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“Affordable & Comfortable”
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Lido Islander
Ranked #37 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
DeBary, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Affordable & Comfortable”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

My Wife and I stayed here on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. On the down side, like many older establishments, the walls were thin in our guest room. If there are kids around, which there were, you might want to adjust the romance accordingly.

On the plus side, the room that we had was SPOTLESS! The Queen Bed and pillows were very comfortable. We rented the small room as we were not planning on being in it too much and we found they packed a lot in a little space. We did not see the owners, but a binder with the "Best Of's" in the area was put together by them (Way better than the usual paid advertisements) and their phone numbers with the promise of 24 hour contact if needed was emphasized. Rules had quiet hours from 11pm-7am and even the kids next door had no problem following this. Best part for us was the short walk to Lido Beach. It is legal to have alcohol on Sarasota County Beaches (please, no glass) which makes for some wonderful sunsets! This Inn is nestled in a VERY EXCLUSIVE neighborhood with multi-million dollar homes surrounding it.
This Inn may not be the "Ritz Carlton", but If you don't think you are getting a good deal, ask anyone on the beach what they are paying. We will be back and stay longer!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Milton, Florida
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

Room was nice and clean . But , parking is AWEFUL . Hardly any room to park when other guests are there . And property is messy .Rooms are close together and noise carries far easily . I was hot the entire time I was there . And there is no front desk person , you check your self in and if you have problems you have a phone number to call . I think the worst part was getting awoken at 8 am to hammering in the room next door . Stayed there for my brothers wedding . Next time I will just stay in a REAL hotel . Will be cheaper and a better experience

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled solo
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

This property has an excellent location and I could not help but notice that there had been some updating in the suite. Someone had done a great job of decorating and updating the suite but the problem is that the maintenance (housekeeping) has done a poor job of keeping the property maintained. It's a shame to see the hard work of refurbishing the property go to waste. There was a missing door handle on the microwave, the bathtub needed maintenance and the windows were not secure. The window screens needed to be replaced. The other con is that the housekeepers do some of their prepping right outside the rooms. This becomes noisy. If these problems were addressed and rectified this would be a great property!!!!

Room Tip: I had a 2-bedroom suite that was on the bottom floor. If you stay I highly recommend this suite.
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Lidoislander, Owner at Lido Islander, responded to this review, 9 June 2014
Thank you for your comments. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed our wonderful location and the decor of the room. We are sorry to hear about the issues in your room, those maintenance issues are being corrected.
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Lido Islander was the perfect place to stay! When you first pull up, you may be a bit skeptical as we were...but once we walked into our room- we were pleasantly surprised. We were in the one bedroom condo which includes a king size bed, bathroom, full kitchen, living room, and dining area. This was just the amount of space we were looking for and location. All of the rooms were clean and organized and comfortable.
The room was just as it is shown in the pictures and the host (Dan) and staff (Susan and Nikki) were always available to help answer questions and give tips. They even have chairs, toys, and other beach items to enjoy during your stay. Also, they a super cute area where you can relax under the palm trees and beautiful flowers to read a book, enjoy some coffee, or grill.

Just as described, Lido Islander is located in a fabulous neighborhood and was a short walk to the beach and to St. Armand's Circle (about a 7 min walk). Fabulous restaurants were so close- no need to drive (unless you are wearing heels!). We did rent a car at the airport, (Chevy Spark- I mention because it only cost us $7.87 to fill- we only used two gallons of gas!)- anyways, renting a car at the airport (25 min away) was a great idea because we were able to go to the grocery store (10 min away), Botanical Gardens (12 min away) and we drove down to Siesta Keys (25 min away).

Overall, our experience with Lido Islander was excellent and look forward to going back.

Lido Islander One Bedroom Suite Pictures: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/2400818?fb_action_ids=10203777040167939&fb_action_types=airbedandbreakfast%3Abook

Room Tip: Some suggestions for future visitors: We were on the second floor which eliminated us from hearing c...
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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a perfect place to stay when vacationing in Sarasota. A few blocks from St. Armand's Cricle, literally around the corner from the most perfect little spot of Lido Beach. Great sand, clear water, small personal beach. The place itself was very nice. Comfortable bed and couches, a full kitchen, and a clean bathroom. We really felt at home the whole week. Although there aren't housekeepers that clean the room everyday, that's what gives it an at home feel. Parking lot out from, security cameras, and a communal patio. It will be as clean as you want to make it. It is among an amazing neighborhood with beautiful houses. I would stay there again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

The drive alone is worth the visit, one home after another was breathtaking. The view crossing the bridge is magical. The building itself is modest, much cuter on the inside than appears on the outside. But once inside, this place comes to life with the feeling of "beach cottage and stay ~a~ while" life! The bed is a Cali king size, the sofa is a pull out sleeper as well. The kitchen contains Potts, pan, plate ware and everything was very clean and comfortable. The Lido Inn is a short walk from a beautiful beach, and the St.Armand circle, full of shops and restaurants. There are several busy ice cream places that make their own caramel, fudge, waffle cones and treats...a must do for those with a sweet tooth.we stopped by the art gallery and was greeted by the friendliest and most informative advisor. Dan, the owner of the inn, answered each time I called and didn't hesitate in providing us with ideas on best tiki bars in walking distance, and his favorites as well including The Salty Dog and O'Learys.
Just across the bridge in Sarasota, we had breakfast at a cute French bistro called C'et La Vie. Crepes, Quiche, salad, and omlettes. Everything was delicious!!! Following that, we strolled along the little town in Siesta Key, popping I'm and out of boutique stores and collecting little trinkets of memorabilia as we went. Then, finally, the long nap on the beautiful Siesta Key beach. Not a cloud in the sky, not a sad face to be seen. Miles of beautiful sand framed by colorful homes in the back drop. Surprisingly, lots of fishermen wading in the water, which was below the waste. One of them caught a fish at least three feet, a big strong silver fish. He managed to get it to shore on the line, where a group of amazed on lookers waited to see it.once he got the hook out, he guided it back to sea. I was relieved...
The Lido inn is the perfect price in the perfect spot for a romantic weekend, family vacation or a girls trip like we did! Id stay there again and again!!

  • Stayed April 2014
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Madeira Beach, Florida
1 review
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Reviewed 5 April 2014

Great location out of the realm of normal touristy hotels. It was a short walk to all of the great shops and restaurants of St. Armand's Circle and a short walk to the beach the other direction. Situated in a beautiful neighborhood, the Lido Islander is a hidden gem.

  • Stayed March 2014
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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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