Bilkey Llinas Design leads redesign of The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota completed a redesign that saw changes made to the property’s lobby, 266 guestrooms, ballroom and meeting spaces; as well as the addition of a new club level and lounge.

Led by Jude Mulhern of Bilkey Llinas Design, which is based in West Palm Beach, Fla., the redesign was inspired by the Gulf seascape and history of the destination, playing on the hotel’s scenography of “Water, Rings and The Arts.”

The new color palette in the guestrooms bring to mind flora and fauna from the nearby Selby Botanical Gardens, alongside blues and purples. Each room has a mix of contemporary and traditional furniture that recalls the home of American circus owner John Ringling; his Mediterranean Revival residence and former home, Ca d’Zan; and the Ringling Museum.


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Artwork displayed in the Sarasota hotel rooms is a selection of images from local artists and students of the Ringling School of the Arts. The carpet has a non-repeating, abstract motif of a Nautilus shell.

Guestroom corridors and elevator lobbies now have contemporary moiré wall covering reminiscent of sand dunes and sea, offset by a carpet that is an interpretation of a Sarasota sunset. The color palette includes blue, green and lavender.

The Club Level and Lounge has photographs of seagulls and shore life, alongside artwork and décor reflecting Selby Botanical Gardens.

Meanwhile, the inspiration for the re-imagination of the 12,000-square-foot ballroom and five meetings spaces started from a mosaic on the grounds of the Ca d’Zan. This is reflected in the carpet design that has a background of star constellations reflecting in an abstract pattern. The crystal ballroom chandeliers are interpretations of circus rings. The décor in the event venues links the resort themes and the sailor-inspired design of the Jack Dusty restaurant.