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Regency Inn & Suites
Ranked #30 of 50 Hotels in Sarasota
Reviewed 10 February 2013

I have stayed at the Regency many times in the past, this most recent trip I stayed for just under a week as I was in town on business.

One of the first things I noticed this time, was that the area around the hotel was really 'cleaned up' since my last visit. This area of town had been notorious for hookers and pushers blatantly walking the streets, even in broad daylight. And although the family that runs this place has always kept the riffraff off of the hotel property, it was not the kind of area that one took walks at night. I don't know if SPD conducted a crackdown on the area or what, but I saw no vice activity during my stay this time. I had no problem walking to the convenience store next door after dark (it's only about 100 feet away).

The family that runs this property is very nice, if you have any issues they will address them for you. They will normally give you a better deal on a weekly rate. The property is old, I'm guessing a typical 1960's Florida 'motor-inn'; but they have repaved and re-striped the parking lot, repainted everything, so it looks nice and clean from the outside.

The rooms themselves are mixed bag. On the plus side, they are very roomy; the beds are very comfortable; I've never had any problems with the heat/ac units; good tv's and channel selection; excellent free wifi; and they have a microwave and big refrigerator which is really convenient for longer stays - much more room than the typical 'mini-fridge'.

My only disappointment is that the furniture (nightstand, dresser-drawers, tables and chairs) are very old and out-dated. They could really use an updating, I think it would make the rooms much more visually appealing.

There is no breakfast served here, but there are many restaurants up and down this stretch of Tamiami Trail. The airport is only a mile north; downtown and the bridge to Lido Key & beach are a short drive to the south. The outstanding Ringling Museum and Estate are very close by, I highly recommend a visit.

All in all, if you're just looking for a quiet and comfortable place to get some rest, at a price that is FAR below what you'd have to pay in this area for a Hyatt or similar class hotel, the Regency is worth checking out. If you're looking for a 'full-service' hotel, with restaurant, bar, concierge service etc., then this place won't be for you.

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  • Stayed: February 2013, travelled solo
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kedareshwar, Manager at Regency Inn & Suites, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2013

Thank you for taking time and providing your feedback. We are glad you liked our service. We are working on upgrading the rooms. we hope you will hive us an opportunity to serve you again.
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

Very good location, suites have been upgraded are large with separate bedroom and
having cooking facility is a great bonus when you are on vacation. You can have your coffee and breakfast before you start your day.

Great friendly staff.

recommended.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

Was able to negotiate a weekly rate, which made it very good value for money. It has a good location, on the Tamiami, a few minutes from downtown Sarasota. A large two room suite with a TV in each room with basic cable. All rooms were very clean. Kitchette for cooking, plus large fridge/freezer and microwave, coffee maker. Cleaners came in daily, to change bedding and fresh towels. Good water pressure for shower. Free Wi-fi in rooms. I visited the pool which was clean, but a little noisy from a compressor and the road! Very friendly and helpful staff
Downsides - not many really - no kettle for making tea.
Will come again.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Thank Stuart870
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Reviewed 16 January 2013

For the price this hotel is fantastic. Freshly refurbished roomy suites, great bed and crisp white bedding, 5 minute drive to the hussle and bussle of the city, easy access to beaches and plenty of shops and restaurants very close by. Great value for money.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 January 2013

We booked the Regency at the last minute and got a great price of $59. We got a friendly welcome and were shown to our 'suite'. This is an older motel/hotel, 2 levels with onsite parking, it appears it is being refurbished. We had a separate bedroom with a very comfortable kingsized bed, bathroom with a shower over the bath and a small living room/kitchen.
The suite was clean and any small issues we had were quickly taken care of.
A couple of small things: The kitchen was sparsely stocked, it would be challenging to cook a meal in it and the microwave was high up on top of the fridge...anyone below 5'6" would struggle to use it safely. No tea was available - they don't stock it. The shower curtain wasn't water proof and the shower pressure was amazing...the result - a very flooded bathroom each time the shower was used. The ironing board was impossible to close and the iron put marks on the shirt being pressed...both the iron and board were replaced for us.

  • Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

This is an older motel in downtown Sarasota. It is very reasonably priced and convenient location to downtown with very large, spacious suites fitted with full kitchens, TV's in both rooms and very clean. I was most impressed with the staff who were professional and helpful. I would always rather stay in a place like this that has personality and feels real, as opposed to a cookie-cutter hotel.

  • Stayed: November 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

At first glance, this quaint little mom and pop type motel appears to be in a bad neighborhood and that was enough for me to drive right on by to another place. I'm sorry I did. After a week at the other place, a most horrible week, I decided to come here. The owner was very up front about his concerns for the area, and explained to me all of the security precautions he takes to keep his property clean and safe. I have a one bedroom suite which includes a full kitchen. I couldn't be happier with my little "apartment".

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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Additional Information about Regency Inn & Suites

Address: 4200 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL 34234-3860
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Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Best Value Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range: £58 - £103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Regency Inn & Suites 2.5*
Number of rooms: 32
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Newly renovated well appointed rooms with large fridges & microwaves. Suites with king or 2 double beds with one bedroom living room with sleeper sofas and dining table, kitchen with granite counter tops, microwave, fridge, coffeemaker, toaster, silverware, china, limited pots & pans for cooking. Heated swimming pool, free high speed wireless internet. Walking distance to nearby area attractions, colleges, airport, 5 to 10 minutes drive to beaches & downtown. ... more   less 
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