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Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
Ranked #13 of 49 Hotels in Sarasota
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184 reviews
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“We Loved Everything~Highly Recommend Staying There!!”
Reviewed 6 June 2011

We just returned from a fantastic vacation at the Lido Beach Holiday Inn and highly recommend it. The gulf view was priceless, the staff could not have been nicer and we have never slept better at any other hotel. It was so peaceful & quiet at night, no noisy kids or teenagers running around. We were directly across a small street from the blue-green water & white sand of the Gulf beach. The hotel provides free beach chairs to guests and let us check in early when we arrived on Thurs. The room was not fancy or new, but was extremely clean & good size.They had free wi-fi, a restaurant on the top floor & a Tiki bar at the pool. What a gorgeous view to enjoy all day & to wake up to. So close to St. Armands Circle shops & restaurants we walked there everyday & left our car in the Holiday Inn parking lot. You can also take a quick drive to Longboat Key, Siesta Key & Anna Maria Island. This Holiday Inn Location is perfect!!! Thank you for a perfect, relaxing, four day much needed vacation~

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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 7 June 2011
We love to know when we get it right! Thank you for your wonderful comments regarding your stay. And we do hope we see you very soon!
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2011

We visited this hotel last year but only for a couple of nights and we were so impressed with the location (see previous review Location,Location,Location) we booked for 7 nights this time.Well we obviously picked the wrong week, the beach was still beautiful as was the weather.The view from the room was still fantastic but the front desk staff were so off to the point of being rude.
We started going out the back way as when you are on holiday you do not want to be ignored or not even looked at when you ask a question.Fortunately it didn't spoil our stay as there were plenty of happy friendly staff elsewhere in Sarasota.
Thankyou to the housekeeping staff for keeping our room clean and throwing us a smile and a "Good Morning""

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 7 June 2011
I am personally and professionally so sad to hear that our staff was in any way rude or unkind to you during your visit. We pride ourselves on being gracious hosts to all our guests. I welcome futher discussion should you find the time.
Kind Regards,
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2011

make sure you get the water front view- so nice! St. Armands circle is a short walk away. We split up our time between lido and siesta key- both are worth visiting. Siesta has a younger crowd. The view from the room was definately worth coming back, and the staff was really nice too!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2011

After reading some other reviews on here I was not expecting much, but the distance from the beach and the fact that this was the least expensive beachside hotel in Lido I went ahead and booked - and boy am I glad I did. Definitely book ocean-view.

The service was exceptional. Not only were all of the employees we encountered helpful and courteous, some went way above and beyond to make our stay memorable.

At the poolside tiki bar there was a special Memorial Day cookout. The hotel was providing food cooked right on the grill. I love cookouts, but I'm a vegetarian. So I casually mentioned to Chef Scott that about that fact - but wished I could participate - I'm a vegetarian. He immediately said "I'll be right back." He rushed up to the seventh floor to get the supplies needed to cook for me what was the best grilled vegetarian burger I have ever had. Thank you Chef Scott.

Everyone we met was so sincerely helpful. From Donna, our waitress at breakfast to everyone at the front desk.

The seventh floor restaurant was awesome. The view simply cannot be beat.

The hotel provides free beach chairs and beach umbrellas. This is great. (Although it being memorial day weekend - they were all gone by the time we went down to the beach at 11am) The first day we were there though (Friday), there were plenty.

So yes, I highly recommend this hotel for a wonderful beach vacation. 5 Stars!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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jersy shore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 May 2011

The Holiday Inn Lido is an old Motel. Bathrooms are original, stucco ceilings, loud ice machines in hallway, dated lobby, no real service like someone offering to help with your bags, or hold a door open. The pool area was a box and as bland as the rooms and lobby. I actually checked out a day early. My wife hated the place. I went up to check out the restaurant to find wonderful views. But again a dated diner with drop ceilings. I didn't eat there. For over $200 a night, I would pay $100 more not to stay there.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 31 May 2011
We regret that you did not enjoy our facility. We certainly recognize that we have work to do. Even more regretful is that you did not experience the level of service we all work so hard to deliver to each of our guests. Kind Regards -
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Cape Town
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2011

The discrepancy in reviews suggests that the rooms must be partially refurbished. We stayed in a beautiful large, ocean view room with king bed. The furnishings all seemed quite new, and it was a really nice room.
The hotel is on a quiet spot, right on the beachfront, convenient for everywhere in the area, and a short walk to St Armands Circle where there are a number of restaurants and shops.
We booked through hotels.com and, whether or not we got lucky, could not have asked for a nicer room for the price.

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  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 31 May 2011
Wow! Thank you. So happy to know you enjoyed your stay with us! Hope we see you again soon.
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Orlando,FL
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Reviewed 8 May 2011

This Saturday, my daugther had a Cheerleading competition in Sarasota so we decided to stay overnight in Lido Beach, what a perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend. The hotel was percfectly located just a couple of blocks away from St. Armands Circle. You can go and have dinner and a few drinks and dont have to worry about driving. The staff was wonderful and accomodating, Debbie at the Pool Bar was Fantastic, the hotel had free beach chairs and umbrellas which was very convenient. I would reccomend this hotel to anybody looking to spend a relaxing weekend. I will definitely be back!!!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with family
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HILidoBeachGM, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 10 May 2011
Thank you for sharing the love! We are working hard to be a great hotel, and are so happy when our guests have great escapes! Hope to see you again soon!
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Property: Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
Address: 233 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach 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 Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3 star — Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 131
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Situated on a barrier island, off the coast of Sarasota, The Holiday Inn Lido Beach is just steps from the powder white sand of Lido Beach and only two blocks from over 140 upscale restaurants, shops and galleries on St. Armands Circle. Featuring a sophisticated, yet 'Florida Casual' decor, The Holiday Inn Lido Beach combines the relaxed atmosphere of a beach resort with the amenities and services of a full service hotel. ... more   less 
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