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Sarasota - hotels near marina?

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Sarasota - hotels near marina?

Hello

It is my husbands 40th birthday whilst we are holiday in Florida for a month, and he has chosen Sarasota as the place to stay for his birthday. We will be there for 5 nights - 2 adults and 2 children aged 13 and 10. The only preference he has is to be near the Marina.

Any suggestions for a decent hotel please? The Ritz Carlton is above my budget, taking into account what the rest of the holiday is costing! But I would still like somewhere a little bit special. Any ideas please?

Many thanks.

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1. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

Sometimes the Ritz has specials..you should check.

There aren't many hotels in downtown Sarasota.

The Hotel Ranola is a converted apartment building in walking distance...they have a website.

The Cypress Inn is a bed and breakfast across the street from the Marina area.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34618-d75234-R…

Hotel Indigo is a longer walk.

The Hyatt Regency is also a longer walk..

Plenty of parking at the Bayfront Marina.

There are reviews for all these places if you type the names in the search box.

Maybe a condo rental might work too.

~SRQgirl

Edited: 28 April 2013, 15:26
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2. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

Thank you for your reply. If money was no object, which are your top 3 luxury hotels in Sarasota - downtown or otherwise? Just in case I decide to have a splurge after all!!

Thanks.

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3. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

Ritz Carlton downtown (has a private Beach Club on Lido Key iwth shuttle)

Hyatt Siesta Key Beach Resort Siesta Key (2 bedroom condos) on the beach

Longboat Key Club Longboat Key on the beach

Hyatt Regency downtown

you can also look at:

Lido Beach Resort Lido Key (across the bridge from the marina, Lido Key)

We don't have an over abundance of high end hotels...

~SRQgirl

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4. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

I've found some good deals on the hyatt regency including breakfast. Are there restaurants within walking distance of the Hyatt?

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5. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

It depends on your definition of walking distance. Restaurant choices are very limited within two or three blocks of the Hyatt. But you're only a short drive (maybe 3 to 5 minutes at most) from many restaurants in downtown Sarasota, and a bit longer drive (about 1.5 miles, 5-7 minutes) to 120+ shops and restaurants on St. Armands Circle, as well as the beach on Lido Key. Were you planning on having a car? I hope so, as that would give you a large number of options, not just for restaurants but for enjoying all that Sarasota has to offer.

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6. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

Yes we will have a car. I believe the Hyatt has free self-parking which is a bonus.

What are the must do things in Sarasota with 2 kids - aged 13 and 10?

So far I'm thinking of the Segway tour, a guided kayak tour and perhaps a boat trip and obviously the beach. As it's my husband's 40th I'm trying to arrange lots of surprises for him - he is definitely a "doing" kind of person (whereas I am more a beachy person but as it's birthday I guess we'll have to do his kind of thing!!).

Many thanks.

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7. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

You should do Mote and the Mote boat. Great for that age kids. They would also enjoy Ringling circus museum.

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8. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

Thanks for the ideas. I'll have a look at them.

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9. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

Here are websites for the area:

www.sarasotafl.org

www.see-sarasota.com

www.ticketsarasota.com

For kayaking:

www.kayakfl.com

Also:

www.mote.org

www.ringling.org

Myakka State Park

and more.

~SRQgirl

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10. Re: Sarasota - hotels near marina?

I've done the things mentioned many times and would highlight the Segway, kayaking, Mote/Mote Boat and Ringling (especially the Circus Museum) as my top four favorites -- and they tend to be the top favorites of our visitors as well. G-Wiz hands-on science museum, right next to the Hyatt, would have been great for the kids but unfortunately it is currently closed.

Another place not yet mentioned is Save Our Seabirds. That is adjacent to the Mote Aquarium; they use the same parking lot in fact. It's a rescue and rehab place, nicely laid out, and a great chance to see a huge variety of birds up close. I was there last week with visiting family and was reminded again of how special Save Our Seabirds is.