On Monday, September 17, Buffalo Lodging Associates held a Grand Opening Celebration for the former Comfort Suites that rebranded to Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota/University Park hotel located at 8305 Tourist Centre Drive in Sarasota, FL. This is the first Courtyard in the area featuring the “Refreshing Business concept”. The 134-room Courtyard opened officially on August 31st.
The Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota/University Park Grand Opening celebration was attended by a number of hotel clients and local dignitaries, including representatives from Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, candidates for Manatee County Commission, and representatives from Benderson Development, kicked off the afternoon with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony.
Attendees of the event were greeted with a warm welcome, hotel tours and entertainment. The hotel also provided refreshments, which included a selection of menu items from The Bistro, Starbucks® beverages and a selection of beer and wine, and a food station.
“We are very excited to join the Marriott family and bring this brand to our hospitality community,” stated Jan Stanek, General Manager. “Thank you to Benderson Development, Buffalo Lodging Associates, Pat Cook Construction and our hard working staff for making this happen.”
Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota’s highlights include an open, bright and contemporary lobby featuring flexible seating options ranging from private media pods with high-definition televisions, plus an open lounge area, and library. The business center features complimentary computer terminals and a separate computer station dedicated to printing airline boarding passes and checking flight status. A signature element of the lobby is the exclusive GoBoard® technology, a 57-inch LCD touch screen packed with local information, maps, weather, and news.
For onsite dining, The Bistro offers casual, flexible seating and variety of higher quality, healthy menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner, including light snacks. A full bar serving beer, wine and cocktails allows guests to unwind. Starbucks® coffee products are also available in The Bistro.
Spacious rooms offer plush bedding, HDTVs and a comfortable sitting area. Complimentary high speed internet access is available in all guest rooms, along with Wi-Fi in public spaces. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art fitness center, an outdoor pool and whirlpool, plus a meeting room accommodating up to 80 people. In addition to the great interior spaces, Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota offers a large outdoor patio with a fire pit for guests to relax and enjoy.
Located six miles from the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown Sarasota, the Courtyard Sarasota University Park offers guests convenient access to Nathan Benderson Aquatic Park, Lakewood Ranch and Premier Sports Complex.
For more information or to make reservations at Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota/University Park, visit www.courtyardsarasota.com, or contact the hotel directly at (941) 360-2626.