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Hotel Ranola

118 Indian Place, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Ranked #18 of 47 hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014
Fletch1999 Philadelphia Area
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia Area
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

My wife and I stayed in a king suite for 3 nights in this small downtown specialty hotel. This place is run more like a pension or a bed-and-breakfast (minus the breakfast), but we really enjoyed it. It is in an old downtown apartment building with all the "character" you'd expect from an old building, such as hardwood floors and... More

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We had a very nice stay at this wonderful hotel. We felt warmly welcomed by both Kathy and Martha throughout our visit. We enjoying staying in the King Suite and all the amenities offered. It was comfortable, spacious and tastefully appointed. We enjoyed making our own breakfast or evening snack & having the windows open if we weren't interested in... More

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Bermuda
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

So unless you are desperate to stay downtown or in Sarasota for few weeks, I would stay away from this place. It's truly awful. Where do I start? VERY LIMITED service, no reception at night, stinky, old, dingy, paper thin walls??? They must have raided a nearby IKEA since all the furniture seems to come from there. Cheap look for... More

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HotelRanola, Owner at Hotel Ranola, responded to this review

Our website clearly details the look and feel of the hotel. Guests making online reservations are surprised by it's charm. The hotel was built with (fort-like walls) in 1926 and refurbished in popular and classy art décor. Boutique hotels are unique and Hotel Ranola continually receives accolades on it's service and comfort. The owners and staff appreciate your comments, however... More

Walldorf, Germany
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193 reviews 193 reviews
192 hotel reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

There is no normal hotel service in this place. No breakfast is served, reception is not staffed all the time and it is not cheap. On the other hand you get: very nice rooms, friendly staff, and, of course, an unbeatable location.

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Hartford, Connecticut
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Hotel Ranola is a boutique hotel (9 rooms available) in the heart of Sarasota. The location is about half a mile of the active part of Main Street. The owner is at the hotel every day so it is almost like a bed and breakfast(without the breakfast). The laundry room on premises was very handy for our extended trip.

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29 reviews 29 reviews
24 hotel reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

We liked some parts of the Ranola but not everything. Our room/studio was a lot like an efficiency in a New York City older building. A separate sleeping/sitting area, a small but functional kitchen and a small bath - all decorated in an IKEA'ish design. Everything in the kitchen and bath show their age but were clean and functional. The... More

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Wilmington, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is the third time we have stayed at The Ranola in downtown Sarasota. WE choose this location so that we can walk to the restaurants each evening without having to resort to a car journey. Althought there is plenty of parking. Years ago it was very difficult to find places to eat in downtown Sarasota, today it is a... More

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Frankfurt, Germany
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

After the glowing reviews of this hotel I was looking forward to staying here and celebrating a significant birthday with my loved one. For over 300 dollars for two nights, and a room described as 'fit for a queen' this should have been a high point in our vacation. Unfortunately it wasn't. The hotel location is very central and the... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
12 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

I'm about to share Sarasota's best kept secret: Hotel Ranola. It is the located. in the heart of shops, restaurants, and a short walk to the Bay Front. The "botique" hotel is in a charming, preserved old building with way cool art deco vibe. Each room has a kitchenette and the rooms are light, airy, funky & comfy. The beds... More

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Mary Esther, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013 via mobile

Very easy to earn another star from us: by more presence (Lets a bad taste when desk is only available till 3 pm, when people use to arrive later? You have to go through a complicate process of codes and numbers). Even morning 8pm was desk has been orphaned. The another issue: miserable WIFI. To be fixed by a new... More

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Address: 118 Indian Place, Sarasota, FL 34236
Location: United States > Florida > Sarasota
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style
#2 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota
Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Only hotel in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, Florida. Walk to dozens of fabulous restaurants. Shops, galleries, etc. Full kitchens, sitting area, spacious rooms. Pillowtop mattresses, luxurious linens, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and more. Minutes to beaches. ... more   less 
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