we had a 5 day holiday with two couples and felt as though nothing was too much for the staff members throughout the ritz facilities. everyone seemed to love their job from the beach club shuttle driver to the breakfast waiter to the golf concierge. the hotel is not beachfront which is one of its only detractions, but once you arrive at the beach club its mini-resort-within-a-resort feel and full service, it isn't a problem.
cons: location away from the beach, slightly outdated room/balcony decor (although clean, and large marble bath), not much "adults-only" areas if not travelling with children (including at 11pm on the dancefloor in the lounge)
pros: first-rate service by every staff member, great quality food on-site and fair amount of choice, lovely white sand private beach with full-service beach club, free transport to their members golf club, shuttle service to St. Armand's Circle so everyone can drink and eat at dinner without worry, nightly live music in the large bar/lounge, awesome tiki bar on the beach which hasn't been ruined by hotel ownership
ask for a waterfront room facing the harbour, the view is better than those in the same catagory looking out the front of the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience a resort where the casual Gulf Coast lifestyle meets the sophisticated, cosmopolitan excitement of the city. Featuring exceptional dining, a luxurious spa, championship golf,off-site Beach Club nearby, lavish accommodations and sweeping bay and city views, The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, Florida, provides guests with a relaxing escape from the everyday. While you're visiting, be sure to enjoy the sandy beaches recently named the 2011 "Best Beach in America". ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota Hotel Sarasota
- Sarasota Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Sarasota
- Ritz-Carlton Sarasota