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Hotel Ranola
Ranked #10 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
chicago
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23 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“It's true, this place is awesome”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2009

I will add my 2 cents to the previous 89 reviews and say this is the coolest building conversion! My husband and I spent a half hour just looking around the room at all the design details - we got the room for $99 and it was great. Has a kitchen with all utensils, iPod player system, cable, a/c, fantastic down comforter and pillows, great shower and dressing area and helpful books in the room. Blocks from anywhere you'd need to be in Sarasota. We had a great time here. The owners and staff are wonderful and helpful. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Sarasota.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank onthewing
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2009

There aren't many amenities, but staying in downtown Sarasota, you are two blocks from everything you need. The rooms are huge, very modern, and comfortable. We had a great stay for one night, flawless.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Gourock
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2009

We picked the Hotel Ranola based on previous reviews and after correspondening with the owners Robert & Kim, and we were not disappointed.

The hotel was a perfect base for our week stay in the Sarasota area, close to some of the best beaches in the US, Siesta Key & Lido only 10-15 min drive, and very close to bars/resturants at night so no driving required!

The hotel was very clean, trendy and tastefully decorated. To criticise any aspect of the hotel would be nit picking which it doesnt deserve. The best aspect of the hotel is the friendly nature of the owners/staff, Robert, Kim and Lew. They gave us great advice on what to see, beaches, bars, resturants, golf, and they were spot on the mark each time.

We loved it here and will def pay another visit the next time we visit the Gulf Coast.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank AndyGGourock
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Dublin, Ireland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2009

We stayed 4 nights at the Ranola and were delighted with our choice. The apartment was comfortable and clean and having a full kitchen made for relaxing breakfasts. The Ranola's location is superb if you like to have a wide selection of excellent restaurants within a few minutes walk, very important if you like some wine with your meal. It is an easy stroll to the marina area from where you can take trips around the bay and the excellent beach at Siesta Key is just a short drive away. Robert, Kim and Leu were so kind and helpful that we felt the Ranola was " home ".

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank martinandtriona
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chiselton, uk.
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70 reviews
36 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2009

We spent 3 nights @ the Ranola in downtown Sarasota and throughly recommend this hotel. On arrival we were greeted by the owners who could not have been more helpful, they gave us and good overview of the city and the attractions and recommended good places to eat. We stayed in a king room and could not have been more please with the room, being an old building, it had bags of character, it was clean and had all the facilities you need for a comfortable stay. The location of the hotel could not be better, and was just round the corner from all of the wine bars and bistros. We went next door to Ca'rina the italian wine bar/tapas place, but have to say we was not impressed with the food, the wine and atmosphere was good, but the fare was decidedly average, so go for a drink, but there are far better places to eat, a good reasonable palce to eat is Sangria which is a tapas bar, the food there was excellent.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank supergeordie
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Ann Arbor, Mi
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2009

If you like unique, family-run, centrally located and small hotels, you'll love the Ranola. Our "room" was a nicely appointed one-bedroom apartment with a separate living room and kitchen. We had flat-screen TVs in the bedroom and living rooms and a sleep sofa in the living room.

The staff loves their hotel...one of the employees came out to welcome us in the (free) parking lot and helped us with our luggage. And then she spent as long as we wanted recommending restaurants and things to do in Sarasota.

We could walk to two dozen restaurants and a half dozen live theaters and concert halls and, get this...21 movie theaters! (Well...20 of them are in one of those modern movie complexes 1-1/2 blocks away.)

The Ranola isn't for folks who like the glitz and shine of Grand Hyatts...you'll have window air conditioners and a "cozy" bathroom. But we loved our stay in this beautifully restored apartment and we'd go back in a flash!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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3 Thank cwugwarren
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Atlanta GA USA
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41 reviews
31 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2009

I found Hotel Ranola through Trip Advisor and booked two rooms for a long weekend in Sarasota to attend a wedding. I could not have been more pleased with the accommodations. The rooms were spacious, furnished with style and taste, and were clean and comfortable. The kitchen had everything you could need including wine glasses and cocktail shaker. The big walk in closet offered plenty of room for stashing suitcases out of the way. The owners and other hotel employees were warm and friendly and added to an already excellent experience.

The location is downtown Sarasota is safe and convenient to lots of great restaurants and shops. All in all there were absolutely no negatives. I look forward to staying at Hotel Ranola on my next trip to Sarasota.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with family
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3 Thank DeborahATL
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HotelRanola, owner at Hotel Ranola, responded to this review, February 28, 2009
We enjoyed having you at Hotel Ranola. Thanks for taking the time to write a review. It means a lot to us. We hope you come back soon!
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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 #10 of 46 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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