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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
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Ranked #28 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 2 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the Sandcastle Resort. I was at the beach most of the time- beach was great; less crowded than most places, and filled with crystal clear water and soft sand that could be mistaken for flour! You could rent paddle boards and kayaks for about $25 each for an hour, and there were boogie boards... More 

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Birmingham, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was our first visit to Sandcastle and it was a wonderful experience. Although it is an older facility, the rooms and amenities were fine and clean, and the location ideal. The beach is magnificent and the beach attendants (Brad, Forest, Dave and Max) were personable and did a great job. Housekeeping was done daily and we have no complaints.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting family for a number of days we were able to carve out the final day of our vacation, staying at Sandcastle. We had a Gulf front room, which was so beautiful to watch the sunset from, and because of this we decided on room service for dinner, which was relaxing and excellent. Rooms are simple, clean, appear to... More 

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hedesunda
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9 hotel reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel has the absolutely best location on Lido Beach. Without question. The food is very good ..better than 4 or 5 star restaurants actually. and the staff are friendly and serviceminded..........but...... The hotel is in great need of rejuvanation and renovation. It felt like we were living in an old motel...not a resort . Sorry.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had changed our reservation at the last minute to the Sandcastle hotel and we were so glad we did. The hotel is more motel style with self park and no valet which on first site didn't appeal to us but as it turned out it was wonderful. The hotel had a free shuttle bus at your disposal that took... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had booked this hotel the first week in March, and was very disappointed to find that the beach directly in front of the hotel (and down the beach going left and right) was fenced off and being excavated. I realize that this hotel is not personally responsible for this, but I believe that there should been notification/disclosure if the... More 

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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

The beach renourishment is now complete. The days given us when the work would be done were impacted by bad weather and mechanical issues by the company conducting the renourishment. Therefore, we were never sure as to when the work in front of the resort would take place. The additional beach is quite substantial and provides a panoramic view of... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My family has stayed here for over 14 years and this was our first time down there under the new ownership. It is way over priced for what it is and upon check out we found out that the price we were given was about 1200 less what whst we were actually charged. We always rent atleast 4 rooms every... More 

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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

I am not quite sure what you mean by price you were given was actually 1200 less than charged, but if you will send me your information I will review your folio as well as check your history and get back to you. Regards, Eddie S. eddie.sipple@sandcastlelidobeach.com More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location, beach is amazing. But the rooms are awful. Has to be all original stuff in the room from 50 years ago. Good sized rooms but that's about it. Food is not too good either. Eat elsewhere.

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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments regarding your stay at the Sandcastle. Although some of our buildings are older construction, we are going through the property replacing furniture, changing out carpeting & mattresses, continually painting the exterior, addressing the landscaping and adding activities to our pool & beach area. I do apologize for your issues with our food. I have passed... More 

London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The car park was a great perk to our booking although parking was a little tight for a large car. The shuttle service into town was quick and efficient with very friendly drivers. It's a shame there was digging at the beach on the day we stayed as the next morning it had cleared to provide a clean and white... More 

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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10 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed here for our vacation for the first week in May, 2015. The overall experience was good. But, there were a few issues. I will break it down: Pros: - Location is great (right on the beach). - Staff was very nice and friendly. - Food was great. - Area was nice. - Convenient to local amenities (St Armand's... More 

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