Built in 1926, the Villa Serena Inn is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its outstanding Historical significance. The Mediterranean Revival styled architecture resembles a 16th Century Venetian Palace for those who wish to experience the nostalgia of a by-gone era. The Villa Serena Inn is Sarasota's only remaining original Inn from the "Roaring Twenties".
Designed by Architect Clare Hosmer for Clarke Douglas Williams, a New York stockbroker the Villa Serena was once called the Italian palace with some of the most elaborate furnishings in Florida from the era.
Conveniently located on the north side of Sarasota, Villa neighbors include the Sara Bay Country Club (formerly known as Whitfield Estates Country Club), the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, New College, the University of South Florida, Ringling School of Art and Design, the Asolo Theater and the airport.
The 1.16 acres feature Banyan, live Oak and Palm trees and provide a park-like setting with various fountains and statuary. Ideally suited for weddings, private parties and other special functions, the grounds are reminiscent of a bygone era.
A step into the foyer leads to the Apartment/Guest suites, the building reflects a glorious tradition and past. Today, each of its quaint apartments provide a fully equipped galley kitchen, most with a cozy breakfast nook, well-appointed Sitting Room with Oriental Carpets over period Antique oak floors. Italian sheer curtained windows provide an abundance of natural daylight.
The Villa Serena Inn's claim to fame is all of the sports celebrities who have stayed here over the years. The Penthouse hosted such American legends as Baseball Great Babe Ruth and Champion golfer Bobby Jones. Now, almost a century later, the Villa Serena Inn continues the tradition of providing gracious hospitality and quiet refinement for its clientele.
The Villa Serena Inn prides itself as a place where little seems to have changed in a world where change itself is constant. We hope you will consider a stay.
Excerpted From Sarasota History Alive! Copyright 2007-2013