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What travelers to Sarasota are saying

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...
joan b. May 10, 2015
Sarasota is a very nice clean town. Beaches are about the best in the United States. Food OK. Hotels were expensive when I was there in mid April. Overall one of the best locations in Florida.
Maciej N. Apr 24, 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
Ramada Sarasota
2.9 / 5
67 reviews
3 stars $88
Quality Inn Sarasota North
3.2 / 5
79 reviews
2 stars $55
BEST WESTERN PLUS Siesta Key Gateway
3.9 / 5
92 reviews
3 stars $103
Hampton Inn Sarasota/I-75 Bee Ridge
4.0 / 5
29 reviews
3 stars $103
Holiday Inn SARASOTA-AIRPORT
4.3 / 5
19 reviews
3 stars $86
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach
3.6 / 5
196 reviews
3 stars $159
Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LAKEWOOD RANCH
3.7 / 5
26 reviews
3 stars $91
Golden Host Resort
2.7 / 5
42 reviews
2 stars $76
Lido Beach Resort
3.8 / 5
38 reviews
4 stars $209
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
4.5 / 5
34 reviews
5 stars $239

Featured Sarasota Hotels

From $152

1 Hyatt Regency Sarasota

4 stars
4.1 / 5 70 reviews

1000 Blvd of the Arts

Every 4th night is free

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,...

GREAT VACATION
we have stayed during the last 5 years 4th of July weekend. We have also been there for boat racing week. Carmel in the pool bar was the most friendly and helpful bar tender we have ever had at any...
Jan 22, 2015
From $91

2 Hyatt Place Sarasota Bradenton Arpt

3 stars
4.3 / 5 57 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 $86

3 Holiday Inn SARASOTA-AIRPORT

3 stars
4.3 / 5 19 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...

Long Weekend
Clean comfortable room convenient to the airport, beaches, and other attractions. Dramatic atrium lobby is special!
Jun 14, 2015
From $73

4 La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota

3 stars
3.8 / 5 140 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...

Annual Florida Trip
We appreciate the location so close to downtown Sarasota and just off Tamiami Trail. The staff was great and very helpful.
Mar 24, 2015
From $136

5 Hotel Indigo SARASOTA

3 stars
4.4 / 5 42 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...

excrlent
great location,service, clean , pleasant staff were very helpful. Good restaurant.
Feb 23, 2015
From $155

6 Holiday Inn SARASOTA-LIDO BEACH-@THE BEACH

3 stars
3.8 / 5 113 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 $209

7 Lido Beach Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 38 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...

Couples Getaway
We went to Lido Key Resort on recommendation of a colleague. We saw it was member of Opal Group, which includes some very high end properties. Hotel was ideally located on beach and near St....
May 28, 2015
From $129

8 Siesta Beach Resorts And Suites

3 stars
3.1 / 5 156 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...

Great location, bad room
I booked this for an out of town guest and myself (I am local) and was shocked at the amount of mold and mildew on the lamps, doors, floors and curtains. Very nasty. However the location is right...
Apr 14, 2015
From $129

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 $139

10 Residence Inn by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
5.0 / 5 2 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 $69

11 BEST WESTERN Midtown

3 stars
3.3 / 5 81 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 $159

12 Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3 stars
3.6 / 5 196 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...

Getaway
Great stay...older hotel, but great amenities and location...staff is awesome!
Jun 9, 2015
From $107

13 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton

3 stars
3.5 / 5 17 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...

Family trip X-mas thru New Years 2014
This hotel was great for the location, price, and quality. However, this was a busy hotel. In the evening, there was not enough parking and the breakfast area each morning was chaotic. The...
Jan 6, 2015
From $55

14 Quality Inn Sarasota North

2 stars
3.2 / 5 79 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...

Vacation
The area the hotel is in is not good,the hotel has family's living there,it needs to be updated we had to go to the office twice for towels,the overall cleanliness of the room was not good I will...
Jun 29, 2015
From $239

15 The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

5 stars
4.5 / 5 34 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...

Service is Key
You pay for the service and extra care. From getting presents for the baby to having a great private beach access, you get what you pay for. The only thing was that they put us on the first floor...
May 26, 2015
From $64

16 Sleep Inn Sarasota

2 stars
3.5 / 5 52 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...

I was a nice hotel
I was a nice hotel.. I enjoyed the breakfast the room was excellent
May 19, 2015
From $88

17 Ramada Sarasota

3 stars
2.9 / 5 67 reviews

7150 N Tamiami Trl

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Enjoy the splendor of warm tropical breezes, sparkling waters and dazzling sunsets of the Ramada Sarasota located on Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Florida. The hotel, banquet rooms, restaurant, Tiki...

Last Minute Overnight Stay
The staff at this Ramada were very friendly. The room was clean and the beds were comfortable. The pool deck is very large. There are two bars near the pool and the drinks were really good! We...
Jul 1, 2015
From $98

18 AmericInn Hotel & Suites - Sarasota

3 stars
4.1 / 5 26 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...

Good clean hotel
Right on the Interstate, about 10-15 min from downtown Sarasota. The area has a whole bunch of restaurants and bars just in the walking distance. Hotel is clean, rooms OK. Individual air...
Apr 25, 2015
From $62

19 Americas Best Value Inn Sarasota Downtown

2 stars
2.4 / 5 45 reviews

811 South Tamiami Trail

Americas Best Value Inn Sarasota/Downtown offers the most value for your money when staying for business- pleasure- or just passing through. We offer clean spacious rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi...

Not so friendly staff
I was overall satisfied with the motel but the staff could use some training in friendly customer service.
Apr 20, 2015
From $76

20 Golden Host Resort

2 stars
2.7 / 5 42 reviews

4675 N. Tamiami Trail

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Make your Florida vacation even more special when you stay the Golden Host Resort, Sarasota's "In-town resort.". Nestled among five acres of palm trees, hibiscus and native tropical...

Nice trip
Wasn't bad didn't realize how far it was from Siesta Keys all n all not a bad stay
Jun 1, 2015