"Had a great stay – look forward to visiting again!"

- John F
"My daughter and I loved our stay . . . wish we could have stayed longer – one night was not enough. Thanks for your hospitality."

- Sandy K
"My wife and I had a great time spending the weekend in Sarasota and really enjoyed staying at your hotel. The Hotel Ranola offers a unique, original atmosphere, which is what we were looking for! Thanks for everything – we’ll definitely come back."

- Jesse and Jeannie
"Such an adorable, clean hotel! Felt like we were in Europe."

- Karen
"Thank you very much for the great stay at your hotel. Your hotel is a little paradise and we would always recommend it. Kind regards from Switzerland."

- Thomas and Joy

The Original Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Downtown Sarasota
Privately Owned with a Personal Touch

Hotel Ranola – Sarasota, Florida
A 14-room hotel in Sarasota with urban charm

Welcome to Hotel Ranola, the original, boutique hotel in the heart of Downtown. Built in 1926 as an apartment hotel, it offered snowbirds an escape from harsh Northern winters. Ranola has now been revived as a small, hip hotel in Sarasota, Florida with 14 fabulous units.

Make Hotel Ranola your home away from home. Our spacious hotel rooms offer urban décor, full kitchens, luxury linens, plush mattresses, free Wi-Fi Internet access and 27-inch wall hung TVs. We are the perfect environment for those needing to stay nightly or longer.

Ranola is an adult only hotel just steps from Sarasota attractions, including movie theaters, shops, performing arts, spas, nightlife, dozens of restaurants and the beautiful Bayfront. Drive a few minutes away and find yourself at award-winning beaches and outside adventures.

Hotel Ranola in Sarasota, Florida offers a unique, memorable experience for business and leisure travelers alike. To learn more about our hotel, please browse our website, call 1-941-951-0111 (8am – 8pm EST), or e-mail info@hotelranola.com.


Accommodations & Amenities

Our 14 room boutique hotel rooms and suites in Sarasota, Florida lend metropolitan style to this eclectic city. Spacious with urban décor, Hotel Ranola accommodations are completely nonsmoking and feature luxury linens and plush mattresses.

Hotel Ranola is a perfect environment for nightly, weekly or extended stays. All of our rooms include a sitting area, private bathroom and walk-in closet. Accommodations also feature a full kitchen with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, Keurig coffee maker, toaster, cookware and utensils.

Our hotel offers studio rooms with 350-430 square feet of space with your choice of a Queen or King bed. We also have one bedroom King Royale Suites, with 600+ square feet, featuring a separate living room and bedroom, 2 TVs, and a champagne bar.

Guests will love the casual spirit of our Downtown Sarasota accommodations, from the hardwood floors to the simple, modern furnishings that create a hip vibe without compromising comfort. Take a book from your complimentary en suite library or your free copy of SRQ/Sarasota magazine.

Enjoy our hotel rooms and suites in Sarasota, Florida that offer the comforts of home and the necessities of travel.

Room Amenities

  • Full kitchens
  • 27” wall-hung TV's
  • Premium cable (HBO)
  • Free wireless high-speed Internet
  • Plush mattresses
  • Luxury linens and towels
  • Private bath with hairdryer & makeup area
  • Free local calls
  • In-room safe (fits laptops)
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Complimentary bottled water

Hotel Amenities

  • Free parking at our door
  • Sundry/convenience store nearby
  • Laundry & dry cleaning across the street
  • Work Out Facilities just a few blocks away
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Complementary Downtown Shuttle Service Available
  • Washer & dryer onsite

Handicapped Accessible

  • Hotel Ranola is a historic Art Deco 1926 built and designed.We are working to ensure this website achieves "Level AA" conformance to the web content accessibility guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, to comply with National Disability Authority's code of practice on the accessibility of public services and information provided by public bodies. -Thank you, Terri and Al-Hotel Ranola For more information, please email info@hotelranola.com or call (941)-951-0111

Area Information

Attractions near Hotel Ranola

Whether you want to relax on our glorious beaches, explore the John Ringling Museum, or get reservations for Sunday brunch, our hotel staff in Sarasota can make your trip easier. We’ll be happy to make reservations for you at one of the many delicious Downtown Sarasota restaurants. Don't worry about finding a great place to eat - after years in the area, the knowledgeable local owners can guide you to your destination - they know where to go!

The vibrant downtown area features many art galleries, restaurants, shops and more just blocks from Hotel Ranola, including:

  • Sarasota Bayfront & Marina (6 blocks)
  • Regal 20 Cinema Movies 1993 Main St. (3.5 blocks)
  • Burns Court Art House Movie Theatre, 506 Burns Lane (4.5 blocks)
  • Whole Foods Market, 1451 1st St. (5 blocks)
  • Starbucks (6 blocks)
  • Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave. (8 blocks)
  • Selby Public Library 1331 1st St. (6.5 blocks)
  • YMCA (3.5 blocks)
  • Farmers Market – Every Saturday Morning (3 blocks)
  • The famous Gator Club (3 blocks)
Live Theatre
Movie Theaters
Shopping (downtown)
Shopping (nearby)
Festivals & Events
Baltimore Orioles
Ed Smith Stadium, 2700 12th St

Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary
7101 Palmer Blvd.

Ringling CÀ D'Zan Mansion
5401 Bay Shore Road

Tree Umph!
21805 S.R. 70 East

Powell Crosely Estate
8374 N. Tamiami Trail

The Children's Garden
1670 10th Way

Circus Galleries at Ringling Museum
5401 Bay Shore Road

Crowley Museum and Nature Center
16405 Myakka Road

Gamble Plantation
3708 Patten Ave., Ellenton

Historic Spanish Point
377 N Tamiami Trail, Osprey

University Town Center Mall
University & I-75

John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5401 Bay Shore Road

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 S Palm Ave.

Mote Marine Aquarium
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway

Sarasota Classic Car Museum
5500 N Tamiami Trail

Sarasota Jungle Gardens
3701 Bay Shore Road

South Florida Museum, Parker Manatee Aquarium & Bishop Planetarium
201 10th Street, West Bradenton

Save Our Seabirds
1700 Ken Thompson Parkway


Florida Studio Theatre Mainstage
1241 N Palm Ave. (6.5 blocks)

Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret
1241 N Palm Ave. (6.5 blocks)

Sarasota Opera
61 N Pineapple Ave. (5 blocks)

Stage III in the Gompertz Theatre
1241 N Palm Ave. (7 blocks)


Asolo Theatre Co.
5555 N Tamiami Trail (3.6 miles)

Players of Sarasota
838 N Tamiami Trail (1 mile)

Sarasota Ballet
5555 N Tamiami Trail

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
777 N Tamiami Trail (1 mile)

Regal 20 Hollywood Cinema
1993 Main Street (3.5 blocks)

Burns Court Cinema (Art House)
506 Burns Lane (3 blocks)

Whatever your taste, Downtown Sarasota has it all just steps from our downtown hotel. You'll find fashion and diamond jewelry, original art, antiques, trendy boutiques, stationary, kitchen ware & more - it's all here! Plus the many arts & crafts festivals throughout the year — all just a short stroll away!

Towles Court Artist Colony
A living/working artist colony, Towles Court allows artists to live, share ideas and express creativity in a central location. You’ll find watercolor, acrylic, oils and pastel artists, as well as potters, muralists, designers and digital artists. Healing artists also practice their craft with yoga and massage therapy. (3 blocks)

Burns Court
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Burns Court is a collection of 1920s bungalows. Originally built as single-family homes, the adobe structures are now a micro-community of homes, shops and restaurants. Stroll down the street and imagine 1920s Sarasotan’s relaxing on their front stoops in straw hats and summer whites. Includes great antique shopping and the Burns Court Cinema featuring independent and foreign films as well as the annual Cineworld Film Festival. (4 blocks)

Southside Village
This hip neighborhood is filled with amazing restaurants, retail shops, salons and is also home of the renowned 5 O'Clock Club, which features live music nightly. (6-minute drive/20-minute walk)

St. Armands Circle
Visitors from throughout the world shop at this outdoor circle of more than 150 international boutiques, gift shops, galleries, restaurants and nightspots, surrounded by lush landscaping, patios and antiques. Shops are comparable to those in Palm Beach and on Naples's Third Avenue South. (10-minute drive)

Siesta Key Village
This beachside village is filled with casual outdoor dining and tropical shops. (15-minute drive)

  • Sarasota Winefest
  • Sarasota Film Festival
  • 4th of July Offshore Race Festival
  • CineWorld Festival
  • Sarasota BluesFest
  • Sarasota Games
  • Neighborhood Walks
    • 1st Friday: Palm Avenue Walk
    • 3rd Friday: Towles Court Art Walk
    • 4th Friday - St. Armands
  • Thunder-by-the-Bay Motorcycle Festival
  • Siesta Key Beach Crystal Sand Sculpture Event
Our Downtown Sarasota hotel is located in the midst of the city’s most lively area.
For more information, please contact Hotel Ranola at 1-941-951-0111 e-mail info@hotelranola.com or visit the Sarasota Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Outdoor Activities in the Sarasota Area

Sightseeing on the Bay
Bike Rentals
Boat Rentals
Other Recreation
Golf Courses in Sarasota
Golf Courses in Bradenton
Lido Beach
On Ben Franklin Drive in Lido Key (6-10-minute drive, closest to Downtown)
South Lido Park is located at the southern tip of Lido Key, bordered by four bodies of water: the Gulf of Mexico, Big Pass, Sarasota Bay and Brushy Bayou. At a separate facility at the north end of the park, visitors can enjoy a nature trail with scenic overlooks and boardwalks. The southern area offers views of the Downtown Sarasota skyline and the Gulf, with a picnic area shaded by Australian pines.

Siesta Key Public Beach
On Beach Road in Siesta Key (10-15 minute drive)
Featuring white sand, gently lapping waves and gorgeous sunsets, Siesta Key Public Beach is one of the best around. The highly reflective sand, which is 99% pure quartz, is powdery soft, and is cool on your feet even on the hottest days. The water is crystal clear and calm, perfect for a dip after lazing away the day on the beach. The beach also offers picnic areas, rest rooms and showers, a snack bar, tennis courts, ball fields, a fitness trail, a playground, lifeguards and plenty of free parking. During your visit, check out events at Siesta Key Public Beach, such as yoga, sporting events and live music. Enjoy the eclectic Sunday evening drum circle.

Nokomis Beach
On Casey Key, west of the Albee Road Bridge
The park includes 22 acres with 1,700 feet on the Gulf and 3,200 feet on the Intracoastal.

Venice Beach
At the west end of Venice Avenue, one mile west of Business Route 41
If you're a SCUBA diver, a reef containing fossilized material is located a ¼ mile offshore. You can also find fossilized shark teeth along the beach.

Le Barge Tropical Cruises
Marina Jack
A narrated sightseeing cruise combining Sarasota's abundant wildlife, history and spectacular shoreline homes or a dolphin encounter cruise narrated by a naturalist/marine biologist. Sunset cruise featuring live entertainment, dancing and a gulf sunset. Two full bars and a light menu available. Reservations recommended.
Siesta Sports Rentals
6551 Midnight Pass Road, Siesta Key
Rentals include bikes, bike seats, trail bikes, karts, single or double jogging/beach strollers, kayaks, motor scooters, scooter cars, beach chairs, beach wheelchairs, umbrellas and more. Kayak tours available. Pickup and delivery service.

Ryder Bikes
1530 Dolphin St. (2 blocks from hotel)

Siesta Key Bike & Kayak
1224 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key
Offers a wide selection of bicycles, electric bicycles and kayaks.

There are several public and commercial fishing piers in the area. The Tony Saprito Pier (free admission) is located at the northeast foot of the Ringling Bridge in Sarasota. City Pier (commercial) is located on the northern tip of Anna Maria Island and just into Tampa Bay. The Venice Pier (commercial) is located on the Gulf of Mexico, about 2 miles south of Venice Inlet. Point of Rocks, Turtle Beach and Sunset Beach, all located on Siesta Key, are great spots for beach fishing. A saltwater fishing license is required for all nonresidents age 16 and older. Licenses are $7 for three days, $17 for one week and $32 for an annual permit. Snook and crawfish stamps ($2.50 each) are optional. However, nonresidents fishing with a licensed charter skipper are exempt.

Big Catch
Marina Jack
Relax onboard their new 41-ft sportfishing boat for a fun day of fishing in the gulf. Air-conditioned cabin, clean restroom, flybridge and cockpit. The boat carries up to six passengers and can "split" charters. US Coast Guard-licensed captain and professional crew onboard. Four-, six- and eight-hour trips. Extended trips also available. Bait, tackle, ice and license included.

CB's (ORVIS® Endorsed) Saltwater Outfitters and boat rentals
1249 Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key
Fly and light-tackle angling for snook, redfish and speckled trout year-round. Fish for tarpon mid-May through mid-July, and snook at night around the lighted docks. Professional ORVIS® endorsed outfitter guides fish the back country of Sarasota Bay and Charlotte Harbor.

Flying Fish Fleet
Marina Jack
Half-day, six-hour or all-day deep-sea fishing trips. Grouper and snapper caught daily. Bait, tackle and license provided. Half-day trips daily, as well as sunset trips (Memorial Day-Labor Day). Six-hour trips daily (except Wed. & Sat.) and day trips on Wed. & Sat. Cabins with color TVs. Sun decks, snack bars, restrooms and experienced, friendly crew.

Fishing with Capt. Bob
The 26-foot console Grady White is one of the largest guide boats in the Sarasota area that can fish all the skinny eater and backwater on Sarasota Bay, plus the deep offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Room to move around, lounge or get some sun!
Kayak Sarasota
190 Taft Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236
Reel Dreams

Rodbender Fishing Charters

Mermaid Charters
Sunset’s & 1⁄2 day cruise
Sarasota Paddle Board Co.

Shark Sport Fishing

Top Notch Fishing

Dolphin Dive & Kayak Center
6018 S Tamiami Trail
Scuba, kayaks, and more.

Enticer Water Sports
5 Bayfront Drive, Adjacent to Oleary's Grill
941-724-4SKI (4754)
Kayaks, paddleboats, jet skis, sail boats, surf bikes.

Island Style Wind & Watersport
2433 N Tamiami Trail

Mote Marine Aquarium Guided Tours
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
An exciting kayak adventure takes you to remote areas to see Florida as it was 1,000 years ago. Tour with captain/naturalist or marine biologist mate through areas with spectacular scenery and wildlife for wonderful photo opportunities. They'll teach you to kayak, which is easier and safer than canoeing. Great for the whole family.
Scuba Quest
603 School Ave.

Siesta Key Jet Ski Rental
1249 Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key

Siesta Key Parasailing
1265 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key
Enjoy spectacular views sailing over the Gulf of Mexico on the ride of your life. Dry take-off and landing makes it safe and fun for all ages.

A Silent Sports Outfitter
2301 N. Tamiami Trail
For a fun day on the water, visit A Silent Sports Outfitter, the area's "sit-on top" kayak specialists. Kayak sales and rentals are available for you to explore Sarasota's beautiful waterways. Delivery and pick-up offered.

Under Water Sports add & link:
Florida Underwater Sports
7670 South Tamiami Trail

CB's Boat Rentals
1249 Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key
Featuring 17- and 19-foot runabouts, 24-foot deck boats, pontoon boat rentals and jet ski rentals. Full-service tackle shop, live and frozen bait, snorkeling gear plus a wide variety of travel and casual outdoor sportswear. Orvis® endorsed fly shop, guide service and fishing charters

Enticer Water Sports
5 Bayfront Drive, Adjacent to Oleary's Grill
941-724-4SKI (4754)
Kayaks, paddleboats, sail boats, surf bikes

Enterprise Sailing Charters
Marina Jack
Sail Sarasota's turquoise waterways and barrier islands aboard the Enterprise with USCG Captain Kirk. A 41-foot masted vessel with three sails. See celebrity homes, dolphins & wildlife on one of the daytime or romantic sunset sails. Food and beverages included. Individual seating. Private parties available.

Key Sailing
Marina Jack
Sarasota's newest and largest sailing vessel. Appetizers and beverages included. Watch the dolphins play in the bay or gulf as the sun sets in the west. Sailing lessons included on request.

Miss Explorer Private Charters
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Mote Marine Aquarium
Get a luxurious 24-foot Sea Ray deck boat with a captain/naturalist to take you on a full- or half-day trip exploring Sarasota Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. Select from activities such as shelling remote beaches, snorkeling tropical reefs, day-tripping to exotic Egmont Key, dolphin and manatee searches and more. The boat has a covered area and restroom.

Nature Safari Cruise
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Mote Marine Aquarium
Cruise with a guide/biologist for a beach and trail walk spotting a variety of sea life, native plants and animals. Next, it's off to a sand bar to explore the grass flats (personal nets available) and find live shells, sea stars, crabs, sand dollars and even seahorses. Box lunch included.

Sarasota Bay Explorers Charters
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Mote Marine Aquarium
Design your own cruise! Whatever your whim, they'll take you there: shelling, looking for sharks' teeth, dolphin and manatee watching or even a picnic on a deserted island. Call with your cruise ideas; they'll do the rest. Your personal captain will escort you. Groups up to 49.

Sarasota Boat Rental
Marina Jack
Rental boats equipped for gulf waters and intracoastal cruising. Deck boats, dual consoles, center consoles and pontoon boats for up to 10 guests. Charts, marine radios, safety equipment and special features included. Trip-planning assistance, guide service, skis, kneeboards and fishing rod rentals are available.

Sealife Encounter Cruise
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Mote Marine Aquarium
Travel Sarasota and Robert's Bays with a marine biologist looking for dolphins and manatees. Visit the Bird Rookery, home to pelicans, herons, ibises and egrets. View fascinating marine life gathered in their trawl net. Hands-on, fun and informative for all ages.

Siesta Key Boat Rentals
1265 Old Stickney Point Road, Siesta Key
Come cruise Sarasota's Intracoastal Waterway. See dolphins swim beside your boat. Pick up snacks and beverages from their waterfront convenience store, or stop at one of the waterfront restaurants. Their rental boats, ranging from 15 to 24 feet, are available daily.

Florida Ever-Glides Segway Tours
200 South Washington Blvd., Towles Court Artist Colony
Glide through scenic/historic downtown Sarasota and explore the beautiful bayfront at Island Park. Don't miss out on the fun!

Sarasota Kennel Club
5400 Bradenton Road

Bobby Jones Golf Complex
1000 Circus Blvd.

Gulf Gate Golf Course
2550 Bispham Road
941- 921-5515

Oak Ford Golf Club
1552 Palm View Road

Rolling Green Golf Club
4501 N Tuttle Ave.

Sarasota Golf Club
7280 N Lee Wynn Drive

Serenoa Golf Club
6773 Serenoa Drive

Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club
8801 Stoneybrook Blvd.

Tatum Ridge Golf Links
421 Tatum Road N

Village Green Golf Club
3500 Pembrook Drive

Heather Hills Golf Course
101 Cortez Road E

Legacy Golf Club
8255 Legacy Blvd.

Links at Greenfield Plantation
10325 Greenfield Blvd.

Manatee County Golf Course
6415 53rd Street W

Peridia Golf & Country Club
4950 Peridia Blvd. E

Pinebrook Ironwood
4260 Ironwood Circle

Preserve Golf Club at Tara
7310 Tara Preserve Lane

River Club
6600 River Club Blvd.

River Run Golf Links
1801 27th Street E

Rosedale Golf & Tennis Club
5100 87th Street E

Timber Creek Golf Course
4550 Timber Lane

Village Green Golf Course
1401 Village Green Parkway

Waterlefe Golf & River Club
1022 Fish Hook Cove

Island Park
1150 John Ringling Blvd.
Myakka River State Park
13207 SR 72
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey
Payne Park
2050 Adams Ln, Sarasota