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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 281 reviewers.
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great location Nice hotel right across from the beach and a 3 block walk to the marvelous Lido center circle. The pool is nice - towels provided and there's a poolside bar, but no jacuzzi. The room had a coffee maker (no tea#, but no mini-fridge #kind of a must for travellers). Two queens overlooking the parking lot. I would not have paid the hotel rate; got a deal through an agency which made it acceptable. Coffee and newspapers, and a limited number of beach chairs, in the lobby in the am. We didn't go to the 7th floor restaurant, which is supposed to be excellent, with great views. April 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Perfect Getaway! We just visited this hotel recently, our second trip here in a year, and enjoyed our stay! The weather cooperated and we enjoyed sunny days on the beach the entire trip, along with breathtaking sunsets each evening from our balcony. The front desk staff was very friendly and accommodating, the room comfortable, the maids were efficient, and the breakfast buffet was outstanding. The morning server named Chuck was awesome - the best server around! Two blocks from St. Armands Circle, a great place to shop and eat. We highly recommend the Columbia Restaurant and the Daquiri Deck! Went to Siesta Key beach one day, which is a short distance away, and explored beaches on Longboat Key another day. But the beach in front of the hotel was great, too! We plan to come back next year in the spring, and make it an annual springtime trip! April 17, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Place to Stay Holiday Inn Lido Beach was a great place to stay. Our deluxe king room was huge, had a balcony overlooking the ocean, and was very clean. The bed was very comfortable with a choice of pillows. All the staff we encountered were very friendly and helpful. The pool area was great with an outdoor bar. The hotel is across the street from a beautiful beach. We witnessed two weddings and many glorious sunsets. It is less than a ten minute walk to St. Armonds Circle that has lots of shops and restaurants. We felt very safe walking at night. I would definitely come again and would recommend this hotel to friends and family. April 16, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Group sales I reserved a block of rooms for a wedding. A few weeks before the date they gave us to release the rooms, they took all the remaining rooms from our group rate. The excuse was "because we can." What's the point of a contract? I wouldn't trust the group sales department. Otherwise, hotel was a good Holiday Inn. Great location and great views. April 12, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by fusemsolid Although awaiting a scheduled and complete upgrading of all facilities, this hotel is still a great place to stay, considering location, staff friendliness, and pricing. The only drawback is that being a smoking-allowed hotel, my family often had to quickly close the sliding door to minimize the tobacco odors' intrusion. It happened so often that we will never stay here again unless/until it becomes a non-smoking hotel. Of course, I live in a state that bans smoking in all public venues. So, if you want a great view, fantastic service, friendly staff, close proximity to restaurants/shopping, great pricing, and very clean rooms, this is a smoker's paradise!! April 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Great location Great location, great food, wonderful employees. Only negative comment is that the room was very humid! Would recommend dehumidifiers. April 10, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Location is Everything You really can't beat this hotel for location. A step across the road is the beach and a few steps in the other direction is St. Armand's Circle. The hotel is looking a little tired but not terrible. Our room was large enough for a couple and child to relax and amuse ourselves indoors for a while. The food was, well "American", very good but big and if they could add a few extra calories they would find a way eg. french toast was made from cinnamon buns or some other danish. The staff were most helpful. April 6, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great location and value We would highly recommend the location. Beautiful setting, walkable downtown and a great staff. Just stayed a week and it was our 3rd time staying there. April 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Beach Hotel! I've been staying at the Lido Beach Holiday Inn on and off for more than 30 years. The hotel has been maintained beautifully, and is now a cozy welcome site on my yearly travels. The beach itself is one of the best anywhere with white sand and beautiful Gulf Coast waters, and never crowded (by East or West Coast standards). The staff at the hotel are happy and helpful, the lobby bar serves the pool as well so no mater what the weather, a relaxing time is guaranteed. A short walk to the fabulous restaurants and shops at St Armand's Cr make the Lido Holiday Inn a great resort option, when a big resort may not be in the budget. Enjoy! Cheers! HckyFght March 31, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Hotel Needs a Bit of Punch Up Disappointed with the quality of the rooms, especially the bath room. The maids could have certainly notified the maintenance crew as the toilet seat was falling off. In addition, the handle to the sliding door to the balcony was falling off and actually fell off until we were aware that it wasn't actually attached at all. But, you can't beat the view from the balcony! March 28, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Upgrade needed,staff and facility Over priced.5 night stay ,not once did any staff acknowledge good morning , how are you, etc.The 2 times we ask for something seemed more of an inconvience. No ice machinces working. March 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 Great Location and Good Buy I can say only rate one thing as a negative during our stay and that is the bed was not the most comfortable. Other than that, the staff was fantastic, very helpful; the breakfast menu was versatile and good; the location right on the beach couldn't have been more ideal; neat shopping in the historic district; the Ringling Bros. museum and mansion a definite must see; and, I would stay here again if ever back in Sarasota. But, I would order up better weather the next time and probably would consider March an iffy vacation time in the future. March 25, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Resort This year was our groups 15th Annual Spring Training trip. The last four years we have stayed at this hotel and have had a great time. We normally get four rooms (Gulf-side recommended) and they have gone out of their way to give us superior service. I have noticed that the same staff has been there from year to year which is a good indication that team work is essential. From check-in, to house keeping, to room service and dining we had absolutely no problems. The restaurant has a great breakfast setup everyday and when we did not walk down to St Armand's circle, the guys enjoyed eating at the hotel for dinner. We will be back again for next year! The only downside is the price keeps going up and hopefully will stay the same for next year. We miss the grilled hotdogs and hamburgers cooked at the poolside for lunch . We enjoyed that last year on our beach days! March 23, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great pool side food! Great vacation with my 2 adult daughters! Accommodating staff; friendly; very clean hotel; great location; comfortable beds; had a wonderful time. And, the 7th floor dining area overlooking Lido Beach and the Gulf was beautiful! Very good coffee! Definitely want to come back! Justa short walk to S Armands Circle! March 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great facility and location This facility provided an enjoyable and relaxed vacation. It was in walking distance to the beach (across the street0, and St Armands Circle (4 blocks). Restaurant /bar/pool were very enjoyable. Also, provided close proximity to Orioles spring training (3-4 miles). We will return to the site on our next trip to Sarasota. March 22, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Great Location and Up Keep Arrived late and found the restaraunt still open and willing to more than serve us. Food was good and room was very clean and comfortable. Plenty of parking. Would stay here again. March 21, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Spectacular view and location This was our first visit and will not be our last. A bit pricey for the age of the hotel....room was dated and bath was old and small with little counter space.....but the view and location couldn't be beat. The housekeeping staff was excellent. The night we checked in we found our sink wouldn't drain....maintenance was called, came promptly and fixed the problem. All in all, our week's stay was very nice. I have to mention one very annoying thing however---hotel does not have an adequate supply of beach chairs. If you wait until you want to go to the beach at what I consider a normal time...10:30 to 11:00 am......forget it, you're out of luck. We got them once. March 19, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by What Experiencea Fabulous Used the pool and restaurant and enjoyed both St Armands and Lido Beach. Stayed for four nights and enjoyed every minute. March 19, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Excellent Service but getting run down Hello, 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 Lido Beautiful beach, easy walk to shops, clean! Pool bar March 5, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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