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“I would not stay anywhere else!”
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Hotel Ranola
Ranked #7 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cape Coral, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“I would not stay anywhere else!”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

This funky chic boutique hotel is in the heart of downtown Sarasota, just a short walk from countless restaurants and shopping. The location really can't be beat. We loved the decor, the huge well-lit rooms, the bar and the full kitchen with it's keurig coffee maker. It was a real treat staying here and the personal attention you get by having the owner there all the time is priceless. You can tell that Kathy cares for her guests, putting the uttermost attention to detail and making you feel like you are staying at a friend's home. She has a wealth of information about what to do, where to dine and about the history not only of this 1920's building but of the city as well. If you are looking for a big pool, 24-7 front desk, room service and an impersonal experience this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a spacious, charming hotel filled with history and character combined with 21st century comfort like free WIFI and flat screen TVs for a great value and in the heart of historic downtown Sarasota then there is no other place for you! We stayed here with my kids 8 and 5 who loved it but this hotel is geared towards couples or solo travelers. My husband went out for a run in the evening and he loved it so much. I can't wait to go back without the kids.

I am a travel writer at 365thingsswfl.com. My stay was comped but my opinions are honest and based on our experience.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Merida, Mexico
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Just stayed at the wonderful Hotel Ranola. This was our second visit there and it is still a delight.
The room (actually a studio apartment) and hotel were immaculate and comfortable. It's always a plus to visit and chat with Kathy. We'll be back again soon. Thank you!
Kathie and Robert

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank kathiemhurt
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Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed July 24, 2013

This hotel was in a perfect location for walking to restaurants and activities in downtown Sarasota. The hotel is very cute with its Art Deco design and the rooms were very comfortable. We were on the 2nd floor in the back (room 12) and had no noise problems at all. There was a large bedroom with King sized bed, desk area and some comfy chairs. Bathroom was small, but there was an adjacent dressing area with a make-up table, so that worked out very well. It also had a small kitchen area with everything you would need if you did not want to go out, including a Keurig and coffee pods. They have their own parking lot, so no worries there. Yes, they have a wall AC unit, but it was really not that noisy and was very effective in keeping the room nice and cool. I would highly recommend this place to anyone - we had a very enjoyable stay.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank travelswithbeau
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Berkeley, California
Level 5 Contributor
74 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed July 23, 2013

If you are booking a trip to Sarasota, run--don't walk--to the Hotel Ranola website and book now! This gem is nestled off a very quiet side street in the heart of the historic downtown area, mere blocks from a wealth of excellent restaurants, cafes and shops, not to mention Whole Foods. Built in 1926, the former residential hotel has been lovingly restored with its fabulous Art Deco details intact, yet updated with the latest conveniences (like free wi-fi and cable). Each room has its own full kitchen and bathroom, making Hotel Ranola a welcome alternative to a vacation rental (and without those extra taxes and cleaning fees!) The owner, Kathy, will make you feel right at home and provide a wealth of information about Sarasota and the surrounding area. As independent travelers, we didn't care that the front desk wasn't open 24/7. We preferred to make ourselves at home in our room (the size of a generous studio apartment; the one-bedroom suites are even roomier!) and use it as a base to explore the city and beaches.

Furthermore, the value is unbeatable. We researched several rentals and other options before choosing Hotel Ranola, and we're so glad we did! We will definitely be back!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank Worldbutterfly
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Gold Coast, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
169 reviews
76 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Looked at the reviews on Trip Advisor and thought we would try somewhere different rather than a conventional hotel. We had room four. Perhaps I will do a pros & cons list:
Pros: It's different, has a powder room for the ladies, it was clean, it had the softest and nicest smelling towels of all the hotels we stayed in (and that was over 10), soft toilet paper and tissues, kitchen for preparing light meals etc. nicely decorated, comfy bed.
Cons: Hot stuffy hallways, can hear people on the floor above, no creamer / sugar for coffee, very loud road noise, window mounted a/c so noisy you have to turn if off to sleep, thus rendering the room very hot.
The best thing about the place is the Owner Kathy. She was extremely nice and went out of her way to help with anything she could.
Probably wouldn't stay there again, but it was worth a short stay. We are pretty fussy people so I'm probably being a little harsh in the review.
Thanks Kathy, we did enjoy our stay.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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4 Thank BCTSRacing
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Orlando, FL
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 19, 2013

This place was amazing. Kathy at the front desk was extremely helpful in getting us anything we need as well as helping us find places to go to surprise my mom for her birthday. The place was very clean and colorful and comfortable.
Each room had a decent sized bedroom with a little bathroom off to one side and a kitchen to the other. And here's my favorite part : a Keurig machine along with multiple choices for coffee! Kathy graciously put up with my requests for creamer. Everything was included in the price including multiple bottles of water every day.
There were tons of places we could walk to easily, including a great bagel spot for breakfast, Stargazer restaurant which was literally right outside the door, a farmer's market, and Towles Artist Colony for wine, cheese, and good times on the third Friday.
Maybe it was because there were actual tenants living in the same building, or the comfortableness of the staff, but I felt like a local while I was there. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed May 2013
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5 Thank MikeBianchini
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New York
Level 5 Contributor
79 reviews
25 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Tucked away, just blocks from many restaurants, boutiques, etc is this little gem of a hotel. Our apartment was bigger than many city apartments-eat in kitchen, living room, bar area, king size bedroom, with sitting room next to the bathroom. Spotlessly clean. Parking on site. We were really happy with our choice. My only complaint, and this is my ONLY COMPLAINT. We were on the ground floor and the bedroom abutted a traveled street with truck traffic, so there was some noise. Our white noise machine somewhat helped. Not totally. Also, the window unit A/C's cycled, on/off, which kinda woke me. (Guess I don't sleep too soundly!) Really though, we loved this place and will return.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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5 Thank NewYorkNative
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Property: Hotel Ranola
Address: 118 Indian Pl, Sarasota, FL 34236-5800
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Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 48 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Ranola 3*
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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