Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
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Left The Keys, warm, around 80, got to Miami and it started to rain, geared up, heading north, went through about 4 different storms, we got soaked, stopped and decided to head to Tampa. Got down the road about 30 mins and it started to monsoon, could hardly see the road. Stopped at the first motel, and had to dry everything.... Went through ...
IT was a great experience that i had in America . I went to Disney land there were lots of rides over there like Roller coaster,water rides etc.there I met Mickey mouse,we saw the night parade and every cartoon character had there own cart there was music and many other facilities over there i ate a very famous pineapple ice cream which was amazing
What a day! Huge tropical storm Andrea battered us for 24 hours! Never seen a storm like it! Torrential rain for over 12 hours with very strong winds and thunder & lightening! Eventually able to leave apartment at 2pm so we went to Mote Aquarium & had dinner at The Lazy Lobster on Longboat Key on the way back followed by an evening fishing & drinking Prosecco on the dock ...
Morning at the beach & lunch at The Waterfront Restaurant with Serenity & Phil followed by some fab ice cream & a walk on the pier. Tropical storm Andrea started in the afternoon. Stayed at the apartment in the evening, chilled & watched the ...
... Sunday a relaxing start- breakfast in motel, check out and drive along St. Armand's Circle which was wildly crowded. Too many cars and pedestrians for us to park and look around. We get a little lost trying to find our way back to the bridge to the mainland. Then on to the Sara Bay Country Club for memorial luncheon to celebrate the life of our friend and Bob's classmate from kindergarten through 12th. As Jean said at the luncheon, "Howard's oldest ...
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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.