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... while watching the moon for signs of the space shuttle we had seen lift off earlier that day. Maybe even my best memory was when I crashed into the tree while playing Pickle and my grandpa told me I had a hole in my lip. For some reason my family always thought it was funny to watch me become hysterical.
In the end I don’t feel guilty to have the privilege of being left behind a place filled with the ghosts of my grandparents ...
... source of the squeaks but the four seconds always went by too fast. After awhile I began to doze off, still wondering if she would live through the rest of the night. Every hour, or so, I would awake and make sure she was taking breaths. She seemed to be doing just fine. When 7:00 a.m. rolled around I couldn’t sit still any longer and got to my feet to prepare for the day. I forgot I left my laundry in the dryer so I folded the remaining shirts ...
Barb and I took our time touring up Highway 41 to the Bradenton area. Knowing we weren't expected until dinner so we stopped and shopped at numerous stores to replenish our wardrobe and miscellaneous and sundry items. After 10 weeks in the same small wardrobe, we needed a change...
Arriving at Bill and Shirley Dove's (Mom and Dad's) house was a ...
... we'll finish all painting. Monday the installation of the hardwood floors gets started - later in the week we'll have the wood trim installed. Next weekend we hope to hire a moving company to empty our Siesta Key house.
And the travel details that loom: the tires on the RV have been recalled & will need to be replaced. Deb's car ...
... do growlers of it, BUMMER!!!! The Blueberry Pancake Brown was interesting but not for me, it had a strong maple syrup taste accented by the blueberries making it far too sweet. The Jose Martin and English Stout were both above average for their styles, I would definitely buy them in a sixer. Of course I had to try a Jai Alai on tap too. The first thing that hits you with a Jai Alai is the citrusy floral smell. Notes of orange & grapefruit burst from the ...
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Very nice hotel
i stayed at the Holiday Inn Express from April 8-11,2005. It is veryu clean and very accessable to shopping, bars, and restaurants and most importantly 5 minutes from Siesta Key Beach. By far the best beach I have ever been to including Hawaii. It is very affordable . I didn't have a rental car so I walked or took the bus to wherever I wanted to go. The bus fare is 50 cents one way and it takes you right up to the beach. Siesta Village is awesome!!!!! alot of shops, bars and restaurants to go and see. It was perfect and the staff was extremely friendly. Hooters of Sarasota is right across the street. I highly recomend this Hotel.
Just middle class and for this too expensive for one person
Rooms rather dark,at a gallery outside; but clean and with all necessary.
Breakfast most s w e e t ,sweet pastry or muesli ,but also eggs and little bit cheese for exampl,. served all on and with plastic tableware by a sleepy man near the smaller buffet.Friendly reception,but some not really professional.
I travel to Sarasota about twice a week and stay at the Holiday Inn Express each time. I have been in evey room almost. I can not tell you every that I have seen mold! The hotel has tons of staff in all areas working when I am there. The manager Nick is always helpful and willing to due what ever it takes to make people happy. Please read all the reviews before making your dessison. If you want five starts then go find it and pay for it. There is a Ritz in Sarasota.
I am currently staying at the Holiday Inn Express for business, and it is disgusting! The walls are moldy. The rooms are "surface" cleaned but really filthy...i picked up the TV remote and almost threw up when I put my hand in something sticky!!!
There are rust stains all over the bathroom tub, and there is gross stuff on the sides of the night table!! If you're considering here, go somewhere else. You'll be skeeved out!!!!!
Great Hotel, Clean and Convenient
Stayed at the Holiday Inn Express for one night during Spring Break and found it to be very nice and clean. The pool and jacuzzi are added bonuses for this type of hotel. The complimentary breakfast bar and coffee (all day) are wonderful nice amenities which save time and money if traveling with family/children. I would surely recommend this location to family/friends traveling in the area. The hotel is close to shopping malls, restaurants, etc. not to mention the wonderfully famous Siesta Key Beach. For those familiar with the area, the hotel is located right at intersection of 41 & Stickney Point Road (the south end of the key, less traveled than north end.)
Great location for Siesta Key without High Price
We stayed, two of us, there for 9 days. Great location without being on the beach. Can walk to siesta key. Although you would want to take a car for the beach. Siesta Key has the large famous beach, but we like the small Turtle beach better. No parking problems because most people go to the large one. Also good reasonable turtles restaurant is down there. The hotel rooms were smaller than most Holiday Inns Expresses, especially the newer ones. We also got a room over the parking lot and behind a stair well which made the room damp and dungy. I went looking for a room around the pool side and found one still empty and requested a change. They complied. We checked in around 4:20 and most were already checking in. The price has gone way up in Feb 2004, to back to before 9/11, 2001 prices, which were higher before the attacks.
However, service was good. Always found fresh towels and toiletries.
even when we took towels to beach and room was always cleaned even with the sand, and mess. Pool was best. Pool was heated above body tempature. Great after hiking. Jacuzii was large and tiled and above the pool temparature. Still was chilly in end of February. Felt good at evening to swim or just stand in pool. Showers were lousy with water pressure. Buffet was good, but you need to get down there by 8:30 to get seat. Pool area was quiet enough. More older people and couples were there. Very few young kids. TV good, some reception problem, but 27" and good remote. Bathroom very small and only one sink. I have been in newer holiday inn expresses, especially the one in SF, Ca. which I thought was tops and large for price. This one was not the size I would imagined, but they did get two double beds in, but hard to walk around.
This had to be an older hotel. Also the entrances were in outside like a motel, but there was a cover to lobby, both back and front and their were two elevators to 4 floors so it was easy to get to rooms.
Dec 13, 14 '03. good location, nice breakfast, heated pool/spa, wireless internet being installed, good value, pd $ 50 a nite
good value for $ 50 pd per nite. with 2 double beds, room is packed.
good free parking in back. friendly staff. wireless internet being installed in lobby area.
I stayed here in early October, 2003 and the room and hotel in general was clean and well kept. The complimentary breakfast had a good selection including hard boiled eggs. The hotel is one mile from Siesta Key Public Beach ( one of the best in the world), with shopping and dining next door and across the street from the hotel. This area is more popular with retirees and young families so do not expect an exciting nightlife. So if your looking for a quit getaway and a great value you won't go wrong with this hotel.
Mold and noise
We made a reservation weeks ahead of time for a two-day stay in Sarasota. They put us in a room looking out on the parking lot and across from the back of a grocery store with a loud air conditioner.
The elevator to the second-floor room (two story motel--first floor drive up to door; elevator or stairs to second floor rooms) had a filthy rug and the smell was awful. We asked to move but no rooms available on the "garden view" side. The ceiling had mold on it. The room was clean, remodeled and otherwise OK, though very small, and would have been fine except for the offensive elevator, the noise and the moldy ceiling. We weren't looking for luxury--just clean and convenient to sites and beach since Sarasota was just a stop on our way home from a family wedding in Miami. Don't know if the ceiling was an isolated problem but the elevator was unacceptable. If staying at this hotel would make sure to get a room on other side of hotel.
We moved to the Hampton Inn which was less expensive and just what we were looking for. The room was spacious and comfortable.
We wrote Holiday Inn and they responded immediately and indicated that they would be contacting the hotel about the problems. They sent us a gift certificate to use at any of their hotels or restaurants.
Clean and Beautiful
The Holiday Inn Express was great. We got the hotel for a great rate. We were pleasantly surprised to see how beautiful the hotel was when we arrived. I was slightly worried because the price was so good. THe breakfast is great with everything from hard boiled eggs to cinnamon rolls. Our room was clean and neat. THe hotel is very close to the beach, restaurants and shopping. We used the pool everyday, it was very nice and had a hot tub. I would definately recommend the Holiday Inn Express for a great place to stay while in Sarasota/Siesta Key, one of the best beaches in the world.