Rated 4.0 out of 5 by 230
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mr.A Location is the only perk
For the price, I thought this was going to be a full service hotel, but it was far from it. The location across from Lido Beach is nice, but the hotel is no better than an average hotel. The bathroom was small and stuck in the '60s. Also didn't appreciate the attempt at humor with the construction signs; a simple "pardon our dust," would be sufficient.
December 31, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Doggy Great Location
Great views from ocean side rooms.
Easy access to the beach.
Easy walking distance to Armand Circle.
December 30, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Markandmikewest Travel Warrior
My husband and I have traveled extensively the last 20 years. A minimum of 12 weeks a month is spent in hotels. Usually 4 or 5 stars. This was a last minute trip planned with our 6 year old grandson from Wi to Fl. I booked nothing ahead of time, it was all on the fly. We were booked for 2 nights at Hyatt Regency, but wanted to be right on the beach. I booked this before reading reviews. Thank God. People made it sound like this was skid row! Grow up, this was a far better value than Hyatt for us. The staff was so nice, from the man who delivered the extra bed to the room service person. And the food was good and also a great value. We had to cross an empty street to get to the beach, it did not kill us. And the beach was wonderful. Now I am glad I do not read reviews. Obviously people who are NEVER happy. This stay helped make this one of our best trips ever! Thanks for the memories,
December 30, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Rach32 NOT on the Beach & FILTHY
The Holiday Inn website shows a picture and states that the Holiday Inn in Lido Beach is right on the beach. This is not the fact, there is a two line road between the hotel and the beach. Very disappointing. When we got to the room it was FILTHY. There was urine on the toilet, paper wrappers on the floor, "something" gross looking on the TV, and it smelt like mildew. The hotel did give us another room that was slightly better, but still smelt of mildew. I bought Febreze and sprayed it every time we came in and every time we went out, but it did not help. The front desk staff member 'Paul' is a very unfriendly, miserable person. Not a person that should be at the desk greeting new customers nor answering phones. This hotel needs a major renovation that includes the staff in higher positions. We cut our trip short because we couldn't take it anymore.
December 23, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Hank41 Overall Experience
Good but aging property currently undergoing a needed renovation. Staff is excellent, rooms clean but staff needs to ensure "patio" furniture is wiped down more often. Hopefully renovation will include plumbing, furniture and decorating updates along with vent fan in bathroom.
Location across from the beach and short walking distance of St. Armand's Circle #restaurants, shopping, etc.# is excellent. Mote Aquarium is a very short drive away. Excellent area to walk south to the park and back on the sidewalk. About a 40 minute round trip. Beach walking, any distance, can be problematic account of soft sand and slope.
No apparent security issues in the hotel/St. Armand's area.
December 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JeffK Great for business and liesure travel
After working in Miami it's great to spend the weekend at this hotel to get some R&R, enjoy the beautiful beach across the street, and walk around St. Armand's Circle to visit the shops and eateries.
We also enjoy the pool and bar. The food and drinks are great and reasonably priced, and the bar staff is very attentive and friendly.
The room was clean and comfortable. The balcony was nice overlooking the Gulf. The sunset was beautiful.
Other guests smoking on their balconies can be a bit bothersome, but it was not very often.
They are in the process of renovating this hotel. We did not experience any inconvenience or hear any noise. I am looking forward to returning when the project is complete!
December 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Tooney57 Problem with heat......
My only complaint on this stay was that it was chilly in the room, but every time we turned on the heat, the smoke alarm went off. Other than that, the stay was fine.
December 2, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by traveler0307 Old and Smelly
The only positives are that the staff is very nice and the wifi is free and it works.
The list of negatives is much longer. The place smells musty and the air unit in the room is really bad. My room smelled bad like sulfur. It looks like a place from the 70s that hasn't had any update except flat screen TVs. The door that would adjoin rooms is so thin that I could hear everything from the next room. Also, even though it's a non-smoking floor other guests can smoke on the balcony so you can't leave your door open.
I think it isn't a good place even for a Holiday Inn. Honestly, if you can put up with the place just because you have a Gulf view then you can try it.
November 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Susan330 Great Location!
This hotel is conveniently located across the street from the beach and walking distance (1-2 blocks) from all them shopping and eateries on Ringling circle. The hotel has nice, friendly staff. Rooms were nice and clean. My only negative comments are 1) there was no fridge or microwave in the room, and 2) the bedding was not as comfortable as in other hotels.
November 25, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by susieq2u Poor staff, ruins beautiful hotel and vacation
The staff are more concerned about socialing with thier co-workers, contruction workers and locals. Could not get a drink at pool bar. Actually one could. Bartender was too busy eating to wait on us. Even with only a few of us at the bar, she ignored us. When we she did, drinks were not what was ordered. She got us by charging us more for drinks and even putting a 15% gratuity on each drink!!!! Unfortunatly we found that out the next day after we tipped her (don't know why we did). Same beer cost us 4 diffent prices??? The front desk staff was helpful and the rooms were beautiful. The restaruant on the top floor and the view were worth the trip. Unfortunatly. if you plan on using pool or plan to drink....go somewhere else! Very unfortunate. Manager did not address our issues as a holiday inn member states they should.
After several stays here, I'll never go back now!
November 23, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by dimage VALUE
Hotel is old,tired and overpriced for condition. Location is great and food also. although a little pricy
November 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by CCHILL Very comfortable bed and great food
This was my first stay at this hotel, and I was traveling for business. Definitely in a great location, the morning walks on the beach were wonderful. Fantastic breakfast in the dining room, love the omelets, and even had two great dinners also. Perfect location for walking and shopping. Since I was there for business my only suggestion would be to add more plug-ins for chargers, laptops, etc. There were some on the wall, but my cords were not long enough to then use the device on the desk, so a lamp or charging station right on the table would be ideal. Other than that, I was VERY happy with my stay. Don't normally sleep well in a hotel, and I got a great night's sleep every night!
November 18, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by bronty Filthy public areas (carpet)
This Hotel is badly run, rooms are shabby, carpets in public areas are filthy, old trays of food left to rot in hallway outside our room for over 24 hours, did not want to eat here as cant imagine that the kitchen is clean when the areas you can see and smell aren't, bathroom was not cleaned during our 9 days here.
tap falling off on wet bar, could not plug in coffee machine.
One of the worst hotels I've ever stayed in.
No excuse for filthy lifts and carpets.
November 16, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JordanOne Staff were excellent!
Location is great - many restaurants & shopping just around corner and beach is across street. Hotel is slightly outdated but the staff more than make up for it. Excellent customer care.Excellent rooftop restaurant.
November 12, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Alphonso Hotel Location and Condition
The Holiday Inn, Lido Beach, Sarasota has an enviable position overlooking the Gulf coast. However, the Hotel has a worn and tired appearance and feel to it. We noted that extensive upgrade work is planned to start in the near future, which we consider is overdue and will, we hope much improve the comfort and condition of the premises. The bathroom is very needy of improvement.
The particularly bad aspect of our visit occurred on arrival. We had a delayed fight from New York - had spent 11 hours in transit - and on check-in at the hotel at 21.30 were told that no food or drinks service was available to us as the bar and food facility had closed at 21.00. There was no dispensing facility available to obtain water, alcohol or a snack ( a Coke machine was found later but this would not have been acceptable to us!). We had to leave the hotel, drive to a food/drink outlet in the nearby town to obtain some essential refreshment.
We do not think the hotel should have been so inflexible that it can not offer clients some refreshment facility at any time of the day or night.
All in all, this was the worst Holiday Inn we have ever stayed at and its nightly cost was excessive - in the circumstances we think you should offer us a refund of the fees we paid for this stay. We would not recommend this hotel to any of our associates.
November 11, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by pupwood 34TH ANIVERSARY
Proposed to my wife 34 plus years ago at this location upstairs during dinner. Surprised her with this stay overnight on our 34th anniversary. We had a great dinner sat evening and our stay was very relaxing. Will come back soon!
November 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jojojujube Spectacular Views
Although the hotel could use some updating, the views were spectacular! Be sure to get an ocean view room.
The rooms were comfortable, but bathrooms etc. could really use some updating. I wish I could say the front desk employees were all kind and helpful. But it was a mixed bag. Our first impression was negative, as the front clerk was not friendly. Some of the others were though. Between the views and the location which was walking distance to St Armands Circle our experience was good.
November 6, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Robby007 Great Location
This Holiday Inn has a tremendous view of the Gulf of Mexico (especially from the restaurant on the top floor) and is a short walk to St. Armond's Circle which has several fine shops and restaurants.
November 1, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by pilotre very noisy
this hotel is old very noisy and the staff is like jail staff
October 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Neelie101 Great Location
As other people have noted, this hotel is looking a bit tired and worn, that being said it was very clean and comfortable and we enjoyed our stay there. I also understand that the rooms are due to be renovated.
We stayed in room 700 and it must have the best views in the hotel. We were able to watch the beautiful sunsets from our room.
The hotel is also a short walk to the restaurants and shops at St Armand's Circle
We also enjoyed the wonderful breakfasts in the hotel restaurant overlooking the ocean. Fantastic. A special mention goes out to staff member Kristina who waited on us at breakfast. She was wonderful!
October 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Worzle23 Great location - beach accessible
Stayed for 2 nights - relaxing break
Missed an 'Express' breakfast!
Pool tended to be 'overcrowded' and noisy bar alongside
Beach accessible but 'murky' waters
October 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Joyleen Great Staff and Clean rooms
The room was very clean and roomy. Had a great view of the gulf and the rooms were very quiet. My only complaint was the room did not get as cool as I would have liked and the bed was extremely hard. I thought that all Holiday Inns had comfort level beds. Also the pillows were very lumpy and although they said they were down filled, they didn't feel at all soft and I had a hard time trying to fall asleep.
Food was average, but very overpriced. We only at breakfast there and they seemed very disorganized.
But, the location is great, the view was great and the rooms very clean and that is very important to me. I will stay there again if I am in the area.
The young gentleman that checked me in couldn't have been nicer and made sure I was happy with the room.
October 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Apple62 Good location and exactly across from beach.
Friendly staff and very accommodating. I recommend this property if you want to be next to the beach. Many shopping and wonderful restaurants within walking distance. We would be back again.
October 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Lovestheblues46 Great view and excellent service
This hotel is a great value! The view and location is great and the staff are excellent!
October 8, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 1Shell location location location!!!
I have stayed here many times. The rooms and staff are always great and the location is the best.
October 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HotTragicMess Excellent staff, great location
Adam, Adam, Adam, a great asset to your team. He went over and beyond our expectations. He made our stay very memorable.
Our intention was to only stay for a night,but after being gently persuaded to stay an extra night, it made our short weekend break into more of a holiday weekend, the location of the beach was second to none and clean.
Our room was clean and comfortable and i found the housekeeping staff very friendly and hospitable.
As a first time visitor from England it felt like i was a frequent visitor and nothing was to much to ask for, the breakfast team were very friendly and informative along with the Paul and Pat from reception.
Well done, we will back.
September 28, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Ratbag Could do with refurbishing
Fantastic location and staff, good food and very comfy bed. However needs a little bit of TLC - lots of grubby corners in the bathroom and bedroom, and make do repairs in the bathroom. We booked a seaview room and were allocated room 626 - must be the smallest room in the hotel, the bathroom was tiny.
September 27, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by deedee99 Room was damp
We initially stayed in room #620 and the moment we entered the room we noticed a musty odor and general dampness. We thought that running the air conditioner for a time would take care of the problem but it never did. Our clothes became damp and we decided the next day to request another room. We moved to room #604 that evening and it was an improvement but we still felt that there was a dampness throughout the 6th floor of the building. We were never offered any compensation for our inconvenience and we would never recommend staying at that hotel unless we were sure that this issue has been resolved.
September 23, 2013
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