5 Best Hotels in Sarasota, The Tampa Bay Area

Art Ovation Hotel, Autograph Collection

$$ | 1255 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34236, USA

Part hotel, part art gallery, Art Ovation stands out among the city’s luxury hotels with several rotating exhibits and a location in the heart of downtown. The hotel showcases a variety of styles, genres, and artistic experiences for guests and visitors. You’ll often find musical acts and other performances entertaining in the lobby, as well, and the artist’s studio features visiting creatives who share their process and their passion. The year-round rooftop pool and bar offers gorgeous panoramic downtown views.

Pros

  • Rotating art exhibits and special events
  • Year-round rooftop pool and bar
  • Gorgeous city views

Cons

  • Additional fees, including a destination fee and a self-parking fee
  • Sometimes busy with non-guests
  • Can be difficult to find off-site parking
1255 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL, 34236, USA
941-316-0808
hotel Details
162 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Hyatt Regency Sarasota

$$ | 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL, 34236, USA

Popular among business travelers, the Hyatt Regency is contemporary in design and sits in the heart of the city across from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. In-room amenities include some high-tech touches, such as flat-screen TVs and docking stations for electronics. All rooms overlook Sarasota Bay or the marina and the lagoon-style pool and hot tub, which have waterfalls flowing into them. Your concierge will arrange fishing, golfing, and even babysitting.

Pros

  • High-tech in-room amenities
  • Great location
  • Stellar views

Cons

  • Chain-hotel feel
  • Limited on-site dining options
  • Not on the beach
1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota, FL, 34236, USA
941-953–1234
hotel Details
294 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Lido Beach Resort

$$$ | 700 Ben Franklin Dr., Lido Key, FL, 34236, USA

In addition to superb Gulf views from many of its rooms and suites, this stylish resort has two free-form pools and three hot tubs, all facing the beach.

Pros

  • Beachfront location
  • Many rooms have kitchens
  • Pools and hot tubs

Cons

  • Limited on-site dining options
  • Resort and parking fees
  • High per-night fee for pets
700 Ben Franklin Dr., Lido Key, FL, 34236, USA
941-388–2161
hotel Details
222 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

$$$$ | 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL, 34236, USA

Marble-floor hallways are softened by plush Asian rugs; public areas are adorned with fine art and fresh flowers; and rooms have luxurious bathrooms and private balconies with views of the bay, the marina, or the downtown skyline. This urban property has resort amenities, too, with a private, 18-hole Tom Fazio–designed golf course 12 miles northeast on the Braden River and a Victorian-style spa and exclusive beach facility on Lido Key, about 4 miles away. The Jack Dusty restaurant serves creative local seafood dishes and handcrafted cocktails; Bayview Burger Bar offers all-American favorites as well as unforgettable Gulf panoramas.

Pros

  • Ritz-style glitz
  • Lots of amenities
  • Attentive staff

Cons

  • Long distance to golf course
  • Not on the beach
  • Ritzy prices
1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL, 34236, USA
941-309–2000
hotel Details
296 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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Turtle Beach Resort & Inn

$$ | 9049 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, FL, 34242, USA Fodor's Choice

Many of the cottages at this warm, affordable, pet-friendly resort—named for the sea-turtle nesting site across the street along Sarasota Bay—date from the 1940s, a romantic plus for yesteryear lovers. Some units have courtyards, and those on the bay side have the best view; only 10 of the cottages allow children and pets. The grounds are private, shielded by high wooden fences and palms, bougainvilleas, and other tropical foliage. If you really want to escape, use one of the resort's canoes or kayaks to paddle a short distance south to a beach dotted with sand dunes and sea oats.

Pros

  • Nice location
  • Romantic setting
  • Self-serve laundry and Wi-Fi included

Cons

  • Far from the area's cultural attractions
  • Amenities are lacking
  • Not family-friendly
9049 Midnight Pass Rd., Siesta Key, FL, 34242, USA
941-349–4554
hotel Details
20 rooms
Rate Includes: No Meals

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