The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

Sarasota, Gulf Coast Beaches

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, as you tuck into coastal cuisine, cocktails, and craft beers at Jack Dusty, and when you head to its beach club, 3 miles away at Lido Key, to enjoy the tiki bar, seaside-styled Ridley’s Porch restaurant, and soft sands. (You may even get to enjoy it from your private balcony, as some have marina views.) The luminary luxuries continue with opulent spa treatments and access to the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Golf Club.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Swimming Pool
  • Hot tub
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Beachfront location
  • Golf

Where is it

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

Hotel information

266 rooms. All rooms offer Nespresso Coffee Machine, safe, WiFi*, refreshment cabinet, complimentary morning newspaper and shoeshine, evening turndown service, iron and board. Limited View rooms offer views of the resort or downtown, with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Resort View rooms offer views of the resort and landscape, with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Marina View rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

Valet parking $30, plus tax per night (payable locally, subject to change).

Jack Dusty (seafood and local dishes, craft microbrews and cocktails), Ridley's Porch (located at The Beach Club; locally inspired dishes), The Lido Key Tiki Bar (beach bar) and The Gulf Club Grille (seasonal menu).

Outdoor heated pool and whirlpool. 18-hole championship golf course (16 miles away). Fitness centre. Spa*. Tennis courts. Ritz Kids recreation area. The Cove (video games room with pool table, foosball, ping pong, and air hockey). Shop.

WiFi included in the resort fee. Room service*.

Resort fee: $37 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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Aug 9, 2020 refcon Winter Park, Florida

This a good place for a long weekend or a few days. The property sits on the bay but you have access to the beach club a mile + away. Rooms are comfortable although still dated after a refresh. Maybe it’s just the property itself. The outdoor space is nice. The pool is large & there are several sitting areas under porticos or patios & a fountain… Read more
This a good place for a long weekend or a few days. The property sits on the bay but you have access to the beach club a mile + away. Rooms are comfortable although still dated after a refresh. Maybe it’s just the property itself. The outdoor space is nice. The pool is large & there are several sitting areas under porticos or patios & a fountain area. Service was excellent Read less
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Aug 9, 2020 HEATHER6 Naples, Florida

We have been visiting this hotel over the last few years. It has had some ups and downs during this time but overall I think they are doing a great job during these difficult times. I think the main issue is guests not complying to the mask and social distancing policy which makes it so difficult for all the staff. Credit to everyone who works… Read more
We have been visiting this hotel over the last few years. It has had some ups and downs during this time but overall I think they are doing a great job during these difficult times. I think the main issue is guests not complying to the mask and social distancing policy which makes it so difficult for all the staff. Credit to everyone who works there. We visited the Beach Club on 2 occasions and they couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating and respectful of all the rules. We had a couple of service issues at the restaurant, Jack Dusty, but these were quickly resolved. All credit to Gina on reception who was just delightful and handled all problems in a professional way and always with a smile. We will be back. Read less
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Jul 29, 2020 worldtraveler428 Orlando, Florida

I’d like to start by thanking the staff that helped in making our short getaway amazing - Javier at the door/valet, Tatum at the beach club and Nadia at the Front desk. The moment we arrived we were greeted warmly and with friendly service. We arrived early and we were prepared to have to return later to get into our room but Nadia at the front… Read more
I’d like to start by thanking the staff that helped in making our short getaway amazing - Javier at the door/valet, Tatum at the beach club and Nadia at the Front desk. The moment we arrived we were greeted warmly and with friendly service. We arrived early and we were prepared to have to return later to get into our room but Nadia at the front desk took some extra time to find us an available room. The drinks, food and service at the Beach Club can’t be compared to anywhere else. We spent three full days here and why would we go anywhere else when Tash and Tatum took care of us all day long. Due to Covid there are not many places that Floridians can go, but trust me that a few days here will make you feel relaxed and full of joy and positivity. Something that seems to be missing on most days with the current situation. Can’t wait to return. Read less
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Jul 28, 2020 823JaneD823 Naples, Florida

My husband and I stayed for 5 nights on the Club Level. First and foremost, we enjoyed our stay and the service we received from the Club level staff. One of our favorite standouts is Victoria, who really went out of her way to ensure our comfort. However, beyond her control, there are important flaws that should trigger attention from management.… Read more
My husband and I stayed for 5 nights on the Club Level. First and foremost, we enjoyed our stay and the service we received from the Club level staff. One of our favorite standouts is Victoria, who really went out of her way to ensure our comfort. However, beyond her control, there are important flaws that should trigger attention from management. The website states the Club Level is open until 10:00pm. On our first night, July 19, we being the only couple in the lounge, we’re surprised that staff left, without letting us know. We thought that to be odd—couldn’t they let us know that they were leaving, or ask if we wanted anything else? It wasn’t until the following morning that the front desk realized we were not given our welcome letter upon check in explaining the Club. I pointed out the error on the hotel’s website (hopefully, that has been fixed — but why close at 9pm?). Okay, if they close early, might I suggest that a night cleaning crew come in and thoroughly clean the Club, restroom, and balcony. See photo of the yellow Splenda packet that was in my chair for our entire stay. I know this because I would pick up the cushion to shake off the crumbs left my previous guests. The balcony chair pads are thin and stained and long over due for replacement. Again, I ask management to go to the Club upon opening — they will see full waste cans and floors that need to be vacuumed. In these days of COVID, the Club is not being kept as clean as it should be. No one cleans the balcony tables after a guest leaves (other than to pick up dishes). I also was surprised to see unkept landscaping—palm trees that are usually trimmed we’re overdue. I realize COVID has cancelled group events, and I am sure the hotel has cut back on staff, but if you’ve stayed here before, you will see a difference. Yes, the food had to be wrapped for health protections, but the variety was severely reduced (on the Club Level) compared to pre-COVID days. I hope things improve as my husband and I enjoyed our hotel room and the relaxing view from the Club Level balcony. Read less
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Jul 24, 2020 wendjay Miami, Florida

Might be one of the best properties in Sarasota. The hotel itself located downtown is in nice area to venture out. The hotel is beautiful in typical Ritz fashion. One of the greatest things about this location is that the hotel pool is open 24 hours, unlike many other properties I’ve stayed at. What makes this place really special is the beach… Read more
Might be one of the best properties in Sarasota. The hotel itself located downtown is in nice area to venture out. The hotel is beautiful in typical Ritz fashion. One of the greatest things about this location is that the hotel pool is open 24 hours, unlike many other properties I’ve stayed at. What makes this place really special is the beach club. A short trip with free valet or a shuttle you have full access to their amazing beach pool and the BEACH. The beach here is my favorite of any other I’ve been to in Florida with amazing sand. The staff was friendly set up two chairs with and umbrella and a bucket of waters. There was beach service and the staff there was fantastic as well. They have a full locker room with showers so you can bring extra clothes and go out on the beachside without having to venture back to the hotel. This is my new south Florida staycation retreat. Read less