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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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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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
43 helpful votes 43 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 1 week 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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Spring Hill, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is way overpriced. Every year my daughter has a swim meet in Sarasota so we decided to stay the weekend. Unfortunately this year was during Valentines day weekend so all the hotels hiked up their prices. We thought this would be worth the $400 plus per night but it was far from it. The rooms are in need... More 

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Alexandria, Kentucky, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was very pleased with our 5 day winter break from the cold and snow in Cincinnati. The King room, #357, which faces the Gulf was older but spacious and quite adequate. The staff was friendly and helpful. We ate at the coffee shop once for breakfast and once for lunch. Both meals were delicious. We also had a Valentine's Day... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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52 hotel reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lido Beach is a lovely area on Florida's West Coast. The Lido Beach Resort dates back, and frankly I do believe it has not changed much. That being said, it's well kept. Friendly staff. Rooms are old, don't expect luxury, and perhaps it's a good choice if you don't plan on spending much time in your room. There are two... More 

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

Although you mention the Lido Beach Resort, which is down the street, you do describe our resort, the Sandcastle. I am glad to hear you enjoyed your stay, and do hope that when you return you choose the Sandcastle Resort for your accommodations; we would love to have you back. Regards, Eddie S. More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
13 hotel reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stayed there one night. Our room was on ground floor, near ice machine. At 8:30 in the morning someone bartender may be?) scooped large amounts of ice for about 5 mns. NOT my favorite way to be woken up. The room? what can I say? Old furniture, windows with the old aluminum frames, nothing very appealing decor wise. On the... More 

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

Thank you for staying with us at the Sandcastle Resort. I do apologize for the poor experience you had at the pool bar with the mixed drinks. I have passed along your comments to our Food & Beverage Director, so she may address the comments with her bartending staff. Regards, Eddie S. More 

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Sandcastle has the best beach on Lido Key. The pools are good and the outdoor staff is exceptional. Loved the use of bikes and cabanas. All the staff were friendly and helpful. The resort itself needs updating. Our room carpet needed cleaning or replaced. On site dining was good.

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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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