My wife and I stayed at the Lido Islander for three nights in an upstairs suite.
The location was excellent; just a few blocks off the St. Armands Circle and the shops and restaurants located there and a relatively short drive from downtown Sarasota and a convenient drive to the rest of Sarasota's attractions. Parking at the Lido Islander wasn't bad, though one night we couldn't fit our minivan into one of the parking slots one night, but could park out on the gravel by the street without a problem. Lido Beach is simply a jog down one of the adjoining streets with a lot of public parking. We drove down and watched the sunset one night and it was well worth it with little trouble.
The suite itself was attractive. The stairs were hard on my wife's knees, but bareable. We checked in by picking up the key in the box outside the suites. The kitchen was small and the appliances decent (though the fridge was a bit elderly and had no ice trays or ice maker). The sofa in our suite would have been comfortable except for the fact that it was a bit sway-backed (i.e., the central supports under the cushions have obviously either been broken or bent and you sink down severely). The chair was badly in need of new cushions, which would be a cheap fix. The mattress in the king bed was actually pretty comfortable. The ceiling fans in the living room and the bedroom were a welcome addition, since it seems that the air conditioner was laboring under the early August Florida weather. There was plenty of hot water for showers. The TVs were pretty good, though the channel listing left for us was obviously for a higher-end able package, since a number of channels weren't available.
The bathroom was serviceable, with a hair dryer provided. The soaps provided were literally smaller than a York peppermint patty, so we bought our own at a local supermarket. Shampoos were provided, but they were also in foil packs, so we provided our own. The bathtub was rather old, but clean enough with a decent shower head (that could use some decalcifying) and there was a rather large rust stain next to the drain that didn't affect anything but could be cleaned. The towels provided were nice. There is no daily replacement of towels or other supplies, though you can simply go downstairs to a cupboard that holds toilet tissue and towels, among other things if needed.
We needed to do some laundry (having been at a conference earlier in the week), but the day we tried, the communal washer and dryer were full of sheets, towels and clearing supplies from the morning's cleaning. Apparently whomever was working that morning simply left everything there. We got by, but it was an inconvenience we hadn't expected. Yes, we could have pulled everything out and dumped it somewhere, but that wouldn't have been appropriate.
Other than doors closing, there was fairly little noise, though our first morning found us awaking to the dulcet tones of a weedwhacker and a mower; another night had an odd mechanical noise we never could identify that kept my wife up part of the night. Our suite's jalousie windows were basically OK, though one of them wouldn't close all the way, meaning the A/C was leaking out a bit, but not enough to cause much of a problem. The door to our suite wasn't exactly the best fitting I've ever seen, leaking a lot of light from the shared foyer with the other suite on our end of the 2nd floor. Again, not that much of a problem in the long run, but cosmetically a little problematic. The view from our suite's windows was basically of banana tree leaves, pines and palms. Very peaceful.
Overall, a good and fairly reasonable experience. IF they'd fix the issues with the furniture, get a newer fridge with an icemaker and modernize the bathroom a little bit, it'd really be a wonderful deal.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lido Islander Hotel Sarasota
- Lido Islander Sarasota, Florida