Hotel at a Glance: Comfort Suites Sarasota
In 2011, Siesta Beach was named the #1 beach in America by Dr. Beach for its powdery white sands and clean, aquamarine waters. The beach sits on Siesta Key, an 8-mile-long barrier island off the coast of Sarasota. Comfort Suites Sarasota is just a short drive Siesta Beach and other white-sand beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. It's a nice place for families to spend the day, thanks to public bathrooms and showers, snack bars, picnic tables, and lots of shade trees.
- A free breakfast buffet: Includes eggs, fresh fruit, and hot waffles. Guests checking out early can pick up a grab 'n' go breakfast from the front desk.
- Go swimming: in a heated outdoor pool surrounded by patio tables with umbrellas.
- Cardio equipment, medicine balls, and yoga mats: in the fitness center help you stay in shape while on vacation.
- Stay connected: with free WiFi, a free newspaper Monday–Friday, and a business center with a computer, copier, and fax for guest use.
Sarasota, Florida: Pristine Gulf Coast Beaches and Colorful Artist Colonies
Bordered by the Gulf of Mexico on Florida's western coast, Sarasota offers easy access to more than 40 miles of pristine beachfront. One of the most popular stretches of sand is Siesta Beach on the barrier island of Siesta Key, known for its exceptionally white and powdery shore made almost entirely of quartz and confectioners’ sugar.
Spurred by the Ringling family, Sarasota has developed a prominent art scene centered on downtown's Towles Court. Comprised of wooden bungalows and brightly painted cabins, this artist colony houses dozens of galleries and studios. Pieces on display at viewings held throughout the week range from mixed-media installations to traditional watercolors. Mossy oak trees and tranquil sculpture gardens make for a scenic backdrop.