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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
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Apollo Beach, Florida
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6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have always wanted to stay at this hotel but because we live 40 miles away and have so many beaches to choose from we just had not done it. Friends called and said they were going down last minute for a Saturday night and invited us to come along. The location is perfect, beautiful beach, not crowded and close... More 

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1 Thank darbi2015
Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Dear darbi2015, Thank you for being our guest recently and for taking time to post a 4 star review, we are pleased that you enjoyed the beach and the beach amenities that we offer. I agree we have such a beautiful and serene location on the southern end of Lido Key. I will pass along and follow up with the... More 

St Louis
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the oldest hotel built in the 50's and owned by Leona Helmsley. So lets get the old part out of the way..We booked a room with out seeing it on line for 6 guests. When we arrived we were given Leonas old suite.. We had the whole bottom floor facing and on the ocean. This was great.. they... More 

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

Dear lilwhisprs, Thank you for being our guest recently and providing feedback regarding your stay. The housekeeping department works hard to make certain our rooms are cleaned daily, also we recently replaced all the carpeting in the resort. The resort is located directly on the beach and this makes the resort somewhat unique, even though it is an older resort.... More 

White Rock, Canada
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16 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great waterfront location. But really needs all new building. Only the lobby has been updated. Room are more like highway motel. Old and run down. Noisy. AC not present -lucky it was cold. Way way overpriced to comparables. Resort fee --- really!! Who does this. Staff woke us up dragging deck chairs around at 6 am. Couple had a brawling... More 

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

Dear vancvkid, I am sorry to read of your experience here at the Sandcastle. This is not the type of stay we want our guests to have. Your comments have been forwarded and reviewed by the department heads so they may address the issues you pointed out in this review. The restaurant gratuity should have been pointed out at the... More 

Wilmington, Delaware
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77 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You can't get any closer to Lido Beach, unless you were in the water. This is a beautiful beach with fine white sand and a blue/green surf. We visited several beaches in the area and felt this was as good as the best. We were very pleased with the room. Large, updated living/bed area. Very clean. Only negative we saw... More 

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1 Thank Deltraveler75
Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Dear Deltraveler75, Thank you for taking time to write a detailed 5 Star review of your recent visit to the Sandcastle Resort and we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay. The hotel is located on the Southern end of Lido Key is very quiet plus we have an extensive beach area with plenty chairs and umbrellas. Our weekend poolside... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Bathroom was low on my list of wonderful bathrooms. it wasn't as clean as I thought it should be. Bar was nice but overpriced on the drinks. Food was reasonably priced and good. Put some granite in. .

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Thank michaelsfl5
Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Dear Michaelsfl5, We appreciate the Trip Advisor Review and your constructive feedback regarding your visit to the Sandcastle, we have daily management meetings and I'll mention your comments to our housekeeping department and make them aware of your particular concerns about cleanliness, we are pleased you enjoyed our food offerings as well. More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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460 reviews
128 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want to be literally on the beach and have a place to cook your own meals, this is a very economical option for you. Kid friendly, this property will remind you of the beach places you went to as a child of the'60's.

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

Dear SaintVitas, We appreciate the 4 Star Review you recently posted, the resort has a very extensive beach, beautiful sunsets and is well maintained by our staff. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the serenity of LIdo Beach. Once again thank you for posting a good review. More 

MN & FL
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70 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Found this online and decided to try a walk in on Friday, Victoria at the desk was nice and helpful, gave me a great rate and gulf front room with a king bed. We liked it so much we stayed a 2nd night. Dennis was very kind to print off boarding passes for our flight out on Sunday. Restaurant was... More 

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Thank pt995
Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you taking time to write a review regarding your recent visit to the Sandcastle Resort on Lido Beach. I'll pass along to Denis and Victoria your high remarks regarding the level of service they provided during your stay. We are also pleased you enjoyed the amenities and our beautiful sunsets on the beach. We look forward to serving you... More 

North Smithfield, Rhode Island
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12 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here the first week of January. The rooms were satisfactory.....the bedding and carpeting need to be upgraded.....saw stains on the bedding which really grossed me out. The price was good and the view and the fact that it was on the beach was wonderful! The staff also was great. We had dinner one evening at the restaurant and... More 

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Thank vcarlucci888
Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

vcarlucci888: Thank you for visiting us at the Sandcastle. We are installing new carpeting in all our guestrooms. I do apologize for the issue with your bedding; I will forward your comments to our Housekeeping manager so she may address the situation. I will also pass on your comments regarding the server you had for dinner; it will be appreciated.... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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139 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Sandcastle is a classic motel that is still charming. It is right on the beach and you can walk both directions along the water for some distance. Sea birds and shell abound, and we even found a live starfish washed up, which we returned to the deeper water. Parking is available, and there is a shuttle which will take... More 

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1 Thank Ace J
Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Ace J: Thank you for visiting us at the Sandcastle Resort. I am glad you enjoyed your stay. The expense of the bicycles, parking and shuttle to St. Armands, which you noted in your review, are a few of the items covered by the resort fee you referred to ($25 plus tax). There is also wireless internet, in-room bottled water,... More 

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10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed here the first week of January and really enjoyed our visit. Seeing some negative reviews here made us a little nervous, but we were very pleased with this resort. The main lobby has clearly been renovated and is spacious and sparkling clean. In fact the entire resort was sparkling clean, they are to be commended. They have two... More 

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

QInkeeper: Thank you for the comments regarding your stay at the Sandcastle. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay. I will pass along your comments regarding the food to our Chef; he and the rest of his staff will appreciate them. Our associates do pride themselves on being helpful and friendly; it is good to read you... More 

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