Sarasota County on Florida’s Gulf Coast will welcome four new hotels in 2018 as it begins a period of re-development.

Three of the new properties are located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, within walking distance of the cultural attractions, dining options and seafront, while the fourth is a ten-minute drive away.

Opening first is The Art Ovation – a luxury Marriott Autograph property – opening in March with 160 rooms and a rooftop pool.

Due to open in April, the 100-room Carlisle Inn will be set in the peaceful Pinecraft district, home to the Amish and Mennonite communities.

Back in downtown, the 18-storey Embassy Suites by Hilton will open in June with 180 rooms, followed by boutique 89-room hotel The Sarasota Modern.

Sarasota welcomed a new Westin hotel last year, a 255-room property with a rooftop pool overlooking Sarasota Bay.