A surge of new hotel openings will add 1,112 new hotel rooms to Sarasota County’s accommodation offerings within a two-year span of time. The majority of these hotel rooms will be located in the downtown center of Sarasota within walking distance of restaurants, Sarasota Bay, and arts and cultural offerings.
“We have not had this many new hotels open in such a short span of time in more than a decade,” says Virginia Haley, president of Visit Sarasota. “With expanded sporting events, cultural offerings and meetings, there is a demand for more hotel rooms. I am optimistic that our expanded sales efforts during the past several years will keep these hotels full year-round. VSC has initiated a robust plan to aggressively market these new and existing rooms in inventory.”
Just opened on July 28, 2017, the 255-room Westin Sarasota brings 26,000 sf of upscale meeting space and a rooftop pool and bar area to Sarasota. The Westin Sarasota joins the recently opened Zota on Longboat Key. The Zota offers 187 rooms and with approximately 5,000 sf of meeting space, making it ideal for corporate retreats and programs.
Art Ovation Hotel, an Autograph Collection by Marriott is scheduled to open a 162-room property with two suites and several on-site restaurants in November 2017 and in early 2018 The Embassy Suites by Hilton will open a 19-floor property offering 180 suites. Carlisle Inn, in the heart of Pinecraft, an Amish and Mennonite community within the city of Sarasota, will open its first hotel with nearly 100 rooms and 4,000 sf of meeting space in late 2017. Finally, The Sarasota Modern: A Tribune Portfolio Hotel with 89 rooms is slated to open in 2018 in the trendy Rosemary District downtown.
These additional hotels join the 139-room Aloft Sarasota which opened in downtown Sarasota in early 2016. The Aloft offers 550 sf of flexible meeting space in the city.