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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 280 reviewers.
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 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 Hotel is slightly outdated but the staff more than make up for it.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 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 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 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 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 very noisy this hotel is old very noisy and the staff is like jail staff very desapointed October 26, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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 Great location - beach accessible Stayed for 2 nights - relaxing break Comfortable beds Missed an 'Express' breakfast! Pool tended to be 'overcrowded' and noisy bar alongside Staff excellent Beach accessible but 'murky' waters October 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Mini vacation Great property conveniently close to beach, town shops and restaurants. September 8, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Great location Stay was nice great location, beach chairs available at front desk. August 24, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 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
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