Have to admit i was a bit nervous having read the reviews. We used priority member points and figured if it was bad, then we could go to indigo hotel. Ended up staying for 4 nights.
The location couldn't be better, it's right across the road from the beach. This turned out especially good as we had a gulf view for the powerboat races (didn't really know those were going on). The hotel is a 5 minute walk to St. Armands circle. We walked there every morning for breakfast (Blue Dolphin Cafe every morning) and dinner. The pool was nice. It was July 4th weekend and you had to get there relatively early (by 11:30) to get a sunbed but managed to accommodate everyone. The staff was very nice (but we had no issues or complaints with our room)
The hotel definitely needs a proper facelift. The room was cleanish. They vaccume but didn't really move any of the furniture around to vaccume. The tank on the toilet had a lot of mold. Not totally visable, but the bathroom is the first thing i look at and i saw that. The room always felt damp. I know it is on the beach and i appreciate that, but the AC does't work so good (old window system) so you never really felt cool and dry.
Now having said that..we did not come looking for high end hotel. It was a staycation for us and we just wanted to get away.
Note to management and ic hotel group..your hotel is in prime spot....please update it. People would definitely pay more to stay if it was worth it.
- 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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- Also Known As:
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