to a cruise ship cabin. We literally stepped over each other and our belongings to navigate the room. There is no closet and there were no curtains (only sheers). So no chance of blocking the sun for an afternoon siesta. Parking was a problem on two occassions and we had to park in the darkened, perimeter spaces on the outside of the lot (designated for employees?). Overall we had a nice time, but probably would not go back again.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, March 5, 2010
Thank you for your comments regarding your recent stay. The corner rooms are cozy, and provide the best views. We are working to improve the condition of our guest rooms, and draperies are in that plan. We do hope you choose us again.
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Neenah, WI
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Reviewed February 24, 2010

This place is accross the road from a gorgeous Gulf Beach. Both sides of the Hotel have beautiful views. There are walking trails everywhere. The rooms have ample balconies and large windows. The square within walking distance has everything anyone could want. Food is everywhere. This place is a great stop.

We arrived in a cold pounding rain and were made comfortable immediately. Did not leave the hotel that night and did not need to. Loved the whold area.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, March 5, 2010
We are thrilled that we made such an impression on you! Thank you for sharing your praises. This really is a great location for the shops on St. Armands. We look forward to seeing you again soon. (We are working on warmer weather!)
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Reviewed January 28, 2010

I stayed at this hotel 40 years ago. I was a little apprehensive about staying here because of the age of the hotel. It was very clean and "up to date." The staff was very friendly. I ordered room service and it was very good. The hotel is located in a wonderful area....across the street from the beach and walking distance to all of the stores. I would definetly stay here again!

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled solo
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, January 31, 2010
We are delighted that you returned to our hotel and thrilled that we made such an impression on you! Thank you for sharing your praises. This really is a great location for the shops on St. Armands. We look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Seattle Washington
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Reviewed January 25, 2010

If you want a great view, this has it. We stayed on the second floor and overlooked the gulf and were amazed at the view. Our room was located just outside the elevators, and directly across from the fitness center, so it got a little noisy first thing in the morning. The only thing way it could have been any better would be that you didn't have to step up 8 inches to go out onto the balcony, (tripping hazard) and if the slider was easier to open. (needs lots of muscles) Beach access was great. We are already planning to go back. Thanks for the wonderful stay.

Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, January 27, 2010
Thank you for sharing your comments about our hotel. On your next visit - be sure to request a higher floor, that will save on some of the noise issues. See you again soon!
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Property: Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
Address: 233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 135
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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