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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
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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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Mt Dora
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Front Desk Staff was great.. smooth easy check in! The staff at the beach was on top of it! The room was clean and the fact that all we had to do was walk down the stairs to the beach was awesome! I did note that some other resorts required a walk across the street.. These are not the greatest... More 

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

Thank you for visiting us at the Sandcastle. I will pass along your comments regarding the staff to my fellow associates. There is a great group of people working here; very friendly and always willing to help our guests and each other. Yes, our beach is spectacular. Due to the size (600 feet wide) and beach renourishment that took place... More 

Bierland
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a long overdue salute towards Sandcastle's staff during our cross country roadtrip in 2014. We had been on the road for four weeks traveling from San Diego (taking the long northern route) when we arrived in Lido beach the day of the world cup finals. Since my family is German/American we were quite panicked to find a hotel... More 

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

Good to read that you were able to view the World Cup finals. I understand the panic of missing an event that occurs once every four years; especially if you are cheering for one of the teams (Germany?). Thank you for staying with us and please come back to visit. Regards, Eddie S. More 

White Haven, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall we're very pleased. We booked a gulf view room with a balcony. All of the staff that we had contact with were very friendly and helpful. If you want to be on the beach with a beautiful view in every direction than this location is absolutely perfect. The hotel provides the guests with fresh towels on your way to... More 

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

I am pleased to read you found the associates here at the Sandcastle to be friendly and helpful. The most important asset of our resort is our staff. They are a great group of individuals and understand the importance of taking care of our guests. Thank you for visiting us and we do hope you return to the Sandcastle. Regards,... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit run down but location is great close to St Amands shopping Mote Aquarium and restaurants. Wonderful beach and double pool area outdoor tiki bar was quite busy but restaurant and indoor bar were empty . Rooms could stand updating and grounds were a bit littered with empty glasses etc., overall a decent place.

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Fort Myers, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hotel was in a great location, but just average at best for the cost. I booked online through trip advisor and paid what I thought was the total price up front. I received a confirmation that I was paid in full and owed nothing at the hotel. Upon check out they wanted collect an additional resort fee, which is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We've stayed here a few times and always enjoyed our visits. The hotel room itself is older but clean and comfortable. I recommend staying beachfront, it's worth the extra money. The sunsets are incredible and the water is warm and perfect for swimming. The food at the restaurant is quite good and our kids really enjoyed the pool as well.

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Edgewater Fl
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent place on the beach.Breakfast is not included but they have a good restaurant on the premises. The Gulf water is a bit to warm in August but thats not their fault.There are beach chairs and umbrellas for the guests use.I think would be a good idea for them to change the carpet to tile since the people bring in... More 

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Riverview, Florida
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9 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I go to this place at least twice during the summer. It was bought a few years ago and alot of changes have been made. There are alot of fees. Resort fees of 25.00 a night. Breakfast buffet is 15.00 a person. The beach is beautiful and they have a very nice pool. The rooms are older,... More 

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Glen Burnie, Maryland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our family has been staying at this resort for over 30 years. Met lots of lovely people who today we call our friends. When we vacationed there last year we noticed the property was going down. We thought it was because it had in recent years changed owners. Thought for sure that the knew owners would clean it up. It... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our 5th year staying here. It is not because of the "motel" its because of the location and few people that are left. You will not get a better view of the beach, it's amazing here! The place is old and run down. It needs to be torn down and started fresh, but they have added some older... More 

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

mom395: Thank you for the comments regarding your stay here at the Sandcastle. There are plans for renovation of the Sandcastle, although timing has yet to be determined. Yes, Denis is amazing. Regarding your comment on one of our agents, I have never known her to be rude. I feel badly that is the impression you have of her; she... More 

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  • Very nice(8)
  • Pool bar(5)
  • Gulf view room(4)
  • Lido Beach(4)
  • Gift shop(3)
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