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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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4 of 5 stars reviewed 6 days ago
daveandsuedavison Staines, United Kingdom
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Staines, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were a little concerned about returning knowing the Sandcastle had changed ownership and reading the mixed reviews on trip advisor. We loved it just as much as our previous visits and noticed a few minor changes for the better, free beach umbrellas, free bottles of water in the room everyday, the hotel is right on the beach, and the... More

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a pleasant surprise! The hotel's location was completely awesome...walked out the back door right on to the beach! The hotel was clean, well maintained, and friendly staff. There was a pool bar, beautiful pool, and a nice restaurant right on property. They even had a movie by the pool for the kids. I would definitely recommend the hotel and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for peace and a fab quite beach then this is the place. It is not walking distance from anywhere so car needed, however if you have a car Sarasota and Bradenton is only a short drive away from the malls and eating places! Cody's is great in Bradenton! The pool is good and the hotel is... More

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Old Colwyn, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Sandcastle isn't one of those "I could be any where in the world" hotels, instead it is an unique part of Sarasota and we love it. Yes, there are parts that are a little jaded, but that's part of the charm. Upgrading is taking place. The staff are terrific, the beach to die for and the sunsets exquisite. Definitely... More

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The property is a little run down. However, Brooklyn and Missy at the Pool Bar went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable and took the very best care of us. The maintenance staff and housekeeping were so friendly! You can't beat the location for the price. We also enjoyed our morning visit from the egg-loving egret at the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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 September 1, 2014

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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  • Lido Beach(12)
  • Very nice(9)
  • Gulf view room(7)
  • Pool bar(7)
  • Armands circle(6)
  • Gift shop(4)
  • Great Place(3)
  • Ground floor(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*
Number of rooms: 179
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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota

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