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“Don't Expect Much Here - Run as fast as you can - away” 1 of 5 stars
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Ramada Sarasota
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7150 North Tamimai Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 (Formerly Sarasota Hotel & Marina)   |  
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Ranked #35 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
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“Don't Expect Much Here - Run as fast as you can - away”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

I checked into this hotel on 06.26.14. Once I was in the room I could only take it for about 30 minutes then I started checking other hotels. I checked out of this hotel within 1 hour of being on site. This property is worth about $30.00 per night -

Room Tip: The best tip I can provide to anyone is " don't stay here".
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled solo
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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GMRamadaSarasota, Owner at Ramada Sarasota, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear Kory,

I am so sorry you did not enjoy your stay with us. Please let us know in more detail what the issues were and we will do our best next time to correct them for you.

Sincerely,

Navid Kichi
Owner
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My family and I only needed one night's stay at this Ramada. It was booked sight unseen and we were hoping for a nicer looking hotel and were disappointed to see it looked so dinky. HOWEVER, the room itself was everything we needed. Comfortable beds, nice shower, microwave, refrigerator. It was not brand new looking clean but it was decent enough. The bathroom was barely big enough to turn around in and the hotel was so big and spread out you had to walk a very long distance to get to the Lobby for check in , checkout, breakfast. Rooms can be confusing to find as well. Dean, the front desk person, was very cordial and helpful. We had a waterside view of a small bay. The pool was nice, and deep and one end. It is next to a pub like place to eat called The Bearded Clam, may even be part of the hotel actually, so theres a a big crowd really close to the pool. It wasnt rowdy when we were there but I assume during high season it can get loud and boosey. We paid $83 a night and were hoping for a better looking hotel for that price. In my opinion it was a $49 hotel. $60 tops.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GMRamadaSarasota, Owner at Ramada Sarasota, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear Valued Guest,

I am glad you enjoyed your one night stay at our hotel. Next time, if you are looking for a more updated room we do offer our "Executive" rooms at a slight price premium which have fully renovated bathrooms, 49" flat panel TV's, and brand new tommy bahama furniture package.

We look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

sincerely,

Navid Kichi
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My husband is in a scooter and when I called to see if they had an ADA compliant room they said they could only accommodate wheelchairs. We were supposed to attend a JCI Senate event there in October however we will not be going because they cannot accommodate my husband. If you have someone who is disabled do no book this hotel. They cannot accommodate you at all - the rooms are to tight for any movement of any device.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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GMRamadaSarasota, Owner at Ramada Sarasota, responded to this review, July 5, 2014
Dear Yvonne,

Thank you for your review. As we discussed over the phone this was a big misunderstanding on our part. We do have 3 fully compliant ADA rooms which is actually 1 more then we are required by law. These ADA rooms can fit both a scooter or wheel chair as long as they were built to ADA specifications.

After discussing with Yvonne over the phone we were able to get he into a room that would fully accommodate all of her ADA needs for her upcoming event.

Sincerely,

Navid Kichi
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Decatur, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

This was quite the experience. We got to the hotel and the staff was very nice at the front desk. Quickly gave us our card and we went to the back of the property towards the south side. Initially, we were given room 502 (if I recall the number right - second floor on the back). We walked in and immediately noticed a musty/moldy smell. We also saw several areas on the wall that were patched over and not painted. The bathroom was very unclean with hairs in and on the tub, toilet, and sink. The tub was also PAINTED and it was peeling off. Definitely not good for our two year old daughter.

My wife was not at all happy with the hotel and went down to the front desk. The manager was extremely helpful and said that all of the "standard" rooms were already booked out - but would go ahead and upgrade us to an executive suite at no extra cost since they did have the rooms available. The cost for one of these rooms is $110+ a night, which is well overpriced compared to other 2.5 star hotels that are around $87 - $95 for the same quality. She was shown two rooms - one on the bottom floor and one on the second floor of the building just north of the lobby building facing towards the main US 41/Tamiami Trl.

She chose the second floor room - Room 200. This room did have carpeting but the room was very clean and looked like a proper 2.5 star hotel room with a microwave and fridge. However, the tub was still painted and had some scratches in the paint. Once we got this room, we were happy with the arrangements and the hotel did live up to the 2.5 star rating.

The pool area was very nice and the breakfast was great as well. The guy in the breakfast area also made a HUGE difference on our experience at the hotel. He was very friendly and did impressions of some actors that our daughter giggled about.

So, a word to the warning about this hotel - make sure you get one of the better upgraded rooms. DO NOT USE EXPRESS DEALS on Priceline for Bradenton, FL! Otherwise you will get one of these "standard rooms" that is more like a one-star hotel and don't have the same level of cleanliness or upkeep. If the hotel would change out the carpeting in those rooms, it may fix the smell at least - but the cleaning staff needs higher standards.

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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

This hotel really needs an upgrade. Bathrooms are worn, hallway carpet threadbare. However, if you get a sea view room, it is great to sit on the balcony. Meanwhile, watched the World Cup at the outdoor bar - many nice people and good food.

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Address: 7150 North Tamimai Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243 (Formerly Sarasota Hotel & Marina)
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #35 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Ramada Sarasota 3*
Number of rooms: 85
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy the splendor of warm tropical breezes, sparkling waters and dazzling sunsets of the Ramada Waterfront located on Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Florida. The hotel, banquet rooms, restaurant, Tiki Bar and heated outdoor swimming pool all have spectacular views of the marina. The Ramada Waterfront Sarasota is convenient to Florida's gulf coast beautiful white sand beaches including Siesta Key Beach, Lido Key and Anna Maria Island. The full service Ramada Waterfront has 85 comfortable and well-appointed guest rooms and suites. Amenities include free WiFi throughout the hotel and free parking. With over 9,000 square feet of flexible function space, the hotel is ideal for meetings, banquets weddings and other special events for up to 700 people. ... more   less 
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