I booked my vacation through Expedia. We stayed 2 nights at the Siesta Beach Resort. Upon arrival, we noticed that the facility is more "motel" than hotel, which we did not expect at the rates we paid.
The lobby is the size of a postage stamp and really run down. I was given 3 room keys and a map to our room. We drove to the back street to park and found the room. All 3 keys failed to work. I returned to the lobby and was given 3 new keys. They worked. Hooray. Upon entering the room, we were very disappointed. It was dark and dingy. The decor is sad and depressing, with furniture that has seen better days. The plaster on the walls was cracked and walls & ceiling were discolored. I did feel good that at least my kids couldn't ruin anything in this room. Sandy old tile was the flooring. The beds were clean and ultimately comfortable for sleeping. The flatscreen TV mounted on the wall worked well. The air conditioning unit did run cold air but with the only temperature options being "on" or "off". We either froze or were gasping for breath. The positives end there.
The kitchen efficiency was pitiful. The tiles were missing, dirty, had a sparse amount of silverware - all mismatched, the countertop was splotched formica. There was a small microwave and a couple of mismatched plates and bowls. There is no way you could actually prepare a meal here other than nuking a frozen dinner. There was a colony of ants on the kitchen counter and in the bathroom.
The bathroom was the most appalling part. It was tiny, tiny, tiny. The tile was circa 1970s with grout to match. The window sill and window were filthy. The faucet was caked with lime and dripped pretty consistently. The water pressure was low and it was just gross to be in there.
My daughter discovered the back of the drapes, which were smeared with brown something???? God, I hope it wasn't feces. But, um, it sure looked like it.
The door to the room was peeling and rotting in places. And once again, upon arriving back to our room after dinner the second night, all 3 keys failed to work and ANOTHER trip to the lobby was in store!
The pool area was nice enough. The hot tub was a bit sketchy and the concrete table we sat at to eat our lunch was rimmed in some kind of greasy, moldy dirt (which is now being laundered out of my daughter's shirt).
The hotel maids were very friendly and did the best with how run down the facility is. We had consistent service from housekeeping.
OK, here is the real deal on the false advertising...1) THIS PLACE not a "resort" in even the most generous use of the word, 2) THIS PLACE does NOT have a continental breakfast (it isn't even mentioned at check in and I realized at check out that it consists of a single thermos of coffee and four honey bun packages set on a little shelf (yes, honey buns as in something that drops out of a vending machine wrapped in a plastic pouch), and 3) THIS PLACE is not on the beach or even 40 steps from the beach as advertised. There is a public beach access adjacent to the beautiful condominium across the street, sort of diagonal from the lobby rooms, which are really not the main part of the motel. It is a good hike to the beach.
We would NEVER stay here at Siesta Key "Beach Resort" again and would be very hesitant to EVER book with Expedia again since the hotel advertised was misleading in every way.
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- Also Known As:
- Siesta Beach Hotel Siesta Key
- Siesta Beach Resort And Suites
- Siesta Beach Sarasota
- Siesta Beach Key
- Siesta Beach Resort & Suites Siesta Key, Florida