Ratings based on 947 Verified Reviews

2.8 out of 5
48% of guests recommend
3.0 Room cleanliness
3.3 Service & staff
2.8 Room comfort
2.6 Hotel condition
Expedia Verified Reviews
1 out of 5
by A verified traveler from Albuquerque, NM, USA

RUN-DOWN FLEABAG "LOST OUR RESERVATION", NO ROOMS!

Posted Jul 8, 2017
Pros: No positive factors. Sketchy neighborhood. Used to be a Best Western, but lost their franchise rights due to property condition and other problems.
Cons: No hotel should "lose" reservations! There is obviously a BIG problem with the Golden Host communicating with Expedia.
After my late flight into Sarasota, I wanted to get some rest for the night. I'd made a reservation via Expedia several weeks earlier. When I arrived at the hotel to check in, I was told that they did not have my reservation, and further, that the hotel was fully booked and they had NO ROOMS available!!! I scrambled to find another room at a hotel anywhere in the area, and wound up having to not only pay almost FOUR TIMES AS MUCH at the last minute for one of the only rooms available in town several miles away, and had to pay for my own taxi to get there! The front desk clerk said (unhelpfully) that "sometimes reservations from Expedia 'get lost'." He gave me a drink ticket at the hotel bar while I waited while he somehow tried to resolve the situation, but if they were full, I knew there was no hope, so after several failed attempts, I finally found a room available at another hotel about four miles north. The kicker is that when I returned from my trip, there was a phone message from the Golden Host about "reconfirming" my reservation - which I've NEVER had to do with Expedia in 12+ years. They obviously HAD gotten the info from Expedia, and were lying to me about not getting it. I can only assume they decided to sell my room for more.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 11, 2017 by jim, Hotel Management
We have noted the issues highlighted in your feed back and apologies for any inconvenience. We will make sure appropriate actions are taken based on your feedback.
2 out of 5
by A verified traveler from GA

Pool was closed by the city but was told it was ok

Posted Jul 6, 2017
Room are old and not very clean needs updated and pool needs to be cleaned and redone and was closed by city and was told to go in anyway. Free breakfast was honey bun pastry type and cereal with milk sitting out and was going sour. The bar needs updated but was ok because the bartender was very pleasant.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 11, 2017 by Management, Hotel Management
Thanks for your feedback. We're always working on improving our property, and will take your suggestions into account. The swimming pool was closed for half a day as it needed to be serviced.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Surprised how nice

Posted Jun 28, 2017
Pros: everything loved the Tiki Bar at the Resort!
Cons: put umbrellas out around pool and patio
Location: center of everything Ringling Museum and Jungle Gardens
Cool older resort well kept big pool, private balcony, big room and every thing you need in it.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 11, 2017 by jim, Hotel Management
Thank you for your kind feedback. We make every effort to assure pleasant stay for our guests. It is a very rewarding experience when guests like you say these kind words.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great Value for the Money

Posted Jun 28, 2017
Pros: clean, cheap, had every thing you need
Cons: open the on site resturant
Location: great location close to everything!
Neat older resort Hotel big pool, tiki bar on site, go for the upgraded pool side rooms. cant beat the price they even throw in breakfast.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 11, 2017 by jim, Hotel Management
Thank you for your kind feedback. We make every effort to assure pleasant stay for our guests. It is a very rewarding experience when guests like you say these kind words.
5 out of 5
Recommended
for Everyone
by A verified traveler

Great Value for the Money!

Posted Jun 26, 2017
Pros: The Price! and the Great Tiki Lounge on site!
Cons: They should get the on site Restaurant opened back up that would make this place the perfect destination!
Location: Great Location minutes from our meetings as well as the Ringling Museum and Jungle Gardens. Think I will come back with the wife and do the sites.
I have stayed a lot in Sarasota for business and it is not cheap. Was going to Convention over the weekend with some Friends so as we were not bringing the wives thought we would get away with cheap accommodations. Well Golden Host was the Cheapest and boy were we pleasantly surprised. It is a retro type looking resort from the 50's and even had a Great Bar on site looked like something out of Mad Men, Big room with private Balconies over looking the pool (we did upgrade for 18.00 for the view and bigger room with private Balcony well worth it) Big pool and Courtyard, friendly staff, room had every thing double sinks, coffee maker, Iron and Board, built in Hair Dryer. They even Had a Free Breakfast in the Lobby! There were 6 of us so we rented 3 rooms and we all felt the same a real hidden jewel! Most of us had been to Sarasota before and all agreed this was our new go to Hotel for that area. Sorry the Restaurant on site was closed as that would have made it perfect! You cant beat this Hotel for the Money stayed at Far worse for far more Money in Sarasota.
Comment from Hotel Management
Aug 11, 2017 by jim, Hotel Management
Thank you for your kind feedback. We make every effort to assure pleasant stay for our guests. It is a very rewarding experience when guests like you say these kind words.
4 out of 5
by Adam

Posted Jun 8, 2017 on Hotels
Very clean room very clean bathroom easy to come and go.
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 15, 2017 by JimGM, Hotel Management
Thank you so much for your great review! We hope to see you again soon.
3 out of 5
by A verified traveler

Posted Jun 5, 2017 on Hotels
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 15, 2017 by JimGM, Hotel Management
Thank you so much for your review! We hope to see you again soon.
4 out of 5
by Phil

Really good barmen at the Baja hut

Posted Jun 4, 2017 on Hotels
Room very clean and tidy, desk people v friendly
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 15, 2017 by JimGM, Hotel Management
Thank you so much for your great review! We hope to see you again soon.
3 out of 5
by Jeydaliz

Posted May 30, 2017 on Hotels
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 4, 2017 by JimGM, Hotel Management
Thanks for your great feedback, we hope to see you again soon.
4 out of 5
by Stefanie

Posted May 30, 2017 on Hotels
Comment from Hotel Management
Jun 4, 2017 by JimGM, Hotel Management
Thanks for your great feedback! We hope to see you soon.