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Hotel Ranola

#10 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
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118 Indian Place, Sarasota, FL 34236
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    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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Toronto
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82 reviews 82 reviews
17 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We loved the Ranola. We spent 4 nights in a large ground floor suite. The hotel is a converted small 3-floor apartment building in downtown Sarasota. It has just 9 rooms which are all converted apartments. It also has another 9 apartments, mainly on the top floor, that have permanent tenants. Our groundfloor suite had a bedroom with a make-up... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 hotel reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel Ranola is an Art Deco Paradise and a marvelous choice for historic lodging in downtown Sarasota! Charm abounds, as well as plenty of comfort and hospitality. The location is ideal for exploring the city of Sarasota and the nearby beaches. Parking is free and the building is quite secure; as a female, traveling alone, I felt very comfortable in... More 

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Portsmouth NH
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66 reviews 66 reviews
26 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Pleasant small 9 room hotel on a quiet street well located walk to downtown Sarasota, great restaurants and shops, 10 minutes walk to Whole Foods. Art Deco apartments built in the 1920's. Recently converted with all mod cons, full bathrooms with black and white tiles, eggplant walls, trendy rugs, comfortable bedding, small but well stocked kitchen,with coffee maker. Flat screen... More 

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HotelRanola, Owner at Hotel Ranola, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for the positive review of Hotel Ranola. Not everyone realizes that we are not the conventional chain. Thank you for appreciating our charm. Hope to see you again!. Kathy Owner More 

Truro, United Kingdom
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60 reviews 60 reviews
13 hotel reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We ended our 3 week long tour of Florida with a 2 night stay at the Hotel Ranola. It is as described on their website, art deco interior design with all the amenities of modern living, plus the advantage of a small roof top terrace. Our room had a full kitchen, comfortable bed and lots of space. They supplied coffee,... More 

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Kathy D, Owner at Hotel Ranola, responded to this review

It's wonderful to hear that you had such a fantastic stay with us, Sue! Above all, we want our guests to be able to relax and enjoy all that Sarasota has to offer. I'm glad our proximity to downtown made that possible, and you had a great time taking in the local hot spots. Thanks for sharing, and we hope... More 

Green Lane, Pennsylvania
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

My wife and I stayed here for a couple of nights back in November of 2014. As many of the other reviewers have noted, this isn't your standard hotel. The owners bought the building, which was built in the 1920s, and spent a great deal of time, energy and money renovating. I spend about 100 nights per year in hotels... More 

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Kathy D, Owner at Hotel Ranola, responded to this review

We're so happy that you enjoyed your stay.Thank you for taking the time to share this glowing, thoughtful review, Seth. Regardless of how much time passes, I will always appreciate your support! We would love to see you again. Take care, Kathy, Proprietor More 

Tulum mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Walk to many of Sarasota great restaurants. Building has nine small apartments for rent. Built for snowbirds a century ago. Redone in funky Art Deco. black and white tile, stainless and engine turned metal trim. If old bothers you probably shoul d go elsewhere. Tiny kitchen but adequate. Whole Foods is only a ten minute walk. Very safe area, fenced... More 

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Kathy D, Owner at Hotel Ranola, responded to this review

I'm so happy you chose us to get a taste of Sarasota! Hopefully you liked it enough to relocate as we'd love to welcome you to the city. I appreciate your support, Don, and if you need anything else please don't hesitate to reach out. All the best, Kathy, Proprietor More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

If you are looking for a great location with spacious accomodation, the freedom to get your own breakfast when you want it and don't mind very minimal hotel facilities Hotel Ranola is for you. Always providing you are confident that nothing could go wrong with your arrangements in which case don't expect any flexibility from the owner/manager. We first booked... More 

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Venice, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Great charming boutique historic hotel downtown kitchen with all one would need we brought appetizers and beverages overlook bay and city on rooftop deck. Good area did the pinapple drop and no worries bout driving home. Would do again. Only wish I could have brought my 4 lb. Chihuahua Bruiser because of this we had to head home very early.

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Kathy D, Owner at Hotel Ranola, responded to this review

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed staying with us! We certainly aim to impress, and it sounds like we hit the mark. Thanks for helping us spread the word here, and we hope you'll come back and stay with us the next time you're visiting Sarasota! All the best, Kathy, Proprietor More 

Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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80 reviews 80 reviews
27 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

hotel Ranola offers appartments in an appartment building with tourists and tennants. The place is clean, has a nice and fully equiped kitchen, enough space and a good bed. Only the airco is loudish, but necessary. The hosts are very friendly and helpful (ask for beach gear). It's a 5 min walk to the down town area.

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Kathy D, Owner at Hotel Ranola, responded to this review

We appreciate you leaving us such an encouraging review. We're sure that future guests will appreciate your suggestions, and it's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed all of our amenities. Thanks for sharing, and we hope you'll come back and stay with us again! All the best, Kathy, Proprietor More 

2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Just returned from my 2nd visit and Hotel Ranola was absolutely wonderful. Great service, friendly and even helped me out with many ideas in mind about moving to Sarasota. The owner Kathy & staff, especially Martha were so good to me. I can't wait to go back again. If you're looking for that home away from, comfort, affordable, walking distance... More 

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Kathy D, Owner at Hotel Ranola, responded to this review

I'm so glad that you enjoyed your stay with us, Marcy! It's great to hear that our team took excellent care of you and was so friendly and welcoming. I truly appreciate you helping us spread the word here, and hope you'll come back and see us again soon! All the best, Kathy, Proprietor More 

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