We have visited Sarasota on several occasions but this was our first time at Lakewood Ranch and we were impressed by the area. The hotel's lobby was very open and spacious and we checked into our room early. We had a lake view room which was very pleasant, clean and comfortable. The only problem we encountered was the noise from the room above us at night which we endured for 3 nights but had to report to reception as it was still going on until 2.00 in the morning. We were a little upset that the only comment the receptionist made was that the guests in that room were checking out that day so we wouldn't have anymore problems! We did not let this stop us from enjoying our vacation and enjoyed good food and drinks offered at the restaurant where the service was also excellent. The hotel is in a lovely location, lots of shopping and restaurants within a short distance and an easy drive to the wonderful beaches of Sarasota. There is a new mall being built also and would love to return to the hotel as the location is just perfect. There is a pool area, however we did not use the pool as it was dirty but hey who needs a pool with the wonderful beaches within a few miles.