The Sarasota Ritz is very nice. The staff are exception and very helpful. The location is interesting however, since it is on the edge of the city. However, they do have a shuttle which takes you to the amazing Beach Club. Yet the shuttle is not frequent or reliable from our experience, thus is you have your own car, even better. The Ritz is close to St. Armand's Circle (just over the Ringling Bridge) which is a delight for shopping and eating (drinking too!).
We stayed twice this year, once during the 4th of July - amazing location for the fireworks over the water.
As far as the rooms -- be picky! A "water view" room can consist of partial views of the bay but mostly of the Hyatt across the docks as well as the roof of the parking lot! We did have a horrible experience in early june of a wedding party playing something like "bowling with marbles" in the room above us at 2 am. However, the rooms are roomy and comfortable -- beds are HARD though!
The restaurant that is newly designed - Jack Dusty's has a great atmosphere! The food is pretty good - love the brown bread that is served in a tin can. Wine list is excellent -- love the outdoor seating, even in July. Will be back again soon. However, will be very picky abou the room. I did book through the Ritz and am a rewards member so was surprise that our room had an "average" view.
- 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 2017 "Best Beach in America." ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Sarasota Ritz Carlton
- Ritz Sarasota
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