Rate based on Check-in: Dec 3, 2014 Check-out: Dec 4, 2014

Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

3 stars
233 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.8
out of 5
107 reviews
Excellent view!!

Excellent hotel and will be staying again , the beach view is amazing! See full review

  • Money Bags GS
  • Jun 6, 2014
family vacation

great location at the beach, very nice view at the ocean, very clean, room service is great, the... See full review

  • maurice1234
  • Aug 16, 2013
Lido Beach hotel with Gulf views, dining, pool, gym, free Internet

The 3-star Holiday Inn Sarasota Lido Beach is situated on the beaches of Lido Key, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Guests relax at the outdoor heated pool or enjoy some time on the beach with chairs, towels and toys provided by the hotel before heading to nearby St. Armand's Circle for shopping and dinner. The hotel's own rooftop restaurant offers tasty Floridian cuisine with great views over the Gulf -- the perfect place to enjoy the sunset over a glass of wine. Corporate guests will appreciate the meeting rooms, business center and free Wi-Fi.

Highlights
  • 3-star hotel located on Lido Beach, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico
  • Outdoor heated pool with poolside dining and tiki bar
  • Sand Dollar Dining Room serves Florida fare and views of the gulf, kids eat free
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access
Rooms

The Holiday Inn Sarasota Lido Beach offers 135 comfortable guest rooms. All rooms come air-conditioned, and have satellite TV, a coffee-maker and mini fridge. Guests who choose a suite enjoy stunning views of the Gulf from floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a spacious living room, wet bar and private bathroom with a whirlpool tub. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms.

Features

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, the Holiday Inn Sarasota Lido Beach is a 3-star hotel located on Sarasota's Lido Key. Guests find themselves steps from the stunning white sands of Lido Beach where the hotel provides loungers, towels and beach toys for the tots. Relax at the peaceful outdoor heated swimming pool.

 

Corporate guests take advantage of the hotel's meeting space, business center and free Wi-Fi access.

Dining

The hotel's own rooftop Sand Dollar Dining Room, where kids eat free, serves Florida-inspired cuisine with a stunning view over the water. Signature dishes include tilapia sauteed with lemon butter caper sauce. Enjoy poolside dining and happy hour specials at Coconuts Tiki Bar.

Transportation
  • Sarasota bus service (SCAT) (Outside hotel)
  • Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport (6.7 mi/10.8 km)
Attractions
  • Lido Beach (Outside)
  • St. Armand's Circle (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Mote Marine Laboratory (1.8 mi/2.9 km)
  • Marie Selby Botanical Gardens (3.4 mi/5.5 km)
  • Sarasota Jungle Gardens (5.3 mi/8.5 km)
  • John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art (6.2 mi/10 km)
  • Siesta Key Beach (10 mi/16.1 km)
Business
  • Event and meeting space for up to 120 people
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Catering available
  • Business center
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet access

Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Outdoor pool
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Pet friendly
Free local telephone calls
Ice machine
Activities
Outdoor pool
Children's activities
Golf
Tennis
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Coffee maker in room
Lounge
Room service
Services
Business center
Maid service
Guest laundromat
Concierge desk
In-Room Safe
Porters
FAX
Parking
Free parking
Parking
Accessibility
Accessible facilities
Room
Satellite TV
Desk with lamp
Free newspaper
Hairdryer in room
Cribs available
Temperature control
Computer in Room
Ironing board
Bath tub

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Hotel Map

27.3143 -82.5792
Nearby airports
Sarasota-Bradenton Int'l Airport, (SRQ), 8.00, MI, N; Tampa International Airport, (TPA), 50.00, MI, N;
Area description
Resort, resort

Dining

Rooftop SandDollar Restaurant
Our Rooftop SandDollar Restaurant features floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Gulf of Mexico! Breakfast and dinner is served daily in the SandDollar.
Kokonuts Tiki Bar
Enjoy casual poolside dining at Kokonuts Tiki Bar and lounge. Open daily at 12 pm. Sunset Happy Hour Daily.
Kokonuts Lounge and Tiki Bar
Kokonuts Lounge and Tiki Bar serves great daily drink specials, as well as a happy hour from 4pm-6pm every day. You can enjoy a cocktail in the lounge or get a margarita on the pool deck. It is the hot spot for all your sunset celebrations.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
03:00 PM
Check-out:
11:00 AM

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (107)

Ratings and reviews for Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Overall score

3.8 / 5
5.01.0
107 out of 107
Amenities:
3.5
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4.2
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.8

84% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Karla17
Business
Kissimmee FL
Jun 18, 2013

Loved the location!!!

Walking distance to Armand Circle... Loved the service and the restaurant....

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
baldy2u
Business
northern virginia
May 1, 2013

great 3 day getaway

extremely nice and helpful people they go beyond the limits

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Beth Running Blogger
Business
Tampa, FL
Feb 12, 2013

Great location, nothing fancy

Perfect hotel for a little beach weekend. Right across the street from the beach and close enough to walk to St. Armand's. We skipped the pool b/c we were there for the ocean. Rooms were clean and the ocean view is worth the additional price. Breakfast buffet was so-so but not terrible by any means. Staff was very helpful and friendly.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Head to downtown Sarasota for more dining options.

Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Ed Golf trip
Business
Illinois
Jan 28, 2013

Good location

Basic hotel. Great location to St. Armands and the beach.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

St. Armands shopping and dining is just around the corner.

Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Packer fan from the ville
Business
Louisville ky
Jan 3, 2013

Perfect location

Older hotel, and it shows. But the staff was first rate,the food excellent and the location right on the beach doesn't get any better. St Armand's circle is a five minute walk away.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Maserati lover
Business
netherlands, Amsterdam
Jul 30, 2012

Good stopover at the beach

right at the beach, pick up clean towels and take a dive in the sea! Staff was helpful, bar at the pooll for burgers and drinks! Temperature of the pool was nice, especially at hot days!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Go definite to St. armand circle, 10 minutes walk, even along the shoreline. Nice restaurants and shops.

Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
BronxMom
Business
fort myers
Jul 26, 2012

summer fun in Florida

Overall the locationof the hotel is great. Driving in area is beautiful and not to mention the access to the beach is awesome. The hotel provides beach towels and chairs.Walking to nearby St Armands circle makes you think you are faraway on a Carribean island. I would do it again.Great for kids and adults. The downside : room was a little moldy smelling(but thats the beach for you).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

there is a neat deli(Sorry can't remember the name but it starts w/ an "M") which serves Boars Head products and has breakfast/lunch. Friendly and very clean. Near the Hammock place. Stick to Ben&Jerry's for the tasty ice cream.

Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Beach Ann
Business
Sarsota, Fl
Jul 9, 2012

Great Beaching

We loved the beach here. It is across the street, but worth the twenty steps to get there. The beach is perfect for swimming with shallow waters quite far out. They provide beach chairs and beach towels.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: In Hotel

Breakfast buffet on the top floor restaurant is the best deal and the best view of the ocean.

Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
One Time Visitor
Business
Maryland
Jun 11, 2012

Overall Good Hotel

Can't beat the location, right across the street from the beach. Hotel loans complementary beach chairs and towels. Rooms were clean, a little tight, but nice. They need toilet covers on their toilets. Staff was nice and helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Review of Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Mrs. Frequent Flyer
Business
Roanoke, VA
May 14, 2012

Can't wait to go back

The hotel location is worth far more than we paid. The prime beach spot was perfect for our lazy vacation. You can walk to the beach or to great shops and restaurants in just a few minutes. The location is really what adds to the hotel's value. We walked to dinner every night and walked around St. Armond's circle and looked at the shops or got ice cream every day. It made our hotel feel more like home, and made our vacation feel so relaxed. The beach by the hotel has made the top beaches in the nation list on multiple occassions. The powder-sugar-like-sand is unreal. The staff was friendly, and the breakfast in the upstairs restaurant was pretty good, not too pricey for a hotel restaurant, and the view from the top floor (where the restaurant is located) is outstanding! However, if you are looking for any real amenities, like nice room service menu, a fancy bathroom, jacuzzi tub, etc. This is not the place for you. The hotel is clean and nice, but nothing special or fancy about it. If you want a laid-back experience where you can be yourself and feel comfortable in your swimsuit and towel but still stay in a nice hotel, then this place will be perfect.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The shops and restaurants in St. Armond's circle are great for a nightly stroll or a daily shopping spree. BEWARE OF OVERPRICED RESTAURANTS. Most places were great and reasonable considerring it is south FL, it's on the coast, and it's a common tourist attraction, so things are usually slightly more pricey. AVOID Tommy Bahama's restaurant. I've heard the food is good, but $25 for a chicken and pasta dish and $40 for steak is crazy in this location. The Columbia is one of the most famous restaurants in Sarasota. Their food is far superior, less pricey, and way more authentic. Plus several dishes and drinks are prepared tableside. Gotta love that.

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