Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach

Address: 233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, Florida, 34236, United States | 3 star hotel
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This 3 star hotel, located on 233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, is near St. Armands Circle, Mote Marine Aquarium, Lido Beach, and South Lido Park.
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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 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.

    Great time, great view, great food!


    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!

    Dollar for dollar the four of us all agreed A+!

    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.

    Great Place, we will be back!


    My husband and I stayed at the Holiday Inn-Lido

    for one week end of May, 2004. There are rooms

    that face the city and rooms that face the Gulf.

    We had a large room facing the Gulf with a

    table area, small sofa, king bed, a small refrigerator that I requested prior to arrival, and balcony. Refrigerators are limited, so if you want one, request it early. I would recommend the Gulf side for the view of the ocean and you can sit onyour balcony and enjoy those fabulous Gulf sunsets. The hotel is directly across from the beach which not a problem, short walk across one street. They offer beach towels and free beach chairs & umbrellas at the front desk for your use on the beach. Nice touch. You do have to carry them back and forth. There is a private concession that you can rent cabanas from on the beach, but we found the Holiday Inn chairs worked fine. The staff was friendly and accommodating at all times. There is a small poolside bar (great drinks) and the pool itself although not large was never crowded. Pool water and ocean water were 80. You can't beat the location. Only 2 blocks (very walkable) to St. Armands Circle, for great dining and shops of every type. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to returning next year.

    Great little hotel


    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 price was a little high for what I thought of a Holiday Inn, but it was peak season. My only complaint was the carpet in the rooms was pretty dirty, we had to keep our shoes on or our feet would be dirty.

    The windows in the room could use a cleaning on the outside.Maid service cleaned the room very nice daily. Would return again, especially at a lower price.



    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.

    Poor Customer Service


    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).

    They offer complete satisfaction and if you are not satisfied they will deduct from your bill (we had to ask, they deducted a movie that we overcharged for). Even when you bring your complaints to the management they are not very willing to apologize. If you do not nag, nag, nag nothing would be done. They do offer you a free drink coupon for all your troubles but forget to tell you that you can not order the drink of you choice. Therefore if you order without reading the fine print you have to pay the difference (not quite a free drink in my book). The location was good and it was clean but it lacks in everything else. I would not go back.

    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.

    TripAdvisor Reviews Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach

    4.00 of 5 stars Excellent

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