Holiday Desoto Beach Club

Offers Independent Living

49 Reviews
5201 Desoto Rd, Sarasota, FL 34235
Call (800) 385-2527
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Independent Living Reviews for Holiday Desoto Beach Club

September 05, 2021

By Jim

I visited this facility

We actually ate at Desoto Beach Club. I wasn't happy with the rooms. They seemed sort of small. The people were good. They seemed to have activities. It was not as clean as some of the other places. The staff seemed fairly knowledgeable. They were lacking in some areas. They didn't seem as friendly as some of the places we'd been to. The food was very good and decent. The dining room was nice. Everything seemed OK. They had most everything. It just didn't seem as comfortable, and not well taken care of. There was a lot of dust on the items and in the community areas. The location was good. It was right by a lot of places.

February 23, 2021

By Kathy

I visited this facility

The tour at Desoto Beach Club was informative, and I would hope my friend would be able to go and live there. It's wonderful, clean, there's a lot to do, and the staff was very nice. But if you need assisted living, I'm not sure that they have assisted living there. The rooms were pleasant. I would live there, they were big enough without being too overwhelming, they were clean, and they were just beautiful. I met the chef, and everyone said the food was excellent.

November 19, 2020

By James B.

I am/was a resident of this facility

The staff exceeds all expectations and goes all out to answer your concerns and problem. The amenities leave little to be desired, management has handled the pandemic in a very thorough way. Social activities are great and varied.

November 17, 2020

By Best Ever

I am/was a resident of this facility

Every one is helpful and kind and always treated with respect.

November 17, 2020

By Pam

I am/was a resident of this facility

I feel everyone in management are friendly, helpful, and work very hard to do a good job.

November 17, 2020

By Mary S.

I am/was a resident of this facility

November 14 will be the start of my 7th year. The caring staff has made it my real home.

October 06, 2020

By Steven

I am/was a resident of this facility

I have moved into Desoto Beach Club. It's like family. My apartment is wonderful. Their amenities are tremendous. They have a heated, full-size swimming pool for exercise, which is good for you, they got in-house physical therapy, and they got a nice dining room. It's just beautiful. The menus are pretty good. They have a lot of choices.

September 15, 2020

By Jerry

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

My dad moved into Desoto Beach Club. I have visited him multiple times and so far the experience has been positive; it's very good. They were shut down as far as the activities when he first went in. Because I'm his caretaker I was able to go in. Of course they had protocols before you go in like taking your temperature and so on, and I'm only allowed to see my dad. As far as the activities, from what I understand, they have just recently opened up to a few people, but it's not full blown, and they're very cautious. It's been great. The staff has been very accommodating, they've been very informative, and are pleasant to be around. The conversations I've had and the walk in process has been very good. From what I have seen, the facility is very clean and nice.

May 22, 2020

By Dave

I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club seems like a really clean community and I would lean toward them. There wasn't much going on since we visited during lunch time, but it seemed like everybody was interacting with each other. It seemed very nice. The dining hall seemed clean and nice.

Provider Response

Hi Dave, thank you for visiting us! Please feel free to stop by again anytime, and let us know if you have additional questions!

March 16, 2020


I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club is very clean, nice and affordable, plus it's also close to my doctors. That's why we picked this place. The staff is excellent, the food was very good and all the residents there were really friendly. They sat down with me and ate with me. The room that I picked is a very small studio, although they have a variety of rooms, that's what fits best with my income. I wanted a place with a pool and near churches and other places, and they are all those things.

Provider Response

Thank you so much for your review. We are so happy you're enjoying all the benefits of the Desoto Beach Club lifestyle. We absolutely love having you here!

September 27, 2019

By Mary Ellen M.

I am/was a resident of this facility

I think the food is very good. I have a large studio apartment that is just what I need to have. Recently upgraded with new carpet, paint and flooring. We have a swimming pool, chapel and private dining Room for private parties. We at the Desoto beach club are receiving a very nice quality of life, happy, good friends, feeling of having a well balanced life at this time in our lives. We are blessed to have a director of activities that is on the ball and has something of interest for everyone; if you participate you can be active most days for 1, 2 or 3 afternoons a week. I choose not to live alone. I love people, the management are always willing to help you with your needs.

September 27, 2019

By Mahoney

I am/was a resident of this facility

Our Room has plenty of light and space, we like it very much. Pamela is outstanding at scheduling and leading activities. Pamela does an outstanding job keeping us aware and she gives her all and clearly enjoys her job. Todd and Jose have been very helpful to me and they are very concerned and knowledgeable managers. We play volleyball, music, various lectures and musicians who entertain us. I use the swimming pool daily, I use the TV for my Spanish and art appreciation classes. I like the snacks available 24 hours, but best of all I like my fellow residents, I am very fond of many of the friends I have made here. There are many interesting residents with a wide variety of experience. Pamela the activities director also does an outstanding job keeping schedules alive and clear.

September 14, 2019

By vaskey

I am/was a resident of this facility

Desoto Beach Club: I have resided here since 4/18. I have a one bedroom apartment looking out on a wooded area which I love considering I am a country gal. Am enjoying my life here as it is a friendly, congenial and active facility. The staff is friendly, helpful and always ready and willing to help in any way. And believe me with people my age there are plenty of ways and things that they help with. Plenty of activities on campus and also trips to places that the residents have suggested. Yes, there are walkers and wheel chairs but these people are more "active" than those of us who do not need them "yet". Beautiful swimming pool that I use about 4 days a week. Have many special events such as "Casino, Havana and International Food" events just to name a few. A great place to call home with its rich family environment.

August 24, 2019

By Joice

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

Desoto Beach Club is a very friendly place, and my friend felt at home there. It's been excellent so far. The staff is wonderful, and she said the food is excellent. The room could be a little bigger. They're very involved in putting on fun activities for the residents. Pricing is very reasonable, but they told me they're going to raise the rent every year, which I'm not happy about.

March 12, 2019

By William

I am/was a resident of this facility

I like the Desoto Beach Club very much. The managers and the people working here are fantastic. I swim every morning and the food is great. I get the feeling we're eating all the time. It would be wonderful if dinner was at 7:00 at night instead of 5:00. You eat at 8:00, 12:30 and 5:00, and it's pretty close together. I like the room and the terrace. We have a nurse here, but they also have trips to doctors and things like that. The staff is very lovely. Their activities are rather limited. They have bingo and exercise. The price is quite reasonable.

September 11, 2018


I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club is a well-kept-up place and has good amenities. What my mom really liked about it was the screened-in pool. It's well-designed and the management is great. The food was good. They have different-sized rooms. They have a small exercise room with a few bikes.

July 06, 2018

By Joan

I visited this facility

We visited Desoto Beach Club, and it was very nice, but not for me. They serve three meals, the apartments were very nice, very clean, and the people were very elderly.

May 10, 2018

By Beth

I visited this facility

I like Desoto Beach Club. The place was very pleasant, and the rooms were adequate. Their menu was good. They had a variety of food and there were choices too. If you miss your meals, there's always something you can snack on. They have a pool to swim in, but it is out in the sun, and there isn't any shade over it. However, there seemed to be a lot of activities.

November 27, 2017

By joyceturel

I visited this facility

Modest but acceptable, I guess. I don't want to live there, but I guess I could live there if I have to. Location is the best part about it.

November 03, 2017

By Connie

I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club has quite a few different-sized apartments, some of which are oddly shaped but very adequate. The staff is very helpful. The place is very easy to find and convenient. The grounds are beautiful, with a lot of shade trees. They have bus trips every day to stores. The menus look very good, and the place is very clean.

May 03, 2017

By Jill222801

I visited this facility

I toured Desoto Beach. The gentleman who took us through was very helpful and answered a lot of questions. You could tell he enjoys what he does. I liked that they had a balcony. I saw a lot of residents who all looked very happy and enjoying themselves. It was a very comfortable atmosphere. The dining area was very nice.

December 03, 2016

By Blue861542

I visited this facility

We thought Desoto Beach Club was good. It was the community that we liked the best. The rooms were adequate and suitable to our needs. They had various activities like card games or groups that enjoy puzzles or senior activities, but we found that the price was a little more expensive than we thought.

November 20, 2016

By James741075

I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club was just farther away from us, but they have a lot of amenities. The rooms were nice, neat, and clean. Everybody seems happy. The staff was very helpful, nice, and knowledgeable.

November 06, 2016

By Linda711541

I visited this facility

I was at Desoto Beach Club 2 months ago. It was a terrific place, I liked it, and I liked that it’s part of the Holiday system. I can travel to different Holiday Clubs in the area. The rooms are nice, the washer and dryer are on each floor, and they’ve got transportation. They provided 3 meals a day, I had a meal when I was there, and it was very good.

November 06, 2016

By Alice112237

I visited this facility

I loved Desoto; it was wonderful. The food was the best, and they had a gourmet chef. They had activities, but that is not my concern. The price is similar to the others I’ve seen.

September 11, 2016

By Dorothy185026

I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club was beautiful, the help was very nice, and you had your own apartment there. The amenities were quite nice.

February 26, 2016

By Happy visitor49

I visited this facility

I went to Desoto Beach Club, and actually signed up there for six months. It’s a clean facility. I went there with my family. We ate there, and they have good food, good security, and safety programs. Their independent-living situation was just fine with me. The staff was all friendly, and very accommodating.

January 13, 2016

By Happy Visitor13

I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club was a gorgeous place with wonderful amenities and excellent food. The people were extremely nice to me.

November 29, 2015

By Anonymous117166550

I visited this facility

My mom liked Desoto Beach Club. I thought it was very clean. They've remodeled, and my mother liked the floors. I liked the apartment and the convenience of the walkway around from the back to the front and its little porch. I thought it was nice.

November 11, 2015

By Anonymous102698050

I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club was absolutely gorgeous. It was warm and fuzzy feeling with top-notch food and phenomenal staff. They were so warm and inviting, cordial, and delightful. The apartments were spectacular, and the grounds were gorgeous.

October 23, 2015

By Polly3

I visited this facility

Desoto was very nice. It was very clean, the people were really nice, and I think it was one of the best places I’ve seen. The food was good, the rooms were fantastic and updated, and it was really homey.

September 30, 2015

By Karen113553850

I visited this facility

We visited Desoto Beach Club for my parents. They have been really nice as far as the product. It was very clean and very nice. The personnel that I did meet seemed very nice. They do bus trips, paintings, art classes, and all kinds of exercise. They have a card room. They have all these social activities.

September 15, 2015

By Caring112305250

I visited this facility

We found Desoto Beach Club for my mother. It is only nine years old, so it is very modern and clean. The studio apartment is really big. It has a full size refrigerator and sink, so it is really a good deal. Their apartments are spacious, modern, and nice. I absolutely recommend this facility to others. The staff is very nice. They're very accommodating and helpful. They're nice people.

August 08, 2015

By Caring111303450

I visited this facility

The rooms at Desoto Beach Club were nice. They range from studio to two-bedrooms. They have garages for cars. The place was clean, caring, and convenient.

June 20, 2015

By Caring108437850

I visited this facility

We visited Desoto Beach Club, and it was very nice and was nicely kept up. It's extremely clean. It was beautiful. The size of the one bedroom apartment looked appropriate for mom, but it was expensive. She would be able to have her cat which is important for her. Everything we saw was good. It was very positive; it's just the cost that we are talking about.

March 10, 2015

By Caring107428950

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My friend moved in to the Desoto Beach Club. It is very good. It is a nice, clean, and comfortable place. They had a lot of amenities. They invited us to lunch, and they had good food. The apartment is very nice, clean, and modern. It is in a convenient location. Everybody was very helpful and friendly. It is in a great location, and it is right by a brand new mall in Sarasota which is the most beautiful city in the country. It is a very nice place.

March 02, 2015

By Caring100904050

I am a friend or relative of a resident

My mom likes it at Desoto Beach Club. My mom is now 10 minutes away from me instead of 2 hours. It was very nice inside, and I thought the staff was very friendly. She’s not too happy with the food, but she loves her room, and she really was fortunate that she got a room that had a corner. It has a nice living room, too. It has a little bit of shape to it and just enough space for her.

October 27, 2014

By George96357450

I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club was the first facility that we went to, and it was a good visit. We were able to eat there and the food is very good. It's less than 10 years old and it is right in the growing area, and we really like the facility. The rooms are very good, and this would be one of the facilities chosen if we decided to be in one.

March 27, 2014

By Carolyn37

I visited this facility

Desoto Beach Club is absolutely a beautiful facility. It's a very lavish-looking place. I don?t think they take care of the staff there well because there is a high turnover rate, but the staff are very good to the residents. With the activities, they do have bingo, and I think they have a TV night in the lobby. But what I didn?t like is that food. We went over for Thanksgiving, and it was instant mashed potatoes and pressed turkey.

Provider Response

Hi Carolyn37, we appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback with us. Thank you as well for your kind words around the aesthetics of our buildings and the helpfulness of of our staff. We strive to provide excellent service and nutrition to our customers, and regret that your last meal with us did not meet expectations. We've made several improvements to our food program in the years it's been since your review, and we'd love to invite you to join us for a meal to see! Thanks again for your review and kind words about our staff and community!

February 13, 2014

By russ 45

I visited this facility

I had the opportunity to visit Desoto Beach Club. Over the years I have visited assisted living facilities, first for my mother, and then for friends. I never saw a better assisted residence as nice as Desoto Beach Club. My reception there as an interested client was impressive. After receiving an interview and an explanation of the services provided there, I was given a tour so that I could see for myself this modern, well kept facility. I was given the opportunity to see for myself the various options for apartments. Again, I was impressed. After the tour my host and I returned to the office where my host sought a commitment from me. Since I will have much to do to make the transition from my present condo living to the assisted living, I had to defer a decision. They are willing to accommodate me while I do that. However, that didn't sound too appealing. In the meantime I had a very fine lunch there and sat with three residents, The atmosphere there I found somewhat discouraging. At my condo we have a very social and engaging group of residents. The atmosphere there was very dreary. Although I am 86, I am very active socially. ( I maybe old, but I ain't cold). Therefore, at this time I am holding off making a move. When the right time to move comes, there is no doubt I will choose Desoto lakes Club. I also had a nice visit at Horizon Bay. Their facilities are not as nice as Desoto Beach Club. I don't particularly like their location. However, I thought their apartments were better than Desoto.My reception there and the tour was very nice and friendly like Desoto.

September 26, 2012

By floridagirl1

I am a friend or relative of a current/past resident

People who live there really love it- they are happy because they have their own apartments and simply have meal times together. They have an exercise room, a billiard table, a large dining room with various meal choices, and the staff is extremely friendly. The director is wonderful and works with families to make them feel sure that their loved one is being taken special care of. Apartments are very nice- include sink, fridge, bathroom, bedroom, and sometimes a screened-in balcony. My grandfather loves it here! Wonderful place. Would definitely recommend.

Provider Response

Hi there, we are very happy to have provided you with such a positive experience at Desoto Beach Club! Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. We hope to see you again soon!
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Questions about Holiday Desoto Beach Club

Describe the overall population of independent living residents at Holiday Desoto Beach Club. What is their average age? What are their favorite things to do?

Our residents range from 55 to early 100s and everything in between! Their favorite activities are as different as their personalities! By using our Holiday 365 app each resident is able to view the daily calendar and sign up for events that interest them. If they are unable to find something that peaks their interest on the calendar they can simply message a friend to join them for a game of cards or to enjoy a walk around the community. 

What transportation services does Holiday Desoto Beach Club offer to independent living residents?

Our residents can take advantage of the complimentary transportation to help them get around town. The scheduled shuttle can take residents to stores, doctor appointments, dining, or group outings.

What makes the chef or dining program at Holiday Desoto Beach Club exceptional? What kind of menu can independent living residents expect?

Our community has an Executive Chef and Sous Chef who care about providing residents not only delicious but also nutritious meals, 3 times a day. Our menus are changed seasonally to ensure the freshest products and flavors and we offer over 150 different entrees with each season. Residents can select a la carte items for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Entrees at each service include specials like our Holiday Fresh option or Resident’s Choice. All meals are served in our restaurant-style dining rooms with friends and neighbors, allowing everyone to enjoy good food and good conversation.

What common areas are available for independent living residents?

Residents are able to socialize in our game room or activity room, sit back with a good book at our library, get physical at our fitness room or just catch up with some friends in the atrium.

What safety features or security measures does Holiday Desoto Beach Club offer to independent living residents?

Our residents can feel safe 24/7 knowing that they can access help with just a push of a button. Each resident receives their own Lively Mobile Plus emergency device that goes anywhere they do. The device, which is included in monthly rent, can be activated for a variety of reasons, including emergencies, directions, health concerns, or to just speak to a friendly voice. The community is also only accessible to residents from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. so you can rest easy knowing that there will not be unwanted late-night visitors.

If Holiday Desoto Beach Club accepts dogs or cats, what indoor/outdoor areas can they enjoy?

We love our residents and we love their pets! Our community is pet friendly so you can bring your furry friend with you to your new home. There are green spaces and courtyards as well as walking paths where you can enjoy nice long walks.

Does Holiday Desoto Beach Club work with an agency or registry to provide nursing and medical assistance as needed?

Our community provides the option to each resident to choose their own third party care provider. This allows the freedom of choice and flexibility for each resident to determine how much, or how little, support they need.

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Services and Amenities of Holiday Desoto Beach Club


  • Fee Structure Extra: Included In Rent: Basic Cable, Electric, Sewer, Water
  • Independent Living Starting At: $2209/month

Room and housing options

  • 1-bedroom apartments
  • 2-bedroom apartments
  • Studio Apartments
  • Housing Extra: Handicap Barrier Free Units Available, Individual Climate Control, Safety Rails In Bathroom, Telephone Hookup, Walk In Tub

Dining options

  • In Room Kitchenette
  • In Room Kitchens
  • Dining Room Shared Meals
  • Dining Extra: Private Dining Room


  • Beauty Barber Shop
  • Computer Room
  • Resident Transportation
  • Hiking Trails
  • Tv Room
  • Garden And Patio
  • Resident Parking
  • Pool
  • Features Extra: Laundry Room For Use, Chapel, Library, Locked Mailboxes, Elevator

Cleaning services

  • Laundry For Linens
  • Housekeeping

Technology and entertainment

  • Cable In Rooms
  • Technology Extra: Wi Fi In Common Areas


  • Offsite Activities
  • Fitness Room
  • Activities Extra: Billiard Lounge, Game Room, Activity Room

Guest services

  • Guest Parking
  • Guests At Mealtime
  • Overnight Guests


  • Minimum Age: 55
  • Pets: Most Pets Allowed
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About Holiday Desoto Beach Club

Desoto Beach Club is located in Sarasota, FL, providing a vibrant backdrop for your new life as a valued member of our caring community.

From pleasant housekeepers, to attentive servers at mealtime and helpful maintenance technicians who are there when you need them, this community is the new extension of your family. We take pleasure in getting to know each of our residents and look out for their comfort and happiness. Our chefs prepare three delicious meals each day, served in our beautiful dining room. We provide housekeeping, linen services, fun and stimulating activities, off-site excursions, transportation to your personal appointments and a variety of classes and programs. Our warm, comfortable community and our friendly staff and residents will welcome you. We look forward to making your life easier any way we can.

So come to Desoto Beach Club for a visit...and stay!

*We understand that each individual is unique and that needs may change over time. Holiday by Atria does not provide any health care services. However, residents are welcome to receive services from any outside home health care provider of their choice to help them continue enjoying life at our community.

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