My wife, daughter and myself stayed at this hotel for 10 nights in October.
We found it to be a very clean hotel, reasonably priced, with friendly staff BUT most of all it was in a beautiful location.
The white sandy beach was fantastic. Clean, quiet, and picturesque.
When there was a bit of on-shore breeze we simply headed for the hotel pool which offered shelter, and a pool-bar!
Yes the hotel is a bit dated, but the prices and location make up for this.
We did not think that the food and drinks prices were particularly expensive.
I agree with other reviews that a sea view, and upper level room is better.
Also, the whole area of Lido Key and St Armands Circle, is friendly, welcoming, clean, calm, non-commercialised, and safe.
We found this place to be very relaxing.
I will return one day.
- 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