Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by sadienh Excellent Service but getting run down
We have stayed at the Lido Beach HI for the past 6 years, and for the price, the competitors are moving ahead. While service and views are excellent, the rooms are becoming less than optimal for the large price tags during peak seasons. I recently stayed at a competitor on the east coast of FL with a similar location and views, however the rooms (specifically bathrooms) were nicely updated and the price was significantly less.
March 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Aud1 Lido
Beautiful beach, easy walk to shops, clean! Pool bar
March 5, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by mdweible Great location! if you dont mind smoke
We loved the location!! But they allow guests to smoke on the balcony and they can shut their sliding glass doors to their room and enjoy the beach view but you are trapped in your dark smelly room with no view of the beach because you have to close your sliding glass door to not be efficiated by the cigerette smoke from your neighbors puffing away night and day!! My last compaint is after they cleaned the room it smelled awful!! All I could think is they use a dirty rag from one room to the next!! Awful smell!!
March 2, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LJ4579 Room is overpriced--only the location merits these rates.
Room was a bit scruffy, toilets definitely not properly cleaned under top rim. Television had no PBS! A great location, but overpriced for the quality of the facility.
February 27, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Linda2287 Great Staff
The view of the beach and access is great. It's a nice location for walking to the circle. The staff is always ready to help if you have a question. Rooms could use a little updating though. Overall, we had a nice stay!
February 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Fdr4fun Good location, great view
Second time staying at this hotel, came back because of the location; short walk to the beach, proximity to 'the circle' (restaurants and shops), along with the quality of the rooms, and the view. A bit expensive, except for the restaurant, which provided very good dinners at reasonable prices.
February 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Markchevy Awesome Hotel
Although a little older, this hotel is very well kept up and very clean. The staff are always helpful and friendly. Easy walk across the street to the beach, but also within walking distance from St. Armand's Circle. The perfect location for a hotel on Lido Key. Would definately recommend staying at this great location!
February 26, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Drj7 Great time
We have enjoyed this Inn several times and we were again extremely pleased.
February 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by bluzbann was there for 5 nights... great location
not a new hotel ,, rooms are a little on the small side but clean, love the location, and staff is very nice. house keeping a little slow to clean room used room service,, fast and food was good. all and all I will go back the location is too good to pass up...
February 20, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Joemac Great spot lousy food
Steak dinner at $25.00 was horrible breakfast buffet below average for price, for evening dining the restaurant was to bright
February 20, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tezy Great Location
It was very relaxing, close to St. Armand Circle and room was spacious.
February 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by WinterEscapee Nice value for your dollar
This Holiday Inn is a delight - ample parking behind the hotel (though be careful about parking near the delivery door as morning trucks make it difficult to get out), within 5-7 minute walk to over 140 shops and restaurants (which my wife loved!!!) and - of course - directly opposite Lido beach. The staff treated us as family - both warm and welcoming. We had a wonderful experience and felt we got our money's worth. Recommended!
By the way, The Botanical Gardens in Sarasota (15 minute drive away) are a gem if you have the time and inclination.
February 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JolieJeanne Writer's Paradise
A free-lance writer, I need space, quiet, comfort, and snappy room service. The awe-inspiring views of Lido Beach are a definite plus.
During this visit I first stayed in a city view double-queen which I was able to rearrange to make enough space for all my books, electronics etc. When I found out the corner suite was available I snapped it up, the rate was so reasonable. The corner suite has two glass walls offering a panorama of the entire beach!
Of course, I should not be telling you this because YOU will snap up all the suites.
February 18, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by needtoswim Great top floor restaurant with surroundong ocean views.
Great hotel with fantastic views especially from the top floor restaurant and oceanfront rooms. Hotel is across from ocean and close to St, Armands Circle which is great. Pool is great, heated nicely, and has umbrella tables, lots of lounge chairs with sun and some shade, and a convenient pool bar.
Room was clean but as we booked using reward points, we were assigned the smallest rooms at end of hall facing parking without frig or micro. Upon request had an older rusted mini frig delivered which worked for us. Last visit stayed oceanfront in regular larger king room with frig and micro and such a difference!!!
We will return again next year but will be sure to book and pay for an oceanfront room.
February 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chefmac Nice location and nice staff
The hotel is in a wonderful location, on beautiful Lido beach and just a two block walk away from the shops and restaurants in St. Armands Circle. The rooms are not large, but they are quite adequate, quiet, and the beds are comfortable. The staff is outstanding, friendly and helpful. The breakfast menu is good, and the food is well prepared, with an omelet station as well as a buffet bar and menu items. The overall property is clean and the location is great for beach view or shopping and restaurants.
February 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Tripper A winter escape worth checking out
A nicer location would be hard to find. Having stayed here back in 1986 and returning in February 2013, we found this hotel to be just a little dated but still a wonderful choice...across from one of the most beautiful beaches to find shells, within walking distance to St. Armands Circle and on a quiet street...it doesn't get much better. The hotel staff are very courteous, friendly and helpful. The room was clean. We will be happy to return.
February 10, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PhylBud Thanks
We always enjoy staying on the beach. Thanks for the upgrade to the gulf side of the hotel. See you soon!.
February 9, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Lpost Comfortable bed/great location.
Pleasantly surprised. The hotel is older but so is everything there on Lido Key-except if you rent a condo. Staff was friendly. I did ask to be upgraded & I was willing to pay for a room overlooking the ocean, but front desk lady said I could not. Bed and room was spacious but shower could have better water pressure. Heater/air conditioner was a bit noisy when on.
February 8, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jay33625 Love it!
This was a great time. The staff was wonderful. The lady who took care of our floor was outstanding as she made sure all was go. We will return soon. Would like a cooler or ref. in the room as we wore out the ice.
February 1, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mrlimpet Great staff and location. Amazing views.
I can't say enough about the staff - they handled every request efficiently and with a genuine desire to make our stay enjoyable. The rooms are clean and roomy, and you can't beat the location. Views of the sunset from the ocean side of the hotel are spectacular.
January 25, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by UK34 OK BUT NOT EXCEPTIONAL
Good room but last of sitting out space a problem Reception staff very curt and verging on being rude not a good experience, they really need some customer skills training. Resturant good meal.
January 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jkatz Great experience
Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Wonderful location, great staff and good restaurant, close to St. Armand's Circle where you can eat ,shop and have a great time. We had planned to stay only a couple of days but quickly decided on a longer stay. Great value overall.
January 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BeachBuckeye Great Location!
location..location.loacation!! So close to beautiful beach, with hotel benefit of complimentary beach chairs for guests! Pool was well maintained with exceptional view of the beach. Nice surprise on the bar gal's recommendation, was the rooftop restaurant's full-course dinner special with magnificent sunset view!!!! Have already planned to stay here again and have recommended to friends!
January 16, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by macconn74 Not for Business Traveler
I arrived at this supposedly "full service" hotel at 9:15 PM where I was advised that there was no food service available after 9:00. After getting to my room found out that there was no desk (only a small round table) and no real set of connections for my computer, etc. Lighting was also not great.
On the positive side the hotel seemed very clean and the breakfast restaurant provides a great value buffet and a great view. It would be a nice place for a family visit but not ideal for the business traveler.
January 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Perfect position.
With views across the Gulf of Mexico this hotel would be perfectly sited but having St Armands Circle so close is an added bonus. Watching dolphins in the sea each morning made this British couple very happy.
January 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BlancaC Perfect Location in Lido Beach
Love the location of this hotel, just steps away from all the fun needed while in Lido Beach, walk to Str Armands Circle and enjoy excellent restaurants and shoping. Close to Ringling College and just use your bike to cross the bridge into Sarasota's downtown. The hotel has an amazing view of the ocean and also has a restaurant overlooking the entire beach while having brunch. Love it! The beach is gorgeous, powder like sand, gorgeous sunsets. Love this place, safe and totally awesome.
January 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Dennis11 Great View and Location
We had an excellent experience. We were upgraded to an ocean view room. The staff were very friendly and helpful and the hotel is within walking distance to many shops and restaurants.
January 13, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0
by Janice45 Lovely place to celebrate our 49th anniversary
Beautiful king room overlooking the Gulf made our two night stay very nice! Breakfast included was more than we expected when we went to the top floor dining room overlooking the Gulf with friendly waiters/waitresses and food was good also. You could choose from menu or go to the Buffet which was a nice extra than other hotels. Only complaint would be the busy road made it too loud to leave door open to let in breezes but we did enjoy sitting on the balcony with morning coffee.
January 4, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TurboN54 Great Experience
My wife and I booked a one night room with priority points. Upon pulling into the hotel we realized this was an older property and our expectations were initially low. We were greeted by the Manager on Duty, Adam and were pleasantly surprised as Adam exceeded our expectations with genuine care and comfort. Upon learning it was our 20 year anniversary Adam went above an beyond his call of duty and made our stay memorable. We used the in room dining and the service was lightning fast. The guest service operator informed us it would be 20-30 minutes for the dinner to arrive, however 10 minutes later the server knocked on our door and was the meal was excellent. Overall a great experience and we really felt pampered.
January 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Superb staff who really care about your comfort
Great rooms. The bathrooms are a bit outdated and cold use an upgrade, but overall the rooms are comfortable and clean. The health club was disappointing with only 4-5 pieces of equipment, 1 which was broken, and a few hand weights.
We only ate in the dining room once for breakfast which was great. The food served at the pool was surprisingly good... great salads and pizza.
The rooms on the ocean side are well worth the price and the hotel is 2 blocks from St. Armand's Circle.
The best thing about this hotel is the staff who care and go the extra mile. That includes the front desk, pool service, and the dining room.
We highly recommend this Holiday Inn and were delightfully surprised with how the whole experience was above and beyond hotels at higher rates.
December 11, 2012