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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2010

The best thing this "hotel" has going for them is -- it's right on the beach! We had a gulf view room and it was a beautiful view. It was also close to good shopping and restaurants. However I was VERY disappointed in the condition of the property. It is stuck in the 80's - the game room had 3... More 

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Stockbridge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2010

My wife and I recently stayed there. I was a little disappointed with the exterior at arrival but pleased with the room. The room was clean and spacious. The balcony was a shared balcony with the room next door. The best feature of this motel is the location and price. It was a little noisy and the bed a little... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2010

This was our first trip to the Gulf Coast so I had much trepidation about where to stay as I based my selections mostly on feedback from this site. I was a bit nervous based on what I read here about the Helmsley Sandcastle but that went all away once I step foot there. First and foremost the location is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2010

Plunk on the shell strewn beach,the sparkling clean hotel has a top staff and everything a beach stay requires.The value is extraordinary .I have stayed in some of the world's great resorts in Europe,Asia and Africa besides the USA and this was a trip I enjoyed as much as any other.And the location on Lido Key is exceptional.Close to St.... More 

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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2010

Although this is an older hotel, it was very nice. Our room appeared to have been recently remodeled. The carpet was like new. The bathroom was spotless! The views of the beach were fantastic! Breathtaking sunsets. The parking was free but not plentiful. If you stay on the third floor, you have to park on the top of the parking... More 

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hendersonville, nc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2010

This hotel was pleasantly surprising, right on a beautiful, sandy white beach with good snorkeling and warm inviting waters. The staff was accomodating, friendly and extremely helpful. They seemed genuinely interested in us - whether we were eating or at the beach. The morning buffet was good. The poolside bar was nice. They had chairs and umbrellas (they carry and... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2010

We went to a wedding in Sarasota and needed a few days at a hotel. The Helmsley was near Sarasota, the "circle" and on the beach. The price was reasonable for a beach resort. The people at the hotel were wonderful, and accomodating. The food at the hotel was very reasonable offering a moderate menu. We ate breakfast there every... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2010

Our first night we were booked into a room we bought through a travel consolidator, at $175/night. Was this ever a mistake. Our room faced the parking garage (rooms 147-155/247-255/347-355), and was small, dark, dismal. When booking the room, I would have thought the garage-facing location wouldn't matter-we'd be spending most of our time at the beach, out and about,... More 

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Dunedin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2010

Just got back yesterday from staying on Lido Beach. The hotel was very nice and our room with the Gulf view was great. Would recommend to anyone just wanting to get away. We live only an hour and a half from there but still like going down there at least once a year to escape from our location. Beautiful white... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2010

I might have a better review of this place if they hadn't banished us to a room that opens to the parking garage. I admit that the rate we paid was very reasonable and it did specify when I booked on line that our room would be on the north side of the resort. The problem I have is that... 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
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  • Restaurant
  • Pool
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Tennis Court
  • Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
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  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Family Rooms
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  • Air Conditioning
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  • Free Internet
  • Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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  • 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 - $302 (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
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#3 On the Beach Hotel in Sarasota
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