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What travelers to Sarasota are saying

Enjoyed Sarasota very much. Nice to dine and shop on St. Armand's Circle. Went to the Ringling Brothers Museum which was well worth it to see summer home of John Ringling, as well as his art collection and mini circus replica. Also, the Classic Car Museum was interesting. Downtown Sarasota worth a stroll or a bite, or nice to sit at Marina Jack.
Shelly May 27, 2015
An absolutely gorgeous and mindbogglingly huge beach! You have likely never felt sand like this between your toes - soft as sugar, and nearly white as snow.Many signs posted nearby say this is the #1 beach in the US, and it's easy to see why.Bring your camera!
joan b. May 10, 2015
Sarasota is a wonderful community. I live in Florida on the east coast, and every opportunity I can get, I will travel through Sarasota. It is one of my favorite places within the state. The city is very clean, and it has a great cultural scene there.
John N. Mar 23, 2015

Enjoy the spellbinding beaches of Sarasota, Florida

According to a local legend, Sarasota was once named Zara Zota, which is believed to mean “the Sahara by the blue waters.” This moniker is an apt description of the expanse of white sandy beaches washed by the warm azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Comprised of 99 percent pure crystal quartz, these spellbinding beaches are among the whitest on the planet.

This idyllic emerald coast setting has attracted adventurers and romantics since the late 19th century, including John Ringling who selected the area as the winter quarters for his traveling circus in 1911. Sarasota's historic buildings and modern edifices, such as the Wilson Building, have influenced architects around the world. This seaside community also has an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and comfortable accommodations.


Things to see and do

In keeping with its motto, Sarasota maintains a small-town atmosphere while providing a range of big city amenities.

Beaches and leisure activities

Guests of Sarasota hotels can relax on the beach, experience a variety of exciting water sports, and watch colorful sunsets. Popular events like the annual Classic Sand Sculpting Competition attract visitors from around the globe. Head offshore on a deep-sea fishing or dolphin-watching cruise. Golfers can hone their skills on one of more than 60 courses. Sarasota also serves as a spring training center for Major League Baseball. The sports complex hosts a variety of events, such as car shows and concerts. Entertainment venues like the historic Asolo Theater and Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall feature a variety of musical and theatrical productions. Designed by an architect who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright, the Van Wezel includes a color scheme selected by Mr. Wright's widow.

Cultural attractions

Sarasota has some of the world's finest museum collections. The majestic estate constructed for circus owner John Ringling is now home to Cà d'Zan, his opulent Venetian Gothic 56-room mansion as well as the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, and the Circus Museum. The art museum's collection displays the works of American, Asian and European masters. The Circus Museum chronicles the rich heritage of this live performance show. The collection of artifacts and trails of the 30-acre Spanish Point historic site encompass over 5,000 years in the region. Jungle Gardens features more than 10 acres of lush exotic plants from around the globe, including many rare and endangered species. The tanks of the Mote Aquarium are home to amazing sea creatures that inhabit the nearby waters, such as sharks, sea turtles and dolphins, along with a variety of tropical fish.


Special events

The food, music, dancing, arts and crafts, and entertainment of the contemporary Ringling International Arts Festival signal the advent of the local festival season. The epicurean Forks and Corks Festival features a delightful range of tasting events. A frequent backdrop for movies and television shows, Sarasota is the host city for a regional film festival each spring. The early fall Sarasota Chalk Festival highlights the talents of artists using this colorful medium. There are numerous other cultural festivals and celebrations held throughout the year.


Best time to visit

Sarasota has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. As a result, January through April is the peak season due to the area's most inviting weather. In addition to being the dry season, this period features temperatures in the mid-70s to low-80s. Evening lows average in the 50s. Late spring through summer is the off-season due to significant rainfall and high temperatures, which can reach the upper 90s. Summer afternoon storms are common. Temperatures and rainfall begin to moderate during the October to December “shoulder season.”


Travel information

Guests of Sarasota hotels can reach this charming destination by air or car. Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) is located approximately five miles northwest of downtown, and is served by several major and commuter airlines. Visitors can easily reach Sarasota from Interstate 75, which is situated five miles to the east. The Tamiami Trail, or US 41, is a major north-to-south route through Sarasota, and provides easy access to all that “Paradise” has to offer.

Circus lovers, southern belles and beach lovers can all find enjoyment in this lovely city of the Sunshine State.

Recently Rated Sarasota Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Quality Inn Sarasota North
3.2 / 5
69 reviews
2 stars $70
Holiday Inn SARASOTA-AIRPORT
4.2 / 5
18 reviews
3 stars $83
Siesta Beach Resorts And Suites
3.0 / 5
138 reviews
3 stars $136
Americas Best Value Inn Sarasota Downtown
2.5 / 5
41 reviews
2 stars $70
Hyatt Regency Sarasota
4.2 / 5
62 reviews
4 stars $170
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
3.6 / 5
178 reviews
3 stars $162
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
4.5 / 5
35 reviews
5 stars $267
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota
3.7 / 5
118 reviews
3 stars $84
Lido Beach Resort
3.8 / 5
39 reviews
4 stars $191
Ramada Sarasota
3.0 / 5
65 reviews
3 stars $87

Featured Sarasota Hotels

From $170

1 Hyatt Regency Sarasota

4 stars
4.2 / 5 62 reviews

1000 Blvd of the Arts

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Located in downtown Sarasota, Florida, Hyatt Regency Sarasota impresses guests with its bay views, head-to-toe renovation and stunning features. Amenities such as a private 32-slip marina,...

Excellent Hotel for any occasion
This is a great Hotel for family or couples!! Our #1 stay for Sarasota.
Jul 14, 2015
From $104

2 Hyatt Place Sarasota Bradenton Arpt

3 stars
4.4 / 5 54 reviews

950 University Pkwy

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Conveniently located by the airport, the Hyatt Place Sarasota Bradenton Airport offers an excellent Sarasota location close to Siesta and Lido Key beaches, golf courses and major attractions. Hyatt...

Convenient
The hotel is 5 min away from the airport. It’s clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the breakfast in the morning and the hot tub and pool in the evenings, after we returned from the beach. It was a...
Apr 25, 2015
From $83

3 Holiday Inn SARASOTA-AIRPORT

3 stars
4.2 / 5 18 reviews

8009 15th St. East

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Holiday Inn® Sarasota Airport – New Luxury Sarasota Florida Hotel with Moderate Price. The new Holiday Inn® Sarasota Airport hotel, with the stunning six story atrium, glass elevators, waterfall...

Sarasota trip
We have stayed at this location several times.The location is easy to get to and works well for us. The staff is always friendly, and very helpful.We plan to return the next time we are in Sarasota.
Jul 17, 2015
From $162

4 Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3 stars
3.6 / 5 178 reviews

1540 Ben Franklin Drive

With 600 feet of white sandy beaches on Lido Key, Sandcastle Resort has lots to offer those looking for fun and relaxation in Sarasota, Florida. This 3-star resort overlooks the Gulf of Mexico and...

Family trip
Hotel location was amazing!!! The rooms are outdated. Staff was friendly.
Jul 14, 2015
From $155

5 Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

3 stars
3.8 / 5 109 reviews

233 Ben Franklin Drive

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The 3-star Holiday Inn Sarasota Lido Beach is situated on the beaches of Lido Key, overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Guests relax at the outdoor heated pool or enjoy some time on the beach with...

First trip to Sarasota
Couldn't have asked for a better location. I wish I would have asked for a room higher up for a better view. I had a gulf view on the 2nd floor which was really nice but higher up would have been...
May 5, 2015
From $136

6 Siesta Beach Resorts And Suites

3 stars
3.0 / 5 138 reviews

5311 Ocean Blvd

Located on Sarasota's barrier island Siesta Key, the Siesta Beach Resorts & Suites offers comfortable 3-star rooms and fully-equipped suites. The hotel is steps from Siesta Key Beach, one of...

awesome location!
The location is ideal! right across the street from Siesta Key beach and right on the main drag where everything is going on... As far as Hotel itself i would say its average.. i would go go back :)
Jul 15, 2015
From $159

7 Hotel Indigo SARASOTA

3 stars
4.3 / 5 34 reviews

1223 Boulevard Of The Arts

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The Hotel Indigo Sarasota is a charming downtown hotel featuring bright, airy rooms decorated in Floridian style. Guests are ideally located near Sarasota's major attractions, and the area's famed...

Great stay
Really wonderful stay last New Years eve. We booked two rooms and asked for them to be together. The hotel staff upgraded one room to a suite to make sure we were on the same floor. Really great...
Nov 15, 2014
From $77

8 BEST WESTERN Midtown

3 stars
3.4 / 5 75 reviews

1425 S Tamiami Trl

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The Best Western Midtown in central Sarasota offers pet-friendly lodging convenient to Florida's popular Siesta Key Beach. Attractions like the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and Mote...

reasonable place for the price
This place was ok, but it was in a strip mall. The parking lot was noisy right outside the door.
Mar 10, 2015
From $113

9 Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
4.0 / 5 8 reviews

850 University Parkway

Rate includes breakfast

Centrally located, the Courtyard Sarasota Airport hotel is just off University Parkway near the entrance to SRQ. Business travelers and families alike will find our location spectacular and will...

“Good hotel, top notch staff”
Our room was spacious and comfortable room. The hotel had good space for a very large conference. Friendly and helpful staff.
May 11, 2015
From $84

10 La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota

3 stars
3.7 / 5 118 reviews

1803 North Tamiami Trail

La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota offers friendly 3-star accommodations close to downtown Sarasota, Florida. The hotel overlooks the bay and Long Boat Key and a short drive to the area's fabulous...

Very nice place
This hotel was what you'd expect in this category.
Mar 24, 2015
From $191

11 Lido Beach Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 39 reviews

700 Ben Franklin Drive

The Lido Beach Resort is a beachfront hotel on one of Sarasota's most popular beaches. With its own private strip of pristine white sandy beach -- complete with Tiki bar and cabana rental --the...

would visit again
Location is great, beach well maintained. Loved the adults only pool. Re-model in progress and changes look great. Food/bar a little pricey-cheaper to leave and eat out and to buy alcohol and mix...
Jul 26, 2015
From $123

12 Residence Inn by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

1040 University Parkway

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Welcome to the Residence Inn Sarasota Bradenton! Our Sarasota airport hotel is located across the street from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. We are a pet friendly hotel in Sarasota...

Wonderful Spring Break!
This hotel did a very good job. The pool was amazing and the free breakfast in the morning was a definite plus! We did not realize how far this hotel was from Siesta Key which is where we wanted to...
Feb 11, 2015
From $267

13 The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

5 stars
4.5 / 5 35 reviews

1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive

Rate includes breakfast

The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida is a luxury 5-star hotel located downtown. A private beach club flaunts numerous seaside amenities, including a swimming pool and Jacuzzi, dining and beach...

Ok trip
The person that checked us in was not very friendly. We decided to splurge a little and stay at the Ritz, probably a little out of place... The young man checking us in was very snobby and knew we...
Jul 13, 2015
From $71

14 Sleep Inn Sarasota

2 stars
3.5 / 5 45 reviews

900 University Pkwy.

The property is adjacent to the airport. We are located in a quiet, park setting. Our friendly staff, always ready to assist you. Free deluxe continental breakfast which includes fresh baked...

Money well spent
The customer service was great at this location. Every person I came across at the counter greeted me and were always really friendly. When I walked in the door to check-in, the representative said...
Jul 28, 2015
From $105

15 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
3.6 / 5 16 reviews

1020 University Parkway

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At our newly renovated SpringHill Suites by Marriott, youll discover a hotel experience infused with space and style. Inspired surroundings allow you to escape from routine and still achieve just...

low budget
hotel services were below average. did not have towels in the room and there was no staff member to bring any. i had to go down and get them myself. it was only 4pm. room was not clean and had dead...
Nov 24, 2014
From $100

16 AmericInn Hotel & Suites - Sarasota

3 stars
4.0 / 5 25 reviews

5931 Fruitville Rd.

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The AmericInn Hotel & Suites Sarasota is seven miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Conveniently located in the arts haven of Sarasota, Fla., the property is within eight...

gross
Worst hotel. Its old and gross and way over priced for what it is. Unfortunately it was a huge disappointment.
Jul 25, 2015
From $93

17 Holiday Inn Express & Suites SARASOTA EAST - I-75

3 stars
4.1 / 5 41 reviews

5730 Gantt Road

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The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sarasota I-75 is conveniently located a short drive from the worlds #1 ranked beach, Siesta Key and easily accessible from I-75 exit 205 & the Sarasota-Bradenton...

AC Trouble
AC unit was banging and staff did not move me to another room or offer any consideration.
Apr 30, 2015
From $70

18 Quality Inn Sarasota North

2 stars
3.2 / 5 69 reviews

4800 N. Tamiami Trail

Located close to the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and a short walk from the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, the Quality Inn & Suites Sarasota offers comfortable and quiet...

A Step Into History
The photo of this hotel was attractive and modern. Unfortunately once I drove to the back of this motel, I discovered the opposite. The entry to my room was as attractive as the cars and trucks...
Jul 19, 2015
From $54

19 Days Inn Sarasota

2 stars
2.8 / 5 28 reviews

5000 N. Tamiami Trail

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The Comfort Inn Sarasota is a 2-star hotel located minutes from the airport and within walking distance of the popular Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota's Classic Car Museum and the University of...

Mr
Good facilities and very good breackfast for a hotel well located in Sarasota city.
Jul 27, 2015
From $122

20 BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway

3 stars
3.8 / 5 86 reviews

6600 S Tamiami Trl

BEST WESTERN PLUS Gateway Siesta Key Hotel is located in Sarasota, Florida just over a mile from the popular Siesta Beach and close to dining, shopping and attractions such as the Marie Selby...

Comfortable and clean
The bed was clean and the mattress was wonderful. I couldn't hear anything outside of my room and the air conditioner was working wonderfully. Good water pressure in the shower and I could even...
Jun 21, 2015