Villa Serena Inn

National Register of Historic Places

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Villa Serena Inn

Experience the Nostalgia of a
By-Gone Era

Built in 1926, the Villa Serena Inn is Sarasota's only remaining original inn from the Roaring Twenties. Offering an historical place for guest rentals and outdoor events, our inn is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is located on Florida's west coast. Featuring one and two bedroom fully equipped suites, the Inn embodies the very best of tradition while embracing modern day updates.

The Location & Architect

Architect Clare Hosmer designed the inn for Clarke Douglas Williams, a New York stockbroker. The Villa Serena was once called the Italian palace with some of Florida's most elaborate furnishings from the era.

The inn is 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

Features of Villa Serena Inn

A 1.16-acre park-like setting that features banyan, live oak, and palm trees with fountains and statuary. The place ideally suits 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, and the building reflects a glorious tradition and past.

Villa Serena Inn
Villa Serena Inn


Today, each of its quaint apartments provides a fully equipped galley kitchen, a cozy breakfast nook, a bedroom, well-appointed carpeted sitting room with period antique oak floors.


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.

What Sets Us Apart

The Villa Serena Inn prides itself as a place where little seems to have changed in a world where change itself is constant and listed in The National Register of Historic Places. The Mediterranean Revival styled architecture resembles a 16th Century Venetian Palace.