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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

3.0 of 5 1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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95 reviews 95 reviews
14 hotel reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars NEW

This one is tricky. First of all, it is not a resort. Rooms are motel like. Small bathrooms. Then again you don't spend a lot of time there. Restaurant is poor (ok breakfast was fine - you cannot mess up eggs). Buffet did not look good. Lunch was awful!! Ok, so the positives - Pool area was terrific. Beach would... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As they say "location, location, location". My husband and I spent 3 nights in this charming hotel. The location to St Armand's Circle is great, and the hotel shuttle bus is a convenient way to get there. Other hotel amenities that we used and would recommend were room service for a late meal, and the breakfast buffet. The beach in... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great Location – But Rooms are in need of Updating. You will love the location! The beach is wide and with plenty of chairs. The 2 pools are heated. The breakfast buffet is plentiful and at a reasonable price. They have a shuttle to St. Armand and the restaurants. We took the bikes for a spin on the flat roads... More 

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Champaign, IL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fine place, great service, rooms are in need of an upgrade, but overall a great value to stay in a wonderful area. St. Armand's square is not really walking distance, but they do have a free shuttle. Nice heated pools. Plenty of lounge chairs, even in high season.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I had read other lukewarm reviews on Trip Advisor but booked this hotel anyway because it's directly on the beach. And the beach and pool areas are great. Lounge chairs, towels and umbrellas are included in the $25 per day resort fee. But the rooms are motel level -- and worn and rundown. Chipped bathtub, peeling wallpaper -- the room... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Nice located and friendly staff. After 1 hour in the room, the front desk called if everything is allright. Noisy rooms, you hear your neighbours talking. We were in a room with sea view, very nice. We received a free upgrade from the hotel to the room with sea view.

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Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

stayed at this lovely hotel for 10 days with my wife and 3 children our room was situated on the second floor overlooking the sea the room was very clean and so was the hotel staff very friendly, the restaurant served fresh good quality food and worth every penny, the hotel is fairly isolated so having a car is imperative.... More 

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Hingham, MA
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5 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The beach location and service was wonderful, the pool was also fantastic. We were given a "no view" room which was on the 3rd floor adjacent to the 3rd level of the parking garage (which sounds awful but the garage was not enclosed on that level) and this was actually an advantage. We could still see the beach and palm... More 

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Florida, USA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
23 hotel reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Choosing a hotel at Lido Beach , without ever having been there, is no easy task. Based on calendar availability and price , we chose to stay at be a Sandcastle Resort. When we arrived we were given a free upgrade to a beach side room....fantastic! We rearranged the furniture so our table and chairs were facing the sea -... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed here for two weeks the first part of February. The property is older, but well maintained. The location is perfect. Located right on the beautiful white sand beach and close to St. Armand's Circle. The rooms were plain, but clean and comfortable. All beachfront hotels are expensive, but we found a good price online, and... More 

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  • Very nice(9)
  • Lido Beach(8)
  • Gulf view room(6)
  • Pool bar(5)
  • Armands circle(4)
  • Gift shop(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
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
#10 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota

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