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Quality Inn Sarasota/Siesta Key
Ranked #42 of 51 Hotels in Sarasota
Reviewed 8 February 2012

Several family members stayed here by virtue of its location, mostly, and for our gathering and convenience this was perfect.

Unlike some of my business or vacation travels, where I've stayed in hotels which were themselves part of the attraction (with luxurious amenities, grounds, and services), this was purely for a comfortable and "reasonably priced" room, chosen primarily for "having a base" from which to venture out to a family gathering nearby. Mostly the only time spent there was to sleep - and by chance to watch the SuperBowl in the lobby, where I learned also a bit about this hotel/motel and its "sister" next door.

Bottom line: there is a Holiday Inn Express across the busy street for $20 more/night - apparently a brand-name thing. The Days Inn just next door (the "sister" property) is quite similar, and around $10 less/night. The difference between the two (according to the friendly desk worker who brought cake & cupcakes for the SuperBowl shift) is in the "brand" and Comfort Inn's slightly nicer touches, like eggs and links with the free breakfast buffet (6-10 AM) which also includes a waffle-maker, cereals hot & cold, juice, breads, yoghurt, and more. Coffee is available 24/7 and there are vending and ice machines both in the eating area and on 2 of the 3 floors. And laundry machines. Plus there is a 7-11 and Burger King just outside the front door.

Unlike a luxury hotel review (focusing on fine dining, tourist attractions, spas & luxurious bathrooms, etc.) I'll "stick to the basics" here. The rooms are quiet, and spacious. No pretenses at luxury, some of the furniture is a bit "pre-worn" (thinking of a frayed coffee table), but no worries - there is just so *much* furniture (and space) here. My room had a king sized bed, a pull-out sofa/bed, iron/ironing board, hair blower, cable (tube-type) TV, and happily: free wi-fi Internet - plus there is a computer in the lobby, with a printer for boarding passes, maps, whatever. A small pool and jacuzzi are just outside, and a little picnic area is in the back (shared with the Days Inn), under some palm trees.

That's really about the whole deal: Basic - with some nice touches, friendly desk staff, convenient to Clark Road/I75 and surrounding area. For a family or single/couple travels, it's really about value and location, not luxury or frills. But you not only "get what you pay for" (value) but in a nice way too, for a reasonable rate. (Rates do vary seasonally, higher in winter, and they do sell out, I saw, such as when a sports competition comes to town and books a large block of rooms.)

I took some pictures, and am posting a few, but I do find that the ones posted on the motel's web page are similar to my own, and true to life. My own photos (and memory) document both the lovely sky and the breakfast nook plus lobby areas and pool, plus the scale of the room. Note: the rooms also have a large refrigerator, desk area (or two in my case), and a microwave (which works wonderfully with a 7-11 burrito or quick re-heating/cooking). I could sit at the desk and work at my laptop - with hi-speed Internet - and with one hand open the refrigerator door and pull out a drink or apple/snack as I remained seated.

Lastly but importantly: location, location. This spot is 5 minutes from the various condos and assisted living centers on Palmer Ranch Parkway. In the other direction it's just one minute to I75 which (in addition to local streets) can take someone to the airport or beaches or downtown Sarasota quite quickly, or set one towards the great attractions in Tampa or the beaches to the South (e.g., Venice). Of course what is described (by both scientists and travelers) as our "nation's finest beach", Siesta Key, is just a very short drive (15-20 minutes?) as are movie theaters, and malls upon malls. Some decent restaurants too.

The website lists some of the area attractions, accurately. There is beach, culture (Van Wezel performing arts center, Ringling Museum, etc.) nearby, and also within driving distance there is an incredible nature preserve/state park (Myaka). A bit further off one can visit the Dali Museum in St. Pete, or find shark's teeth on Venice Beach, or have a wide choice of State Parks and "Old Florida" attractions, from old estates to a Big Cat preserve to Linger Lodge.

And that, I think, is "the story".
The local Comfort Inn/Clark Road web page is at: http://bit.ly/wfsf9C

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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 January 2012

I stayed at this property for 14 days in November, 2011. The motel is close to the Ringling College of Art & Design & also to the Sarasota Airport. North of the hotel is a prostitute(streetwalkers) walk all the way to the airport but only at night. South of the motel is Ringling & the city of Sarasota. The linens were clean & towels were changed as often as you wanted. There were wastebaskets near the sink & another near the bed. The house staff were friendly but the office staff had an attitude & weren't always friendly. There was a small refrigerator in my room. I paid around 50USD a night & was pleased.

Room Tip: I was on the 2nd floor & there is a elevator. The shower had handicap access. Sarasota is a grea...
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

Stayed in room 322. Had a great stay there. I was surprised by how clean the room was. Even that area at the head of the bed and the wall was kept clean(which no-one seems to clean anymore).

Very good hotel, and clean. There is a subway restraunt and gas station there also.

I would stay there again!

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 December 2011

What a pleasant hotel. Look, most hotels have nice clean rooms - but I think it's rare when you find a hotel where the front desk staff stays the same year over year - and they just can't do enough to help you. And that's the way the Comfort Inn on Clark Rd is. We arrived tired and worn out. And one of the first things the front desk manager said was - he'd noticed our reservation's request for a quiet room, so he'd already assigned us a room on the top floor (for quiet) - and away from the parking lot. Then, since we looked weary, he suggested we try their whirlpool spa and pool behind the hotel. Super. What a great place to stay! And how refreshingly different from all of those other hotel reviews you'll read that have kids on the front desk who really don't care!

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 November 2011

I was leary of staying here as it's a budget hotel, but I was quite pleased with my stay. The rooms are really big and I will say thank you to the cleaning staff as they really do a nice job. Front desk staff was always professional and friendly. The included breakfast is really great and the location is great too. Overall, I was very pleased with my stay. Nothing fancy at all, but the important thing is it's safe, it's clean, and a great value.

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  • Stayed: November 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 6 November 2011

Stopped for one night on our way to Ft. Myers Beach. Room was clean, no noise and a great complimentary breakfast.

  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 October 2011

The amenities are, for the most part, what you'd expect at any Comfort Inn.
The staff truly makes this better than average . . . however, I rated this 'average' due to: 1) Being able to easily hear noise through the walls, 2) 'Bathroom' sink is in the walkway into the room - not seperate (only commode and shower are together) 3) The flimsy kind of furniture in the room - table was wobbly 4) A/C noise was louder than I'd like.

On the plus side - 1) the bed was comfortable and clean 2)the room had a refridgerator and microwave.

The breakfast was the standard for Comfort Inn - though, they ran out of coffee during breakfast (with nothing prepared as a back-up). Please note, do not be even 2 minutes past the breakfast cutoff time . . . as I saw a couple who were turned-away at 10:02 one morning. The entire area was very clean.

Two newspapers - USA Today and The Wall Street Journal are provided free-of-chagre - Thank you!

This inn is not inexpensive - but, it is a fair value. I would return.

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  • Stayed: October 2011, travelled solo
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Additional Information about Quality Inn Sarasota/Siesta Key

Address: 5778 Clark Rd, Clark Rd./I-75 exit 205, Sarasota, FL 34233-3302 (Formerly Comfort Inn Sarasota)
Region: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #42 of 51 Hotels in Sarasota
Price Range: £63 - £196 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Quality Inn Sarasota/Siesta Key 2.5*
Number of rooms: 61
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located off Interstate 75, the Quality Inn® hotel in Sarasota, Florida offers easy access to the world-famous Siesta Key Beach, Myakka River State Park and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. This Sarasota, FL hotel also makes it easy to take in a spring training game at the Ed Smith Stadium, take a dive at the Selby Aquatic Center or enjoy shopping and dining at St. Armand’s Circle.Guests of this Sarasota, FL hotel are invited to relax in the outdoor pool. ... more   less 
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