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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

The Westin Sarsota 1175 Gulfstream Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 Website
  • Expensive Downtown hotel
  • 255 rooms in property
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Holiday Inn Lido Beach 233 Ben Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236 Website
  • The Holiday Inn Sarasota is located next to Lido Beach and within walking distance of a multitude of popular restaurants and retailers within the St. Armand's Circle shopping center. Recreation and entertainment for guests at the hotel include an outdoor pool, spa tub, wireless Internet, and dining at the on-site Sand Dollar Restaurant. Some guestrooms have balconies and views of the gulf. Video game consoles and mini refrigerators are also available in guestrooms.
  • 3 star Beach hotel
  • Hotel has 7 floors
  • Almost all guests found the staff to be very friendly
  • Fantastic beach hotel
From$119
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The Westin Sarasota in Sarasota 1175 North Gulfstream Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236 Website
  • High-end Downtown property
  • Fitness center on property
Sleep Inn Sarasota Airport - Sarasota 900 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234 Website
  • Mid-scale Airport hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach 1540 Ben Franklin, Sarasota, FL 34236 Website
  • Nestled beside South Lido County Park and close to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens, the Helmsley Sandcastle is a great place for both a relaxing vacation and an exhilarating trip. Guests staying in one of the 179 rooms have conveniences such as in-room safes and refrigerators, as well as Wi-Fi throughout the premises. At the Helmsley Sandcastle, it's easy to relax on the 600-foot private beach or be thrilled with sailing lessons provided by the staff. Guests can enjoy a tasty meal at The Candlelight Dining Room and Lounge or travel the short distance to the Sarasota Classic Car Museum and the Marie Selby Botanical Garden.
  • Midscale Beach hotel
  • 4 floors in hotel
Hotel Indigo Sarasota 1223 Blvd. of The Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236
  • 3 star Downtown property
  • 4 floors in property
  • Nice building
  • Home made crab cakes
From$114
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Ritz Carlton Sarasota : 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr. 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
  • In The Ritz-Carlton in Sarasota, luxury reigns supreme. From the onsite golf course to the posh club, the list of amazing things to do in Sarasota doesn't just consist of the Ringling Museum of Art or the Siesta Key Drum Circle. From the Italian wool throw blankets and feather duvets to the Sunset Terrace's unbelievable views, luxury is the onlyway to live at The Ritz-Carlton. Guests can be pampered by the dedicated concierge in the Club Level, which is exclusive to the Ritz-Carlton, or while away a few hours in one of the many rooms and suites. The Ritz-Carlton Suite is 2,450 square feet of opulent space, perfect for entertaining and unwinding.
  • Luxurious 5 Star Resort hotel
  • 16 meeting rooms in property
  • The majority of guests didn't like the uncomfortable beds
  • Great wellness & sports facilities
From$309
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Hyatt Place Sarasota / Bradenton in Sarasota 950 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Affordable Airport hotel
  • Check in time: 3:00 PM
  • Rooms are nicely appointed and spacious
  • Great beaches
Hampton Inn Suites Sarasota / Bradenton Airport 975 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Midscale Airport property
  • Hotel has 35 suites
  • Musty smell in the hallway
  • Bedding is so plush and comfortable
From$79
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Holiday Inn Sarasota Bradenton in Sarasota 8009 15th St. East, Sarasota, FL 34243
  • High end Airport property
  • Hotel has a green policy Read more
  • Hotel internet connection didn't work
  • Great wellness & sports facilities
La Quinta Inn & Suites Sarasota I 75 5931 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232
  • 3-star Highway hotel
  • 3 meeting rooms in property
  • Accessible parking
  • Well equipped workout room
From$89
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La Quinta Inn Sarasota I75
+1-866-221-8581
5931 Commercial Way, Sarasota, FL 34232
  • Affordable property
From$80
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota Lakewood Ranch : 305 North Cattlemen Rd. 305 North Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, FL 34243
  • Affordable Downtown property
  • 2 conference rooms in property
From$119
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Courtyard Sarasota University Park / Lakewood Ranch Area 8305 Tourist Center Dr., University Park, FL 34201 ~5.49 miles northeast of Sarasota
  • Affordable Suburban property
  • 132 suites in property
  • Great reception staff and beautiful grounds
  • Comfortable beds
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Comfort Suites Sarasota 5690 Honore Ave., Sarasota, FL 34233
  • Three Star Highway hotel
  • 97 rooms in hotel
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Hyatt Place Sarasota / Lakewood Ranch 6021 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 ~6.12 miles northeast of Sarasota
  • 3-star Suburban property
  • 5 floors in hotel
Holiday Inn Lakewood Ranch 6231 Lake Osprey Dr., Sarasota, FL 34240
  • Midscale Lake hotel
  • Hotel has 3 meeting rooms
  • The majority of guests thought the service was very professional
  • Very good family hotel
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Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota / Lakewood Ranch : 8565 Cooper Creek Blvd. 8565 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, FL 34201 ~6.22 miles northeast of Sarasota
  • Midscale Highway property
  • 4 floors in hotel
  • Most guests said the beds were comfortable
  • Decent breakfast
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Aloft Sarasota 1401 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Three Star Downtown property
  • Shuttle to airport available
Hyatt Regency Sarasota - Sarasota 1000 Blvd. of The Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236
  • The Hyatt Regency impresses savvy guests with a vigorous attention to both luxury and healthfulness. The hotel was awarded the Palm One Designation for energy consciousness. For work and play, guestrooms offer iPod docking stations for easy music and extra-large desks for working ease. Guests who suffer allergies will delight in the equal attention to their health with Respire guestrooms, featuring state-of-the-art air filters constantly cleaning the air and specially treated hypoallergenic surfaces so even those with allergies and asthma can breathe easily. Through numerous details and constant recertification, Hyatt Regency strives to be the best hotel experience possible. After spending a day at the Guide Dog School or getting some horse therapy at InStride, a relaxing night is guaranteed.
  • Four-star Downtown hotel
  • 12 suites in property
  • Free internet
  • Shopping is ok
From$159
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La Quinta Inn & Suites - Sarasota 1803 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Midscale Downtown hotel
  • Check-in time: 3:00 PM
  • The majority of guests found the staff to be very friendly
  • Staff was very friendly and accommodating
Homewood Suites by Hilton 3470 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34237
  • Midscale Downtown property
  • Gym is available on property
  • Internet is poor
  • Comfortable
Super 8 Sarasota
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4309 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234
  • 2 star property
  • Pool closed
  • Most guests said the bathroom was dirty
Residence Inn Sarasota 1040 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Residence Inn by Marriot Sarasota-Bradenton is located adjacent to the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport and near Florida attractions including the Sarasota Kennel Club, Ringling Museum of Art, and the University of Florida. Downtown Sarasota and Sarasota Bay are only four miles away. Guest amenities include a welcome basket, safe deposit box, complimentary newspaper, Internet, complimentary buffet breakfasts and evening snack receptions, fitness room, and pool. Guest suites have living areas and kitchen appliances. Two-bedroom suites feature fireplaces.
  • Mid-scale Airport property
  • Shuttle from airport available
  • Big studio rooms
  • Staff were friendly and accommodating
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Springhill Suites Sarasota
+1-888-283-3404
1020 University Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34234
  • Springhill Suites by Marriot Sarasota is two miles from Downtown Sarasota and the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Three beaches - Lido, Turtle, and Siesta - are easily accessible from the hotel. Guests are served complimentary breakfast daily and are welcome to use the hotel's business services, meeting rooms, fitness center, and outdoor pool. Complimentary Internet access is available in the hotel's public areas and laundry facilities and dry cleaning services are available. Guestrooms are equipped with a work desk, microwave, refrigerator, premium TV channels, minibar, and multi-line phone.
  • 3 star Airport property
  • Check-in: 3:00 pm
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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: $142.04

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: $130.89

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: $79.88

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.

Sarasota resident Stephen King once said, 'Either get busy living or get busy dying'.

It's easy to see why he chose to reside in this city in Florida, as it has some amazing beaches and resorts to offer visitors. Many of the beaches have fine sand and shallow clear waters. This city was also once the winter home of the famous Ringling Brothers Circus, and there is now the Ringling Museum of Art. The humid and subtropical climate means that even winters are warm in Sarasota, making it a popular destination with tourists all year round. Sarasota hotels vary from the low-end options to the more luxurious ones.  

Affordable Accommodation

Knights Inn Sarasota is one of the typical cheap hotels which is located just off the highway. It's also near to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport and the downtown area. Free continental breakfast is provided every morning, and for dinner options there are a few restaurants nearby including seafood and Italian choices. This hostel also has an outdoor swimming pool, which is perfect for taking advantage of the warm climate. Another one of the cheap hotels is Super 8 Sarasota which is a few minutes drive away from several beaches. It is ideal for those on a budget, who still want clean and comfy accommodation to rest their head at the end of the day. There is also the option to book a room with a microwave and refrigerator, making it easier to stick to a budget. 

Refined Luxury Hotels

Many big luxury chains have hotels in Sarasota including, The Ritz-Carlton, which overlooks the bay, and is uniquely located in the former Ringling Circus troupe's home. It's ideally located for those wishing to explore both the Gulf Coast and the city. No luxury is spared in the rooms which are furnished with large comfortable beds, complete with feather duvets and goose down pillows. Hyatt Regency Sarasota is a fashionable choice for those seeking the ultimate luxury. They have a huge outdoor pool for guests to soak in, and for lovers of golf they're nearby to many of the best golf courses this city has to offer. Balconies are available with some of the rooms too, and fast internet access is provided, with the option to upgrade to premium high speed for a small fee.   

Chic and Stylish Hotels

Hotels in Sarasota also include some boutique and independent options. Hotel Indigo Sarasota has stylish decor and interiors, and is perfectly located just a few minutes away from the beach, and within walking distance of the downtown area. This is different to other Sarasota hotels as it is modern, laid-back and very cool. Hotel Ranola is a low-key option which is privately owned, and prides itself on providing a personal touch. It boasts urban charm in the heart of downtown Sarasota, just a short drive away from the beaches. It's in an area which has many theatres, shops, great nightlife and restaurant choices. 

Government Per Diem Rates in Sarasota, FL Chart

Below are the GSA reimbursement limits for hotel spending in Sarasota, FL excluding taxes per night. See gsa.gov for more details.

Applies to Sarasota

Season BeginSeason EndLodging RateMeals & Incidentals
October 1, 2017November 30, 2017$103.00$59.00
December 1, 2017April 30, 2018$148.00$59.00
May 1, 2018September 30, 2018$103.00$59.00

Recent traveler reviews of Sarasota, FL

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

"Nice hotel!"
Score 4.0 / 5

Very clean and friendly staff.

Anthony F., from 25-Jun-2017
"Lots of Greatness!"
Score 5.0 / 5

Easy to navigate. Lots to do. Beaches are beautiful!!

Alisa S., from 16-May-2017
"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 4.6 out of 5 based on 11 reviews
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