Great Place, we will be back! A review of Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
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.