The Best Cheap Hotels in Sarasota, Florida

Treat yourself to a Florida vacation at an affordable Sarasota hotel
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2 December 2020

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 affordable Sarasota hotels.

Tropical Beach Resorts

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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, 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 kitchen. It’s budget hotel prices for resort-like amenities.

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Aloft Sarasota

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While other cheap hotels 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 Aloft’s bike rentals and explore Sarasota on your terms.

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Captiva Beach Resort

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Captiva Beach Resort’s 19 guest rooms and suites combined with its clipped grounds provide an air of exclusivity to this wallet-friendly retreat. Fully equipped kitchens in every room offer apartment-like living. Walk a few paces from your comfortable king-sized bed and you’re standing on the sands of Crescent and Siesta beaches. With White Glove award-winning service and remarkable sunsets every night, Captiva Beach Resort will captivate you.

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Diplomat Beach Resort

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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.

Hibiscus Suites Sarasota

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The moment you drop your bags in your newly 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 from the coffeemaker, before walking to the heated outdoor pool to work on your tan. End the day with friends around the barbecue grill.

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  • Hotel Indigo Sarasota

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    From start to finish, Hotel Indigo Sarasota is determined to help you save money. Not only will they take care of your airport transfers, but they’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 Sarasota’s vibrant art community. And the icing on the cake? Your cat or dog is welcome to join the vacay, too.

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    Ameniti Bay

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    Ameniti Bay brings sweet touches to every stay, starting with a freshly baked cookie at check-in. Its 106 guest rooms and suites come in chocolatey hues 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.

    Virage

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    Virage graciously offers up boutique amenities at a budget price. Cheap drinks and live music await 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.

    These recommendations were updated on December 2, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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