Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 158
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
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by VandM What happened to Outdoor TV?
Have stayed here previously. My husband and I enjoy the pool but we also enjoy watching sports. Very disappointed to see the TV was missing. We are in Florida and don't expect to have to watch games indoors. Hope it will return by our next visit.
December 10, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DD37221 Ocean View near St. Armands Square Lido Beach
I spent Thanksgiving week at the hotel which was clean, and convenient to the lively charming area of St. Armands Circle. Also the hotel is just minutes away from Ringling Bridge leading to downtown Sarasota which has lots to offer in shopping and food. The 7th floor hotel restaurant has a spectacular view for breakfast. Dinner was ok. This was my first visit to the area; I'm hooked! DD from Nashville, TN.
December 3, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Sage Very Disappointed
This hotel is old and in urgent need of a makeover! Too much to mention, but the amount if rust damage was shocking, as was the run-down condition of the rooms.
November 26, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hapycmpr our stay
the staff at the hotel were wonderful! we had great experiences, and help, from the desk clerks to housekeeping to servers in restaurant., the view from the restaurant is something that should be advertised more. and you have some wait staff there who have wonderful ideas to increase business.
we stayed in city view room three nights and beach view three nights. the first three i used priority club points which i was not allowed to use on beach side ( wish that rule would change).
the only thing i didn't care for was the smoking policy. even though we were in non-smoking room, the smoke from balconies of smoking floors came to our balcony. and the smoking allowed at the pool was really unhealthy !!!! along with us, there were families with children exposed to it.
however, i hope to return some time. the lido beach shopping adn beach were great and i enjoyed walking to st.armands circle. thank you !
November 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Becky00 Always a great time at this hotel!
We try to stay here every year - love being close to the town - always enjoy walking there. Had a beautiful room, facing the ocean - what a way to spend a day!
November 15, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jets comfortable bed, room and great location
We spent 3 nights with my wife and my children; and enjoyed a lot the hotel and the beach; our stay was excellent; we want to come back next year
November 3, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by UncleSam OK facility in a great location!
This hotel is a bit old and can use a facelift! The room's size is quite reasonable. Rooms with gulf view offer a much better scenery than the parking lot on the other side. Well worth the extra bucks!
The beds are more like full size, NOT queen. Mattress comfort is C - and the A/C is below average. The swimming pool is adequate, but too deep for little kids to use (min 4'6")
Service is outstanding!
November 2, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Johnniered What a disappointment!
We had out of town guests from the Midwest. They wanted to see the beaches so we made reservations at this hotel. When the reservation was made we asked for two rooms next to each other on an upper floor so we could look down and see the ocean. We were given rooms at opposite ends of the 2nd floor when they had 7. We were never told this was all they had available, rather we were told they would accommodate us. The rooms especially bathrooms were extremely tiny and the beds uncomfortable. We could not see the ocean from our balcony without leaning across the railing and our guests couldn't have been farther away from us unless they were at another hotel! We were so disappointed and at $$$ rate it definitely was no value.
October 29, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Sally123 Excellent value in a superb location
Our family had 2 rooms on Saturday and Sunday night, kept the cost low and booked city view rooms with breakfast. We only used the rooms to sleep and shower but they were comfortable and clean, breakfast okay, did not eat dinner there so no comment, staff friendly, service good so overall a pleasant experience.
October 27, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by SteveF A perfect Get-Away
The entire staff was very helpful, professional yet casual.
The hotel was busy that weekend but things flowed smoothly.
Needs were well antcipated. Plenty of towels, pillow choices.
Room and all public areas were clean and well kept.
The pool area was spotless.
October 26, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pmacy Perfect place
Perfect place to relax and enjoy the beach and ocean.
October 24, 2012
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Ravipahade comfortable bed
For the room rate which is more than 2 X the rate of other newer land based properties, we got a parking lot view room with bath tub and sinks which dont drain and furniture which is ages old ---not a fair value at all. Will not recommend and will not return.
October 20, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by dolly Location was great....
Our stay at the Holiday Inn Ledo beach was absolutely great.. We really enjoyed the pool, gym and the food.... The rooms were very spacious and clean. The location to all the restaurants and shopping were in walking distance... The beach was very nice. Overall the staff was very helpful and made our stay wonderful. I will go back and do it again. I just loved it.
October 18, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by BJE1217 Great place to unwind and enjoy the beautiful beach.
Cheerful staff, clean room, comfie bed, good restaurant with a terrific view - no complaints! Will definitely return.
October 12, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Beachbum92629 Need a real Chef and Hot Water
This property has a fantastic location overlooking the beach (worth the extra $20-30. Why look at roof tops when you can look at a beautiful un-crowded beach and beautiful sunsets. The bonus is the nearby (2 blocks away) St. Armand’s Circle with boutique shops and great restaurants which are open late. Great stroll after dinner. It was raining/major downpour at 5:00PM so we opted to eat at the hotel’s restaurant on the top floor (7th, which we stayed on) with a beautiful panoramic view of the beach of Lido Isle. I ordered the Chicken Marsala which was a breaded and baked chicken breast covered with about 3 tiny pieces of mushroom a white unappetizing gravy of flour and water. No flavor, nothing like what the menu said, served with mashed potatoes and some steamed flavorless veggies. I was tempted to show the chef how to cook Chicken Marsala. I have had better food in Army mess halls. My wife ordered a fish dish and after one bite lost her appetite. The dish was fishy, flavorless and questionable. She could not eat anything after the first bite. The apologized and took it off the bill, but it ruined what could of been a great sunset dinner. The rain stopped and the sunset began to unfold. I ordered a glass of Mirasou Pinot Noir and they opened a fresh bottle, but it tasted bad. Our waiter had no people skills and he didn't seem to care that there was a problem with our dinner. The manager was more caring and tried to accommodate us, but dinner was bad and could not be changed. We should have gone to the great restaurants 2 blocks away. The next night we did and were delighted at the Fin and Claw. The next morning I took a cold shower because the shower handle was stripped and just kept rotating. Asked that the fix it or move our room and they fixed it, but water was only warm, not as warm as the ocean. These rooms need some updating of bathrooms and they would be a 4 star. It's shame because the location is fantastic, the front desk very friendly. Also, had trouble getting a consistent wireless internet as they probably need more routers throughout the hotel. If you can live with some of the shortcomings, the location might override your enjoyment. Get a gulf view room or don’t bother to stay. Do not eat the food.
October 11, 2012