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“Needs update, but has best beach front location” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

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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 #27 of 45 Hotels in Sarasota
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Needs update, but has best beach front location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

It's not for those looking for Ritz Carlton-esque amenities. Rooms were VERY dated & definitely showed their age. And I was surprised to find that our balcony was a community one (i.e. a privacy/safety concern). But our view of the ocean was fabulous for the price (at least 1/2 the $ of other nearby places). This resort also has a huge piece of beachfront property with many free (& fee) recreational activities available. Free beach chairs, lounge chairs, & umbrellas were always available. And the staff we encountered were all genuinely social and polite. They also offer free shuttles to nearby hotspots. One tip: BEWARE AT BREAKFAST! A friendly stork stalks the tables for food!

  • Stayed June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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2 Thank TravelNeen
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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Thank you for staying with us at the Sandcastle Resort while on Lido Key. We appreciate the comments regarding the associates and their politeness and friendliness. We are working hard in certain areas to update the resort, and appreciate your comments regarding the need.

We do hope to have you return soon to the Sandcastle.

Regards,
Eddie S.
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Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

My family and I stayed in the room that was meant for the handicapped. Let me break it down for you. If you are wheelchair bound you are better off sleeping on the beach.

The handicapped room had one double bed and a couch that pulled out into a cot. The shower was wonderful but the room itself had stains on the floor, bugs in the room, and a dehumidifier that needed to be changed hourly due to the mildew smell that filled the room. Even our clothes began to smell like it.

I voiced my concern to the front desk only to be quickly moved to another room.

I was very disappointed in the quality of the room for the price I was paying.

I am only giving this 3 stars (was going to give one) for the wonderful lady at the front desk who upgraded our room and for the wonderful staff that worked out by the beach.

Beautiful view but make sure you look at the room before you decide to stay there. YIKES.

Room Tip: Make sure you look at the room before you book it.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 1 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Thank MalPal2014
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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Thank you for staying with us at the Sandcastle Resort. I apologize for the condition of your room; that is not what you should have received.

I will pass along your comments to our Housekeeping and Maintenance staff so they can put the room into the proper and expected condition.

Again, my apologies and thank you for staying with us.

Regards,

Eddie S.
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Tulsa
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25 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This property was recently bought in Feb of 2014. I was hoping for some signs of renovation but I suspect that this being early June, that I arrived prior to the major renovations beginning. This was our 2nd stay at this property. Its strength is its proximity to the Gulf. Without exaggeration, if your room is truly Gulf-Front, you are about 12 steps to the water and 5 steps to the sand. Another plus are several very loyal employees such as Sherry at the front desk and Rachel in the restaurant. The breakfast buffet for $12 is wonderful, however be ready to dodge the occasional visitor from the sky- hungry seagulls, when dining outside.

The hotel is challenged as it truly needs renovations. My room was a throwback to the 70s. And the wear and tear shows! I can actually forgive 'wear and tear,' but the filthy screens on the bathroom windows, dirty carpets in the rooms, dirt all around the door frames, food particles in the microwave is really a problem (Dear New Hotel Owners and Housekeeping Mgr- - please go through your rooms and make sure they are spotless. We understand the chips and gouges in furniture but there is no reason for dirty rooms).

The charm and incredible close proximity to the Gulf is fabulous. The cleaning needs to start now.

Room Tip: Gulf front, 4th floor. Room 456 is a corner room with spectacular views.
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  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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5 Thank JerseyGirlTulsa
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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
I am sorry to hear of the condition of your room here at the resort. I have passed along to Housekeeping your comments for them to review and make corrections.

Please accept our apologies. We do hope that you will return to the resort so we can deliver the product and service you deserve.

Regards,
Eddie S.
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Great Gaddesden
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Fantastic position, great holiday with very friendly staff. Rooms a little tired but really didn't matter. Clean sheets and towels every day. Would go there again and again. They really care about making your holiday great. Had a small problem which they solved whilst we were out and then took the time to check with us the next day that everything was ok.

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank LynneGreatGaddesden
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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Thank you for your comments regarding your stay at the Sandcastle Resort. I am pleased to hear you had a good stay with us and found our associates to be helpful and friendly.

The associates of the resort appreciate your business and hope you will return.


Regards,

Eddie S.
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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

My wife and I were celebrating her special birthday in Florida this week and we booked the Sandcastle based on reading many reviews on Tripadvisor. We were there on the nights of May 28 and 29th. We loved the place! It was everything that we imagined and more. Check in was quick,smooth,and professional. Some went out of their way to gather information for us to go to the Ringling Museum and aquarium.It was greatly appreciated. This resort is just great. The room we had was so close to the water.I think it was 129. We were just steps away and what a beautiful beach it was.The pools looked great, but we spent our short time on the beach. While everyone we had contact with from the front desk, to housekeeping, to the nice man at the bar was wonderful. I wanted to pay particular attention to Judy in our breakfast room. She is just one of the nicest people one could ever meet. She went out of her way for everything we asked for. The others in the breakfast area were very personable and friendly too.As a side note, the other hotels we stayed at did not have bacon, so when we saw all the bacon, our eyes lit up and it was great tasting along with the scrambled eggs and other items at the buffett.

To sum up. Our stay was great! and we will come back to the Sandcastle again.
Great job from top to bottom for all who work at the Sandcastle

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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1 Thank Michael H
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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Thank you for staying with us at the Sandcastle Resort. We are pleased that you had what sounds like a great stay here at the resort. Your comments will be passed along to our associates, as they like to know how our guests perceive us.

Again, thank you for staying and hope to see you again at the Sandcastle.


Regards,
Eddie S.
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Liphook, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Had a 5 night stay at the resort. It is in need of some modernisation but that said it has a quaint atmosphere with a wonderful location on the beach. The rooms were comfortable and had ample facilities. The service was for the most part friendly and helpful without being over the top. We did not sample the restaurant other than breakfast but that was good enough although we did have some problems getting the attention of the staff on occasions. Would we stay again...a definite possibility mainly because of the beach.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 5 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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    • 3 of 5 stars
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1 Thank iansquash
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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
We appreciate the comments regarding your stay here at the Sandcastle Resort. Sorry to hear that you had challenges getting the attention of our associates. We will take your comments and work on improving this matter.

Thank you for staying with us and please consider returning to the Sandcastle on your next return to the area.

Regards,
Eddie S.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We have stayed at this hotel several times over the last fifteen years. It is a lovely hotel right on the beach and we find it so relaxing and peaceful. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Missy at the pool bar made us laugh at her stories and would like to mention Rachael in the restaurant bar who looked after us and makes a great Key Lime Martini.
The only negative point was the $25 per day resort fee they tried to charge us even though we were Virgin clients.

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Eddie S, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Thank you for your comments regarding your stay here at the Sandcastle Resort. I will pass along to Rachel and Missy your kind words.

We do hope you will return to Lido Key and the Sandcastle Resort.

Regards,
Eddie S.
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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
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #27 of 45 Hotels in Sarasota
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Hotel Class:3 star — Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 179
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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Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
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