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Sarasota hotels and accomodations

From playtime to downtime, Sarasota’s hotels have everything you could want in a home away from home. Whether you’re looking for blue skies, sunshine and sandy Gulf beaches or a buzzing art scene and sensational nightlife, we’ve got the right places to stay for every kind of visitor—just what you’d expect from a small town with a big metropolitan feel.

The local hotels listed here go above and beyond so you can have fun and relax. With conveniences like award-winning restaurants, close proximity to beaches, museums, galleries, and shopping at local boutiques, it’s all just steps from your room. You will also be treated to amenities like business centers, 24-hour fitness facilities, refreshing pools and spa-like showers. So while you spend your day downtown or on the beach, experiencing all that Sarasota has to offer our visitors, you know your fuzzy slippers, comfy robe and big, soft king-sized bed are waiting for you back at your hotel.

Sounds like a paradise within paradise to us.

DOWNTOWN SARASOTA

Best Western Midtown, 1425 S. Tami-ami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 955-9841. Just a mile south of downtown entertainment and minutes from Gulf beaches, Best Western Midtown also features a sunbathing deck and heated pool, as well as free high-speed Internet access in every room, cable satellite television and a complimentary continental breakfast featuring Southern biscuits and sausage gravy. Plus, it’s a pet-friendly hotel. bwmidtown.com

Hotel Indigo Sarasota, 1223 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. (941) 487-3800 or (877) 846-3446. Call it “tropical and locally refreshing.” Hotel Indigo’s 95 warm and welcoming guest rooms and suites stand apart with murals of photos taken by local artists (and even printed locally), as well as seaside cottage décor. Located in downtown’s Sarasota Rosemary District, the hotel is less than a mile from restaurants, nightlife and cultural attractions like the Sarasota Opera House and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. The on-site H2O Bistro offers an array of salads, flatbreads and more, in addition to “H20 to Go,” which supplies a selection of quickly delivered items. Also offers a cooling and hot spa, as well as complimentary fitness studio. srqhotel.com

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota. (941) 953-1234. The stunning waterfront locale allows easy access to sailing, kayaking and more, and the on-site Currents Restaurant offers a beautiful bay view to complement its acclaimed cuisine. As the only Four Diamond hotel in the Sarasota area, Hyatt Regency Sarasota offers hypo-allergenic rooms with a state-of-the-art air purification system, cable/satellite TV, high-speed Internet access and video on demand. In addition to downtown Sarasota attractions less than a mile away, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Lido Beach, downtown locations and St. Armands Circle. sarasota.hyatt.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota. (941) 309-2000. Right in the heart of the arts, dining and shopping destinations in downtown Sarasota, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota offers city, bay or marina views from rooms featuring private balconies, plush featherbeds, Egyptian cotton linens and terry bathrobes, writing desks, high-speed Internet and multi-line telephones. The numerous on-site luxuries include a spa and salon, chic boutique and the new and popular restaurant, Jack Dusty. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota also includes the idyllic Members Beach Club on Lido Key, as well as the award-winning Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on 315 tropical acres. ritzcarlton.com/sarasota

LIDO KEY

Lido Beach Holiday Inn, 233 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. (941) 388-5555. Just a one-block walk to world-class dining and shopping on St. Armands Circle. The pool and poolside tiki bar overlook the beach. Each guest room offers a water view, either of Sarasota Bay or the Gulf of Mexico, from private balconies. On-site amenities include fitness center, same-day laundry services and free
Wi-Fi, and more than 3,000 square feet of meeting space. The property has been newly renovated for 2014.  lidobeachholidayinn.com

Lido Beach Resort, 700 Ben Franklin Drive, Sarasota. (941) 388-2161 or (800) 441-2113. One- and two-bedroom standard rooms, condo-style suites and the deluxe kitchenette rooms accommodate families, business travelers and couple alike. Of the two outdoor heated pools, one is exclusively devoted to guests 18 years of age and older, and there are also three poolside Jacuzzis and a brand-new tiki bar and garden center (with waterfalls). For on-site dining, the Lido Beach Grille offers dinner, wine and one of the best Gulf views in town. lidobeachresort.com

LONGBOAT KEY

Longboat Key Club, 220 Sands Point Road, Longboat Key. (941) 383-8821. Located on its own exclusive stretch of white sand beach and its own idyllic and challenging island golf course, Longboat Key Club is still just a minute’s drive from bustling St. Armands Circle. The expansive resort also features award-winning tennis gardens and a 219-slip deep-water marina. Each of its 218 guest rooms features its own balcony. Six convenient on-site restaurants and a 9,000-square-foot spa each offer a broad menu of luxuries. longboatkeyclub.com

SIESTA KEY

Gulf & Bay Club, 5730 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota. (941) 349-3000. A Gulf-front gated community that sits on more than 30 acres, including 780 feet of beach frontage right on world-famous Siesta Key Beach. Amenities include three heated pools (including a lap pool), eight tennis courts, six dry saunas, fitness center with spa, an expansive clubhouse with
library and computer room, racquetball and basketball courts and multiple barbecue areas with picnic tables. Two- and three-bedroom units available for rent with a one-month minimum. gulfandbayclub.com

Hyatt Siesta Key Beach, 915 Seaside Drive, Sarasota. (941) 346-5900. A selection of luxury residences caters to comfortable stays, whether for seasonal visits or year-round living, alone or with the whole family. Amenities include a beachfront pool, private cabanas, steam room and spa and fitness center. The relaxed and luxurious Siesta Key resort is just minutes from Sarasota’s arts and cultural destinations. Hyatt Siesta Key Beach is a Hyatt Residence Club. siestakeybeach.hyatt.com

Midnight Cove, 6302 Midnight Cove Road, Sarasota. (941) 349-3004. Located on more than 10 acres of tropical scenery, Midnight Cove’s condominiums are still just a mile from Siesta Key Village. Guests enjoy on-site tennis courts, picnic areas and two pools and can view the sunset from a choice of two- or three-bedroom rooms, each equipped with either an open balcony or a screened lanai. midnightcove.com

The Palm Bay Club, 5960 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota. (941) 349-1911 or (800) 725-6229. Nine acres, stretching from the beach to the serene bayside Intracoastal Waterway fishing pier, are the setting for the Palm Bay Club’s seven buildings of one-, two- and three-bedroom fully furnished suites. In addition to the beach and fishing pier, guests can enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, barbecue grills, two heated swimming pools, outside Jacuzzi and lighted tennis courts. palmbayclub.com

Sarasota Surf and Racquet Club, 5900 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota. (941) 349-2200 or (800) 237-5671. Individually decorated one- and two-bedroom condominiums are equipped with a full kitchen (including dishes, silverware and cooking utensils), cable TV and screened-in lanais. In addition to two heated pools, four tennis courts and a fitness center, the resort offers a recreation room perfect for meetings and small gatherings, as well as a beach pavilion for picnics and barbecues. sarasotasurf.com

NORTH COUNTY/AIRPORT-ADJACENT

Rodeway Inn, 5000 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 351-7734. Less than a mile from the Ringling Museum and FSU/Asolo Center for the Performing Arts, the Rodeway Inn offers business-friendly amenities like a business center with fax and copy services, free wireless high-
speed Internet access, and rooms equipped with hair dryers, irons and ironing
boards. Select rooms also include sofa sleepers, refrigerators and microwaves. Small pets welcome for a minimal fee. rodewayinn.com

Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota University Park, 8305 Tourist Center Drive, University Park. (941) 360-2626. Every room includes a microwave, wet bar, 42-inch flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and ample workspace, along with spacious bathrooms featuring granite countertops. The Bistro, the on-site dining option, serves up breakfast and dinner, while other local restaurants like Bonefish Grill, Carmel Café and Lee Roy Selmon’s are all within walking distance. Outdoor amenities center on a heated pool and cozy fire pit. marriott.com

Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota Airport, 850 University Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 355-3337 or (800) 228-9290. Four room types available, including double bed rooms and king bed suites, which feature a sofa bed and balcony. There’s an on-site fitness center that comes with free weights and cardiovascular equipment, a whirlpool and heated swimming pool, and the lobby features a business center with a computer and printer. Enjoy Starbucks coffee, breakfast from The Bistro and an evening meal along with beer and wine at the Bistro Bar. courtyardsarasota.com

Golden Host Resort, 4675 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 355-5141 or (800) 722-4895. On-site activity options range from a 50-foot pool to a lending library, from shuffleboard courts to the
famous, historic Bahi Hut Cocktail Lounge, a popular spot among guests and locals alike for more than 50 years. Complimentary high-speed Internet and continental breakfast, and children 12 and under stay free. A handful of smoking rooms available on request. goldenhostresort.com

Hilton Garden Inn, 8270 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. (941) 552-1100. Five styles of guest rooms to choose from, such as the standard king and one king mini-suite, which include rollaway and sofa beds, coffee/tea makers and premium television channels. A 24-hour business center is available, and the 1,850-square-foot meeting room can accommodate events of up to 150 people. hiltongardensarasota.com

Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton Airport, 8009 15th St. E., Sarasota. (941) 355-9000. The on-site restaurant, the Sporting News Grill, serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner and boasts a full-service bar and nine 50-inch televisions showing premium package sports. Other recreational options include an indoor pool, steam room and sauna, as well as opportunities for private massages, facials, pedicures and manicures. Families can stay in the Kids’ Suite so children will have their own room, complete with two bunk beds. Couples might choose a Jacuzzi room with a two-person, remote-controlled spa. hisrq.com

Hyatt Place, 950 University Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 554-5800. In addition to standard amenities, all rooms are furnished with oversized Cozy Corner sofa-sleeper and Hyatt Plug Panel for electronic devices. Guests can choose from numerous on-site dining options: the Bakery Café, the New Gallery Menu with 24-hour service, and the Kitchen Skillet, which serves complimentary breakfasts of hot sandwiches, cereals and more. sarasotabradenton.place.hyatt.com

Residence Inn by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton, 1040 University Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 358-1468. Located directly across the street from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, rooms at the Residence Inn Sarasota have fully equipped kitchens—perfect for extended stays—as well as irons, hair dryers and voicemail. There’s also a complimentary full hot breakfast, local restaurant delivery and the Evening Social, where guests can mingle while enjoying complimentary food and beverages. marriott.com

Springhill Suites by Marriott, 1020 University Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 358-3385. Fresh, modern décor sets the tone in these suites, which feature a privacy wall between the living and sleeping areas, plus in-room pantry, mini-fridge and wet bar. The hotel includes a fitness center, outdoor pool and complimentary breakfasts like the buffet, continental and Grab-n-Go. marriott.com

BRADENTON BEACH

Runaway Bay, 1801 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, (941) 778-0000. More than 150 individually owned condominiums, each with a fully equipped kitchen, are available for weekly, monthly or seasonal rental, all in the heart of charming, laid-back Anna Maria Island. The premises include a fishing pier and tennis court, as well as the largest heated swimming pool on the island. wagnerrentals.com

EAST/INTERSTATE-ADJACENT

Country Inn & Suites, 5610 Manor Hill Lane, Bradenton. (941) 363-4000. Every room comes with deluxe Serta Elite Pillowtop mattresses, spacious bathrooms and large desks with adjustable chairs. Guests enjoy complimentary breakfast, fresh cookies and coffee, as well as facilities for fitness and laundry, and a business center. Restaurants like Gecko’s Grill and Pub and Peppermill Eatery are within easy walking distance. countryinns.com/bradentonfl

Fairfield Inn and Suites Lakewood Ranch, 6105 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch. (941) 552-4000. Accommodating stays of any length, Fairfield Inn and Suites’ rooms include high-speed Internet, irons, coffeemakers and hair dryers. The suites offer CD players and an extra TV. Breakfast is complimentary, and nearby dining options include the Alamo Steakhouse, Monty’s Pizza and First Watch, which specializes in breakfast, brunch and lunch. marriott.com

Hampton Inn and Suites, 8565 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park. (941) 355-8619. Offering smoking, non-smoking and allergy-free PURE rooms with specialized filtration systems to remove unwanted air particles. There’s a 1,200-square-foot event space that can accommodate conferences and training sessions. All guests can enjoy complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the premises. Other hotel amenities include complimentary breakfast, outdoor swimming pool, dry cleaning service and there is also a fitness center. hamptoninnsarasota.com

Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch, 6231 Lake Osprey Drive, Lakewood Ranch. (941) 782-4400. A varied room selection includes Double Guestroom and the
Executive King Suite; all 128 rooms include a 32-inch LCD HDTV and premium cable television channels. The on-site Alamo Steakhouse and Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and is just steps from Osprey Lake, where guests can appreciate a lovely view after their meal. hilr.com

Holiday Inn Express and Suites Lakewood Ranch, 5464 Lena Road, Lakewood Ranch. (941) 755-0055. All rooms feature a refrigerator, microwave and free Wolfgang Puck coffee, as well as granite countertops and showers, plus Direct TV with the NFL Network. On-site amenities include an outdoor heated pool, coin-operated laundry and a 24-hour business center. hiexlakewoodranch.com

Sun-N-Fun RV Resort and Campground, 7125 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. (941) 371-2505 or (800) 843-2421. An award-winning resort offering Premium, Gold and Standard RV and camper homes, which can be rented as an alternative to a hotel stay. Camping sites include a picnic table and full hookups for cable television, electrical services, water and sewer. There’s a range of on-site activities for children (like Camp Sun-n-Fun) and adults (the Lifestyle Day Spa, with indoor pool and wellness center), not to mention an on-site restaurant and live entertainment. Sites are pet-friendly. sunnfunfl.com

Wingate Inn and Suites, 5464 Lena Road, Bradenton. (941) 755-0055. Standard guest rooms include recliners, coffee makers, HDTV and more. Junior and executive suites are well suited for extended stays, with extra amenities like wet bar, Jacuzzi tub and an additional television set. The hotel also features a free laundry facility, Neutrogena bath products and Direct TV with the NFL network. wingatebradenton.com

SOUTH SARASOTA COUNTY

Bentley’s Boutique Hotel, 1660 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey. (941) 966-2121. Standard double rooms as well as executive suites, all with a modern, chic style. The hotel also boasts numerous dining choices, including the Osprey Tiki Bar and Grill, as well as Morgan’s Restaurant and Café Bentley’s Coffee Shop. Guests can also take in the nightlife with the Underground Nightclub and Jaguar Lounge. bentleyssarasota.com

Best Western Plus Ambassador Suites, 400 Commercial Court, Venice. (941) 480-9898. Hotel amenities here include a sundeck, ballroom, laundromat and wheelchair-accessible rooms. All
guest rooms feature a kitchenette, sitting area and individually controlled air conditioning units. Restaurants like Cracker Barrel and Quiznos are directly adjacent to the hotel, while Outback Steakhouse and Chili’s are within five miles. bestwestern.com/plusambassadorsuitesvenice.

Hampton Inn and Suites Bayside, 881 Venetia Bay Blvd., Venice. (941) 488-5900. Guestrooms and suites come with free high-speed Internet and HBO, which guests can watch comfortably on 32-inch flat-screen TVs (37-inch in the suites). The hotel offers a free continental breakfast, as well as a 24-hour convenience store and gift shop. hampton-innvenice.com

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