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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3.0 of 5 1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Bloomington, Indiana
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70 reviews 70 reviews
27 hotel reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had a five-day conference @ the Hyatt Sarasota, which might make you wonder: What does that have to do with the Sandcastle Resort? Unfortunately, I missed the cut-off for the conference rate at the Hyatt, and the regular rate for my stay would have been $394 per night. Even if my employer is paying, $394 seems a little steep... More 

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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I haven't visited recently, but I did visit for about 8 consecutive years at this hotel. When it was independently run and when it was known as the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel. The staff were so friendly. The atmosphere was brilliant. The Rooms were perfect. The restaurant was amazing. Then a massive corporate company bought it and changed it to the... More 

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Portland, Maine
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We found this resort at a great price using an online site. It was worth 10 times what we paid -- it was divine! Right on the beach, beautifully-maintained. Beach staff so helpful--we borrowed bikes and rode around the island, walked the beach up and down quite a ways, resort has two pools on with warm water (!). Room service... More 

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Bucks County, PA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stayed here for a recent 3 days weekend. Location is the best spot on Lido - away from the bustle of St. Armands and the public beach, but still walkable to St. Armands (1.25 miles) and they have a free shuttle. Beach is pristine and uncrowded. Great pool bar and live entertainment. Heated pools felt great. Only negative is the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

WE STAYED 4 NIGHTS IN A GULF VIEW ROOM IN JANUARY, 2014. we had a spacious room with microwave, fridge, and narrow balcony with a table and chairs. The view of the gulf was great. The restaurant had a good breakfast and lunch--we didn't eat a dinner there. There is a large, attractive pool and a pool bar. On the... More 

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Huntley, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at the Sandcastle for two weeks in early January. We had stayed there previously on two other Winter getaways. Our impressions were favorable on every stay. We arrived a day earlier than expected and our room (2nd floor, Gulf view double) was clean and ready. The beach is awesome with cabana's, umbrella's, chairs and towels included. The "beach"... More 

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Dudley, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Ok we decided to stay here for the third week of our holiday after a 3hr drive from Orlando we arrived at 1pm to be told the room would not be ready for a couple of hrs,not a problem it was a nice day we decided to go to the beach we gave them my phone number to ring us... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 hotel reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't sure what to expect, as was told this was an "old property". However, I was very happy that this place was great/ People were super nice and the beach is one of the most beautiful in the world. We had breakfast one morning and the food was great. Everything was very clean and well kept. Rooms were very... More 

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Macon
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12 hotel reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stayed here for 4 days in early January 2015. Our first impressions were good. Good location and pretty entrance, reception. Check in was easy if a bit neutral. Rooms are a decent size but as a result the bathroom is very small - but it is acceptable. The decor is fine but I hate carpets and especially with the sand... More 

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Jackson
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5 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been coming to thie Sarasota area islands for years and am very familiar. This hotel is an older 2-story beachfront hotel. It was purchased last year and is supposed to undergo a renovation. Many Europeans stay here. The pool area is very nice and the food is good. It's location on the beach is very nice and walking... More 

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  • Lido Beach(10)
  • Very nice(9)
  • Gulf view room(7)
  • Pool bar(6)
  • Armands circle(4)
  • Gift shop(3)

Additional Information about Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Address: 1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
Location: United States > Florida > Southwest Gulf Coast > Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 179
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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota
Hotel Style:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
#10 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota

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