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Sarasota, FL: Hotel & Motel Planning Guide

Find the perfect hotel in Sarasota using our hotel guide provided below. Find cheap and discounted hotel/motel rates in or nearby Sarasota, FL for your upcoming personal or group trip. We show the best Sarasota Florida hotel rooms. Review the Sarasota hotel list below to find the perfect lodging. We also have a map of the Sarasota hotels. Coordinating a group? Get Sarasota Group Hotel Deals or See the best Sarasota meeting hotels

The Sarasota center point is approximately the area of Museum of Asian Art and the area of Stardust Event Center.

Welcome to Sarasota, Florida's warm-weather getaway. Known as the winter home of the Ringling Brothers and many others over the years, Sarasota continues to be a vacation hotspot for travelers from all over. Find the best hotels for your group, and plan your escape to Sarasota. More from this guide...

Sarasota Hotels & Accommodations

Holiday Inn Lido Beach : 233 Ben Franklin Dr. 233 Ben Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 Website
  • 3 star Beach hotel
  • 135 rooms in hotel
  • Housekeeping can be a problem
  • Room service staff was great
From$119
Very Good 4.0 /5Review Score Call
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach 1540 Ben Franklin, Sarasota, FL 34236 Website
  • Three Star Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 5 suites
Super 8 6516 14th St. West, Bradenton, FL 34207 Website ~6.61 miles northwest of Sarasota
  • Cheap Airport property
  • Check in: 2:00 PM
Hotel Indigo Sarasota in Sarasota 1223 Blvd. of The Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236
  • 3 star Downtown hotel
  • 12 suites in hotel
  • Tiny pool
  • Great amenities
From$104
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Ritz Carlton Sarasota in Sarasota 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Luxurious 5 Star Resort property
  • 31 suites in hotel
  • Most guests thought they were poorly maintained
  • Great reception
From$309
Very Good 4.5 /5Reviews Call
Hyatt Place Sarasota / Bradenton in Sarasota 950 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Midscale Airport property
  • Gym is available on property
  • Tasty breakfast
  • Bathroom needs cleaning
Hampton Inn Suites Sarasota / Bradenton Airport - Sarasota 975 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Three Star Airport property
  • 108 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Wonderful hot breakfast
  • Excellent value
From$79
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The Resort at Longboat Key Club
+1-800-997-5149
220 Sands Point Rd., Longboat Key, FL 34228 ~3.90 miles west of Sarasota
  • 4-star Beach property
  • Hotel has 218 rooms
  • Beds need improvement
  • Parking Perfect
From$186
Very Good 4.5 /5Latest Reviews Call
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota I 75 - Sarasota 5931 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232
  • Affordable Highway property
  • Comp. Breakfast
  • The majority of guests said the reception staff was great
  • Fantastic service
From$85
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Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota University Park
+1-800-230-4134
8305 Tourist Center Dr., University Park, FL 34201 ~5.49 miles northeast of Sarasota
  • 3-star Suburban hotel
  • 134 rooms in property
  • No charge
  • Great location
From$99
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Comfort Suites Sarasota in Sarasota 5690 Honore Ave., Sarasota, FL 34233
  • Mid-scale Highway property
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch 6231 Lake Osprey Dr., Sarasota, FL 34240
  • Midscale Lake property
  • 3 conference rooms in property
  • About half of guests said the bathroom was dirty
  • Medium sized bathroom
Hampton Inn & Suites University Park Sarasota : 8565 Cooper Creek Blvd. 8565 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, FL 34201 ~6.22 miles northeast of Sarasota
  • Mid-scale Highway property
  • Access to gym on-site
  • Amazing staff at the reception
  • Most guests enjoyed the friendly atmosphere
From$99
Very Good 4.5 /5Review Score Call
Country Inn & Suites : 5610 Manor Hill Lane 5610 Manor Hill Lane, Bradenton, FL 34203 ~8.02 miles northeast of Sarasota
  • 3-star Highway hotel
  • 79 sleeping rooms in hotel
  • Wheelchair designed that
  • Terrific location
From$79
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites 5464 Lena Rd., Bradenton, FL 34211 ~8.35 miles northeast of Sarasota
  • 3-star Highway property
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota 1000 Blvd. of The Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Four-star Downtown property
  • Shuttle from airport available
  • Excellent club hotel
  • Resturant for breakfast was a little slow
From$129
Very Good 4.0 /5Recent Reviews Call
La Quinta Inn & Suites - Sarasota 1803 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Hotel has 4 floors
  • Menu is not great
  • Desserts were ok, said 58%
Homewood Suites by Hilton in Sarasota 3470 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • 2 floors in hotel
  • Internet is poor
  • Most guests found the staff to be very friendly
Residence Inn Sarasota - Sarasota 1040 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234
  • 3 star Airport hotel
  • Check-in: 04:00pm
  • Housekeeping is satisfactory
  • Excellent staff
From$104
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Springhill Suites Sarasota : 1020 University Pkwy.
+1-888-690-5247
1020 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Three Star Airport hotel
  • 84 rooms in property
Knights Inn
+1-888-305-3366
5340 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
  • 2 star hotel
  • Housekeeping is satisfactory
  • Towels too small
Courtyard by Marriott 850 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Affordable Airport hotel
  • Check in: 3:00 PM
  • Spacious rooms with the airport nearby
  • Clean Rooms
Lido Beach Resort : 700 Benjamin Franklin Dr. 700 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Affordable Beach property
  • Fitness center on property
  • Loud air conditioners
  • Beds need improvement
From$143
Very Good 4.0 /5Guest Reviews Call
Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton - Sarasota 8009 15th St. East, Sarasota, FL 34243
  • Four star Airport hotel
  • Fitness / Gym is on-site
  • Wonderful sightseeing
  • Average restaurant service
From$79
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Hilton Garden Inn Sarasota Bradenton 8270 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
  • Midscale property
  • Fitness + Health Center
  • Average value
  • All guests enjoyed the friendly atmosphere
From$69
Very Good 4.0 /5Reviews Call
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When to Visit Sarasota, Florida

With its humid subtropical climate, Sarasota boasts warm weather year-round. For prime beach weather, plan your trip during the spring or fall when temperatures usually stay in the mid or upper 80s and storms are relatively infrequent.

If you're hankering for hot weather, the summer is also a good choice. Temperatures typically top out in the 90s, but thunderstorms are much more common. If you're planning a trip during the summer or fall, be sure to keep an eye on the Atlantic hurricane forecast.

If your visit falls during the winter, you'll enjoy temperatures in the 70s and fairly dry skies. Because the winter offseason tends to be too cool for swimming in the ocean, you'll generally find low rates on hotels.

Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Sarasota, FL:

seasonality of hotel rates in Sarasota

Sarasota, FL: Prices by Star Rating Class

Below are 3 charts illustrating avg. nightly cost trends by star rating class in Sarasota, FL. Browse these illustrations to evaluate the best seasons to book a room in Sarasota for upcoming travels.

Luxury Hotels in Sarasota, Florida

4 Star Average Prices: $148.31

From resorts to spa hotels, you'll find plenty of ways to splurge in Sarasota. Stay at one of these luxury hotels.

Right in the heart of the city, the Hyatt Regency Sarasota offers spacious double and king rooms, some with private balconies. All of the almost 300 rooms include conveniences such as refrigerators and workspaces, as well as free Wi-Fi to help you stay connected. Take a dip in the outdoor pool and spa tub, and sip a cocktail at the poolside bar. Enjoy breakfast or dinner at the hotel's restaurant, or hop on the complimentary area shuttle to explore dining options in Sarasota.

For a special occasion, treat yourself to a The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, one of the city's most lavish hotels. Spread out in one of the 266 guest rooms, and enjoy a drink from the minibar or a movie on one of the premium cable channels. Soak in the large bathtub and take advantage of the designer toiletries, or book a massage or body treatment at the on-site spa. Go for a swim in one of the two outdoor swimming pools, or catch some rays at the hotel's private beach. Once you've worked up an appetite, have a meal at the hotel's restaurant.

Experience a true resort getaway at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, where you can decide between a golf course view room and a beach view room. Whichever you choose, you'll have a private balcony, along with convenient amenities such as a refrigerator, a microwave, and a 42-inch flat-screen TV. Spend your day at the resort's private beach or the golf course, and end it with a trip to the spa. Take your time and sample all six of the hotel's on-site restaurants. If you're planning an event, make the most of the hotel's 18,000 square feet of event space.

Make yourself at home at the Minorga on the Key Village Condos. All eight condos include homelike amenities such as kitchens, full-size refrigerators, and stoves. Relax in front of the flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and stay connected to family and friends back home with the complimentary Wi-Fi. Cool off in the outdoor pool, make a great meal on the barbecue grills, and explore beautiful Siesta Key.

4 Star Hotel Prices in Sarasota

Best Discount Hotels in Sarasota, Florida

3 Star Average Prices: $135.10

For the lowest rates on Sarasota hotels, focus your search on the outskirts of the city. Just over the city line, you'll find plenty of budget-friendly places to stay.

It might not be right on the waterfront, but the Days Inn Sarasota - Siesta Key is just a short drive from the beach on Siesta Key. It's also only a few miles from attractions such as the Myakka River State Park and the Museum of Asian Art. Stay in a standard queen or king room, and enjoy standard amenities such as microwaves, refrigerators, and workspaces. Use the free Wi-Fi to plan excursions, or sign on at the business center to catch up on work. Fuel up for the day with the free continental breakfast, and enjoy a picnic or barbecue in the hotel's outdoor dining area.

Situated between Sarasota and Bradenton, the Super 8 Bradenton Sarasota Area is convenient to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum, the Ca' d'Zan Mansion, and the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport. Get a restful night's sleep in one of the 47 guest rooms, and wake up to a free continental breakfast each morning. Catch up on work with the complimentary Wi-Fi and in-room desk, or head to the hotel's business center for a work session. When the weather allows, make a splash in the outdoor pool and save with free self-parking.

For some of the most affordable rooms in the Sarasota area, book your stay at the M Star Bradenton. Choose from double or king rooms, and save by preparing snacks or meals with the microwave and refrigerator. With a complimentary continental breakfast each morning and free self-parking, you won't find a more budget-friendly stay than this.

Located right on the Manatee River, the Sleep Inn & Suites Riverfront is just a short drive from the Gamble Plantation, Manatee Village Historical Park, and the South Florida Museum. Relax in one of the 67 guest rooms, or suit up to go to the outdoor pool. Fill up at the complimentary buffet breakfast each morning, and take advantage of the free self-parking.

3 Star Hotel Prices in Sarasota

2 Star Average Prices: $86.90

2 Star Hotel Prices in Sarasota

Which Sarasota hotels have real discounts?

No matter where you stay, there's no need to pay full price. Depending on your affiliations, you can save big. AAA members save at least 5 percent on the lowest rates at the Sleep Inn & Suites Riverfront and the Super 8 Bradenton Sarasota Area, while AARP members save at least 10 percent at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Sarasota Lakewood Ranch and the Springhill Suites by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton. Members of the military and government employees get low rates at the M Star Bradenton and other area hotels.

Best Value Options in Sarasota, Florida

If you're looking for a great place to stay in a convenient location but don't want to spend much, you'll find plenty in your price range. Take a closer look at these best value options in Sarasota.

A few miles north of Sarasota, book your stay at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Bradenton West. Convenient to the South Florida Museum and several local medical centers, the Holiday Inn also has plenty to do right on site. Get in a workout at the 24-hour fitness center, cool off in the outdoor pool, or catch up on work at the business center. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and a complimentary buffet breakfast, making it an even better deal.

Located between Sarasota and Bradenton, the Springhill Suites by Marriott Sarasota Bradenton is convenient to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum and the Sarasota Jungle Gardens. Stay in one of the 84 guest rooms, and get a great night's sleep on a pillow-top bed. Swim some laps in the outdoor pool, or relax in the spa tub. Leave the car behind, and explore the Sarasota area with the complimentary area shuttle.

The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Sarasota Lakewood Ranch might be off the beaten path, but it offers well-kept rooms for a budget-friendly price. The hotel is within two miles of the Nathan Benderson Park, the Stardust Event Center, and the Hi Hat Ranch. Get some rest in one of the 87 guest rooms, and wake up to a complimentary continental breakfast. Swim in the outdoor pool or spa tub, stay fit at the on-site fitness center, and take advantage of the business center.

Situated just south of Sarasota, Captiva Beach Resort is about a mile away from scenic Siesta Key Beach. Choose queen rooms with one or two beds, and you'll also have a kitchenette at your disposal. All 19 guest rooms include separate sitting areas, making this resort great for families. Spend your day at the resort's private beach or outdoor pool, and cap it off with a barbecue.

Can’t-Miss Attractions in Sarasota, Florida

Get a sense of Sarasota's upscale history with a tour through the Ringling, which includes grounds, gardens, collections, exhibitions, and the impressive Ca' d'Zan Mansion. Take a stroll through the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, noted for their seasonal displays and immaculate trails.

Pack up the family for a trip to the much-loved Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, which features favorites like otters, turtles, manatees, and more. Family members of all ages will also love the Myakka River State Park and the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary.

For some of the Sarasota area's best sunning and swimming, make your way to the white sands of Siesta Key. For great kayaking and fishing, head straight for South Lido County Park and Lido Beach.

Whether you're planning an adventurous beach vacation or a relaxing offseason trip, set your sights on the Gulf Coast. A great Florida getaway, Sarasota is a top pick in any season.

Recent traveler reviews of Sarasota, FL

Below are reviews of the city of Sarasota, FL from an actual visitor's perspective.

"All About the Outdoors"
Score 5.0 / 5

Very nice area with lots to do from fishing on the pier, going to the beach, parks, the zoo, and wildlife.

Wayne R S., from 14-Jun-2015
"Great City"
Score 5.0 / 5

Downtown sarasota was adorable.

Maria F., from 26-Mar-2015
"Tons To Do"
Score 4.0 / 5

Fabulous restaurants, a fun Amish experience in Pinecraft, and gorgeous beaches.

Joanne M., from 09-Feb-2015
"Nathan Benderson Park"
Score 5.0 / 5

Great hospitality. Go and see rowing facility.

Stephen B., from 15-May-2014
"Hospitable"
Score 5.0 / 5

Sarasota is a beautiful city and very welcoming.

Mercedes M., from 28-Apr-2014
"Very Enjoyable"
Score 5.0 / 5

We really enjoyed our stay in Sarasota. We spent time on the beaches, shopping and dining in St. Armands Circle, and even had a chance to go to the Sarasota Ballet, which was incredible.

Joseph W., from 10-Mar-2014
"Rowing Center"
Score 5.0 / 5

The new rowing center is really coming along, very impressive.

Louise D., from 24-Feb-2014
"Endless beauty"
Score 4.0 / 5

I love many things about Sarasota. Very fun downtown with shops and good restaurants. Endless beauty along the shore and many say some of the best beaches in the world!

Saeed N., from 03-Dec-2013
"Beaches and sights"
Score 4.0 / 5

I travel here once or twice a year. I love the beaches and sights of Longboat Key. I love driving over the water with all the bridges over beautiful areas and views. The downtown has nice restaurants and shops.

Saeed N., from 02-Dec-2013
The average traveler rating of the city of Sarasota, FL shown above is 4.7 out of 5 based on 9 reviews
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