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Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach
Ranked #13 of 49 Hotels in Sarasota
Vancouver, Canada
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67 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good but Updates Desperately Needed”
Reviewed 20 August 2013

We stayed at this property for 3 nights in mid August 2013. We have a 7 year old so it was important that the property was family friendly. Great location right across the street from Lido Beach and very close to some great restaurants and shopping. We would walk to the beautiful beach every morning and after a few hours we would come back to the hotel and hit the pool.
The rooms are clean and there is free wifi at the property. The only downside is the condition of the hotel which needs some capital for upgrades. The water in our bath tub would back up to our ankles every time we tried to shower.
The buffet breakfast on the 7th floor was great value.

All and all we would go back to this property but I would wait for some renovations to be completed.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Sia A
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
Thank you for your kind words towards our location, staff and food offerings. We are pleased to share that we are working on renovations to the property, and know that you will see a difference upon your next visit. We will do our very best to keep you and our interested guests updated.
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 August 2013

My husband and I were looking forward to staying at this hotel because of the location. I booked the Holiday Inn due to the brand name and expecting a quality hotel. We were very surprised to see that the room was very dirty and the condition of the furniture and air conditioner. The pillow cases and bath towels looked like they had not been changed after being used, the air conditioner filter was dirty and the blackout curtains were torn. There was a build up of dirt in the shower and on the dresser. We were so disgusted by this that we did not even attempt to use their swimming pool (afraid of bacteria). When I filled out the hotel's review about our stay, I was contacted and received an apology for the bad experience. The thing that does not sit well with me is that in the apology I was told that the hotel will be going through a complete refurbish this year. I took this statement as a reason for the dirty room. The problem is not the age of the rooms but the poor housekeeping skills. They can add new decor but if the housekeeper doesn't clean it properly then the problem still exists! The head housekeeper needs to do their job!!

Room Tip: Do not book any room here.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
We do regret that you did not have a pleasant experience with our hotel. We work very hard to ensure the cleanliness of our property.
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Reviewed 17 August 2013 via mobile

Perfect location! One complaint that I can't look past is the German cockroach that was just inside the doorway of our room. A holiday inn cleaning employee was right outside the door when we opened the door and saw the roach and stepped on it. We called the front desk to notify them. They did offer to move us to a larger room up one floor, but we decided not to go through the hassle of packing everything up. Two days later we saw a baby German cockroach in the hallway crawling next to the elevator button. This is not acceptable in a hotel stay and hopefully will be rectified.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Thank Travel6880
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 22 August 2013
We do regret learning of your experience. Please know that we take great care and concern to keep our hotel safe and clean for all our guests. And that can be difficult in a very tropical environment. We want to address your concerns, and assure you that yours is not the usual experience at our property.
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2013

We have just had our yearly vacation for a month in Florida and stayed here at the beginning of our holiday with the whole family then again for a romantic evening further into our stay with just my husband and myself to escape our relations!! It was fabulous, the view was amazing, breakfast was superb, loved the omlette chef and what a location - perfect!! Only downside was the room was a little smelly, I could see mould coming through the walls, it is in desperate need of some TLC but understand that is happening in the near future. We are coming again in November so fingers X it will be completed by then.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Rachel A
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Thanks so much for returning to our property! We are working hard to improve it for all our guests. We encourage you to reach out to us before your November visit - and we will let you know how far along we are.
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 August 2013

The best and probably the only good thing about this hotel is the location.
On the lido beach, the bay view rooms have an a,axing view.
The 7 th floor breakfast room has the same spectacular view .

Other than that, the hotel and the rooms are below average .

They do provide towels and chairs for the beach and parking is free.

Room Tip: Go for the bay view rooms.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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Thank Mohitoswal
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 7 August 2013
Thank you for your praises of our location - and know that we are working now to improve the property for all of our guests -
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2013 via mobile

Holiday Inn Lido Beach is in a great location. The rooms smell like mold and the bathtubs don't drain. I stayed in 2 different rooms and had the same issues. The staff was nice. The pool area is nice but you might as well stay a few miles away and drive to the area. The staff does not police the pool and people walk in and jump in the pool all day long! For what I paid for a room you can stay at the Marriott or the Hilton for $30 less and drive down to Lido beach and go jump in the pool at the Holiday Inn!

  • Stayed July 2013
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2 Thank Teatodd
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 5 August 2013
We deeply regret that you did not find more value for your stay with us. We do our very best to ensure that only hotel guests use our pool, and it is not open to the public. We are working now to improve our facility and also the security of our pool deck. We know that you will find us a better value in the near future, and encourage you to contact the hotel directly for more details.
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Olathe, Kansas
1 review
Reviewed 29 July 2013 via mobile

The hotel is directly across from the Beach, and it is not busy! Perfectly relaxing and quiet! The gulf view from the room is amazing! And just a short walk to tons of shops and restaurants! And we found out that they are starting renovations in a couple weeks. So it should be completely new for our trip next year! Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed July 2013
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Thank CrashCurn
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Kymberley M, General Manager at Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach, responded to this review, 30 July 2013
Great! We can't wait to see you again!
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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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