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“Good Value, Great location”
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Lido Islander
Ranked #34 of 49 Hotels in Sarasota
Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
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“Good Value, Great location”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

It's not the Ritz, but neither are the rates. Cute small hotel in a beautiful residential location. Close to the Beach and Armand Circle which is THE place in Sarasota for shopping and restaurants We did lots of morning walks on the beach and evening walks to catch the sunset just before walking to dinner. Rooms were clean, bed was comfortable. Yes walls are a bit thin, but Room 6a was great.

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kissimmee, Florida
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Nice cute hotel and walking distance from Lido Beach. I loved this hotel & I will come back. This was also next to dancing clubs and restaurants. Very nice. My room was a little hot , but not so bad. You can save money by cooking your meals and buying your drinks.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Montreal, Canada
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39 reviews
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

Good for the location and rate only. Paper thin walls - you hear your room neighbors talk like they are in your own room...! Cleanliness is so-so (when your feet turn black after walking around... spots on linens and towels... hair from previous patrons...). Mini fridge is handy. Wi-Fi worked fine. Walking distance to either Lido beach or the Circle.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled solo
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 15 May 2013

Overall, this is a great place to stay for a good rate. The rooms feel very beachy and the property and rooms were clean and neat. The beds were super comfy, except for the pull-out couch, which was not (see more below). The wi-fi was excellent- super quick and able to accommodate a number of devices using it at once, even with video streaming. The location is a short walk to the beach, and the grilling area is great, and easy to use for dinner. The small size of the place makes it more relaxing, without a large number of other people around. The downsides: the towels were old and worn out, some with holes and stains; the pillows were like half-empty bags of cotton balls; there is no front desk and just a woman doing the cleaning and laundry there during the day, so it's hard to get help with anything; and most of all, when they tell you that a suite "sleeps 6", two of those people would be sleeping on a pull-out couch, and the pull-out couch I slept on was like sleeping on a bag of scrap metal, and the worst pull-out couch I've ever slept on, and that really is a bit negligent for them to consider this in when they give you the sleeping count. However, despite these negatives, the positives outweigh them and I would stay here again and recommend the place to friends, though I would tell them to not count on using the pull-out couch and book an extra room.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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Austin, Texas
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

I joined my closest friend at Lido & Siesta Beach for a girls-outing and we decided to make the Lido Islander our home away from home. Our room was well stocked with all of our necessities including a refrigerator, coffee pot, toaster, utensils, a small table and chairs, coffee cups, glasses, a wine bottle opener and even wine glasses. Susan, the manager, shared great tips about where to go and what to see, and she was quick to help us with our requests and questions. Thanks Susan!

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Oviedo, Florida, United States
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

This was our first time to Lido Beach. The Lido Islander had everything that we needed in our room to make it a lovely stay....clean room, fridge, coffee pot, toaster, and a courteous staff (Susan and Nikki were great) who offered suggestions & directions. It was a little different than usual with 'no check in' staff, lobby, etc., but we didn't mind it at all. For the location and price, it was exactly what we were looking for.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 8 May 2013 via mobile

We stayed in a small guestroom in the main buiding.

Why not stay here:
This place is NOT clean. I am sure it was weeks or maybe months ago that the tile floor had been cleaned.
There was a cockroach in the room for proof.
The towels and bedlinens all had stains.
There is no airconditioning. A big ceiling fan did the job though.
The walls are very thin. You can literally hear the neighbours talking.
If you like a place with service, there is none here. Everything is self service, even check-in. We didn't mind though.

Why stay here:
Excellent location near beach and shops/restaurants. All in walking distance.
Rooms nicely decorated. All seems very nice when you first walk in.

Because of all the cons we were glad we only booked one night. Would not stay here again.

Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lidoislander, Owner at Lido Islander, responded to this review, 9 May 2013
Sorry, you had some issues in your room. If you would have informed us, they would have been taken care of immediately. The floor is swept and moped in between every guest. The rooms have tile floor and not carpet since being a block from the beach guest sometimes track sand in from the beach. With carpet, sand falls between the fibers and is not always visible, while with a tile floor it is easier to get rid of all the sand and dirt, but if a spot is missed it is visible. This may have been the case in your room. We have a professional exterminator that treats the rooms; they were in the room prior to your stay. You may have seen evidence of their work. Once again, sorry that you had to experience those issues, and if you had let us know we would have resolved them for you.
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Property: Lido Islander
Address: 528 S Polk Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236-2037
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#8 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Lido Islander 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Delightful studio apartments to 3 bedroom apartments tucked away on exciting Lido Key. The units are steps from the beautiful white sands of Lido beach, with the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico just beyond. ... more   less 
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