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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
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Dudley, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Ok we decided to stay here for the third week of our holiday after a 3hr drive from Orlando we arrived at 1pm to be told the room would not be ready for a couple of hrs,not a problem it was a nice day we decided to go to the beach we gave them my phone number to ring us... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 hotel reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I wasn't sure what to expect, as was told this was an "old property". However, I was very happy that this place was great/ People were super nice and the beach is one of the most beautiful in the world. We had breakfast one morning and the food was great. Everything was very clean and well kept. Rooms were very... More 

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Macon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 hotel reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Stayed here for 4 days in early January 2015. Our first impressions were good. Good location and pretty entrance, reception. Check in was easy if a bit neutral. Rooms are a decent size but as a result the bathroom is very small - but it is acceptable. The decor is fine but I hate carpets and especially with the sand... More 

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Jackson
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I have been coming to thie Sarasota area islands for years and am very familiar. This hotel is an older 2-story beachfront hotel. It was purchased last year and is supposed to undergo a renovation. Many Europeans stay here. The pool area is very nice and the food is good. It's location on the beach is very nice and walking... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I had stayed at this hotel a month before and had booked it through the hotel. The room I reserved was a king no view. At check in I was upgraded to a king ocean view no additional charge. this room was warn out - needed new carpet, fresh paint, ceiling in bathroom sagging etc. This trip I booked a... More 

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Oakton, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We stayed in room 458, which is on the top floor facing the beach. It is very close to the beach and there are little cabanas and plenty of chairs. On the weekends (and maybe other times as well) there is entertainment in the Lido Lounge as well as the pool side bar. Although we didn't eat much there, what... 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. I will pass along your comments to Rachel, Missy, Sal, and the Chef; they will appreciate the kind words. We hope you visit us again soon. Regards, Eddie s. More 

Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

My family and I were excited to see Sarasota and staying on a beach resort would be very exciting for us, even though its considered winter here in Florida. We checked in late and the lobby looks great, with great staff. But the resort is not what i expected from the pictures, it is very old and run down (... More 

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

I am sorry to hear of your experience while staying with us. We do want our guests to have a pleasant experience and will address your comments immediately. We do try to run a clean hotel, and are very concerned to read your comments. If I may be of further assistance, please let me know. Regards, Eddie S. More 

Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands
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94 reviews 94 reviews
35 hotel reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The hotel is located directly on the beach. It also has a nice pool if you're not a beachperson. The hotel has beachchairs, cabana's and provides towels. There is also a shuttle services to the Armand shoppingdistrict, or you can rent a bike. The rooms are nice and roomy and equipt with everything you need for a comfortable stay. The... 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 am pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay with us. Contact us directly at the resort if we can be of any further help for a return visit. Regards, Eddie S. More 

Boynton Beach, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Wonderful location, beautiful beach and great pool. We chose this little hotel for our family vacation with friends because it was a great location and the price was right. The hotel is perfect for a weekend stay, you can't beat just walking to the beach. Unfortunately this hotel lacks customer service. The bartender in the pool bar was horrible. No... 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 and I am disappointed to hear of your experience at the pool bar. I have forwarded your comments to our Food & Beverage manager so she can address the issues with her staff. We do want you to enjoy your experience at the resort and a key part of that is genuine... More 

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
29 hotel reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We booked three nights on a special price offer. Because of the price we paid, we thought this was a good place to stay. If you don't pay top dollar you can't expect top everything else. First, the positives. Fantastic beach location. The view is great. You're less than five minutes by car or free shuttle to the shops and... 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. I have passed along your comments to the department heads of the resort. I apologize for the furniture in the garage; we were changing out some guest room furniture during your stay here. The furniture has now been removed from the area. Thank you for visiting the Sandcastle and... More 

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What travelers say

  • 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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