The Best Cheap Hotels to Book in Sarasota, Florida

Treat yourself to a Florida vacation at a cheap Sarasota hotel
Treat yourself to a Florida vacation at a cheap Sarasota hotel | Courtesy of Tropical Beach Resorts / Expedia
Nick Dauk

It’s time to redefine a cheap vacation in Florida. Sure, the Sunshine State has luxury in every corner, but you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to enjoy this peninsula of paradise. Treat yourself to an unbeatable Florida vacation at one of these cheap hotels in Sarasota.

1. Tropical Beach Resorts


The outdoor pool at Tropical Beach Resorts, with loungers and palm trees surrounding the area
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If you’re tired of the same two or three generic amenities at budget-friendly hotels, turn to Tropical Beach Resorts. Two heated pools and plenty of shaded lounge areas await you, while the on-your-doorstep sands will convince you to make every day a beach day. Even the cozy studios have a kitchenette, but the upgraded Designer Efficiency rooms are worth the investment for the extra space and full kitchens. It’s budget hotel prices for resort-like amenities.

2. Aloft Sarasota


The modern outdoor terrace at Aloft Sarasota with curvy seating, glass-enclosed firepits and cantilever parasols
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While other cheap hotels in Sarasota might have a pool, Aloft has a rooftop Splash Pool Bar where you can drink cocktails and mingle with fellow guests. There are no “compact” rooms here; all suites are either a queen or king before upgrades. And don’t just settle for the free shuttle to and from the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport; take advantage of the on-site bike rentals, and discover the best things to do in Sarasota on your terms.

3. Captiva Beach Resort


The outdoor space at Captiva Beach Resort, with lawn games, chairs and tables with parasols
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At this Sarasota cheap hotel, the 19 guest rooms and suites and clipped grounds provide an air of exclusivity. Fully equipped kitchens in the rooms offer apartment-like living. Walk a few paces from your comfortable king-size bed and you’re standing on the sands of Crescent and Siesta beaches – the latter being one of the best beaches in America. With White Glove award-winning service and remarkable sunsets every night, Captiva Beach Resort will captivate you.

4. Diplomat Beach Resort


The beachfront pool at the Diplomat Beach Resort, with sun loungers and parasols
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Why pay more for ocean views? At Diplomat Beach Resort, every suite overlooks the Gulf of Mexico in a spot where dolphins frolic on a daily basis. This collection of condos sits right on the sand. Days are best spent ping-ponging from the shade of the tiki huts to the beachside pool. The affordable rates don’t mean cookie-cutter rooms; each is uniquely decorated in southwest Florida chic. These comfortable, airy suites make you feel like you’re staying with a close relative… who happens to live right on the beach.

5. Hibiscus Suites Sarasota

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A living room at Hibiscus Suites Sarasota, with a black sofa, heavy drapery, a shag area rug and a small dining table
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The moment you drop your bags in your renovated suite, you’ll feel right at home. Every day, there’s a free deluxe continental breakfast. But if you sleep through it, your full kitchen will save the day. A morning can begin with a fresh cup of coffee from the coffee maker before walking to the outdoor heated pool and working on your tan. End the day with friends around the barbecue grill.

6. Hotel Indigo Sarasota


A stylish bedroom at Hotel Indigo Sarasota, with lots of colorful prints, lime-green drapes and a mural
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From start to finish, Hotel Indigo Sarasota is determined to help you save money. Not only will it take care of your airport transfers, but it’ll also give you a lift to many downtown locations for free. The display of oversized murals in the suites and hallways is an admission-free gallery representing the vibrant art community in the city. And the icing on the cake? Your cat or dog is welcome to join the vacay, too.

7. Ameniti Bay


The outdoor free-form pool with lots of loungers at Ameniti Bay, which is to the left
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Ameniti Bay brings sweet touches to every stay, starting with a freshly baked cookie at checkin. The 106 guest rooms and suites come in chocolatey tones and include a complimentary daily hot breakfast. Disconnect at the resort-style pool or stroll to the nearby Lido and Siesta beaches. If you’re here for work, a business center comes with meeting rooms. But it’s best to just throw on an out-of-office message and forward all calls to your shell-phone.

8. Virage


The sprawling wooden deck at Virage, with a pool, orange loungers and chairs, and shaded seating
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Virage graciously offers up boutique amenities at a budget price. Cheap drinks and live music await you at the Tiki Bar every day, while the custom-built heated infinity pool dares you to do anything else but float and forget your worries. King and queen suites have walk-in spa showers to wash away the sand and salt. Looking to cap off your day with a fine dinner? The Forum Restaurant next door serves up fresh surf and turf.

For a pet-friendly stay in Sarasota, check out our guide on the best pet-friendly hotels in Sarasota, Florida, bookable on Culture Trip. For more great hotel options, check out our pick of the best hotels in Sarasota, Florida, for every traveler, bookable on Culture Trip.

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