I was a bit apprehensive booking this hotel since I normally stay at a higher end hotel and and reading some of the reviews. However, I didn't have much choice since most of the hotels I wanted to stay in (e.g., Indigo) were booked for Spring Break. There were some reviews that mentioned the hotel was renovated late 2012, and so I took a chance. I'm glad I did.
I don't know what the hotel looked like before, but I really liked the renovation. It liked the bold colors and design patterns they chose. It made the place feel "hipper." As soon as I walked into my room, I could tell it was pretty new by the smell. The sofa looked spotless and the fabric didn't feel cheap. There was a desk next to the kitchenette where you could work and you could access the internet through WiFi or coax. I found that the speeds weren't great sometimes with either connection and wound up using my MiFi instead. The queen-sized bed was nice and comfortable with lots of pillows. I guess it must have been filled with feather because it seemed to sink in and I had to use several of them to get the fluffiness I'm used to with my Tempurpedic pillow at home. BTW, the room was also nicely decorated, at least to my tastes. Based on reading some of the other posts, I wasn't sure if they completely renovated the bathroom or not. I think they did. The toilet and shower looked brand new. However, the drain in the sink look a little rusty. I'm thinking that they probably bought some cheap stuff and that's it's really new but got rusty quick. I didn't care too much for the bathroom tiles. It looked outdated and cheap, but I guess that's what you pay for. However, it was clean and looked to be new. I have a feeling it will age quickly so go book there now. :-)
The really nice deal is the complimentary breakfast. I was very impressed. This was no ordinary continental breakfast. They had the usual suspects like yogurt, juice, coffee, bagels, and toast, but also had eggs, ham, and sausages.
This hotel didn't seem to have a lot of staff, so if you're looking for a lot service, look elsewhere. If you want to do your own laundry, they have machines available as well as supplies that you can buy.
Like most business hotels that I've stayed in, this one was also "noisy" in the sense that you can hear people from the halls. Maybe that's normal?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come and experience the newly renovated SpringHill Suites where art meets "decor". The SpringHill Suites Sarasota/Bradenton offers style to inspire and space to rejuvenate. Located near beautiful white sand beaches, less than 1 mile from the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport and conveniently located near the famous John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art makes us, your perfect destination. We are just off University Parkway and US 41. All of our suites are 25% larger than comparably priced hotel rooms, while providing the amenities of a modern lifestyle. Enjoy free WiFi or wired high-speed Internet, spacious work stations and modern furnishings with innovative room layouts. We offer a complimentary hot breakfast buffet, outdoor heated pool and spa, fitness center, 24 hour business center, while The Market offers 24 hour access to drinks and snacks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Springhill Suites Sarasota Bradenton Hotel Sarasota
- Sarasota Springhill Suites