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“Not the average Holiday Inn” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport

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Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport
Ranked #13 of 49 Hotels in Sarasota
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13 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Not the average Holiday Inn”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012

I booked this hotel using Priceline for my 1st time. Usually I don't use Priceline because it only guarantees one bed, and we have kids. It was just my son and I for a baseball tourney, so I went for it and got a great price. It is rather remote, but not too far from Sarasota. My daughter decided to join us last minute and when we got there they said they only had rooms with 1 king,oh no! Luckily, they had a family suite vacant and gave that to us. It was pretty cute-little bunk beds in a separate room with a TV and bean bag chair. Would be great for a family with small kids-my son is 6'5", so we got a good laugh about his stay in the bunk bed, but he squeezed in and enjoyed having his own Tv. I even got a picture of him watching TV in the beanbag chair but won't humiliate him by posting it!

Anyway, the hotel lobby is a huge atrium with waterfalls and very modern furnishings, glass elevators and upscale restaurant. Not what I was expecting! Very nice to be pleasantly suprised and we would definitely stay again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank pmt3
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hisrqgm, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport, responded to this review, 22 August 2012
Thank you so very much for your comments about our hotel, The Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport. We strive very hard to exceed every guest’s expectation and our team is proud that we have succeeded and you enjoyed your stay with us. Looking forward to serving you in a very near future and please feel free to contact us or book your next reservation thru Holiday Inn Web site.
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Mohammad Gharavi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2012

I have stayed in this hotel twice in the last week and will be back there tonight. I spend a tremendous amount of time in hotels and this is simply one of the BEST I have had the pleasure of visiting. It is three years old but appears to be brand new. Whoever designed this property spent a great deal of extra time in thought as to what would be needed for future guest. The bathroom is filled with extra electrical outlets, as well as anywhere else one may need to plug in numerous items for charging. There was nothing left "undone" for guest comfort.

Marshall Williamson is the Guest Services Manager and most helpful. The entire staff I have dealt with thus far has been more than pleasant and helpful as well. I wish I could remember their names for individual recognition because each and every one of them deserves it. Each is an asset to that property. One thing that may seem silly in impressions is that the entire staff wears a professional, yet comfortable, uniform. It sure catches one's eye and just adds to the professionalism of the entire property.

I look forward to my return visit tonight.

Larry

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank lw8pilot
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hisrqgm, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport, responded to this review, 22 August 2012
Thank you so very much for your comments about our hotel, The Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport. We strive very hard to exceed every guest’s expectation and our team is proud that we have succeeded and you enjoyed your stay with us. I have forwarded your comments to Marshall as well and thank you so much for your accolades. Looking forward to serving you in a very near future and please feel free to contact us or book your next reservation thru Holiday Inn Web site.
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Mohammad Gharavi
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Conyers, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2012

This upscale concept is misleading because of it's location (right next to the Sarasota airport), but don't let that fool you. The cleanliness and amenities offered at this Holiday Inn are impressive, and the food at the Sporting News Grill is exceptionally good (especially the crab cake sandwich). My daughter thoroughly enjoyed the designer pool area, and the outdoor cabanas and fire pit pavilion were nice touches as well as the landscaping. The beds were very comfortable, the bathroom was awesome, and the choice of firm or soft pillows was something I've never encountered in a domestic hotel. My only complaint was the teenagers who were acting rowdy while their football coaches were out on the town, but the threat of calling the police quickly tempered their behavior. Siesta Key was a short fifteen minute drive from the hotel, so it was conveniently located for the purpose of our trip.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kenny T
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hisrqgm, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport, responded to this review, 22 August 2012
Thank you so very much for your comments about our hotel, The Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport. We strive very hard to exceed every guest’s expectation and our team is proud that we have succeeded and you enjoyed your stay with us. I have forwarded your comments to chef Darrell as well and thank you so much for your accolades. Looking forward to serving you in a very near future and please feel free to contact us or book your next reservation thru Holiday Inn Web site.
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Mohammad Gharavi
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DeBary, Florida
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2012

we have stayed here before and loved using the pool, sauna and weight room. this time, however, we couldn't use any of the above. the hotel was over run with high school students, obviously with no adult supervision, wreaking havok everywhere. screaming, running in the halls, banging on doors (ours) til at least 2:00 IN THE MORNING! The trash these teenagers threw around the hotel that evening was still there when we checked out the next day. we will never stay there again, ever!!!!!!!

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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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IHGCare, Guest Relations Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport, responded to this review, 5 August 2012
Dear rforsyth,

Thank you for taking the time to express your thoughts and concerns regarding your stay with us. Let me take this opportunity to apologize for the noise and disturbance caused by other guest and for any inconvenience it may have caused you. While we understand that your stay was not 100% satisfactory, we hope you give us a chance in the future to show you how great our hotel is.

Sincerely,

Irish V.
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Dumont, New Jersey
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2012

Moved to this hotel after leaving our beach front hotel during Tropical Storm Debby. Picked it for the indoor pool and kids suite. We were pleasantly surprise how nice this hotel was.

We got the 2 room kids suite with a great view of the SRQ airport. One room had a very comfortable queen bed and the other had the bunk beds, both with TVs. Kids loved the bunk beds. Kids also loved watching the planes land and take-off from the airport. Surprising there was very, very little sound heard when a plane took off which was great. Entire hotel was very modern looking. Does not look like a typical Holiday inn.

The room the indoor pool was in was a little warm but besides that it was great for the kids especially while there was a storm outside. Pool area had a jacuzzi and sauna too and large gym across the hall. There is no outdoor pool but it does have a nice outdoor patio connected to the pool area.

We asked the Manager for late check-out and he accommodated us with no questions asked. All the staff were very friendly.

Costs of the rooms were very reasonable especially with the AAA discount.

We had breakfast in the restaurant. Food and service were good but nothing special. We didn't eat dinner or lunch there.

Only stayed one night but overall I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Grumguy
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hisrqgm, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport, responded to this review, 22 August 2012
Thank you so very much for your comments about our hotel, The Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport. We strive very hard to exceed every guest’s expectation and our team is proud that we have succeeded and you enjoyed your stay with us. Looking forward to serving you in a very near future and please feel free to contact us or book your next reservation thru Holiday Inn Web site.
Best Regards
Mohammad Gharavi
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Orlando
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36 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2012

We stayed here while visiting in Bradenton. We were very impressed by its modern decor, well-appointed guest rooms and friendly staff. The property looks very new, and the rooms were very clean and nicely decorated, with lovely granite and above-the-counter sinks in the bathroom. Even though we were across the street from the airport, we didn't hear any plane noise whatsoever. We will definitely be back next time we are in the area.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ShanROrlando
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hisrqgm, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport, responded to this review, 8 June 2012
Thank you so very much for your comments about our hotel, At the Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport. We strive very hard to exceed every guest’s expectation and our team is proud that we have succeeded and you enjoyed your stay with us. Looking forward to serving you in a very near future and please feel free to contact me or book your next reservation thru Holiday Inn Web site.
Best Regards
Mohammad Gharavi
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Orlando, Florida
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19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

We ended up at the Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport when the hotel we had booked at Siesta Key lost our reservation during Memorial Day weekend 2012. The location was definitely not what we had hoped for but every other hotel at the beach was already full to capacity during the holiday weekend. Marshall, one of the front desk associates, was more than helpful and very pleasant in greeting us and checking us in. He was able to check us into a room at 11:30am, much earlier than their stated check in time. The main lobby was much nicer than we anticipated for a Holiday Inn, and the room was very modern and clean. My only complaint about this hotel is with their onsite restaurant and room service. On Sunday morning we called to order room service around 9:00am and were informed that the wait would be much longer than normal and that we would be better off coming down to the restaurant to pick up our food to go. We ended up going down to eat in the restaurant, but they had one waitress on staff for the entire dining area, their breakfast buffet was in a horrible state, and we were basically ignored and told that we could get coffee from the buffet area, but the coffee and water were both completely gone and no one seemed to be in charge of replenishment. We ended up leaving without eating on site. For the price, you really can’t beat the quality of the accommodations, but I would not plan on dining on site, and the location is about 25 minutes from Siesta Key beach so can be a bit of a hike if your plans include the local beaches.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Valleygrl359
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hisrqgm, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport, responded to this review, 6 June 2012
Thank you so very much for your comments about our hotel, The Holiday Inn Sarasota Airport. We strive very hard to exceed every guest’s expectation. I have discussed your comments about our Room Service and Sporting News Grill with our Executive chef and our food and beverage director and will do whatever is necessary to correct these issues. I want to take this opportunity to apologize for any inconvenience we have caused you as the result of our lack of service. Looking forward to serving you in a very near future and please feel free to contact us or book your next reservation thru Holiday Inn Web site.
Best Regards
Mohammad Gharavi
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Property: Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport
Address: 8009 15th St E, Sarasota, FL 34243-2713
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Holiday Inn Sarasota - Airport 3.5*
Number of rooms: 135
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport is a 135 room premier boutique hotel in the heart of Sarasota and Bradenton. Chic, contemporary decor, and an unsurpassed range of amenities, it is ideal for sophisticated business and leisure travelers.The Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport Restaurant and Lounge features dining al fresco under the blue skies and exquisite cuisine, deliciously created. The rooms and suites are spacious, state-of-the-art amenities such as 36" flat-panel TV and free Wi-Fi. The Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport offers exceptional event facilities for groups of 10 to 200, enjoy convenient access to venues of Sarasota and Bradenton. Relax in our indoor pool or work-out in our fitness facility. Explore the best from golf, shopping at St Armands Circle, restaurants and the beautiful white sandy beaches of Siesta Key, Lido Beach, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. Hotel is adjacent to the Sarasota Bradenton International Convention Center and attractions such as: Ringling Museum of Art, Asolo Theatre, VanWezel Performing Arts, & Mote Marine. Located within a few miles of University of South Florida, New College, and Ringling College of Art. Neighboring corporate offices are: Sun Hydraulics, Honeywell, Chris Craft, Pierce Manufacturing, Rectrix Air, Volo Air, Dolphin Aviation, Siemens, and Lockheed Martin. We guarantee you will have an memorable experience, that will meet and exceed your expectations. ... more   less 
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