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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
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Ranked #28 of 47 hotels in Sarasota
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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
Jenni D Cape Coral, Florida, United States
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 hotel reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I recently stayed here and was concerned due to the other comments regarding this motel. It is very old, very tired and needs a severe renovation to the rooms. The bathroom was awful, the toilet seat was so low to the floor a toddler could use it with no problems. We stayed two nights and had to call the front... More

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Mims, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you want a cheap dirty hotel for a big price just to be at the beach....stay here. Upon arriving we were not allowed to check in early which is understood so we perused the property and were excited about the beach so close! Later on we checked in and received a room that had stains on the carpet and... More

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Cape Coral, Florida, United States
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I researched the area extensively before deciding to stay at Sandcastle Resort. I knew it had some bad reviews, but the style of the hotel was too tempting with the beach so close and the pool in close proximity, along with the tiki bar so close by. I'm giving the review three stars because the beach is beautiful, and some... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Front desk clerks not very friendly, got more info from one of the houseman. Rooms are just OK, nothing special for the high rate. Pools are nice but both were warm on the 90 degree days of our stay, would prefer cooler water to refresh. Hotel has several bikes to use...only you have to pay 25 bucks if you want... More

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Greensboro, North Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

nWe have been coming here for YEARS! No its not a high class hotel,... Its dated and needs many things changed. But money can not replace a warm, caring place you called home for so many years! New owners came in and of course its all about MONEY!!!!! They could careless what you think, they even said, once the old... More

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We made the reservation for July in Jan with a confirmation price. When we checked out, it was $56 more than the confirmation. I know the hotel switched ownership, but the original price should be honored. I emailed them on July 8, but never heard anything back. The $25 resort fee should definitely be returned for July 6 since they... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a hastle at first since my mother in law works at an affiliated location and they couldnt send over the credit card authorization, but we didnt arrive to the resort until later in the evening but it was a view of the perfect sunset, rooms were clean, and we went to the restaurant and the food was outstanding.... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our beach front room had the most amazing view from the balcony shame that we had smokers at either side of us as it though. Room very tired and not as clean as we would have liked. WiFi rubbish. On leaving we were given a bill with an extra $25 +tax PER DAY,this was a huge extra expense that we... More

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Orlando, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an older property and the rooms aren't as lush but who goes to the beach to sit in the room? Perfect beach location! They offer complimentary beach towels, chairs umbrellas, paddle boards, noodles, bikes....the list goes on and on! The staff said we will do whatever it takes to make you happy!! and they did, Colin at the... More

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Panama, Republic of Panama
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were really looking forward to a stay on the beach, but was deeply disappointed. The hotel is terribly overpriced for the room we got, which aside from the room being old, tired, dark and small, we were given a room next to the kitchen! It was so bad, we checked out early the next day and looked for another... More

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  • Lido Beach(13)
  • Very nice(9)
  • Pool bar(7)
  • Gulf view room(7)
  • Armands circle(6)
  • Gift shop(5)
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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*
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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota

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Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota #10 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota
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A tropical paradise at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach in Sarasota, FloridaSandcastle Resort at Lido Beach has a relaxing sunny resort flavor, with a storybook seaside setting on a 600 foot strand of private, natural white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico.Sun. Sand. Swaying Palm Trees. And Great Service, Too. You'll be treated to thoughtful touches, such as a morning newspaper and a small refrigerator for chilling beverages and snacks. Free wifi is also available throughout the property. Plus the pleasures of outdoor dining for both breakfast and lunch are virtually right outside your door. What's more, our recreation staff can provide personalized sailing lessons. There's a convenient Gift Shop on premises and we're within easy walking distance of popular St. Armands Circle, with its fine shopping and entertainment attractions. ... more   less 
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