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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
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This hotel is not fancy or even super modern but its location is unbeatable. The reception area is really nice and the checkin was smooth and easy, the hotel is a bit older but our room was spotless, the beds were super comfortable and the first floor rooms next to ping pong tables are super convenient. The best part was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The appearance is somewhat misleading. It appears at first look to be an older motel type structure however that is not the case. The rooms are very clean with modern conveniences such as in room coffee maker, cable TV and safe. The pool area is very clean and well kept including a poolside bar. The in house restaurant although somewhat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stayed here in June 2015. It's not a luxury resort. But you don't pay $3k either. Fair price. Private beach. Great staff. Free refreshments all around the resort. Ample parking. Giant chess board, free bike rentals. Two good sized pools. Gift shop. Rooms were very clean and the cleaning staff was polite and personable. There may be better at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you are the type of traveler that wants a state of the art room with the latest and greatest amenities you will be disappointed. If however your aim is to fine a relaxing white sand beach to enjoy at a reasonable rate and a clean comfortable if unspectacular room then you will be pleased. As with any waterfront property... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful beach, good location close to St Armans circle, rooms were well kept. However, the service was very inconsistent with the majority being either rude or unhelpful. I was travelling with an elderly disabled individual (my grandma), I was hoping they would be more considerate of my ground floor request. Instead they chose to treat it like a chore. i... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The hotel was ok, nothing too impressive, not too horrible. It is very overpriced for how old the hotel is and looks. The rooms need improvement, and so does the pool/bar area. I did not dine at their restaurant because it did not seem inviting or clean. I did see roaches on the pool area at night. The staff was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My husband and I loved our stay at the Sandcastle. It's an older hotel, but it's beautifully maintained. It has a huge pool that few hotels have nowadays. The beach is pristine! The service staff was attentive and genial at all times. I wish we could have stayed longer!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I would have rated this poor, but for as much as they charge I gave it a terrible. The carpet in the rooms are so dirty, your feet get black, ac was not working properly, bed was like sleeping on a concrete slab along with matching pillows, the free wi-fi never connected the entire weekend (which is included in the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I very much enjoyed my recent vacation at the Sandcastle with my daughter. The rooms were fine. Yes, they're old, but everything was clean and in good working order. I wasn't staying at the Ritz or paying the price associated with that resort. The beach was glorious. I like how the staff sets up umbrellas and chaise lounges on the... 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 Resort. We are pleased to read that you had an enjoyable time while here. Your comments will be passed along to our associates, so they may see how you viewed your experience here at the resort. Regards, Eddie S. More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Hotel is ok, I can't say its bad but not worth 220$ a night. Its a old hotel old decor run down small bathrooms. Only good thing is it is right on the beach but compare to other hotels like holiday inn near by I would rather stay there and do an extra min walk to beach. Next time I... More 

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

Thank you for you comments regarding your stay here at the Sandcastle. Regarding the rates, we do have a range of rates depending upon the category of rooms, as well as specials and packages that are available; especially through the summer. They can be found on our website or through our reservations center, 855.410.3616. When you return again, please give... More 

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