Choose our Holiday Inn® Sarasota hotels to explore the sugar-sand beaches of the Sarasota Keys and a vibrant local art scene. Known for its pastel-hued Gulf Coast sunsets, Sarasota is a contemporary hub for restaurants, galleries and shops.
Our Sarasota hotels make it easy to explore the cultural capital of the Florida Gulf Coast. Head downtown to the seashell-shaped Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall for its annual lineup of major concerts. Relax by shimmering Sarasota Bay during one of the free Van Wezel “Friday Fest on the Bay” concerts. From our hotels in Sarasota, visitors can walk among old masters like Rubens at the Ringling Museum of Art, now part of the Florida State University campus; admission is free every Monday. Grab the kids and cross the campus to the Circus Museum to see vintage calliopes and an irresistible miniature 1930s circus. Florida sunshine paints a golden patina on the gilded mansion of John and Mable Ringling, Ca d’Zan, nearby. A palatial nod to Venetian palazzos, Ca d’Zan is open for tours.
From our hotels in Sarasota you can grab a latte and browse downtown Sarasota, jam-packed with art galleries and boutiques. Stay for dinner and mingle with the locals while enjoying a burger or fresh seafood. Our Sarasota hotels are close to Palm Avenue galleries and the artists’ colony at Towles Court, where studios are open to the public. For dinner with a view, visit Old Salty Dog on City Island or Marina Jacks downtown. Enjoy affordable home-cooked meals at Yoder’s, Sarasota’s Amish-Mennonite restaurant—save room for the apple pie.
Book your room at one of our Sarasota hotels to eat your way through Restaurant Week in June, or in October to celebrate stone crab season at the Stone Crab, Seafood & Wine Festival on Longboat Key.