Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 262
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by GatorJ Nice Place but some issues
The room was nice enough. It was clean and the beds were comfortable. The location was excellent, right across from the beach and within walking distance of St. Armand's circle. There were 2 issues. First, when booking the room I was informed that beach chairs and umbrellas were available. Upon checking in I was told that they were working on that. In the meantime there is a private vendor who rents them. If I knew that, I would have brought my own, that is why I initially inquired. It was cheaper to go to Target and buy new ones than to use the vendor!!
The pool was clean and there was adequate parking. We did not eat at the restaurant.
The other issue is that at 2:45 am the toilet overflowed. I did not call downstairs because my kids were asleep and needed rest. I shut off the water. I informed the clerk at the front desk, and she did make a generous adjustment to our bill.
September 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Elchulo Mini vacation
Great property conveniently close to beach, town shops and restaurants.
September 8, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by AC49 great service
We went there on Friday until Monday in the rooms #320 and it was perfect, nice hotel our next vacation we will come back, the Staff was excellent, was very helpful and knowledgeable about the area - room was clean - had a poolside with a view of the ocean as well - would recommend this hotel. Can't wait to come again. Our next Vacation we will go there no Doubt .
September 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TrentW Sunsets on the Gulf
Comfortable, clean room. Excellent location on the beach, within walking distance to the shops, restaurants, and ice cream on St Armands Circle. Beautiful sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico. We also had a rainbow over the gulf both mornings of our 2 night stay. Large, nice pool.
September 3, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ArmidaR A Great Stay
Food and beverage staff is well managed. Service and food quality is outstanding at this gulf view hotel. However, the property is due for a facelift.....
September 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Teakira Great staff and great location
This place was a jewel, I really enjoyed the stay. The staff is friendly, specially Kara who was helpful and proactive. I would only suggest to renew the bathrooms, specially the tubs. Pool is great, there was barbecue at saturday and food was great. I will come back for sure.
August 30, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 1957 Very comforteable bed and nice place to relax
Hello everyone,it was a great experience,we spent only 4 nights in this hotel and I reccomend it to all people who want to relax and enjoy the beautiful seaside and beach of Sarasota,thanks to the staff,they are all very nice and ready to help you in any situation
August 30, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by DB001 Very Disappointing
The hotel has so much potential. The location is awesome and the view of the ocean is just magnificent; however, I didn't realize how old this hotel is. Peeling paint, old mattresses, damaged furniture too the 'fun' out of Holiday Inn. The food is really good, but the hotel needs a gigantic maintenance makeover. Too bad.
August 29, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Hollis13 Customer service
The entire service team was great and the attitude was even better! Friendly faces, eager to help and a smile went a long way each day in our stay!
August 29, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JluvsL Great customer service, breakfast and location.
My husband and I stayed for 4 days, for our honeymoon and we had an amazing time , beautiful location, and awesome service I would like to give a million thanks to Adam at the front desk and Chuck the waiter at the restaurant upstairs for the making our stay in Sarasota unforgettable. All the staff was very courteous. My husband even got the chance to chat with the chef while he was making his omelette yum! We will definitely go back !
August 25, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Deee2013 Great location
Stay was nice great location, beach chairs available at front desk.
August 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by William60 We were very satisfied with the Holiday Inn
Perfect location. We were somewhat concerned when we learned that the Inn was to undergo renovations soon. That concern proved to be unfounded, and were pleased with the entire Inn. Although, the bathroom was a bit dated. We didn't patronize the restaurant much because of dietary restrictions. But, the breakfasts and service were very good and the view was spectacular. Lunch at the poolside Tiki bar is very good and reasonable and the service is very good and friendly. The pool was beautiful and the temperature was very refreshing, and did not have an overpowering chlorine smell. Very refreshing and relaxing. St. Armands shopping and restaurant area is within an easy walk from the Inn and is simply beautiful. Compared to nearby hotels, this place is a bargain, and would recommend the Lido Key Holiday Inn to anyone.
August 24, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Frank43 Outstanding customer service
Although this property could use some updating which I understand is in the works for the fall of this year, the accomadations are good., The staff could not be more helpful and pleasant to deal with. The property is in a great location for the circle and the beach.
August 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DRobinBar Wonderful location for visiting Lido Beacg
My International Blue Knights law enforcement motorcycle club Chapter X traveled to visit Lido Beach, and we all stayed at your fine hotel. We were very pleased with our stay!
August 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 awesome
hotel - great
breakfast - awesome
beach - awesome
Sarasota - awesome
regards from good old Germany
August 18, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by AHJA20 EXPECTED MORE FROM THIS HOTEL
We came to the hotel to celebrate my husband's and my birthday. We have a small getaway every year to celebrate our birthdays and this was our chance to finally stay at the Holiday Inn Lido Beach.
We have family that lives in Bradenton so, when we visit we try to stay close by staying at the Bradenton Holiday Inn Express West. Considering that one is limited express service you would think it was the opposite. The Holiday Inn Express West has the BEST customer service and do everything they can to ensure your stay is what you expect.
Unfortunately, I found out too late that this isn't the way the Lido Beach Holiday Inn works at all. If you want to feel of no importance and like rude and snooty agents checking you in, wait half an hour for beach towels, then this is your place. What a slap in the face!!!
We were very happy with the cleanliness of the room and our friendly room attendant. Other than that the customer service was awful and made you feel as though they were doing you a favor in helping you.
When we showed up to the restaurant at 9:02 pm the host was not only rude, but snooty and didn't want to help us. We understand people want to go home and that it's already late, but we would have been happy eating from a limited menu. I guess where we went wrong is hoping for a genuine service oriented host where instead we got anything other than that. And even though it was raining very hard he suggested we go to Saint Armand Circle to have dinner.
The front office had the worst attitude of any hotel I've ever stayed in. We were so excited to finally stay here as I've come to Lido Beach many times, but this was the first opportunity I needed a hotel on the beach and thought what a nice fit.
I've stayed in many Holiday Inn's and other chains in the IHG family and feel so disappointed with this last experience.
August 18, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by ATeam Small Room
We have stayed here many times and this visit probably will end any future stays. We arrived on a mid week day, early in the day. When we got to the room, it was an end room and very much smaller than we have had in the past. I went down to the desk and complained about it and was told all waterfront rooms are booked. Later in the day, I saw that other arrivals were given the same waterfront type rooms upon check in. I found this disturbing as It appears that they rooms were already assigned prior to arrivals making it just easier for staff to distribute and not acknowledging discomfort by guests. In addition, the bathrooms are so much smaller than other rooms and you have to be careful not to bang your head on towel racks when using the facilities. The desk person did offer a proper room on our last night there but it would require moving our belongings around after we had stayed days already. AND, to top it all off, the charge for the smaller and inconvenient room is the same as a proper room.
August 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greg0306 Great location and terrific front desk staff
We stayed for 4 nights and the location couldn't have been better. The rooms need some maintenance but I heard the hotel is going under renovation in the fall. The pool area was basic with a small bar. We chose this hotel for the location on the beach and within St. Armand's. I would also like to recognize Adam at the front desk. I held 4 reservations in my name for other friends. He was very helpful in transferring those reservations to the other families. When we got to the hotel, I was greeted by Adam and he remembered me from our phone conversation. He was very friendly and accommodating. We were placed in a 6th floor gulf view room that even had a small refrigerator. Overall, the location and staff were outstanding. With some care and feeding to the rooms and maybe some additions to the pool area, this could be a solid 4 star hotel.
August 13, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Regularvisitor180 Great location but the staff and rooms need improving
The hotel is in a fantastic location right next to a wonderful beach. But to be honest the hotel relies too much on this location. Anywhere else the standard of hotel would not be acceptable.
The rooms, bathrooms and general hotel appearance is dated. The pool deck is also below standard; but as it is right next to the wonderful beach there is always the option to head there instead.
A few of the staff also need to improve their customer services skills; from the guy who checked us in to the housekeeper.
Overall if you are looking for a hotel in a great location on the Lido it is worth considering this hotel. But be prepared to lower your expectations in exchange for the view.
August 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Sid001 Weekend getaway
Great Hotel, Great Location, staff is friendly food is good, Beach is beautiful. Family is ready to go back!
August 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Damian666 magnificent sunsets and a warm welcome from friendly staff
We have stayed at this hotel many times over the past couple of years. The view from a gulf front room is magnificent and the sunsets are awesome. The rooms are basic but more than adequate and the staff are really friendly. The beds are comfortable and room service is exceptional with any request for additional equipment dealt with almost immediately. See you next year, nothing is too much trouble !
August 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jacques60 Great Location
I recently stayed for three nights. The hotel has an excellent location directly across the street from the beach. You can easily walk to St. Armand's Circle for shopping and dining.
For breakfast, there is a restaurant on site. You can choose from the menu or the buffet with an omelet station. I tried both options during my visit and the choices, service and food were fine.
Although the room and property are somewhat dated, the room was clean and the bed was comfortable.
All of the employees that I encountered, front desk, restaurant and housekeeping, were friendly and helpful.
I would not hesitate to stay at this property again when I am in the Sarasota area.
August 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Silverfox5 Great location but dirty room floor
Room floor was dirty. Dog food and bowl under bed. Feet dirty from uncleaned floor. Other wise all was good.
August 5, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Frank00007 Room for my Parents
I wanted to get my parents a room that overlooks the ocean. I chose this hotel because of its location. Even though it is an older property its all about location location location...... And believe me that is what I got..... I would recommend this hotel for anyone who would like a beachy hotel in Sarasota-Bradenton area its nestled in a great location. If you are a Platinum Elite Member as I am you might get the upgraded room with a spacious double suite with glass windows top to bottom and panoramic view of the ocean..... I think that you would enjoy it if you like looking at the sea....
August 3, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by John2102 A Little Disappointed
Although I don't expect a lot out of a Holiday Inn I was a little disappointed about a few things. The bathroom was small. Parking late at night was an issue. The drinks at the Tiki Bar were watered down. The ice machine on our floor did not work and had to go down to the bar to get ice. That was a hastle.
August 3, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 How I spent my summer vacation.
Everything about the hotel met or exceeded my expectations except for the grumpy pool-side bar attendant. She gave many indications of either hating her job or hating the clientele.
August 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by iloveduke Yes, I would come back
This hotel is wonderfully located. It is directly across the street from the Gulf. I sat on my deck and watched the sun go down and was able to walk to St. Armand's circle in less than 5 minutes. The hotel was only 10 or so minutes from the airport and even less to get to Marina Jack's and O'Leary's. The exterior is deceptive. The rooms are spacious and very nice. I will definitely stay here when I come back.
July 31, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nanaof5 What's not to love!
Awesome. Checked in and was given a fantastic upgraded room. Everyone friendly. Room Service was fast and awesome. Front desk was helpful and friendly. Awesome place to stay. I wil be back.
July 31, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by TraveltoSA Not up to par
I have seen this hotel for many years when I travel to Lido key/Siesta Key. I honestly have been to hotels 10x better then this. The bathrooms need some TLC. I requested a fridge for my children's food and it wasn't in my room I had to call It in and they said they were all occupied and after I fussed about it all of a sudden one was in there. My room had barely any room to move around while my in laws that was also a double had so much room and I have children! No breakfast included for the price that I paid for the room, I mean for the price that we pay to stay there they should at least redo the restrooms and serve some mediocre breakfast at least. Again I have been to hotels 10 minutes away from the beach with better service and better looking room. Sad to say I won't be back.
July 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jb1954 Excellent facility
The location was great - the beach was across the street and shopping/dinning is walking distance for great food and shopping. The hotel restaurant had a fantastic beach view and the breakfast buffet was excellent. Bed was comfortable as with most Holiday Inns.
July 21, 2013