Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lakewood Ranch
My boyfriend and I stayed here in early January whilst touring Florida. After the hectic theme parks in Orlando we thought this would be a nice place to relax and explore the gulf coast. I have to say that overall I was disappointed. I stay at a lot of holiday inns and rate this as average. I had asked for a front facing room on a high floor which we received however we did not realise that at the front of the hotel is a nice view of the I-75! We were also above the outlet for the Alamo restaurant and could not open the window due to the greasy smell. By far the worst complaint that we have about this hotel though is the soundproofing or lack of it - we had trouble getting to sleep due to the noise of tv sets on either side of us, considering this is such a new hotel I was surprised that the build quality is so poor.
On the plus side this hotel is very easy to find, clean and the staff are friendly but I would not stay here again due to the noise.
A class act
Have the stuffed tomatoes for lunch! Best Holiday Inn this Priority Club member has ever seen! The hard-wired fast-internet is far superior to the trendy, but unpredictable wireless variety. Clean, well-appointed bathroom. Well-maintained lobby & exterior.
A GREAT Hotel!
We stumbled onto this place while looking for a place to park an abundance of relatives from up North. It is NOT your typical "Holiday Inn". Very well run, clean as a whistle with a staff that goes out of its way to accommodate. The Alamo Steak House is great. It is located at Lakewood Ranch which is an incredible area. I highly recommend it.
Very nice Holiday Inn!
This is a great Holiday Inn! I've stayed in many hotels (Embassey Suites, Sheraton, Intercontinental, The Plaza, etc) and was very pleasantly surprised by this Holiday Inn. While not quite the caliber of the aforementioned hotels, for the money it's a great deal! Rooms were very nice and clean, service was exceptional by the staff, nice restaurant, and only about 10 minutes from the beach. Definitely will stay there again.
More like a Sheraton
I just returned from a stay (April 4) at this Holiday Inn. IT really was more like a Sheraton. Big room, big bathroom, outdoor pool good enough for kids; a few exercise machines with a TV, free internet access, and it was all clean and new! Note that this is in a strip mall, conveniently located off the interstate but about 7 miles (straight road) from the Sarasota shore, where most of the attractions were. I would definitely stay here again though.
Not your average Holiday Inn
This place is as good, or better than most 4-star hotels and at a fraction of the price. Definitely several notches above a normal Holiday Inn. Rooms are very well furnished and the hotel generally is quite classy. It's not that close to the beach if that's what you're there for but a 20 minute drive is small price to pay. Staff were generally very good. Alamo restaurant has good food at reasonable prices. Only negative were the staff in the restaurant at breakfast - not a happy bunch. Stay here, you won't regret it.
Found this hotel through trip.advisor.com website ..such good reviews had to make sure we made it our nights stay while in sarasota. We went to the Siesta Keys beach that day and was a short ..well worth drive to Holiday Inn Lakewood. Front desk personel were outstanding, hotel restaurant..although short handed served a wonderful meal (steak dinner)..pool and hot tub well maintained...room squeeky clean. No complaints... if you book through holiday Inn website..you are getting a steal for sure!!
A fine jewel!
We came down here to go on a charter fishing trip and happened upon this hotel. We stayed for one night and left saying, "We have to go back!" This is our second stay in the hotel and it is absolutely impressive. The service from the staff, the friendliness and ambiance are just a few of the fine things at this hotel. The restaurant inside, Alamo Steakhouse, has GREAT food and room service. You will not be disappointed.
Great staff, great shower, in a great community
We accidentally stumbled onto a real treasure. THe community (Lakewood Ranch) was so peaceful and inviting. The man at the front desk was amazingly nice and helpful. The restaurant was good and service was very friendly. The room was very nice. We expecially liked the design of the bathroom. The shower is such a good idea! Check it out!
Excellent for Guests Visiting the Area
We have had several guests stay in this hotel and they have been very impressed with the ambiance of the hotel - tropical and above their expectations for a Holiday Inn. Very convenient location from the expressway. Highly recommend this hotel.
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... We checked in and got shown where our room was....a little house with bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room and veranda. There was even a bbq area out the back. The pool was hidden away somewhere, but we never looked for it. The house was perfect. We settled in, then headed to the beach....a two minute walk down the road. The beach was beautiful, and the hotel ...
... brunch, so set the satnav for there. On that subject, the cheap satnav that I bought off eBay before we left the UK has been brilliant....would have really struggled without it. Top tip for anyone thinking of driving a lot abroad. First Watch was still very good....usual american portions! Next, off to Siesta ...
We started the day with coffee around the pool and then went to the beach. I walked for two hours with Steve looking for sharks teeth whilst Maggie and Norma after a shorter walk spent time chatting in the sea to cool off. Norma Maggie and I after changing went to the coffee shop for a lovely lunch and a bit of shopping , finishing off with our first bar b q at their home....perfect end to the ...
We Spent 4 days at a Holiday Rambler Rally. There were several workshops/roundtables to attend. I picked up some good ideas. Thursday there was a 20,s shindig.
Our only outing was to dinner at the "The Old Salty Dog" on lito beach ...
... s is owned and operated by Corey Billie, a native Seminole who grew up in the Glades. It was a gorgeous 75 degree sunny day, perfect for a 35 mph ride over the scenic waterways. We cruised through marshlands, under mangrove tunnels and alongside alligators, well actually only three of them. One of them we got right next to, its head was only about 6 inches from the side of the boat, completely uninterested in us. It was pretty intense being that close to a 10 ...