5 star hotels in Bayshore Gardens, FL

1. Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton Airport (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This modern hotel is 1.2 miles from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and 6 miles from Lido Beach.The contemporary rooms offer free WiFi, desks, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Suites add separate living areas, whirlpool tubs and microwaves.Social spaces include a living room-style lobby and an outdoor courtyard. The on-site American restaurant serves breakfast, dinner and all-day drinks, including Starbucks coffee. There’s also a business center with workstations and printers, and a meeting room. Other amenities include a heated outdoor pool, a hot tub and an exercise room, plus free parking.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • Guests liked the friendly service
  • Guests praised the clean rooms but some complained about the kitchenettes
  • Guests mentioned “Bistro” 16 times
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

The Right Honorable Daniel Berulis

Staff is amazing The night crew in particular They went well out of their way to help accommodate an error in booking and made sure I felt valued and important as Marriott customer

Whoever runs this location must truly pick out the best of the best for employees and the whole place was immaculately clean Even the cleaning staff were overly polite and courteous , they held the elevator for me and then insisted that I take it and they would wait, as well as opening doors for me everywhere I went This was an amazing experience and should be a five-star hotel

Alize Shrue

My stay at the courtyard was a work trip The staff was mostly friendly except the restaurant/bartender she seemed annoyed with her job The room was clean, basic amenities and basic television , maybe 20 channels

Also there were spiders and ants present and I did get bit a couple times ! The housekeepers were nice It’s in a good location to get to the beach abs other things

Jose Meraz

My Stay was excellent I was visiting Sarasota for a vacation and I have to say that it was a beautiful hotel, pool was great, and let me tell you the jacuzzi was great as well I read some comments on here about not having enough towels but that is not true they do have enough towels and staff was really friendly too

I am from California so the temperature of the room was great I also would love to stay again at this hotel in the future because I really loved Sarasota

2. The Westin Sarasota (4-star hotel)

  • Address: 100 Marina View Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Phone: (941) 217-4777
  • Ratings: 4.4 (1848 reviews) Very good Eco-certified
  • Website : The Westin Sarasota
  • Check-in time: 4:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Sleek rooms & suites in an elegant hotel featuring a rooftop pool & bay views, plus refined dining.

About this hotel

In a modern tower overlooking Sarasota Bay, this chic hotel in a bustling arts district is 1 mile from the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 3 miles from the Lido Key Beach and 7 miles from I-75.Sleek rooms and suites have free Wi-Fi, flat-screens, minifridges and coffeemakers, plus balconies with city or bay views. A luxe presidential suite adds picture windows with panoramic views. Kids stay at no charge with an adult. In-room massages and 24/7 room service are offered.A refined restaurant has a patio. There’s also a rooftop terrace with a pool, a bar and an eatery. Other amenities include a lobby bar, a spa and a gym. Breakfast is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large rooms and liked the beds
  • Walking distance to Art Center Sarasota and the Sarasota Opera House
  • One of the few hotels in the area with 24-hr room service
  • Guests praised the refined restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “the sunset” 48 times
  • Guests liked the nightlife
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Chad Barker

Myself and my wife recently stayed for our birthday weekend Despite the initial confusion due to the construction we were able to locate the hotel pretty quickly The valet team was quick and efficient and for $35

00 per night which includes shuttle service It was an absolute blessing! Upon checking in, we encountered Russ who was quick and efficient and ensuring every person was handled! We asked to see if there was any upgrades available, and he was able to put us in a city view! The room itself was pleasant If there is only one nitpick, would be from the television/remote due to the slow delay from button push to registering I do recommend getting the breakfast package as well as you can order off the menu versus a “limited” item I even got to experience new foods that I normally would never think to try! Huge shoutout to Jenn for making us feel welcomed! The roof top bar and pool provided an exquisite view for those who enjoy tanning/having a pint! Best hotel my wife and I have stayed at!

Jessica Tinsley

We’re locals The spa experience was fabulous! Irina did my facial and she was so so awesome I left feeling so relaxed and it was such a treat

My husband had a massage with Jennifer and he absolutely loved it as well Excellent quality and service! The lady at the front desk was also helpful and sweet We will definitely be returning for more spa staycations and highly recommend

margaret mackay

This is a fabulous hotel I’ve seen some reviews that were not so pleasant and I have no idea how anybody could say anything bad about this place since it is gorgeous and so clean Went to the rooftop bar yesterday and we really enjoyed the food and had decent sized drinks

Definitely recommend that the french onion soupI have a partial view of the ocean and the room is really lovely The staff here couldn’t do enough for you They have a shuttle that will bring you to just most places that you need to go to

3. Hyatt Regency Sarasota (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

A 5-minute walk from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, this upscale, contemporary hotel offering views of Sarasota Bay is also a mile from Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and 8 miles from Siesta Beach.Chic rooms, with marina or bay views, feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, work areas and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms include balconies or patios. Suites, some bi-level, add separate living areas.Amenities include private marina, an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a 24-hour fitness center. There’s also a cocktail bar, and a restaurant with bay views, as well as a business center, meeting rooms. and airport and beach shuttle services.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to Art Center Sarasota and the Sarasota Opera House
  • Guests mentioned the rooms are outdated and small
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms
  • Guests liked the friendly, professional service
  • Guests mentioned “marinas” 12 times
  • Guests liked the bay views
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool and praised the hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Michelle Andrews

We had the opportunity to stay here at the end of March 2022 It was an overall good experience The room was clean and well laid out

Great balcony view as well All of the staff was accommodating and extremely patient and friendly We went to breakfast in the main lobby restaurant and had a fabulous brunch that I would highly recommend to anyone staying here We really also really liked that the self parking was very close to the hotel It felt like a safe place to be in and around the hotel My only con is in regard to the Hurricane Hut… the drinks seemed to be weak and full of sugar and the food was not super yummy However, the service was excellent and the portions were large Again, an overall good experience I will totally be staying here again if we ever return to Sarasota!

Bill Wright

Stay was a good time Parts of the hotel do seem dated Staff are 5 stars

Pool area was great What I liked less is hotel had a convention and a cheer group event during my dates They used the common space that at times took away from use of those not part of the events such as lobby seating area Wish it was different They have activities to do off site but what I would have liked is a good shuttle program to other areas or the beach I did see a shuttle to a restaurant if you wanted to leave to eatWhile mentioning food it’s a bit limited When I looked for dinner I noticed half the menu was same as offered at the poolWe had a mid sized car rental if your going into downtown get a car as small as you canGreat beaches and restaurants easy drive to visit


Do not let my three star rating discourage you from visiting this Hyatt Regency location You will receive five star service from check in to check out and that’s what will make your stay pleasant The location offers a beautiful view of the marina

There are so many restaurants within walking distance The hotel decor is extremely dated I just didn’t get that feeling of being in a “luxury” hotel The rooms offers all the amenities (robes, slippers, coffee, tea, toiletries) I read s company purchased the hotel and they plan to build another luxury hotel on the site I enjoyed my stay and will continue staying at Hyatt properties

4. Hilton Garden Inn Sarasota-Bradenton Airport (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

A 1-mile drive from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and 2 miles’ drive from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, this modern airport hotel is also 5 miles’ drive from Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.Rooms feature flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels, microwaves, minifridges and free WiFi, as well as chic decor and custom-designed beds. Suites add separate living areas and pull-out sofas.In addition to the cooked-to-order breakfast (fee) and on-site American restaurant, there’s a lounge and a 24/7 pantry. There’s also an outdoor pool and a fitness center. Other perks include a free area shuttle and a business center.

Things You Need to Know

  • 5 min drive to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Some guests complained about the beds
  • Some guests complained about the unclean bathrooms
  • Guests praised the on-site restaurant, which has a dinner buffet
  • Guests liked the lobby, mentioned 24 times in reviews
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

E’ala Burgess

I love that as a Hilton honors member we get a $10 credit per person for breakfast, it’s the reason why I always book garden inn Breakfast was yummy and our server was absolutely wonderful, very friendly However I was a little surprised that they do not have any fresh fruit for the pancakes or French toast

The night time gentlemen at the check in desk was very kind and even helped to store some pies for us in the restaurant fridge until checkout Which meant so much to us, because they were for my mom, and I wouldn’t have been able to do that without him! All in all, the service here is fantastic and the employees really match the Hilton way by giving great service to their guests The pool is also a decent size, and gets lots of sunshine so it’s nice to lay out And it’s nice that they have brochures with all the things to do in the areaThe rooms however are a different story The beds are extremely uncomfortable, hard and old The room has a very clear musty odor as soon as you open the door (probably from the very old carpets and curtains getting stuff spilled on them over the years) There are no fans in the bathroom so pray nobody needs to go number two during your trip And the pillows under the cover are completely yellow The hotel needs a serious renovation, especially being in such an upscale town like Sarasota Being an airport hotel is not an exception, especially when there’s another newer Hilton in the same parking lot

Theresa Hoban

The hotel is very spacious with nice modern decor The restaurant and bar had good food and drinks but only to go because they have no servers The pool is large and great for families

The staff were very nice and customer service oriented They have some cleaning and repair issues The grout in bathroom was moldy, stain in bathtub, wallpaper peeling and stained, carpet had dark spot needing cleaning Shower curtain is loose from wall Furniture needs touch up where it’s scratched up They made error on final bill that I caught when I was home They corrected it and got the $10 refunded

Ana Lopez

Booked this place because it is pet friendly and my family and I were traveling with my small dog Our stay was OK, nothing extraordinary but we did not book any extraordinary rooms I like that they do have a pool available

Only thing that we did not like is the welcome We booked online 2 rooms and when we arrived for check in, the guy only gave us one key We then realized that we booked for 2 rooms, went back and asked He said that since we didn’t say anything he didn’t know But don’t these people have a computer screen in front of them with all information? Like we were already charged for both rooms, but if we don’t say anything we don’t get both keys? Also, he didn’t ask Very sarcastic tone was given For a one night stay its fine but will look for something else if its for longer

5. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Bradenton-Lakewood Ranch, FL (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This relaxed hotel off Highway 70 is 15 minutes’ walk from Tara Golf & Country Club and 13 miles from Desoto Speedway.The understated rooms feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, along with microwaves, minifridges, and tea and coffeemakers. Suites add sitting areas with pull-out sofas, and 1-bedroom suites provide separate living rooms. Upgraded suites have whirlpool tubs. Kids age 18 and under stay at no extra cost with an adult.Hot breakfast and parking are complimentary. Additional amenities include a fitness room and a heated outdoor pool, plus a library and laundry facilities.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the beds
  • 12 min drive to Nathan Benderson Park
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned pools 23 times

Feedback From Real Customers

Cindy Rutledge-Neely

The staff here is phenomenal The breakfast, always wonderfully stocked Housekeeping is kind

We stayed here 5 days Did not meet one staff member who was rude , and met many who took their time to ask how you was doing and have conversation They shampooed carpets often when people left My ONLY COMPLAINT was the pool was not cleaned 5 days where there it was not touched Was disappointed that we paid for hotel to swim at and wouldn’t swim in it because it was too dirty

Heather Carlson

Location okay Super confused on how it’s “remodeled” because the only thing that’s new is the entrance waiting area Carpet in rooms is disgusting, general decor in rooms is super outdated as well as TVs and service on TVs

I have never been to a hotel that doesn’t have a hook or rack for towels No hooks besides two on backside of bathroom door So no where to hang your hand towel or swim suits Super tiny closet that was just gross Beds were comfortable but that is the only plus to this place Fridge had stains in it My pillow smelled No place to plug the coffee maker in unless you moved it and then no refills on coffee for 5 nights there Went down one morning for coffee and OJ for my daughter Coffee was sour so most likely left over OJ machine was off which I didn’t know so I kept trying and finally realized it when an employee yelled “It’s off! HELLO?! It’s off” Super super rude Pool is TINY! I would say 80% of the people staying here were construction workers working in the area I would never stay here again I’ve stayed in a lot of places and this was the worst of them all

Jose Dominguez

My stay at the Country Inn and Suites was great I just been relocated to Sarasota by my company and I’m glad that I was able to find this property Special thanks to Katie at the front desk

She took time to show me some of the rooms prior to my stay and she was very hospitable and professional I have recommended this hotel, to some of my co-workers that will be traveling down to Sarasota in the future

6. Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Less than a mile from Route 41, this hip, artsy hotel is 2 miles from the Circus Arts Conservatory and 3 miles from Lido Key Beach along the Gulf of Mexico.The sleek rooms feature flat-screen TVs, desks, sitting areas and minifridges, plus tea and coffeemaking facilities, and free Wi-Fi. Some have city views; all offer ukeleles and sketching material. Sophisticated suites add living rooms.Loaner bikes and an area shuttle are included. Amenities consist of a rooftop pool and bar with city views, along with a gym, a market and a trendy American restaurant. There are regular art displays and workshops. Parking is available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms and the beds
  • Walking distance to the Sarasota Opera House and Marina Jack
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests liked “a works of art”, mentioned 24 times in reviews
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the nightlife
  • Guests liked the outdoor pool
  • Guests praised the bar

Feedback From Real Customers


Very nice hotel! The first thing they offer you is a welcome drink, That’s a good start if you ask me! The rooftop pool and bar is to die for! The food and the service is great! Everything was clean including the pool bathrooms which were equipped with a baby changing station They have really cool things in the room that you have the option to buy (at a pretty steep price) and my kids had a fun time with them

Charles Schor

This boutique Marriott property features a great location and beautifully designed rooms More importantly, the staff were all very helpful and focused on customer service We had a problem with our room on the first night of our stay

Management not only resolved our problem by moving us to another room, but then exceeded our expectations by delivering to our room a charcuterie board and champagne as well! I wish the weather was a bit nicer during our stay so that we could have taken advantage of the beautiful roof top pool and barnext visit!

Susan Mell

I stayed at this hotel beginning of March for one night and returned in April for two nights Love the location and staff Great experience

Love the Art Work The only thing I would suggest to change is when the Hotel schedules an Event on the Roof Top and it is rained out, they hold the event in the lobby of the hotel I do not feel this is fair to the hotel guests since we were not able to enjoy the music and bar due to this large event taking place in the lobby With all the people in the lobby it was very loud However, we will be back and hope there is no event on the roof top Great staff Everyone is friendly and very helpful

7. Hampton Inn & Suites Bradenton Downtown Historic District (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

This relaxed 1920s-style hotel is 2 minutes’ walk from the South Florida Museum and 9 miles from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.All rooms include free WiFi and custom-designed beds, plus lap desks, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers. Suites add pull-out sofas, microwaves, minifridges and wet bars. Some rooms and suites offer views of the river.Complimentary amenities include parking, on-site hot breakfast (daily) and weekday breakfast bags. There’s also a 24-hour convenience store, an outdoor pool and a fitness center, plus a 24-hour business center and 3 meeting rooms.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the South Florida Museum and Riverwalk
  • Guests liked that this hotel is near restaurants and bars
  • Guests praised the beds but some complained about the kitchenettes
  • Guests praised the friendly service
  • Guests mentioned “Housekeeping” 16 times
  • Guests liked the lobby, mentioned 25 times in reviews
  • The fitness center has weight machines and free weights
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a casino

Feedback From Real Customers

Scott Owens

My wife and I visited this past weekend for our anniversary From the onset it was a wonderful stay The hotel has been renovated from the 20’s, but still maintains some of its original feel

The gentleman at the front desk was phenomenal! Luke is who you’re looking for when you stay He is genuinely happy to be there, is a wealth of information on local places to eat, shop, etc, and makes you feel like you’re the only guest he has! I will definitely be staying there many more times

Cyriloh Garcia (Cyriloh56)

Overall this was a wonderful stay My wife and I stayed 2 nights went to the beach close by Great location

Service was wonderful front desk, at breakfast we met Gary he is a wonderful man that bakes these wonderful scones something you don’t see anywhere these days Other than the ice machine on 5 th floor out of service everything was good bed plenty pillows clean bathrooms Would stay again

Kelly Friedel

We currently live in Georgia but from Bradenton My mother recently passed and we needed a few rooms for family to stay in so we could have a celebration of life I have to say that they did not disappoint! The rooms were big, clean and welcoming

The staff was WONDERFUL!! Let me say if this company reads their reviews you have found a Gem in Luke!!!!!!! I don’t think I ever seen this sweet young man without a smile in his face and with such a welcoming personality Even while phones were ringing off the hook he maintained a great attitude both with the callers and the guest infront of him We needed to extend one of our rooms for an additional night due to car issues, Terra worked it out for us and was wonderful as well Before leaving we made reservations again in April Thank you all for making a stay comfortable!!

8. Kompose Hotel Sarasota

About this hotel

This trendy hotel on a tree-lined thoroughfare is less than a mile from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. It’s a 12-minute walk from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and 2 miles from Sarasota Jungle Gardens.Featuring concrete walls and floor-to-ceiling windows, the industrial-chic rooms offer Wi-Fi, smart TVs and minifridges. Some have balconies; suites add separate living/dining rooms and kitchenettes.Amenities include an airy, plant-filled cafe and a recording studio, as well as an outdoor pool, a fitness center and a sauna. A breakfast buffet and secured parking are also available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests praised the restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Chandelier” 11 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the fitness center
  • Guests liked the nightlife
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a hot tub

Feedback From Real Customers

Mark Howe

Brand new unique/boutique style Hotel Super cool vibe with very clean rooms Hotel staff was amazing during our stay

Special shout-out to the lovely- Autumn, who went above and beyond to make everything perfect for us It’s always nice to meet people like this who work in customer service and put on a smile to make the customer feel special Great hotel and an even better staff! Cheers!!!

El Arte de Cantar by Mayre Martinez

This place is a gem! The decoration is gorgeous, it feels renovated, refreshing and current Every person of the staff is generous and kind, they clearly enjoy their job The gym is stellar, and the pool and the jacuzzi excellent! Breakfast is delicious and with a variety of options

I 100% recommend this hotel and would definitely coming back

kira simring

This is fun hotel with a wonderful staff It has a youth hostel vibe but it’s great for families The beds are very comfortable and the decor is wonderfully playful

The one problem with the room is that space efficiency comes at the cost of privacy There’s a sliding door between the toilet and the shower so you can only close one at the time! The lobby has excellent snacks and a coffee bar

9. Legacy Hotel at IMG Academy (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Next to the IMG Academy educational and sports campus, this contemporary hotel is 2 miles from Route 41, and 7 miles from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.Warmly decorated rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and stocked pantries, as well as tea and coffeemakers. All have designer toiletries and premium linens. Upgraded rooms provide views of the academy. Room service is offered.A restaurant/bar serves breakfast and seafood cuisine. A cocktail bar offers light meals. An outdoor heated pool is surrounded by sundeck with loungers and palm trees. A 24/7 gym and a spa are on-site. Parking is available for a fee.

Things You Need to Know

  • 14 min drive to the Village of the Arts
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Hector Vazquez

Great property!Very clean, close to everything including, Malls, grocery stores, restaurants and the beach!The lobby is nice and the restaurant is a plus! My kids loved the pool which they hung out until 10:00pm!Rooms and bathroom were spacious! The fact that its located at the entrance of the IMG complex makes it even more practical!

Giselle Guzman

The hotel rooms are very modern and comfortable (we saw our friend’s room which is where they stayed), service was excellent and the hotel restaurant selections were extremely good We stayed at one of the villas because our group was larger and they were very roomy, we got 5 double beds split out through 3 bedrooms, 2 onsuite baths, plus an additional full bathroom If I was to go back; I would prefer to stay at the hotel rooms rather than the villas, there was lack of natural light, cleanliness in some parts of the villa, bathrooms and kitchen were outdated and the wall colors were too dark which made the place look it enclosed

There was an awful smell coming from the garage which was also very filty The price of the villas compared to the hotel rooms was only $10 cheaper per room

Monica Thomas

I selected a particular hotel room based on a sleep aid drink being included When we arrived at the hotel, the drink was not in room I phoned front desk but there was no answer, so I went down to inquire about drink

The attendant, left me standing in the lobby for about 30 minutes while he ran around the hotel looking for the drink He finally returned empty handedThe entire week up to our stay at the hotel, my daughter and I talked about this drink and we were excited because we don’t have these types of drinks in our country More importantly, we have trouble sleeping in hotel rooms so we were excited for such a thingTalking to the manager was NOT helpful as he was rude and disrespectful not allowing me to explain the reason for our disappointment I suggested he take the information off his website about the drink and he said he wouldn’t because they hope to get it again sometime – even though I brought up “false advertising”And these “Bear” beds they advertise are nothing specialDo not trust the glorious information on the website about the amazing sleeps you’ll have!

10. Home2 Suites by Hilton Sarasota Bradenton Airport (3-star hotel)

About this hotel

A mile from Sarasota–Bradenton International Airport, this casual airport hotel is a 17-minute walk from both Mable’s Rose Garden with sculptures and scenic walking paths, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art set in a pink Renaissance-style palace.Featuring modern decor, the warm rooms offer free Wi-Fi and HDTVs, plus sofabeds and coffeemakers. All come with kitchenettes. Suites add separate living/dining areas.Free perks include breakfast, parking and a local shuttle service. Other amenities include a a gym and a 24/7 snack store, plus a business center. Pets are welcome.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large rooms, which have TVs
  • Guests praised the kitchenettes
  • 3 min drive to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
  • Guests mentioned the service is friendly
  • Guests mentioned microwaves 12 times
  • Guests mentioned lobbies 11 times
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool

Feedback From Real Customers

Angela E

The staff is amazing, professional, and has a great sense of humor I really enjoyed my stay The room was extremely clean

All my request were addressed quickly The breakfast set up was awesome with ready to go packaged breakfast biscuits, cereal, waffle machines, fruit, and etc Rick and Tyler made my family’s stay even more special with great customer service You will love this location The pool is clean and inviting I give this location a 5 star I would give more if I could

Nik Digilio

Really nice hotel Being next to the airport I thought I would hear planes taking off frequently However, in my 2 nights I stayed there I only heard 1 plane take off near the hotel and it was in the morning

They had a dishwasher, microwave, full size fridge and dishes They also had a grill by the pool Great option for families It was fairly new and very clean I would recommend this hotel for anyone

Debbie Jones

I love hotels with grills! This one didn’t disappoint If you have a vehicle this is a great place! Without a vehicle it’s a little remote but there is a restaurant and bar in the sister property behind The room was very clean and comfortable

The bed was comfortable as well The grill and grill set were well kept and helped me make some delicious “home” cooked meals The staff was super ni e and helpful as well I would definitely stay here again!

11. Zota Beach Resort (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

On a sandy beach along the Gulf of Mexico, this contemporary hotel lies 13 miles from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and 14 miles from Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.Modern rooms offer coffeemakers, minifridges and Wi-Fi, as well as flat-screens. Upgraded rooms add beach views, balconies and/or pull-out sofas. Suites provide living rooms. Upgraded suites feature kitchens and dining areas. Room service is available.Amenities include an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a gym. There’s also a trendy Caribbean-inspired restaurant/wine bar with a fireplace and an open-air lounge, plus a poolside bar offering cocktails and snacks.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the updated rooms, which have refrigerators
  • 12 min drive to the Mote Marine Laboratory
  • One of the few hotels in the area with room service
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned “Umbrella” 33 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the beach views

Feedback From Real Customers

Ashley Kugler

We just returned from a 3 day vacation at Zota Beach resort! We had a great time and this hotel was top notch Very convenient with valet parking, staff was very friendly each time we left or arrived back with our vehicle The room was spacious and very modern, comfortable bed, & spacious patio

Beach access was convenient and we enjoyed having complimentary beach chairs with our room, very nice pool & hot tub area The on sight restaurant was pricey but food was very worth it, our waitress was very friendly Bar has some delicious house drinks, also a friendly bartender that is very attentive We had a great experience and will definitely be returning for future vacations The room was on the pricey side but overall very worth it for the experience and location!

Bella Babylon

Loved staying here at this hotel for my birthday weekend/Memorial Day weekend We booked a premium ocean view room at the newer Opal building (built in 2017) The ocean view room has a view to the pool and the beach

If you want a full-blown oceanfront, you need to get a Ocean front room Next door was construction but I didn’t hear any noises The service was wonderful Dan the Concierge was amazing He was so helpful He even helped my husband plan a birthday surprise for me and he had a scented candle from the hotel as a gift for me The service was great at breakfast and dinner The pool was very nice with games for kids There is a direct access to the beach 2 beach chair are included in your hotel stay and you can rent an umbrella for $20

Brenda Fikry

Overall great hotel, amazing pool on a fabulous quite beach Welcoming staff Dislike how you pay premium prices for your room and on top of it a resort fee that does not even include a beach umbrella

The pool can get very busy on weekends with LOTS of high energy children A family friendly place for sure if that is what you are looking for!

12. Compass Hotel Anna Maria Sound (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Facing a marina along the Anna Maria Sound, this laid-back hotel off State Road 64 is 3 minutes’ walk from wetland and walking trails in the Neal Preserve. It’s 5 miles from Coquina Beach.Bright rooms with rainfall showers have Wi-Fi and smart TVs, plus minifridges, microwaves and coffeemakers. Upgraded rooms offer balconies and marina views. The 1-bedroom suites add living areas with sofabeds.There’s a waterside bar/grill featuring a terrace. Other amenities consist of a lounge, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour gym. Parking and a breakfast buffet are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • The rooms have coffee makers
  • 5 min drive to Manatee Public Beach
  • Some guests complained about the bathrooms but others thought they were large
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a 24-hr front desk
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a restaurant
  • Guests mentioned beaches 39 times
  • Guests praised the views
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a fitness center

Feedback From Real Customers

Meredith King

Our family of 5 loved this resort! It was family friendly and had a delicious hot breakfast included with our stay The pool was beautiful with fresh towels provided and access to lunch and dinner at a tiki bar and restaurant We loved being a short, 5 minute drive to the beach

The room was spacious and included a beautiful view of the bay with a gorgeous sunset Our favorite was the fresh coffee in the lobby in the mornings and fresh, filtered water infused with fruit in the afternoons/evenings We inhaled your fresh baked cookies too! We can’t wait to come back!

John Bauer

It was clean, beautiful and affordable but what made it exceptional was the staff They had the friendliest, most helpful employees I’ve ever dealt with at any hotel The view was amazing

It’s a short 5 min drive to the beach and the little things like water and cake in the lobby were a nice bonus too I would definitely recommend this hotel

Cassandra Rena

I have stayed on Anna Maria island many times over the years It was my 1st time staying here and I must say that the customer service was amazing!! Compared to everything else I’ve been experiencing over the last 2 or 3 years of travel this should be a standard that all places follow Everything was clean! Their breakfast was amazing! And changed daily

Hands down will stay at this location again Definitely worth the value The only downside is it’s not right on the beach but it is only 5 minutes away

13. Aloft Sarasota (3-star hotel)

  • Address: 1401 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Phone: (941) 870-0900
  • Ratings: 4.3 (978 reviews) Very good
  • Website : Aloft Sarasota
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • Check-out time: 12:00 PM
  • Quick Summary: Streamlined rooms in a hip hotel featuring a bar & a gym, plus a rooftop outdoor pool.

About this hotel

Set in a polished building on a commercial street, this hip, contemporary hotel is 3 miles from Ed Smith Stadium and 11 miles from Historic Spanish Point museum.Streamlined rooms come with complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and minifridges, as well as designer toiletries. Upgraded rooms add pool and city views.A rooftop terrace features an outdoor pool, a hot tub, a fire pit and city views. There’s also a 24-hour gym, plus a trendy bar with a snack menu and regular live music. Valet parking and breakfast are extra.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to Bayfront Park and the Sarasota Opera House
  • Guests liked that this hotel is near shopping
  • Guests liked the service
  • Guests mentioned “Billiard table” 22 times
  • Guests praised the fitness center
  • Guests praised the nightlife
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool
  • Guests praised the trendy bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Kira Shannon

Disappointed since we had other expectations based on the review prior to staying at AloftFirst of all, make sure to park on the street, Sarasota has free overnight parking and you can avoid the $18/night valet fee The valet that was there when we arrived on 2/13 gave very poor service, did not open the door for either of us or help with our bags and was very adamant about tipping which I found strange since it’s well known that you tip a valet (or anyone really) AFTER the service is done

Why would I tip you before I get my car back? Especially when he didn’t do anything that a typical valet would help with other than the bare minimum This didn’t bother me but I didn’t like how pushy he was for a tip He even told us it was his only day working that week to coerce us to tip him before the service and we literally saw him there a day laterThe front desk staff were great, and the gym was very good especially for a hotel These were our favorite partsOur room was unfortunately very dirty, I am going to try to attach some pictures to see This is how it looked when we arrived I hope that Aloft takes this feedback to improve and give other people better experiences

Aria Sam

The good: hotel staff was friendly, pool was nice, bathroom was nice, decor was modernThe bad: beds are very cheap, hard, and uncomfortable Sheets are worse than amazon basic sheets; they feel like paper

In the queen rooms, one bed is entirely in front of the ac, so you get blasted all night I literally had to wrap a towel around my head as a hat to keep it from freezingThe walls are super thin and you can hear everything Pool view rooms let in noise from the pool, which is open til 11pmPretty sure the hotel is haunted My faucet turned on and off multiple times throughout the night, stuff rattled in our bathroom, the chains to the blinds kept being pulled, and pillows flew off our bedThe area the hotel is in has nothing but a few excessively expensive shops At least 10 minutes to any beach aroundAnd parking is a mandatory valet system ($18/night), unless you’re only staying Saturday or Sunday night, in which case you can get away with parking on the street if you manage to snag one of the eight or so spots, 2 of which are handicap Parking there is 2 hour max 9am – 8pm, “unenforced on Sundays,” per hotel management

Irmarie Govind

*** LOVE! LOVE! LOVE this Aloft Hotel***Beautiful property in Sarasota The moment you walk in you’ll fall in love with this property The lobby is modern and has a great vibe

Love the music, the colors, the bar area, you name it! Rooms are clean, modern and spacious with great amenities such as complimentary in room bottled water (2 per day), free in room coffee, also free unlimited shampoo, conditioner and body wash The beds and pillows were super comfortable The pool and spa was amazing as well The location of the property is outstanding Walking distance to many restaurants and shops The only thing lacking in the room is having hooks to hang the towels There’s only one hook, which it was a bit frustrating Overall experience was tops and the staff was super friendly, courteous and professional Will definitely love to stay here again!

14. The Reserve Retreat

About this hotel

In a quaint home along Highway 41, this polished boutique hotel is 5 minutes’ walk from Sarasota Bay. It’s 3 miles from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.Homey, individually styled rooms provide Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and coffeemakers. Most offer kitchens with washing machines, and some feature fireplaces and/or living areas.A cozy restaurant has a terrace. Other amenities consist of a coffee shop, a wine bar and a bookstore. There are regular live music and cultural events. Breakfast and parking are available.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms
  • 11 min walk to Art Center Sarasota
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned “open mic” 16 times
  • Guests mentioned “cafés” 27 times
  • Guests praised the breakfast
  • Guests praised the nightlife
  • Guests praised the wine bar

Feedback From Real Customers

David Allen

After a disaster at a different restaurant we found this place via Open Table A+ Food was delicious

People were super nice Started with great apps as we were hungry Add some great rolls and butter with good stuff mixed in A nice healthy side salad Then chicken scampi…plus add the shrimp over angel hair…Yum and super hot Beer and Wine as a reminder We hear the have a great brunch daily…wondering how they do Bloody Mary’s? Mimosas as a substitute would be fine Worth the trip and looking forward to brunch

Jazzmine Dougherty

I made reservations to bring a family member for ladies brunch and it was a very unsettling experience We sat there a very long time before our drink or food order was taken We arrived around the time of a large party the waitress said and we were the very last order to be put in, causing our wait to be over an hour and a half

The waitress seemed agitated when we placed our order, huffing when we asked questions about the menu We did not even receive utensils until our meal was almost finished As we sat outside in their courtyard alone a pedestrian passed by screaming racial slurs to us calling us the “N” word I’m sorry but this is just unacceptable and we will not tolerate this type of environment It seemed he knew the area by the way he was wondering back and forth through the parking lot I would not recommend this location for people of color and note that this is not a welcoming area for all We did not feel safe or comfortable after this experience and will not return I work in the private jet charter industry with clients of all races and backgrounds, frequently flying them directly into the private Sarasota airport not far away So I’m no stranger to the hospitality service industry as a Corporate Flight Attendant No excuse for this type of service My clients often request for local unique restaurants to visit in this area After our experience, I cannot and WILL NOT refer The Reserve Retreat or bring my family here again

15. The Resort at Longboat Key Club (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Spread across 5 buildings on 440 acres, this elegant golf resort is 1.7 miles from upscale shopping at St. Armands Circle.Classic, relaxed rooms have private balconies, minibars, wet bars and kitchenettes; they offer flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi access (included in resort fee). Suites add full-size kitchens (no ovens) and separate dining spaces.With 12,000 sq ft of event space, the complex includes 45 holes of golf, 20 tennis courts, a full-service spa and a fitness center. There’s a marina, an oceanside pool, a kids’ club and 6 restaurants. Bike and watersport rentals are available. The daily resort fee covers parking and shuttle service.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the large rooms, which have microwaves
  • 4 min drive to the Mote Marine Laboratory
  • Guests mentioned the service is friendly
  • Guests mentioned “Umbrella” 16 times
  • Guests praised the views
  • The fitness center has weight machines
  • The hotel has a boutique store

Feedback From Real Customers

Janet Little

You must stay here This is the most beautiful resort we have ever stayed in If I could give it 20 Stars I certainly would

From the moment you hit the guard gate, to the front desk to check in, to your room which is absolutely spotless and gorgeous, The view is breathtaking and the staff is incredibly helpful and nice The three restaurants are equally different and amazing within themselves They clean this resort all day everyday and you will not find a nicer place to stay I highly recommend you stay at this resort My husband and I will be going back at least 2 to 3 times a year We’re sitting here right now figuring out dates to go back in a few weeks You will not go wrong

Kayla Kimball

All I have to say is STAY HERE! Everything was such a great experience from the housekeeping to the wait staff Alex hands down made our experience She was the absolute sweetest person ever and truly made our trip

We will definitely be back Everything was so convenient There’s a very convenient private beach, where they have seating you can reserve Multiple restaurants, bars A shuttle that brings you wherever you need to go A concierge that will make recommendations and reservations for you! This place is the best Also definitely book a massage with Kelly! 10/10 recommend!!!


We had no experience in this area so booked a special trip based on your reviews and we thank youI hope to add some color and detail to the communityPositivesKid super friendlyAwesome beach- its hugeGreat rooms and views, especially bldg 2Staff- what can I say, all great and attentive

Shout out to bar, pool and beach staff- AwesomeLittle touches- I know it seems trite, but pool noodles, boogie boards, sand toys, soccer, volleyball, bag toss-no charge, lots of them, kids, and adults enjoyedGreat bar staff, remember your preference on drinks after one dayLatitudes Restaurant for breakfast and lunch good and reasonably priced to portion size Service pool side or take to room incredibly quickDinner at Latitudes a bit more pricey than lunch, but elegant inside Short menu and 4 $$$$ priced, but great dessertOverall, – strong positive Coming back

16. The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota (5-star hotel)

About this hotel

Overlooking the bay, this luxury hotel in the former John Ringling circus troupe’s home is a 13-minute walk from Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall and 1 mile from Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.Stately rooms and suites featuring balconies offer, 42-inch smart TVs and 24-hour room service. Some upgraded quarters add bay views, whirlpool tubs and/or club-lounge access.There are 3 chic restaurants and a tiki bar, along with poolside food service. Other amenities include a refined spa, an 18-hole golf course and an outdoor pool. The hotel’s beach is 3 miles away on Lido Key and has a free shuttle. A resort fee covers Wi-Fi and use of tennis courts.

Things You Need to Know

  • Walking distance to the Sarasota Opera House and Marina Jack
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests praised the chic restaurant
  • Guests mentioned concierges 13 times
  • Guests praised the nightlife
  • The hotel has a sauna
  • Guests praised the tiki bar

Feedback From Real Customers

Stu Nibley Sr

We have stayed at this property many times and always had a wonderful stay The facilities and Beach club are fantastic But this time we were even more impressed with how friendly and helpful the employees were— across the board// from Rachel at the front desk? Who always remembered sho we were, to Tatum and his crew on the beach, to Todd and his brother at the front door

Our favorite was Jane at the cute little market at the Beach Club, Kemp’s Market The items are very tasteful ( I think my wife and I bought one of everything), but Jane was the one that made it special – sweet, helpful, and mostly, genuine Make sure to stop in and see Jane

Bella Luna

Pros:Beautiful hotelGood locationClean, nice roomsStaff very friendlyBikes and other fun amenitiesBeach club- some may view this as a con because the hotel isn’t on the beach but it was really nice There’s a huge pool with service as well as shaded loungers in the beach They give you complementary ice cold water and towels, there’s a few choices to eat as well as lockers to wash off

It’s actually pretty amazing They have shuttles every hour to take you thereCons:The club level could have a little better food in terms of selection (it may be worth it if you value convenience)No fridge in the roomIf you have a baby or toddler that sleeps in the crib you may be better off bringing your own The crib they had was really small, and metal My son didn’t sleep well in it

Kenny L

Stayed for 4 nights, there both the good and the bad The good, the access to the beach club is the main reason you want to stay in this hotel If you don’t go to the beach, don’t stay here

The hotel also has some games that are fun to spend time They have a pool table, table tennis, foosball table (broken), puck sliding There are bikes to use but only for adults The hotel pool is kind of small but it is nice that you can sit by the pool and they bring you drinks And in my opinion, all rooms don’t have a nice view, one side is looking over the road, the other side looking over a little harbour There is one shuttle going to the beach club every top of an hour and stopping by the circle However, one evening at 8:35 at the circle the bus came in full, so we needed to wait for 30 minutes for the bus to come back The bad, the facility is not luxury at all, it is aged and the hotel took out all the costs The tile under the toilet seat turned yellow which is very disgusting They only have cheap pens in the room There is just no luxury in this hotel at all and I would call this only a 3 star experience Last thing is this hotel and Ritz as a whole really need to review their sustainability strategy because it is basically disregarding the environment impact at all It is surprising that a hotel that big, with the beach club has no thoughts of any recycling, or anything to save the environment that it is in

17. Casa Del Mar Beach Resort on Longboat Key (4-star hotel)

About this hotel

Set along the beach, this unassuming hotel is 14 miles from the Ringling Circus Museum, 15 miles from Sarasota Bay and a 2-minute walk from the bus stop.Bright, stylish condos include free Wi-Fi, TVs and kitchens, plus living rooms with dining areas. All units have beach, pool or courtyard views.Parking is complimentary. There’s also a heated outdoor pool, beach access, and a screened-in patio with BBQs, plus courtyard gardens and sports facilities.

Things You Need to Know

  • Guests praised the rooms, which have refrigerators
  • 8 min drive to Beer Can Island
  • Guests praised the service
  • Guests mentioned “Umbrella” 11 times
  • The hotel has a nightclub
  • Guests praised the outdoor pool
  • One of the few hotels in the area with a bar
  • Guests liked the beach

Feedback From Real Customers

Michael Garey

Love this resort! Third time staying here and the accommodations are immaculate and first rate It was a welcoming and comfortable stay for my Wife and I You can not beat the beachfront location which is conveniently located in the middle of the island which made restaurants and entertainment easily accessible

Over the years, the Staff has remained the same which makes each stay pleasant as they always remember us They were incredibly kind, professional and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was everything we wanted I would absolutely recommend here for any Business person, Family or Couple!

Anali Dishmey

This is my first time staying at Casa del Mar Beach Resort and my experience has been excellent The beach is only steps away and it looks like a Florida postcard, the condo was very clean, comfortable and had everything you need Parking was not an issue at all as there are many available spaces

The pool water was very cloudy, and the smell of chlorine was too strong We tried twice but decided to stay at the beach instead since they had umbrellas and chairs available Will definitely be back!

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