Disclosure: This post is part of a hosted stay. All opinions are my own.
It’s no secret that I love the beach, and I always enjoy a stay at a great beach hotel. On a recent trip to Sarasota, I had the opportunity to spend two nights at the Lido Beach Resort, a hotel offering 223 recently-renovated guest rooms and suites right on the beach. Lido Beach Resort is a fantastic “home base” for a family beach vacation – I truly enjoyed my stay.
Location of the Lido Beach Resort
The Lido Beach Resort is located on the Gulf Coast barrier island of Lido Key, and is great for families. It’s only a short ride from the Sarasota Airport, and about an hour from the Tampa Airport. It’s a nice convenient spot, right near the St. Armonds Circle area (which offers shopping and restaurants). You can easily access a number of great local activities, including kayaking, downtown Sarasota, and the Ringling Museum.
Amenities at the Lido Beach Resort
As you’d imagine, the beach is definitely one of the biggest amenities at the Lido Beach Resort. The resort is located right on the beach, and guests can take advantage of towel service, as well as beach chairs. During our stay, I didn’t find the beach to be overly crowded, and it was a nice spot to both relax and have fun. There are also beautiful sunsets that can be seen right from the beach, so it’s definitely worth heading out there during sunset at least once during your stay.
The resort also offers two beachfront pools (one family pool, and one adult-only pool), three jacuzzis, a sundries shop, and a small fitness center. Although I love the beach, the pools are definitely worth visiting as well. For help finding and booking activities, the resort has a concierge in the lobby. There’s also a resort shuttle that can take you to nearby St. Armands Circle for shopping and restaurants. The Lido Beach Resort is pet friendly, so guests traveling with their dogs can enjoy staying with them (additional fees apply, and dogs must be under 30 pounds each).
For those needing a business center, the resort offers one that is open 24 hours a day. There are also on-site laundry facilities, as well as bicycle rentals.
Restaurants at the Lido Beach Resort
If you’d like to dine on-site, there are several options available. My favorite is the casual Tiki Bar, which is located right by the beach. During our stay, I stopped there a few times for a quick drink, as well as a delicious lunch (the fish sandwich is a must-have).
For gorgeous views of both the city and the beach, the Lido Beach Grill, located on the 8th floor, offers dinner. The menu consists of delicious Gulf coast fare, and a children’s menu is also offered. Cafe Lido, located off the lobby, is more casual and offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner (as well as a children’s menu). Prefer to dine in-room? Room service is available.
Rooms at the Lido Beach Resort
I love coastal decor, and the recently-renovated rooms at the Lido Beach Resort are absolutely stunning. The resort offers two buildings with updated rooms, many with beautiful beach views. Deluxe guest rooms and suites include a kitchen with full refrigerator and cooktop, balconies, and a Keurig coffee-maker, complete with coffee. The resort fees includes microwave popcorn and two bottles of water per day, as well as WiFi.
My room included a king bed, tv, small sofa with coffee table, round dining room table, and bathroom with a large shower. Bathroom amenities are made by Gilchrist & Soames, and include shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and soap. The balcony was my favorite part of the room however – not only did it have beautiful views, but I also loved the Adirondack-style chairs that I could relax in.
The Lido Beach Resort is definitely a great place to stay with kids. It has a fun, casual, and relaxed vibe that is great for families. With the pools, beach, and activities located nearby, there’s plenty for families to do. To learn more about the resort, visit their website.