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Ritz Carlton Hotel

Sarasota , FL

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Sarasota, FL US

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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
2.8/5.0
Such a beautiful venue but their event staff was unprofessional and did not live up to the 5 Star standard. I was given a day of coordinator who was suppose to help with the planning process and coordinate the day of my wedding....I ended up planning everything, having very little help and assistance. She wasn't anywhere to be found after my ceremony. Huge disappointment!
Such a beautiful venue but their event staff was unprofessional and did not live up to the 5 Star standard. I was given a Read more...
Such a beautiful venue but their event staff was unprofessional and did not live up to the 5 Star standard. I was given a day of coordinator who was suppose to help with the planning process and coordinate the day of my wedding....I ended up planning everything, having very little help and assistance. She wasn't anywhere to be found after my ceremony. Huge disappointment! Read less
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Linda
Wedding:
11/13/2011
4.6/5.0
We had a wonderful wedding planner and specialist who helped us plan. Chris Starman was wonderful and Cesar and Maria were great too! They really made the experience special.Unfortunately there was some miscommunication about the appetizers and coffee bar, but it was all still great!
We had a wonderful wedding planner and specialist who helped us plan. Chris Starman was wonderful and Cesar and Maria were Read more...
We had a wonderful wedding planner and specialist who helped us plan. Chris Starman was wonderful and Cesar and Maria were great too! They really made the experience special.Unfortunately there was some miscommunication about the appetizers and coffee bar, but it was all still great! Read less
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kfishman10
Wedding:
5/7/2011
4.9/5.0
Although expensive, the Ritz Carlton provided the ideal setting for our wedding. The hotel ended up being a dream come true. Their hospitality and attention to detail was second to none and really made a difference to our wedding experience. They made it possible to relax and enjoy the day.
With the Ritz Carlton, you -do- get what you pay for -- a dream wedding!
Although expensive, the Ritz Carlton provided the ideal setting for our wedding. The hotel ended up being a dream come Read more...
Although expensive, the Ritz Carlton provided the ideal setting for our wedding. The hotel ended up being a dream come true. Their hospitality and attention to detail was second to none and really made a difference to our wedding experience. They made it possible to relax and enjoy the day.
With the Ritz Carlton, you -do- get what you pay for -- a dream wedding! Read less
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KrisF28
Wedding:
3/6/2010
3.6/5.0
The first time I went to the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota I knew I wanted to get married there! I expected to get nothing but the best from the Ritz, and was surprised that we did not always get the best service. In many cases we had to continuously call our coordinator to get things planned and done. For the amount of money you pay to use the hotel, you expect to get the very best service throughout the entire planning process. However, once wedding day came, everything turned out absolutely perfect. The hotel, servers, and my coordinator came together and made my day absolutely perfect. If the planning would have been as easy as the wedding day, they would have earned a 5.0 in my book!
The first time I went to the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota I knew I wanted to get married there! I expected to get nothing but Read more...
The first time I went to the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota I knew I wanted to get married there! I expected to get nothing but the best from the Ritz, and was surprised that we did not always get the best service. In many cases we had to continuously call our coordinator to get things planned and done. For the amount of money you pay to use the hotel, you expect to get the very best service throughout the entire planning process. However, once wedding day came, everything turned out absolutely perfect. The hotel, servers, and my coordinator came together and made my day absolutely perfect. If the planning would have been as easy as the wedding day, they would have earned a 5.0 in my book! Read less
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Jules07
Wedding:
10/25/2009
4.1/5.0
I had my ceremony and reception here at the hotel and beach club recently and I have mixed reviews about it. First, the pro's: the grounds of the hotel and beach club are absolutely beautiful. The sunset terrace at the beach club is the perfect outdoor venue in my opinion. The food is phenomenal. Best food at a wedding, ever. The selections, quality, everything is top notch. Service is outstanding too. The negatives: the hotel itself is not on the beach-- you have to drive or take their once an hour shuttle to get there. Also, their service varies on who you work with. Our event manager was so unresponsive and unhelpful...until we hired an outside planner and then she completely changed. And now, it's over a month after the wedding, and they charged us a higher priced than stated on our contract for one thing and we still haven't received a refund and someone in accounting is using an outdated invoice that was revised twice since then saying that we owe more money than what was paid for the actual wedding and now our event manager is nowhere to be found. Also, make sure you put EVERYTHING in writing. When we were first negotiating the contract and discussing the wedding with our catering manager, he stated that all these things were included (free suite the night of your wedding, no bartender charge, etc). Well, we had them write every, single thing (we're both lawyers :-) into our contract and thank goodness we did, because once our event manager got the contract, she kept trying to nickle and dime us for all these little extra charges and tell us we didn't get a free suite the night of and we kept having to go back and show her the contract (even though she had one in our file) MANY times. Very very frustrating and upsetting. But if you can deal with all that, it is a beautiful place to get married.
I had my ceremony and reception here at the hotel and beach club recently and I have mixed reviews about it. First, the Read more...
I had my ceremony and reception here at the hotel and beach club recently and I have mixed reviews about it. First, the pro's: the grounds of the hotel and beach club are absolutely beautiful. The sunset terrace at the beach club is the perfect outdoor venue in my opinion. The food is phenomenal. Best food at a wedding, ever. The selections, quality, everything is top notch. Service is outstanding too. The negatives: the hotel itself is not on the beach-- you have to drive or take their once an hour shuttle to get there. Also, their service varies on who you work with. Our event manager was so unresponsive and unhelpful...until we hired an outside planner and then she completely changed. And now, it's over a month after the wedding, and they charged us a higher priced than stated on our contract for one thing and we still haven't received a refund and someone in accounting is using an outdated invoice that was revised twice since then saying that we owe more money than what was paid for the actual wedding and now our event manager is nowhere to be found. Also, make sure you put EVERYTHING in writing. When we were first negotiating the contract and discussing the wedding with our catering manager, he stated that all these things were included (free suite the night of your wedding, no bartender charge, etc). Well, we had them write every, single thing (we're both lawyers :-) into our contract and thank goodness we did, because once our event manager got the contract, she kept trying to nickle and dime us for all these little extra charges and tell us we didn't get a free suite the night of and we kept having to go back and show her the contract (even though she had one in our file) MANY times. Very very frustrating and upsetting. But if you can deal with all that, it is a beautiful place to get married. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
4.3/5.0
The Ritz was amazing and I would expect nothing less. Anything you wanted or needed was there and at the ready. The staff was lovely and really took care of you. We had our reception, ceremony, catering,cake, taken care of by them. We chose our photo people, band, and flowers on our own. We had some trouble with the bands that they reccomended so we went and found our own band which turned out great and less frustrating, we should have gone with their reccomendation on photographers though but didn't. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars all the way down was that we had a good deal of trouble tracking down people to talk to us about reccomendations and planning. Once we did our tasting everything fell into place but before that we would have to send 3 or 4 emails out before getting a response. This was incredibly frustrating. In the end we were very glad we stuck it out and would reccomend this venue to people. I guess the problem is they know they are going to do a good job, a first time nervous bride does not know this.I also find email the easiest way of getting back to people so to not get a response within a week was almost unexusable to me. As the date got closer this problem defintely dissappeared.
The cake was lovely, the food amazing!!! The servers fantastic and the location wonderful.
The Ritz was amazing and I would expect nothing less. Anything you wanted or needed was there and at the ready. The staff Read more...
The Ritz was amazing and I would expect nothing less. Anything you wanted or needed was there and at the ready. The staff was lovely and really took care of you. We had our reception, ceremony, catering,cake, taken care of by them. We chose our photo people, band, and flowers on our own. We had some trouble with the bands that they reccomended so we went and found our own band which turned out great and less frustrating, we should have gone with their reccomendation on photographers though but didn't. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars all the way down was that we had a good deal of trouble tracking down people to talk to us about reccomendations and planning. Once we did our tasting everything fell into place but before that we would have to send 3 or 4 emails out before getting a response. This was incredibly frustrating. In the end we were very glad we stuck it out and would reccomend this venue to people. I guess the problem is they know they are going to do a good job, a first time nervous bride does not know this.I also find email the easiest way of getting back to people so to not get a response within a week was almost unexusable to me. As the date got closer this problem defintely dissappeared.
The cake was lovely, the food amazing!!! The servers fantastic and the location wonderful. Read less
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Jamie
Wedding:
2/7/2009
4.8/5.0
Brides, if you want to be pampered this is the place to get married! The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota did a fabulous job with my wedding. My event coordinator was very professional and responded to emails and phone calls very quickly. Staff paid attention to the smallest details and made me, the groom, and all our guests as comfortable as we could be. The event spaces were wonderful and the food was fantastic; many guests commented that the food was "restaurant quality." You do pay for the Ritz-Carlton name, but compared to other local vendors it is well worth it. Other vendors quoted prices that were not considerably lower than The Ritz-Carlton, and it was apparent from the first meeting that we would not receive the same level of service. Following my wedding, I am a Ritz-Carlton customer for life.
Brides, if you want to be pampered this is the place to get married! The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota did a fabulous job with my Read more...
Brides, if you want to be pampered this is the place to get married! The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota did a fabulous job with my wedding. My event coordinator was very professional and responded to emails and phone calls very quickly. Staff paid attention to the smallest details and made me, the groom, and all our guests as comfortable as we could be. The event spaces were wonderful and the food was fantastic; many guests commented that the food was "restaurant quality." You do pay for the Ritz-Carlton name, but compared to other local vendors it is well worth it. Other vendors quoted prices that were not considerably lower than The Ritz-Carlton, and it was apparent from the first meeting that we would not receive the same level of service. Following my wedding, I am a Ritz-Carlton customer for life. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Adrienne
Wedding:
3/29/2008
4.6/5.0
They were amazing! We had to switch locations at the last minute due to construction that couldn't be completed in time at another location, and the Ritz was very accomodating. Though due to the short time frame to replan almost the whole wedding, calls weren't returned as quickly as I would have liked, but all was taken care of in time and the day was perfect. They even allowed us to schedule a last minute food tasting. I got married in the "Healing Garden" and had the cocktail reception out there as well and all of our guests couldn't get over how beautiful and classy it was. Also, the food was absolutely delicious.
They were amazing! We had to switch locations at the last minute due to construction that couldn't be completed in time at Read more...
They were amazing! We had to switch locations at the last minute due to construction that couldn't be completed in time at another location, and the Ritz was very accomodating. Though due to the short time frame to replan almost the whole wedding, calls weren't returned as quickly as I would have liked, but all was taken care of in time and the day was perfect. They even allowed us to schedule a last minute food tasting. I got married in the "Healing Garden" and had the cocktail reception out there as well and all of our guests couldn't get over how beautiful and classy it was. Also, the food was absolutely delicious. Read less
Services Used: Catering, Wedding Venue
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Laura
Wedding:
3/8/2008
4.9/5.0
My reception was suppose to be at another local hotel, but they did not finish with construstion in time. The Ritz Carlton took over planning my wedding at the last minute and they were fabulous!! Everything was perfect right down to the last detail. They were professional and astute to detail. I don't know how my reception would have ended up, if it had been anywhere else.
My reception was suppose to be at another local hotel, but they did not finish with construstion in time. The Ritz Carlton Read more...
My reception was suppose to be at another local hotel, but they did not finish with construstion in time. The Ritz Carlton took over planning my wedding at the last minute and they were fabulous!! Everything was perfect right down to the last detail. They were professional and astute to detail. I don't know how my reception would have ended up, if it had been anywhere else. Read less
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