The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

Sarasota/Bradenton, Sarasota

Virgin rating

The hotel

The VIP vibe at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota comes from indulgences like its bay-side location, its palm-dappled pool, and its celeb-worthy dining venues. Overlooking Sarasota Bay, you can watch the water as you laze by the chic outdoor pool and whirlpool, and as you tuck into coastal cuisine, cocktails, and craft beers at Jack Dusty. Venture across the John Ringling Causeway to Lido Key, where you'll find the hotels beach club, in the form of a tiki bar, alongside seaside-styled Ridley’s Porch restaurant, right on the soft sands (you may even get to enjoy it from your private balcony, as some have marina views). The luminary luxuries continue back at the hotel with opulent spa treatments - in a newly renovated spa might we add - and access to the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

Amenities

  • Bicycle Rental
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Tennis
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Hot tub
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Safety Deposit Box

Where is it

Downtown Sarasota, on Florida's Gulf Coast, with sugar-sand beaches and Spanish architecture.

Hotel information

267 rooms and suites. All with private balcony, air conditioning, WiFi access, mini bar*, flat-screen TV, coffee/tea making facilities, hair dryer, Asprey bathroom amenities, bathrobes, safe, and iron and ironing board.

Deluxe rooms offer views of the resort or downtown, with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Marina View Rooms with either 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

One Bedroom Suites feature a separate living room with sofa bed, and bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Bay View Suites feature a separate living room with sofa bed, and bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Club Level Rooms and Suites include access to the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge which offers continous culinary and beverage offerings throughout the day including complimentary breakfast, snacks, cocktail hours, and evening hors d'oeuvres and desserts. There is also a dedicated Club Level concierge team, and guests receive access to exclusive activities and entertainment. 

The Sarasota Suite offers views of Sarasota city and bay with a spacious living room with sofa bed, dining area, and bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 people. The Sarasota Suite also includes club level benefits.

The Ritz-Carlton Suite is on a higher level, offering views of the marina, with a spacious living room, dining area, walk-in closet, and bedroom with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 people. The Ritz-Carlton Suite also includes club level benefits.

  • Exclusive offer - Book between 14th April - 30th June 2024 - To stay 3nts or more between 14th April - 31st December 2024 and receive $300 Resort Credit per booking. Credit issued locally at hotel. Will not reflect on booking invoice. Offer subject to change. 

Valet parking $45, plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change) .A complimentary shuttle runs hourly between the resort and the beach club.

Jack Dusty (seafood and local dishes, craft microbrews and cocktails, open for all day dining). Ridley's Porch (located at The Beach Club on Lido Key; locally inspired dishes). The Lido Key Tiki Bar (open-air beach bar). The Gulf Club Grille (located at Riz-Carlton Golf Club, offering seasonal menu and full bar with golf course views). Coffee Corner (serving hot and cold drinks and light bites to go). Kemp's Market (located at The Beach Club on Lido Key, offering grab-and-go options).

Outdoor heated pool and whirlpool. Ritz-Carlton Beach Club on Lido Key with zero-entry pool, as well as beach activities including kayaking* and paddle boarding*. Poolside cabanas*. 18-hole championship golf course (16 miles away). 24-hour fitness centre. Spa*. Tennis courts. 

WiFi included in the resort fee. 24-hour room service*. Gift shop/Convenience store. Laundry service*. 

Resort fee: $60 per room, per night, plus tax (payable locally, subject to change).

Resort fee includes: - WiFi and enhanced Internet speed at the hotel, The Beach Club and The Golf Club - One fitness class daily - Two-hour bicycle rental at the hotel - Umbrellas and chairs at The Beach Club - Use of masks, fins, and body boards at The Beach Club - Access to driving range and golf practice area - Use of kayaks, paddleboards and life vests at the hotel - Use of fishing poles at the hotel. Resort fee, tax and inclusions are subject to change - please see hotel check-in for current inclusions available to you upon arrival.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: all guests must be 21 or older to book a room.

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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Spring Break at the Ritz!

Apr 7, 2024 NNSJRL Rochester, Minnesota

This was our 4th or 5th visit to this Ritz location and it did not disappoint. We were upgraded from our Club room to a Club Suite which was a huge improvement! Yes, the rooms are a bit dated and the resort needs a cosmetic upgrade but the service is absolutely impeccable and all the employees are polite, pleasant and provide 5 star service. The… Read more
This was our 4th or 5th visit to this Ritz location and it did not disappoint. We were upgraded from our Club room to a Club Suite which was a huge improvement! Yes, the rooms are a bit dated and the resort needs a cosmetic upgrade but the service is absolutely impeccable and all the employees are polite, pleasant and provide 5 star service. The club lounge was wonderful and the staff extremely hard working and willing to go above and beyond. Housekeeping, front desk, beach club and Jack Dusty staff all wonderful and professional. We look forward to visiting RC Sarasota soon! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Broken Septic - Smells Like Sewage

Mar 20, 2024 jamiekL4170PW

This may be the most run down Ritz I have ever experienced. Absolutely nothing special. I initially expected my review would end there but it doesn’t. I Went to sleep at 10pm and was woke up at 3am by a banging sound in the bathroom. The pipes in the sink were making the loudest sound. It would happen intermittently through the rest of the… Read more
This may be the most run down Ritz I have ever experienced. Absolutely nothing special. I initially expected my review would end there but it doesn’t. I Went to sleep at 10pm and was woke up at 3am by a banging sound in the bathroom. The pipes in the sink were making the loudest sound. It would happen intermittently through the rest of the night. I recorded and played it for the front desk when I went to breakfast. They gave me credit for the resort fee. Upon return to my room after breakfast the smell of sewage permeated the entire room. Unbearable to even be in the room. I tossed everything back in my suitcase and checked out. Fortunately I was refunded for my stay. The worst part - 2 employees told me this is a known issue. $1300 a night you shouldn’t have a room that smells like a septic tank. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Home Away From Home

Mar 18, 2024 Deb L Houston, Texas

This is a beautiful location. Right on the beach. Always tidy, neat and clean. The staff is polite, courteous and respectful. Keep in mind, on the island there are no grocery stores or sundry places for last minute items or to pickup something you forgot….not to worry, you’ll find everything you need here.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Underwhelming experience…..

Mar 13, 2024 858rong Arlington, Virginia

Unfortunately the Ritz did not live up to its reputation or cost on this visit. Our room was dated, snacks were stale, the frig was warm and contents looked old. The carpet was worn out and had snags in multiple areas. The sink made gurgling sounds and the shower/bathtub looked like it was 10 years old Jack Rusty was fantastic and the beach… Read more
Unfortunately the Ritz did not live up to its reputation or cost on this visit. Our room was dated, snacks were stale, the frig was warm and contents looked old. The carpet was worn out and had snags in multiple areas. The sink made gurgling sounds and the shower/bathtub looked like it was 10 years old Jack Rusty was fantastic and the beach club was solid as usual…..but the room experience did not justify the cost. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Average Ritz Carlton. 3 stars Not exceptional.

Mar 2, 2024 Linda G

We are platinum elite members for life. I find this Ritz to be not one of the best. Parts of the hotel are lovely. Parts, like around the game area under roof, not so much. The room is fine but I prefer Marriotts bed linens much more. The bath area is pretty but I'm shocked to find a tub shower vs a walk in shower. Excellent dinner and pool… Read more
We are platinum elite members for life. I find this Ritz to be not one of the best. Parts of the hotel are lovely. Parts, like around the game area under roof, not so much. The room is fine but I prefer Marriotts bed linens much more. The bath area is pretty but I'm shocked to find a tub shower vs a walk in shower. Excellent dinner and pool service. Read less