The Best Hotels in Sarasota, Florida, for Every Traveler
Sarasota boasts a wide variety of accommodation to suit all kinds of vacationers | © Jeffrey Isaac Greenberg 19+ / Alamy Stock Photo
Sitting on the Gulf of Mexico, this fun-loving coastal Florida city artfully treads the tightrope between quirky boutique stays and big-name brands.
Roll up, roll up to the former home of John Ringling’s traveling circus (and modern-day fairground of the arts), Sarasota. The 19th-century master of ceremonies may have long since tripped out of town, but take your cues from his idea to use this beach-trimmed city as your winter base. Relocate the whole troupe (or stage a daredevil solo act) and find an ovation-worthy address on the sheltered side of the Sunshine State, bookable on Culture Trip.
4.3/5 (1134 Reviews)
Courtesy of the Westin Sarasota / Expedia
Now from $148 per night
When you’re pampering your partner, the Westin specializes in racing hearts and butterflies in stomachs. No need to leave the cozy bedding in your suite, since you can schedule an in-room couple’s massage and gaze at Sarasota through floor-to-ceiling windows. While you’re at it, order a romantic dinner and dessert to your room, or head to the Roof Bar and Eats to watch the sunset as you whisper sweet nothings while sipping sangria poolside.
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
4/5 (955 Reviews)
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Now from $189 per night
A wiggly, curvaceous pool on the edge of a private yacht-studded marina and bright pops of neon art elevate this Hyatt from what could be a buttoned-up business hotel. Sink a few tropical cocktails at the poolside Hurricane Hut, maybe with a side of fish tacos or a cobb salad, then let the concierge set you up with a paddleboarding, fishing, boating or beach outing.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
4.6/5 (935 Reviews)
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Now from $412 per night
For the traveler who prefers the finer things, the Ritz-Carlton is an obvious choice. Luxurious suites with soaking tubs, private bay-view balconies and sleek modern furnishings await. Waterfront fine dining serves up a tasty fusion of coastal sophistication with local flair, while the spa’s saunas and massages will revitalize you. Exclusive access for guests to the Beach Club on Lido Key offers hours of clear blue skies and crystalline waters.
Art Ovation Hotel
4.6/5 (750 Reviews)
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Now from $151 per night
Creators take note: Art Ovation Hotel was designed with your creative spirit in mind. Floor-to-ceiling windows let you marvel at the world, but distraction can be instantly removed with blackout drapes. Jump into a cozy bathrobe and grab the in-room sketch pad to capture your inspiration when it strikes. Does your muse insist you make music? The ukulele in your suite is tuned and ready to play. With so much to do in your room, make a note to venture out and visit the art exhibitions throughout the hotel.
The Sarasota Modern
3.9/5 (226 Reviews)
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Now from $144 per night
If you feel like authenticity and individuality are hard to come by in a luxury hotel these days, the Sarasota Modern will prove you wrong. Modernist-style rooms with clawfoot tubs are perfectly unpretentious. A pool deck with a hot tub and plunge pool are serene without seeming superficial. Whatever speaks to you – be it art, sport or food – the staff will help you secure enriching experiences around Sarasota that are unforgettable.
Casa Limonada Boutique Motel
Boutique Hotel, Motel
5/5 (4 Reviews)
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Wellness warriors and fit families are welcomed with open arms to the independently owned Casa Limonada Boutique Motel. Private Brazilian jiu jitsu lessons are available, though you can also sign up for a standard yoga class, burn calories playing golf or explore downtown Sarasota via a bike rental. Alternatively, get your exercise on the water with scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. You and your crew will be so exhausted by the end of the day that you’ll be thankful you can prepare healthy meals in your in-suite kitchen.
The Resort at Longboat Key Club
4.4/5 (505 Reviews)
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Travelers who love to stay busy can easily fill their schedules at the Resort at Longboat Key Club. When you’re not hanging out on the beach or eating your way through six exceptional restaurants, you’ll be taking advantage of luxurious amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, a salon and spa, 45 holes of golf, 20 tennis courts and exciting events on and off the water. Still looking for more? They have the largest resort marina on the coast and will gladly let you dock your yacht during your stay.
Courtesy of Lido Beach Resort / Expedia
Now from $75 per night
Lido Beach Resort was built for the leisure traveler. Two Gulf-front swimming pools are ideal for when the private white sand beach heats up in the afternoon. Outdoor games like bean bag toss and ping pong offer fun for your entire family or group of friends. Interested in nothing but R&R? Spend the afternoon dozing on your private waterfront balcony.
Hotel Indigo Sarasota
4.6/5 (904 Reviews)
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Now from $160 per night
For the art lover who wants to embrace the Downtown Arts District, Hotel Indigo Sarasota is heaven. Murals adorn the hallways and rooms, immersing you in the city’s artful soul. Take advantage of their complimentary shuttle service to visit galleries around town – it’s as easy as a paint-by-number picture. As you watch the sunset from your comfy king-sized bed, you just may be inspired to create your own masterpiece in the morning.
These recommendations were updated on August 4, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.