We spent 7 nights here with a 16 year old in tow for a bit of relaxation after Disney! Great position as a very short drive (5 mins or so) into St Armands Circle and a pretty quick drive into Sarasota proper - I would suggest that a car is a must for getting around. The hotel is OK but is nothing exceptional, it's a bit jaded - the pool area is tatty, new furniture, parasols and a new bar itself wouldn't go amiss although the pool is fine! The hotel restaurant was exceptionally quiet so we decided to give it a miss but breakfast and lunches were very good (top tip - share a maincourse at lunchtime as the portions are huge!) We had a huge 'room', better described as an 'apartment' - huge balcony overlooking the sea with furniture, nice and quiet, very comfortable bed, good furnishings, well appointed bathroom and a fully fitted kitchen. My only gripe was the air-con which was incredibly old and so noisy it was unbelievable - literally woke us up every time it clicked on / off - our son who was sleeping on a sofa bed in the sitting room had real problems with his sleep quality! The best part for us was the beach, and in particular the 'beach boys' who gave us great service finding loungers / putting up parasols etc! The sea and beach were gorgeous! After chatting with guests (mostly Americans) it was clear that a lot of guests were 'old timers' who visited year after year, perhaps you don't notice the cracks after a while? The golf was excellent, two quite different courses, and extremely enjoyable! (Second top tip, take your clubs!) We ate out in St Armands Circle every evening and had superb food at a different place every evening - enjoy!