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“Graet place...good night's sleep” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area

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Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   8305 Tourist Center Drive, Sarasota, FL 34201 (Formerly Comfort Suites Sarasota / University Park)   |  
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Ranked #5 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Graet place...good night's sleep”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

From the moment of check-in until we checked out, not a thing went wrong with this hotel. the staff is delightful and knowledgeable. The accommodations were comfortable and it was ideally located, near the highway and loads of great shopping! Sarasota is where we went for a weekend getaway. We chose this hotel by chance and were sure glad we did. The only complaint is that there is no free breakfast and no fresh made coffee available in the lobby. However, they have a cafe in the lobby where one can purchase a Starbucks coffee and a made to order breakfast. As an alternative, one could brew coffee in the room with the provided coffee maker and coffee, but I never found this worth my while. All in all, highly recommended!

Room Tip: The room we had, near the icemaker, was quiet...even though a family with small kids was right next...
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  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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alb111111, Manager at Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area, responded to this review, August 21, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate our property. As you experienced our beautiful property is located in a great area while you are here for business or just a weekend getaway. From our staff to the amenities we offer this is the place to stay if you are visiting the University park/Lakewood Ranch area.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to seeing you on your next stay.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me personally if I may be of any assistance in the future.
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is in a great location in Sarasota. There are a lot of restaurants and shopping within walking distance. Room was very clean. Staff was friendly. We enjoyed our stay and plan to be back next time in Sarasota.

Stayed August 2014, traveled with family
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alb111111, Manager at Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area, responded to this review, August 19, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate our property. We are delighted that your stay with the Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area was enjoyable.

Everything we do is aimed at providing you with an excellent hotel experience and your feedback is extremely valuable. We truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us so that we may continue to deliver exceptional service in the future.

It is because of our staff that we are able to create loyal guest.

We look forward to your next stay with us!
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131 reviews 131 reviews
20 hotel reviews
Reviews in 56 cities Reviews in 56 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014 via mobile

Nice find right off University. Clean and well maintained. Staff is friendly and efficient. Rooms are well appointed and clean. bistro is available and morning staff does an excellent job. It's funny when you read this is not a 5-Star hotel - it is a Courtyard not JW! But most importantly- a very well run and maintained Courtyard. My hotel of choice when in Sarasota.

Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
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alb111111, Manager at Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area, responded to this review, August 14, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to our property. We are delighted that your stay with the Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area was enjoyable.

Everything we do is aimed at providing you with an excellent hotel experience and your feedback is extremely valuable. We truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us so that we may continue to deliver exceptional service in the future.

Our employees are a big part of our success and we are glad to hear that they have created another loyal guest.

See you again soon!
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Springfield, IL
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60 reviews 60 reviews
13 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

My husband has business several times a year in Sarasota and we usually stay at this Courtyard. It is always clean. The staff is first rate from the check in, to the cafe/bar, to the housekeeping staff. They have a really nice patio with fire pit that looks over a fountain. Relaxing. The pool and hot tub area are very nicely appointed and private. This time we were even given a "gift" of bottled water and trail mix at check in. Nice touch! We will be back next time we are in the area.

Stayed August 2014, traveled on business
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alb111111, Manager at Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate our property. We are delighted that your stay with the Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area was enjoyable.

Everything we do is aimed at providing you with an excellent hotel experience and your feedback is extremely valuable. We truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us so that we may continue to deliver exceptional service in the future.

It is because of our employee’s dedication to guest service that we stand out from the rest.

Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Friendly staff with friendly greating to make you feel welcome. Very modern and clean. Rooms and beds were comfortable and clean. Suggest room away from the beer gardens next door.
Very good value for the money would recommend.

  • Stayed August 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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alb111111, Manager at Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area, responded to this review, August 8, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate our property. We are delighted that your stay with the Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area was enjoyable.

Everything we do is aimed at providing you with an excellent hotel experience and your feedback is extremely valuable. We truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us so that we may continue to deliver exceptional service in the future.

It is because of our employee’s dedication to guest service that we stand out from the rest.

We’ll see you again soon!
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Seattle, Washington
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This property is near several restaurants, shopping, and other amenities. The common area outside was very comfortable and relaxing. Guest services was helpful and professional whenever I needed anything. The room was equally as comfortable. I would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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alb111111, Manager at Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area, responded to this review, July 26, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate your stay with us. We are delighted that your stay with the Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area was enjoyable.

Everything we do is aimed at providing you with an excellent hotel experience and your feedback is extremely valuable. We truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us so that we may continue to deliver exceptional service in the future.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me personally on your next stay with us if I can be of any assistance.
Sincerely,

Arlind Lile
Assistant General Manager
Sarasota Courtyard
alile@buffalolodging.com
941-360-2626
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64 hotel reviews
Reviews in 38 cities Reviews in 38 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

When my colleagues and I arrived to screaming kids running wild in the lobby, we each had a moment of panic. When the front desk staff mentioned there was a baseball tournament staying in the hotel, I was instantly searching for other hotels. Luckily they had an adults only floor reserved for those of us not attending the baseball tournament. The floor was quiet, clean and very comfortable. My room was very clean and well appointed. I enjoyed grabbing a beer in the evenings at the cafe and the healthy breakfast options with Starbucks coffee was a nice surprise.

The hotel is located in an area with a new mall being built and lots of chain dining options. Overall, we enjoyed the proximity to the airport and the quality of the hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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alb111111, Manager at Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area, responded to this review, July 26, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to evaluate your stay with us. We are delighted that your stay with the Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area was enjoyable.

Everything we do is aimed at providing you with an excellent hotel experience and your feedback is extremely valuable. We truly appreciate you sharing your thoughts with us so that we may continue to deliver exceptional service in the future.

Please come see us again soon!

Sincerely,

Arlind Lile
Assistant General Manager
Sarasota Courtyard
alile@buffalolodging.com
941-360-2626
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Additional Information about Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area

Address: 8305 Tourist Center Drive, Sarasota, FL 34201 (Formerly Comfort Suites Sarasota / University Park)
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Business Hotel in Sarasota
#6 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Courtyard Sarasota University Park/Lakewood Ranch Area 3*
Number of rooms: 136
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly renovated hotel, featuring 134 spacious suites, a refreshing lobby experience with Bistro and spaces for working or relaxing. Your rate includes a heated pool & hot tub, high speed wireless internet access, fitness center, 24-hour business center, 100% non-smoking, parking, HBO, ESPN and 24 hour coffee service. Suites feature pillow top mattresses, 2 phones, LCD flat screen TV’s, radio/alarm with MP3 connection, wet bar, refrigerator, microwave, iron/iron board, hair dryer and much more. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Comfort Suites Sarasota / University Park Hotel University Park
Comfort Suites University Park
University Park Comfort Suites

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