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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

1540 Ben Franklin Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236 (Formerly Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Not top of the line but everything you need. Great beach, ahhhh, on the Gulf, Umbrella, chairs, towels, clean rooms, good food. Staff was friendly and funny. Lucky to be on the first floor, easy access to the beach.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited this resort with my family, upon arrival there was a mix up with our room situation and after going to the to lobby the manager whom is the nicest person ever upgraded our room and made sure that we were comfortable! The staff the location the service was just exceptional.

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Florida
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17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and two kids were so excited about this mini get away I saw pictures on their website and Facebook and thought I had found the perfect hotel, the only good thing was the location but the room we stayed in was dirty the bathroom was disgusting! When my son stepped out on the balcony there was another couple... More 

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2 Thank Rosie117118
GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

I am sorry that you were checked into a dirty room. There is no excuse for any room to have dust or dirt. I am happy to hear that our staff did offer an apology and we did not charge you for the room. We continue to deep clean our rooms and if given another opportunity, I assure you would... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Even the view and great staff cannot make up for the rundown, smelly room. The first room they gave us had a leak from the air conditioner, so the vinyl floor and carpet were wet and the room smelled. I was hoping at that point that they didn't have any more rooms left, since it was so run down. But... More 

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review your last visit. I am sorry that the hotel did not live up to your expectations. Our hotel is aged, but we work very hard to keep it clean and in good condition. i am disappointed to hear that the second room that you were given was not up to standards. Please... More 

North Fort Myers, Fl
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22 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a big first floor room called a Junior suite and kept our kayak right in the room with us. We have stayed in many places with pleasant staff, but the personnel here really raised the bar. As I was dragging my kayak out to the beach, a staff member suddently appeared: "can I help you with that?" As... More 

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for writing about your recent visit with us. We really do try to treat each guest like our only guest and by your comments, looks like we succeeded with your family. Thank you for your visit and we look forward to serving you again in the future. The calm waters of the Gulf await your return (as well... More 

Jacksonville, Florida
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18 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the resort on Labor Day weekend 2014. My wife had found the resort on-line. I thought it was a nice place. The beach location was great. We stayed in a room on the 2nd floor on the north side. You enter from the outside. Room had two beds, mini-fridge, coffee maker, table/chairs, and your standard hair dyer,... More 

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for writing about your recent stay with us. We are all delighted that you enjoyed your time and i personally thank you for mentioning all that we do. We work hard to provide things to keep the young minds occupied so the parents can rest as well. Thank you for your business and we look forward to serving... More 

Bradenton, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My fiancé, family and a ton of friends all got rooms for the 4th of July weekend to celebrate my birthday and watch the boat races. It was awesome! The staff was so friendly and helpful! I didn't have one issue or complaint on a holiday weekend. It could easily be too much for the staff but everyone was able... More 

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post your 5 star review. We appreciate your business and look forward to your next special occasion. Our staff are ready to serve. Make sure to mention these special occasions so we can go over the top with making your stay that much more enjoyable! Your family was so nice and makes it... More 

Sarasota, Florida
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58 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at this hotel for the boat races and 4th of July. We were five families from the same neighborhood with children spanning 4 to 14 years old. We booked a garden view room and we're pleasantly suprised by a beautiful ocean view. The room was older but very clean and a good size. It included a good size... More 

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for writing about your experience with us! It is amazing how much space there is for you to relax and enjoy the gentle Gulf waters on our extended private beach. We are pleased that you choose to spend your time with us and we look forward to the opportunity to serve you again in the future. Tim H More 

Chichester, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having just returned from my fourth stay at this hotel I have to say that each time it gets better. Yes the decor of the hotel is dated but that is more than compensated by the beautiful location, stunning beach, price, and very friendly staff. Special note goes to the boys on the beach, Danny and Forrest, who were so... More 

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

These two members of our hard working staff really appreciate the mention. They share in all of our desires to make you as comfortable as we can. Thank you for the special shout out to these fine employees of ours. We look forward to your return. Thank you for your review! Tim H More 

Bradenton, Florida
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167 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This hotel is awesome because of its staff!Called a few days before arrival (right in the middle of the Grand Prix boat races), requesting adjoining rooms with my father. Sandy said she'd look into it and see what she could do. When we arrived, we had joining rooms no issues. This was above and beyond as our reservation originally made... More 

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GMSandcastle, General Manager at Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for your 5 star review. The front office staff will be delighted to read that shout-out. We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to having you again as our guest in the future! Tim H More 

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Amenities

Highlights
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Beachfront
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
About the property
  • Beachfront
  • Wheelchair access
Things to do
  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Room types
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
In your room
  • Air Conditioning
Internet
  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Services
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Business Center with Internet Access
  • Laundry Service
  • Concierge
  • Banquet Room
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Self-Serve Laundry
  • Conference Facilities
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 

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
Price Range: $166 - $303 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach 3*
Number of rooms: 179
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Also Known As:
Helmsley Sandcastle Sarasota
Sarasota Helmsley Sandcastle
Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel Sarasota
Hotel Style:
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
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