The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
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The time had come for us to move on. We packed. This does not take us long as we do it so often. We have packed our heavy clothes in one suitcase which we leave in the boot/trunk of the car so only take with us the other suitcase, the computer, the carry bag with miscellaneous items including water and sometimes snacks for the day's drive, Tom's …
... packed my things I was ready to leave as well. It was hard waking Jessica as she asked me if the car was already packed and when I answered no she fell back asleep. Then I reminded her of the allusive lizard and it didn’t take her long to get her suitcase in the car and wait for me in the passenger seat.
When everything was squared away I said goodbye to the house, perhaps for the last time. The memories of the Florida ...
... we have plans to visit my aunt for the entire afternoon and evening because tomorrow we decided to leave town early to spend a few more days on the rest of our adventure. It appears it is going to be a frozen-pizza-for-lunch kind of day.
I preheated the oven and packed a few of my belongings. After a quick shower I put my swimsuit on under my shorts and typical t-shirt. I threw some nicer clothes in a bag to change to go to dinner. After lunch ...
Barb and I took our time touring up Highway 41 to the Bradenton area. Knowing we weren't expected until dinner so we stopped and shopped at numerous stores to replenish our wardrobe and miscellaneous and sundry items. After 10 weeks in the same small wardrobe, we needed a change...
Arriving at Bill and Shirley Dove's (Mom and Dad's) house was a ...
... got changed and we all had a good laugh!!)
Next stop is Jay and Joyce's place aka Steffes KOA....we have stayed there a couple times before while in Florida...while there may not be the usual RV park activities like shuffleboard and bingo...there is always something going on and the laughs and shena****ns are aplenty!! Who knows, we may be changing the name of the blog to Adventures with Jay and Joyce!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota
The Ritz-Carlton almost got it right - but not quite. We stayed for a week in March 2004 but were disappointed with the service. Little things which should not have happened - no-one answering the phone at the valet, concierge, front desk, the concierge always being too busy, not having yellow pages (at the concierge desk? isn't that a little weird?), the front desk losing two packages sent to me (but finding them after 3 days), no guide to the hotel in our room so we never found the gym, no-one recognizing us at breakfast although we had eaten there every day for a week.... etc. We even politely asked for help when we needed a cheque for $1.25 and were told to go to the post office.
A wonderful experience
I spent a weekend at the Sarasota Ritz Carlton, it was an experience I will never forget, from the moment I got their to the time I left everything was wonderful. The staff were wonderful and very very helpful. I stayed in one of the suites, it was a little more expensive but definiately worth it, the view of the bay was gorgeous and the room was very spacious. While I was there I visited the brand new Spa, it was fabulous, and the staff their were very, very friendly. If you get a chance to stay at this Hotel try the English High Tea or the Sunday Brunch, its truely a great experience. I would definiately go back.
My wife surprised me with a weekend trip to Sarasota, Florida to buy her Jaguar. We stayed in the Concierge Level of the Ritz Carlton on August 22 thru August 24. The hotel, the room and everything we saw and did there was fabulous. I thought staying at The Concierge was going to be very expensive. As it turns out, it was a very smart move by my wife. We had breakfast there every morning, lunch at noon and late snacking in the evening. What was great about this was that there was a wide array of food and I did'nt have to spend extra money in the restaurant. We always sat outside on terrace eveytime we ate overlooking Sarasota Bay from the 8th floor.
The fabulous Ritz
Absolute luxury. While sitting by the pool, towels are rolled and placed at the back of your neck. Ice water is brought constantly. The "Club" on the concierge level was wonderful. The beds are totally comfortable. Dinner in the main dining room was delicious. Staff has been totally trained to make your stay as pleasurable as possible.
Highly recommend it for a night or a week. Enjoy! We sure did.
Sarasota and the Ritz - a Perfect Partnership
Outstanding service and luxurious accommodations and we didnt even stay on the Concierge Level! Visiting Sarasota for the first time in over 30 years and what a change - for the good! From the front desk to the pool attendants, every staff member made us feel as if we were the only guests during a recent mini-conference. My wife claims that we will not wait another 30 years to return to this Ritz!
I was recently in a wedding at the Ritz Carlton and I was very impressed with my overall experience. The hotel and grounds are absolutely beautiful and well-maintained. My room was spacious, though not terribly large. Very comfortable though-especially the bed and linens. The wedding coordinator was very helpful and the ceremony and reception went without a hitch. The food was fantastic-best "wedding food" I've ever had. The staff was always friendly, helpful and accomodating. The sunset over the bay was outstanding-perfect setting for wedding photos. The reception, located in one of the ballrooms, was elegant and classy. Though expensive, I would recommend this hotel to anyone as a vacation or possible wedding destination!
We arrived at the Ritz a couple of hours after check in to find that our room was still not available. We were also told that our room would contain two doubles although a king had been guaranteed at the time of our reservation. An hour later (5:30pm) we were notified via. cellular phone that our room was ready. Upon entering our room, we discovered that the room was lacking in several amenities. There was only one bathrobe instead of two and an iron but no ironing board. We actually had to request the second bathrobe twice since it was never delivered after our initial request. Room service for breakfast was acceptable and cost $62.00 for three people. Sugar, although requested, was absent from our room service cart.We also did not receive a portfolio (billing statement of charges) the night prior to our departure. At checkout, we discovered that the hotel had not deducted the $50.00 food credit that was part of our package. What we found to be the most amusing is the obviously fake, English/high society, accents of the front desk staff . Initially, we thought that it may be an isolated incident, however, after commication with an additional front desk staff person with a fake accent, we theoritized that it must be part of their Ritz Carlton training. If you are a person whose priority is to spend a lot of money to maintain ones appearance of high status with less of a requirement for authentic consumer service or value then this hotel is for you.
We stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota in June 2002. What can I say? Everything was perfect! The beds were heavenly. In every aspect, it was absolute luxury. We will stay here again!
my wife and i stayed here on febuary 27th, we have have stayed at many other ritz carlton's but none as service oriented as this one. the valets treated you as if you were royality. upon arrival my wife had a blouse in her hand that she wanted to take with her to our room but the valet insisted that he take the item what service! i asked where the restroom was in the lobby and was nearly taken to the enrty way of the restroom by a hotel employee. after check-in we were given a tour of the hotel by our room-valet as we were escorted to our room. no other ritz carlton that we have stayed in has done this before. the room was beautiful but a bit small, the bathroom was a quite large and done in a marvelous gray marble. no seperate glass shower & tub as i have seen in all of the newly built ritz carlton's in the last three years, but lovely just the same. the bed was awesome! soft and delightful. all rooms have a larger than normal balcony with two cushy chairs and a glass table.the grounds of the hotel were beautiful, well kept and very green (well it is central florida). the staff so polite not full of themselves or fake. many came over just to talk or say hello. upon check-out my wife left a bag in our room as she turned around to return to the desk for access a satff member overherad our distress and escorted my wife to the room with his passs key that's service! so many other hotels look the other way with regards to service not this ritz carlton! oh how they could teach a few things to these other so-called four star places. visit this hotel on a trip sarasota you won't be sorry. but you will if you pass it by.
The rooms are wonderful. The furnishings are great, the bed is amazingly soft and the service is superb. I love the restaurant, the food was amazing. The only problem was that the walls are thin and you can hear what the people in the next room are saying. However, one night I had a migraine and we were on the same floor as a group of extremely loud businessmen, I called the front desk and they moved our room immediately and brought tea service to the room at no charge.