Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
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This time it was a lizard. Not a bird, not a snake, and not necessarily my co-pilot- but an evil clingy beast who found his way into the house during last night's ferocious thunderstorm. Jessica had gone to bed and I sat on the sofa near the kitchen table talking to her through the wall while partially watching Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on my computer. My attention was distracted by a movement on the cupboard on the far wall of the ...
... consisted of dodging lizards and stray cats to get to the ice cream parlor or to visit the boat docks. Even to this day any time I exit the house I am always on the alert for flying lizards grazing the front stairs, and, after a picture my mom shared with me from her visit last year, I’m on the lookout for snakes as well. The lizards here are tiny bumpy reptiles that enjoy aligning the handrails and playing in the foliage up the walkway, ...
... Amy, Ben, Margie and Tom, Cari, Rick and Karen, all gathered at the house for a reunion in a belated celebration of Father's Day. Rick and Karen had been in Europe during the same period as us, but on a cruise of the Mediterranean. It was fun to compare notes. We were even lucky to have a visit from Barb's cousin, and his wife, who we hadn't seen in years.
... in a couple of months to a different hotel. I'm excited about this overnight because we don't have to be at the airport till 5:45 pm tomorrow so my cousin Cheri who I consider my sister was coming in the morning and we were going to go get breakfast and then to the ...
... Sarasota for a pizza and beer at Cock and Bull Pizza. To our surprise Cock and Bull offers over 900 beers. In addition to the incredible amount of beer, they serve from scratch pizzas. We order a veggie with sausage. The pizza came out loaded with fresh tomatoes, onions, green peppers and mushrooms. The sausage was a bit lacking, it was spread like ground beef instead of large chunks which was a bit disappointing but the freshness of the veggies made up for it. ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
Location is good, but it's not worth it
My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights over Thanksgiving 2004, and it was horrible. The room reeked of mold. Not just a little...it was overwhelming. The bedspread had a giant stain on it that looked like blood. The sheets felt like cheese cloth. The door to the balcony (which overlooked the parking lot) felt like it was going to fall out of the tracks when we tried to open it. I predict this place will be torn down and replaced in the not too distant future. Yuck.
October 28 through November 1 2004, we started from Boston, leaving the cold weather! This was our first time staying at Lido Beach. The weather was perfect 84 degrees. I read all the reviews before staying at the Holiday Inn and honestly they all were pretty fair and accurate. The carpets have all been replaced. A must is a room above the 4th floor with a gulf view. The food in the restaurant here was not only the best but also we had a fantastic view with great waiters; the pool was very clean with the water temperature at about 82 degrees. The pool bar was cozy with friendly bar tenders! The walk to Armand Circle was a few minutes away with great shopping, deserts, bars etc. The beach was clean the water temperature about 80 degrees a far cry from what I'm use to in York Maine where the average Ocean temperature in August doesn't get much more than 65 degrees!
Your room position will make or break your stay
We loved it here. It's a typical Holiday Inn but very nice in an excellent location. However.....and it's a big however, you need to take a room with "ocean View" in order to really enjoy the hotel's specialness. We did, it was well worth the extra cost and the spectacular view of watching the sun go down over the gulf was "awesome" We would have no hesitation in returning to this hotel but there would have to be an "ocean view" room available.
Good Location, Friendly Staff
We stayed at this hotel for 10 sunny days and had a fantastic time. We had a gulf view room which offered wonderful views of the beach. The downside of having a room on this side of the hotel is that you get a fair amount of road noise. The city view rooms on the other side of the hotel are quieter and are just as nice as long as you have a room above the 4th floor so you can see the city and not just the car park.
The staff are very friendly and helpful, the room was spotless, and the location is ideal as it is only a 5 minute walk to St Armands Circle. We will definitely stay here again.
My husband and I stayed at the Holiday Inn-Lido
We stayed at this hotel for 5 nights. They were doing some remodeling, so it was a little noisy during the day for my son napping, but overall was very nice. Not much for kids to do on the island, it was cold a couple of days and we had a hard time keeping our 8 and 2 yr old occupied, but that isn't the hotels fault. I found the front desk personnel to be friendly and helpful. The food up on the 7th floor was great!!! Beautiful view of the ocean while you are dining also. Wait staff very nice, our food took a little long one night, we didn't say anything, but asked for our bill and the waiter told us not to worry about it, that it took too long that it was on him. It was one of the best meals we had on the island. Good presentation of the food as well.
The Holiday Inn Lido beach is the place for your Beach Wedding and Reception. We worked with the Sales and Catering Manager Bill Bennett, he handled everything for us, to the point we had to do almost nothing but sign our contract and show up. We had an awesome sunset ceremony, and a reception in the Sanddollar Restaurant, which by far has the best view in Sarasota of Lido beach and the Gulfof Mexico The food was outstanding, service even better !! Our out of town guests used the complimentary shuttle to and fron the hotel, check in was a breeze. The guest rooms were nice, they were renovating the guest room hallways, so there was a little mess there, but I know the hotel will be even nicer when finished Our advice.............. If you are planning a wedding on Lido beach.......HOLIDAY INN LIDO BEACH IS THE PLACE
Location is the Key
As an experienced traveler, it is imperative that you find the attributes of a hotel that meet your peculiar needs. For me, if I am in a tourist location that focuses on climate, nature, and walking distance to a pleasant town, then this is the best spot in Sarasota.
The view from a high floor, with balcony, toward the Gulf is spectacular (do not waste your money on a city view). However, the rooms are mediocre at best and resemble a motel room that you find along a busy interstate (plastic cups, small bathrooms,etc.) Barter with the rates and you will get a good deal. The pool is barely adequate, but the beach is across the street and St. Armand's Square is 2 blocks away.
What is offered and what you get is two different things. They offer transportation within a 15 mile radius of the hotel but once you get there and want to go somewhere within that 15 miles they tell you that they do not go there. They have rude front desk & bar personel. If you have a maintenance problem they will send someone. That is not to say that they fix it (we had an area of carpet that stayed wet for 3 days).
Not great, but close to the beach
This hotel is right across the street from the beach, which is very convenient. Beware: Only half of this hotel's rooms are ocean-view! The other half (which were reportedly gulf-view) have a view of the parking lot. It costs extra to upgrade to ocean view even if those rooms are empty. The pool was freezing at all hours and the workout area was 2 treadmills, a Stairmaster and a bike. Also, the bar and roomservice close really early, even on weekends. If you are looking for a good location, it's a decent place to stay. If you are looking for someplace nice, go down the road a block to the Radisson.