What are the best places to stay in Sarasota?

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Jessi Smith

Comfort and luxury go hand in hand in Sarasota, where the variety of hotels offers world-class amenities for everyone, from the single traveler to the vacationing family.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, located on Sarasota Bay just minutes from downtown, St. Armands Circle and the beaches of Lido and Siesta Key, combines casual Florida living with sophisticated style and luxury amenities. In addition to luxury accommodations, this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel features award-winning fine dining, an onsite spa — the Four-Star Members Spa Club, The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota — and a par-72 golf course less than 15 miles away, available to resort guests.

Fresh, homemade muffins and tropical fruits for breakfast are just the beginning of a luxurious stay at the Cypress B&B. The bed and breakfast is located on Sarasota Bay, just minutes from the beaches and downtown cultural attractions. The tin-roofed 1940s home that houses the Cypress B&B is nestled in a tropical garden and shaded by mango trees. The romantic tropical oasis offers five unique rooms furnished with antique décor and Florida charm.

Hotel Ranola, located directly at the heart of vibrant downtown Sarasota, was built in 1926 as a complex of winter apartment homes for seasonal residents. Today, it is a hip, nine-unit urban boutique hotel, the interior of which features the style and comfort of contemporary living, masked by the building’s historic exterior façade. Hotel Ranola is walking distance to the shops, restaurants, theaters and bars that make up the downtown core of Sarasota — which, like the hotel, represents a well-rounded blend of cosmopolitan vibrancy and charming history.
The Inn on Siesta Key, a six-suite boutique hotel located in one of the oldest houses near Sarasota’s award-winning beach, exemplifies authentic vintage Florida living. Constructed in 1936, the house has been updated to include modern amenities like central air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a heated pool, but also maintains its “vintage Florida cottage style” in its original hardwood floors and fireplace and its large, screened-in old-Florida porch. The best part? The walk from your bed to one of the top beaches in the United States is only five minutes.

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