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The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
Ranked #3 of 50 Hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 14, 2006

Stayed in a club level suite for 3 nights and it was worth it! The staff in the club lounge go out of their way to make you feel welcome, talking to you by name from the moment you first arrive. The food presentations each day were delicious and went very well with the unlimited champagne! The beach club was great to spend time at, only a shame that you have to travel 10 minutes to get there. However, for a leisure break the hotel pool was also really nice overlooking the inland waterway. Overall, we couldn't fault this hotel in any way.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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4  Thank goodwins13
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Reviewed March 26, 2006

As always, the Ritz does a wonderful job. From the bellman to the ladies in housekeeping, everyone is so friendly and helpful.

We stayed on the Club Level which we had not done before. It was great. They had 5 different food presentations a day (breakfast, lunch, tea/snacks, appetizers and then chocolates from 9pm-10pm. It was a bit more expensive but we took all of our meals there. Drinks were also available at no additional cost at certain times which was nice.

The Beach Club is great, quite busy with kids but we hung off by the hot tub and enjoyed relaxing.

All in all, a great hotel. If I was going to that area again, I would stay there for SURE!

  • Stayed: March 2005
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5  Thank Grohe
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Reviewed March 24, 2006

Second trip was as disappointing as the first. We found housekeeping sloppy, not replacing empty tissue box, throwing out personal items and slow to respond to requests. Dining room was clueless! Waiter fills tea cup with coffee; brings the wrong toast; takes 20 minutes to deliver simple breakfast order on non crowded time. Everyone apologizes all the time (because they don't get it right the first time).

  • Stayed: March 2006
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6  Thank NY Tripster
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Reviewed March 13, 2006

I’ve seen comments here that suggest the Sarasota RC isn’t up to the standards of other RC’s. Well, maybe it’s not exactly the splashy, grand metropolitan image of a many RC locations but it’s plenty good enough.

The Beach Club portion is beautiful and the primary pool and hotel is first rate too. Food, service and amenities are very good. You’re treated like someone who’s decided to spend $575 a night to stay there and that’s half the battle.

Interesting story of how this place may disappoint some and, yet, managed to impress me: I had a ¼ bottle of Barolo remaining at dinner and had it sent to my room whereupon it was taken by housekeeping. I wasn’t happy about this and reported it to management. Within an hour, I had a full, new bottle of a better Barolo delivered to my room.

Not a great many high-end choices in the Sarasota area but I’d stay at the RC again. No doubt.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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8  Thank DeansDesk
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Reviewed March 1, 2006

I like this place. Yes, the furnishings may look dated but the room was clean and the bed very comfortable. The service was exceptional.

The hotel was full during our stay, but you would never know it. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and we loved the small touches like free muffins and water for your trip at the valet on the morning we left.

The hotel restaurant was a pleasant surprise. Wonderful reasonable breakfast buffet and elegant, delicious dinner.

But the beach club was the real prize. Located at the prime spot on Lido Key, it is beautiful and luxurious. Great food delivered on the beach, staff offering you towels and water, top notch locker room ,long lush beach. The shallow pool is pretty but not functional.

I understand from my colleague that the golf club is not quite ready, though open, and is 16 miles away.

Overall, I would recommend this hotel and I'd go back.

  • Stayed: February 2006, traveled on business
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5  Thank Stunifoo
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Reviewed February 23, 2006

I have to agree with many of the prior reviews in that this Ritz is not up to the Ritz Carlton brand standard. While we had an enjoyable stay, I don't think the condition of the rooms, some of the service and the Hotel amenities were up to par. I found our room as others have reported with dingy, stained carpeting, older furniture and an unclean bathroom. There was leftover hair around the sink and shower and the towels and bath robes were thin from apparent over use. The breakfast service in the main restaurant was in one word: terrible. We observed furious other guests waiting too long for their orders to be brought. We voiced our concerns to Management and they did take our concerns seriously. They offered us a subsequent complimentary breakfast, a nice response. The Beach Club is great. The staff is very friendly and attentive, and the pool and changing areas are lovely. I was a little annoyed by having to constantly pay for the use of Hotel amenities such as the "nicer" gym, the tennis courts (which essentially are situated in the Hotel parking lot) and the valet. We felt like real jerks also if we did not tip the valet each and every time we came and went from the Hotel as well as the Beach Club. Not being able to self park is very annoying. Unlike the Four Seasons, we felt nickeled and dimed at every turn. While we did not have a bad overall experience, we would be reluctant to stay here again unless we were using reward points or were offered a substantial discount on the room.

  • Stayed: February 2006
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7  Thank Ruby71
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Reviewed February 1, 2006

Staff prompt and courteous. Many staff members made the effort to know our name. All facilities very clean.
Beach club inconvenient 3 miles away from hotel but worth the trip. Staff at beach excellent and friendly. Hotel does offer shuttle free of charge to beach club and shopping. Hotel rather small nothing special for the 500.00 per night charge on the club level. Presentation {5 small meals} very nice-especially breakfast and lunch they modulated the room cost significantly. The convience of frequent meals was significant and food offered was high qualility and fun. We loved the last presentation of choc-never change that. I did get sick of valet parking and wish the Ritz would offer accessible non-vallet parking like other high priced hotels. Not everyone likes all that service.

  • Stayed: January 2006, traveled on business
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9  Thank judy p
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Additional Information about The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Address: 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236-5594
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Green Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range: $299 - $773 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota 5*
Number of rooms: 266
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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