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The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota

Sarasota , FL
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1111 Ritzcarlton Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236 US (map)

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941-309-2075
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James
Wedding:
7/8/2014
5.0/5.0
We had an incredible celebration at Ritz-Carlton's Beach Club in Sarasota. Thank you so much to all of the staff involved and all of their hard work in making our day so special.
We had an incredible celebration at Ritz-Carlton's Beach Club in Sarasota. Thank you so much to all of the staff involved Read more...
We had an incredible celebration at Ritz-Carlton's Beach Club in Sarasota. Thank you so much to all of the staff involved and all of their hard work in making our day so special. Read less
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Emily
Wedding:
7/14/2013
4.5/5.0
The Ritz put on a great event for our July 2013 destination wedding at the beach club. The food was top notch, the setting is gorgeous and all our guests had a great time.

You get what you pay for and what you get is great service. They really pulled it off even if the communication wasn't the best in the months leading up to the big day. Just trust them. They'll pull through and you and your guests will have a great time.

Or coordinator Kate was really busy (they have so much business!) and had a hard time responding to email in a timely manner more than a couple weeks before the big day, but her associate Maggie always answered same day or next day and really put us at ease.

LaShawn in sales is awesome and accommodating and even braved Tropical Storm Debby flooding to get us a tour of the venue when we were in the booking process. To say she'll go the extra mile for you is an understatement.

The cake was amazing and gorgeous-they can literally make anything you want. The food was above and beyond. They can customize appetizers (we special ordered parmesan crusted artichokes) and if you can dream it, they can do it.

They even moved the chairs they set up on the terrace (albeit without confirming it was OK with us) in the hour before the ceremony because we showed them the radar that it wasn't going to rain. Ask and you receive.
The Ritz put on a great event for our July 2013 destination wedding at the beach club. The food was top notch, the setting Read more...
The Ritz put on a great event for our July 2013 destination wedding at the beach club. The food was top notch, the setting is gorgeous and all our guests had a great time.

You get what you pay for and what you get is great service. They really pulled it off even if the communication wasn't the best in the months leading up to the big day. Just trust them. They'll pull through and you and your guests will have a great time.

Or coordinator Kate was really busy (they have so much business!) and had a hard time responding to email in a timely manner more than a couple weeks before the big day, but her associate Maggie always answered same day or next day and really put us at ease.

LaShawn in sales is awesome and accommodating and even braved Tropical Storm Debby flooding to get us a tour of the venue when we were in the booking process. To say she'll go the extra mile for you is an understatement.

The cake was amazing and gorgeous-they can literally make anything you want. The food was above and beyond. They can customize appetizers (we special ordered parmesan crusted artichokes) and if you can dream it, they can do it.

They even moved the chairs they set up on the terrace (albeit without confirming it was OK with us) in the hour before the ceremony because we showed them the radar that it wasn't going to rain. Ask and you receive. Read less
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Kathy
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything was great the food was fab the ballroom gorgeous the ceremony on the bay was beautiful we even held off the rain. Would highly recommend the Ritz.
Everything was great the food was fab the ballroom gorgeous the ceremony on the bay was beautiful we even held off the Read more...
Everything was great the food was fab the ballroom gorgeous the ceremony on the bay was beautiful we even held off the rain. Would highly recommend the Ritz. Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
6/15/2013
5.0/5.0
From the beginning every one who we came into contact with was over the top amazing. I knew the day we visited it was the place to host our wedding. We had a destination wedding and made it a fun filled weekend, they Ritz was over the top amazing. Kate and her team made my special day stress free, as well as responding so quickly to any request we had no matter how small or large. I was blown away with our experience at the Ritz and highly reccomend them for any celebration you may have in your future.
From the beginning every one who we came into contact with was over the top amazing. I knew the day we visited it was the Read more...
From the beginning every one who we came into contact with was over the top amazing. I knew the day we visited it was the place to host our wedding. We had a destination wedding and made it a fun filled weekend, they Ritz was over the top amazing. Kate and her team made my special day stress free, as well as responding so quickly to any request we had no matter how small or large. I was blown away with our experience at the Ritz and highly reccomend them for any celebration you may have in your future. Read less
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Lesley
Wedding:
4/19/2013
5.0/5.0
After our private ceremony (offsite), we held a small dinner reception for us and our 5 guests and the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota's Jack Dusty restaurant. They gave us spectacular service and attention. The food & cocktails were excellent. We loved every part of our experience here, start to finish. Would recommend for a casual wedding or rehearsal dinner!
After our private ceremony (offsite), we held a small dinner reception for us and our 5 guests and the Ritz-Carlton Read more...
After our private ceremony (offsite), we held a small dinner reception for us and our 5 guests and the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota's Jack Dusty restaurant. They gave us spectacular service and attention. The food & cocktails were excellent. We loved every part of our experience here, start to finish. Would recommend for a casual wedding or rehearsal dinner! Read less
Services Used: Catering, Unique Services
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Trisha
Wedding:
4/4/2013
5.0/5.0
We started planning a destination beach wedding in September 2012. We spent countless hours/days/weeks reading the wedding wire reviews. We looked at about 6 venues around the St Pete area and are extremely pleased we chose The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, Florida. Chris Starman was very helpful from the beginning to the end, he was quick to answer all questions.
Mariela was assigned to be our wedding day coordinator. We were impressed with her attention to details, organizational skills, patience, quick response to questions, suggestions, and dedication to making a smooth ,terrific wedding day experience. Due to torrential rain the morning of, a decision had to be made as to where everything would now take place. The rain continued. So my outdoor beach ceremony and reception became an outdoor patio ceremony and a ballroom. They went above and beyond to make sure the space was perfect. They put extra time into the details; setting up the dinner tables, the presentation of the dinner and the atmosphere all around. My guest had the best time even through the horrible weather.
The hot and cold appetizers that Chris Starman and Mariela recommended were a huge hit. As for the dinner, I was pleasantly surprised as to how tender the steak was. As it turned out it we chose the yellow cake with key lime filing and topped with fresh strawberries and it was scrumptiousNot your average wedding food!
Cindy and the beach club staff were extremely accommodating and helpful when visiting the venue and during the rehearsal. They all knew what was going on, where we should be and made sure that we were taken care of. The staff overall at the Ritz, was amazing, very friendly, professional, accommodating, reassuring, and cared about my wedding. All the staff made it a point to ask if we or our guest needed anything throughout our entire stay.
The Ritz staff went above and beyond to make our tears of sadness turn into tears of joy that evening. Thank you!
We started planning a destination beach wedding in September 2012. We spent countless hours/days/weeks reading the wedding Read more...
We started planning a destination beach wedding in September 2012. We spent countless hours/days/weeks reading the wedding wire reviews. We looked at about 6 venues around the St Pete area and are extremely pleased we chose The Ritz Carlton, Sarasota, Florida. Chris Starman was very helpful from the beginning to the end, he was quick to answer all questions.
Mariela was assigned to be our wedding day coordinator. We were impressed with her attention to details, organizational skills, patience, quick response to questions, suggestions, and dedication to making a smooth ,terrific wedding day experience. Due to torrential rain the morning of, a decision had to be made as to where everything would now take place. The rain continued. So my outdoor beach ceremony and reception became an outdoor patio ceremony and a ballroom. They went above and beyond to make sure the space was perfect. They put extra time into the details; setting up the dinner tables, the presentation of the dinner and the atmosphere all around. My guest had the best time even through the horrible weather.
The hot and cold appetizers that Chris Starman and Mariela recommended were a huge hit. As for the dinner, I was pleasantly surprised as to how tender the steak was. As it turned out it we chose the yellow cake with key lime filing and topped with fresh strawberries and it was scrumptiousNot your average wedding food!
Cindy and the beach club staff were extremely accommodating and helpful when visiting the venue and during the rehearsal. They all knew what was going on, where we should be and made sure that we were taken care of. The staff overall at the Ritz, was amazing, very friendly, professional, accommodating, reassuring, and cared about my wedding. All the staff made it a point to ask if we or our guest needed anything throughout our entire stay.
The Ritz staff went above and beyond to make our tears of sadness turn into tears of joy that evening. Thank you! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Lighting & Decor, Wedding Venue
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Dominique
Wedding:
12/4/2012
4.8/5.0
We are from the UK so had to do everything via the internet. I was initially nervous as my wedding co-ordintaor from the Ritz was very slow to get back to my emails and got a lot of things wrong - u really have to keep on top of the invoices as a lot of mine were wrong. However my wedding day was AMAZING!!! The Ritz is a STUNNING location and we had a beautiful sunset as we were married. The food was delicious and the service surpassed our expectations. We would definitely recommend the Ritz as the perfect venue!
We are from the UK so had to do everything via the internet. I was initially nervous as my wedding co-ordintaor from the Read more...
We are from the UK so had to do everything via the internet. I was initially nervous as my wedding co-ordintaor from the Ritz was very slow to get back to my emails and got a lot of things wrong - u really have to keep on top of the invoices as a lot of mine were wrong. However my wedding day was AMAZING!!! The Ritz is a STUNNING location and we had a beautiful sunset as we were married. The food was delicious and the service surpassed our expectations. We would definitely recommend the Ritz as the perfect venue! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
6/2/2012
4.6/5.0
We had our wedding in June at the members beach club on Lido Key, Sarasota. The area was beautiful and the site was amazing. Overall I was very happy with the service and have no real complaints, but that was not without many hours of coordination and planning (this was a destination wedding). I felt if we didn't push for certain items, it may have been a totally different experience. For example, we had our ceremony on the beach,the cost was $3000.00 to use the beach. Part of the experience was that water would be provided, if we did not inquire on how this would be done, it would of been just white plastic tables without cloth and plain plastic pitchers of water. After multiple conversations, this was changed to nice glass water dispensers with lemon or lime mixed on top of white table clothes and real glasses. This may seem to be a minor issue, but to us its all about presentation. When I chose the Ritz, I expected A++ presentation, but you really have to be on top of them to get what you paid for.

The service and staff lead by Wedding Coordinator Cesar Garza was excellent, the staff during the reception were amazing. My only advice is that the person who shows you the package, i.e the sales person is not on the same page as the wedding coordinator. The sales people will tell you they do everything, well that is not the case. We eventually got everything we were promised, but it required extra phone calls.

I am happy with my finished product and have zero regrets, Our wedding was great, it was a blast, the food was great and service was above par. Oh, my only slight disappointment was the cake and lighting. The lighting who was associated with the Ritz was very weak and definitely not worth the money. The cake was was overpriced for what we got and taste was ok. I wish I had outsourced the cake...
We had our wedding in June at the members beach club on Lido Key, Sarasota. The area was beautiful and the site was Read more...
We had our wedding in June at the members beach club on Lido Key, Sarasota. The area was beautiful and the site was amazing. Overall I was very happy with the service and have no real complaints, but that was not without many hours of coordination and planning (this was a destination wedding). I felt if we didn't push for certain items, it may have been a totally different experience. For example, we had our ceremony on the beach,the cost was $3000.00 to use the beach. Part of the experience was that water would be provided, if we did not inquire on how this would be done, it would of been just white plastic tables without cloth and plain plastic pitchers of water. After multiple conversations, this was changed to nice glass water dispensers with lemon or lime mixed on top of white table clothes and real glasses. This may seem to be a minor issue, but to us its all about presentation. When I chose the Ritz, I expected A++ presentation, but you really have to be on top of them to get what you paid for.

The service and staff lead by Wedding Coordinator Cesar Garza was excellent, the staff during the reception were amazing. My only advice is that the person who shows you the package, i.e the sales person is not on the same page as the wedding coordinator. The sales people will tell you they do everything, well that is not the case. We eventually got everything we were promised, but it required extra phone calls.

I am happy with my finished product and have zero regrets, Our wedding was great, it was a blast, the food was great and service was above par. Oh, my only slight disappointment was the cake and lighting. The lighting who was associated with the Ritz was very weak and definitely not worth the money. The cake was was overpriced for what we got and taste was ok. I wish I had outsourced the cake... Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
3/31/2012
3.2/5.0
We had our wedding & reception at the Ritz Carlton Beach Club on Lido Key. The venue is breathtaking. The staff was incredibly accommodating. However, they did not read the banquet set-up sheet. They screwed up serving the soup, totally did not serve a special dessert for which we'd paid extra & the cake has become known as the "ugliest wedding cake in history", it was just down right embarrassing.

Overall, the food was fabulous but their screw-ups were simply ridiculous for the price of a wedding at the Ritz. The quality of food was phenomenal but the screw-ups were so incredibly disappointing. For the price & reputation of the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, they did NOT exceed my expectations. You can't beat the food or service staff BUT I would make sure, check, double check and triple check your event.
We had our wedding & reception at the Ritz Carlton Beach Club on Lido Key. The venue is breathtaking. The staff was Read more...
We had our wedding & reception at the Ritz Carlton Beach Club on Lido Key. The venue is breathtaking. The staff was incredibly accommodating. However, they did not read the banquet set-up sheet. They screwed up serving the soup, totally did not serve a special dessert for which we'd paid extra & the cake has become known as the "ugliest wedding cake in history", it was just down right embarrassing.

Overall, the food was fabulous but their screw-ups were simply ridiculous for the price of a wedding at the Ritz. The quality of food was phenomenal but the screw-ups were so incredibly disappointing. For the price & reputation of the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, they did NOT exceed my expectations. You can't beat the food or service staff BUT I would make sure, check, double check and triple check your event. Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
3/8/2012
2.2/5.0
Overall, our wedding at the Ritz beach club was a success. Our guests had fun, enjoyed the food, and those not involved in the wedding (guests outside the wedding party) likely saw no problems. However, throughout the entire planning process and even after the wedding, we had problems with our assigned wedding assistant, Jacey Wood. She made mistakes at almost every step of the planning process and even after the wedding with our bills. She lacked attention to detail, was at times very flaky and not as responsive as I would have liked her to be and when faced with a mistake made excuses. People in our wedding party noticed these traits as well. Although the end result was ok, it was a completely frustrating planning process for us and really put a damper on our wedding memories and is the reason for the low star ratings here. She reflected poorly on the Ritz name and we warn future couples to avoid her at all costs in planning their event. We had limited contact with Chris Starman during our initial decision to go with the Ritz. We really liked him and he seemed very competent, but apparently he was not available to help with the tasks beyond “selling” us the event.

Venue: Getting married at the beach club was a perfect venue for our outdoor wedding. We had the ceremony on the lawn and the cocktail hour/dinner reception on the sunset terrace. It was a lovely view overlooking the beach, water and sunset. The only drawback was that as a bride who needed to be concealed from the groom prior to the ceremony, I had to wait in the bathroom prior to the ceremony, but it was private and chairs were provided. Also, since it is the Ritz, the prices were definitely on the high side. We expected this for the venue/food, but we ended up doing a lot of DIY things regarding room decorations/video set up and getting other vendors for things such as the ceremony sound system because it was much cheaper.

Catering: The Ritz did all of our catering. We picked out the food during the tasting. Our guests seem to enjoy the food. The wedding party missed cocktail hour due to photographs but I was given a plate of the hors d'oeuvres and they were very good. I never got to eat my actual dinner because the catering folks took it away before I could get to it. Granted, it was there for over an hour, but I still wish they had left it for me. We were very disappointed with the cupcakes. At the tasting the cupcakes were very dry. To make them more moist on the wedding day they were soaked/injected in sugar water, which had the effect of making them very crumbly and sweet, albeit moist. We should have gone with Publix for our dream cupcake cake -- they were much better. We also thought the display of the cupcakes could have been better. We asked for three tiers (one for each flavor), but instead, the cupcakes were displayed in four small bowls on tiers with the different flavors mixed together.

Salon: I was an out of state bride with out of state guests and using the Ritz Salon made sense. My two bridesmaids, my mother and my groom’s mother and I all utilized the Ritz Salon on the day of wedding. Working with Susan to set up the salon appointments was very easy. She was very accommodating with changes to services and schedule. Everyone who helped us was very nice. I was satisfied with my nails, hair and make up, having done a practice run about two months before the wedding. One of my bridesmaids was not happy with her hair or makeup and did some of her own touch up to both before the wedding. My mother’s makeup also made her look much older than what she normally looks rather than enhancing her beauty. My other bridesmaid and my groom’s mother both had their hair done and they looked fabulous. So, overall, the consensus about the salon services was split.
Overall, our wedding at the Ritz beach club was a success. Our guests had fun, enjoyed the food, and those not involved in Read more...
Overall, our wedding at the Ritz beach club was a success. Our guests had fun, enjoyed the food, and those not involved in the wedding (guests outside the wedding party) likely saw no problems. However, throughout the entire planning process and even after the wedding, we had problems with our assigned wedding assistant, Jacey Wood. She made mistakes at almost every step of the planning process and even after the wedding with our bills. She lacked attention to detail, was at times very flaky and not as responsive as I would have liked her to be and when faced with a mistake made excuses. People in our wedding party noticed these traits as well. Although the end result was ok, it was a completely frustrating planning process for us and really put a damper on our wedding memories and is the reason for the low star ratings here. She reflected poorly on the Ritz name and we warn future couples to avoid her at all costs in planning their event. We had limited contact with Chris Starman during our initial decision to go with the Ritz. We really liked him and he seemed very competent, but apparently he was not available to help with the tasks beyond “selling” us the event.

Venue: Getting married at the beach club was a perfect venue for our outdoor wedding. We had the ceremony on the lawn and the cocktail hour/dinner reception on the sunset terrace. It was a lovely view overlooking the beach, water and sunset. The only drawback was that as a bride who needed to be concealed from the groom prior to the ceremony, I had to wait in the bathroom prior to the ceremony, but it was private and chairs were provided. Also, since it is the Ritz, the prices were definitely on the high side. We expected this for the venue/food, but we ended up doing a lot of DIY things regarding room decorations/video set up and getting other vendors for things such as the ceremony sound system because it was much cheaper.

Catering: The Ritz did all of our catering. We picked out the food during the tasting. Our guests seem to enjoy the food. The wedding party missed cocktail hour due to photographs but I was given a plate of the hors d'oeuvres and they were very good. I never got to eat my actual dinner because the catering folks took it away before I could get to it. Granted, it was there for over an hour, but I still wish they had left it for me. We were very disappointed with the cupcakes. At the tasting the cupcakes were very dry. To make them more moist on the wedding day they were soaked/injected in sugar water, which had the effect of making them very crumbly and sweet, albeit moist. We should have gone with Publix for our dream cupcake cake -- they were much better. We also thought the display of the cupcakes could have been better. We asked for three tiers (one for each flavor), but instead, the cupcakes were displayed in four small bowls on tiers with the different flavors mixed together.

Salon: I was an out of state bride with out of state guests and using the Ritz Salon made sense. My two bridesmaids, my mother and my groom’s mother and I all utilized the Ritz Salon on the day of wedding. Working with Susan to set up the salon appointments was very easy. She was very accommodating with changes to services and schedule. Everyone who helped us was very nice. I was satisfied with my nails, hair and make up, having done a practice run about two months before the wedding. One of my bridesmaids was not happy with her hair or makeup and did some of her own touch up to both before the wedding. My mother’s makeup also made her look much older than what she normally looks rather than enhancing her beauty. My other bridesmaid and my groom’s mother both had their hair done and they looked fabulous. So, overall, the consensus about the salon services was split. Read less
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