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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
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Bad Axe, Michigan
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2006

My family and I have been staying at the Sandcastle for 27 years. We have seen a lot of changes but the one thing that never changes is the friendly staff and manager who go out of their way to make everything great. You will not find a prettier sunset, beach, pools,sand, gift shop or view of the Gulf anywhere.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2006

We stayed here for a week from 5th June til 12th June, we had a lovely poolside groundfloor room which was cleaned beautifully by our maid Maria D! Could not find anything at all to complain about, the place seemed well looked after and our room was spotlessly clean, the staff were very courteous & we ate breakfast each morning... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2006

On arrival reception area is v modern, not so the rooms, they need to bring them into the 21st century. I had to clean inside the drawers before putting clothes away, shower head rusty so was the bathroom mirror, cracked tiles in bathroom cracked sink too, fridge didnt work reported it twice, before something was done, staff on reception were... More 

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Leicester
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2006

We stopped at the Sand castle and I have to say that it was everything it said it was in the broshure BUT it is not a short walk away from the Armands circle is is a long walk or a five min drive and boy is it expensive there but there are some good eating places but you have... More 

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New York, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2006

This hotel is great- if you're expecting motel 8. These pictures are misleading. this is not a hotel - it is a motel. The pool was very decent - thats about it. No internet in rooms. it is right on the beach, but its a narrow beach and you'll prefer siesta beach. The guest is greated with a message regarding... More 

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england
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2006

We have stayed at the Helmsley many occasions, and recently spent a fantastic week in a gulf front room, after mad days in Disney. Anyone who has stayed in these rooms will know where I'm coming from, they might not be as luxurious as other hotels in the vicinity, but with these fabulous sunsets and powder beach at incredible room... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2006

We stayed at the Helmsley for 5 nights may 15 - 19,2006. It was much better than expected, very long and deep beach (you could spread out all your gear and sunbathe and/or swim in relative privacy). The rooms were decent,clean and kept that way!! A word on the restaurant- we ate mostly just breakfast there (which was good), however... More 

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Angus, Scotland
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2006

We deliberated long and hard before choosing this hotel and we were delighted with our choice. After spending a week "doing disney" with our young sons my husband and I collapsed onto the beautiful Helmsley Sandcastle beach and didn't budge for 3 days. The hotel staff were helpful and friendly and our room was comfortable and clean. We had a... More 

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staffs
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2006

In an absolutely idylic location, great pool area and right on a fabulous beach, which saved this hotel from a terrible review. The reception staff were very friendly and helpful, but the bar staff and waiters were the worst we have met in 13 years of travelling to the US. They were abrupt, non communicative and incompetent. The rooms were... More 

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Charlottetown, PEI
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2006

The Sandcastle was recommended by our travel agent. When we got to our room (courtyard) we were questioning our choice....the room was what I would call just fair. The place is really showing its age. However, after stepping out onto the balcony, all I can say is Wow - the Gulf breeze, the sunset, palm trees...despite its age, the place... More 

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