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“Awesome staff and great location” 5 of 5 stars
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The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236   |  
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Ranked #5 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
Warren, OH
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Awesome staff and great location”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I want to start off by giving accolades to the staff--beginning with the valets, front desk, room service and hotel porters. Starting with correctly pronouncing a difficult last name every time (which rarely happens to our family) to making sure that all your needs are being met, their attitude was wonderful and they were exceptional in service. We had only a few minor things that happened, but the staff was quick to resolve--or at least offered a solution to resolve. One was a small plate sized -- dried dark coffee or cocoa stain on the carpet that was observed immediately upon entering our room. They tried to clean it while we left for a few hours but found that the stain needed to be cleaned with strong chemicals. They offered to move us, but we declined because we had already unpacked. Therefore, they would wait until we checked out to complete the cleaning of the carpet stain--which was our choice. The ironing board was missing from the closet, but they sent one up immediately. And, after returning from an event one evening, we entered our room only to find a set of suitcases in our room--evidently placed there in error. The front desk was apologetic and said that they would be up immediately to retrieve them - but it took nearly an hour and a second call to the front desk to have them removed. They were very apologetic and offered a complimentary breakfast for the next morning due to the inconvenience of waiting for the bags to be removed (it was late at night and we were waiting for the bags to be removed so that we could go to sleep.) So, even with a few minor mishaps, the staff was professional and attentive and I would certainly stay here again and would recommend the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota to travelers. As for the location, it was in walking distance to the marina, shops and boutiques. Saturday offered an very popular farmers market in the downtown area, complete with specialty vendors - not flea market. The Ritz-Carlton is close to other attractions withing driving distance as well.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

we had a beautiful stay...the beach club is a must do!! everything was wonderful. we upgraded to a suite the second night...beautiful!! the restaurant is wonderful sushi is to die for..so close to everything...I didn't want to leave. The pool is wonderful on property but a short shuttle away is the beach club that made our trip!! incredible service and beautiful luxurious beach..I will go back......the staff was just wonderful at accomodating all of our needs..

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Fort Myers, Florida
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

From the time we got out of our limo and while we were checking in we felt like royalty. That was our 1st time at this specific Ritz Carlton. We were met by a butler while checking in with iced cold towels, and champagne. My husband doesn't drink champagne, only red wine, so shortly after checking in a glass of red was sent to our room for my husband. How Awesome is that!

We always stay on the club level, and this resorts club level was nothing short of spectacular. We were able to have breakfast, snack, lunch, and after dinner dessert. It is worth the price for staying on the club level. Sitting out on the balcony of the club level overlooking the landscape of Sarasota and the water is great. We also love the fact that not only can we keep going back for seconds and thirds on food, but we can also go back for seconds and thirds on wine, soft drinks, coffee, and champagne.....did I mention seconds on wine and champagne? :).

Our room was nice, typical room nothing special. There is so much to see in Sarasota that you are hardly ever in your room. Ritz Sarasota have their own beach, and it's own beach bar. Prices are not bad, and the beach is OK

Room Tip: - If you can afford it, stay on the club level. I can guarantee it is well worth it.
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago, Illinois
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

We are currently staying our 6th time since July and it will be our last. This has to be the worst property in the Ritz portfolio. Four of the six times we needed to change rooms (inculding suites) for a variety of reasons: Internet didn't work, air conditioning not operating, etc. The Ritz does not seem to have any quaility control, light bulbs out in the bathroom, remote controls that don't work, dirty phones, mini bars with the seals broken, etc. Little things that when staying at a Ritz should not happen. Last night, after getting another room with a faulty air conditior and waiting several hours without being moved to a different room I had to call AMEX Platinum to deal with it since they represent this in their Fine Hotel program for Plantium members. We finally received a new room but this morning am not delighting in the construction taking place (the restaurant is under construction until end of December). The Ritz should refrain from charging Ritz prices until they get their act together. Be warned, even if you are many floors up you will hear construction noises. Also, to Ritz management, Amex Platinum Fine Hotels program less than thrilled with the response they received last night trying to get us a room that was okay; and after expressing the issues we have had in four of our last stays here they want to have a further conversation with us because this property is not representing their program in the way they want. Finally, almost all of the staff, with the exception of several front desk/management are wonderful and kept us coming back, however after last night and this morning we are done with this Ritz property and will not house our overflow guests here once we move back into our local home.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

After a wonderful stay at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando a few years ago we thought we would treat ourselves to a special break at the Ritz Carlton Sarasota for a week. It is a nice property but we felt did let itself down in some areas. We used the jacuzzi in the pool area at the hotel one afternoon and found it to be very dirty with leaves and even cigarette butts! Also -very pricey extras-Internet and valet parking. These days free wifi is common place in towels and should be charged at $12 a day! Also it was not free in any public areas. Room service was hit and miss at times-at turndown being left 1 chocolate for 2 people in a double room struck us as odd!Also refilling the coffee and tea was hit and miss. Owe ver, The beach club area at Lido Key was wonderful- the pool staff provide Ritz service you would expect. The Hotel itself seems a little too concerned with wedding and business meetings rather than guests.

Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

My husband and I went for our honeymoon and stayed at the club level, it could not have been a better choice. The staff at the hotel, from the bellman to the shuttle driver treat you so well. The service here could not be better and we will go back. The room was beautiful, the bathroom was immaculate and we loved every detail of our stay. The Ritz Carlton is the gold standard and this is an excellent Ritz

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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20 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

I recently enjoyed a "Mother/Daughter" trip to the Ritz in Sarasota and had an absolutely wonderful time! We were lucky enough to take advantage of a deal they were offering and got to stay on the Club Level which was an experience enough in itself! If at all feasible, do yourself a favor and book a club room - you will not be disappointed!

Hotel/Grounds: This Ritz location actually consists of 2 distinct properties - the actual hotel and the Beach Club. We elected to not rent a car and just took a taxi from the airport which was about a 10-15 minute ride. The hotel itself is located on the Bay and is your typical Ritz property with a grand lobby, floral displays, and a refined décor. It's smaller than some of the other resort properties but certainly not lacking in any amenities. There is a pool at the hotel (with poolside service) but I will say that the one at the Beach Club is nicer. I did also notice a ping pong table and small arcade area for kids on the ground floor. There are also several evening activities held during the week, mainly the live music in the Ca d' Zan lounge which was quite the experience! They were getting ready to start a renovation of this space shortly after we left so I'm not sure if they are still offering this, but make sure to check it out if they do!

The Beach Club is only a few miles away and there is a complimentary shuttle that runs hourly. We had no problems with the shuttle service - it was always on time and the drivers were extremely friendly and helpful. The shuttle also makes a stop at St. Armands Circle (about halfway between the hotel and the beach) which really made a car unnecessary for us. The Beach Club is a gorgeous property complete with a restaurant, pool bar, and well appointed locker rooms. There is a large pool with ample seating along with direct beach access. This pool tends to get a bit more crowded than the one at the hotel, but the overall atmosphere is definitely more relaxing.

Room: As I mentioned, our room was on the Club Level with a decent view of the harbor - I don't know if there are any truly good views at this hotel due to the location. The room itself was fairly large with ample space for all of our luggage. Everything appeared well maintained and very clean and we had absolutely no complaints!

Service: The staff was wonderful and extremely professional (as expected). We were always warmly greeted by the staff members in the lobby and the Club Level staff was always checking in to make sure there was nothing we needed and that there were not any issues. The shuttle drivers were outstanding and really made the effort to learn the faces and names of everyone on board.

Food: Since we were staying on the Club level and are fairly light eaters, we ate most of our meals in the Club Lounge which offers 5 meal presentations daily:

Breakfast - Breakfast was a fairly standard spread of assorted cereals, breads, pastries, fresh fruit, yogurt, and deli meats as well as a few hot options including oatmeal, breakfast potatoes, and a rotating specialty item. Champagne was also available most mornings to make your own mimosa.

Lunch - This was probably the "heaviest" offering of the day and included assorted sandwiches, salad, cheeses, chips, and crudités. Everything was very fresh and refilled often and we were more than pleased

Afternoon Snack - This was the lightest presentation of the day consisting of assorted nuts and cheeses along with the same chips that were available at lunch.

Dinner Appetizers - There was a decent variety of appetizers offered while we were there. There was always a small salad, some type of seafood "shooter", assorted breads and cheeses, a hot option (chicken skewers, bite-sized quiches) and a few other items. Everything was always pretty good, but I did wish they would offer a healthier or lighter option such as crudités or marinated vegetables

Dessert/Cocktails - Small desserts and liquors were offered in the evenings and certainly offered enough variety to please any sweet tooth!

In addition to the food presentations various soft drinks, water, coffee/tea, and wine (beginning around lunch) were available throughout the day along with assorted cookies and jars of candy. We really enjoyed the lounge, especially the wonderful staff members there. Elena in particular provided exceptional service and we looked forward to seeing her every afternoon! She really treated us as if we were family, not just another hotel guest.

Gym: The fitness room was well appointed with a variety of cardio machines and free weights. It did feel slightly cramped though and many of the cardio machines were marked as being reserved for residents (probably a bonus for them). Overall it met our needs but wasn't designed as nicely as other Ritz properties.

We really enjoyed our stay here and will definitely consider this hotel again for our trip next year!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1111 Ritz Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota
#4 Business Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota 5*
Number of rooms: 266
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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