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118 Indian Pl Ste 6 #6, Sarasota, FL 34236-5800
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Certificate of Excellence


#5 of 60 hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Only hotel in the heart of Downtown Sarasota, Florida. Walk to dozens of fabulous restaurants. Shops, galleries, etc. Full kitchens, sitting area, spacious rooms. Pillowtop mattresses, luxurious linens, flat screen TVs, Wi-Fi and more. Minutes to beaches.
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Free parking
Secured parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fax / photocopying
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Room features
Blackout curtains
Air conditioning
Dining area
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Bath / shower
Seating area
Separate dining area
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Laptop safe
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Flatscreen TV
iPod docking station
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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City view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, Spanish, Thai
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Planktos15 wrote a review Mar 2020
Florida142 contributions51 helpful votes
This place is located near the heart of downtown, making walking to everything a breeze. It is so charming, we only wish the bedroom decor matched the historic vibe of the rest of the hotel. The bed was unfortunately very stiff, but otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The rooms are spacious and clean. The owners made check-in very simple past 3pm, we had no issues whatsoever. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: March 2020
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mggshot wrote a review Feb 2020
Michigan66 contributions6 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
Went to Sarasota for the First Watch Half-Marathon with a group of friends. Most stayed at the Hyatt but another adventurous couple and we opted for a boutique hotel. We were pleasantly surprised. The other couples room was a bit smaller but we had a suite with a separate sleeping area. The amenities includedflat screen tvs(we had 2), a kitchen and eating area. They had great personal care products, bottled water and excellent linens. Interior and exterior doors were all card keyed and halls and exterior had surveillance cameras. Parking was onsite and free. Staffing was from early am with room service availavle until 3pm. The manager lived onsite and was available after 3pm for emergencies. Housekeeping staff were friendly and accommodating. Even told us how to use washers(new front loads)after hours. Now I will tell you it is old but charming with a bit of flair in the decorating. If you are a person that needs an updated hotel this may not be for you. Property is clean but I repeat old( no elevators). It is a 1926 apartment building in progress of being updated. There are only 9 rooms. AC units are window mounts. It is within walking distance of many of the main street eateries. Great weekend farmer's market. Lots of night life nearby. Like any other big city use common sense after dark. Would I stay here again? Yes, planning on next year already.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Hotel Ranola, Owner at Hotel Ranola
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Thank you for choosing to stay with us and providing such an honest review, I look forward to seeing you again next year.
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julie o wrote a review Mar 2020
Chelmsford, United Kingdom39 contributions15 helpful votes
My friend who lives in Sarasota booked us in for 3 nights on 27th Feb. We arrived at hotel at 8.30pm in the evening and the place was in darkness. We banged and knocked to gain entry to no avail. There was a sign on the door saying to ring the bell not could not find a bell. They also had a number to call and we tried for about an hour. In the end we gave up but all other hotels were fully booked so we had no option but to drive back to Tampa. To add injury my friend got charged for the 3 nights!! I have emailed but have had no explanation or reply. Please be cautious when staying here
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
Response from Hotel Ranola, Owner at Hotel Ranola
Responded Mar 12, 2020
I’m very bothered by your post and review. Would you please call me so that I could address this issue immediately, 941-951-0111 that is the main hotel line.
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VAexplores wrote a review Mar 2020
Falls Church, VA47 contributions13 helpful votes
Skip the hotel chains if you enjoy eclectic lodging like Ranola, Our room was essentially a small efficiency apartment with full kitchen , lots of seating, comfortable bed, plenty of space in a vintage Art Deco setting with fun art and dramatic looking doors. The room air conditioner was just fine and the place was very quiet despite its urban location, even our first floor room. Easy, safe walk to all the restaurants on Main Street. Free private parking on the property. HBO.
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Date of stay: March 2020
Beejmcgillashaw wrote a review Feb 2020
Winnipeg, Canada206 contributions133 helpful votes
The hotel is an older building. There's a history of the building in the front hall. Rooms are large. Bathroom a bit small (had to squeeze to close the door). Bit of wear and tear visible. Bed was very comfortable. Plus free parking! The lady that checked us in was very nice. I would recommend this hotel just keep your expectations in check.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hotel Ranola
Which popular attractions are close to Hotel Ranola?
Nearby attractions include Sarasota Farmers Market (0.3 miles), McCurdy's Comedy Theatre (0.2 miles), and Keffie's ecoChic Boutique (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Hotel Ranola?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Hotel Ranola?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
Is parking available at Hotel Ranola?
Yes, free parking and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Hotel Ranola?
Conveniently located restaurants include The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogies, La Mucca Ballerina, and Indigenous.
Is Hotel Ranola located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.4 miles away from the center of Sarasota.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Hotel Ranola?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and Thai.
Are there any historical sites close to Hotel Ranola?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Ca d'Zan (3.6 miles), The Powel Crosley Estate (4.3 miles), and Phillippi Estate Park (4.5 miles).
Does Hotel Ranola have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the city view available here.