I spent 4 nights here in June 2014 with a friend. Yes, the rooms are a little tired and need some cleaning, but you can't beat its location. We counted 25 steps from our room, down the stairs and to the sandy beach. Wow! The beach is gorgeous, and the guys working the area are quick to set up a beach chair and umbrella for you wherever you want it. This same crew was quick to help us check out bicycles (cost included in resort fee), give out pool noodles, and generally help with any questions or needs we had.
The Sandcastle is about 1.3 miles from St Armand's Circle, so it's overall location is fantastic. The private beach never felt crowded, even when a wedding was taking place and had its guests staying at the resort.
If you're looking for a 5-star hotel, this isn't your place. If you're looking for a perfect beach location (which is where you'll spend your time) and a place to lay your head at night, check this place out. One tip- the walls are thin, so wear earplugs at night if you're a light sleeper.
- 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