My husband and I stayed at the new Hyatt Place in Sarasota on Thursday, January 16th. This hotel is located, literally, right across University Pkwy. from the Sarasota/Bradenton airport. Though we saw a hotel shuttle, you could actually cross University and walk to the airport terminal if you went carryon.
We live about an hour south of here and frequently fly out of SRQ. When possible, we stay at a local hotel for the previous evening when we have an early morning flight (makes the morning much easier). Also, there are many great restaurants in Sarasota and, as well, great shopping, so staying the night before is kind of a bonus. We have tried virtually every airport area hotel and have eagerly awaited the opening of this new Hyatt brand.
The night of our stay also happened to be the Grand Opening Night of the hotel, though we noticed in mid-December that it had already had it's soft opening and there were guests staying. Parking is plentiful, easy, and close to the entrance. We self-parked and walked into the lobby - check-in kiosk on the right, another further into the lobby, but a very eager, friendly hostess beat us to the self check-in. All the reservation info was correct and we were on to our room on the second floor within moments. Also, we were given an invitation to join the opening festivities which included drinks and food from five to eight.
The room is the Hyatt Place style (see my review for the Hyatt Place at the Denver Airport from 12/08). Kind of a mini-suite feel. Upon entering, a large sofa area with ottoman on the right (the sofa is a sleeper) and on the left a mini-kitchen area (fridge, some open cabinents, coffee and tea maker faced by a work desk with task lamp, outlets, ergonomic work chair and phone.
Proceeding into the room you pass the flat screen, swivel TV (42" I believe). Here you will find all sorts of connectors for Ipods, computers, cell phones, etc. In addition, I don't think I've ever been in a hotel with so many accessible outlets - no more looking behind the curtains or trying to iron with the iron plugged behind the headboard. You then enter the bed area (it is not a separate room, just separated from the living area). To the right was an extremely comfortable king bed with bedside lights, small bedside tables that held the clock/radio and another phone. Beautiful fresh linens. Plenty of pillows and extras in the closet by the bath area. (Also a "cuddle-up" blanket rolled up in the living area). The bath area was directly across from the bed. Single sink, stone countertop, small chest of three drawers (top one held the hairdryer). Small mirrored closet with plenty of hangers and the iron and ironing board. Portico toiletries included two bar soaps and shampoo and conditioner. I would have like hand lotion as well and thought the amenities were somewhat meager. Also would have liked bottled water (gratis) in the room. The shower/toilet area is tiny. Only a shower and toilet, big fresh towels and great waterfall showerhead. Still, really small.
Our biggest complaint about the room, and really the only one of any consequence, was the climate control. The room has its own heating/cooling unit at the foot of the bed by the window. Very close to the bed and though I am a small woman, I managed to knock into it several times when leaving the bed. Additionally, we felt we had no control over the airflow - you could set the thermostat and the airflow to lo/med/hi. The unit shut on and off all night with a great deal of noise and airflow. I even commented to my husband that on my side of the bed it felt like a wind tunnel each time the unit turned on. Not the least conducive to a restful night before an early flight.
Every employee was spot on trained and couldn't have done more for us. In the lobby is lots of seating, at least two computers for airline checkin (though I believe you could access the internet in general as well). We didn't get a chance to eat at the hotel as we had plans in Sarasota, but they do have a cafe area where they serve, I think, drinks and small meals and snacks. My husband went down in the morning and returned with coffee and a very good blueberry muffin.
Looking out our window, we saw a small pool and what appeared to be a wading pool surrounded by umbrellaed tables and chairs (too cold right now).
Fresh, bright, new - a step up from all the airport area hotels. We paid AAA $179 night, which is not cheap, but pretty much in line other hotels during the Sarasota "season". For early flights out of Sarasota, you almost can't be closer (though I think there's a new Hampton Inn being built across the street).
The climate control was almost a deal breaker for us, but we'll give it another shot. We met the hotel owner and his son and family at the opening and my husband (himself a business owner) wants to share his thoughts about what we liked so much and the one thing that might keep us from coming back. Yet, overall, it was a very good experience.
If this puts you off, our best suggestion for an airport hotel is about a five minute drive down US 41 - Hotel Indigo (see my review). If you stay anywhere along Fruitville Rd. or University Parkway, you are staying, in my opinion, at an "airport" hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hyatt Place is a new hotel located near Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and downtown Sarasota. Complimentary amenities include continental breakfast, Wi-Fi internet, parking, and shuttle service to/from airport and within 3 miles. Spacious guestrooms feature a King or two Queen Beds with an additional sleeper sofa, 42" flat-panel HDTV, free Wi-Fi, refrigerator, and more. Other amenities include 24 hour food service, full bar, 24 hour fitness and outdoor heated pool. Hyatt Place is smoke-free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hyatt Place Sarasota / Bradenton Airport Hotel Sarasota
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