Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 177
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GrandpaM Great service as usual
Every year we come to Sarasota for a short stay and we're always pleased with our lodging at the Holiday Inn, Lido.
January 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by sadiejack Awesome Staff, Wonderful Property
Great property & location. Family & pet freindly. I was hospitalized during my stay & the staff went beyond the call of duty to help & assure me. They even cared for my service dogs until I could get help there. I can not wait to go back & have my missed vacation!
January 15, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by buckeye fan Very nice anniversary
We stayed a week the end of October. The view at breakfast was amazing and the food excellent (omelets soo good) The pool average but we don't come for the pool. The beach is beautiful. My only suggestion is beach chairs should be provided. The room was comfortable and also an amazing view! Door on bathroom stuck. We called the front desk. It was fixed before we returned from beach. Were planning to come back next fall but may come a few days in spring as well! Also liked the fact that there was a laundry room. I live flying home with clean clothes.There is no doubt the location is the main attraction though.
January 15, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Brj1 Tear it down and start over.
Place is disgusting. The front desk girl, young girl, rudest person I've met in years. Seriously it's really gross.
Tha bartender was nice and the food was not bad which is shocking looking at the place. We won't be back
January 15, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by SEAM Great Location--3rd class room
I know that they will be going under major reconstruction, but it seems like they still can have clean rooms and a much better price.
I will never stay in the hotel again. I travel every week and it was probably the dirtiest hotel I've ever stayed in. The rugs to the room were visibly dirty and really needed to be vacuumed. On the 2nd day of my stay they still were not vacuumed. It looked like someone took an ashtray and sprinkled it all over the carpet. The bathroom sink had rust in it. and the calking in the bathroom had been re-calked so many times, it was coming off with black marks in them. Just nasty.
January 14, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LindaW43 Still our favorite
After reading some of the recent, less than complimentary reviews, I am somewhat mystified at the vast differences from our experience. This was our third stay at this hotel and it did not disappoint. Granted, the rooms are somewhat tired, but the staff and location more than make up for it. Every staff member, from maintenance, housekeeping. restaurant servers and desk personnel bent over backwards to make our stay perfect, with small personal touches to many helpful suggestions on various sites to visit.. Upon returning from breakfast every morning, our room was in perfect order. With the hotel obviously in need of some serious updating, a little patience with the staff would be helpful. That problem is out of their control. The only disheartening news we heard is that the restaurant on the 7th floor, with the fabulous views, will move to the 1st floor. That truly would be a shame. It is one of the hotel's best features.
January 7, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Markchevy Great Service
We visit Lido Key usually once a year and always stay at the Holiday Inn. It's clean, the staff is very friendly and extremely helpful. The location is great in that it's across the street from the beach and within walking distance from St. Armand's circle. We thought for our short visit one room would do for the four of us, but we soon learned that it wouldn't. Paul at the front desk work really hard to get us 2 rooms next to each other. Debbie at the bar was always so cheerful and friendly. This is an awesome hotel, and we will continue to stay there every time we visit Lido Key!
January 6, 2014
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