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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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We have stayed at the Sandcastle Resort on numerous occasions and it never disappoints us. We always have a sea view. The rooms are large, with fridge and coffee maker and balcony , right on the beach, what more could you want. The hotel is not a new high rise modern hotel but the location is perfect and it has... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed here in June with our three children we were hoping to get a place on siesta key beach because we hear the sand is a lot softer and nicer but the sand here was just as great the rooms in the hotel are a bit older but very well-kept house cleaning is wonderful food was wonderful pool was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Large comfortable rooms with perfect view of white sand beach and ocean, highlighted with dolphins and pelicans! As other reviews state, this hotel is a little dated but none the worse for that. Towels and sheets changed daily, room kept very clean. Drinks and food a little expensive but snacks at pool bar very tasty. Live music at poolside brilliant.... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely old style motel, reminiscent of 50s Florida. New management and may soon go condo; a true loss to people who like retro style places. The staff is almost permanent, same people in the several years I have stayed there. Beautiful beach front, quiet. The courtyard is truly old time with the newer pool side more like contemporary motels. Popular... More 

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Peoria, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hotel is definitely dated, needs some upgrades. Beds are very very hard and uncomfortable, housekeeping leaves a bit to be desired. After that, the staff is very polite and accommodating, food was excellent albiet expensive, the pool was heavenly.

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Tampa, Florida
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166 reviews 166 reviews
20 hotel reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is well worth the money. The best part of the hotel is the fact that you can open the window on the door and listen to the waves crashing throughout the night. It is an older property, but beautifully kept. The staff was awesome. Definitely will be staying there again!

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Healdsburg, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love the gorgeous white sand beachfront! Friendly staff, especially the young men who take care of beach area. Pool is very clean and huge, great for kids! Room was very drab, dated, funky bedding, furnishings, carpet, etc... Hope the new ownership hires a professional designer to bring the rooms into the 21st century with a beachfront theme. Please get rid... More 

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Stevenage
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in room 110 between 9th and 19th november 2014 Hotel sits on great beach staff were very good bar prices a little high. Room was clean and good size but a little dated but was very noisey People above and next door through interconecting door so if you go ask for a room without one.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we have just reurned from a 12 day stay at this resort. We had a fab time. Very relaxing and lovely position on the beach. The hotel staff were soo friendly/helpful. We read the reviews prior to our arrival which were extremely mixed. The hotel has recently been bought by a hotel chain. Yes the rooms are tired, and I... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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89 reviews 89 reviews
19 hotel reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We just stayed for 3 nights and had a great time. First, it is dated and needs some updating. We are not highrise, glass and shine type travelers. We love the old Florida type resorts and motels and search them out for our Florida staycations. We understand it has new owners and they are working on improvements. It's a fairly... More 

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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:
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
#11 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota

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