Came to Sarasota with the family (two teens) for a quick spring break. The hotel was located about 30 minutes (drive) to Siesta Key Beach; not bad at all. We decided we weren't staying on the beach, so a little drive wasn't a problem.
The staff was extremely, and I mean big time extremely friendly and pleasant. They certainly provide excellent personal service.
The hotel was very clean, rooms were nice, and breakfast was good. The pool was nice, a bit on the smaller side, but we certainly didn't plan to use it much anyway; not with the beaches in the area.
For a family looking to have an affordable "home base" for visiting Sarasota or the Keys, I'd definitely recommend this hotel. They have a shuttle for a 3 mile radius; but there really isn't too much to experience in the direct area...a car rental is essential.
Overall it was a quiet, comfortable hotel with a great staff and good food and drink options.