This was our second stay at the Holiday Inn. It’s not great to look at, the rooms are dated and it’s not that cheap. So why come back? Because of the location and the great view from the gulf view rooms. It’s just minutes’ walk from restaurants and shops in St Armand’s Circle and you can spend hours on that beach.
You don’t have to look far to realise that the hotel is old-fashioned but there’s nothing basically wrong with it. Everything works and the reason you are there is because of the great beach. Maybe they should actively market it as “retro-chic” to avoid people being disappointed?
On our first visit, we were in an end room, which was smaller than the rest, so I was pleased to be in a more spacious room this time with a bigger bathroom too. The bathroom was functional but with a good shower head, spraying in one direction instead of all over the place. And I was pleased to see they still stock Bath & Body Works toiletries which smell very tropical.
Check in and out were both quick and easy. The free wifi was rather slow most of the time, but at least it was free unlike many hotels. Beds were comfortable with a choice of pillows and it was great to wake up and see the moon fading into the sea and the sun lighting up the beach.
- 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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- Holiday Inn Lido Beach
- Sarasota Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Sarasota - Lido Beach Florida