Chef Aaron is a native of Nicaragua where his father was a renowned agricultural engineer and professor in the United States, and he insisted Aaron study agricultural engineering as well as his culinary pursuits.
The hotel’s Currents restaurant menu is decidedly Flori-bean, reflecting Chef Aaron’s Basque and native Nicaraguan roots. A beef tostada appetizer is stacked on a crunchy base with Calabrese cheese, onion straws, and roasted poblanos peppers.
Chef Aaron uses hearts of palm, oranges, avocados and shaved Brazil nuts in his Brazilian salad, tossed with passion fruit/mango vinaigrette.
The Mojo Chicken with tomato, corn, and avocado salad, black bean coulis and cilantro crème fraiche, (with sweet potato sticks, what else) definitely sums up the hotel’s ambiance of tropical sophistication.
I, pastry addict that I am, had to pass up dessert.
A point of curiosity during my stay were the young people in the hotel trudging around with violins and cellos strapped to their backs. A bit of questioning and I found out they were participants in the Sarasota Music Festival with concerts held at the opera house, maybe a half-mile from the Hyatt.
For these musicians, or girlfriends traveling to Sarasota for a bit of sun, nightlife and fun events, this particular hotel is a particularly good location as it is in the middle of everything!
While it’s an easy 3-mile trip to Sarasota “must-see” attractions, The Ringling Museum of Art and Cad’Zan, it’s walk-able to the downtown area with its theaters, phenomenal restaurants, independent movie house, and of course, the opera space as well as the famous Van Weisel performing arts center and the visitors’ center.
The Sarasota airport is maybe a 5-minute cab ride away. It seems that everything is just right there.
Checking out, I signed up for their emails notifying me of upcoming promotions and specials. With such a beautifully RENOVATED hotel, super friendly staff, and restaurant full of delightful and interesting food and people, I will be checking my email for an excuse to go back.
Five out of Five Golden Arrows!
Donne Tempo Magazine’s
Amazonian Road Warriors find another quality hotel that has the comforts and needs of the business and leisure traveler in mind!