I had a three night stay here for a conference at the first part of February and find this one of the strangest renovations for a hotel I’ve ever seen.
First, I have to mention the staff is great and they are trying to make do with what they have. The breakfast crew was great, things were brought out fast, friendly, and efficiently.
Now onto the bad. This hotel looks to have been built in the 70’s and was probably last remodeled in the late 80’s from the décor. It is worn out, from loose tiles in the lobby, A/C systems in conference rooms that couldn’t keep proper temperature, rooms that have overdone stucco walls that needed scraping, worn out & dirty carpets, completely worn out bathroom, etc. And to top this all off, the room rate was near $200 a night for this. This property should have been closed down for a few months and completely gutted & redone from ground up, or at least redone one complete floor at a time.
But during my stay it appears that they are going to try to do something on the cheap and not really carry out the renovations this property really needs. The parking lot was full of shipping containers, which you would expect for something being remodeled.
The last day of my stay the interior designer showed up with a work crew and they started unloading the furniture from the containers. I was thinking they must of finished some floors which would be a big plus and it would be interesting to see. No, they started moving in all of the new furniture into all of the floors, and my room was one of them tagged to be done the next day.
OK, my room needed to be completely gutted, even the sliding door was in bad shape. But they were going to move the new furniture in and subject it to damage moving it out again to do the rest of the work? It didn’t make sense unless their plan is to not do the rest of the work, or they are sure making a lot of double work for the crews. Even if all they were going to do was paint, carpet & furniture you usually do the paint first, not the furniture.
I’m hoping that they had some situation where they had to reduce the amount of containers in the parking lot and they really are going to gut each floor. They could of rented self- storage units or a warehouse to store it off site if that was the case. I didn’t see much other work going on or work crews on site like painters, which didn’t leave me a positive feeling that they were going to do more than the furniture.
Until this hotel is fully remodeled, I’d stay at a different property.
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- 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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