My new husband and I stopped here for one night as part of our honeymoon experience, to go to Venice for the shark tooth beach there. This hotel is great because it's right off I-75, but only 7 miles and 3 easy roads from that beach. Of all the other choices, it was the most affordable but also more comfortable sounding than some of the ones closer to the beach. The beds are comfortable, this hotel offers both soft and firm pillows. The room was clean, came with a fridge and microwave. The TV worked well. Staff was friendly and even tried to help me find medicine for my husband when he got a stomach ache. Great hot breakfast too. This was the next day and had nothing to do with my husband's tummy ache the night before, lol.
Here were the problems we had:
-The Wifi doesn't work. They said they are "on satellite and it happens whenever there are storms nearby" which there were. Luckily, I'm a vacationer with an iPhone. But I'm sure this is bad for business people. Even the lobby computer doesn't connect.
-The A/C unit catches the light sheer curtains and its airflow gets caught up in them, causing them to billow and the air to be obstructed. This can be remedied with a hair clip. I noticed the ones in the hallway do it too.
-Our room didn't have the thick opaque curtains that close behind the sheer ones, and they gave us the room by the pool deck where the bright light shines all night outside the window. So the room was a little brighter than I would have liked. I think they should get some thicker curtains since the outside light is probably a safety feature.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located minutes from the Beach, our Venice hotel is close to Sarasota, and offers free WiFi, hot breakfast, and an outdoor pool ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Express Venice/Sarasota Hotel Venice
- Holiday Inn Venice
- Holiday Inn Express Venice/Sarasota Florida