My husband and I stayed at Hotel Ranola for the first time Dec 2 and 3rd in the king suite. The room was huge and the decor was unique and stylish. The room had a full kitchen with a little eating area as well as a large sitting area with a bar. We stayed in Room 1 and did not experience any odd or musty smell. On the contrary, the room was very fresh and clean. To be clear, this is an old building which has been very nicely renovated. The wood floors creaked and it didn't have the ultra luxurious finishes that some may prefer in a hotel. The air conditioner in the room is a window unit. None of that mattered to us...it only added to the charm. The hotel was in a great downtown location which allowed us to make the most of our time in Sarasota. We will definitely be back!!