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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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3 of 5 stars reviewed 4 days ago
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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Denville, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's tough for me to rate this particular property. Whether or not you'd like this place really depends on what your priorities are. The location is 5 star - I walked out the back door (yes, my room had a back door) right onto the short beach and the ocean. I have never stayed in a room this close to... More

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Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the nicest place I stay... Not luxury.. If u are looking for a beautiful place you will not get that but you get beautiful nature. We collected shells...we watch dolphins from our balcony in the morning.. Amazing sunset at the beach..truly relaxing... Shops and restaurants are near by but not walking distance.

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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 here at the Sandcastle Resort. Yes, the views are spectacular at any time of day. I wanted to let you know there is a shuttle that runs from the resort to St Armands Circle daily, from 10 am to 10 pm, for shopping and dining. Again, thank you for visiting, and we... More

Naples, Florida
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The good: Great Beach location The Bad: Our room one of the largest and most expensive beachfront suite w/hot tub that the hotel offers flooded. Three plus inches of water the in room and all through the bathroom. The Ugly: Offered another room off the beach and no one showed up to help us relocate. So we chose not to... More

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had a wonderful Labor Day weekend at Sandcastle. We were a little scared from the reviews we read, but after arriving we couldn't understand them. Upon arrival we were upgraded to a "view" room for no extra charge. The beach is beautiful, umbrella and chairs set up for us, bikes available to ride, laundry room and... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beware visitors at this hotel we were there 8/25/2012 thru 8/29/2014, loved the staff, great food kinda expensive, beach was a little trashy. But the BIGGEST PROBLEM WAS THE CHARGE FOR THE IN ROOM COFFEE AND WATER!!!!What the hell $25.00 a day extra on top of the room charge. Wow I have never came across this....

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

The $25 resort fee is not just for the coffee and water (which are replenished daily during your stay). It also includes beach chairs, umbrellas & towels, courtyard games, shuttle to and from St Armands Circle that operates 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm, free self-parking, self-serve laundry (so you do not have to leave the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great location with a nice pool area and pool bar. Fantastic beach. Service was great all ways round and the staff chatty and friendly. Free bicycle hire, free shuttle bus to St Armarnds Circle and a free in room safe were some nice touches. Our room however was in need of some updating and not what we had expected having... More

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

Thank you for visiting the resort in August. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We are in the process of updating and making some changes in our guestrooms; including bedding, furniture & amenities, as well as around the pool & courtyard areas. I will pass along your comments regarding the service to our associates and do hope you return... More

Panacea, Florida, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 hotel reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the worst hotel I have stay in in twenty years. Where to start? It's dirty all over, full of bugs, in poor repair and has a general run-down look. The air conditioning in the room was strange in that the air blowing was cold but it was is it was super humitized. Sitting in the room was lake... More

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South Wales
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed in the Sandcastle with my wife and 17 year old grandson. The best part of the hotel is the location which is brilliant ! We upgraded to a sea view which was worth the extra cost due to the exerience of dolphin watching in the mornings. The rooms were tired and needing refurbishment, the bedding was satisfactory the fridge... More

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Connecticut
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After having stayed at the Sandcastle Resort in May, we immediately booked for this followup trip in August - me and my two sisters to surprise my dad for his 85th birthday. I must say, the staff couldn't have been friendlier but they were! Especially the wait staff who helped us get coffee and tea in the morning with a... More

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Toronto
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The good: Excellent location right in front of one of the most beautiful beaches of North America. Helpful staff willing to please. The bad: Run down property that looks more like a one star motel. The rooms are clean but outdated.

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

Thank you for the comments regarding the friendliness of the staff- your thoughts have been passed on. We are attacking the issues in our guest room on a daily basis. We have changed out furniture, addressing any maintenance issues, cleaning carpets, painting where necessary, servicing our AC units. We have reworked our landscaping throughout the property as well as working... More

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  • Lido Beach(13)
  • Very nice(9)
  • Gulf view room(7)
  • Pool bar(7)
  • Armands circle(6)
  • Gift shop(5)
  • Great Place(3)
  • Ground floor(3)
  • Parking garage(3)
  • Friendly and helpful(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*
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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota

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