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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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Ranked #23 of 47 hotels in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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4 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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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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Sarasota, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was so welcoming and laidback. We took our whole family to hang out at the pool and watch sunset and it was so relaxing and enjoyable. My parents came with us and they were amazed at how nice it was. We had cocktails and appetizers from the friendly bartenders. The kids loved the pool and were entertained the whole... More

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

Thank you for bringing your family to the resort. Yes, the sunsets are quite spectacular here; we are glad you enjoyed the view. Let us know when you plan to return again. Thank you for the business. Regards, Eddie S. More

Parker, Colorado
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family just stayed here over Spring break. we had such a wonderful time!! The staff from Adam and Lynn in the office to Dave and Scott on the beach, to the wonderful wait and bar staff, this hotel could not have been friendlier. The beach is white and wonderful!! The shuttle every 5 minutes to the circle kept our... More

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

Thank you for the comments regarding your stay at the resort. I will pass along to Adam, Lynn & Dave the nice comments you made regarding their service. I do hope you return soon to visit us here on Lido Key. Regards, Eddie S. More

Brighton, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 hotel reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This hotel is fantastic. Food is great, location is fab. Rooms are also what you expect from a hotel of this type. One of the best features of this hotel for me was the shop as it sells lovely items handmade from shells. Ivanka is fantastic as she was very helpful and willing to serve. Missy was also very friendly... More

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

Thank you for the comments regarding your stay with us; especially the ones about Ivanka, Missy & Zoe. We will pass along your thoughts- they will appreciate the kind words. We do hope you return and visit us again. Regards, Eddie S. More

Reston, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They have done a great job and keeping this property well maintained. I thought it was a bit pricey but now having been to Lido Beach, everything is expensive. Loved our ocean view balcony. A corner unit gave us extra light. The shuttle bus to "the circle" was invaluable. Do take a kayak trip with Sea Life Kayak Adventures which... More

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

Thank you for the comments regarding your stay at the resort. We are glad to see you found our property to be clean and well-kept. We do hope you plan on returning to our resort. Again, thank you for the comments. Regards, Eddie S. More

Lake Mills Wi
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I cannot say enough about this place, it is wonderful. A big thank you to Adam at the front desk for helping with my reservation, Matt S and Sherry and all the front desk staff. The resort is nestled on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach, and ALL of the staff there are very nice and will go out... More

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

We appreciate your comments regarding the resort; and most importantly, your feedback regarding our associates. Please let us know if we can be of any assistance for a return visit by you to the resort. Regards, Eddie S. More

Roswell, Georgia
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had lunch and drinks at the Sandcastle beach bar yesterday. Food was good and Missy was a great server! She had us laughing at her stories and jokes. We were surprised that at 1:00, more people were not at the bar...in days past the bar was ALWAYS crowded! I recommend going to visit Missy, she makes any occasion fun!

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

Thank you for visiting our beach bar and thank you also for the comments regarding Missy. I will pass along your thoughts to her. Missy has a great personality and does have many people returning to visit her. Again, thank you for the business. Regards, Eddie S. More

chicago, il
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 hotel reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This property is in an excellent location and has an absolutely wonderful beach! Extremely close (walking distance) to St. Armand's circle for shopping and dining. Rooms were not fancy--but we had a spectacular ocean view. I understand this property has been sold--if they update the rooms (especially the bathrooms), this could be a really amazing property. My only real complaint... More

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

Thank you for the comments regarding your stay here at the Sandcastle. I am sorry to hear about your experience with the pool bar bartender. We want your interactions with our staff to be friendly and genuine; and we will address this issue. We hope you return to visit us again. Regards, Eddie S. More

Arlington Heights, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the Helmsley Sandcastle for five nights. The staff was nice and accomodating. We particularly enjoyed Missy at the bar. Earl, the piano man, was entertaining and friendly. The rooms were basic but clean and fine. Hotel has new owners and could do a couple of minor things in my opinion: Update the bathrooms with single shower faucets... More

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

Thank you for the comments regarding your stay at the Sandcastle Resort. I will pass along to Missy and our Food & Beverage staff your observations. Thank you for the business, and I do hope you visit us again. Regards, Eddie Sipple More

Moncton, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 hotel reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

our first room was not very nice but we moved to a beachfront room and it was great, we could look out from 2 sides of the room and see the beach/waves. Got to see some string rays in the shallows. Our room did not get serviced one day, they were very appologetic at the front desk but had no... 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 here at the Sandcastle Resort. I'm happy to hear you enjoyed your stay, but I do want to apologize for the lapse in service regarding the cleaning of your room. I do hope you visit us again soon, and let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Regards, Eddie Sipple More

chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 hotel reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I stayed 4 days/3nights. When we arrived, first time in the Lido Beach area, and I didn't know what to expect after reading some of the reviews. You won't get fancy fountains, elaborate fixtures, or fancy furniture. It is truly a Hotel frozen in time…reminded me of “Sunny Motel’s” from The Adam Sandler movie Bedtime Stories. The... More

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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. I am happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your stay on the beach and had a great vacation. I hope you will visit us again. Regards, Eddie Sipple More

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Hotel Summarization (Beta)

What travelers say

  • Lido Beach(13)
  • Very nice(9)
  • Gulf view room(7)
  • Pool bar(7)
  • Armands circle(6)
  • Gift shop(5)
  • Friendly and helpful(3)
  • Great Place(3)
  • Ground floor(3)
  • Parking garage(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 > Sarasota
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
#10 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach 3*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A tropical paradise at the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach in Sarasota, FloridaSandcastle Resort at Lido Beach has a relaxing sunny resort flavor, with a storybook seaside setting on a 600 foot strand of private, natural white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico.Sun. Sand. Swaying Palm Trees. And Great Service, Too. You'll be treated to thoughtful touches, such as a morning newspaper and a small refrigerator for chilling beverages and snacks. Free wifi is also available throughout the property. Plus the pleasures of outdoor dining for both breakfast and lunch are virtually right outside your door. What's more, our recreation staff can provide personalized sailing lessons. There's a convenient Gift Shop on premises and we're within easy walking distance of popular St. Armands Circle, with its fine shopping and entertainment attractions. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Helmsley Sandcastle
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
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