Sarasota Hotel Guide

Where to stay in Sarasota.

By Sarasota Magazine December 1, 2015

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Your hotel room is your home away from home, and it should feel like it. As a community that specializes in welcoming visitors, Southwest Florida is home to hotels and resorts that take your comfort seriously. As you’ll read here, each hotel offers its own unique benefits, whether for convenient location, impeccable style, on-site dining, professional business services or any combination of those qualities. Enjoy your stay.


The Inn at Midtown, 1425 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 955-9841. Just south of downtown proper and north of bustling Southside Village, the Inn at Midtown is a minute’s drive from some of the area’s top restaurants, shopping, nightlife and arts experiences. Rooms have standard amenities, including mini-fridge, and breakfast includes biscuits and gravy and Belgian waffles.

Hotel Indigo Sarasota, 1223 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. (941) 487-3800 or (877) 846-3446. With downtown Sarasota’s charming Rosemary District on one side and Sarasota Bay just a block away, Hotel Indigo exudes a bright, beachy-urban contemporary style in its rooms, lobby and the on-site H20 Bistro and Lounge. Other on-site amenities include hot and cold wading pools and three meeting facilities.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. (941) 953-1234. Celebrating its 40th anniversary and situated directly on the bay, with beautiful waterfront and city views, Hyatt Regency Sarasota is also adjacent to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and the Sarasota Orchestra, in addition to being convenient to all of downtown’s offerings. On-site, the hotel includes a 32-slip marina, an outdoor pool in an idyllic tropical setting, more than 20,000 square feet of event space, and the innovative cuisine of Currents Restaurant and poolside Hurricane Hut lounge. A selection of rooms with casually sophisticated décor, including available options like suites, balcony, hypoallergenic and pet-friendly rooms.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota. (941) 309-2000. A newly reimagined, 11-acre luxury sanctuary at the intersection of downtown Sarasota’s bustling hub and Sarasota Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota embodies the brand’s reputation for gracious, professional service in an unparalleled setting. The hotel’s guest rooms and public spaces are brand-new, with decor inspired by Sarasota’s sunsets, sea and attractions. Marble-trimmed bathrooms, in-room safe, 24-hour in-room dining, turndown service and much more. On site, you’ll find four eateries, including the lauded Jack Dusty restaurant and lounge, a world-class spa, fitness center and full-service salon, as well as business amenities, event space and plenty more. Guests also enjoy access to The Ritz-Carlton Beach Club on Lido Key and The Golf Club, featuring an 18-hole Tom Fazio course.


Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, 1540 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota, (941) 388-2181. (For reservations, (855) 410-3616.) Set on a 600-foot stretch of white sand, the Sandcastle offers a number of beachcentric amenities, including kayaks, paddleboards, beach volleyball, ping pong and shuffleboard.  Additionally, there are two swimming pools and a pool bar. Indoors, there’s the Candlelight Dining Room, as well as meeting facilities for up to 225 people. Choose from spectacular Gulf-front, pool, or courtyard views.

Lido Beach Holiday Inn, 233 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. (941) 388-5555. Overlooking (and just across the road from) Lido Beach, the hotel is also just a short stroll to the shopping and restaurants of St. Armands Circle. The top-floor Sand Dollar dining room, a favorite of locals as well as visitors, offers stunning views, and you can also kick back at Kokonuts Lounge, which serves beverages inside or out on the pool deck. Rooms include balcony views and all standard amenities. The site recently completed extensive renovations.

Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. (941) 388-2161 or (800) 441-2113. Situated right on the Gulf of Mexico, the Lido Beach Resort contains a full vacation’s worth of offerings on site, from the Lido Grille and beachside tiki bar to beach volleyball to private cabanas, all with gorgeous views. Choose from deluxe guest rooms with comfortable sitting areas and work stations or condo-style suites with one or two bedrooms and full kitchenette—many with balconies overlooking the beach. There are also meeting and wedding services, as well as pet-friendly options.


The Resort at Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key. (941) 383-8821. A AAA Four-Diamond resort, the Resort at Longboat Key Club comprises 410 acres of beachfront, Old Florida greenery and manicured landscaping. Within that setting, the resort has eight restaurants and lounges, 45 holes of golf, a spa, children’s activities and the largest marina on Florida’s west coast—all a short drive from St. Armands Circle and Sarasota proper. Guest rooms range from standard, 415-square-foot rooms to 1,260-square-foot two-bedroom suites, all including private balconies, miniature refrigerators, wet bars, microwaves and more.


Gulf & Bay Club, 5730 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota. (941) 349-3000. The gated, Gulf-front Gulf & Bay Club encompasses 32 acres and 850 feet of beach, as well as three heated pools, lagoons, grills, clubhouses, tennis, basketball, racquetball, shuffleboard, saunas and a fitness center. Condominium-style residences surrounding the grand courtyard provide easy access to everything.

Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, 915 Seaside Drive, Sarasota. (941) 346-5900. Multi-room condo-style residences—many with Gulf views—are paired with Hyatt-level amenities like poolside cabanas and catered cuisine, spa services, personalized grocery delivery and a chef-in-residence program for in-room dining. Rooms include oversized bathrooms and Sub Zero appliances, as well as Wii and Playstation rentals. There’s also a business center with Herman Miller chairs, a state-of-the-art fitness center and beachfront fire pit.

Midnight Cove, 6302 Midnight Cove Road, Sarasota. (941) 349-3004. Eleven acres of Siesta Key real estate stretch from the Gulf to Sarasota Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway, housing 142 individually owned condominiums and townhouses with full kitchens and lanais or balconies. Guests enjoy access to two outdoor pools, tennis courts, picnic areas, boat slips and fishing—all just two miles from Siesta Key Village.

The Palm Bay Club, 5960 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota. (941) 349-1911 or (800) 725-6229. Spanning nine acres of Siesta Key from private beach to Sarasota Bay, the Palm Bay Club offers a variety of one-, two- and three-bedroom condominiums with full kitchens. The club includes lighted tennis courts, docks, and an outdoor spa. There are eight residence buildings grouped in three adjacent properties: the Grand Tower, Club Suites and Bayside Suites.

Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club, 5900 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota. (941) 349-2200 or (800) 237-5671. A beachfront tennis haven around the corner from Siesta Village, Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club offers four tennis courts—including clay courts—plus a fitness center, two heated pools (beachfront and courtyard) as well as seasonal organized activities. There’s also a covered beach pavilion with barbecue grills, cabanas and beach accessories. Privately owned and individually decorated, the one- or two-bedroom vacation rental units are available for nightly, weekly or monthly rental.


Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota Airport, 850 University Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 355-3337 or (800) 228-9290. A stone’s throw from the entrance to the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, Courtyard by Marriott offers all amenities and comforts for frequent flyers and business travelers, from luxury bedding to bathtub with jets to WiFi. Also on site, the Bistro serves breakfast, dinner, coffee, beer and wine.

Golden Host Resort, 4675 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 355-5141 or (800) 722-4895. A tropical enclave located between the airport and downtown Sarasota, the Golden Host has an outdoor pool and standard amenities, including a choice of rooms with private patios/balconies. The property includes the Bahi Hut Lounge, a piece of Sarasota history famous (or infamous) for its mai tais (limit two).

Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota. (941) 355-9000. Around the corner from the airport, this hotel has a welcoming, contemporary design that extends from the lobby’s many seating areas to its chic, sports-themed restaurant and bar, the Sporting News Grill. There’s a fire pit and seating area just outside, too, as well as cabana and sun deck. Choose from a variety of guest rooms and suites, including “Kids Suites,” which have both queen-size bed and a separate bedroom with bunk beds.

Ramada Sarasota, 7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 358-1000. Situated right on Sarasota Bay, the waterfront Ramada Sarasota is both hotel and marina, with dockside pool and tiki bar, as well as the on-site Bearded Clam restaurant. The location means easy access to both Sarasota and Bradenton. Modernly styled rooms, business amenities and more.

Residence Inn by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton, 1040 University Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 358-1468. Across the street from the airport, Residence Inn by Marriott is a pet-friendly, extended-stay facility with standard amenities as well as valet dry cleaning, grocery shopping service and a menu of business services, as well as fitness center, volleyball court, pool and picnic area on site. Suites come with fully equipped kitchens, oversized desk area and sleeper sofa.

Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1020 University Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 358-3385. An all-suite facility less than a tenth of a mile from the airport’s entrance, Springhill Suites by Marriott features newly renovated rooms that are 25 percent larger than comparably priced hotel rooms and include separate areas for working and relaxing. In-room pantry includes mini-fridge, coffee maker and wet bar. Guests also have access to the on-site pool, fitness center and business center.


Runaway Bay, 1801 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, (941) 778-0000. Nearly 200 individually owned modern condos on charming, laid-back Anna Maria Island, each with a fully equipped kitchen, available for weekly, monthly or seasonal rental. The premises include a fishing pier, tennis court and heated pool; located just across the street from the Gulf beaches.


Comfort Suites Sarasota, 5690 Honore Ave., Sarasota. (941) 554-4475. One mile west of exit 205 and I-75, Comfort Suites offers everything guests need, whether traveling for business or pleasure—including a rare treat: room windows that actually open. There’s also a nearby lake (perfect, considering it’s also a pet-friendly hotel with a small fee), sun deck, fitness center. Free full breakfast.

Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch, 8305 Tourist Center Drive, University Park. (941) 360-2626. Centered on a welcoming lobby with lots of places to sit and socialize (or work), including the Bistro for breakfast or dinner and cocktails, the hotel also has a relaxing lakeside patio, plus an outdoor pool. Rooms are all outfitted with mini-fridge, microwave and wet bar. Plenty of fantastic shopping nearby, anchored by the year-old Mall at UTC just on the other side of University Parkway.

Hampton Inn and Suites Sarasota/Lakewood Ranch, 8565 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park. (941) 355-8619. Adjacent to the Shops at University Center, Hampton Inn and Suites focuses on comfort and convenience, especially for business travelers who enjoy a menu of business amenities that includes meeting rooms and AV equipment as well as print and copying services. For after hours, there’s an outdoor pool, sundeck and cabanas. Choose from a variety of rooms and suites.

Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch, 6231 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch. (941) 782-4400. Convenient to the Premier Sports Campus at Lakewood Ranch, the hotel features 2,500 square feet of meeting space, professional event planners and catering services, as well as the award-winning on-site Alamo Steakhouse and Grill. Other amenities include room service, fitness center and an outdoor pool. All rooms include microwave and mini-fridge.

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Lakewood Ranch, 5464 Lena Road, Lakewood Ranch. (941) 755-0055. East of I-75, this spot offers standard rooms with mini-fridge, microwave, recliner and other amenities. There are also den and executive suites, which include a sofa bed, and executive parlor suites, which have wet bars. The hotel also offers meeting space with AV equipment and catering available.

Sun-N-Fun RV Resort and Campground, 7125 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. (941) 371-2505 or (800) 843-2421. An award-winning resort offering RV sites and amenities as well as vacation homes for rent. Sites include a picnic table and full hookups for cable television, electrical services, water and sewer. There’s a range of on-site activities, not to mention an on-site restaurant and live entertainment. Sites are pet-friendly.


Bentley’s Boutique Hotel, 1660 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. (941) 966-2121. A chic oasis between Sarasota and Venice, Bentley offers elegant amenities ranging from a custom-designed heated infinity pool to European-style rooms named for stations on the London Underground metro system. Enjoy on-site dining and cocktails at Morgan’s Restaurant, the Osprey Tiki Bar and Grill or the Underground Lounge.

Best Western Plus Ambassador Suites, 400 Commercial Court, Venice. (941) 480-9898. Just three miles from a championship golf course and convenient to Venice’s beaches, the Best Western Plus includes full amenities for any length of stay, including suites with kitchenettes and seating areas. Also has an outdoor heated pool, fitness center and newsstand.

Hampton Inn and Suites Bayside, 881 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice. (941) 488-5900. Situated right on the scenic Legacy Trail and convenient to Gulf beaches and golf, the newly renovated hotel features a relaxing courtyard pool. Rooms and suites include mini-fridge and microwave, and there’s a 24-hour convenience shop in addition to meeting facilities.

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