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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 #28 of 48 hotels in Sarasota
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  • Location
    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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 hotel reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The good: Excellent location right in front of one of the most beautiful beaches of North America. Helpful staff willing to please. The bad: Run down property that looks more like a one star motel. The rooms are clean but outdated.

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Collinsville, Illinois
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4 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is my second stay here at this hotel. The first since the new owners took over. The layout of this hotel is great. It is right on the beach. The pool and restaurant were just steps away from our room. The rooms need new everything to justify the price charged for these rooms. In our room the carpet was... More

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Spring Hill, Florida, United States
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a quick note about our stay at your hotel this past weekend. First, my wife and I live in Hernando County, about 2 1/2 hours north from Sarasota. We left early Sunday morning and arrived at your hotel at 10:30am. We knew check in wasn't until 3pm, ( which makes absolutely no sense since as we all know living... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We have visited this hotel for the past 20+ years! and have really grown to love it through its beautiful location and friendly staff. We were concerned before visiting after reading several reviews about the changes being made with certain things, however these changes once arrived proved to not be an issue for us at all! The friendly faces which... More

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Woerden, The Netherlands
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 hotel reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great location. Directly at the beach. Nice swimming pool but the rooms are run down! They need to be updated!!! If you are there for a night like us, you will be fine , but I wouldn't want to stay there for two weeks... High- rough carpet in the ground floor rooms.... They smelled if wet cat... I... More

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

At the moment, we are in the process of updating some of our rooms, as well as other parts of the property. Your comments regarding the front desk arrival & delivery experience are well taken- they have been posted at the desk for all desk associates to read. Thank you for visiting the Sandcastle and I do hope you return... More

St. Albans, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 hotel reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going to the Sandcastle for several decades, a fact the hotel management seem unaware of. Indeed, they seem unaware that anyone ever comes back. I suppose they get all the trade they want without encouraging or recognising repeat visits (The Constantinou brothers running hotels in Cyprus sent us Christmas cards for years after we visited with their... More

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

Having read your review, I want you to know that we very much appreciate any and all guests who have stayed here over the years. I, personally, spend a good amount of time making reservations for our long term guests. In the future please email or give me a call and I will be happy to do that for you.... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent two weeks here in July and enjoyed our time in the Sarasota area. We were a little disappointed with the location of the poolside room allocated to us on arrival and asked if we could upgrade to either a room with a view of the sea or a larger room with bigger beds and storage, in view of... More

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

Thank you for visiting the Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach. I have passed along your comments regarding the staff and your dining experience to the various departments. We are continually working to improve the look and feel of the resort in all areas, including the guest rooms. In some sections of the resort we have changed out furniture, mirrors, bedding... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our family have stayed in this hotel I think 7 times over the last number of years while on vacation from Ireland. Room 168 has been our bolthole. Mark my son was very hard to fed at breakfast but loved porridge. The hotel went out of their way to make sure mark got porridge every day to set him up.... 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 Resort. I will pass along your comments to the kitchen, front desk and pool bar staff. They will certainly appreciate them. Looking forward to having you stay with us again in September. Regards, Eddie S. More

Memphis, Tennessee
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having stayed here several times when it was owned by Helmsley we were a little apprehensive about what we might find under new ownership but weren't disappointed. All of the staff is still great. Our housekeeper was the best and we had no problems with the room at all. Our only complaint is a small one and it is the... More

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Orlando, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 hotel reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recently stayed here and was concerned due to the other comments regarding this motel. It is very old, very tired and needs a severe renovation to the rooms. The bathroom was awful, the toilet seat was so low to the floor a toddler could use it with no problems. We stayed two nights and had to call the front... More

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  • Lido Beach(13)
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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*
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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota

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#6 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota #10 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota
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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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