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“Chilled out at the Sandcastle” 5 of 5 stars
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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 #28 of 46 Hotels in Sarasota
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“Chilled out at the Sandcastle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2006

Stayed for a couple of nights at the Helmsley Sandcastle before heading up to hectic Orlando, had a lovely time, hotel great, food great, staff excellent, lovely place, would definately recommend to others and would definately return (actually hoping to next year!!!!). Thanks for a great stay.

Stayed December 2005
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2006

We stayed at Helmsley Sandcastle for just 2 nights and we want to return next year for a longer stay.
I really liked the quiet Sarasota area . I checked a lot of hotels but there aren't so many nice beachfront hotels in Lido Key nor Siesta Key.
I chose Helmsley for their good price and for their great location. I was afraid it wouldn't meet my expectations but I have to say for the price it was much over my expectations. The beachfront location was lovely . Beach was clean. We enjoyed seeing the sunset on the hotel's patio with a cocktail (free drink coupon was given at check -in offered by local travel agency)Then we enjoyed beachstrolling till the south end where the water was really shallow and the sea is more of swimming pool. My 5yr old really enjoyed swimming here.
As for the rooms, they weren't in the best condition,(wallpaper could be redone) but clean and nothing to really complain about.
We had a courtyard room since they are non smoking, but the room was right next to exercise room(not sure maybe it was the laundry room?) and other than that, there was no sun in the afternoon.
So we asked to have a room on the other side of the courtyard, and the reception did kindly check availability but unfortunately they did not have any other rooms. We never had a meal in the hotel but the poolside dinner atmosphere was a bit inviting. I don't know about the food but the roasted pig seemed pretty delicious. there was also live music. You can have breakfast also at the poolside but we decided to have breakfast at Lido Beach Resort which was very nice. 5minute walk from Helmsley.
If we go back to Lido Key, we will surely stay at Helmsley.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2006

My family and I spent a week at the Sandcastle in March'06 and enjoyed it very much. The beach is nice and quiet, there were a lot of people at the Sandcastle enjoying the beach but the best thing was that very few people from the neighbouring hotels were out which made the frequent beach strolls quite peaceful. You have to be looking for relaxation when visiting here, there wasn't a lot to do in the evening for a family...there is only so many times you can complete the circle in St. Armand's. Having driven up Longboat Key to the north I don't regret for a momenty having stayed on the quieter Lido Key

An unexpected bonus was that the prime poolside lounge chairs weren't that difficult to come by as long as you made it out there mid-morning perhaps due to the fact that at least as many if not more people lounged on the beach while both the poolside cabana bar and restaurant were always full of activity.

The accomodations were decent but not great. A little on the small side but they were comfortable and clean. We enjoyed our poolside location but would have been disappointed with one of the rooms backing onto ours looking out over the parking garage.

I was disappointed with the breakfast buffet the one time we tried it but lunches were quite good. I highly recommend the Hungry Fox in St. Armands as a breakfast alternative. We often ventured over to mainland Sarasota in the evening for dinner and a recommend a visit to Yoder's (Amish cooking and half full of Amish patrons) which is relatively close by. On the flip side I wouldn't visit Sugar and Spice again (Amish Style cooking ???...Yoder's was so good this place was not in the same league)

All in all, a very enjoyable location I wouldn't hesitate to visit again for some R&R.

  • Stayed March 2006
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2006

Our annual "Girls Trip to Florida" landed us at the Helmsley's Sandcastle. We couldn't ask for a better place! Helmsley's is a great place to go and unwind. We are two 35-year-old moms of young boys. This was a nice long weekend escape from our families and work. The beach was perfect. The location was perfect. The area was very clean. We felt very safe the entire time. We will be back next year!! I am even considering bringing my family back in the summer. This is a great place for familes, couples, or women (or men) wanting to get away as we did. The staff (Taylor, Matt) were very friendly and made us feel at home.

The hotel offers a shuttle to St. Armand's Circle. This was a great place for two women (or families) to go after a long day relaxing on the beach. St. Armand's offers lots of shops, restaurants, etc. Highly recommend Helmsley's!!

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2006

We stayed at The Helmsley Sandcastle November 2005. It was beautiful, with views right on the beach.
The service was great, the staff very helpful and friendly. Our room was cleaned daily and we could not fault anything about this great hotel.
We shall definatly go back November 2006 for a long weekend, when we are over for my daughters beach wedding.

  • Stayed November 2005
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2006

The best thing about this place is the service. The employees obviously love their jobs and it shows. Every person we came in contact with had a big smile, greeting and remembered our names!! The room had a great view of the Gulf, the housekeeper kept our room very clean, and the beach was kept impeccable by the staff. We had a great time and would not hesitate to come back and/or recommend to friends.

  • Stayed February 2006
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2006

if you're looking for a good clean place to stay ten yards from the beach this is it!!! dining ,full bar inside and pool side, breakfast by the pool, pools are well heated, there are two. not a 5 star but very clean with an attentive staff. wait for the deals i paid 149.00/night

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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:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Romantic Hotel in Sarasota
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota

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