We have stayed at this property for years for the July 4 boat races. It is a great location - boats are directly off shore and you can float while watching the race. Great poolside bar - they tend to be a little less than perfectly nice on the holiday, but I guess that is to be expected? The property itself is dated, but I think it is "Florida quaint." And I've never found it to be anything but very clean. The on site restaurant is decent and (other than the poolside bartenders) the staff are all super nice - we see the same folks every year. The real draw for us is the proximity to St Armand's Circle -LOVE IT. You can't really walk it but there is a hotel limo service available (free), you just have to plan to be back by 10pm if you use it. We just drive up and plan to be patient looking for a parking spot. The price of the rooms is a bit steep given the age of the property, but it is location here that you pay for, and that makes it a good value on the 4th (just check with the Ritz next door and you will agree).
- 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
- Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
- Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota