Having stayed here several times when it was owned by Helmsley we were a little apprehensive about what we might find under new ownership but weren't disappointed. All of the staff is still great. Our housekeeper was the best and we had no problems with the room at all. Our only complaint is a small one and it is the resort fee. In the past you paid for an umbrella daily if you chose (the chairs were free) and your chair and umbrella were set out for you each morning with towels. It was there when you were ready to go to the beach. Now the umbrellas are included in the resort fee and there is a mad rush to get to the chairs which, being older and on a cane, I didn't care to participate in. On the bright side the beach attendants will set you up when you are ready. The lure of this hotel is the beach and the access. We had a ground floor beach front room as we requested and it is a matter of a few steps to the beach. As always we had a wonderful, relaxing vacation and look forward to going back.
- 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